300K! And We’re Giving Away A Room!

August 20, 2019

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Over the weekend, we hit 300,000 followers on Instagram! I remember, in fall of 2015, hitting 10,000 followers. We celebrated that — and every milestone since. But 300,000 is a number that’s nearly unfathomable to us, and we couldn’t be more excited or more grateful to be doing what we’re doing and to be taking so many of you along for the ride. In gratitude and glee (!!!), we’re giving away an entire room makeover, and we’re calling it the #cljtreatment.


What’s the CLJ Treatment? Well, first of all, we’ll be redesigning an entire room in the winner’s home. We’ll work to incorporate your tastes while giving your space the CLJ vibe! This will include a video chat, getting to know your space, and a custom mood board with all of our product recommendations and ideas.


Secondly, we have access to some pretty amazing sponsors and brand partners who want to be involved in our projects — always. We get that this isn’t “normal,” but a part of our job! For this giveaway, we’re sharing our favorite partners and products with you. This giveaway includes more than $10,000 in sponsored furniture, decor and everything to complete your room to blog/Instagram-worthy status, including:


Art from Artfully Walls — $1,000

Housewares from McGee & Co — $1,500

Lighting from Rejuvenation — $1,000

Window Treatments from — $1,000

Rug from Loloi

Furnishings from Interior Define — $2,000

Paint and tools from Lowe’s — $200


To enter:


1. Post a room photo(s) in your Instagram feed, tagging @chrislovesjulia and hashtagging #CLJtreatment.


2. Create an Instagram story, telling us why your room needs the #CLJtreatment, and add that story to your Highlights so we can find it easily.


3. Follow all of the partners in the giveaway. This isn’t officially a requirement, but your Instagram feed will overflow with inspiration. These are some of our *favorite* partners, and following them will only benefit you!


The winner will be chosen based on:


The Potential of the Room – We’re looking for a space that could really use the CLJ treatment! The room needn’t be dilapidated or have survived a natural disaster — empty walls or funky carpet or mismatched furniture or a space with no clear direction all scream with potential. This is a celebration, so let’s keep it light and fun :)


Quality/Creativity – Your room should be well-photographed, well-lit. We’re looking for a room that could use some love, so the space doesn’t have to look great, but the photo should be crisp and clear. We’d love to meet the family, friends, and/or pets with whom you share the space! Maybe you want to do something cute like hold a sign that says, “#CLJTreatment, please!” on it :) Be creative, have fun, focus on quality!


Likes – The winner MUST live in the US (sorry!) but we’ll be calling on the help of ALL our 300K+ followers to help us choose the room with the most potential and the entry with the most creativity. They’ll vote with their “likes,” so make sure to hashtag #CLJtreatment and spread the love by voting for your favorite entries on that hashtag, too. (Chris and I will choose the winner among the top five most-liked posts.)



Don’t submit a kitchen or a bathroom. We love designing these rooms, and we have awesome appliance partners, but this contest is specifically for a living room, dining room, bedroom, office, or family room.


Don’t submit a sneaky double room or great room entry! No dining room/living room combos! (Unless you live in a small space where one room is so many things. We’re talking to you, trendy apartment dwellers.)


Don’t submit more than one room. No double entries, please!


Note: Your account cannot be private for this contest.


We’ll be choosing the winner Wednesday, August 28th! So make sure you get your entries posted so there’s plenty of time to gather likes!

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  1. Audrey says:

    One of the top accounts winning with seems to have paid for likes. If you look at all their likes, it’s all foreign accounts and spam accounts. They also jumped into 4th place almost overnight. And their number of likes keep jumping insanely fast. I would hope this isn’t true and they somehow know someone from overseas or it’s just taken off on its own but just wanted to raise your attention to it bc it seems some of the other people have really rallied friends and family to help campaign for it.

  2. Diane says:

    It’s been interesting watching this process. Are you going to eliminate contestants that purchased likes? I feel bad for the contestants that have worked hard for likes.

  3. Sara Herman says:

    Can I enter as a gift for our daughter-in-law (and son too!) She is a rock star mom and wife and DIL. She has full command of the house and kiddos when our son is at work for several days, and then seamlessly shares parenting and life when he returns!!! I know that she’d really love to turn the playroom into a combo room, guest/playroom. And she really likes your style too. They are expecting baby #3 in November! So, if possible, I’d LOVE to surprise her with that????????

  4. Melkorka says:

    I debated entering this contest but I don’t feel comfortable changing my private Instagram (filled with mostly photos of my kids) to public in order to enter. I guess we all have our own ‘security systems’ and that is part of mine – sigh, it sounds like fun though! Congrats on hitting the 300,000 number!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Awe man, I missed the part (initially) where it says the winner is based on likes. Bummer for us with small Instagram accounts ????. Whoever wins is one lucky person!

    • Julia says:

      Most of the top people have very small accounts and are rallying!

      • Jessica says:

        As someone who has followed you guys for a long time, I was so excited to potentially win a room design by you. Your new kitchen is what dreams are made of! I entered the contest and rallied people to like my post. I learned that I have way more people routing for me than I thought (not just in this contest). I don’t have a lot of likes but some of the top people have some “big bloggers and designers” rooting for them. I will never get the 20,000 likes as some but here’s hoping you enjoyed my video!

      • Diane says:

        My daughter entered and I have watched the same thing. The top few accounts all have sat at the same numbers all week long because a big influencer shared their page and they got a big burst of likes. One even had someone with a million followers share and her video went in the lead overnight. It’s too bad for everyone else.

    • Kari Murray says:

      Try it!! That’s what we’re doing!!! Nowhere near influencer status haha. But everyone I know has been resharing. Not in top 5 yet but working for it!! (Wish it were top 10 ????). It’s not too late!

  6. Emily Obrovac says:

    I’m bummed, I would love to enter but don’t have or use Instagram! ????. I would have loved my family room made over. 5 kiddos and husbands couches from premarriage= ugly and stained! Best of luck to the entries!

  7. What a blessing for a person or family!

  8. I do not have an Instagram could I use a family members account too enter. I would love to enter for my sons and daughter shared room!!

  9. Katie says:

    Congrats! You guys work really hard and this is such a generous way to celebrate! Been following for years and loved watching CLJ grow.

  10. Franchesca says:

    I absolutely love this opportunity… you all have huge hearts and that speaks loudly… I just wish that more opportunities happened for those of us who can not have a public profile. A new living room would be an amazing blessing for us. But my children’s safety and well-being comes first. So because I can’t make my profile public. I will cheer on the ones who can, and be so thankful for the blessing and opportunity that they get in this experience. So for the #CLJTreatment may everyone be blessed beyond measure, and I can’t wait to see those blessing others in this, be blessed 100 fold!

  11. Jillian Jantosciak says:

    Hi! Just checking – does this include rented spaces also? Thanks! :)

  12. Sandra says:

    I would love for you guys to redesign my room. But I guess Denmark is a bit too far away ????

  13. Megan Wynands says:

    Such an awesome giveaway! My heart is breaking that you aren’t including Canada though… I will admire from (not very) afar.

  14. Amanda Falk says:

    Congrats!!!! Are you sure you don’t want to include Canada? Like a woman in the boonies who is tired after building a house and needs help decorating it?? No? Sigh…. ah well. Will continue to be inspired from afar!!! I am soooo excited to watch the entries this is the first hashtag I have followed!! LOL!
    Continue being AWESOME!

  15. Jacqui says:

    Just to be clear. You are not physically doing the transformation, only providing the design and products for the family to use? Is that correct?

  16. AJ says:

    I’m super excited about this even though my chances are zilch with so few IG followers. Can’t wait to see who wins (and I’ll still dream it’s me)!

  17. Courtney says:

    My mother in law has the perfect room in her house for the CLJTreatment! She re-did her entire house about 10 years ago except for this one room that she just couldn’t figure out. It’s an odd shape but lined with french doors leading to the backyard so it has so much potential to be amazing! None of us can figure out the best layout for furniture or how to tie in the design with the rest of her house. I’ll have to talk to her this weekend and see if she would be on board for entering this contest (with my help of course!) She’s not the best with technology but if CLJ readers are looking for America’s sweetest mother in law, she could make for great content! :)

  18. Korie says:

    Can I make a separate account to apply for this? I keep my main account private, but would love to enter!

  19. Patricia says:

    Well shoot! You just shot down the two rooms I’d love to change. I’ll just have to enjoy watching someone else getting the CLJ treatment.
    On the other hand, this is just the kind of story I’m excited to follow so it’s still a “win” for me.

  20. Sarah M. Matthews says:

    I was so hoping this would be the surprise announcement!! I have been so inspired by your kitchen makeover that my husband and I are thinking how we can tackle our own little kitchen, but I also hesitate thinking how awful our living room, which is adjacent, would look by comparison so this is a great opportunity. Since we moved in 4 years ago I’ve barely touched it design wise because it’s such a small space and I’ve been stumped about how to make it cozy but also functional. I could use a fresh set of eyes (or two!) and I’d so love to meet you both and learn from you. It’s incredible to me that after the scary and heartbreaking loss of your cabin, you’ve pushed forward with so much love and generosity. I want to start living like this in my own home and life. #dontwait

  21. This is so fun! Ya’ll are SO generous!!! I can’t wait to submit our living room. It’s a good one ;)

  22. Lauren K says:

    Getting to work! You’ve inspired other rooms in my house and I can’t wait to follow along with this contest. Thanks for this opportunity!

  23. Emily Hambrick says:

    Suddenly VERY nervous to actually speak on my stories since I normally just post sweet baby pictures for my 40 loyal followers. :)

    Congratulations on this milestone! You guys deserve a celebration!

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