My first job out of college was at Better Homes & Gardens. I was an editorial assistant in their Special Interest Publications building and remodeling department. This was in the days before everyone had internet at their desks, so whenever I had downtime, I flipped through back issues of remodeling projects and building ideas. Before and after photos became my obsession.
It would be years before we owned our first home, but once it was ours I finally had the blank slate I began dreaming about back in that cubical. And I finally had my very own before and after photos.