Hello – Nice to meet you and thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by DIY Passion. We are Dan and Erin. This little slice of the Internet is where we come to share parts of ourselves as we build a home together. We are so glad you came along 🙂
We met in a record store in 2009. Yes. You read that correctly. It was like something out of a romantic comedy except without the pay checks or cool wardrobes. After dating for 4 years and buying a small condo in the city together, we finally got hitched and bought a house in the suburbs right beside the Atlantic Ocean in June 2013. We share our wonderful life with our two kitties, Louie and Zuzu and our 10 year old rescue “puppy”, Buddy.
We searched for ‘THE’ house for almost 18 months. When we walked into this semi-detached, 3 bedroom, 3 bath diamond in the rough – we both INSTANTLY knew that we could polish it into something special. It had a very over grown garden, both in front and back – but Dan is passionate about all things green and growing and vows to tackle that space to make it fun, inviting and thriving. The interior was beyond dated, sporting textured wall murals, painted faux brick walls (not chic), tole painted clouds on the kitchen ceiling and rough and tumble bead board wainscoting – but Erin knew her creative visions and love for ‘storing things in plain sight’ could bring this house out of the ‘crafty 80s’ and into the ‘hipster’ Millennium. The negatives were heavily outweighed by the wonderful light in the space, the lay out of the actual rooms and the lot the house is on. SOLD.
While the blog technically pre-dates this house, it would be fair to say that DIY Passion only really came into its own within this home and then really started to shine once we decided this blog would be a joint-venture. We both contribute to it equally, but in different ways. Erin does many of the ‘first drafts’ while Dan edits every single post. Dan does most of the building posts while Erin does the ‘crafty’ stuff. Because we both have full-time jobs the blog has actually become a way for us to bond and work together. We love that. We feed off the energy we get from each other and then rejoice at the energy and positivity we feel from our readers/friends who share their thoughts, comments and experiences with us.
Since we’ve been in this house- watching and experiencing, documenting and celebrating the ways in which we are building our lives together- our philosophy has become one of unabashed positivity. We believe there is always something beautiful to be seen. There is goodness in every situation and every person. Living with that mantra has helped us approach DIY Passion from a place of extreme honesty and happiness.
So while we are by no means experts, we are honest in our portrayals and experiences of everything we do. We hope that translates through the computer screen to you! To sum it up, this isn’t a blog that will tell you what to do or even how to do something, but rather simply a place where we share ‘how it’s been for us’.
We love that you have taken the time to read more about us and we sincerely hope you consider subscribing to our blog via email or Facebook and coming back! Above all, we’d love to get to know you better, because let’s face it! The more the merrier, right?
Now – where’s that paint brush? 😉
Dan & Erin