kokokara turned 10 years old this fall (!!!) so we’re taking a look back at our last decade of renovating houses, building a business, and making plenty of mistakes along the way – all while on a public stage called the world wide web. You’ll hear how both in decorating and in business there were some pivotal moments that led us to where we are today – literally without them, we wouldn’t be here – and they didn’t all feel great at the time. In fact, some of them felt downright terrible.
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- Below are some of the key slides from our presentation in Bristol, VA a couple of weeks ago. Be sure to listen to the episode to get full context for them (it’s basically ten years of our lives covered in 30 minutes).
Here’s a look back at what our site looked like in the earlier days. Blog design (and our coding knowledge) has thankfully come a long way in 10 years.
- The slide below shows the paint color mistakes we made in our first house. You can read more about that here and you can tour all of our first home’s before and afters here. Also about that gray-undertones paint tip I mentioned, this post all about picking the right paint color can add even more ammo to your paint-picking arsenal.
Here was our money-making first month on Google AdSense. Still makes us laugh every time – but $10.59 is two free paint brushes so we’ll take it!
- The slide below shows the magazine features we mentioned early on. You can read more about our Do It Yourself feature here and here. And go behind the scenes our of the DIY Magzine shoot and The Nest shoot. Also, Burger = the real star.
- Below is a look at making our first book, kokokara. You can see more behind-the-scenes details about making it here.
- Here are some peeks at our second house that we shared during the talk, but you can check out our House Tour page to see the whole thing.
- You can read more about our feature on The Oprah Winfrey Network here. That picture of us with the lights is also the “vampire” picture, thanks to the low color saturation on the projector.
- The two slides below show the evolution of . You can read about our initial launch here and see how we updated it here. Also, here are links to the products shown: / / / /
- The slide below is just a peek at our showhouse, but you can see the full tour here.
- This slide represented us making our second book, Lovable Livable Home, and you can click here to see photos from our book tour.
Here are the photos of the beach house that we shared (the shot on the right was taken during demo, but the middle and left photos are exactly as it looked when we bought it).
And here’s that last slide with a shot of the duplex and a sneak peak at our next big project. Gotta listen to the podcast to get the scoop!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And lastly, a big thank you to Modsy for sponsoring this episode. Visit to see how they took our crazy, angled bonus room and reimagined it as a restful master suite (it nearly made Sherry want to move our bed in there). And don’t forget to use the code YHL20 to get 20% off your first Modsy room and THIS WEEKEND ONLY (Friday, Nov 24 – Monday, Nov 27) you can get 50% off with the code YHL50!
Thanks for listening, guys!
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