While our podcast usually airs every other Monday, this year, we are adding a special Q&A episode on the former off weeks–we’re calling…waiting for it…CLJ Q&A! It rhymes. These episodes are shorter (we’re shooting for under 30 minutes) and still have all the same fun and banter, but we answer YOUR questions! Although these are specific questions that come from real listeners, they are either questions we get a lot or we think can be applicable to many homes and situations. If you have a question you’d like us to answer, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are the four we tackled this week:
1. How to add detail and interest to a blank slate.
Hey Chris and Julia and Preston,
I love your podcasts! I listen every week and you make me laugh every time!
My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home, and we are super excited! Not much needs to be done except paint and replace some flooring. The house is a rancher and really does not have a style of its own and no architectural detail except for a vaulted ceiling in the living room. Adding some character to it would be great. My husband builds/remodels for a living so the options are limitless. What are your tips for adding some detail to a blank slate?
We give several ideas in the episode for Gwen, including built-ins! Built-ins make an ordinary home or room feel extra-special and custom. Check out this post
to see how we added built-ins to our playroom!
2. What to do when you have competing focal points.
I am so happy that I finally wrote down your email address this time! Love your podcast, your laughter is contagious!
So my dilemma is competing focal points in my living room. We don’t want to put the tv over the fireplace, since its really high (and hubs put his foot down). So we have the tv on an adjacent wall, with some bookcases and tv stand. We eventually want to mount the tv on the wall. The room isn’t huge, and looks busy was all that noise goin’ on! Any advice?
Pic included (we are painting the room a white/off white in the near future, since it’s north-facing and dark)
Here’s the picture Catherine sent over:
We give a lot of tips and tricks in the episode, but here’s one example (from here)
I found that would work great for the room:
3. Some things you can do to temporarily renovate your kitchen, or tips to make it look a lot better until your big reno!
Love your blog and the podcast. Just wondering if you have any tips or advice on how to temporarily decorate a space that you know you’re going to renovate in the future, but are still saving up for now? We are planning to renovate our kitchen (open a wall up, change flooring/counters, paint cabinets, change lighting) but are in the process of saving up for the project, so I don’t want to invest too much $$ into decorating it now, but at the same time it needs some love/attention.
Thanks in advance,
Katie from Maryland
We’ve done lots of pre-kitchen spruce ups before both of our big kitchen renovations.
Check out when we painted our countertops here.
When we took out a cabinet to put up open shelves here
When we painted our cabinets here.
And listen in for more ideas!
4. Tips for mixing wood types and stains.
Hi Preston, Chris, and Julia,
I have recently binge listened to all the podcasts…and it has been the best :) Thank you for all your words of wisdom as well as keeping me laughing. I was hoping to get some advice on mixing wood stains and types. My husband and I recently bought a house (wahoo)! It has some cool architectural features like one wall in the living/dinning room is almost completely windows. The windows are the originally wood one from the 1950s and haven’t been stained. I want to enhance this unique feature, but need help making sure it doesn’t clash with the light oak hardwood and other wood furniture like our coffee table.
One of the tips we gave here, was for starters, to focus on mixing values of wood. A dark shade, medium and light (like we have in our kitchen/dining area) will be a lot more fool proof than trying to match stains! Here, we have a medium toned “wood” floor, dark black walnut island and a light white oak table. (See more about this space here
This episode is sponsored by Brooklinen
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