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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 17: No Money No Problems – Projects You Can Do Now, On The Cheap

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 17: No Money No Problems – Projects You Can Do Now, On The Cheap Show Notes: 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. CLJ posts mentioned: DIY…

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Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap’n – Taking on Projects You’ve Never Done Before

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 11: Make it Happen, Cap’n – Taking on Projects You’ve Never Done Before Hot Topic: Selling Your Home as a For Sale By Owner Show Notes: 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! CLJ posts mentioned: Snowballing Projects How to Trim Out IKEA Cabinets DIY Solid Wood Wall-to-Wall Shelves A Massive Wood Picture Ledge for the Living Room! Selling the House 2.0 Leave a rating…

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Ep 10: Buildin’ on a Budget Pt. 2

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 10: Buildin’ on a Budget Pt. 2 Show Notes: 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. 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 Leave a rating and review for the podcast! Theme song Headphones by Preston Pugmire How to Listen (iPhone): 1. Tap the podcast app…

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Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin’ on a Budget Pt. 1

Listen to the latest episodes on: iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher. Title: Ep 09: John & Sherry Petersik of Young House Love: Buildin’ on a Budget Pt. 1 Guests: John & Sherry Petersik from www.younghouselove.com Show Notes: 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…

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Ep. 7 Chairman of the Mood Board + My favorite Style Quizzes!

Sorry for my absence over the past week. I had a few posts ready to publish while we were away, but we were, literally, working on the kitchen in Pittsburgh non-stop and I wasn’t in a place to answer questions or even hit publish. So, we’ll save those for this week! The good news is we got back home yesterday, the kitchen turned out amazingly well and we have a full week of posts! You can see a few sneak peeks of the final kitchen that I posted this weekend over on Instagram–it was hard to leave! Other good news! It’s Monday which means Episode 7 of The Chris Loves Julia Podcast is up and we talk all about creating mood boards–how I go about making them, why I’m hooked on the process, what they are for those that may not know. You can listen to that episode right here on iTunes,…

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Kid Rooms: To theme or not to theme

Butterflies | Sheets | Greta’s first big girl room before and afters Episode 6 of The Chris Loves Julia Podcast went live Monday morning and it’s my favorite episode yet! A little background about the episodes: we go over to Preston’s studio and talk for almost 2 hours about a topic. It’s completely unscripted besides the reader questions that we usually read ahead of time (send your questions to podcast@chrislovesjulia.com!) and then sometimes we let them dictate what we talk about. Afterward, Preston takes our conversation and edits out all the long pauses and blabbering on to fit into a reasonable listening time–we shoot for 30-45 minutes. The best glider ever | Curtains | DIY Large Letter Art | Faye’s Nursery This week, we talked about all about kid rooms, including our own childhood bedrooms, our children’s rooms (some funny backlash and mistakes we’ve made), how we approach young rooms and honestly, I’ve…

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On Open Concept Living + Multi-Purpose Spaces

Hope you’re having a good Memorial Day! We have a day of yard work ahead of us followed by a big BBQ with some friends–our first one on our deck! Whatever you’re doing today: paying respects to loved ones who’ve passed, yard work, a road trip to some dreamy cabin, a day at the lake–we hope you’re with people you love. This week’s podcast is now available for you to listen to. On this episode, we talk about multi-functional spaces and open concept rooms (like our living room + dining room + kitchen!) and how to make them cohesive and intentional. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. We also call our friends, Whitney and Ashley from the amazing blog, Shanty 2 Chic, to get their advice on making large or small spaces feel cohesive and talk about their show Open Concept airing on…

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Finding Your Home Style

How would you describe your home style? What about your personal style? Are the two related? The fourth episode of The Chris Loves Julia Podcast is live (links for listening at the end of the post!) and we tackle this question we get all the time in a way that only three best friends (when two of them are guys) could. To help, we called one of the most stylish people I know, both in dress and home, Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess! There isn’t a more adorable, humble, talented, ambitious, inspirational girl out there (unless you look to her sister Emma) and I loved all of her down-to-earth advice and stories. We have a blast in this episode (read: I laugh the entire time) and we hope you have as much fun listening to it. We’d love to know what you thought of the episode and/or what your home style…

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The Chris Loves Julia Podcast Ep 3: Renovating with Kids

Renovating when you have kids is a real-life thing we have attempted to work through, sometimes failing and sometimes coming out feeling like proud parents. We’ve had a few reader and listener emails come in regarding how we manage to update our home when we have two kids: Do you try to squeeze everything into nap time? Or after they go to bed? Include them? Switch off with your partner? Over the 6 years we’ve been tackling our spaces with our girl(s) by our side, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks we talk about in this week’s podcast episode! We’re also sharing a lot of funny fail stories and even interviewing other people in the same boat, including Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals who has managed to DIY even with a newborn in the house. I also share insight from Gwen Hefner, The Makerista and John and Sherry Petersik from…

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