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Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love Hardcover – November 5, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; 1 edition (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654788
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Do we really need another forum for glib and talented bloggers to instruct novice decorators? Yes, as it turns out, we do. The Petersiks, whose snail-mail address is Richmond, Va., and whose Internet address is www.younghouselove.com, splashed into the blogosphere when they decided to document upgrades to their dark, dated home. After the makeover, bright colors and light prevailed. While the couple has an obvious flair for transforming fixer-uppers, at first glance, the book's projects look elementary. Stack books in the fireplace in its idle seasons? A voracious reader of shelter magazines could have thought of that. Still, the very simplicity of some of their ideas might be a virtue. Completing something far less than a full makeover—like a task that can be done in an evening—could be a genuine confidence builder. And the book is solidly apartment-friendly. There is some gold, like the steps to reupholster a chair, hidden in tips for framing and stenciling accessories. This book is a natural for beginners. Experienced do-it-yourselfers should keep looking. (Nov.)


“Engaging, packed with gorgeous photos, and reassuringly realistic about both budget and skill level, Young House Love will inspire even the most un-crafty of homeowners to pry open a can of paint.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

(Nate Berkus)

“Their delivery is particularly charming and endearing, and their information is delivered in a smart way.” —Nate Berkus


“Allow us to introduce you to the king and queen of DIY: John and Sherry Petersik [whose] first book is jammed with more than 200 ideas—everything from rehabbing furniture to customizing a backsplash.” —Redbook

“No-attitude advice and step-by-step directions for lots of everyday projects.” —Washington Post

“Loaded with pictures, tips, and step-by-step tutorials, the Petersiks’ book offers a fresh and not-too-serious approach to infusing a home with personality.” —Dallas Morning News

“DIY gurus John and Sherry Petersik show how to radically reinvent plain pieces.” —Country Living

“This book is a natural for beginners.” —Publishers Weekly

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Customer Reviews

Great coffee table book!
Alyssa L.
It is well laid out and I love that all the projects are easy to do if you just follow the clear instructions.
Kathryn Harrison
It's a great book to give you ideas for DIY projects to improve your decor and other stuff at home.

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Beshanii on November 6, 2012
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I will start with a disclaimer that I am an avid blog follower, and am thus biased to like anything written by the Petersiks. As someone who was determined to love the book regardless of any flaws, I will do my best to be honest and objective in my appraisal.

I had very high expectations for this book, and was incredibly excited to see that it had arrived at my house. I eagerly cracked it open and began reading. Overall, I would definitely recommend the book to any home decor enthusiast, but I have to painfully admit I was slightly underwhelmed. Most of my excitement flipping through the pages was driven more by the cute captions, glimpses of well known Petersik personnel (Gee, Clara, and Ramsey make appearances for any other YHL enthusiasts out there), and the personal forewards to each chapter, than by the majority of the actual projects.

That's not to say there aren't gems inside; many very creative and useful ideas fill the pages (i.e. personalizing thrift store decor, creating your own artwork, alternatives to traditional knife blocks). Not to mention step by step instructions for painting furniture and cabinets, as well as a 'dummy guide' to a variety of DIY topics such as curtains and paint finishes. However, I felt that being a YHL reader was actually a detriment in some ways to finding novel inspiriation from the book. Very few projects were truly original to the book, most I skimmed through having read similar projects on the blog. That being said, even with some concepts being 'repeats', it will be nice in the future to have everything bound in one volume, easily accesible without the internet.

I appreciate the formatting of the book.
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74 of 88 people found the following review helpful By InfoDiva on November 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I follow the Petersik's blog and I admit that I was looking forward to the book. Over the last few months, the Petersiks built up anticipation for the book on their blog by repeatedly saying "we can't show you this yet because we did it for the book!"

Well, I'd estimate that the book is maybe 25% new material. And much of the new stuff is just a slightly different iteration of something they have done before, in great detail, online. (Yes, I know that you can spray paint almost anything a bright color and make it cute.) That, combined with the book's poor production values, means that you can learn everything you need about "Petersik Style" from the Young House Love blog and the book adds little.

The Petersiks' disappointing foray into print media has convinced me that for home decorating ideas, online pictures, instructions, and video are far superior communication methods. In other words, read the blog and save your money.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T.Shev on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read the YHL blog semi-regularly, and, even though there are times when their design aesthetic is the complete opposite of mine, I keep reading because they have some good basic DIY design and decorating ideas and tips, and because they seem like fun, genuinely sweet people. I was excited about their book, and I even stood in line for four hours to have them sign a copy of the book. Well, it turns out that four hours of standing in line was long enough for me, and a friend, to read the book and decide that it would be a waste of money to purchase it. There were maybe 3 or 4 ideas, out of the 200+ in the book, which I would actually want to try to replicate, or that seemed somewhat fresh and inspiring. Most of the other ideas were very basic, or have been done (and, more stylishly done) before, on their blog or elsewhere on the internet, and the remaining ideas were downright ridiculous - putting your knives in a clear jar filled with macaroni is a design/decorating idea? Also, I agree with another reviewer who commented on the poor design of the book itself. The cover is pretty bland, and somewhat garish, and the inside is not beautiful or inspiring enough for me to want to buy the book despite the bland ideas in it. On the positive side, the writing seemed sweet, quirky, and very readable, just like it is on their blog.

In this era of Pinterest and beautiful design blogs, design books have to be fresh, beautiful, and inspiring - and should have a lot of substantive content - in order to be worth the money. I'll stick to reading their blog, where I have found some good design tips and project ideas.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Not a fan on November 28, 2012
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As a longtime follower of younghouselove.com, I eagerly bought the book. However, I love YHL for the large-scale home transformations such as their former home's bathroom renovation.

I was hoping this book would provide more insight into similar, larger scale, more permanent projects: how they chose their homes and why, the process they go through, step by step, in a reno project, tips for those also updating older homes etc. This book just does not contain this sought after info.

Instead, the book offers many "crafty" projects ranging from not-so-great to really clever. I think it's telling that many of the projects were said to be gifted or donated, only a few were kept by the authors.

I'm glad I own it, but I think of it more as "fan gear" for a blog I love than a truly useful guide for my home.
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