Young House Love turns two this week (insert cooing toddler sound effect here). It feels like just yesterday when we were celebrating our very first blogiversary. Time flies when you’re having fun. And speaking of fun, to celebrate our second year in the blogoshpere we’re doing a few things to mark the last 365 incredible days we’ve shared with all of you.
First, we’ve lined up a week of blogiversary themed posts that take a look back at all the craziness of the last two years. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite projects and milestones, giving away a pretty amazing blogiversary prize (seriously, we’re counting down the seconds to reveal this week’s fab freebie later today) and we’ll even be asking you guys to weigh in on what you’d like to see Young House Love become in year numero tres.
But before we do all that, we wanted to take another moment to say thank you. We never imagined 24 months ago that starting a little blog to document our kitchen remodel would snowball into full-time gig, and we have your amazing support and never-ending enthusiasm to thank for that. If only you guys could see how much your comments and emails make us perma-smile, you’d think we were in a Mrs. America pageant or something. Seriously, the only thing missing is some double stick tape and a dab vaseline on our teeth.
What’s truly crazy though are all the unexpected and wonderful things that your support has brought us this year. We’ve found our way onto CNN and HGTV, into the New York Times and even seen our mugs on the cover of a national magazine. And while our little blog’s growth is euphoric (somebody pinch us!) the fact that we’re able to do what we love everyday and still put food on the table (and in Burger’s bowl) makes us feel truly blessed and appreciative of each and every one of you.
So again – it can’t be said enough – thank you for all that you’ve done to give us the means and motivation to do this. Here’s hoping we can repay you with even more decorating ideas, home improvement tutorials, fabulous weekly freebies and much much more…
The goofy two-themed photos are from our Texas Road Trip, which you can virtually join us on here.
Wow I am a newbie to your site but I am in love! I love the tour of your home you guys have great ideas My favorite is the wall of the personal things you framed yourself. (the P and the photo strips) Keep up the great work! And thanks for letting me stop by.
I look forward to another two years! As a new home owner – you two are inspirational!
Happy birthday to you guys! Thank YOU for giving us your Young House Love. You are so inspiring.
Ya’ll are super cute. Adore the blog. Love Burger. Congrats on your blogiversary!
Awww… we love you guys, too :) And thanks for checking out my new chandy! I think it’s super fun that you read my stuff sometimes, too!!!
Carol from Indian Springs says
Thank YOU for the awesome blog that you deliver like clockwork, twice a day. I refer people to your blog all the time for decorating and DIY ideas and we have snagged a few of those ideas for ourselves in the last few months. And thanks for letting us in on your road trips and travels too. I was even telling my husband about the name of your fur baby and he said that he thought “Burger and Fries” would be great names for two kitties that are in our future. Here is hoping you have many, many more years of wonderful posts.
I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely since discovering it a couple of months ago!
Sherry with your perfect skin, you should branch out into Ivory Soap commercials (and I’m not just buttering you up for the five Ben Franklins).
BTW, this if off topic, but has anyone noticed the Ikea VIKA HYTTAN/ VIKA FINTORP desk/table in stainless steel?
I’m considering getting it to use in my foyer.
That thing is gorgeous!
I am embarking on painting my ugly floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace after learning how to do it on your blog. I have
been gearing up to do it for FOUR months. Thanks for your great website, I still call it by your first website name but do like your new one. You’all have such great ideas.
I will email you the pictures after the update, and yes, Gimme the $500!
Congrats on two years! I love reading your blog because I love the DIY side of things. Not only do I enjoy DIY, but when is it really practical to completely start over like they do in so many design shows. I mean I love HGTV’s Candice Olsen, but I’d hate to see the price tag on one of her rooms! You guys design for real people, with real budgets, and the result is just as classy! Can’t beat that!
You guys are just so fabulous – you have given me inspirations for DIY projects spanning our wedding last fall to sprucing up our little rental home (a place we’ll be living in for the next few years) So thank YOU for sharing your ideas, photos, inspirations and even yourselves for all of us – I truly appreciate your efforts, and I am thankful to have found your blog-baby. I love it! Emma
Dana Miller says
From a fellow ponytailer, “Right back atcha!”
Love you guys and all the inspiration. I always thought I was a fickle girl when it came to home decor but you have taught me that I just needed to find the feel/look that I really love and stick with it IN EVERY ROOM. I’m even considering blogging… how did you get started? I’m not looking to make any $$ off of it right now, just want to know where to begin.
Funny you ask, Dana. We’ve got a post lined up for Thursday all about blogging tips. So stay tuned for that!
I’m posting this in regards to a comment you made the day you wrote about the $500 samoleans you were giving away in the form of a Lowe’s gift cert. Now I could use it as well as anyone, but I’m not writing for that reason and I’m posting it here because there’s no way you’d notice my post in the 82 pages of responses you got to the giveaway draw. You mentioned that you want to look at organizing your garage. I recently have collected several articles from the magazine “Family Handyman” that show awesome workshops, cool systems for storage that you build yourself out of stock lumber but it costs tons less and works much better than those pre-built organizers. I LOVE that magazine, because it has a bit of everything. It covers carpentry, woodwork, electrical, plumbing – all sorts of things – but from the perspective of homeowners who want to save some $$$ with as much DIY as they can carry on their backs. For instance, two of the cool recommendations they talked about in this recent issue was using plumbing pipe hangers as hangers for hoses and large coiled items like electrical cords. These hangers are J shaped, made out of some sort of vinyl or plastic, and they come in all the sizes that pipes do, so for a hose, you’d buy the hanger for the 3″ plumbing pipes – only a few cents each compared to a few bucks for a cheap hose hanger. They also used those deck planter box liners – the plastic ones for the long narrow planters (like a window box shape) as bins on the wall. They just screwed them to the supports on the wall a few inches apart and you have lots of “toss-in” storage that is firmly attached to the wall. An alternative to that, was buying vinyl eavestrough (or gutters – the word seems to vary by region) and cutting it to whatever lengths you want putting the end caps on and just screw it to the wall and you’re done. They have excellent instructions and they clearly tell you when you can tackle it yourself, and when you should wait for a pro. Great magazine and I’m stopping my other woodworking mag because it was going to much the way of making dorky tacky stuff out of very exotic woods. But how many signs to your house saying “The xyz’s live here” even if it is a rare purple wormwood (I made that up) FHM covers much more of the kind of puttering I do. And since my dh doesn’t like home reno or even maintenance, then it falls on my shoulders. So a girl has to have her source of inspiration! Maybe approach these folks for a gift cert. for a subscription as a give away. I’d go for that one.
Here’s their website:
Take a look around. Lots of good info and helpful videos too!
Oooh, thanks for the suggestion Connie. We’ve seen that magazine but not sure we’ve ever taken the time to browse it. Can’t wait to check it out!
Congratulations, Youngsters! I’m just adding my praises for the inspiration and the look into not just your house, but your lives.
I’ve owned my house for many years and since starting to read your blog, I’m getting inspired all over again to update some of the rooms in my home that have gotten stale over the years.
I’m eyeing some furniture that was slated for replacement and thinking about paint instead or in the mean time. All due to you two.
May there be many, many more wonderful years of sharing your talent and time with your readers.
Sophie @ Century Finds says
Congratulations on your two years! Has it really only been that long? You two are extraordinary!
you guys are an inspiration. love the blog, love the house, love Burger! Keep up the good work!!
Happy 2nd Anniversary!
Sherry, your hair is SO pretty! :)
K*OS (Keep On S'myelin!) says
Happy Blogiversary!!! You’re doing a great job!
thank you all for your ideas, inspiration and short cuts to do AMAZING projects that are within budget. I would like to see some more posts about landscaping. We are desperate for ideas on landscaping our home, it is not welcoming like the inside. Any ideas- we want things that will come back every year..but something fun and modern. By the way..we live in KY and the summers are HOT HOT HOT and the winters and COLD COLD COLD!! :)
Thanks again and HAPPY 2nd BLOGVERSAY!!!
I know that you don’t wear your hair down all that often but I do have a question about it… Is it naturally curly/wavy and do you use any styling products or blow dry it? I think that it is very pretty and I love the natural look. Also, how long did it take to grow it out from your former short bob?
Thanks to my love of home improvement I love having no-maintenance hair. I never blow it dry or straighten it, hence the ponytail. It’s super thick and wavy so tossing it back out of my face in a quick on-the-go ponytail always works for me. And when it comes to products: none. I just wash and condition it with Avalon Organics stuff and then let it air dry before pulling it back. As for how long it took to grow out, probably about two years to go from bob to super long (bra-strap length in the back). They say hair grows about six inches a year and mine’s about average in that regard. Hope it helps!
Totally off topic, but I can never get over how pretty Sherry is.
That is all.
Wow, you’re sweet. Picture me blushing awkwardly.