The Chris Loves Julia Podcast w/ Preston Pugmire

The Chris Loves Julia Podcast w/ Preston Pugmire

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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.

Episodes

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  

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 a 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. 

 

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  

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 They also talk about how to stay motivated at the end of a project to see it through, outdated email etiquette and why our homes are just lawsuits waiting to happen.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  

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  

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  

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 Roll
New York Times - On Fake Instagram - A Chance to Be Real
Emily A. Clark - Do You Have a Housekeeper

 

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

Ep 19: Becoming Affiliated with Affiliates  

This episode we're squashing the stigma around affiliate links by talking about what affiliate links are and what they mean for readers, bloggers and brands. 

We play a game called Instant Blog Post where Chris and Preston attempt to come up with 6 Tips for Parties with Kids on the spot. (And then Julia shares some actual tips from this post.)

 

 

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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  

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 Countertops
Sealing Our White Concrete Countertops
An Unbelievable, Complete DIY Kitchen Renovation
A 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  

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 Waco
How 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  

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?  

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 Pantry
Before 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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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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