Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love

Design ideas for every style, skill level, and budget, from the beloved couple behind

This debut book by bloggers Sherry and John Petersik is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. With two home renovations under their (tool) belts, 5 million blog hits per month, and an ever-growing audience since the launch of Young House Love in 2007, Sherry and John are home-improvement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. Whether an experienced decorator or a total novice, on a tight budget or with money to spend, any homeowner or apartment dweller will find ideas for his or her own home makeovers here. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, spice up plain old roller shades, "hack" your Ikea table to create three distinct looks, and so much more.

Packed with 243 tips and ideas--both classic and unexpected--every project pictured was exclusively executed for the book. With more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this is a book that readers will return to again and again for the creative projects and easy-to-follow instructions in the relatable voice the Petersiks are known for. Adding a little wow factor to your home has never been more fun!

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By Rachel (Lawrence, KS) · ★★★☆☆ · May 20, 2013
I always have fun skimming through designy magazines, blogs and TV shows, and the Young House Love blog is no exception. The Petersiks are a super talented, creative duo whose whole house transformations are lovely and inspiring to those of us who like to daydream about taking on our own house pr... ...more
By Nupur · ★★★★☆ · December 19, 2012
I've been reading Young House Love (the blog) for a while, and I like Sherry and John's voice- funny, dorky, warm and humble. The book has a similar voice. I like that the tips are grouped into rooms; while reading, I could visualize my own spaces and see if any of the tips were useful for me.

On... ...more
By JDAZDesigns (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 28, 2013
Another blog.
Another book deal.

No offense to the lovely couple who have done a fantastic job on their house. Their blog has been filled with fun, frivolity and pratfalls. But is it really book worthy? Will publishing ever go back to finding new talent? Or will publishing just stick with the autom... ...more
By Danielle · ★★★★★ · January 05, 2013
I've long been a fan of Sherry & John Petersik's home blog, Young House Love (formerly, This Young House). The book extends the familiar conversational style that the Petersiks are so well known for, and offers up a buffet of home DIY projects.

I especially like the abundance of photos in each... ...more
By Aleks (Toronto, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · December 28, 2012
I was so excited to get this book, I actually squealed when I got my hands on it! As a fan of the Young House Love blog I have been waiting for this to come out for what felt like forever. When I got the book I quickly skimmed all the projects and starting making notes and plans for my own home.... ...more
By Katrina (trinakb) (Salem, NH) · ★★★★★ · February 07, 2013
So many great home decorating and easy renovation ideas. I love that they really think outside of the box and make the projects doable for even the beginner like me. I also love that the Petersiks are frugal like myself and they rate the price of each project; they really considered the wallet of... ...more
By Susan (Columbus, OH) · ★★★★☆ · July 10, 2014
Young House Love
Sherry and John Petersik

Subtitle: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home Some Love.

The Petersiks lack formal training in design, but they make up for it with affordable, doable, clever ideas.

In 2007, they started their DIY blog at to document their... ...more
By Phoebe (The United States) · ★★★★★ · December 13, 2012
This isn't a novel.

I just wanted to clear that up. It's a decorating DIY book, but I loved it enough to write about it.

It is mostly pictures. I still I found it very well written. Each project is outlined succinctly and clearly. Easy and fun to read, yet full of useful information.

This would b... ...more
By Leah (Bremerton, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · May 06, 2013
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Sherry and John definitely stay true to their blog voice. Some of the ideas are really good, some are good refreshers for other things I've seen. It's a lot of just little tips and tricks so don't go in expecting anything revolutionary. My husband and I are currently... ...more