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February 8, 2016

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If you follow me on Instagram, over the last few days you’ve seen a bunch of our friends and family members, in sad spaces with signs saying #CLJtotheRescue.

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And now we can finally spill the beans that we are, indeed, coming to somebody’s rescue and it could be yours! We’ve partnered with Lowe’s to makeover a space in somebody’s home–interior or exterior–and it can be anywhere in the country! There’s an application link at the end of this post and it will only be live now through Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59pm ET. The submission window is so short because Chris and I want to look over every application and select someone this week! Once an applicant is selected, we’ll work with you on a plan to make your dreams come to life over the next few weeks and then fly to your neck of the woods or desert or beach or country and make some magic happen! So, if there’s a spot in your home that needs a makeover, don’t hesitate!



• Be looking to fix up a space within your residence. This can be an exterior or interior space. We’re no strangers to a good before and after but we want to stretch ourselves here.
• Have a makeover project that’s able to be completed within 24 hours. Chris and I (and a crew of Lowe’s volunteers!) will only be in your area for 2 days. So although we may not have time to completely gut a kitchen, or move plumbing, or replace your roof, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised what we can get done.
• Be the owner of your home. Sorry, renters!
• Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with a unique story to tell. It doesn’t have to be a tear-jerker. It could be a hilarious, sad, deserving, heart-warming, disastrous or hopeful story. We just want to hear why you want this makeover!
• Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by media.
• Be in need of expert design help from Chris Loves Julia.
• Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines. We’ll all work on this one. Ha!
• Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between February 9 -May 1, 2016). We’re shooting to get this done in April sometime, but we’re flexible on dates.
• Allow photos of your home to be shared online. We’re bringing the big camera!
• Be 21 years of age or older to apply. 
• Complete the online application form and agree to the Terms. 
• To apply visit: (or click on the black box below)
• We will only contact eligible participants.


If this sounds like you, your house, or someone you know (nominations welcome!) apply by clicking the black box below!




This post and project is sponsored by Lowe’s. Can’t wait to come see one of you!

What do you think?

  1. Aaisha Khan says:

    Please, please, please – let us know the winner. The anxiety is killing me – hope to see you both in Brooklyn soon.

  2. Anneliese says:

    The Bowers posted on Instagram about you and so I applied. I had about 5 minutes to apply before my 1 and 3 year olds had meltdowns. I know you saw my linoleum tile circa 1970. The wood paneling. The ceiling tiles. Don’t forget the awesome light fixtures. I know so many people think my laundry room is drool worthy with it’s retro chic…how could we possibly want to step into the new millennium?! Call me crazy but I’m sure you’ll be headed to dirty Jersey ;) Fingers crossed we meet soon!!

  3. Megan says:

    This is awesome! We submitted ours the other day for our huge back yard. Fingers crossed! :) I’ll be following along no matter what, though. Such a cool idea.

  4. This is such an amazing idea! It will be so challenging but so fun to do this in two days. Eek! I am excited to follow along!

  5. Nate says:


    Thanks so much for doing this! In our application we mentioned my father-in-laws backyard. I just wanted to let you know his nomination application has been submitted under Bob Taylor :). Thanks again!

  6. Carrie M. says:

    Oh my goodness, I just entered TODAY. Our cat was rushed to the vet yesterday with kidney failure (man it’s been a heck of a week!). Is it too late to be considered??! :(

  7. Aaisha Khan says:

    Julia, one more comment, I did not post a video of my space because I was at work. Will that automatically eliminate me? I did upload photos.

  8. Aaisha Khan says:

    Submitted my form yesterday – brownstone in Brooklyn. Hope Brooklyn is an attractive prospect, would love to meet you guys. Fingers crossed!

  9. Danielle says:

    I entered yesterday after stalking your blog for months! I would be SO excited for you to come to warm, sunny Central Florida to help with our home!!

  10. Amanda B. says:

    Well, shoot. After my phone helpfully “reloaded” the page (losing all of my text entered so far) TWICE, I had to give up and go to bed. I’ll be so excited to see what you do with a reader’s space, and I’ll resolve to take action myself and makeover my own space in the wake of your inspiration! Hope this sort of thing becomes a regular occurrence with you guys!

  11. Kait says:

    Hi y’all! We entered our backyard wasteland and I wanted to thank you for such an exciting opportunity. We would love love love it if you picked us! And we can guarantee our baby girl will give you plenty of smiles and our pup Banjo will love on ya all day while you’re here. :) Thanks again!

  12. Dave says:

    Hey guys, so my wife and I just entered and it literally was 11:59 (such the procrastinators) so we sent our application without writing about ourselves… If the “murder scene” bathroom pictures intrigue you, we can definitely fill you in on our story. Please don’t judge us for those floors… We ripped up the carpet and that’s what we found, ha ha! I just wanted to get the pics in before the deadline closed. Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Megan says:

    This is an awesome contest – my husband and I just applied! We took photos and I took a video and we couldn’t stop laughing at the awkward things I say in the video when I can’t think of what else to say. “Come make over our house! Errrr, our basement.” HAHA!

    Fingers crossed you decide to come to MA… it will be FUN!

  14. sarah says:

    We entered last night and I almost cant wait to hear who you guys are going to pick! It looks like there is so many entries!!!!
    How can I convince you Northeast Ohio is the place you wanna be? I wish we had something exciting to persuade ya!

  15. Kristin says:

    Awesome! I am excited about this. I just entered…hopefully you’ll consider traveling all the way to… Idaho :)

  16. julia says:

    I would love, love to meet you guys, feed you, and promise you can have our tomato and cheese backsplash as a memory of us. :) we also have a zip line in the backyard that’s calling your name!

  17. Allegra says:

    Quick question: I see that many bloggers are working together on this project. Does each blogger pick one space to makeover, or is it one collective decision? Thanks! This is awesome, by the way!! :)

  18. Lizzie Bowman says:

    Ahh, this is so exciting! Even if we don’t get picked, it’s got me dreaming of spring and tackling our house exterior a bit before baby #2 comes.

  19. Lindsey says:

    Wahoooooo, Andrew and Hannah and I just entered and now hubs is getting reeaaaaaaaaalllllly excited. I explained that our chances our slim (math is not my strong suit), but that our odds are better than the lottery.

    Pick us and our backyard. Hannah will thank you in kisses. She’s a dog, so that’s not as weird as it sounds….

  20. Nikki DeMartini says:

    I agree with everyone else – such a great idea! Can we switch places so I can look at other people’s awful spaces and feel better about mine? :D

    Also, if you guys end up visiting Reno, I’d advise for you to a., bring fat pants and b., stay an extra day to eat all the foods!

  21. Lauren Pelkey says:

    This is such a great idea—so excited to apply! Our front room needs desperate help and we would LOVE to have y’all visit Birmingham. Fingers crossed :)

  22. What an amazing opportunity! I didn’t have time to make a proper video because I just heard about the contest today, but I would just love your help! It’s hard to homeschool a huge crew and squeeze in remodeling. :)

  23. Julia says:

    I entered! I was shocked at the square footage of my space. Our whole downstairs living/dining area is only 312 sq.ft. which is nuts to me! I’ll be excited to see whatever space you choose. :)

  24. Kelly J says:

    Yay!!! So exciting. My family needs major HELP!!

  25. Julie says:

    I am so bummed that we can only choose one blogger to apply to! I feel like we are your twin family in Florida (husband is Chris, we have a Charlie dog too), ha!

  26. Erin says:

    I totally applied-eeeek! Would also like to mention that we have a nice clean bathroom and cook gluten-free, cuz I know that’s all I would care about if I had to hang for 2 days ;) Stu-D-O, Stu-D-O!!

  27. Allison says:

    Do you see the applications as they come in? We are so excited for you to see our space and hopefully chose us! I read your blog daily and love love your style!

  28. Giordi Y. says:

    I couldn’t get the video to upload. And I had a really *awesome* video that I’m sure you’re dying to see. Is there any way I can send it even if I’ve submitted our application?

  29. Ashley says:

    This is such a cool opportunity! Thanks for the chance to enter, and I promise that our giant goldendoodle will make you feel right at home, minus the Charlie hair. :)

  30. Julie says:

    OMG please pick me! My dining room DEFINITELY needs the Chris loves Julia touch. And I promised Indian food, so there’s that.

    I hope that sways the vote in my favor.

  31. Evelina says:

    This is SO fun!! I would totally do it if I wasn’t planning on moving soon. Good luck to all of those who submitted their space!

  32. Margaret says:

    We are submitted! Would love to have your special touch in our mudroom, and I was FULLY SERIOUS at the end of the video… we live 5 minutes from the airport. Pick us, and we’ll come pick you up!!!

  33. Jane says:

    I always check your blog spot for inspiration! Please choose us for our attic and come to NYC! ;)

  34. Colbey says:

    Just applied and am over the moon about this giveaway! We need superhero space.

  35. Never mind the makeover, I’d love to have you all over for a coffee! Is Scotland, UK too far? ;)

  36. Danica says:

    Eee don’t throw us out because we live in Tulsa… It’s actually a pretty cool city!!!!!

    (not spam, I swear.. Just link challenged!)

  37. Megan says:

    So cool!! I just entered – crossing my fingers!! :) :)


  38. Giordi Y. says:

    Does the space have to already be one space? We need to knock down a wall between our old laundry room and our half bath to make a master bath. Is that too much? Should I just choose another space? ‘Cause Lord knows we’ve got plenty of spaces we need done but that’s the one I want done most.

  39. Chelsea says:

    ohhhh my gosh, freaking out over here because what an incredible opportunity!!! Can my makeover vision involve any demo (pulling out cabinets) or is this cosmetic only?

  40. Bethany says:

    Just submitted the application! I took the video before preschool pick up, it was a disaster and then cleaned up for the pictures! Ha. Wanted to make sure I got it in as soon as possible. Thank you for the opportunity, this is a cool project. Your style in your house seems so relaxing, I know you’ll do that for someone else wonderfully. Just crossing my fingers it’s me!

  41. Annica says:

    My friend shared this and I think it’s awesome! I just entered. :-) Thanks for doing this!

  42. Eep would love to submit an application!! How many miles away does the closest Lowes have to be located? And can you list some examples of a type of project that’s able to be completed within 24 hours? Thank you!! xo

    • Julia says:

      I don’t think there is a maximum or minimum mileage between your house and Lowe’s. We just want to make sure it’s accessible. As for acceptable projects, we don’t have time to gut a kitchen or move plumbing or fix your roof, but we do want a drastic before and after.

  43. Emilyjane says:

    What a fun and generous project! Can’t wait to see what you do for someone’s space. Here’s hoping it’s my space:)

  44. Shannon says:

    Oooh I might just have to enter my aqua fifties kitchen into this contest. We sorely need to make over this space but we have much bigger fish to fry (which I’ll get into in our application). Hopefully I can work on it tonight!

  45. Caitlin says:

    We are in it to win it!! Fingers crossed you can help us with a space in our recently purchased forever home!! Best of luck reading all the applications. I’m sure there will be many deserving spaces.

  46. Sarah says:

    Is it a problem if there’s not a Lowes in our town? Or that the nearest one is 2.5 hours away? #smalltownproblems

  47. Taylor says:

    Ever wanted to travel to Canada? We’re not THAT far away! And there’s a Lowes in town!

    • Julia says:

      We love, Canada! And I know we have many Canadian readers. This time, Lowe’s is limiting the entries to the US but we’ll see what we can do for next time!

      • Oh man! I spent ALL that time thinking about and submitting my entry to the contest as it lets you choose “Canada” destination as an option. It even has my province in the drop down list.

        I word searched ‘United’ and ‘Canada’ in the terms and didn’t see where it said that Canada was ineligible.

        Not cool Lowes!

      • Julia says:

        Elaine! I’m so so sorry. The makeover is open to US homeowners only. We found the confusion is coming from the ‘States’ dropdown menu which includes a couple Canadian territories. We’ll be unable to select any Canadian projects to execute but we’re happy to pass them on to the Lowe’s Canada team for consideration as they’re an entirely separate entity from Lowe’s US.

      • No problem. Thanks Julia! Will be so much fun to watch the makeover. :)

  48. YEAH!!!! Exciting!! Come to Cali and redo my second bath!!! Or my “laundry situation”, man that space is hilarious.

  49. tiara says:

    So awesome! I have just the space.

  50. Brie says:

    I can’t WAIT to enter! Can we submit more than one space for consideration or is that against the rules?

    • Julia says:

      I think just pick one space. We only have 24 hours to look over all the applicants and we want to give every one our time and attention. Ask yourself, “Which one means more to me?” And enter that one!

    • Julia says:

      Okay! Straight from Lowe’s: Please only submit one application. But if you’d like to submit a second space option within that single application, you’re welcome to.

  51. Yes! I entered. Pick me! Pick me! I’ve submitted our master bedroom/master bath. Fingers crossed~!

  52. Alison G says:

    Expert design help?

  53. Julianne says:

    Yea! I entered and it’s exciting but I know I totally flubbed it, 4 tiny hands were trying to help me. Thanks for the chance, it’ll be fun to watch the space you do no matter who wins.

    • Julia says:

      So excited to see your entry!

      • Julianne says:

        Don’t get too excited. I was told no fewer than 500 times that I had to MAKE THE WAFFLES! while trying to type. And then I had to play a game of football to get the computer mouse back from the tot. It was fun entering and it sounds like a ton of fun for you guys too.

  54. Emma P. says:

    I am so excited for this but we do not close on our first home until March 11! I hope you bring #CLJtotheRescue back at a later date. Our soon to be new home could use a little love the previous owners loved french and navy blue and not in a good way.

  55. Gina says:

    How awesome is this!? I’m going to share the heck out of this. Since we are already in the midst of doing a massive gut job to our 100 year old farmhouse, we are out of the running (although I would LOVE your design help!), but I know lots of people who would love to enter!

  56. Kait says:

    This is amazing! CLJ, you guys are the best! Crossing my fingers :)

  57. Michelle says:

    Awesome! But the link isn’t working :(

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