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Lauren Zerbey

Chezerbey is two! Last year, we celebrated our one-year blogiversary by talking about the things we hoped to accomplish in the upcoming year, both around the house and for the blog. Looking back, we’ve made some good progress:

Aside from the obvious, we had some goals for our blog too:

1. Revamp the blog: We’re still using the same WordPress theme, but we’ve made some substantial changes to the layout, header and text. (Big thanks to my friend Jenny for helping me with some coding challenges a few months ago. You know a friend is a good person when she helps you with your blog and gives you a kitten.)  I’d still like to do something more custom, but haven’t had the time to invest in really learning CSS. This winter? Maybe.

2. Figure out a way to show “inspiration” photos: Apparently the internet heard my pleas and gently nudged me towards Pinterest. Are you on it? I’ve actually known about it for a while but just joined a few months ago. Want to see what I like? Just click here. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, you can “follow” me and automatically see what I’m pinning whenever you log on. [Disclaimer: this is totally Lauren-style and does not necessarily reflect the views or stylistic leanings of the other Zerbey. The other Zerbey does not have his own Pinterest account.]

Need more social media in your life? You can follow me on Twitter or add our blog to your RSS feed (seriously, I have no idea what I would do without Google Reader). Just click on the icons in the right sidebar to automatically subscribe. If you like to kick it old school, you can also sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on the button at the bottom of the right sidebar.

3. Learn to use my camera better: For Christmas last year Kyle got me a Tokina wide-angle lens and a tripod! It really does make a huge difference, but there’s still a lot to learn. I would also like to have a better handle on what Photoshop can do and eventually upgrade to CS5. Something tells me that my version from 2002 is no longer cutting edge.

4. Blog more: The success of this goal tends to vary based on what the current project is, how busy our lives are, and who gets to the laptop first. A year ago, we were a one-car, one-computer family. We finally caved and bought a second car about six months ago and I know the second computer is only a matter of time. [Second computer = MORE BLOGGING!]

So what else will year three bring? We have lots of ideas for smaller scale projects around the house that we’d like to tackle in the next year (while also finishing up the big yard project). On the flip side, we’d also like to do more posts that aren’t directly related to a house project, but are still home or design-oriented. 

Question time! Maybe this is cheesy, but I always enjoy reading the Q&A’s on other blogs, so here goes: is there anything that you all want to know? Something house-related? Something completely random? Maybe a question for Bailey? Just leave a comment or shoot us an e-mail ( We’ll post the answers next week!

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who reads our blog. We’ve been lucky to see our readership grow this past year (and from all around the world, which is still crazy to us!), so we just want to take this moment to say that you guys are the best. Really. Thank you for the great ideas, the encouragement and the humor. I’ve gotten to know some amazing people through this digital design community and continue to be inspired by the experiences, advice and DIY brilliance that everyone has to offer. And well, I think that’s pretty awesome.