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YHL - Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
July 14, 2015
1:08 pm
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Ditto
Feline Porklord
Meows: 2133
Snarking Since:
October 10, 2012

At some point, we all loved YHL.  We found this thread on GOMI because we because disillusioned and disappointed with how their blog evolved.

When it comes to home decor, DIY, crafts, etc., what is something you picked up from John and Sherry that you can give them credit for?

 

In my case, reading their blog led me to the realization that I didn't have to use neutrals or a safe color scheme to have a "grown up" house.  Their blog was the first design blog I ever read and it was awhile before I branched out and started reading tons of others.  I started really thinking about my "style" what I liked and didn't like, what I did just because it was what I saw everyone else do.  

I finally figured out that I could look to my closet for my favorite colors and incorporate them into my decor so that I had a style that reflected my personality and fit my lifestyle.  I might be the only person among my family and friends who uses turquoise, green, navy, yellow, etc. in my decor… but I get compliments all the time and I love how my house is evolving.  The bright colors and mix of furniture styles makes me so much happier than anything I've previously had in my house.  

July 14, 2015
1:43 pm
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willblogformoney
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1160
Snarking Since:
March 10, 2015

Actually, I never loved them. Read the blog, sure. But loved? Not so much.

They always came across as juvenile and immature and I just couldn't 'connect' with them.

However, that does not mean I didn't like some of the stuff they did. I really really liked the kitchen in the first house (the colors, layout, cabinets, rug, etc) and felt they really used the space of that house well and it suited their lifestyle/needs/personality. I appreciated that they took a dated old floorplan and turned it into a more modern space (combining dining/living room) (adding 3rd bedroom instead of a formal dining etc).

I was really wanting to LOVE them but the more I read the less I liked them and once they moved into House 2 and murdered it I was just done appreciating anything they did really. others-221

July 14, 2015
1:52 pm
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ANNOUNCE YOU ARE LEAVING
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 577
Snarking Since:
March 12, 2013

Their outdoor stuff was huge for us. Our house was a foreclosure and vacant for almost three years prior to buying. Seeing them take it step by step by step and redoing the whole outdoor space was a big inspiration.

fka Obnoxiously Giddy / Beyonce Seated on Benedict Cumberbatch's Lap / Breakfast Bowl of WTF / Mrs White
July 14, 2015
2:06 pm
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thunderc**t
Hamcat
Meows: 89
Snarking Since:
September 25, 2014

Ditto meowed
At some point, we all loved YHL.  We found this thread on GOMI because we because disillusioned and disappointed with how their blog evolved.

When it comes to home decor, DIY, crafts, etc., what is something you picked up from John and Sherry that you can give them credit for?

 

In my case, reading their blog led me to the realization that I didn't have to use neutrals or a safe color scheme to have a "grown up" house.  Their blog was the first design blog I ever read and it was awhile before I branched out and started reading tons of others.  I started really thinking about my "style" what I liked and didn't like, what I did just because it was what I saw everyone else do.  

I finally figured out that I could look to my closet for my favorite colors and incorporate them into my decor so that I had a style that reflected my personality and fit my lifestyle.  I might be the only person among my family and friends who uses turquoise, green, navy, yellow, etc. in my decor… but I get compliments all the time and I love how my house is evolving.  The bright colors and mix of furniture styles makes me so much happier than anything I've previously had in my house.  

 

I can +1 this for sure.  Although I hated Sue the Napkin and the subsequent atrocity that was their second house, I took the idea and ran with it myself. My mom had brought back a gorgeous wool throw from Scotland for me, and the colors were primarily navy, kelly green, and a mustard/gold.  WAY more bold than anything I'd ever decorated with, but I loved that throw and used it as the inspiration to redecorate my living room.  Now that navy/kelly/gold room is my favorite room of the house.

July 14, 2015
2:24 pm
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Squeaky Fromme
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Meows: 48
Snarking Since:
February 12, 2015

I used an IKEA hanging scarf organizer as an Advent Calendar (for beers) with my roommate. It was hella fun.

drunk

July 14, 2015
3:05 pm
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traveling cactus
Hamcat
Meows: 64
Snarking Since:
March 5, 2014

I connected pretty well with them in H1 since my husband and I were in a similar stage in life. We had recently purchased our first home and were fixing it up DIY style with not a lot of money. I enjoyed their style and mostly just got motivation to keep on slowly working at things even when it seemed like we didn't have the time or money to do so. I learned a lot about breaking down big projects into smaller steps and just tackling a little bit at a time when we could. 

 

But then H2 happened and I was like WFT is going on with these people and their style. I remember being so confused and it took me almost a year to "get" the floor plan of H2. It was just such a strange house and I have no idea what they saw in it besides "an outdated house" that was bigger than H1. 

July 14, 2015
4:48 pm
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SCC
Feline Porklord
Meows: 4585
Snarking Since:
October 18, 2012

I never really loved them. I don't think I started reading them until they were renovating the kitchen in house2.

I did fangirl them a bit for a while (as some hamcatladies like to hilariously remind melmao) I came to GOMI during the OHA/YHL debacle and pretty much liked John and Sherry quite a bit then. I thought what Amanduh was doing to them was terrible because they had been so generous in helping her promote her blog. I liked that about them; they seemed nice, hard working and generous.

I liked te kitchen in House1 a lot, but they didn't design it, so idontknowBut I do give them credit for turning and old, outdated house (house1), into something more appealing. I pretty much agree with what willblogformoney, has to say about all of this. 

Actually, I never loved them. Read the blog, sure. But loved? Not so much.

They always came across as juvenile and immature and I just couldn't 'connect' with them.

However, that does not mean I didn't like some of the stuff they did. I really really liked the kitchen in the first house (the colors, layout, cabinets, rug, etc) and felt they really used the space of that house well and it suited their lifestyle/needs/personality. I appreciated that they took a dated old floorplan and turned it into a more modern space (combining dining/living room) (adding 3rd bedroom instead of a formal dining etc).

I was really wanting to LOVE them but the more I read the less I liked them and once they moved into House 2 and murdered it I was just done appreciating anything they did really

But then, as most of us have agreed here, house1 was just them copying Pottery Barn, really. When they got into house2 and started trying their own ideas (or whatever they stole from Pinterest), it just didn't work.  House3 was even worse. 

House1 was not a whole lot of DIY, they hired out a lot of those things, so its kind of hard to give them a whole lot of credit there. 

I can't really remember when I started disliking them, but it was somewhere around the point when they were getting really b***hy in the comments and Ditto shared that she had received a nasty email from Shurry Beff. 

I can't say I think I learned much from them, because I have always read real decorating magazines and  got ideas from those. 

However, they did talk about some painting edging tool that my husband read about on the blog and bought and loves. Also, a work light from Home Depot that twists, that was a Christmas gift recommendation on the blog. Bought it for Huscat one Christmas and he loves it. 

**Leading By Example**
July 14, 2015
5:34 pm
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Fresca
Hamcat
Meows: 135
Snarking Since:
May 2, 2012

traveling cactus meowed
I have no idea what they saw in [H2] besides "an outdated house" that was bigger than H1. 

Honestly, I don't think they did see anything in H2 other than what you mentioned. I don't know their needs well enough to say whether they as a family "needed" a bigger house at the time, but it certainly didn't seem to me like they did from what they presented to us on the blog. It's like they just needed blog content and either (1) saw how much work it needed as a positive (since they needed content anyway) and underestimated how colossally jacked up H2 was or (2) were completely clueless from the beginning and hoped they could flounder their way through it.

 

To get myself back on topic – I did love YHL! I'm only 24 now (childfree and just about to start the whole homeowner journey this year) so I've never really been exactly in their target demographic of young parents/homeowners, but I liked their beachy style and tried to incorporate some of that into my dorm. I discovered YHL before I discovered Pinterest so they were my first real introduction into DIY at a time when HGTV/etc seemed too "old" for me. It wasn't until I started to realize that maybe every single one of their projects fit into a dorm a little too well that I started side-eyeing them. I still supported them for a while even when I wasn't that impressed by their work because they seemed like kind, decent people.

 

Once that facade all fell away and those nasty emails and passive-aggressive comments became more and more frequent it was harder to give them a pass on uninspired, regurgitated posts. And now here I am today! pizza

July 14, 2015
5:35 pm
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Squeaky Fromme
Cat
Meows: 48
Snarking Since:
February 12, 2015

I came to GOMI just as YHL shut down. What's the OHA/YHL debacle? Can someone link me to a thread?

July 14, 2015
6:02 pm
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You make me happy
Feline Porklord
Meows: 4706
Snarking Since:
October 27, 2012

Somehow I stumbled across their backyard wedding and thought it was so cool. This was before everyone and their dog documented things like that on the internet (or, one of the first I ran across). I think they were very good at documenting/blogging for the masses back then. 

July 14, 2015
8:22 pm
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SCC
Feline Porklord
Meows: 4585
Snarking Since:
October 18, 2012

Quality Control at the B***h Factory meowed
I came to GOMI just as YHL shut down. What's the OHA/YHL debacle? Can someone link me to a thread?

It starts just a few pages in dancinglemon

http://gomiblog.com/forums/design-blogs/our-humble-abowed/

**Leading By Example**
July 14, 2015
9:08 pm
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GodsMonroeInvestmentProperty
Feline Porklord
Meows: 3478
Snarking Since:
January 29, 2014

Liked their wedding, liked that they used affordable products (even if they sucked – shout out to that awful chalky and horrible Olympic no VOC paint!)/were accessible, liked their tutorials. I started reading them my last year in college and do think I learned from their techniques on painting and restoration. I'm sure I could have picked that stuff up from anywhere, but they broke it down and it was easy enough to follow that someone with no experience felt like they could then paint a house.

I think they got in way over their heads on H2 and just spiraled from there. There were too many "WTFs confused" in that house to make me think they had a plan for it. Like others, I think they saw an older bigger home and translated that into projects without realizing theyd have to actually live in it. And H3 must have been just some sort of elaborate inside joke. I hope.

They had the right idea at the right time and were smart enough to know to run with it. I don't knock them for that, or for how much money they made doing it.

But God, H3. And that showhouse. Shudder.

July 14, 2015
9:35 pm
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frumpalicious
Kitten
Meows: 3
Snarking Since:
June 16, 2015

I love H1. I was on board from the beginning. I found them through HGTV and their cameo on RateMySpace. I loved how they tackled each and every space and room. My favorite room ever (still) was their main bathroom in H1. I even loved that they took a damp, dusty, spidery basement and made it into a functional and pretty storage space. 

Then they announced they were moving to H2. I wished that they had done the garage in H1. It really would have completed things. Then I realized how shady the timing was for their purchase of H2, and their dishonesty and bs only grew from there. Sue the Napkin was my first big NO moment, and H2 was hopeless because of that ugly piece of fabric. Then they made more and more and more WTF decisions in H2. Too many to name, although I did LOVE what they did with the fireplace (if only they had actually made it functional again…). 

I was relieved when they gave up on H2 and hoped that H3 would be the fresh start they needed. But by then I think they were too deep in their own bs to keep up. There was no reason not to hire blog help and certainly no reason to continue to moderate every single comment. Instead they cut corners everywhere else, they got big heads, they made bad design decisions, they made bad blog decisions, they were dishonest about everything under the sun, and gosh- it was such a train wreck. 

But still, I can't help it, I wish they would blog again. It could either be great, or it could be terrible. So I either get a fun and interesting read, or a daily hate read. Either way, I win. 

I am a terrible person.



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