Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Letter to Vern Yip

Dear Vern,
It's been a year since we met. Thanks for your gracious advice on my house. 

It was super fun to have won the contest at the Albany Home Show and get to spend some time with you. You were gracious, charming and a little sleep deprived as your son was just born. I see he has a new little sister, now. Two kids under two. Wow!

I've been drawing plans and elevations - lots of them. Construction starts tomorrow! That "wall of windows" you envisioned has morphed into a windowseat. I think you'll like it! It's not as modern as the existing house, but it will be the tail that wags the dog. I'm more of a "modern cottage" girl at heart.

The wall-o-wood is still there. I'm still wishing I could paint over it, but I know in my heart your advice that the slanted installation makes it dated is right. I'll make it all firewood by the end of the year, promise!

You're probably asking why a boring stock photo above and not a photo of you and I? Heaven knows Stacey took a gazillion of them. (She though you were adorable, by the way...) She misplaced the camera's memory stick. It's in a box, in a drawer, somewhere in her house. Perhaps the readers of this blog will think we never met without that proof, but Vern, you and I know the truth... 

Send some construction prayers my way. You know you started this whole thing rolling...

Yours Truly,

p.s. I know how much you travel. Enter to win my giveaway - Ryan's Travelite Luggage Scale! I'm drawing the winner May 23.


  1. you met and hung out with Vern! I'm jealous. Love him!!!

  2. Stephanie- I did! I just don't have any pictures to prove it!

    He really is a fantastic guy. We both have Master's in Architecture so it was non-stop talking the whole time...


  3. Too fun! I'm jealous, too! Can't wait to see the results of the construction!

  4. That is too cute and how exciting to have won a contest with Vern, he is amazing! I can't wait to see what the end results are. Have fun!

  5. Wow you have got a lot going on. I am excited for you and am looking so forward to seeing the finished project.

  6. I hope before and after pictures are in the offing!

  7. Sorry I'm so late commenting but it's been a very busy week! You won a contest? You had help/advise from Vern Yip? WOW, I wanna see please...well as soon as it's done! Congratulations Loretta!

  8. You won a contest - that is so cool. Love people with a vision like that. Can't wait to see how it goes, construction is sooo exciting

  9. I need proof! Pics of you and Vern... just kidding! I can not believe you won that contest! How fun! Please keep us updated on construction... -Ann

  10. Ann- Oh, I wish I could find the pics! There is a newspaper photo I'm in with him - I'll see if I can find that...


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