Young House Love was my official introduction into blogs. Meet the Petersiks.
When I decided to start decorating my house I literally Googled “cottage decorating” and Young House Love was the first link I clicked on. OH BOY, was I in trouble. I read almost everything. Get ready to hear the word love a lot…
I loved their wedding, so many great ideas. I loved their first house and I love their second house. I am blown away that they take time to save and budget everything they buy, and have zero debt…love it! I was totally ‘photog’ inspired by the monthly picture project of their daughter Clara and the list can go on and on.
Its no wonder though that I got sucked in since I’m right up their demographic alley. According to the 5 year Blogoversary stats of their recently surveyed viewers (yeah, I totally participated) 97% are women…check, 38% are in their 30’s…check, 69% own their house and finally 77% have a ring on it…CHECK and CHECK!
We have a few things in common too…young couple, old house, a toddler. However, our similarities pretty much end there. They DIY entire kitchen redo’s and can single- handedly build a deck and sadly I’ve basically only hung a few pictures.
They’ve helped me though to see that if you dislike a particular detail about your house its not that big of a deal to change it. For instance, its just a regular Petersik day…laundry, cleaning up, remove and install new border tile in your master bathroom, cook dinner, watch a little t.v., spray paint something ceramic. No problem.
I mean only replace the border? Who does that? In one afternoon?
You see, my non-diy-seasoned rationale says if you’re going to remove tile, its all gotta come off and you start from scratch…but that’s a mighty project right? Don’t you need a big wet saw? And you’ll probably have to rent a dumpster for all of that debris. Sorry, can’t really do that now? I guess I’ll continue to live with current tile forever.
But they figured since its not wholly bad, why not replace only the ugly bits? It can’t be too difficult, the saw is really little. We’ll probably only need an hour or two tops.
Whoa, that’s huge.
This is a new concept for me because you know those few pictures I’ve finally hung? Well, talk about tremendous anxiety because those holes I put in the wall are TOTALLY PERMANANT right?! I can’t just willy nilly hang them without a minimum of five years of heavy contemplation and tacky paper templates taped on the wall…just to make sure. I mean what if you hate them once they’re up there? Or what if you find something you like better? Now you’ve got random unused NAIL HOLES!
Well, thankfully I’ve put on my big girl pants and realized that its okay to make now nice. Sure its not Pottery Barn perfect but while you’re working up to your ideal you can change the little things along the way (most likely without a wet saw or a dumpster).
They’re funny, creative and great writers, have I even mentioned that beyond their diy goodness they are hard workin’ real life full-time bloggers (soon to be published authors) who are gettin paid?!!
So, when their much anticipated book was up for grabs I knew I wanted it.
So here is the best part of this post. I’ll be meeting them in NYC during their book tour and trying really hard not make a complete fool of myself since I’m pretty sure the BFF thing is not mutual.
It will be a swanky affair at FLOR where they will be unveiling and raffling an exclusive FLOR rug of their own design and serving wine and snacks.
I think I’m going to have to buy a new outfit.
Since it will be a nice little outing for me and the hubs I will be snapping pictures for a full post with all of the deets. (I know you’ll be waiting at the edge of your seats!)
Now, I know I’m not the only YHL groupie out there, anyone else planning on making one of their tour stops? What about any irrational DIY/decorating commitment issues? Wanna share?