Meeting Young House Love

A little over a year ago I started a new job and needed to find something to help me pass the slower days, so a friend recommended I check out this blog called Young House Love. I’d never read a blog before and wasn’t really into DIY, but something about this blog pulled me in, aside from the fact the couple lived in the same city as me. I got so sucked in that I even went back and read every post that I could, from the very beginning. I was so inspired by everything that they had done in their homes and it made me realize how much our apartment was missing. I started reading other blogs and found more and more inspiration within them. I decided to start my own projects and my own blog. Blogging has led me on an incredible journey of finding a hobby that I love, strengthening my love for my house and helping me make a ton of great friends, and I attribute all of that to John and Sherry of YHL. 

When the Petersiks first announced that they were working on writing a book with fresh ideas and projects, I was ecstatic. I was even more excited that they were doing a book tour and having a signing in our city. Their first Richmond signing was on Thursday at an event called R-Home for the Holidays, which tickets sold out for within the first 24 hours! John and Sherry spoke about what they’ve learned from blogging and some tips for making your house reflect you and it was almost exactly like reading their blog, it was so familiar and I love that they are the exact same people on the blog and in real life! (Funny side note, we were sitting 2 rows behind John’s parents!) 

As I stood in line, I was totally at ease talking with my friend Tori that went with me, but as soon as I got to the front of the line and Sherry said hello, I froze. I gushed about how much I loved them and how excited I was to finally meet them. I was so embarrassed for turning into a fan girl! 

The great thing about John and Sherry though, is that they don’t let you feel awkward for long! Sherry commented on my twangy VA accent and said that it reminded her of Katie Bower‘s accent. We then talked about Katie and how she’s about ready to pop (she’s super pregnant) and chatted like we were all friends. While Sherry and I chatted about Katie, John talked to Tori about her photography business, she’s an amazing wedding photographer! They are so easy to talk to and down to earth, if you love their blog and haven’t met them yet, you need to! 

You also need to get their book! It is full of fresh ideas that aren’t on their blog! It also helps when trying to convince your husband to let you decorate in certain ways 😉 I definitely have a bunch of ideas in mind and cannot wait to share them with you all as I use them! 

Have you been to a Young House Love book signing yet? Or at least have the book? If not, you need to! I hope there’s one coming near you! 

**One of the perks of having a photographer friend is amazing pictures! Most of these photos are thanks to Marvelous Things Photography.**

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  1. Ahhh! I’m so jealous!! They are coming to Toronto today which is a drive for me but the closest they are coming. I can’t go though and I’m so sad!! I’ll have to live vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing the photos! I still don’t have their book- I guess I’ll have to pick one up this week!

  2. Congrats on getting to meet them. I’m a little bummed that I didn’t win the trip out to meet them and get to hang out and go shopping with you. Haha! My odds were pretty slim though.
    You look beautiful in the picture with you and Sherry! Way to rock that wavy hair.

  3. How cool! I too remember the first time I came across their blog. They had posted photos of their old house on HGTV’s “Rate My Space” site with a link back to their blog. This was years ago. I’ve been hooked ever since!

  4. I also owe a lot to bloggers. I have had my ideas turned upside down, and all the rules I thought were important in home design, I’ve done away with them. Only others can show you another way of seeing things, and for me, blogging opened me up to ideas I would never have dreamed of on my own.

    I have also come across YHL and found it a very enjoyable read. Others too that taught me that to clutter is cool, and to colour clash and mix stripes and patterns can be pretty nifty too. I think we all like to pretend we are original in our thinking and imagination, but the reality is, we all borrow from others. Even your own ideas are influenced by others. The moral of the story is you can take so much from others. Blogging has given me this.

    You telling us of turning into a fan on meeting John and Sherry made me smile. Your blog is up with the best of them too, no need to be too much in awe Ashley. I love blogging and learning from bloggers. May sound geeky to some, but we don’t all want to play ice hockey do we.

  5. Ah – so jealous! I’m pretty sure I’ll freak out and be incredibly awkward when I meet them haha 🙂

  6. I wish we could have went when they were in Jersey!!!! Butttttt we had gas rationing from the awful shortages, and we didn’t have enough gas to get there and back home. TORTURE!!

  7. What a cute post! I wish I had gotten to meet them at their one Canadian tour date but it is still a few hours from my and I couldn’t make it work….Bummed!

  8. When you first wrote this and I read it, I really didn’t understand the significance of Young House Love because I didn’t really know who or what they were. Now, re-read it and I realize how jealous I am you got to meet them! I still haven’t gotten their book but it’s definitely on my wish list. Maybe I’ll put meeting them on my bucket list!

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