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The Chris Loves Julia Podcast w/ Preston Pugmire

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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Jan 15, 2018

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 gritty details of our adventures in renovating our new-to-us A-frame. While we love our cabin, it's hasn't all been views and a walk in the park. This week's log story includes a whole lotta snow and a very expensive lesson.

For the main segment, we go through House Beautiful's 16 Decor Trends that are Going to Be Hot for 2018 and weigh in on each.

• Chris raps about the tone on tone trend.

• And although House Beautiful is telling us to go moodier (compared to what?!), there's a big change we're making in our house that goes in the opposite direction!

• And then, yeah, I mispronounce agate over and over and over. (I now realize, I was thinking of the word agave!) Here's the link to Sarah Sherman Samuel's Wallpaper line.

• Also, my 2018 goal to convert Preston to beige--who do I need to add to the list?

 

Can't Get You Outta My Mind

Preston talks about launching his own personal development podcast, Next Level Life, last week and how he worked so hard to make it the number 1 podcast in his category--a goal he totally nailed!

Chris declares his love for Inca Corn. (I filled his stocking with these, and he ate them all in less than a week!)

I share a toy that we gifted to our daughter and nephew (both 7) that has helped so much with their anxiety, especially at bedtime. It's called a Worry Eater and I couldn't recommend it enough!

This Episode is Sponsored by:

Blue Apron
We've been using Blue Apron for almost three years now, and we couldn't recommend it more. They even started offering Whole30® Compliant options, so give it a try this week! Our listeners can get $30 off their first order by visiting www.blueapron.com/clj

 

ThirdLove
Jules is nonstop raving about her ThirdLove bras, and their incredible process. From determining fit to selecting a style, you can do it all from the comfort of your home and they offer 60 different size options! Visit www.thirdlove.com/clj to get 15% off your first purchase.

 

Jan 8, 2018

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 questions that come from real listeners, they are either questions we get a lot or we think can be applicable to many homes and situations. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can send it to podcast@chrislovesjulia.com.

Topics this week:

1. How to add detail and interest to a blank slate.

2. What to do when you have competing focal points.

3. Some things you can do to temporarily renovate your kitchen, or tips to make it look a lot better until your big reno!

4. Tips for mixing wood types and stains.

Dec 18, 2017

Last time the ceiling in our basement was coming down, this time it's the entire roof! Well, kinda. We're starting off this episode with some cool things we've learned about insurance companies, roofing companies and how the stars can align to get you a new roof. 

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlayStitcher.

 

Happening This Week: Getting a Roof Replaced - For Free! 
We've known for awhile now that there are issues with our roof, but it's just been a slow "stick a bandaid on it" process where we just try and keep the water from leaking through until we can get around to it. We share our experience with a roofing company and how they helped us get a brand new roof, for free. 

Listener Question: Encouraging Creativity in Kids
Jules is a super creative person, and all of her sisters are the same way. One of our listeners asked her if there was anything her parents did to encourage and grow her creativity, and if there's anything we do for our girls. Julia shares a few stories about her childhood, some unique activities they would do, and the approach we try to take with our girls. Jules also talks about Art for Kids Hub, which is a great option for parents wanting to encourage their kids' interest in art.

2017 Project Report Card
Every January we like to make a list of planned projects for the coming year, and then revisit that list in December to give ourselves a grade. We visit our project plans for 2017 and go through each project, giving ourselves a grade on how that shook out. And even though we did complete our office this year, we share why we didn't give ourselves an A on it.

Can't Get You Outta My Mind
Chris: I'm not big on clothing. If you ever see me in my wife's Instagram stories, I'm usually wearing sweat pants or basketball shorts, a t-shirt and a hat or something. But! Every once in awhile I like to look nice, and I talk about my latest purchase that can hopefully up my thread game - a pair of Taft boots

Preston: Any of our listeners can attest to Preston's outgoing and "let's do this" personality. The guy wants to make a positive impact and help others find their happiest life. So Preston is starting a new podcast in the new year (worry not, he'll still be here with us as well), called Next Level Life, and he shares some details and why he feels the pull to do it. You can SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Julia: When you become a parent, one of the first things you become painfully aware of is the importance of sleep. Particularly for your children, because if they aren't sleeping, you aren't sleeping. We've talked about our sleep training, and how effective it has been with our girls. But there are still milestones that can throw your kids off and it feels like you're starting over. One of those is the transition out of swaddling. Jules talks about Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, and how it's been a life saver for both Faye and Polly in making this transition.

 
 
We'd love it so much if you could leave a rating and review for the podcast, and thank you for continuing to spread the word about our corner of the podcast world! We love hearing from new listeners every week! 
 
Have questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast? Email podcast@chrislovesjulia.com.
Dec 4, 2017

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 Water Damage
We've been going through our list this week, scheduling out our priorities for the next few months and then something happened that is forcing us to make our Master Bathroom a priority. And it has to do with portions of the ceiling below the bathroom (in the girls' bedroom) falling in. 

General Discussion: Creating and Meshing Holiday Traditions
You like white lights, he likes colored lights. You go sledding on Christmas Eve, he makes popcorn and watches movies. We all have our traditions that make the Holidays feel like "The Holidays", but what happens when your significant other has their own traditions that are different from yours? We talk about some of our own traditions that we've had, how we've combined and how we want to approach creating our own going forward. Jules also shares an article with a few tips for starting your own traditions, no matter what stage of life you're in. 

Game: How Many, How Many, How Many
Named after Preston's "How Many Chins" game he and his wife play on Instagram, this game has nothing to do with that and involves numbers and home design/DIY. Jules quizzes Preston and me about how many blanks are in blank, or how many blanks are in a blank. The blanks are filled in on the podcast. 

Can't Get You Outta My Mind
Julia: For Julia's birthday I bought her a Wi-Fi enabled SD card for her camera, and she talks all about how much she loves it. No cables, instant transferring from a camera to her phone, and posted straight to Instagram. If you're a blogger or social media influencer or just posting lots of pictures and you want them to look their best, this is the product you want

Preston: Preston has known for quite some time now that he needs to start meditating, but he hasn't really known where to start. He talks about an app he recently purchased called Headspace, that provides guided meditations that Preston has started doing each day. He shares some thoughts he has on it so far and benefits that he's seeing.

Chris: I've always struggled with maintaining friendships, but some experiences recently have reminded me how important that is. I talk about some time I've spent with old friends recently, and why I think that everyone should take a step today to reach out to someone, just because. 

Sponsors:

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.comWonderblyallows 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.

Grove Collaborative
Grove Collaborative is an online marketplace for all of your favorite natural home & personal care products. We signed up a few months ago and set all of our favorites products on a subscription to arrive automatically, right when we need them. Visit www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia to sign up, spend your first $20 and they will throw in a FREE set of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products. No code required, but you do need to sign up at www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia.

We'd love it so much if you could leave a rating and review for the podcast, and thank you for continuing to spread the word about our corner of the podcast world! We love hearing from new listeners every week! 
 
Have questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast? Email podcast@chrislovesjulia.com.
 
Nov 20, 2017

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. And taking that one step further, do we really need those extra things at all?

Impromptu Game: Name That Minimalist
While talking about the cabin design, Jules shares an article from Apartment Therapy that defines 6 different types of minimalism. She names what they are and Preston and I take turns guessing their definitions. We also say which ones we identify with most, and would love to hear your matches in the comments.

Can't Get You Outta My Mind
Julia: Something Jules and I have been talking about recently is the responsibility people have to those around them. I don't know why, but humans are just naturally competitive - sometimes that's good, sometimes not. She talks about the power of doing something positive and what happens when we focus outward.

Preston: As someone trying to build their own brand, Preston shares his thoughts on the world of marketing and how it has changed in our modern world. He talks about how this applies to all businesses, but specifically why it creates success. The short version? Provide something of value!

Chris: I realize the world loves extremes, but I think there's a much more fulfilling way to live. I'm sure many of you have watched the documentary "What the Health" on Netflix, and perhaps some of you felt shocked by it. I talk about a less popular documentary called "In Defense of Food" (also on Netflix) and why it makes so much more sense, while still lighting a fire under us all to live more healthy. It's definitely worth a watch.

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.

Grove Collaborative
Grove Collaborative is an online marketplace for all of your favorite natural home & personal care products. We signed up a few months ago and set all of our favorites products on a subscription to arrive automatically, right when we need them. Visit www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia to sign up, spend your first $20 and they will throw in a FREE set of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products. No code required, but you do need to sign up at www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia.

We'd love it so much if you could leave a rating and review for the podcast, and thank you for continuing to spread the word about our corner of the podcast world! We love hearing from new listeners every week! 
 
Have questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast? Email podcast@chrislovesjulia.com.
Nov 6, 2017

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 sports paraphernalia. And how bringing those items into the rest of the home, in a cohesive way, may just quash a man's desire to have a man cave.

 

1. Vintage Framed Sports Photo (or any athletic photo printed in black and white with a nice white mat and thin, black frame.
2. Heritage Football. Go for worn leather sports paraphernalia over a brand new ball.
3. Pennant. Pennants have a natural sports look to them and are trending.
4. These wall hangers for any time of ball are perfect for incorporating those vintage ones from #2 into your gallery wall.
5. Trophy
6. Put a bunch of old baseballs into some sort of vessel, like a large mason jar.
7. Vintage pins for the shelf for the bowling lover. Love the colors here!
8. String an old pair of boxing gloves onto a hook mounted on a piece of wood. These gloves are perfect!
9. Trophies. You can't have too many trophies...even if you didn't win them.
10. Baseball bat shelf.
11. Lacross shelf. (You can also just mount actual bats, sticks, skis, etc. to the wall!)

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.

 

Brooklinen
They sent us their Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle with a Window Pane Sheet and their Bedford Smoke Stripe Duvet cover back in April and we could not be happier. Our listeners get $20 off PLUS Free Shipping with code CLJ at checkout!

Oct 23, 2017

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.  

SPONSORS

Grove Collaborative
Grove Collaborative is an online marketplace for all of your favorite natural home & personal care products.  Visit www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia to sign up, spend your first $20 and they will throw in a FREE set of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products. No code required, but you do need to sign up at www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia.

Brooklinen
They sent us their Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle with a Window Pane Sheet and their Bedford Smoke Stripe Duvet cover back in April and we could not be happier. Our listeners get $20 off PLUS Free Shipping with code CLJ at checkout!

 

Oct 9, 2017

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.

Sep 25, 2017

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 

www.grove.co/chrislovesjulia

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

Sep 11, 2017

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.  

Aug 28, 2017

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.

Jul 31, 2017

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!

Jul 17, 2017

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.

Jul 3, 2017

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.

Jun 19, 2017

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.

 

Jun 5, 2017

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.

May 22, 2017

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.

May 8, 2017

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.

Apr 24, 2017

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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Apr 10, 2017

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...
 
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Mar 28, 2017

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

Mar 13, 2017
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!
 
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Email us: podcast@chrislovesjulia.com
 
Cant Get You Outta My Mind Items:
 
iPhone Wallet Case
Chris' Shoe Insoles

 

Feb 27, 2017
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.
 
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Feb 13, 2017

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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Feb 6, 2017

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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