Synopses & Reviews
New York Times best seller
Design ideas for every style, skill level, and budget, from the beloved couple behind YoungHouseLove.com
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!
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Lauren Liess, an interior designer and founder of the popular blog Pure Style Home, fuses her love of design and the great outdoors into all her work. In Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, her first book, Lauren invites readers to bring nature inside by mixing the textures of natural elements such as wood and stone with eclectic groupings of modern and quirky vintage pieces. Readers will be inspired by the unique style of these rooms, which include lovely framed botanical prints and Liessandrsquo;s own textile patterns inspired by wildflowers and thistles. The book is divided into three sections: Part I focuses on the fundamental elements of design, with each chapter devoted to a particular element, such as color, lighting, and furniture; Part II addresses the intangibles of designing a space, such as aesthetics and creating a mood; and Part III tackles unique room-specific challenges in every part of the house.
About the Author
Sherry Petersik and her husband, John Petersik, are the creators of the hit home improvement blog Young House Love
. Now in the midst of transforming their second fixer-upper in Richmond, Virginia, Sherry and John spend their days tackling as many DIY projects as possible with their daughter, Clara, and their Chihuahua, Hamburger, by their side. They write a column in Better Homes & Garden's Do It Yourself
magazine, and they've appeared on HGTV and on The Nate Berkus Show
John Petersik, and his wife, Sherry Petersik, are the creators of the hit home improvement blog Young House Love. Now in the midst of transforming their second fixer-upper in Richmond, Virginia, Sherry and John spend their days tackling as many DIY projects as possible with their daughter, Clara, and their Chihuahua, Hamburger, by their side. They write a column in Better Homes & Garden's Do It Yourself magazine, and they've appeared on HGTV and on The Nate Berkus Show.