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Conversations about DIY, Home Design, and family. Chris Loves Julia is a DIY home design blog that started in 2008. It has since become the go to place for design and home renovation info for millions of readers. On this podcast we go behind the curtain on blogging, home renovation, and design in general and how it all relates to having a home that is "lived in" by a family.
 
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It's a hard day. But it's a good day. Today's episode of The Chris Loves Julia Podcast with Preston Pugmire will be the last of the series. Despite the million+ downloads, multiple sponsors per episode and the success stamp that most people would put on the podcast, last week, I had a major breakthrough that left me in tears. And then lead me to ha…
 
A candid discussion about the best practices when choosing paint colors. Julia reveals for the first time a huge mistake she made behind the scenes. Posts mentioned in this episode: DIY Shiplap built-ins: finished and styled! Perfectly Putty Paint Leave a Rating and Review for the Podcast! Theme song: Headphones by Preston Pugmire…
 
We interviewed four successful interior designers that are all self taught. Amber Lewis, Jenny Komenda, Shea McGee and Brian Patrick Flynn all open up about everything from their education backgrounds (in some cases, dropping out of school) to advice they would give to anyone trying to break into the field. 1. Amber Lewis | Principal at Amber Inter…
 
Here are the four questions we answer this week: 1. I have a question about windows in the bathroom: I currently live in a row home in Philadelphia, my bathroom has two windows in it that back up to my neighbors patio and a restaurant patio. I have blinds on the two windows in my bathroom, to keep any peepers from being able to look into my bathroo…
 
In this episode, we peel back the curtain on a few projects happening around here. What you see are the photos, but there is always more uncertainty and conversations about nearly every decision. We take you through conversations around 2 projects we're knee deep in (our bedroom and bathroom) and how we come to conclusions as a couple. We also answ…
 
Here are the four questions we tackled this week: 1. How to balance over-improving your home for someone else and making it perfect for you. Jen largely answers her own question, but we chime in with some examples from our own home. Sometimes the value is enough for you that it's worth the money, and sometimes you can get the same value for spendin…
 
We start this episode with a small recap of our time in Seattle visiting the HGTV dream home and then describe where and what our dream homes would be! They might surprise you! Then we dive into a new segment, that we eventually decide to call "Cabin Log" (although Cabin of Green Gables was a close second! Ha!) where we're telling a few more nitty …
 
While our podcast usually airs every other Monday, this year, we are adding a special Q&A episode on the former off weeks--we're calling...waiting for it...CLJ Q&A! It rhymes. These episodes are shorter (we're shooting for under 30 minutes) and still have all the same fun and banter, but we answer YOUR questions! Although these are specific questio…
 
We just finished a week long bathroom renovation in the Pugmire's home, and it turned out super awesome. We talk about how that project came about, who foot the bill, and the purpose behind it. We also talk about some of the flack we received because of some of the design elements, and our thoughts around that. Happening This Week: Dealing With Wat…
 
We closed on a super awesome cabin, and we've already had our first party! We talk about our approach to the design with the cabin, and a few eye-opening things we've learned about minimalism. When planning a space that will be rented as a vacation home, as opposed to a primary residence, it's surprising the number of things you can do away with. A…
 
In this episode we cover a lot of ground, starting with upcoming bathroom renovation plans. We talk about a common sentiment regarding tubs in the master bath, and why we think it's wrong. We also discuss incorporating the tastes and even sentimental decor items of your significant other into your home's decor, even and especially when that is spor…
 
In this episode, we're discussing everything Instagram. We start with a few details about our recent Instagram Auction, and the not-so-small problems that kept us scrambling well past midnight to deal with. We then move into a general discussion on using Instagram as a business tool, and some of our best practices for growing an organic following (…
 
After discussing my (Chris) laziest way of being thoughtful, this episode goes deep on all the details of our DIY Magazine shoot. Julia and I share the parts that surprised us most, and give a few confessions of how underprepared we were (i.e. - the outdoor kitchen was not even recognizable as an outdoor kitchen when the crew arrived). Julia also s…
 
After a quick dip into some recent reviews, we talk about Chris's process for the planning and building parts of projects. We share some of the thoughts that have gone into our outdoor cooking area and then jump head first into the topic of sleeping babies. While every kid is different, Chris & Julia are 3 for 3 on solid sleepers despite crankiness…
 
In this episode we talk about a few things, but the main event is, of course, The Property Brothers. Drew & Jonathan Scott talk about their relationship as brothers & business partners, their recently released book, It Takes Two: Our Story, and give a few insights into their personal & professional lives.…
 
We talk about our little baby girl, some major things that happened this week in CLJ history, and give some great tips on mixing metals. We also talk about some issues we've had with contractors and how we handled them, how we wish we would have handled them, and how sometimes a bad contractor is a great motivator to DIY.…
 
In this special Q&A episode, we start off talking about the progress of our big backyard project and how we're charting new territory with it. Julia reveals her neurosis when it comes to their third child's birth date and they open up the mail bag to answer as many of your questions as possible!
 
We start this episode talking about a few behind-the-scenes details of our furniture line we launched last week and how that even came about. Then we go in-depth into how we handle sponsors and sponsored posts, answering a few questions we’ve received about the process and share a few times we messed up. We take our listeners through how many actua…
 
The Gang talks about the things in their house that aren't perfect cause they live in it like a normal family even though these things don't show up in pictures. We also discuss the Total Solar Eclipse that is happening in our little town next month. Also, Home Depot is getting sued and you might be blown away by the reason.…
 
In this week's podcast, we are diving deep into all of the questions we have gotten about blogging and have an open and honest conversation about what it takes. For the first time, we're also discussing why, when and how Chris quit his job, and the lessons we have learned about separating criticism from critique. We share a few tips on how we have …
 
Hunting for cabins! The gang gets into it about Chris and Julia's new journey to buy a cabin and how their frustration with Zillow has shaped the search. Then we discuss trends that were supposed to take over your house in 2017 and see whether they landed in real life.
 
This week the gang tackles a sensitive and hot topic about how to tactfully invite or not invite people to events at your house. And we cover the top ten things to do to get your house ready for an outdoor party. Julia also drops a bomb on us about her idea for a summer outdoor party invention that would revolutionize the way people enjoy get-toget…
 
Peeling back the curtain and talking candidly about the behind the scenes stuff with the One Room Challenge. The gang talks to One Room Challenge creator Linda Weinstein and we learn a lot from her about the entire project. Then we get in to a hot topic discussion about the reality of blogs vs the fantasy of blogs. It gets pretty interesting. This …
 
The Gang discusses slightly sexist attitudes toward women when it comes to DIY and home renovation. Julia breaks down her feelings on the dynamic between her and Chris when it comes to projects. Chris and Julia talk about the things they learned installing their floor and have great advice for selecting a floor color. Then we play a game where Chri…
 
The gang breaks down what happened behind the scenes in their weekend kitchen refresh, which ended up being a complete renovation. We find out who was happy about it, who wasn't, and what they would've done differently. Then we discuss the best way to choose a paint color for the cabinets in your kitchen. Chris has great advice for budgeting your p…
 
The gang talks about "springifying" the house and the best ways to make that happen. We talk about best practices and places for buying and selling used furniture and house items on-line. Then we Play a game revealing things you wouldn't believe you can put in the dishwasher. It just might blow your mind. Leave A Rating and Review For The Show! Chr…
 
Maxwell Ryan stops by the podcast this week to talk to the gang about Apartment Therapy and their new online marketplace. He goes deep on what makes a happy home and even answers a reader question. Chris and Julia talk about the little quirk that is unique to them... They often eat FULL HOT MEALS in their bed. Then we go over the top ten ways that …
 
The gang listens to Julia crack eggs of knowledge all over our heads about how to choose a white paint and make it work for different lighting situations and different rooms. And also how to make white paint work with ivory paint in the same room. Chris and Julia school Preston on organization and give tips on how to clean up that one area of your …
 
This week the gang talks about proper technique for asking a friend to assist with a DIY project. Then we revisit an old hot topic and update our response to a question about the usefulness of remodeling when you live in a small town. Then Julia goes deep into what "classic" design really means and how to avoid something that could be seen as trend…
 
Chris and Julia are having another baby! This is the conversations about family episode. Next week we will bring you the DIY and Home design elements once again. Yes thats next week, you won't have to wait two weeks for an episode! On this episode, we talk about how they found out, how they told their family, and what they are NOT going to name thi…
 
The gang discusses and mocks Preston's process for choosing paint in his studio and then Julia drops the #1 tip for choosing a color. Our reader questions lead to talks on how minimalism and curtains can be at odds in your home. We play a game where we find out the ages of people who shop the most at the top furniture stores in the world. Our Hot T…
 
The gang recaps the year and Julia gives the best advice ever for patching walls and painting over the patches. Our Hot Topic: Is home Blogging Dead? We discuss DIY blogs compared to other styles of blogs and see why some people think its a dying art form. Then we play a game about the top 5 ways to make your home look CHEAP. Julia admits that her …
 
The Gang listens to Chris tell tales of woe from the trials and tribulations of DIY christmas light installation. Then we have an interesting difference of opinion about compromise vs. win/win when it comes to people having different goals with design elements. Then we top it all off by reading and laughing about our podcast reviews. Both negative …
 
In this episode the gang reunites after three long weeks apart because of the holidays and vacations. Julia discusses her trials and tribulations in a birthday glass blowing class and The Marcums give their top tips for flying with children. Our reader question leads us into a debate on buying houses that aren't for sale and then we break down the …
 
The gang discusses Julia's love/hate relationship with storage units and the Marcum's new upstairs bathroom. For our reader email, Julia breaks down the best way to handle and design around asymmetrical features already existing in a home. We accidentally have an impromptu sound effect battle before introducing a new segment, "What We Screwed Up Th…
 
After eating as many tacos as we possibly could, we discuss Chris and Julia's epic Halloween party and give updates on the One Room Challenge project. We find out what big thing is next for the Marcums after they complete all the major updates in their home. Julia gives her best tips for choosing art and displaying art in your home like a pro curat…
 
Julia, Chris and Preston talk about what they have going on right now, a few hiccups they've experienced and the chaos resulting from trying to juggle so many projects at once. They also talk about how to stay motivated at the end of a project to see it through, outdated email etiquette and why our homes are just lawsuits waiting to happen. Please …
 
In this episode we discuss Chris and Julia's plans of the One Room Challenge and discuss adventures that happened on the way to IKEA. In our Hot Topic segment, we go behind the scenes to take a look at the real world vs the fantasy world that can occasionally be created by blogs. Please leave a Rating And Review of the show! Posts mentioned in this…
 
In this episode, Chris and Julia celebrate one year in their new kitchen by revisiting some of the things they love most about it, as well as sharing a few recent additions they’ve completed. They also talk about blending styles and give some advice on how to make that work in your home, and how to choose which styles you should/could blend. CLJ po…
 
In this episode we talk about our front porch area and how it's driving us a bit crazy this week. We also discuss having house keepers or hiring other help for your home, and share some thoughts on why there might be negative stigma around that, and figuring out if it makes sense for you. Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Other Post…
 
Living with animals brings a lot of joy to a home, but it can also presents some challenges. In this episode, Chris & Julia talk about their life with Charly, their 150 lb St. Pyrenees. They share how she has influenced the renovation decisions they've made, and how they handle things like hair, drool and ... accidents... And if you're not an anima…
 
Nearly every home owner who wants to renovate experiences that point where you simply don't have the money to do the things you want. And sometimes, when the furnace, water heater and AC units all go out in the same year, you may not be left with any money at all. How do you still make progress? This episode is all about projects that can be done r…
 
It's common for everyone to ask about paint colors, but much less frequent to ask about the sheen. But just for the effect you want in your space, choosing the right sheen can't be overlooked. In this episode, Julia and Chris give great advice on how to decide which paint sheen will look best for the space you're painting. They discuss why you'd ch…
 
Online shopping is the way of the now, but there are still things about it that make some people uneasy. How can you buy a couch online when you’ve never sat on it? What do you do if the color is all wrong? And how do you know you’re really getting the best deal? In this episode, Julia and Chris talk about the things they’ve purchased online in the…
 
Every renovation project is a balancing act, between budget, time, needs, wants, etc.. But when you don't know how long you're going to be in your home, is it really worth spending the time and money to update it? Chris and Julia discuss how they approach the "is it worth it" question, as well as striking the balance between creating the house you …
 
Lighting fixtures are as varied as any other product for your home, but once you've found that perfect fixture, how do you make sure it will give off the light you want for your space? Sometimes you want it to feel warm, other times you need to highlight a specific task or piece of artwork. How do you go about planning the lighting for your home, o…
 
Life is better when you share it with others, so we're talkin' about parties and get-togethers this episode. Some do's and don'ts of hosting, little things that make a party great, and how to keep yourself from getting in a bad mood and making all your guests feel awkward. We'll also share stories from some of our best and worst parties, and what w…
 
One thing we hear from people all the time is, "How do you guys know how to do all this stuff?" Usually followed by some version of, "I could never do that." But here's the thing - you can do it. In this episode, Chris & Julia talk about how they go about tackling a project for the first time and give suggestions on how to get through the fear of t…
 
In this part two episode focused on budgeting in renovation, Julia and Chris discuss what a budget means to them, and how it has changed over time. They talk about their early days of DIY, and share one of their first projects and how it went horribly awry. Chris and Julia also answer the question, “Is it really a “budget” project if it’s sponsored…
 
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