Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Young House Lust
I lost a good chuck of my weekend in the archives of Young House Love, a blog that chronicles a my-age couple DIY renovating their home. I couldn't turn away from their endless remodel posts where they converted an old, out-dated, dark ranch house into a light airy I-want-to-go-to-there homestead.
There are two things that set this blog apart from other home improvement/design/DIY blogs. 1) The stuff they do is stuff I could do. It's not like they're professional contractors or anything. They're learning as they go and they're making quick easy changes for huge impact. For example, here's there old master bedroom where they took box-y cheap-o IKEA wardrobes and made them look like built ins. Easily.
And the other thing (2) is the writing. They both worked in advertising before becoming full time bloggers and it shows. I'm a snob when it comes to writing on the internet and don't read many awesome blogs because the writing is just a little too stumbly or there are too many guest posts by non-writers or whatever. This is especially a problem in design blogs (just sayin). John and Sherry can scribe their vision and I can't get enough.
They recently moved to a larger house due to their expanding family and, I presume, their addiction to renovation. I'm excited to be reading along now as they do it all over again. It's very motivating and I already find myself purging clutter, thrifting old furniture online, and even dreaming up my own DIY projects. A little ambitious for how I actually roll, but it's fun to think about anyway.
A big shout out to my friend Emily who's being reading YHL forever and finally convinced me to check them out.
Posted by Abigail at 12:05 pm