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Ep. 40: Real Talk on Being Professional Bloggers

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. You can stream the episode right here: OR listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. In this episode, you will hear us refer to a few things, including: • Our new gallery wall in the dining…

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Ep 39: Cabin Hunting, What’s Wrong With Zillow? And A 2017 Trend Check In

We live in, objectively, one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the country, with several remote, quiet vacation towns within one hour car drive. So naturally, we’re looking to renovate a cabin! We talk about how that process has been going, some ups and major downs for us, as well as a major down for Zillow right now in the litigation department. Hint, the Z-Estimate. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Blue Apron Get your first 3 meals free. Visit www.blueapron.com/clj and use code CLJ   Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit www.thomasavenueceramics.com/clj and use code CLJ What We Screwed Up This Week: The Pocket Doors A little insider information on something we messed up with the pocket door recently added to the laundry room that almost had Chris ripping out the freshly added trim. Listener Question: Choosing an Exterior Paint Color • Considerations for the style of…

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Ep 38: You’re Not Invited To My Party, and Other Outdoor Entertaining Tips

We start off talking about some delays in the girls’ bathroom, and frustrations that’s causing (and we’re sure many of you renovators can relate). With all that frustration, thank goodness the weather is finally showing signs of stabilizing in the warm direction, so now we can get outside and do some partying! Tips for outdoor entertaining, a game that Julia completely dominates in, and talking about real life dilemmas with the guest list. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Modsy Get 20% off your first room. Visit www.modsy.com/chrislovesjulia to receive the discount. You can also check out this post to see how we used it for designing our own nursery. Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit www.thomasavenueceramics.com/clj and use code CLJ General Discussion: Outdoor plans  • Setting up the outside entertaining area • Plans for a play set • Sunken trampolines • Landscaping • Outdoor kitchen – comin’ soon! Game:…

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Ep 37: Peeling Back the Curtain on the One Room Challenge™

20 featured bloggers, 200-ish participating bloggers, six weeks. The One Room Challenge is now in its 11th season and Julia and Chris are part of it. We’re talking details about how The One Room Challenge works, how bloggers are chosen, how they feel about being involved and what they get out of it. Chris and Julia also talk candidly about free stuff from sponsors and how they decide what to accept, what to pay for, and how most projects end up a featuring things from both categories (provided/purchased). Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Blue Apron Get your first 3 meals free. Visit www.blueapron.com/clj and use code CLJ   Listener Question: Would you be doing another nursery if it weren’t for the ORC, and if so, would it be as extreme?  • The individualized importance of home design • Last child, last nursery • Helping our (currently) youngest daughter no longer…

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Ep 36: The Woman’s Place in DIY, Broken Noses and Giving Yourself Some Credit

“I could never do that.” Almost every time we share the final photos of a project, we have someone make this comment. We start this episode by talking about it, and how people need to give themselves a little credit. “I’ve never done that” sometimes becomes “I can’t do that,” but it shouldn’t be that way. Google, watch Youtube videos, read books, ask friends and neighbors who have experience. Learn what you need to learn so you can do what you want to do. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. This Episode is Sponsored by: Modsy Get 20% off your first room. Visit www.modsy.com/chrislovesjulia to receive the discount   Thomas Avenue Ceramics Receive 20% off your tile order Visit www.thomasavenueceramics.com/clj and use code CLJ Listener Question: How to choose the right flooring  • The final decision isn’t always final • What factors to consider for deciding on a material and color • How to best use flooring samples…

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Behind the Scenes Video of the Baltimore Kitchen AND Ep 35: Why Your Neighbors Might Hate You and Give Me More, Baltimore

Thanks for all the love with yesterday’s big reveal of the Baltimore kitchen! Due to popular demand, I’ve added a very candid, behind the scenes video Jules took throughout the renovation to the bottom of this post. You’ll see how each day played out, which is nerve-wrecking to re-watch, how much fun our team had together and the end also shows the reveal to the homeowners. We’ve talked about it and talked about it, and now that it’s actually done, we’re going to talk about it even more in this week’s podcast episode. We share some behind-the-scenes tidbits, and explain how this “weekend refresh” turned into a full-fledged renovation. We’ll share details on where we saved, where we splurged, and how we got it all done in 3.5 days (including swollen ankles for Julia and a stretch of 40 hours no sleep for Chris). Julia also shares an “Ah-Hah” moment she experienced, concerning how most…

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Ep 34: Selling Your Old Stuff and You Put WHAT In The Dishwasher?!?

It’s time to Springify the house, and we’re talking about how that happens for the Marcums. 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. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Reader Question: Buying & Selling Online • Knowing when it’s time to sell something • Different websites where you can sell things • Things to include in a listing • How to decide a price • Tricks that will help you get top dollar Game: New Uses for Your Dishwasher • Things you may not have considered cleaning, or cooking, in your dishwasher. Can’t Get You Outta My Head Julia: Julia finally traded in her $6 concealer for a higher quality option, the Smashbox number shown below. I also mention how I only really wear 6 pieces of…

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Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home

Episode Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics If you need tile for any project in your home, use Code CLJ to receive 20% off any order at www.thomasavenueceramics.com/CLJ. Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 33: Apartment Therapy Founder Maxwell Ryan, A Happy Home Show Notes: 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. Affiliate Links: Julia’s Letter Sorter Preston’s iPhone Case Chris’s Shoe Insoles Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Have questions you’d like us to answer…

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Ep 32: White Paint Isn’t White, and You’re Super Unorganized

Episode Sponsored by Thomas Avenue Ceramics If you need tile for any project in your home, use Code CLJ to receive 20% off any order at www.thomasavenueceramics.com/CLJ.  Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 32: White Paint Isn’t White, and You’re Super Unorganized Show Notes: 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, brace yourself for the debut of the hit song “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” by Julia’s childhood pop group with her sisters, Flower Power. Affiliate Links: Metal Framed Oversized Round Mirror Baby Blue…

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Ep 31: Sorry, But Your “Classic” Design Is Just Trendy

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 31: Sorry, But Your “Classic” Design Is Just Trendy Show Notes: 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. Affiliate Links: America Board Game Preston’s Protein Powder Chris’s Inversion Table Please leave a rating and review for the podcast! Have questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast? Email podcast@chrislovesjulia.com. Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire How to Listen (iPhone): 1. Tap the podcast app on your phone. The icon for it looks like this: 2. Search for “Chris Loves Julia” in the search bar and…

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