You asked, we answered. Without further ado, the scoop on all things us:
What’s your deal? This has been a personal/home-related blog that we’ve kept up for the past five years and we love sharing what’s going on in our house (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Welcome to our weird little world.
Are you guys interior designers or home improvement experts? Nope, we’re just regular people who love to learn as we go and share our adventures – and misadventures – right here on our blog. Six years ago we didn’t know the difference between flat and semi-gloss paint, so we’ve come a long way, baby.
How am I supposed to remember your weird blog name? It’s Young Love with a house in the middle. Literally.
Why did you guys start this blog? It was actually John’s idea to start a little blog to track the progress of our kitchen remodel for our friends and family (of course I rolled my eyes but quickly fell in love with sharing our adventures too). After nearly five years of putting daily (and twice-daily) posts out there, it grew from a passion and a hobby into an actual job. You can read more of our story (and see some fun press) here.
Do you have any advice for growing my blog and gaining readers? In a nutshell we’d say that it was a combination of hard work and a series of lucky breaks. Here’s a page full of blogging FAQs that we’ve answered about everything from how we make money and get sponsors to what a day in the life is like. One of the most common questions we get is “what advice would you give someone who is looking to blog for a living?” We always laugh and say “don’t quit your day job!” Not to be Debbie Downers, but just to be realists. It took us five years of blogging and over 2,500 posts to get where we are today – so it’s definitely not a get-rich-quick method. But if you’re doing something you love, and you do it without expecting to make a dime, it’s amazing where it could lead over time if you stick with it!
Wait, you guys have a book deal? I know, we’re just as surprised as you are. After a few years of being approached by various agents and publishers we found the right fit and have a fun little DIY book coming out this fall with Artisan/Workman publishers. Kind of crazy, huh? You can read more about it (and the entire behind-the-scenes process) here.
How about your current one? Here’s the rundown on that.
What paint color is in your kitchen/bedroom/living room etc? Here’s a rundown of all of the paint colors that we’ve used so far in our current house. And here’s a fun little room by room breakdown of our first house.
Where did you get your sofa/table/yellow rug? Here’s a complete room by room source list for nearly every item in our current house. And here’s one for our first house, just because we’re geekily thorough.
Where did you get that portrait of your house from? This question comes up a ton. Here’s that post.
Do you have a list of tools every DIYer should own? You can find the closest thing to that right here.
What if I have a question about painting furniture, refinishing something, or painting my cabinets? Here’s a post all about how to paint almost any piece of furniture, here’s one about refinishing something, and here’s one about how to give your cabinets a new look with a coat of paint (please read the comments for even more info). And check out our Projects page for more tutorials.
Do you have a floor plan of your house anywhere? Here’s a handy little floor plan of our current house (with room dimensions) and here’s the exterior breakdown. We also have this floor plan of our first house (complete with the size of each room) and this exterior breakdown for ya.
What kind of camera do you guys use? Nearly every recent photo on the blog was taken with our Nikon D3000 DSLR, which we talk more about right here. We also occasionally use a simple (and cheap) point and shoot camera (the Canon PowerShot SD1100-IS Digital Elph). Here’s a post with more picture taking tips and info about that.
Do you have a post about your favorite places to eat/hang out/see in Richmond, VA? Here you go.
What are your favorite places to shop for rugs/pillows/lamps/sofas/dining tables, etc? Here’s a post about all of our favorite shopping sources listed by category.
What are your favorite cleaning products/appliances/magazine subscriptions/decor books/shows/cookware/make-up/eco-bags, etc? Check out our Amazon shop for all of our favorite things (and a slew of furnishings that we have and love).
Have you published a post about Clara’s birth story? Yup, that was a scary and miraculous day. Here’s the post about it.
What’s up with those photos of Clara that you take with the printed onesies and fabric backdrops? We photoshop the onesie to make it look personalized (cause it’s free and we’re cheap) and we use clearance fabric from places like JoAnn and Hancock for the background. Here’s a link to all of our pics so far, here’s a post about how we do the photoshop and take the pics, and here’s an update post about the project.
How is cloth diapering going? Good, we love it and still use the same twelve cloth diapers that we purchased over 20 months ago. You can find the original post with all the washing/purchasing/routine-ish details here, and an updated how-it’s-going post here and here.
How do you make your mood boards? We make them in Adobe Photoshop (after bringing a bunch of our favorite items into Photoshop, we size ‘em, cut them out, and add some numbers to create a handy dandy guide that correlates to our explanations). If you don’t have access to Photoshop, we’ve heard great things about OlioBoard, Polyvore and MyDeco so you might want to check those out.
Don’t I know you from somewhere? We’re incredibly grateful to have been recruited to write a regular column in Better Homes & Garden’s Do It Yourself Magazine. We were also featured on the cover of The Nest magazine’s spring issue- here’s that story (more details here) and made a fleeting appearance as one of the “inspiration rooms” that designer Angelo Surmelis used to makeover a master bedroom (check out a clip of the show here and read more about our behind the scenes experience here). We were also on The Nate Berkus Show (you can watch a few clips here) where we somehow managed not to pass out on stage. It was close though.
What’s the deal with the button that says you support various causes on your sidebar? We’re thrilled to be able to support three of our favorite charities, each of which were selected to represent stuff we love (homes, kids, & dogs). We make an annual donation of $1,000 to the Richmond Habitat For Humanity along with $500 to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and $500 to the Richmond SPCA. And we definitely encourage others to check them out! You can donate here, here, and here, or find a local Habitat for Humanity or SPCA in your area here and here.
Where did you guys meet? We met in NYC when we both worked at the same advertising agency and filmed a baby commercial together. What can we say, babies brought us together… and now we have one. We secretly dated until we moved to Virginia and got engaged. To this day our old coworkers still talk about how we “blew their minds” by revealing our relationship, and we laugh about all the times we almost got busted strolling through Central Park hand-in-hand.