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Young House Love
September 10, 2012
8:07 pm
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Broke Femur Thus Coma
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August 17, 2012

Moving on.

September 10, 2012
8:45 pm
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bloggerhogger
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September 5, 2012

 

 

Maybe I am just a real big cheap but $60 a chair is insane to me. Especailly if and when I was having a larger get together it still wouldnt seat my family. They say they will expand their family so when they do, they will be a family of four… so they couldnt even have ONE person over and all fit at that table… (if they sell the 2 chairs to make it a table  of 4).. You are so right ampster, a nice loong table would be marvelous in that room, and then if you had 6, 8 or 10 chairs it would work.. and. then expensive chairs would make sense because you could host thanksgiving or something… Does that make sense?

(The purpose of a formal dining room is for formal/family dinners.. why should you have to set up extra tables and have some ppl in the kitchen, office- no mattter how close it is -doesnt that defeat the purpose?)

That house seems like a giant waste of space to me.. all the random "set ups"… they have an office.. why do you need a desk and chair in your family room? Its so wasted. The dining room is wasted, have they ever even used it? A playroom filled with nothing but junk…. The sunroom seems wasted…

September 10, 2012
9:27 pm
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A Damn Good Thrashing
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September 10, 2012

bloggerhogger said

Am I the only one who is annoyed at the whole "we are soo frugal" when they seem to buy new chairs or new rug every week? Granted- they aren't overly expensive, but it sure isnt frugal….
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I had to register just to agree with this. I've been reading YHL daily for about 2.5 years and this is one of the things I can't STAND. Their whole 'thing' is that they're frugal yet, as mentioned, they make what I consider large purchases at least once a month. I've owned my house for almost 5 years and I can count on one hand how many $500+ single purchases I've made. I've recently started to suspect that they may not realize how 'comfortably'' they are actually living. I've also wondered how much money they actually spend on all house related things during the month. They break down their projects but seems to me they go shopping pretty frequently. Clearly I should have better thngs to do than obsess over YHL goings-on, but I've been keeping it inside too long!

September 10, 2012
10:06 pm
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BassGuitar
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June 27, 2012

They could have bought great quality items once instead of buying Overstock/target/ikea five times over. Frugal isn't always smart.

September 10, 2012
10:25 pm
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But, if they bought the first thing right every time, they wouldn't have content. I personally don't find it annoying that they change their mind from time to time. It's real – I do it in my house all of the time. 

September 10, 2012
11:36 pm
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ohheyyyyy
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BassGuitar said

They could have bought great quality items once instead of buying Overstock/target/ikea five times over. Frugal isn't always smart.

This is far and away my biggest beef with YHL.

September 10, 2012
11:37 pm
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A Box of Broken Crayons
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April 11, 2012

checkers said

Snarky McSnarkypants said

checkers said

YoungHouseLove

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No worries at all! We’ve learned after sharing our home for 5 years that what works for us wouldn’t always work for other families! It sounds like you would use seating for more than six people often, but in the 4.5 years of living in our first house (which had seating for 6) and the 1.5 years of living here, that has been all that we need. So it’s gravy to have those extra four seats three steps away in the kitchen (for a total of seating for 10)! I promise we’re sticklers for function & form, and would never go for one over the other – our new chair choice is 100% functional for our family :)

xo
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I would be fine with this response if it wasn't a lie- just admit that you're wrong! Sherry quote from this post:

Since we have a pretty huge family (there are at least 12 of us when we get together for birthdays and even casual movie nights or spaghetti dinners) we knew that room would never accommodate a table large enough for more than around six people (which is what we had in our last house, and it just wasn’t enough).

I suppose that they can always stick the extra family members on the deck

(I added the bold to the quotes)

Well, that's annoying. Why don't you point it out to them? They're pretty good about responding to people who disagree with them, and I'd love to see what they have to say.

I've left comments before and would leave another if I felt like there would be some sort of genuine response. They just won't admit that they're wrong or consider a new way of doing something. They would rather do another post that makes it seem like it was their choice.  I'm sure they'd say something along the lines of, "Oh, but we will be able to entertain! Six chairs plus the stools in the kitchen should be plenty. We can also add a table in the office to seat even more people. For now, we're so in love with the new chairs, but you know that we'll give you an update if that  changes. Haha."drool

To be fair, sometimes you really do just change your mind about what your needs are. And I think changing your mind from the notion that you need more space to the notion that you actually need less, is very common. So I can believe that a year and a half ago they thought they should have formal seating for more than 6 people, but now realize that they really don't need that much. It will be five to eight years before any of J+S's kids becomes regulars at an adult-sized table. And if it's only a few times a year that they've got more than 6 adults in the house, it's reasonable and believable that they would decide they don't need 8 chairs. Plus, when Sherry initially made that comment in Feb 2011, they didn't yet know that they were going to be adding a peninsula with additional seating — another factor that would lead them to genuinely change their minds about what their needs are. It's like how my husband and I registered for 10 china settings, but the most we've ever used at a time is 7. 

All of that said, I agree that a larger table would look better in that room, and ultimately be more functional.

September 11, 2012
2:40 pm
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squid
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Weren't people just discussing on Proboards (and seriously, with all the new memberships it's obvious a lot of you are pulling double duty) how they have too many eating areas? IIRC people listed off the new deck, the patio, the kitchen bar, the dining room, the sitting area in the kitchen and eventually the sunroom. Hate on the chairs all you want because I agree they can be polarizing but it seems a little concern trolly to be like "WHERE WILL THE PEOPLE SIT!?!?!?" when that house is not lacking for eating areas.

September 11, 2012
9:51 pm
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PetoonyaPicklePuss
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December 15, 2011

I don't think chairs like that would contribute much to a convivial atmosphere. Seems like everyone is a bit cut off.

September 12, 2012
11:05 am
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checkers
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June 1, 2012

So… the yhl book is just a bunch of projects that they copied from etsy and other blogs? Man, would I be pissed if they took credit for an idea that I came up with! Next, they should write a cookbook. There are plenty of food blogs to poach from.

September 12, 2012
12:27 pm
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bloggerhogger
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September 5, 2012

checkers said
So… the yhl book is just a bunch of projects that they copied from etsy and other blogs? Man, would I be pissed if they took credit for an idea that I came up with! Next, they should write a cookbook. There are plenty of food blogs to poach from.

 

They certainly scoured pinterest while writting this book but I cant imgaine too many ideas are all that original with so many diy blogs, etsy, pinterest etc… which is why I wouldnt buy the book.

September 12, 2012
12:29 pm
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bloggerhogger
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September 5, 2012

On another note.. I wonder if they EVER spend time apart

September 13, 2012
5:15 am
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Yes, it's possible!

 

 

 

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