Tuesday, April 30, 2013

LOVE Young House Love!


Sherry and John Petersik are like my besties. We spend tons of time together and we have meaningful talks and we compare experiences a lot. 

Ok, fine. I've never met them, but I LOVE THEM!

These two are the bloggers at Young House Love, a decorating, DIY, and home renovation blog that is ALL the awesome! I stumbled upon their site a year or so ago, and I think I've read every post since then. They're funny, silly, laid back, and really sound like people I know! 

I have wanted to get my hands on their book, Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home Some Love, for ages. I think I'm so attracted to their DIY and craftin' style because it is much bolder than my own. It's sort of what I aspire to do in my own house. And because I live in a rental, it's especially nice that this duo has more of the "craft" and less of the "rip out a wall!" in their book. There are a lot of really great ideas for ways to update a bookshelf, or paint a piece of furniture, or re-cover a lamp shade. 

They paint curtains. 

I didn't know you could do that! But I would totally do it with a little cheap set of white curtains from Ikea! Maybe with some bold yellow stripes??! 

SEE??!!! I love this book. I love the site. I love their ideas. I love their style. In short, I find this pair INSPIRING!!! And reading their blog, and now reading their book, helps me stay on the road to showing my own home -- rental or not -- some love. I want to love the place I live, and thanks to this book, it'll be getting some rejuvenated bits soon. 

Here are a couple of my fave rooms from their current house. 


Guest bedroom. I love the colors -- it's dramatic but it still feels light, airy, with plenty of vibrant color and whimsy. 


This is their daughter, Clara's, room. I just WISH G's room was this stinkin' cool. Although, I did a little double-take when I saw that they have the same green alligator. I am a huge fan of layered textures so this is heaven for me. 

I will be buying a copy. 




Pub. Date: November 2012
Publisher: Artisan
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1579654788Source: Library!



18 comments:

  1. I love them as well! They've gotten me to experiment with color so much in the past year. I also think you need to go with the bold yellow stripes. I love my bold yellow stripes! Did you see that they just bought a new house? I'm so excited to watch them start from the beginning!

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  2. I did see that!!! I'm so excited to see new projects! I also think it's interesting...reading the blog and the book...to see how they take items they've had for a long time and use them over or in new ways. Genius! And frugal!

    I totally want yellow stripes somewhere. My living room has blue curtains that I love right now, but they're a bit limiting. I definitely think the room needs yellow too.

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    1. Those two are just so dang budget friendly! They've got me wanting to spray paint all of the things in my house and to back my bookshelves with wallpaper. Yellow might be the best, happiest color EVER.

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  3. Amen, sister! And by the way, where did you get your bold yellow stripes? lol

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  4. Okay. You sold me. I'll have to get this one soon too. I do LOVE their blog!

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    1. I can't WAIT for you to read this, Heather!

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  5. I love them too! Did you see they bought a new house?! Crazy. Can't wait to see what they do with it.

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    1. I DID! Isn't that crazy-awesome??? So so so excited to see what new projects they embark upon in the new place.

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  6. Very cute! I need to buy this for my nephew since he's a new homeowner.

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    1. Definitely, Kathy! If he's into decorating, too.

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  7. I just found Young House Love a little while ago and yeah, I love them. I'm not totally sure their style matches mine, but they do some fun projects. I'd like to get a copy of this book :)

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    1. They do a lot of clever projects, and I like that many of them are so easily tweaked to match whatever style a person likes. Good stuff!

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  8. Yes, love this, too. Off to add it to my wish list. Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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    1. Amen sister! I always forget I can wishlist things for Mother's day. lol

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  9. Young House Love is totally new to me and, um, thanks for giving me a way to not do anything even vaguely productive this afternoon! As I start moving into Spence's place, we're hanging photos, working on little house projects, dabbling with the idea of paint... and it's very exciting :) I just have no idea what I'm actually doing. So I must get my hands on this. Yay!

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    1. Fun, Meg!!! Young House Love can definitely be a spender-of-time, but it's totally worth it. The book is great!

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  10. Soooooo cute! It sounds like the kind of book where you'd want to pinterest the entire thing!

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  11. I love the sound of this one. I think I would get tons of ideas!

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