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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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.


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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

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 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
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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.
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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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Jan 23, 2017

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".
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Jan 9, 2017

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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Dec 19, 2016

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.

Dec 5, 2016
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. 
Nov 21, 2016

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.  

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13 Questions You Should Never Ask at Thanksgiving
Chris's Tiny Snowblower
Chris's Binge Watching Shirt
A Shared Girl's Room
Tall Bar Stools

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire


Nov 7, 2016
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
Oct 24, 2016

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

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