Design

The Chris Loves Julia Podcast w/ Preston Pugmire

DIY, Home Design, Blogging

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.

Episodes

Ep 48: The Instagram Bubble Is Gonna Pop, And The Power Of An Organic Following
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 01:11:07
Ep 48: The Instagram Bubble Is Gonna Pop, And The Power Of An Organic Following

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 (and why it matters). And of course we need to juice it up a bit, so we hold nothing back in discussing the trend of buying Instagram followers, giving our opinions on it and even sharing some cases where it has "worked."

• an experiment with Preston's Instagram account

Our Tricks for Growing an Organic Instagram Following We talk about an open source tool anyone can use to see the momentum your favorite Instagram accounts have. A few other things we touch on include: • finding your content and making it great • posting what your followers want to see, not what you want to share

HOW I GAINED 50K INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS RAPIDLY AND ORGANICALLY

Hot Topic: Is It OK to Buy Instagram Followers? Buckle up, because this conversation don't quit. There's a trend of buying Instagram followers (and a correlating trend of justifying it) that we just can't not talk about. We read a comment from a reader on a previous post about it, and also share an article of a blogger who admits she bought followers and claims she doesn't regret it (the tone of her article does not support that claim, IMO). We also talk about how important the difficulty of growing an organic following is, and ask the question, "Are round-robin giveaways on Instagram just another form of buying followers?" We round it all out sharing our thoughts on the Instagram Bubble we're all creating and what could happen when it pops.

Article of a blogger who admits she bought followers and claims she doesn't regret it.

 the Owlet Baby Monitor.  

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Ep 47: Behind The Scenes Of A Magazine Shoot & Visually Raising Ceilings
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 49:08
Ep 47: Behind The Scenes Of A Magazine Shoot & Visually Raising Ceilings

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 shares how a tiny lady bug saved the most crucial shot of the entire week.

 

This Episode is Sponsored By WONDERBLY (previously known as Lost My Name)The holidays are fast approaching, and birthdays know no season. If you have a kid in your life and you want to make them feel special, visit www.wonderbly.comWonderbly allows you to create custom story books for children in a way that puts them at the center of the plot. This isn't just Find-and-Replace on the name - they actually build the story around each child so every book is unique to them.  Visit www.wonderbly.com and use promo code CLJ at checkout to get 15% off your order.

Ep 46: Amazon's Worst Products, & Getting Babies To Sleep
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 51:28
Ep 46: Amazon's Worst Products, & Getting Babies To Sleep

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 and tummy troubles, so Preston is interested in learning more. We wind it all down with a game of Fake or Real on Amazon's worst products.

Episode Sponsored by GROVE COLLABORATIVE 

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Other links mentioned:

• SmileDirect • The Lively Show • Jenny's Print Shop • "Wipe Your Bum" Sign • 50 Shades of Grey Outlet Cover • Woman with Inhaler Decal • Maryland Cutting Board • Nick Cage Lifesize (or mini) Cutout

Ep 45: The Property Brothers! Our Interview With Jonathan And Drew Scott
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 50:04
Ep 45: The Property Brothers! Our Interview With Jonathan And Drew Scott

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.  

Ep 44: Baby Blues, Mixed Metals, And Firing Contractors
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 48:03
Ep 44: Baby Blues, Mixed Metals, And Firing Contractors

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.

Ep 43: Mailbag Monday - For Kitchen Noobs, Lighting Woes, Paint Colors, And More
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Ep 43: Mailbag Monday - For Kitchen Noobs, Lighting Woes, Paint Colors, And More

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!

Ep 42: How We Handle Sponsorships, And Renovating As A Couple
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Ep 42: How We Handle Sponsorships, And Renovating As A Couple

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 actual inquiries we get a day, and  what goes into producing sponsored content.

Ep 41: Our Home's Dirty Little Secrets, And Living In The Path Of Totality
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Ep 41: Our Home's Dirty Little Secrets, And Living In The Path Of Totality

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.

Ep 40: Real Talk On Being Professional Bloggers
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Ep 40: Real Talk On Being Professional Bloggers

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 grown our following organically. We also answer some tough questions you've asked, like "Do you feel like you're at the mercy of your readers to survive financially?" and "Is there room in the field to start a blog today?" We're holding nothing back and can't wait to hear your thoughts on this week's episode.

 

Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What's Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In
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Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What's Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In

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.

Ep 38: You're Not Invited To My Party, And Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips
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Ep 38: You're Not Invited To My Party, And Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips

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-togethers.

Ep 37: Behind The Curtain Of The One Room Challenge w/ LInda Weinstein
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Ep 37: Behind The Curtain Of The One Room Challenge w/ LInda Weinstein

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 Episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to blueapron.com/CLJ to get your first three meals free with free shipping.

Ep 36: The Woman's Place In DIY, Broken Noses, And Giving Yourself Credit
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Ep 36: The Woman's Place In DIY, Broken Noses, And Giving Yourself Credit

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 Chris and Preston get schooled by Julia on 15 ways to remove negative energy from your home.

 

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Ep 35: Why Your Neighbors Might Hate You, And Give Me More, Baltimore
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Ep 35: Why Your Neighbors Might Hate You, And Give Me More, Baltimore

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 projects, and we realize we all might be the least popular people in our neighborhoods...   Leave A Rating And Review!    

Ep 34: Selling Your Old Stuff and You Put WHAT In The Dishwasher?!?
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 42:47
Ep 34: Selling Your Old Stuff and You Put WHAT In The Dishwasher?!?

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.

 

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Chris' Hoodie

Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 43:16
Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home

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 you can make your home happier and they all cost Zero dollars and are accessible to everyone.   Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics Use Promo Code CLJ for 20% Off!   Please Leave A Rating And Review!   Email us: podcast@chrislovesjulia.com   Cant Get You Outta My Mind Items:   iPhone Wallet Case Chris' Shoe Insoles

 

Ep 32: White Paint Isn't White, And You're Super Unorganized
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Ep 32: White Paint Isn't White, And You're Super Unorganized

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 house that just cant seem to stay clean. Plus the debut of the hit song by Julia's childhood pop group with her sisters, Flower Power.   Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics   If you need tile for any project in your house, use promo code CLJ to get 20% off any order at Thomas Avenue.   Please Leave a Rating And Review For The SHOW!!!

Ep 31: Sorry, But Your "Classic" Design Is Just Trendy
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Ep 31: Sorry, But Your "Classic" Design Is Just Trendy

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 trendy in a few years.

 

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Ep 30: Why Is Beyoncé Always Trying To One-Up Us?!?
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Ep 30: Why Is Beyoncé Always Trying To One-Up Us?!?

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 this child. Then we play a game about the best foods to eat when you are pregnant. Cheers!

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Ep 29: Your Town Is Boring, No Need To Renovate
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Ep 29: Your Town Is Boring, No Need To Renovate

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 Topic is whether or not it makes sense to spend time decorate your home when you live in an area or town that isn't considered "stylish".   Please Leave A Rating and Review For The Show!

Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, And Your House Looks Cheap
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2017-10-23 12:59:51 UTC 53:24
Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, And Your House Looks Cheap

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 house is currently in violation of one of the rules.

We close it out with a new segment "Stuck In Your Head" where we each say one thing that has been on our minds this week DIY related or not.

 

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Ep 27: Christmas Lights, Negative Reviews, and Compromise
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Ep 27: Christmas Lights, Negative Reviews, and Compromise

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 and positive. Merry Christmas.

Ep 26: Buying Houses That Aren't For Sale, and Babies On Airplanes.
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Ep 26: Buying Houses That Aren't For Sale, and Babies On Airplanes.

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 12 worst Christmas gifts that you should never ever buy for anyone. 

Ep 25: Storage Units, Asymmetry, and Screwing Up
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Ep 25: Storage Units, Asymmetry, and Screwing Up

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 This Week".  And lastly, instead of a Hot Topic, we break down questions to NOT ask at thanksgiving dinner this week.  

Click Here To Leave Rating And Review!!!   Mentions: 13 Questions You Should Never Ask at Thanksgiving Chris's Tiny Snowblower Chris's Binge Watching Shirt A Shared Girl's RoomTall Bar Stools  

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

 

Ep 24: Choosing The Best Art For Your Home.
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Ep 24: Choosing The Best Art For Your Home.

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 curator.    CLJ posts mentioned. Wooden Picture Ledge   How To Hang A Gallery Wall   Family Tree Gallery (grid pattern display)

Ep 23: Upgrades, Deadlines, & Lawsuits
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Ep 23: Upgrades, Deadlines, & Lawsuits

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.

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CLJ posts mentioned: Brenden Burchard - 1-Page Productivity Planner 15 Ways Your Home Might Be a Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Other items mentioned: The Dip, by Seth Godin

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 22: The Real World: Blogging Edition
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Ep 22: The Real World: Blogging Edition

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.

 

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Posts mentioned in this episode:

THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING + KITCHEN KICKOFF!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

CLJ ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 1

Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things - Blending Styles In Your Home
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Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things - Blending Styles In Your Home

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 posts mentioned: It's Done! The Full Kitchen Reveal.East Idaho Parade of Homes Highlights

Other items mentioned: The Flavor Bible

 

Episode Sponsored by: BLINDS.COM

Visit Blinds.com today and receive 20% off your entire order with the code CLJPODCAST - Offer ends 9-30-16

Ep 20: Let's Keep it Clean
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Ep 20: Let's Keep it Clean

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.

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Other Posts Mentioned in This Episode: Making it Lovely - Honor RollNew York Times - On Fake Instagram - A Chance to Be RealEmily A. Clark - Do You Have a Housekeeper

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 19: Becoming Affiliated with Affiliates
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Ep 19: Becoming Affiliated with Affiliates

Ep 18: Every Dog Must Have His Day - Living (Happily) With Pets
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Ep 18: Every Dog Must Have His Day - Living (Happily) With Pets

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 animal lover, they also discuss some common courtesies that all pet owners appreciate, and how to approach visits with your friends who may have pets. 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Faux Wood Tile: The After Photos!

Other posts mentioned: Pooptastrophe

Episode Sponsor: Blinds Dot Com

Theme Song "Headphones" By Preston Pugmire

Ep 17: No Money, No Problems - Projects You Can Do Now On The Cheap
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Ep 17: No Money, No Problems - Projects You Can Do Now On The Cheap

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 regardless of what your budget is. Even if you have no money to spend, there's no need to sit and deal with a space that makes you cringe. Chris and Julia talk about projects they've seen done, as well as some they've done themselves, and how to make little improvements that can help you love your home now.

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CLJ posts mentioned: DIY White Concrete CountertopsSealing Our White Concrete CountertopsAn Unbelievable, Complete DIY Kitchen RenovationA Massive Wood Picture Ledge for the Living Room!How To: Our Double-Trimmed Drop Cloth Curtains

 

Other posts mentioned: 10 Common House Features You Probably Didn't Realize Had a Name

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It's Called Paint Sheen
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Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It's Called Paint Sheen

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 choose flat over satin (and vice versa) and what the role of primer is in the process.

Hot Topic: Fixer Upper/AirBNB

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Episode Sponsored by Prestige Paints

 

Posts mentioned:

'Fixer Upper' Houses Becoming Popular Vacation Rentals Around WacoHow to Properly Pronounce 20 Design and Decor Terms

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

 

Ep 15: It’s Never Enough Until You’ve Got All The Stuff: Discussions On Online Shopping
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Ep 15: It’s Never Enough Until You’ve Got All The Stuff: Discussions On Online Shopping

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 their home, including all of their couches. They discuss how to plan and what things to know about items you buy online before hitting that “Purchase Now” button, as well as some tips for getting the best deal. 

Hot Topic: Shopping Online vs. Supporting Local Business

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Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 14: Wake Me Up With Indecision: Which Updates Are Worth Making?
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Ep 14: Wake Me Up With Indecision: Which Updates Are Worth Making?

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 want to live in and one that someone else will want to buy someday. They also talk about projects they've been working on, including their downstairs basement and outdoor fireplace.

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CLJ posts mentioned: Would You Rather: 4th Bathroom or Walk-in PantryBefore and After: Our Basement Family Room is Finished!

Other posts mentioned:

Preston's music video entry for a home makeover contest. "Let's Make This House a Home" Video

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 13: Shea McGee of Studio McGee: The Sun is Gone, But I Have a Light
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Ep 13: Shea McGee of Studio McGee: The Sun is Gone, But I Have a Light

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, or make updates to maximize what's already in place?

In this episode we talk all about the mysterious side of lighting. What is the Kelvin scale, how does that relate to lumens and what are my options for achieving warm, energy-efficient light? We also visit with Shea McGee, from Studio McGee, who shares super helpful tips for planning your own lighting, maximizing the limits of your own spaces, what every room needs, and where she gets her inspiration from.

 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Lights On In The Kitchen!DIY Shiplapped Built-Ins: Finished & Styled Laundry Room Lighting & Hardware

 

Studio McGee Webisodes mentioned: Web Series

 

Guests: Shea McGee from Studio McGee Hot Topic: Energy efficient bulbs

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

 

Ep 12: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us
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Ep 12: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

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 we feel made them. Learn some tips for handling food, and what you should expect from your guests when it comes to contributing.

 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Truth Tuesday: How NOT to Throw a Party DIY Harry Potter-esque Hanging Candles + Party Decor Details

Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap'n - Taking on Projects You've Never Done Before
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Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap'n - Taking on Projects You've Never Done Before

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 the unknown that keeps so many people from making progress. Start somewhere and make it happen!

Ep 10: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 2
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Ep 10: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 2

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?” and share their perspective on how they approach sponsored content, while trying to make it relatable.

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CLJ posts mentioned: How to Make Your NEW Favorite Dining Room Fixture

Lessons in Home Decor Humility

Before and After: Little Girls' Room Goes Tween

Other posts mentioned: Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding News Story

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 1
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Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 1

The first of two episodes focused on budgeting for renovation, we visit with John and Sherry Petersik, the creators of the wildly successful Young House Love blog and brand. Hear them talk about some of their favorite “bang for your buck” projects, as well as some things they’ve learned they’d rather hire out than do themselves.

They’ll also share insights on the other side of a budget, which is timing, and knowing when the right time is to take on a project and how a phased approach may not only help you satisfy your desires for change, but set your space up for greatness when you’re ready for a full renovation.

CLJ posts mentioned: Our Finished Deck! Our Painted Kitchen Cabinets! Before & After: We Have a (Finished!) Coat Closet!

Young House Love posts mentioned: Our Finally Finished Bonus Room How to Build A Deck: It's DONE!!! Trying Our Hand At DIY Ardex Concrete Counters The Big Nursery Reveal: A Green & Blue Room For Our Girl

Be sure to listen to John & Sherry’s podcast, Young House Love Has a Podcast, on iTunes. It's seriously great.

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Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 08: Renovating, DIY, and Personal Relationships
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Ep 08: Renovating, DIY, and Personal Relationships

On this episode, we go behind the scenes on the complete kitchen renovation Chris and Julia did in Pittsburgh and hear some funny and also frustrating stories from them. We also talk about how renovating and doing DIY projects affects personal relationships. Its a good one.

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Posts mentioned in this Episode:

Complete Pittsburgh Kitchen Renovation

NEW PUGMIRE BABY!!!

Ep 07: Chairman of the Mood Board
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Ep 07: Chairman of the Mood Board

In this episode, we dive into how to start a design or remodeling project. The first thing is the planning sessions. Julia breaks down her process and gives some helpful hints about how to give your space the design it deserves. Chris and Preston just try to keep up.

 

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Style Quizes:

Lonny.com Style Finder

Homegoods Style Scope Quiz

Whats Your Decor Style?

Houzz Style Quiz

Ep 06: To Theme Or Not To Theme?
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Ep 06: To Theme Or Not To Theme?

On this episode we tackle kids rooms. Should they be themed? What works? What doesn't? Even if you don't have children, you learn stuff about Chris and Julia and things about their childhood rooms and we also discuss superheroes for a minute. It's a good one.

 

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CLJ Posts Mentioned:

Greta's first Big Girl room (old Utah house)

Happy Room for Greta (current Idaho house)

Party In Chris' Room!!!!

Ep 05: Shanty 2 Chic w/ Whitney and Ashley: Open Concept meets Multi-functional
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Ep 05: Shanty 2 Chic w/ Whitney and Ashley: Open Concept meets Multi-functional

We chat with Whitney and Ashley from the amazing blog Shanty 2 Chic and talk about their show Open Concept on HGTV. We also talk about multi-functional spaces and rooms and how to make them cohesive and intentional.

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CLJ posts mentioned:

Workhorses around the house.

New Interior Define Sectional

Preston Laundry Room Reno

Guest Room Office Reveal!!!!

Tiny Office Against a Wall

 

Shanty 2 Chic posts mentioned:

DIY Floating Shelves

Open Concept show on HGTV

Ep 04: A Beautiful Mess w/ Elsie Larson. Wardrobe Style = House Style
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Ep 04: A Beautiful Mess w/ Elsie Larson. Wardrobe Style = House Style

We chat with Elsie Larson from the incredible blog A Beautiful Mess. She gives us her favorite tips for finding your home design style and how it relates to your clothing style, music style and other aspects of your life.  

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Chris Loves Julia Posts Mentioned:

Pom Pom Curtains

Picture of Preston's Studio

Kitchen Remodel

Neapolitan Ice Cream House Color Post

 

A Beautiful Mess Posts Mentioned:

Photo App "A Color Story"

New Move to Nashville

Elsie's Favorite Record Players

Ep 03: Vintage Revivals w/ Mandi Gubler: DIY With Kids On The Block
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Ep 03: Vintage Revivals w/ Mandi Gubler: DIY With Kids On The Block

We chat with Mandi from the DIY design blog Vintage Revivals and discuss how to manage projects and home renovation when there are children in the mix. Tips, tricks, and homework to take your DIY to the next level even if you don't have kids...

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CLJ posts mentioned

Paint Spill Heard Round The World

 

Vintage Revivals posts mentioned

Nursury Reveal w/ Wood Wall Animals!

Bathroom remodel update

 

Theme song "Headphones" by Preston Pugmire

Ep 02: Yellow Brick Home Blog w/ Kim & Scott: Project Management > Anger Management
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Ep 02: Yellow Brick Home Blog w/ Kim & Scott: Project Management > Anger Management

A conversation about how to manage the renovation projects you want to tackle in your home,  Even if you are renting. Kim and Scott Vargo from the home design and renovation blog Yellow Brick Home stop by to talk about their blog and how they approach inevitable surprises in home renovation projects.

Chris loves Julia posts mentioned:

5 Projects on deck for 2016 Jan 6, 2016

Welp, we're doing another kitchen in PA  May 5, 2016

 

Yellow Brick Home posts:

Ikea Vanity: Will it float?

Chimney demo surprise!

 

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Ep 01: In Living Color Theory
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Ep 01: In Living Color Theory

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

 

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Ep 00 Welcome Intro Episode! Who we are, what this is, and what you can expect.
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Ep 00 Welcome Intro Episode! Who we are, what this is, and what you can expect.

This is our first episode! My name is Preston Pugmire and I am proud to be the host of the Chris Love Julia podcast: Conversations about DIY, Home Design, and Family. In this introductory episode, we talk about the origin of the blog, how Chris and Julia met, who I am and why i am involved with this project, and what you can expect from us and the podcast moving forward. Please subscribe, rate, and comment, and come on this journey with us. Thanks so much -CLJ Podcast team

 

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Ep 48: The Instagram Bubble Is Gonna Pop, And The Power Of An Organic Following
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Ep 48: The Instagram Bubble Is Gonna Pop, And The Power Of An Organic Following

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 (and why it matters). And of course we need to juice it up a bit, so we hold nothing back in discussing the trend of buying Instagram followers, giving our opinions on it and even sharing some cases where it has "worked."

• an experiment with Preston's Instagram account

Our Tricks for Growing an Organic Instagram Following We talk about an open source tool anyone can use to see the momentum your favorite Instagram accounts have. A few other things we touch on include: • finding your content and making it great • posting what your followers want to see, not what you want to share

HOW I GAINED 50K INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS RAPIDLY AND ORGANICALLY

Hot Topic: Is It OK to Buy Instagram Followers? Buckle up, because this conversation don't quit. There's a trend of buying Instagram followers (and a correlating trend of justifying it) that we just can't not talk about. We read a comment from a reader on a previous post about it, and also share an article of a blogger who admits she bought followers and claims she doesn't regret it (the tone of her article does not support that claim, IMO). We also talk about how important the difficulty of growing an organic following is, and ask the question, "Are round-robin giveaways on Instagram just another form of buying followers?" We round it all out sharing our thoughts on the Instagram Bubble we're all creating and what could happen when it pops.

Article of a blogger who admits she bought followers and claims she doesn't regret it.

 the Owlet Baby Monitor.  

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Ep 47: Behind The Scenes Of A Magazine Shoot & Visually Raising Ceilings
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Ep 47: Behind The Scenes Of A Magazine Shoot & Visually Raising Ceilings

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 shares how a tiny lady bug saved the most crucial shot of the entire week.

 

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Ep 46: Amazon's Worst Products, & Getting Babies To Sleep
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Ep 46: Amazon's Worst Products, & Getting Babies To Sleep

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 and tummy troubles, so Preston is interested in learning more. We wind it all down with a game of Fake or Real on Amazon's worst products.

Episode Sponsored by GROVE COLLABORATIVE 

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Other links mentioned:

• SmileDirect • The Lively Show • Jenny's Print Shop • "Wipe Your Bum" Sign • 50 Shades of Grey Outlet Cover • Woman with Inhaler Decal • Maryland Cutting Board • Nick Cage Lifesize (or mini) Cutout

Ep 45: The Property Brothers! Our Interview With Jonathan And Drew Scott
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Ep 45: The Property Brothers! Our Interview With Jonathan And Drew Scott

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.  

Ep 44: Baby Blues, Mixed Metals, And Firing Contractors
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Ep 44: Baby Blues, Mixed Metals, And Firing Contractors

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.

Ep 43: Mailbag Monday - For Kitchen Noobs, Lighting Woes, Paint Colors, And More
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Ep 43: Mailbag Monday - For Kitchen Noobs, Lighting Woes, Paint Colors, And More

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!

Ep 42: How We Handle Sponsorships, And Renovating As A Couple
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Ep 42: How We Handle Sponsorships, And Renovating As A Couple

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 actual inquiries we get a day, and  what goes into producing sponsored content.

Ep 41: Our Home's Dirty Little Secrets, And Living In The Path Of Totality
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Ep 41: Our Home's Dirty Little Secrets, And Living In The Path Of Totality

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.

Ep 40: Real Talk On Being Professional Bloggers
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Ep 40: Real Talk On Being Professional Bloggers

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 grown our following organically. We also answer some tough questions you've asked, like "Do you feel like you're at the mercy of your readers to survive financially?" and "Is there room in the field to start a blog today?" We're holding nothing back and can't wait to hear your thoughts on this week's episode.

 

Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What's Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In
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Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What's Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In

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.

Ep 38: You're Not Invited To My Party, And Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips
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Ep 38: You're Not Invited To My Party, And Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips

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-togethers.

Ep 37: Behind The Curtain Of The One Room Challenge w/ LInda Weinstein
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Ep 37: Behind The Curtain Of The One Room Challenge w/ LInda Weinstein

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 Episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to blueapron.com/CLJ to get your first three meals free with free shipping.

Ep 36: The Woman's Place In DIY, Broken Noses, And Giving Yourself Credit
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Ep 36: The Woman's Place In DIY, Broken Noses, And Giving Yourself Credit

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 Chris and Preston get schooled by Julia on 15 ways to remove negative energy from your home.

 

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Ep 35: Why Your Neighbors Might Hate You, And Give Me More, Baltimore
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Ep 35: Why Your Neighbors Might Hate You, And Give Me More, Baltimore

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 projects, and we realize we all might be the least popular people in our neighborhoods...   Leave A Rating And Review!    

Ep 34: Selling Your Old Stuff and You Put WHAT In The Dishwasher?!?
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Ep 34: Selling Your Old Stuff and You Put WHAT In The Dishwasher?!?

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.

 

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Chris' Hoodie

Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home
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Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home

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 you can make your home happier and they all cost Zero dollars and are accessible to everyone.   Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics Use Promo Code CLJ for 20% Off!   Please Leave A Rating And Review!   Email us: podcast@chrislovesjulia.com   Cant Get You Outta My Mind Items:   iPhone Wallet Case Chris' Shoe Insoles

 

Ep 32: White Paint Isn't White, And You're Super Unorganized
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Ep 32: White Paint Isn't White, And You're Super Unorganized

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 house that just cant seem to stay clean. Plus the debut of the hit song by Julia's childhood pop group with her sisters, Flower Power.   Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics   If you need tile for any project in your house, use promo code CLJ to get 20% off any order at Thomas Avenue.   Please Leave a Rating And Review For The SHOW!!!

Ep 31: Sorry, But Your "Classic" Design Is Just Trendy
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Ep 31: Sorry, But Your "Classic" Design Is Just Trendy

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 trendy in a few years.

 

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Ep 30: Why Is Beyoncé Always Trying To One-Up Us?!?
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Ep 30: Why Is Beyoncé Always Trying To One-Up Us?!?

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 this child. Then we play a game about the best foods to eat when you are pregnant. Cheers!

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Ep 29: Your Town Is Boring, No Need To Renovate
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Ep 29: Your Town Is Boring, No Need To Renovate

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 Topic is whether or not it makes sense to spend time decorate your home when you live in an area or town that isn't considered "stylish".   Please Leave A Rating and Review For The Show!

Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, And Your House Looks Cheap
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Ep 28: RIP Home Blogging, And Your House Looks Cheap

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 house is currently in violation of one of the rules.

We close it out with a new segment "Stuck In Your Head" where we each say one thing that has been on our minds this week DIY related or not.

 

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Ep 27: Christmas Lights, Negative Reviews, and Compromise
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Ep 27: Christmas Lights, Negative Reviews, and Compromise

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 and positive. Merry Christmas.

Ep 26: Buying Houses That Aren't For Sale, and Babies On Airplanes.
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Ep 26: Buying Houses That Aren't For Sale, and Babies On Airplanes.

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 12 worst Christmas gifts that you should never ever buy for anyone. 

Ep 25: Storage Units, Asymmetry, and Screwing Up
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Ep 25: Storage Units, Asymmetry, and Screwing Up

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 This Week".  And lastly, instead of a Hot Topic, we break down questions to NOT ask at thanksgiving dinner this week.  

Click Here To Leave Rating And Review!!!   Mentions: 13 Questions You Should Never Ask at Thanksgiving Chris's Tiny Snowblower Chris's Binge Watching Shirt A Shared Girl's RoomTall Bar Stools  

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

 

Ep 24: Choosing The Best Art For Your Home.
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Ep 24: Choosing The Best Art For Your Home.

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 curator.    CLJ posts mentioned. Wooden Picture Ledge   How To Hang A Gallery Wall   Family Tree Gallery (grid pattern display)

Ep 23: Upgrades, Deadlines, & Lawsuits
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Ep 23: Upgrades, Deadlines, & Lawsuits

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.

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CLJ posts mentioned: Brenden Burchard - 1-Page Productivity Planner 15 Ways Your Home Might Be a Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Other items mentioned: The Dip, by Seth Godin

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 22: The Real World: Blogging Edition
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Ep 22: The Real World: Blogging Edition

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.

 

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Posts mentioned in this episode:

THOUGHTS ON BLOGGING + KITCHEN KICKOFF!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

CLJ ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 1

Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things - Blending Styles In Your Home
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Ep 21: Life is a Mixing of All Kinds of Things - Blending Styles In Your Home

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 posts mentioned: It's Done! The Full Kitchen Reveal.East Idaho Parade of Homes Highlights

Other items mentioned: The Flavor Bible

 

Episode Sponsored by: BLINDS.COM

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Ep 20: Let's Keep it Clean
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Ep 20: Let's Keep it Clean

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.

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Other Posts Mentioned in This Episode: Making it Lovely - Honor RollNew York Times - On Fake Instagram - A Chance to Be RealEmily A. Clark - Do You Have a Housekeeper

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 19: Becoming Affiliated with Affiliates
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Ep 19: Becoming Affiliated with Affiliates

Ep 18: Every Dog Must Have His Day - Living (Happily) With Pets
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Ep 18: Every Dog Must Have His Day - Living (Happily) With Pets

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 animal lover, they also discuss some common courtesies that all pet owners appreciate, and how to approach visits with your friends who may have pets. 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Faux Wood Tile: The After Photos!

Other posts mentioned: Pooptastrophe

Episode Sponsor: Blinds Dot Com

Theme Song "Headphones" By Preston Pugmire

Ep 17: No Money, No Problems - Projects You Can Do Now On The Cheap
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Ep 17: No Money, No Problems - Projects You Can Do Now On The Cheap

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 regardless of what your budget is. Even if you have no money to spend, there's no need to sit and deal with a space that makes you cringe. Chris and Julia talk about projects they've seen done, as well as some they've done themselves, and how to make little improvements that can help you love your home now.

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CLJ posts mentioned: DIY White Concrete CountertopsSealing Our White Concrete CountertopsAn Unbelievable, Complete DIY Kitchen RenovationA Massive Wood Picture Ledge for the Living Room!How To: Our Double-Trimmed Drop Cloth Curtains

 

Other posts mentioned: 10 Common House Features You Probably Didn't Realize Had a Name

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It's Called Paint Sheen
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Ep 16: I Am On A Drug, It's Called Paint Sheen

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 choose flat over satin (and vice versa) and what the role of primer is in the process.

Hot Topic: Fixer Upper/AirBNB

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Episode Sponsored by Prestige Paints

 

Posts mentioned:

'Fixer Upper' Houses Becoming Popular Vacation Rentals Around WacoHow to Properly Pronounce 20 Design and Decor Terms

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

 

Ep 15: It’s Never Enough Until You’ve Got All The Stuff: Discussions On Online Shopping
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Ep 15: It’s Never Enough Until You’ve Got All The Stuff: Discussions On Online Shopping

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 their home, including all of their couches. They discuss how to plan and what things to know about items you buy online before hitting that “Purchase Now” button, as well as some tips for getting the best deal. 

Hot Topic: Shopping Online vs. Supporting Local Business

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Ep 14: Wake Me Up With Indecision: Which Updates Are Worth Making?
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Ep 14: Wake Me Up With Indecision: Which Updates Are Worth Making?

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 want to live in and one that someone else will want to buy someday. They also talk about projects they've been working on, including their downstairs basement and outdoor fireplace.

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CLJ posts mentioned: Would You Rather: 4th Bathroom or Walk-in PantryBefore and After: Our Basement Family Room is Finished!

Other posts mentioned:

Preston's music video entry for a home makeover contest. "Let's Make This House a Home" Video

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Ep 13: Shea McGee of Studio McGee: The Sun is Gone, But I Have a Light
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Ep 13: Shea McGee of Studio McGee: The Sun is Gone, But I Have a Light

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, or make updates to maximize what's already in place?

In this episode we talk all about the mysterious side of lighting. What is the Kelvin scale, how does that relate to lumens and what are my options for achieving warm, energy-efficient light? We also visit with Shea McGee, from Studio McGee, who shares super helpful tips for planning your own lighting, maximizing the limits of your own spaces, what every room needs, and where she gets her inspiration from.

 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Lights On In The Kitchen!DIY Shiplapped Built-Ins: Finished & Styled Laundry Room Lighting & Hardware

 

Studio McGee Webisodes mentioned: Web Series

 

Guests: Shea McGee from Studio McGee Hot Topic: Energy efficient bulbs

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Ep 12: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us
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Ep 12: Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

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 we feel made them. Learn some tips for handling food, and what you should expect from your guests when it comes to contributing.

 

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CLJ posts mentioned: Truth Tuesday: How NOT to Throw a Party DIY Harry Potter-esque Hanging Candles + Party Decor Details

Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap'n - Taking on Projects You've Never Done Before
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Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap'n - Taking on Projects You've Never Done Before

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 the unknown that keeps so many people from making progress. Start somewhere and make it happen!

Ep 10: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 2
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Ep 10: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 2

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?” and share their perspective on how they approach sponsored content, while trying to make it relatable.

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CLJ posts mentioned: How to Make Your NEW Favorite Dining Room Fixture

Lessons in Home Decor Humility

Before and After: Little Girls' Room Goes Tween

Other posts mentioned: Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding News Story

 

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Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 1
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Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin' On A Budget Pt. 1

The first of two episodes focused on budgeting for renovation, we visit with John and Sherry Petersik, the creators of the wildly successful Young House Love blog and brand. Hear them talk about some of their favorite “bang for your buck” projects, as well as some things they’ve learned they’d rather hire out than do themselves.

They’ll also share insights on the other side of a budget, which is timing, and knowing when the right time is to take on a project and how a phased approach may not only help you satisfy your desires for change, but set your space up for greatness when you’re ready for a full renovation.

CLJ posts mentioned: Our Finished Deck! Our Painted Kitchen Cabinets! Before & After: We Have a (Finished!) Coat Closet!

Young House Love posts mentioned: Our Finally Finished Bonus Room How to Build A Deck: It's DONE!!! Trying Our Hand At DIY Ardex Concrete Counters The Big Nursery Reveal: A Green & Blue Room For Our Girl

Be sure to listen to John & Sherry’s podcast, Young House Love Has a Podcast, on iTunes. It's seriously great.

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Ep 08: Renovating, DIY, and Personal Relationships
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Ep 08: Renovating, DIY, and Personal Relationships

On this episode, we go behind the scenes on the complete kitchen renovation Chris and Julia did in Pittsburgh and hear some funny and also frustrating stories from them. We also talk about how renovating and doing DIY projects affects personal relationships. Its a good one.

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Posts mentioned in this Episode:

Complete Pittsburgh Kitchen Renovation

NEW PUGMIRE BABY!!!

Ep 07: Chairman of the Mood Board
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Ep 07: Chairman of the Mood Board

In this episode, we dive into how to start a design or remodeling project. The first thing is the planning sessions. Julia breaks down her process and gives some helpful hints about how to give your space the design it deserves. Chris and Preston just try to keep up.

 

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Style Quizes:

Lonny.com Style Finder

Homegoods Style Scope Quiz

Whats Your Decor Style?

Houzz Style Quiz

Ep 06: To Theme Or Not To Theme?
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Ep 06: To Theme Or Not To Theme?

On this episode we tackle kids rooms. Should they be themed? What works? What doesn't? Even if you don't have children, you learn stuff about Chris and Julia and things about their childhood rooms and we also discuss superheroes for a minute. It's a good one.

 

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CLJ Posts Mentioned:

Greta's first Big Girl room (old Utah house)

Happy Room for Greta (current Idaho house)

Party In Chris' Room!!!!

Ep 05: Shanty 2 Chic w/ Whitney and Ashley: Open Concept meets Multi-functional
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Ep 05: Shanty 2 Chic w/ Whitney and Ashley: Open Concept meets Multi-functional

We chat with Whitney and Ashley from the amazing blog Shanty 2 Chic and talk about their show Open Concept on HGTV. We also talk about multi-functional spaces and rooms and how to make them cohesive and intentional.

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CLJ posts mentioned:

Workhorses around the house.

New Interior Define Sectional

Preston Laundry Room Reno

Guest Room Office Reveal!!!!

Tiny Office Against a Wall

 

Shanty 2 Chic posts mentioned:

DIY Floating Shelves

Open Concept show on HGTV

Ep 04: A Beautiful Mess w/ Elsie Larson. Wardrobe Style = House Style
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Ep 04: A Beautiful Mess w/ Elsie Larson. Wardrobe Style = House Style

We chat with Elsie Larson from the incredible blog A Beautiful Mess. She gives us her favorite tips for finding your home design style and how it relates to your clothing style, music style and other aspects of your life.  

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Chris Loves Julia Posts Mentioned:

Pom Pom Curtains

Picture of Preston's Studio

Kitchen Remodel

Neapolitan Ice Cream House Color Post

 

A Beautiful Mess Posts Mentioned:

Photo App "A Color Story"

New Move to Nashville

Elsie's Favorite Record Players

Ep 03: Vintage Revivals w/ Mandi Gubler: DIY With Kids On The Block
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Ep 03: Vintage Revivals w/ Mandi Gubler: DIY With Kids On The Block

We chat with Mandi from the DIY design blog Vintage Revivals and discuss how to manage projects and home renovation when there are children in the mix. Tips, tricks, and homework to take your DIY to the next level even if you don't have kids...

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CLJ posts mentioned

Paint Spill Heard Round The World

 

Vintage Revivals posts mentioned

Nursury Reveal w/ Wood Wall Animals!

Bathroom remodel update

 

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Ep 02: Yellow Brick Home Blog w/ Kim & Scott: Project Management > Anger Management
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Ep 02: Yellow Brick Home Blog w/ Kim & Scott: Project Management > Anger Management

A conversation about how to manage the renovation projects you want to tackle in your home,  Even if you are renting. Kim and Scott Vargo from the home design and renovation blog Yellow Brick Home stop by to talk about their blog and how they approach inevitable surprises in home renovation projects.

Chris loves Julia posts mentioned:

5 Projects on deck for 2016 Jan 6, 2016

Welp, we're doing another kitchen in PA  May 5, 2016

 

Yellow Brick Home posts:

Ikea Vanity: Will it float?

Chimney demo surprise!

 

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Ep 01: In Living Color Theory
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Ep 01: In Living Color Theory

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

 

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Ep 00 Welcome Intro Episode! Who we are, what this is, and what you can expect.
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Ep 00 Welcome Intro Episode! Who we are, what this is, and what you can expect.

This is our first episode! My name is Preston Pugmire and I am proud to be the host of the Chris Love Julia podcast: Conversations about DIY, Home Design, and Family. In this introductory episode, we talk about the origin of the blog, how Chris and Julia met, who I am and why i am involved with this project, and what you can expect from us and the podcast moving forward. Please subscribe, rate, and comment, and come on this journey with us. Thanks so much -CLJ Podcast team

 

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