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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Sep 19, 2016

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

Sep 5, 2016

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:

Episode Sponsor: Blinds Dot Com

Theme Song "Headphones" By Preston Pugmire

Aug 29, 2016

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

Aug 22, 2016

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

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Aug 15, 2016

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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Aug 8, 2016

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

Aug 1, 2016

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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Jul 18, 2016

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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Jul 11, 2016

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!

Jul 4, 2016

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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Jun 27, 2016

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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Jun 21, 2016

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


Jun 13, 2016

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: Style Finder

Homegoods Style Scope Quiz

Whats Your Decor Style?

Houzz Style Quiz

Jun 7, 2016

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!!!!

May 30, 2016

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

May 23, 2016

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

May 16, 2016

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

May 10, 2016

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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May 10, 2016

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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May 6, 2016

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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