Thanks for visiting our site, we appreciate you taking the time to look around and learn a bit more about us.
Who are you two?
We’re two friends located in the Finger Lakes Region of NY who met when our children were in preschool. Almost instantly we formed a (hopefully!) life-long friendship. We both love scouring estate sales, auctions and “junk” stores for great finds at great prices. We both love decorating and entertaining and sharing our homes with friends and family. On any given day you’re likely to find us painting something, hanging something or rearranging something in our homes.
What does Yby5 stand for?
Both of our family’s last name begins with a Y, together we have a grand total of five kids between the ages of 7-11, and so – Yby5 was named.
Carin has three beautiful and creative girls and I have two very energetic boys. Our households are VERY different, yet oh so similar.
Why are you doing a blog together?
For a long time we both wanted to have our own blogs (in fact we each did!) to use as a creative outlet to share our individual passions with all of you. Then one day we realized that our skills combined were so well matched and so complimentary to each other that we joined forces. Together we make a much stronger team than apart.
What skills do you two bring to this blog?
Carin grew up with a mom who loved to go on “junk weekends” with her friends. Her parents instilled in her an incredible sense of frugal style along with an appreciation of all things vintage. She and her husband have spent years attending auctions and estate sales to outfit their 1800’s home. Her flair for decorating has created a home that makes you want to grab a hot cup of coffee and settle in for a nice long while.
I, on the other hand, didn’t start out loving antiques, nor decorating. Instead my love of photography, writing and technology lead to a myriad of other pursuits. Over time, through the decorating of my own home, I became more and more interested in attaining a vintage style for my home. Recently my family and I moved from an 1850’s home into a much newer house. The challenge of bringing old-home style into a new home has been a fun and creative adventure that I look forward to sharing with all of you.