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Young House Love: Down-to-Earth DIY Decorating Ideas

The husband-and-wife decorating duo--and authors of Young House Love--create crafty home designs for every style, skill level and budget.

By Danielle Blundell

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John and Sherry Petersik
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Six years ago John and Sherry Petersik started blogging about their home renovation adventures—the good, the bad and the beautiful. Since then, their site has become the go-to source for down-to-earth DIY. With a stylish low-priced lighting line and the publication of their first book, Young House Love (Artisan), this husband-and-wife team is offering plenty more ways to show a fixer-upper who's boss. Here, the couple shares their crafty decorating ideas.

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Right now, we're loving circle patterns. Think beyond fabric—cover a wall or backsplash in high-gloss penny tiles that gleam like little pearls.

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Brighten the kitchen by hanging bold pendants over the sink.

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A dozen orange tulips in a clear vessel provide a dash of instant color.

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We mail ourselves postcards on vacations and display them in a giant bowl—decorative, yes, but also always handy for reminiscing.

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White trim and light-colored objects pop against deep teal paint.

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Hunt for objects that are meaningful to you so your home doesn't look like everyone else's. For us, it could be an Empire State Building-themed accessory because New York is where we met.

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Skip the centerpiece, and perk up dinner party place settings with fresh seasonal fruit like an apple or a pear.

Originally published in the July 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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