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Aug 15 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Young House Love

by Thomas Hynes


As their tagline suggests, Young House Love operates on the equation that one young family plus one old house equals love. The blog, and the home repairs chronicled therein, is the life passion of Sherry and John Petersik. They're 29. They're married. They have a small child, and a dog named Hamburger. (Awesome.) They live in Richmond, VA.  And they've taken to documenting the process of making, or should I say remaking an old house. They're not experts, however. As they say, they're 'DIY dorks.'

This is no longer a hobby for Sherry and John. Young House Love is their full time job. They document everything they do. And the world reads every last detail of it. You may have seen them on HGTV, the New York Times, CNN, or any of the million other places they've been featured.

On the site, the reader learns with Sherry and John. It's by no means Bob Vila. They're not masters. They're normal. And they're learning as they go. They make mistakes and they highlight those mistakes. It's almost so that hopefully readers can avoid doing the same, or conversely, take comfort that they weren't the only ones to make similar gaffes.  

Young House Love is a great home design blog. Obviously. But it might be a better story. I don't want this to come out wrong, but here's hoping they never finish. Here's hoping we can enjoy watching them work at this forever. Because personally, it's not always the finished product I care about seeing.

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