Day 20 of Curtaingate, the blog walk out that has silenced Young House Love, looms as the Petersiks remain unresponsive to almost all attempts at contact. Nearly 5,000 fawning comments now cover their adios post; there have been no replies to the pleas of “please come back”.
The only replies they seem to be bothering with are in response to Legitimate Media Outlets begging them for comment – and the answer is always Sherry declining to discuss the situation. Both the Washington Post and the New York Times got a big ole “I don’t feel the need to explain my art to you Warren” response when they emailed asking what exactly is going on. According to the Washington Post the “e-mail address provided on their Web site gets you an immediate blanket reply (labeled “canned.response” ) that provides links to old posts” though they went on to add:
Sherry Petersik did e-mail me back yesterday: “So sorry, we aren’t commenting to the media right now. We hope you can respect that decision and wish you all the best.”
I contacted Artisan Books, the publisher of their 2012 book “Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love” to see whether someone might help me talk to the Petersiks.
The answer was no.
Sherry apparently responded to the NYT with a simple no comment, and added “we really would like to clear our heads and refocus”. There are at least 10 more days before the “month” of possible break time is over and the internet can perhaps find out what the Petersiks intend to do going forward – or if they even intend to go forward at all.