Rank #1: #102: Are Islands Ruining America's Kitchens?
Islands are a staple of most modern kitchens, but this week we explore why not everyone is a fan (including what we realized is a negative about the island situation in our own kitchen). Plus, we’ve tiled our fair share of backsplashes, but our recent project at the beach house kitchen taught us an important lesson about preparation, patience, and imperfection. John’s also sharing a new technique for helping you pick the perfect paint color, Sherry finds a new favorite beach accessory, and, well… Chad!!! Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-102/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #2: #80: How We Knew It Was Time To Move
Making the decision to move is one of those big life-changing choices, and we learned the hard way that doing it under the wrong circumstances might not work out as well as it could for you in the long run. So this week we’re sharing our own personal test for knowing when the time is right to move (hint: it has nothing to do with "when the market is hot"). Plus, we look at what’s trending for kitchens in 2018 and we share why we upgraded our TV. And lastly, if you wanna know when you can come stay at our beach house, just tune in! Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-80/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #3: #108: Science Says These Rooms Are A Waste Of Space
Welp, it’s official: new research shows that we aren’t using all of the square footage in our homes. But we sure are paying for it (and then paying to heat & cool it, decorate it, plus spending time cleaning it). Why are we doing that?! Well, this week we're diving into a study that shows what specific spaces aren't being used - and what we all might want to consider focusing on instead of house size - even if you love having people over and entertaining large groups. We're also sharing a painting project fail that shines a light on some of the peculiar pitfalls of sharing your renovations with the world. Plus, as summer comes to an end, we’re taking you inside a months-long (and somewhat heated) disagreement that we’ve been having about our beach house. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-108/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #4: #3: Why Decluttering Makes Your Head Hurt
Designer Sarah Richardson shares one of her biggest makeover mistakes, which prompts us to reflect upon a design fail that we’ve made not once, but twice! We also dive into how we attempt to keep our house in order, and dig up some research about why decluttering can make your head hurt. Plus, you'll hear how our mornings have gotten greener, what has changed about our frame game, and we'll test our knowledge about a popular design show's slew of spinoffs. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #5: #87: Lessons From The Messiest Homes In America
It’s never fun to get a call saying that you have to tear down something that you just SPENT AN ENTIRE WEEKEND CONSTRUCTING, but that’s exactly what happened with our beach house bunk beds. So this week we’re sharing what went down behind the scenes, and what we did to get around it. Plus, we’re talking to Matt Paxton who's one of the extreme cleaning experts from the A&E show Hoarders, and he sheds a ton of light on why people hoard, how you can help someone who does, and what tricks he has picked up for keeping his own home in order. Sherry’s also diving deeper into the woo-woo waters, John’s loving a certain non-power tool, and our whole family is cracking up over a recent game-related discovery. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-87/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #6: #78: How We (Mostly) Pulled Off A Merry Yet Minimal Christmas
Christmas often flies in the face of our efforts to cut down on clutter and simplify the stuff in our house, so this year we employed 4 tactics to minimize all the excess without sacrificing the merriment of Christmas morning. And it worked! Well mostly (there was one memorable fail). We also both take wildly different approaches to New Year’s resolutions so we’re sharing a few things we’re resolving to do in 2018. Plus, our big duplex renovation has already hit a snag before we could even start, and why a bunch of naked people on TV are inspiring us to look at our possessions in a whole new way. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-78/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #7: #33: In Pursuit Of Buying Less & Doing More
What’s it really like to downsize? We talk with House*Tweaking blogger Dana Miller about how moving to a smaller home (at a time they’re family was expanding!) helped them achieve their financial and family goals, and why it’s not always as easy as it may seem. Plus, our own pursuit to spend less money on things and more on experiences leads to a very strange morning together. Also, when should you buy vs. rent a new tool and Sherry’s favorite quick trick for dents and scratches in wood furniture. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #8: #86: How Our Life Together Almost Didn’t Happen
We’re getting personal this week, and sharing some early setbacks and hard choices that almost steered our lives in a totally different direction - no houses, no blog, even no marriage! We also dive into how some failed attempts at making over a certain area of our home led to us giving up and calling in the pros. Plus, an easy way to up your drawer organization game, and a tool that makes nearly every project easier. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-86/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #9: #7: What Your House Should Look Like When You're 30
Is there a magical age when your house starts feeling more grown-up? In this episode we discuss what three well-known design sites think should (and shouldn't!) be found in your home when you hit the big 3-0. We also share some of our go-to housewarming gifts, spill a few of our favorite tricks for hanging stuff on the wall, and look at what real estate features are mentioned most when it comes to selling homes in different states. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #10: #128: Finding More Life In Less Stuff
Minimalism can still feel like an “out there” lifestyle, so this week we’re bringing in expert Joshua Becker to share how dipping your toes into the minimalist waters can lead to big gains at home and in life. He shares how to stop the slow creep of household clutter, what minimizing can teach our kids, and how it might even help you achieve some of your biggest life goals that have nothing to do with organizing or paring down. Plus, we take you inside a part of our house that many of you have never seen before, and we share what we’re both doing in the pursuit of a better night’s sleep. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-128/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #11: #84: Things We Can’t Agree On Lately
We don’t always see eye-to-eye on our projects and decorating decisions. In fact, we’re stuck in the midst of some pretty "active" home arguments right now. So in honor of Valentine's Day, we're sharing everything we love about each other. Just kidding, that would be boring. We’re walking you through three of our home-related disagreements and how we’re planning to work through them - hopefully without too many hurt feelings (although Sherry's pretty heated about one of them already). We also cover a whole slew of updates, from the historic review board's verdict on our duplex roof proposal to Sherry's never-ending Invisalign saga. And most importantly, we answer one of the most common questions we get: if our neighbor still thinks Sherry is named Laura. Plus, our new favorite solution for wrangling shampoos and soap in the shower, and one of us falls hard for something shiny. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-84/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #12: #45: Why We Got Rid Of Half The Toys In Our House
We had an “a-ha” moment while we were away on spring break, which led to a HUGE whole-house purge (including lots and lots of toys) and a ridiculously surprising reaction from our kids. So this week we talk about what inspired the change, and how it has shaped our outlook moving forward. We also share how we got so chummy with our neighbors - and how you can foster a more social atmosphere with yours. And we learn why paying attention to house staging tips might pay off, even if you have no plans to move. Plus Sherry finds inspiration in the success story of one of her favorite accessory designers and John finds inspiration by gawking at people on the beach. Like a creeper. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #13: #132: Are We Sabotaging Our Sleeping Spaces?
What if there were little changes we could all make to our bedrooms and sleeping habits to sleep better and feel more rested in the morning? Today we’re talking about how a sleep expert thinks we should all be maximizing our bedrooms, including the perfect mattress size, the ideal bedtime, and what items we should banish from our bedsides. Plus, why are there such diverging practices about shoes being on or off inside people’s homes? We’re sharing our shoe rules and why they may be strange to some. Oh and we crank Sherry’s salt lamp obsession up to 11 with a visit to a salt therapy room. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-132/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #14: #14: What Quitting Our Blog Taught Us
In this special episode, you’ll hear what we learned from taking nearly 12 months off from blogging thanks to the closing talk that we gave (and taped!) at the Haven Conference last month in Atlanta. It covers the 5 important lessons that are completely clear to us in hindsight, and more details about why we stopped, what we would’ve done differently, and what new challenges we all face in this hyper-connected Internet world. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #15: #38: How The Internet Changed & How Our Lives Changed With It
In this special episode, we’re talking about the unpredictable and sometimes dramatic ways that we’ve seen the internet change in the last decade. Has social media dethroned blogging? Has sponsored content made things worse? And what has made us more guarded about opening our lives up for public consumption? In this recording of our keynote talk from Altitude Summit, we tackle all of this and more, including why a Bachelorette turned to us for advice, what we regret about a major moment in our career, and what blog comment still brings Sherry to tears. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #16: #63: Let’s Talk About Money & How To Spend It Smarter
Who wouldn’t want more money in the ol’ bank account? So we picked a money expert’s brain for the most common places he finds his clients overspending, and for his best tips on making (and sticking to!) an easy household budget - which is definitely the key to saving more each month. Plus we share our not-scary techniques for negotiating with contractors, including how one short sentence has saved us $1500 in the past two weeks. We also dive into the not-so-straightforward process of fixing up our vintage pink stove, and a simple craft idea to keep little hands busy (which is always a good thing). Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-63/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #17: #64: How We Paid Off The Mortgage On Our House (!!!)
We’ve got some big news this week that you probably didn’t see coming (also: we might be crazy). Plus we share how we were able to pay off our mortgage (!!) and how the groundwork we laid over a decade ago in our first house made it all possible. We also chat about stuff you should NOT pass down to your kids (there’s some surprising stuff that experts say don’t make good heirlooms anymore) and we cover everything from our first house's cost to how our mortgage for our third house was actually smaller than our first. Be sure to check out http://www.younghouselove.com/podcast-64/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #18: #4: Decorating Do's & Don'ts From Designer Orlando Soria
Interior designer Orlando Soria gives smart advice for navigating common decorating challenges like finding your style, mixing patterns, and figuring out where the heck to start. We also share how our building projects have gotten a little faster, what whole-house upgrade brightens our day, and why our garage needs some serious help. Plus, we explore some titillating paint color names along with the work of one of Trading Spaces’ most memorable designers. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #19: #95: Our House Is Too Big. There, We Said It.
We’ve recently had a realization that we just don’t need as much space as we have. So how'd we end up buying a too-big house? What has made this so clear to us now? And what square footage do we think would be just right? We’re sharing all of that in this episode, including the exact moment we now realize we went off the rails during our house hunting search. We're also taking you behind the scenes of our recent charity makeover for three deserving kids and sharing why things have really turned a corner out at the beach. Plus, Sherry hunts for the perfect Mother’s Day gift and John shares what exterior gadget made all of our jaws drop. Really, it's mesmerizing to witness. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-95/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.
Rank #20: #75: It’s The Most Clutterful Time Of The Year
As much as we love the holidays, all the “stuff” that goes along with it (gifts, decor, things piling up on every surface) can get overwhelming. So this week we’re sharing how we’re approaching things differently in an effort to maintain the joy of the season. And one of the most common questions we get is “who do I figure out my style?” so we’re spelling out exactly how we do that when we’re feeling torn, which actually happens more than you might think. Plus, Sherry revisits a controversial opinion that she passionately shared last week and John declares war on his screen time. Be sure to check out younghouselove.com/podcast-75/ for notes, links, and photos from this episode.