On the last Saturday in January, our Portland store hosted Sherry and John Petersik, that loveable blogger/author/married couple/intrepid DIY team better known as Young House Love.
We knew the event was going to be big, so we loaded up on books and fought over who would get to help out at the event, because naturally we have lots of DIYers and young lovers of houses here at Rejuvenation. Two Tarts, the sweetest little cookie shop, baked tons of delicious heart cookies, and the F&B cafe, which shares our space, brewed lots of hot coffee in preparation for the hungry, patient line-waiters.
Four hundred people came from all across the Pacific Northwest – and even the Midwest and Canada – to show their own Young House Love. We tried to play the “Who came from farthest away?” game, and talked to folks from Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Boise, Idaho, and even Wisconsin. Let us repeat that: Wisconsin!
John and Sherry have been on a whirlwind book tour across America, but you wouldn’t have known it to look at them. They were just as fresh and personable in real life as they always are on their blog.
They loved the store, but were a little scared of the stairs:
After descending the stairs safely, the Young House Lovers gave a short talk about the five things they didn’t expect about writing a book,
and then commenced autographing books and chatting with their 400 new friends.
As Elizabeth, one of their many fans, put it, “They’re great because they really let you into the whole DIY design process. They share all the mistakes they make along the way so you don’t make the same ones. It makes it all seem much more do-able.”
And speaking of do-able: check out our new plug-in pendants. They’re perfect for the DIYer because they don’t require an electrician. All you have to do is hang a hook, swag the cord, and plug it in. Since we couldn’t wish for a more appropriate launch pad, we raffled off our Skidmore plug-in during the Petersiks’ visit.
Lucky Rochelle Zirdum of Hillsboro won it. Maybe, in the Young House Love spirit, she’ll be willing to share with us her Befores and Afters….
Thanks so much to those who attended and, most of all, to John and Sherry for spreading the love in Portland. You can read their version of events (all good, we promise!) here.