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

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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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Creative Wall Coverings

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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.


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


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Bold, Bright, Beautiful

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Brighten the kitchen by hanging bold pendants over the sink.


House Love Farmhouse Pendants, $69 each, shadesoflight.com


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A Touch of Color

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


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Mail Yourself Memories

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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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A Real Standout

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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

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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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Delicious Decor

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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.