Continuing the trend of bloggers turning book authors, the Petersiks of younghouselove.com have taken their experiences with home improvement and decorating to the printed page. Emphasis here is on uncomplicated, doable, and inexpensive projects that are fresh and super easy. Unfortunately, not all of the projects fall neatly into room by room organization. The lack of an index is keenly felt. Some instruction may be cursory, but can be overlooked by the sheer abundance of projects and their simplicity. The writing is cheery and encouraging. VERDICT This book is a good stepping-stone to build the confidence of a beginner and does not pretend to be more. There is plenty here for all tastes. Make room for this charming book on the home remodeling shelf. Recommended for most public libraries.[Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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. (Nov.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC