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YHL - Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
July 14, 2015
9:47 pm
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DotCom
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 728
Snarking Since:
April 10, 2013

Credit where it's due: I bought a short-handled paint brush to do all my cutting in after Sherry wouldn't shut up about it. She was right. I love that goddamn thing and I could paint along ceiling lines and baseboards all day without having to tape anything off. Thanks, Sherry.

July 14, 2015
10:01 pm
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QueenOfCaulk
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1456
Snarking Since:
February 5, 2014

I definitely was a fan from H1 – I think it is a combination of a few things

1) I was just on the cusp of getting married and thinking about buying a home and found them (I think) through Apartment Therapy.
2) I had grown up watching This Old House and the original Martha Stewart show and both of those things seemed a little inaccessible – but here were 2 DIY dorks doing things that didn't seem hard and making things look nice.
3) I liked how they took a house that was cosmetically outdated and suddenly it looked like a cute place where I could imagine myself living.

These 3 things created a perfect storm of fandom. I think I started to side eye them when they started naming furniture. It took a long time to see the light. I almost feel like there could be a 12 step program to come down off the YHL bandwagon.

July 15, 2015
8:56 pm
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DotCom
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 728
Snarking Since:
April 10, 2013

Queen of Caulk, that sounds like my experience too. I liked them in H1. Even when they did ridiculous projects (stenciling the sun room floor) it didn't bother me much. The whole blog had a different tone because it was more of a hobby. John at least, maybe Sherry too I can't remember, had a job outside the house. Blogging wasn't their entire lives, so there was less time to clutter it with stupid rapper personas and weekly crappies. This doesn't excuse how they made the blog their business and let it go to shit, but once all their focus was on the blog it got a lot worse and really that's the opposite of what makes sense to me.  

I still have YHL in my Feedly and I hope they come back. The schadenfreude will be off the charts at my house. 

July 15, 2015
9:27 pm
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KAS
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 7918
Snarking Since:
June 6, 2011

I loved their blog before I had kids, because I had baby fever and baby Clara was SO DAMN CUTE.  It made my ute hurt.  I loved all the stuff they did for her- like her nurseries, or some of the gifts (that little kitchen they did).  Now, of course, I know that my kids are the cutest and Clara is just a'ight.

July 15, 2015
9:59 pm
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BassGuitar
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 694
Snarking Since:
June 27, 2012

My first posts, under an old username, were about YHL being horrible. It was when the blog was first getting started and someone in Charlottesville told me about it. Back then, they had a SOMI thread and people thought I was horrible because I made fun of how cheap they were even though they partnered with some Richmond stores that were pretty nice like La Dif and Quirk.

July 16, 2015
6:19 pm
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DotCom
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 728
Snarking Since:
April 10, 2013

yeah. Clara was cute and the stuff they were doing for her was cute. It felt genuine in the beginning, projects born out of love (even when cheap). Then later with birdcages and teardrops it was all just for show (and a bad show at that) and you can feel that on this side of the screen and it's icky.

I didn't realize I had so many pent up feelings about yhl. idontknow

July 16, 2015
8:28 pm
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did the cutting in
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 244
Snarking Since:
May 27, 2014

DotCom meowed
Credit where it's due: I bought a short-handled paint brush to do all my cutting in after Sherry wouldn't shut up about it. She was right. I love that goddamn thing and I could paint along ceiling lines and baseboards all day without having to tape anything off. Thanks, Sherry.

Me too! YHL-inspired-paintbrush twins! It was also, of course, inspiration for my username.

I also started reading when they were doing the H2 kitchen reno. I love blogs that do progress posts, not just before-and-afters. And boy were they a gold mine for that! After a while though, everything they wrote just sounded the same. And the PAINTED UPHOLSTERY on the dining room chairs got some serious side-eye from me.

July 16, 2015
9:08 pm
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all I wanted was a bachelor brunch
Cat
Meows: 30
Snarking Since:
January 1, 2013

I'm 100% with frumpalicious and queen. I will admit I bought the ibert kid-seat for my bicycle based on their post. It was a good find- I didn't even know seats existed for handlebars.

But good lord, for them to try to assert themselves as having a design aesthetic worth emulating was sad and a mess. You either have taste or you don't. But, then again, 100 different people, 100 different dead butterflies!

July 16, 2015
9:42 pm
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Matching Adult Sized Care Bear Undies
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 961
Snarking Since:
March 6, 2013

I give them credit for their consistency in posting. Other blogs could go days or weeks between posting but they never wavered from their schudule. That showed dedication. A lot of those posts were shit or cheap or twee as hell, but it was consistent!

Cheetah will let her displeasure be known.
July 16, 2015
11:24 pm
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the primal tug
Kitten
Meows: 5
Snarking Since:
June 15, 2015

Oh, YHL Hams: I am so glad you are back!

I discovered YHL shortly after they'd moved into H2 and because I am a glutton for insanity, I read through their archives and then just kept reading them daily. There was some inspiration. Some confusion. Some awkwardness. Did they really just staple fabric to a stick and then screw that into their window frames? Who decided upper cabinets on the floor counted as "built ins"? What the hell was up with those kitchen cabinets in H2? Why would anyone paint upholstered chairs? Who killed Kermit and made him into a rug?? 

And then they made that blog-iversary video and tried to pretend like snarkers weren't a real thing in the world. HA, I said, HA: THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE LIKE ME. And then I found GOMI and lurked happily ever after.

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ANYDOODLES, I did like YHL for a good while: they were accessible and their approaches to the challenges they faced in H1 felt genuine and thoughtful. They made me feel like DYI/decorating was something the average lay-person like me could accomplish even on limited funds, rather than something only non-grocery people got in glossy magazines and faraway dreams.

So that's something I can absolutely thank the Petersicks for.

That and my fear of anthropomorphic furniture…

July 17, 2015
12:15 am
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dropcloths4eva
Kitten
Meows: 7
Snarking Since:
April 17, 2014

Grellow!!!! I painted my north-facing, perpetually dark living room this color a few years back. It's my favorite room in the house now. So weird they became grellow haters later. It's challenging to decorate around, but it makes the room feel really airy and bright.

July 17, 2015
3:23 pm
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2nd banana support group
Cat
Meows: 27
Snarking Since:
February 18, 2015

someone sent me their directions for cabinet painting right before i did mine, and it worked out great.  i followed along and gave some side eye, but really drank the kool aid.  i found gomi through another blog (art of making a baby) and searched for blogs i read already (YHL) and saw the light.  thank you all! drunk

July 20, 2015
9:35 pm
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On the Run from Soap and Creditors
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1155
Snarking Since:
August 30, 2012

The thing that I liked about them is that they kept plugging away…I've always lived in 'fixer uppers' and after a while it's easy to just give up. So I appreciated that they kept at it.

***Formerly Awkward Diving Photo***


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