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As many of you are already aware of, Sherry and John over at This Young House have been forced to change their blog name and URL because of a nasty little lawsuit threat brought onto them last week by a very famous trademarked home renovation squad. A certain unnamed magazine and website of a similar name thinks TYH was infringing on their name. My sister, the attorney, would probably agree with the suit because she's a very strong force when it comes to copy-write protection. But I, on the other hand, find it laughable that said similarly named company thinks anyone is confusing the two. If anything, it probably did the really young and cool blog a disservice to be so closely named after such an oldie idea. I read their blog every day and never once thought I was listening to an old man describe the plumbing or wiring in a basement remodel in New Haven. I don’t mean to say that the more established site doesn’t offer a huge amount of accurate home renovation advice, but, their target audience isn’t exactly the same. You can read the scoop yourselves here.
I think it's awesome, and self-preserving, of John and Sherry to quickly admit that they are no match against this long-standing brand and use this as an opportunity to give their blog a fresh start. Their humbleness makes me love them even more. Young House Love is the new and improved site and I urge every one of you to go take a look. They offer the most frugal and practical home design advice and we could all learn a lesson from their thriftiness. In this day, when it is no longer cool to brag about your forty-thousand dollar kitchen renovation or three-thousand dollar couch, YHL is leading the way.
I promise I will be back later to give them the introduction post they really deserve. It's the least I can do after all the hours of entertainment and inspiration they've given me.
But in the meantime, please go check them out yourselves!
Oh and they’re from Richmond. Represent!!!
July 10, 2009
- Tear out out existing and awkwardly placed closets
- Remove pointless brass and glass (classy) shelves from back wall
- Invite friends and family over to tear out carpet and install ply wood sub floor
- Hire a team of *pantry thieves to install hardwood floors.
- Begin a large scale built-in bookshelf/cabinet project to house our newly acquired and steady growing collection of books.
- Find a home for the adopted dinosaur of a desk that came with the house. They left be behind the desk but not the gnome. Seriously, I would have rather taken the gnome.
*Pantry Thieves: So you might remember me complaining a few weeks ago that the guys we hired to install our hardwood floors in the living room moved slower than out-of-state minivans traveling through Myrtle Beach on the Fourth of July weekend. Well, they might be slow but they rock at installing flooring for a deal so we scheduled them to come back to finish up installation in the den. It was only then that I realized the reason they worked so slow last time was because they were hungry. I had no idea that on top of paying these workers we were expected to feed them as well. Luckily this go around I had a freshly stocked pantry. I hope these boys enjoyed their can of corn and cream of chicken soup because they sure did help themselves to it! Not exactly sure what they made with that, but whatever it was did wonders for their speed!
I mean seriously, this was an OFFICE. A place to get work done. How on earth did anyone ever get anything done in this room? In the South, we're raised to always say something positive, so here goes: My goodness, how clever the previous owner must have been to fit so many of her things into just one room!
Enough of that, it's time to say goodbye to those useless closets and ugly shelving!
After eliminating the awkward closets and existing shelving unit in the back corner of the den, we had a whole lot of workable space added to the room. Matthew decided it was the perfect spot to build built in bookshelves with some leftover pecky cypress wood he'd been saving. I'm not sure if the bottom is going to be bookshelves or cabinets? What do y'all think? I'm a HUGE fan of storage that stays behind closed doors. Some things are necessary but look cluttered no matter how cute the basket is that you place it in. A cabinet would be a great place to hide electrical cords or batteries or office supplies and such. I'd like to keep the shelves a clutter free space to highlight artwork, photographs and books. I'm pretty sure I can convince the builder to get on board with this!
Choose a paint color for the walls (and paint them, duh)
Finish the built-ins
Build paneling on the walls (like in the living room and dining room)
Acquire furniture (Notice I didn't say buy new furniture. That's because we are more than happy to accept your used furniture donations since there is no budget to buy anything new)
- Decorate (this is actually the only step that I'll be actively participating in)!
Don't worry, more to come!
July 6, 2009
It could stand to be a little larger too, but that can wait for later
These are some outdoor fabrics I found online at House of Fabric that I'd love to use to make throw pillows and seat cushions for the deck. And a tablecloth for the table. If you remember from the previous post, I'd like to stick with black and white, with pops of pink.
2. LanternsImage found via Pottery Barn
I would scatter tons of these Seaport Lanterns around the deck and string some from our live oak for lots of added light and ambiance. Of course, our property backs up to wetlands so it's a breeding ground for mosquitoes so we'll be sure to fill those lanterns with lots of citronella candles only!
3. Floor Heater Right about now with temperatures in the 90's and humidity close to 100% (it seems) it's hard to imagine needing something to keep you warm. But, we like to pride ourselves on year-round living here, or is that Florida?, and we need a little help during the winter months to stay a little toasty. A few of these should do the trick!4. Urns full of plants and flowers Image via Plant Containers
Image via How Stuff Works
5. Cute beverage tub from the MacBeth CollectionI'll be sure to post AFTER pics as soon as this makeover is complete!