Friday, April 24, 2009

In Her Shoes – This Young House


Unless you’ve been living under a rock you must already know the youngsters aka Sherry and John Petersik that write the blog know as This Young House. They are two twenty-something's that moved from NYC to VA , bought a house, got married at the house, and decided that it would be fun to document all of their renovations on a blog. What started out as just a fun idea has turned into a full fledge business. Sherry now works from home and not only blogs, but helps readers with design dilemmas, and runs their shop as well.

Since Sherry is the one that wears the high-heels in this family I decided it be fun to see what a typical day is for her. So sit back, relax and get comfy.


8:22- John smooches me as he heads out the door for work. Ok. Ok. I'm up. Pad over to the den in my pjs to check the blog and get my first post of the day ready.

9:08- The first post of the day is up so I respond to a few blog comments and email questions for the next hour or so (people are curious!).Grab some organic yogurt and granola with raisins (my favorite breakfast because it tastes like desert- very vanilla pudding-esque).

10:10- Feel sort of slackerish for still being in my pajamas (what if the UPS guy rings the bell and catches me again?). Off to shower and toss on some "work clothes" (99% of the time that means jeans and a black tank top or t-shirt). Take my laptop out into the sunroom (one of the perks of working from home is my private "corner office" with a view of the backyard). Burger decides he's done sleeping in (I kid you not, our Chihuahua sleeps late every day) and wants me to let him outside to play. Nice to see you too. He does some bug hunting and then settles in with me on the daybed. Here's a visual (without me cause I was busy taking the picture).


10:41- Respond to a few more comments and email questions and write up a Reader Redesign(we're so fortunate to have so many clever readers who send us their fabulous before and after pics). Fix a typo I just noticed in my morning post. Oopsie.

12:04- Call in a bunch of orders to the printer (our little shop keeps us busy these days, and getting everything professionally printed means we chat with those guys a few times a week and John swings by to pick up orders every few days). Feeling a little snacky. Time for some peanut butter straight from the jar followed by a can of tuna straight from the can. Lunch of champions. Respond to a few more blog comments and email questions.


1:30- Hop on the phone with Allie from The Creative Career (she's Skype-ing me to do an audio interview about my "unusual career path" for her blog). It's fast and fun and before I know it it's done. Publish the second post of the day and write a quick guest post for (we're doing the 48 hour challenge with them and we send over weekly updates of our progress).

2:30- Ok, enough procrastinating. Time to whip up a Design Dilemma (a custom mood board that we create to take the guess work out of decorating). It's for a living room/dining room and it's actually really fun once I get started. They always feel kind of daunting beforehand since they take anywhere from 4-6 hours  to complete (we sift through a questionnaire to pin down the client's style, source a slew of furnishings and accessories for their makeover, bring the images into Photoshop, cut them out, number them and write a post all about the what, the where, and the why).

3:30- Snack time. Tossing a heaping handful of edamame into the microwave is the easiest way to get some veggies down. And sea salt makes them finger lickin' good. Grab three Hershey Kisses (dark chocolate) in celebration of vegetable consumption. Back to the mood board.

4:49- Site's down. Freak out. John calls to say he's already on it. Increased traffic = yay, but blog crashes= boo. It's back up in about 11 heart wrenching minutes. Whew. Back to the mood board (with a few more gray hairs than I had 12 minutes ago).

6:11- John's home. This is obvious by the berserk dog howling like he's possessed. Once John steps through the sunroom door barking turns into excited wiggling. Glance up from the computer screen to smooch the hubby and realize my leg is asleep and I should probably get up and stretch. Daybed typing is hardly ergonomic. John trots off to get into comfy clothes and make some dinner (pasta with shrimp and feta). I love him. Back to the mood board while he gets his chef on.

6:41- Pause to scarf down some scampi. Mmm. I'm in the home stretch of the mood board so John settles in on the sofa next to me (each of us with our laptops on our lap) and we put on Oprah for background noise. Romantic.

7:17- Oh happy day! The mood board is compete and I'm super excited about it. Send it right off to the client so nothing sells out before she gets a chance to snatch everything up. Grab a big glass of chocolate soymilk (it's like a milkshake that's secretly made out of soybeans). Then it's time to write two more posts to publish the next day when my whole blog-centric existence starts all over again.

So that's a day in my $9 Target shoes.



What a fun day Sherry has and cute shoe taste as well! I’m totally jealous of her daybed work space. So much better than being stuck in a cube all day.

Thanks so much for being our first featured lady!

Stay tuned next Friday for our next mystery In Her Shoes featured lady. So secret that I’m not even sure who it is yet.

Anyone special you would like to see featured. Let me know!



Blogger Katy said...

This was fun reading about her day! Thanks.

April 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Sarah's Fab Day said...

Camila - This is such a cute idea! I love it.

April 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Limestone said...

That was fun.

And I had no idea that their blog was a full time job. Makes me feel less like a blog slacker with my crappy few posts a week compared to their beautifully designed and oft updated one :) And talk about loving what you do -I think we are all green with envy now :)

April 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Averill said...

And here I was thinking I was the only one with a dog who slept til 10am every day! Cute post btw!

April 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger nkp said...

What a fun feature! I loved getting all the details, I seem to have caught the nosey bug as well. Thanks for sharing this and great blog!

April 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Katie @ said...

What a fun read! I look forward to more "in her shoes" posts - what a fun idea to share with everyone!

April 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Great day in the life!

April 24, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

this was such a super great idea and made for a darling read!

April 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Love it! I must admit, I've always been curious (and jealous) of what a day in the life of a full-time blogger is like.

~ Liz

April 24, 2009 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

This is such a cute idea and was a fun read!

April 24, 2009 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

super fun read! thanks for that!

April 24, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mango Gal said...

That was a lot of fun to read! Great series!

April 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger down and out chic said...

very fun, great post!

April 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

What a cute idea. As for who I would like to see do this, I say Benita from I bet that would be quite a popular post :)

April 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

How much fun to read! I love those guys. And I'm totally on board with eating a little chocolate to celebrate vegetable consumption.

April 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

what fun, I felt like I was in her shoes.
They were comfy, stylish and the food tasted great too.
Love to be a part of "in her shoes!"

April 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Southern said...

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April 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Southern said...

Great post! I love Sherry and visit their blog every day and often wondered what her day was like. Most interesting is her food choices - I need to eat like that!

April 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger SoBella Creations said...

I love This Young House blog.

April 24, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

Cool feature :) I could never work all day on a daybed without sneaking in a few naps!

April 24, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Anna See said...

I love reading This Young House, so it was a treat to read about Sherry's day.

April 24, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger BRAT Girl said...

What a great feature! THY is one of my favorites. It's so interesting to see a peek behind the scenes!

April 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger ms. less is always more said...

Fun interview... I loved it! This Young House is the best, huh? And it's my first time to your site! I love it~

April 24, 2009 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This series is a fabulous idea! I love Sherry and now I've found your blog which is fab too. I'm sure to come back.

April 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Cool idea. Love that read. You should get Heather Armstrong from I would love to read that.


April 24, 2009 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Centsational Girl said...

I am wondering if that day the site went down was the same day she was talking about lil ol me. Despite that, she brought me a ton of traffic - Sherry is the best ! Oh, you too John. And Burger.

Thanks Camila for the Audrey quote from last week - I've got it posted as an 'inspiration' on mine now.

April 24, 2009 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I love John and Sherry and this was such a unique way to see the "behind the scenes" of This Young House. I'll definitely be back!!

April 24, 2009 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Camila- So fun. So glad you're doing this! xo- Brooke

April 24, 2009 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Jen B said...

My first visit, loved reading this!

April 24, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks for helping me spy on my wife a little bit here, Camila. :) Like everyone has said: great idea with these little features. Looking forward to seeing the others. Let me know if you ever expand to In HIS shoes... though I promise my footwear is far less interesting.


April 25, 2009 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger pve design said...

loved seeing that her husband commented, now you must do a "In His Shoes post to coordinate!

April 25, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

This was a fun read!

April 25, 2009 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Like many others, I got linked to your blog from Sherry's post on This Young House about this feature. The feature is a great idea, but I also just want to say how adorable your blog is - I love the illustrated masthead at the top. Great job, and I'll definitely follow along. :)


April 26, 2009 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle and Clint said...

I just love what they have done! She took her passion and made a life out of it. Very cute. Nice idea on your blog, btw.

April 27, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Too adorable she is!

April 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Tamstyles said...

great read!

April 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger chic said...

fun interview! What a great idea for a feature!

Academichic S.

April 29, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Pink Wallpaper said...

fun idea...loved reading it!!

April 29, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger G+D said...

This was such a great idea! I just love Sherry and it was so much fun reading about her day. Thanks!

May 1, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

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