We’d Like To Thank The Academy…


What better way to ring in our five month wedding anniversary than finding out we won five grand? As many of you know we entered the Remodel, Blog & Win contest by RemodelingMySpace.com a few months ago. But never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d actually win the $5000 grand prize- especially when the competition was so fierce (there were 46 other blogs in the running). In fact, it seemed like such a long shot that when I requested that we put dinner on hold until the winner was announced, John gently suggested that I shouldn’t “get my hopes up.”

So I wrestled to keep them down until the phone rang. And the rest is a blur. We learned that we’d won the grand prize and that we’d soon be receiving the big check (big in amount, we don’t think it will actually be one of those huge novelty checks). The phone call set off a combination of screaming, jumping, pinching ourselves, more screaming, more jumping, hugging, more hugging, more screaming and some mild hyperventilation. Burger thought we’d gone positively mad.

And a big thanks to Paul Marek and the rest of the RemodelingMySpace.com crew for masterminding such a fun contest. We plan to put some of the winnings towards a housing charity in Richmond and use the rest to continue doing new projects around the house so we can keep sharing them with you.


  1. says

    OMG, this is priceless you guys!!

    Big congrats on your win – you truly deserve it! You have everything in your project & blog we were looking for. The judges absolutely made the right choice. (I especially love the part 1 video you did in November… I will be posting that on our ideaBlog!!)

    I was very happy you had the overjoyed reaction you did… and I can’t tell you how good it felt to tell someone I was giving them $5000 for a job well done. A tear actually came to my eye as I hung up the phone with you. I called some friends and told them, “I just gave away $5000!!! & it was great!!”

    Again, congrats…, but the fun has just begun! Don’t forget you will be getting video interviewed by Meghan Carter for her site, http://www.AskTheDecorator.com. And from watching that video, Sherry, I think you’ll be very comfortable in front of the camera. ;) I can see the movie offers rolling in now….

    Excellent job John & Sherry, & many thanks for your participation. I couldn’t be happier with the results of our contest. I look forward to doing a full write up about your project and blog… um, ….soon.

    OK, but now, I need to get some sleep….

    Many Thanks and Congratulations,
    Paul Marek

  2. Phil says

    Congrats guys! That’s fantastic, and with that pic of you all with your winning sashes no doubt you’ll soon be winning modeling contests as well.

  3. says

    Congratulations Sherry & John!

    It’s creative and entertaining posts like this one that set you apart and keep your readers coming back for more!

    Enjoy your winnings and keep having fun,


  4. YoungHouseLove says

    Thanks to everyone for all the congrats (both here and in our inboxes). We’re super grateful for the recognition and for everyone who takes the time to read.

    Paul, we hadn’t forgotten about the video interview with Meghan from http://www.AskTheDecorator.com. In fact, we were actually just on her site last night (prepping so that we’re totally camera ready when the time comes).

    And Phil, our only hope of winning modeling contests is if you’re not competing against us.

    Cathy, thanks for the encouragement. We hope to continue using our mediocre construction skills paired with a healthy dose of humor to keep people entertained.

    And now for a big thanks to everyone reading. Y’all come back now, ya hear?

    John & Sherry

  5. says

    Congratulations on your win! You deserved it.

    And to think that the kitchen hasn’t even been fully installed yet. Perhaps there’ll be another contest for kitchens soon for you to try and win.


  6. says

    Congratulations! — Fantastic — what great fun! – what a great site! Love what you have done with the place – beautiful Definitely will keep visiting to see the progress.


  7. YoungHouseLove says

    The overwhelming encouragement and excitement that our readers have shared with us has been nothing short of fantastic. Thanks so much for being our little virtual family and showing your support in oh so many fun and fabulous ways:)

    Sherry & John

  8. YoungHouseLove says

    The overwhelming encouragement and excitement that our readers have shared with us has been nothing short of fantastic. Thanks so much for being our little virtual family and showing your support in oh so many fun and fabulous ways:)

    Sherry & John

  9. says

    Congrats guys, as a fellow competitor I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog and am so glad you guys won. Keep up the good work, and enjoy that prize money. You deserve it.

  10. Leeh says

    Hey, I just recently found your blog and after reading bits and pieces of your amazing transformation and of course, drooling over your pictures and amazing color schemes (your style is exactly – down to a T – what I’d want in my home), I’m going back 3 years and reading your whole blog. I started at 12 AM and it is now 3 and with every post I’m just as giddy as you guys probably were – smiling to myself and loudly letting out “oh my gods” and “awww’s” here and there. This post just nails it, I can’t believe you guys won. It must feel so rewarding! Can’t wait to keep on reading about you guys, congratulations on your long journey and good luck in the future! :)

  11. Melanie says

    Sherry- just a heads up… I am up late and reading old posts before my daughter’s next feed. I clicked on the link in the last paragraph of this post and the site took me to a malware warning. Not sure if the site you mentioned has been compromised? I doubt that many people are reading 7 year old posts but just in case you want to remove the link I thought I would mention it :) Hope baby Teddy is doing well! My heart felt happy when I read your “announcement” today. So glad your lives will be able to slow down a bit. Blessings to your precious family!

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