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.

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Crafty Tips From The Petersik Family


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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Creative Wall Coverings


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.

Merola Tile Penny Round Mosaic Tile in Marine, $7 per square foot,

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Bold, Bright, Beautiful


Brighten the kitchen by hanging bold pendants over the sink.

House Love Farmhouse Pendants, $69 each,

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A Touch of Color


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

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Mail Yourself Memories


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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A Real Standout


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

Olympic's Azalea Leaf, available at Lowe's stores

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Make It Your Own


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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Delicious Decor


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.