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loved up with young house love

So on Monday night I met John and Sherry (the bloggers behind the fabulous Young House Love). And it was awesome. Seriously. After reading along with their adventures and misadventures in renovating and decorating their homes since 2007, I feel like these two are neighbours of mine. I laugh along with their funny posts every day, and get tons of inspiration from their we-can-tackle-it-ourselves DIY attitude. When I heard they were coming to Toronto as part of their book tour, I planned a Toronto weekend visit (we go down every 2 months or so to visit with our family and friends there).

West Elm hosted the book signing, which meant lots of browsing and oohing and ahhing at their lovely displays while waiting for J&S to arrive. There were tons of people, but since the store is so big the line just sort of wrapped around and no one had to wait outside (good thing, since it was rainy and chilly!).

The line might have been long, but the yummy hot cocoas, cookies and chitter chatter of everyone made it super enjoyable. Plus I was there with my sister-in-law Alexandra, who is totally fab (seriously, I got so lucky in the brothers and sisters-in-law department). Actually, you may remember me mentioning her when I crashed her place here.

Anyway, back to the book signing. John and Sherry were so gracious and genuinely excited to meet and chat with everyone. I kept feeling like they must have been so tired from all of their recent travel, but they were all smiles and laughs.

See what I mean? If these expressions don’t help demonstrate the enthusiasm of these two, I don’t know what will. Ha ha.

Once we snaked our way up to the front, it was finally our turn to say hello to my I-feel-like-they-are-my-real-life-friends, John and Sherry. I actually painted a watercolour worm for their little gal Clara, who had a worm-themed birthday party (the painting was similar to my hippo, elephant, whale, and others in my etsy shop). J+S seemed to think it was cute and even took a picture of me with the painting… so I didn’t feel quite so dorky when I asked if we could get our picture taken with them! I was a happy gal.

We were supposed to write out what we wanted Sherry and John to inscribe in our books, but since I didn’t know what to write I just wrote <<insert picture here>>.. which ended up getting me a Sherry original of Burger. Who looks a little like a cat. Haha. Love it, Sherry!

They also had a book tour guestbook, which I happily signed. Such a fun momento that they will be able to look back on for a giggle and warm heart.

Oh, and the Young House Love book? If you haven’t gone out and snagged a copy yet, do it. It’s packed with project ideas and tips and tricks to show your pad some love, all written with classic J&S’s sense of humour.

Some of my fave projects?

No. 001: Faux wallpaper the back of your bookcase (p. 24)

No. 029: Painted detail to paneled doors (p. 60)

No.60: Branch candleholder (p. 102)

No. 073: Weathered-wood headboard

No. 165: Chalkboard Bottle vases (p. 223)

No. 229: Two-tone desk (page 303)

…and tons of other great ideas (door decals, etched glass containers, tin ceilings, etc etc). If you haven’t already, go grab yourself a copy and be inspired.

My signed book is now adding a happy touch of teal and love to our living room.

Congratulations John and Sherry! Thanks for making your way up to Canada, and for putting a laugh into my everyday!

I’m sure there are tons of Young House Lovers out there. Any of you make it to a book signing? Have you had a chance to browse through the book yet? Have a favourite project? Dying to try something in your own pad? 

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  • Kaileigh

    When your first picture came up on my feed I thought, did I accidentally post my pictures! I think I have basically the exact same pic! . I have browsed through the book but haven’t had time to really look into it and figure out what projects I want to take on!

  • Jane

    My copy of “Young House Love” is in the mail, and I ordered a copy for my sister for Christmas! So wish they could have made a pit stop in Ottawa. Pretty awesome you got to meet them.

    • gemma

      Fun! You’ll have a great time browsing through it :) An ottawa stop definitely would have been nice… !!


  • Mandolyn

    I saw them in Chicago this last weekend and got my book signed. They were so wonderful—not that I was surprised. My cousin and I were the LAST ONES in line and I thought they would be rushed and tired, but they were so patient and happy and sweet—they are just awesome. And I love my book!

    • gemma

      So glad to hear that you had such a fun experience too, Mandolyn!! :)


  • Gilit

    I was supposed to see them in NY but Sandy struck! I had a really large fear that they would reschedule and I would be mid-giving birth because then I would have to say “hold on, baby, one more stop to make before you’re born!”
    It looks fantastic with your other decorating books!

    • gemma

      Oh my goodness – mid-birth would definitely have been seriously dramatic!! Have you had the baby yet? My cousin gave birth in NYC the day before Sandy struck. So stressful! I have been thinking about everyone on the east coast a lot… best of luck!


  • Emily

    So envious. I wanted to go but had to work here in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday. Glad to see you got to meet them though and I bet they loved the print you made for Clara. What a neat idea.
    Thanks for posting about your meet with them.

    • gemma

      Too bad you couldn’t make it, Emily! Maybe they’ll do a second book and have a stop in Ottawa next time. Here’s hoping :)


  • Diana @ Boy + Girl

    I wish I could have made the trip to Toronto to see them. But, the stars didn’t quite align. If they add a Montreal date I’m totally there! That’s probably wishful thinking! I’m jealous that you got to meet them!

    • gemma

      Here’s hoping, Diana!! :)


  • Kal

    Oh- so jealous! I wanted to meet them so, so much (not in a creepy stalker way… ok… maybe a little… ;) ) Sadly they won’t be near Denver any time soon. Oh well- glad you got to meet them. :) I love them in a non-awkward- totes-normal way. Just like your harvest table. It is gorgeous. I want to hug it and pet it and squeeze it and name it George. :) Thanks for all the project ideas. Please keep it up! :)

    • gemma

      Bahaha! This totally made me giggle out loud, Kal. I am definitely going to start calling my table George. Love that. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that Sherry and John add a Denver stop to their tour!!