Sigh.  I think I'm in love.

Last night my friend Heather told me about a blog called "Young House Love" and this morning I checked it out.  It is chock full of great decorating ideas, before/after pics, advice, and pretty much everything else pertaining to home decorating and renovation.  And I love the fact that this couple created a simple blog to record the progress of their own renovation and ended up turning it into a career (read the FAQs for details).  That makes me happy.

But the best part of all is the How-To section.

After reading How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets, I am almost convinced I can do it, and it's a project I really want to tackle in our Oregon house this summer.


These cabinets will be white, I tell you!  White!

Not all projects are strictly DIY, such as Floor Refinishing 101, but since this is something we have to do in the Santa Monica house, I enjoyed reading and seeing their process and results.  It just makes the whole thing not seem like such a big deal, and the end result is so worth it!

Other ideas I loved:

Curtain Call (How to make your windows look huge)
We Got Carded (How to faux-tile a tray)
Watching Paint Dry (How to keep things cohesive with paint)

And oh!  There is so much more.  I guess here's where my productivity goes out the window as I spend the next three hours perusing Young House Love!


10 Replies to “Young House Love”

  1. Mr. Carriage Clocks says: February 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Picture were great and after wards I found a dishwasher that looks just like the one shown…it was the exact look my kitchen needed to finish the new look I was going after.
    Thanx sooo much

  2. Potpourri Gift Catalogs says: February 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    white?!! your killin me! the wood finish is beautiful!

  3. Potpourri Gift Catalogs says: February 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    white? your killin me! the wood finish is beautiful!

  4. John says: February 2, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for the shout out, Holly! Glad you’re enjoying things over at TYH. Definitely let us know if you end up painting those cabinets (you know we love a good before and after). I agree with the other commenters that a coat of white will look great on those cabinets.
    Also, love your appliances. I’m crazy jealous of your fridge.

  5. Holly West says: February 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

    After the painting of the kitchen cabinets, there will be no further renovation of the Oregon house–we’ve sunk too much money into it already! So no farmhouse sink, but I do love them.

  6. Julie says: February 1, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I loved the blog – especially how they did their wedding – it was gorgeous, casual, and very personal. I say definitely paint the cabinets white, and maybe put in a farmhouse sink…

  7. Holly West says: January 31, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry, they’re out of here! If I can ever get up the nerve to paint them that is.

  8. Antoinette says: January 31, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    NOOOOO!!!! I love your dark wood kitchen cabinets! Ack!

  9. Holly West says: January 31, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    They make it seem like anybody can decorate their house in a style they like and on a budget. Totally great blog.
    And yes, their kitchen was fab. Even just painting the cabinets (as they did initially) made a great difference. Your kitchen will be wonderful!

  10. Heather says: January 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you checked it out – it’s sooooo inspiring and just plain fabulous. It’s so practical and everything they do seems so natural. They’re style is great. And I CAN’T WAIT to make our kitchen look like theirs! Did you notice the layout is practically identical!?!*squeals*

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