Young House Love: The Book

On Wednesday, I trekked out through the blustery Boston weather to West Elm, and I wasn't the only one. Judging by the snaking line, it seemed that most of the 600+ people who RSVPed on Facebook to meet John & Sherry Petersik (and get their copies of the couple's first book, Young House Love, signed) showed up despite the storm. The can-do attitude that makes their blog so relatable translates to the book, and obviously resonates with readers. Snow, what snow?

The former Homies winners are the first to admit they have no formal training in design; they just want nice looking things for cheap. That's the wonderful thing about DIY: anyone can do it. And that's the spirit of Young House Love. Full of simple and inexpensive ideas that even a beginner can tackle, the projects are a mix of cool and classic.

In the age of Pinterest, it seems we're always searching for the newest and the next, and it's rare that anything is truly original. I love that John and Sherry introduce their book by hoping that people will have a mix of "I've-never-thought-of-that moments, I've-thought-of-that-and-just-might-give-it-a-try-now moments, and I've-already-done-that-where's-my-high-five moments." The next time I'm wearing my snarky pants and feel an eye roll coming on over one trendy project or another, I can just give myself a mental high five instead for tackling it already. Negative energy avoided!

Broken down by cost, time, and effort, Young House Love has projects for every space that even the frugal, busy, or lazy can complete (self-proclaimed lazy girl, here!). And if something goes awry? As Sherry shared with me in an interview, "relax, it's only decorating."

Have you flipped through Young House Love yet? Share your thoughts in the comments!

(Image: Tara Bellucci)