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The Chris Loves Julia Podcast w/ Preston Pugmire

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Conversations about DIY, Home Design, and family. Chris Loves Julia is a DIY home design blog that started in 2008. It has since become the go to place for design and home renovation info for millions of readers. On this podcast we go behind the curtain on blogging, home renovation, and design in general and how it all relates to having a home that is "lived in" by a family.


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Ep 60: Fear And The Final Episode
It's a hard day. But it's a good day. Today's episode of The Chris Loves Julia Podcast with Preston Pugmire will be the last of the series. Despite the million+ downloads, multiple sponsors per episode and the success stamp that most people would put on the podcast, last week, I had a major breakthrough that left me in tears. And then lead me to have a really, really difficult conversation with the team to end the podcast. We recorded our final episode less than 24 hours later, and the feelings were (and still are) very raw. That is to say, okay, I cry more and explain what led me to this unexpected decision. The theme of the episode is fear, because it had everything to do with fear. But we touch on the scary thing that happened at our cabin, a bold decision that made our bathroom plans "click," and share some of our favorite moments from the podcast. I know this will come as a shock to many of you, and I'm sure you will share in our sadness about it. But the time is right, and we can't wait for what's to come.  -Julia   SPONSORS Daily HarvestJules and I have been ordering Daily Harvest smoothies from even before they were a sponsor of the podcast. They're healthy, so simple, and really tasty. Visit and use promo code CLJ to get 3 free items in your first box.   Thomas Avenue CeramicsReceive 30% off your tile order before April 15th, 2018! Visit and use promo code CLJ30  
Ep 59: In Living Color Theory (Rebroadcast)
A candid discussion about the best practices when choosing paint colors. Julia reveals for the first time a huge mistake she made behind the scenes.  Posts mentioned in this episode: DIY Shiplap built-ins: finished and styled! Perfectly Putty Paint   Leave a Rating and Review for the Podcast!   Theme song: Headphones by Preston Pugmire
Ep 58: Secrets From 4 Incredibly Successful, Self-Taught Designers
We interviewed four successful interior designers that are all self taught. Amber Lewis, Jenny Komenda, Shea McGee and Brian Patrick Flynn all open up about everything from their education backgrounds (in some cases, dropping out of school) to advice they would give to anyone trying to break into the field. 1. Amber Lewis | Principal at Amber Interior Design and founder and CEO of the blog, Amber Interiors.  Based in California, but designing all over the world, Amber makes her signature casual California design look effortless, cool, cozy, eclectic and unique. Find her (and her amazing work) at , @amberinteriors on instagram, and check out her shoppe to get her signature look in person (in Calabasas) or online here.   2. Jenny Komenda | Interior designer and the owner of Juniper Studio, Jenny's Print Shop and founder of the blog, Little Green Notebook. Phoenix based, Jenny has been blogging about interiors since 2007! Her style is approachable, eclectic and the perfect mix of splurge pieces with budget-friendly DIY (she's the queen!) mixed in. Find more of Jenny's work at,, @jennykomenda on Instagram, and her digital print shop 3. Brian Patrick Flynn | Television producer turned interior designer. Founder of FlynnsideOut Productions, a full service production company specializing in lifestyle-related content. Atlanta based, Brian's style can best be described as soft-masculine and characterized by a unique mix of design styles, modern and classic art, unconventional color schemes and practical budgets. The designer primarily resides in Atlanta but frequently retreats his two alternate residences, the country home in the mountains of north Georgia and a Scandinavian pied-á-terre in Reykjavik, Iceland for creative inspiration. Find more of Brian's work on here, through his production company Flynnside Out, and on Instagram @bpatrickflynn. 4. Shea McGee | Co-Founder and Creative Director of Studio McGee and McGee & Co. Utah based, Shea's bright and clean aesthetic has attracted a wait-list of clients and originally, no idea how to handle the workload. Studio McGee was created in a spare bedroom with lots of big ideas and no room for fabric samples and has grown into a massive empire. Find more of Shea's work at, watch their web series here, through their McGee & Co Shop and on instagram @studiomcgee. The 6 questions you can expect to hear answered in this episode are: • What is your education background? • When did you realize design was something you wanted to do professionally and how did you make that shift? • How did you grow your business, get clients, get noticed!? • What role does social media play in your business? • What’s something you still want to learn? • What advice do you have for others wanting to break into the field? This Episode is Sponsored by: Blue Apron We've been using Blue Apron for almost three years now, and we couldn't recommend it more. They even started offering Whole30® Compliant options, so give it a try this week! Our listeners can get $30 off their first order by visiting ThirdLove Jules is nonstop raving about her ThirdLove bras, and their incredible process. From determining fit to selecting a style, you can do it all from the comfort of your home and they offer 60 different size options! Visit to get 15% off your first purchase.
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May 6th, 2016
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Feb 26th, 2018
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