Ok, so this is right up there with the weirdest thing we’ve ever seen in our past almost-three-years as bloggers. Recently a reader (thanks Sara!) wrote alerting us that she had seen photos of our living room and guest bedroom on a vacation rental site called Airbnb. And apparently the “landlord” was claiming that they were photos of their house in Pasadena- and charging $48 a night with priority to anyone who booked it for one or two weeks straight (to the tune of $336 to $672) since they “received so much interest.”
Isn’t that weird???? What happens when people get there and it doesn’t look like that? Or maybe it doesn’t get that far because it’s all a scam and this person takes the money and runs without providing an address? Either way we were adequately skeeved out. And of course we contacted both the webmaster of the site along with the “landlord” to let them know that those images were ours and they were firmly planted in Richmond and not for rent. Pretty soon thereafter they were removed. Whew. But so odd right?!
It ranked up there with the time that another reader (thanks Michael!) wrote to us shortly after our big bathroom reveal to tell us that they saw some girl named Amber on Rate My Space claiming our bathroom after photos as hers.
The good news is that it was getting great feedback. But the bad news was that it wasn’t her bathroom! The funniest thing about that situation was that Amber was answering questions about the paint color and where she got things (all of which were wrong, so we were totally confused to see her claim that our $100 Overstock sink was a $400 splurge from Kohler and that the walls were some shade called Cucumber Dream instead of the actual Dune Grass hue that we used). Isn’t that weird? Of course we just commented under the post with a link to our site saying “Wait- that’s actually our bathroom! You can see where we got everything and how it all came together by following this link.” Literally within a minute the post was removed.
Actually now that we think about it, the Rate My Space thing might have been stranger than the room rental incident because the room rental person seemed to be in it for the money, so the idea of a scammer stealing a photo and trying to make some loot with it kind of makes sense. But isn’t it odd that someone found a photo of our bathroom and thought it would somehow be rewarding to claim it as their own on Rate My Space (where there’s no dough on the line)? Maybe she didn’t feel like redoing her bathroom so she thought using our photos would be a shortcut? Or she thought it would be funny? Consider us stumped.
Thank goodness for all of our lovely readers who have eagle eyes and thoughtfully email us every time they see our casa somewhere that it doesn’t belong. We’re used to hearing that our pictures are on eBay or Craigslist when someone’s trying to sell an identical rug or duvet. And we even saw before and after photos of our front yard on some landscaping guy’s website in Texas (so crazy, right?!). But the latest Rate My Space and vacation rental listing have been the most odd by far. What do you guys think? Can you figure out some ulterior motive for the Rate My Space thing? Have you ever seen your photos somewhere they didn’t belong? Do tell.
We know summer’s official start is still a few days away, but we’re getting a head start on the season by saying “thanks” to our always-supportive sponsors in our monthly shout-out post (after all, they make the other 40+ posts that we write each month possible). So feel free to take a peek at all they’ve got to offer… along with a few exclusive YHL discounts for you guys to cash in on.
The Inglenook Decor has set out to give you the right decor for your “urban cottage.” They’ve got tons of beautiful finds for your home, which we particularly enjoyed browsing by trend (they organize items it fun categories, like “Birds! Birds!” and “Glorious Crowns.”
Ruby Plaza may sound familiar if you happen to enjoy Ruby Lane (a virtual marketplace where individuals can sell vintage items, antiques, and collectibles). Well, Ruby Plaza is similar but you’ll find contemporary, new, and reproduced items for your home and you (i.e. jewelry) as well.
Shades of Light came through for us again when we bought one of their discounted shades (available at their sister shop, The Decorating Outlet) for the office project that we posted about earlier this week. A quick glance around their store or at their online catalog is sure to reveal a few items that could come through for you too.
The Tile Shop is a great place to visit for tiling inspiration (especially if you can’t hit up one of their stores in person). It’s also an awesome spot for tools, tips, and all the confidence you need to DIY a tile job yourself. Plus, don’t forget to grab 10% off when you use the code YHL10.
Z Gallerie was all about bringing the outdoors in last month, and now that summer’s around the corner they’re also about helping people enjoy the outdoors outdoors. Yep, they’ve got your patio covered with everything from furniture to accessories and umbrellas.
Design for Less might be more recognizable to you as The Glass Mosaic Outlet or The Natural Stone Outlet- but no matter what you call them they’re a perfect resource when it comes to filling your head with great color and material combinations that’ll guarantee a stunning look.
WallQuotes.com (aka Belvedere Designs) would be happy to help you fill that blank wall in your house. Whether you want a dose of motivation, inspiration, or just plain ol’ humor, they’ve got tons of pre-made quotes and they even let you design your own. Plus, you’ll snag 15% off of any order with the code YHL15.
Quirk is best described in a riddle: what do stamps of small buildings, pretty tumblers with waves on them and a banana ornament crafted by Jonathan Adler have in common? Not much, except they can all be found at Quirk online or here in Richmond on Broad Street.
Frame The Date takes the concept of remembering an anniversary, birthday, or other special moment (maybe the day you closed on your house?) and documenting it with style- combining graphic photos with custom wood frames to make those dates unforgettable.
Vol. 25 is another great spot for original and uber-sweet art for your home – whether you’re grabbing some prints, photoshop overlays, or any of the many items in their Zazzle show. Plus, now through Wednesday June 16th, it’s buy 2 get 1 free on all prints and overlay sets.
Smock Paper makes bamboo paper look darn good with their sophisticated and charming letterpress invites, stationery, and greeting cards. And the paper’s not the only thing that makes this company green. Head to their site to learn more (and fall in love with their amazing designs).
The Natural Sleep Store helps you rest easy, not just because they sell mattresses that are customizable to your body’s preference, but also because everything they sell helps keep your bedroom chemical free – like the Savvy Rest mattress we bought a while back.
Lisa Leonard Designs doesn’t just have your back for lady-themed holidays like Mother’s Day. With Father’s Day right around the corner you can score a masculine take on Lisa’s hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry with items like keychains or leather cuffs for him.
Etsy Kids is definitely ready for the summer season now that they’ve updated their curated collection of Etsy’s freshest finds for infants, toddlers, kids, and even moms. Heck, you might even catch a few items that can live in a “grown-ups only” house too.
Hoot Design Co. is home to a range of punchy designs – from prints and posters, to invites and greeting cards. They even have all ages covered, beginning with their signature Simply Baby poster, which is an eye-pleasing way to get the beans and beanettes of the worlds to learn those ABCs.
Heart & Stone is a great spot to find cutomized necklaces, rings, and charms – especially if you like ‘em with a splash of green. Yep, this silver is 100% recycled and all the work is done by hand. Not to mention that everyone can score 10% off with the code YHL10.
And our last big THANK YOU has to be directed at you guys. Thanks so much for dropping in to see what we’re up to over here at Casa Petersik. We wish you nothing but the most fantastic and DIY-filled weekend!