Our House In Pasadena?

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.



Father Lowe’s Best: Freebie Winner!

Thanks for getting into the Father’s Day spirit with us a bit early this week in honor of our big Dad Day giveaway from Lowe’s. It sounds like you all have some wonderful dads in your lives, and Sherry and I will join the chorus by saying Happy Father’s Day to Ken, Tom, Jack, Harry, Emanuel, Theodore and Carmen (our various fathers and grandfathers) for the plethora of skills and values that they passed down along the way.

And we should also extend that “Happy Father’s Day” message to the dad who will be enjoying this week’s pair of prizes courtesy of Lowe’s: the Char-Broil Urban Grill and the Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower. But even if you’re not the big winner this week, Lowe’s can still help you score some last-minute gifts (they’ve even conveniently organized them by price on their web site).

But enough chatter. Let’s get to the big winner. After we wooed random.org with a terribly tacky tie (in the spirit of Father’s Day) it spit out the name of this week’s lucky lady… Jannell (who in some psychic twist predicted that she’d celebrate her father this weekend by giving him a grill and reel mower). Congrats! We hope your dad enjoys his extra special day – along with all of the other poppas that everyone has mentioned.

So go celebrate, honor, and remember your fathers and grandfathers this weekend. And remember to swing back through here on Monday for an awesomely artful giveaway…

Find more freebie info on our Giveaway FAQs page. Pics courtesy of Lowe’s.