April 29, 2009

Young Love

Have you ever come across a blog or web site that you could not get enough of?    That’s just what happened to me when I came across This Young House.    After enjoying myself on their web page for several hours over a few days, I contacted Sherry to see if it would be okay to feature them on my blog and she graciously consented.   

Sherry and John Petersilk are the “youngsters” who bought their 53+ year old home in Richmond, Virginia in 2006 and have been lovingly restoring it.    Along the way, they’ve documented every step, even listing a complete breakdown of costs and sources!   


Their home was featured on HGTV’s Rate My Space; they contribute to R. Home Magazine and Do It Yourself Magazine.  


The youngsters recently were asked to participate in BHG’s 48 hour challenge spending no more than $500.00.   Sherry painted the porch boards in alternating bands of tan and creme, then added pots and plants along with the charming bench and pillows.   You can read the step-by-step process on their web page.

Their web site is chock full of helpful advice, before-and-afters, how-tos; custom mood boards (depending on what you are after, you can get a custom mood board or a personal phone call.)   Check out their fees for their decorating services.

There is a whole section devoted to their mood boards and what eye candy that is!    There is also a source guide for each mood board.


They even got married in their back yard (of course, they did a lot of the landscaping themselves!)





I could go on and on about the youngsters but for now let’s just feast our eyes on some of their handiwork:

First up is the bedroom.    Take a look at its condition when they first moved in….


….and the after!!!!!!




Those “wardrobes” on either side of the bed are shelving units from Ikea!   Drapes were used to conceal what’s inside.

Den before….

……and after


Kitchen before…….

….Kitchen after – WOW!


Sunroom before….


Sunroom after…I could enjoy spending some lazy days in this dreamy space




Living room/den before….

…and after


Bathroom before…


….After!   Sherry got the long shower curtain on Amazon.


Laundry room before…

….after.  Her roman blinds came from Wal Mart but I found mine at K-Mart.    I can’t find any roman blinds at any of our Wal Mart stores here locally.

 this young house.com laundry room blinds

This laundry room gave me inspiration for when I update mine.    Above my washer and dryer are shelves with no doors.   I have bought the roman blinds and can’t wait to get started on refreshing/renewing my own laundry room.    Of course, I will share pics after!

Now let’s take a look at some of their amazing makeovers:

Here’s a room that was sent in by one client along with a list of things she would like and what had to stay and what could go:




Here’s a before picture of another make over….



Who wouldn’t enjoy this soothing, calming space now?




Here’s the mood board for the above bedroom



By  now, I’m sure you can’t wait to check out Sherry and John’s web site.    I can guarantee you that you’ll spend hours oohing and aahing over it, just like I did.    You might even be inspired to have them prepare a mood board for a special place in your home.


This weekend hubby and I are heading out for a little get-a-way.    First stop, Angels Flea Market in Opelika, then on to Atlanta where we’re planning on checking out House Parts, then on to Marietta where I’m looking forward to visting the Classy Flea.     We’ll work in a trip to the Ikea store and hopefully Ballards Backroom as well.   

I’ll have lots of pictures to share when I get back so until then……

Have a wonderful week and weekend!


Nancy said...

awe.some! and yes, I shall not only become a lurker :) but intend to add them to my list of favs!! right below your site!

Stacey said...

Those two seriously have vision, don't they? I would have walked right in and right out of that house when it was in the before stage. I would say that yard would stop me in my tracks though. I could study some of these pictures for hours too. The use of the Ikea cabinets was brilliant. Where could I do that?

Crystal said...

Hello Judy,
I just love your blog. I have visited This Young House before, it is a great blog. They have lots of vision and great ideas.
Thanks for sharing!

Mabry's Gamma said...


Good morning. I just visited those "youngsters" the other day for the first time, they sure do have some vision and ambition.

You have a great time in Atlanta.


Tricia Anne said...

Wow! What a dramatic transformation they have created! They have a great vision and wonderful way to bring it together.
I can't wait to see their blog. Thanks for sharing! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Gaston Studio said...

Obviously VERY talentedd young people; thanks for sharing that.

I LOVE Ballard's Backroom; hope you find what you're looking for... or something great you weren't looking for!

Lisa said...

What an awesome renovation! Thanks for the link. I'll be visiting the newlyweds soon!

Carol said...

Wow, are they talented! I love seeing before and afters.

Lou Cinda said...

This is so gorgeous! They are so talented! Seriously!
Thank you for sharing, I am going to go to their site NOW!

Sounds like a GREAT weekend you have planned! I want to do that so much! I even printed out the directions to The Classy Flea and then someone told me about the place in Opelika AND Scotts Antique Market close to Atlanta! We must live in the same "general" area!

Have fun!!! And take LOTS of pics.

Lou Cinda :)

Ren said...

Hey Judy :)
I really enjoy your blog and you did a terrific job featuring This Young House. I will be checking out their pages very soon. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Karen said...

Wonderful post. I'm headed over to their blog now . . .

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

LOVE it! Thanks for introducing us.

Sherry @ This Young House said...

Aw shucks, we're blushing. Thanks so much for the link love! Your write up is amazing and we'd love to have your readers pop over whenever they'd like. Our virtual door is always open!

Sherry (& John)

Teresa said...

What inspiration- thanks for sharing- I had got lots of things spinning in my head now- I think I better start a file-
Happy Day

A Classy Flea said...

Please be sure to introduce yourselves when you come in. We ALWAYS want to say hi to our blogspot friends!

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy! Can I come with you on your weekend!!!!! Sounds like such fun and I love IKEA!! I wish I were starting out again like these two adorable kids!! What a fantastic job they did! I'll go visit them now thanks to your post! Have a fun and trunk full of bargains weekend! Sincerely, Jeannette

mary said...

I found their blog through my daughter. it is great, isn't it? they definitely have flair!

Vee said...

They've done an incredible job. I particularly enjoyed seeing how they disguised that little window above their bed. So many homes have those and they are always, without fail, ugly. Not that one!

Sherri said...

Judy, I thoroughly enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great weekend!

Domestic Designer said...

I'm impressed and inspired! Thanks!

Ms. Tee said...

I stumbled across them in one of the magazines you mentioned, and I was stunned by everything they've accomplished, too!
Thank you for the suggestions on my window - I really appreciate it! I've had computer issues and haven't been able to blog for a couple of weeks. But I'm going now to find your October post and see your friend's cottage-y bathroom. Thanks again - your blog is beautiful, by the way. :)

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Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, yeah I've been reading John & Sherry's blog for way over a year now & they are famous bloggers now, not to mention super talented. Love everything they do.

Have fun in ATL! Shop some for me too. :) You'll love all those places.

The Stylish House said...

Hi Judy,
They look like a sweet couple with fantasic ideas, thanks for posting about them! ~Cathy~

Melissa Miller said...

Judy thanks for telling us about them. I'll go and check out their blog.
It looks wonderful!

Have a blessed evening.
~Melissa :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a great post! I've been a fan of theirs for a long time, and I'm always impressed by their house projects. :-)

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mr builder said...

What inspiration- thanks for sharing,Thanks so much for the link love!Your write up is amazing and we'd love to have your readers pop over whenever they'd like.We have been offering clients with top quality renovation services for over ten years. Whether it is Commercial property or Domestic and even if you are an estate agency looking to manage your properties,rest assured we can cater to all your decorating needs.
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