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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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.
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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

Oct 10, 2016

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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Sep 26, 2016

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


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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

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire


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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Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire

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

Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire


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!

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