HOW I CAME TO KNOW SHERRY AND JOHN…
AND GOT CRASHED…
It was the one year anniversary of my Moms passing and
my new friend Pati and I were taking a walk.
Immediately upon meeting Pati, I felt like we were old friends… simply picking up where we left off…
Our long walk finished, we huddled around her kitchen island and kept gabbing.
We gabbed about life, our second grade boys who had a similar INSTANT friendship a few weeks
prior when we started the new school…. How Pati grew up here and was actually in the FIRST graduating class of the then NEW High School that 2 of my kids NOW attend…
…and Pati’s house.
Pati’s home is also an old country farmhouse, like mine, but unlike mine,
is one which benefited from a complete
Gut renovation BEFORE they moved in.
I was admiring her design…her colors…
And I said “I have been wanting to paint my Dining Room Pink.”
Pati’s face lit up like she had just remembered something and ran out of the room
and returned with the NEW
August issue of the now defunct (moment of silence)
Pati”s friend from Richmond, Katie Ukrops , had just had her home
featured in DOMINO magazine
and SHE had a PINK DINING ROOM!
|Katie Ukrop’s Pink Dining Room
It was love at first sight.
I found the name of the color..
Benjamin Moore PINK CLOUD..
and THAT very DAY…I bought the paint and it transformed my (then) Dining room…
but as these things tend to go… the adjoining Living room NOW needed a change…
…so I went back to Katie’s home and chose the color she had used…in her adjoining room
Benjamin Moore SPRING IN ASPEN
(HEY, side note…did you know that sometimes Benjamin Moore – and maybe all the paint people for all I know – have ONE color named TWO different names? To appeal to a wider audience??
In this case, Spring in Aspen is ALSO called Creamy White…learn something new every day!)
|Katies Living Room
|My Newly Fresh painted…Living room…
and then I “Lesli-fied”it!!!
I am not ashamed to tell you that… for a while I was OBSESSED with Katie Ukrop’s house…,
and I googled
“Katie Ukrops house”
The first entry about Katie that came up was for a cute little blog called
“Young House Love”…
the first POST about Katie was from August of 2008
The post talked about Katie and the DOMINO article and her shop QUIRK in Richmond
(pictured above) . Still on my TO DO list.
later in January 2009 they
House Crashed Katie
(It was only their second one)
THIS BLOG POST HAD even MORE PICTURES OF MY DREAM HOUSE!
I was so excited!
|Katie Ukrops Entryway
Benjamin Moore Feather Down
|My Old Country House Entryway…
Benjamin Moore – “Maritime White”
Right about that time I left my first comment and touched base with Sherry and John and over time, we became Blogger buddies. And our friendship grew. Eventually in 2011 I started my own Home Design/Family/DIY/LIFE blog and John and Sherry were incredibly supportive.
Their “learned on their feet” WISDOM was invaluable.
So what are these two sweethearts like in “real life”?
John and Sherry ….in person… are EXACTLY what you think they will be.
They ARE their blog.
That is them. No line between the two, and as exuberant and generous as they are with their
…They are in PERSON.
I adore them.
Sherry has a smile that lights up a room and John is like the reflector that she bounces that light off of.
They completely compliment each other.
|j and s at the Haven Conference this past summer
Our House Crash was originally supposed to happen on July 1…
in conjunction with John and Sherry’s anniversary plans to come to Charlottesville…
but the night before…
came and knocked out the power to 5 Million people on the East Coast.
AND John and Sherry one hour south.
We left for the beach with a very clean house!
House Crash Postponed.
We planned to try again in late August and 3 days after my kids went back to school
they CRASHED me!
I do not need to tell you that I was like a tornado getting my House ready.
If you have kids, you KNOW what your House looks like when they are home for a summer.
Imagine needing your house to be photo shoot
ready in 5 days and you can probably get the picture of the maniac that I became. Not just cleaning….Oh JUST cleaning would have been a walk in the park! but for instance…I had lots of projects I planned to GET to… like making the drapes from the fabric
I designed on Spoonflower..
.or finishing the boys room
and I was not about to let this opportunity to have my designs seen… pass me by…
I was like my own private little DIY contest show…
….running from room to room, talking to myself, giving myself pep talks…
chugging Diet coke and balance bars and never sitting down…
BUT I GOT HER DONE!!!
And then they arrived.
The DYNAMIC DUO plus one.
We had a blast.
Sherry and I share the same “speed talking” …gift…and so we
caught up on about 10 years worth of stuff in a couple hours while John took pictures and
Clara rode Charlie like a horse. Sherry is like Pati to me…I feel like I have known her for years…
well… I guess I have!
|“Granny’s House” My gift to Sherry and John
…..and at the very end of our House Crash…as Sherry was packing up her pen…
…and John was putting away the camera…
and sweet Clara, who you forget is only 2!, was beginning to unravel…
Sherry looked up from her note at me and said…
“HEY!!! Now I know whose House this reminds me of…
….and THAT my dears is how I met Sherry and John…and eventually little Miss Clara!
Thanks for stopping by!
11 thoughts on “FULL CIRCLE – OR…HOW I MET SHERRY AND JOHN AND GOT CRASHED!”
I just saw your “crashing” on YHL, and all I can say is wow, girl. I LOVE your house. It’s like a big piece of candy. And I love the story of how you met sherry and john. =)
Thank You Petrina!
Congrats on the house crash!!! Love reading it yesterday!
Thanks Diane! My head is still spinning!
What a fun story! And now I am so curious as to who Pati is…I was in 10th grade at WAHS when she was a senior, I am guessing. Need to go back and find my yearbook. Not to be a creepy stalker, of course 🙂 I live in Richmond now and hope to someday meet Sherry and John. I still come back to Cville to see my parents, though, and love that whole area.
if you wnat to email me firstname.lastname@example.org I can tell you more….. Thanks for being so sweet!
I’m a new follower… sent over from YHL! I LOVE your house! There’s so much character, color and personality! So amazing! 🙂 Can’t wait to follow along!
That is a darn good story, Lesli! I would love to meet them in person- they are so much fun. And that Clara! Oh my goodness- did you see her Halloween costume??? The girl has way to much cute!
Lesli, I am in love with your home!! It’s so perfectly cozy yet artistic and I am in awe. Thanks for validating those of us with eclectic taste. I try to make my home our own little nest, regardless of how “random” someone else might find an at piece I’ve chosen or the mismatched china on my wall, and your blog gave me permission to completely throw caution to the wind and use what makes me happy. Thank you! I’m so glad they crashed you! You’ve got a new fan in me. Oh, and my sweet dog Wrigley, compliments your pup pieces too!
Brittm, you make me blush. I am so happy to have a kindred spirit out there! I have never really been one for rules in the case of design or art…I quit every art class I took…I did not like being told HOW to draw, and while there ARE times I would not mind a bit of technique to rely on…I love just painting and decorating until it FEELs RIGHT! come back soon!
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