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Family Forward

Introducing the Charly Collection

Preview rendering created by Modsy Chris and Julia
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With three little girls and one big dog, home design bloggers Chris and Julia Marcum wanted a sofa with a comfortable, yet beautiful design.

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What's Family Forward?

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Charly Sofa: Lines
Sleek, straight lines create a beautiful design that can be styled to suit a range of tastes.
Charly Sofa: Depth
A 27-inch seat depth can allow two adults to recline side by side.
Charly Sofa: Bench
A standard bench cushion means more than two can sit with no one left in the gap.
Charly Sofa: Lumbar
Lumbar pillows provide back support for kids. They also double as head rests.
Charly Sofa: Arms
The arm’s height works comfortably as both a head and arm rest. The width is substantial enough for a kid to perch atop.

Meet the Marcums

Marcums 1
Chris and Julia with daughters
Faye (left) and Greta (right).
“Families teach us how to connect with others in meaningful ways. We wanted a deeply comfortable sofa that lets you focus on the people you’re sitting with.”
- Julia
Marcums 2
The whole family on its first I/D piece,
a custom Ainsley u-sectional.
“We love watching movies with our girls, so we wanted a deep, loungey sofa. But one that also looked beautiful in our living room.”
- Chris
Marcums 3
Charly, the Marcum’s beloved Saint Pyrenees
(and the sofa’s namesake).
“Charly is a very gentle giant. Though we have plenty of furniture in the house, it’s not uncommon to find our girls laying their heads on her.”
- Chris

Partners in Design



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  • 2017

Chris Loves Julia publishes its first post and quickly grows into a destination for home renovation tips and inspiration.


Interior Define officially launches, offering high-quality custom furnishings at accessible prices and with a world-class shopping experience.


The Marcums learn about I/D online while searching for a big, u-sectional sofa with a bench cushion for their family room.


The custom Ainsley that the Marcums create and post on their blog sparks a flurry of requests from I/D customers for similar designs.


I/D and CLJ collaborate to create the Charly sofa. As Chris and Julia anxiously await their sofa, Modsy renders their living room.