Hey there! We’re Sherry and John, and we live in Richmond, Virginia. Here’s where we chat about transforming our house, living in it, and all the random bits in between. Over the last eleven years of blogging it’s pretty crazy to think about where this journey has taken us! When we clicked “publish” on that first post with tiny dark photos back in 2007, we never could’ve guessed blogging would lead to us renovating three homes, sharing thousands of DIY projects, writing books, designing products for Target and Home Depot and , starting a podcast, buying an old beach house to fix up (and then another one), and a whole bunch of other things we never imagined we’d do in a million years.
Our obsession with DIY & all things home started back in 2006 when we bought our first house. In the summer of 2007 we even DIYed our own backyard wedding. After years of painting & hammering away, the dust cleared and our beloved first house was totally transformed, which meant it was time to move and start all over again. Especially because our family grew to include the best DIY project we had tackled to date: our sweet daughter.
We had just as much fun making over our second house, and when an intriguing fixer-upper popped up in our dream neighborhood that was actually within our budget, we totally played it cool. Just kidding, we jumped on it like a spider monkey. Somewhere along the way we also wrote (called… wait for it… kokokara).
It came out in November of 2012 and somehow became a New York Times Bestseller (there was a lot of pinching ourselves). In 2013 we began , and a year after that came our line of hooks and rails, which (we still can’t quite wrap our heads around it) ended up being sold exclusively at Target.
In April of 2014 came the birth of our son, who stole our hearts the second he came into the world. We also spent a lot of the year shooting and writing our second book , which came out the following year.
Speaking of the following year, in early 2015 Home Depot picked up some of the hardware we designed, with more rolling out down the line. Then in 2016 came the release of our third book, , a hands-on home coloring book that can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to figuring out how you like to add color to your house.
2016 was also the year that we birthed our podcast! It’s such a fun way to chat with you guys about DIY/home stuff as well as answer listener questions and interview people who really inspire us. Plus, sound effects. They’re a good time.
The end of 2016 also brought our biggest renovation so far! A 100-year-old beach house on the eastern shore of Virginia in Cape Charles that we’re fixing up. This house needs it all: foundation repairs, completely new electrical and plumbing – pretty much a total rebuild. Here’s the exterior (after new siding, new roofing, new windows, new steps… new everything!). You can see the before pics here and catch up on every post we’ve written about this process so far here.
And right when we were in the thick of renovating that house, we bought a duplex that was one house away on the same street! Are we crazy? YES! Do we love showing these old homes some love? YES! And slowly but surely, the duplex is coming along (and we hope to be renting it as a weekly vacation home starting this summer!).
And just this past fall, came out and that still doesn’t feel real.
So yeah, wild ride doesn’t even begin to cover it, but we couldn’t have asked for a more amazing, hilarious, and dust-filled journey. And there’s no one we’d rather share it with than the entire internet. So thanks for following along!
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