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Young House Love duo back with new home-improvement book

Young House Love duo back with new home-improvement book

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Every home is unique, because every person and family is unique.

From the single 20-something on his own in a studio apartment, to the family of five with three dogs, a cat, and a house that’s bursting at the seams, John and Sherry Petersik are hoping to reach all of those people and everyone in between with their newest book, “Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You.”

The Petersiks — Richmond’s home-improvement duo — made a name for themselves seven years ago with their DIY blog, Young House Love, in which they documented, in meticulous detail, home improvement projects around their home. Their first book “Young House Love,” followed in 2012 and was a New York Times best-seller.

“Lovable Livable Home” comes out Tuesday, and to kick off a 12-city nationwide book tour, the Petersiks will talk about and sign copies of their books Tuesday evening during an event at the Massey Street of Hope in the Midlothian community of Hallsley. In addition to the book talk, the night will feature tours of eight custom-built luxury homes along the street, plus wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Proceeds from the evening will be split between the Massey Street of Hope, a fundraiser for the VCU Massey Cancer Center, and Habitat for Humanity.

The couple said in their newest book they aimed for a wider view of home improvement projects, particularly whole-room makeovers, rather than individual projects within rooms. They also wanted to move beyond their own house and into others’ homes both locally and outside Richmond, which offered vastly different elements and styles.

“It was really our intention to look outside our own walls,” John Petersik said. His wife echoed his thoughts, saying that homes and families come in all shapes and sizes, budgets and styles.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for making a house a home,” Sherry Petersik said. For the book, they looked for all sorts of households, from those with children and pets to transient military families, people in smaller rental spaces and more. “We wanted to showcase that variety.”

But the Petersiks’ household, too, has changed since their first book.

With two children now — and Burger the dog — they can relate to a lot of families but, ultimately, “we’re not the only version of a family out there,” John Petersik said. There are countless ways to design and create a home and “none of those ways are wrong,” he added.

“(It’s) whatever makes your family happy and keeps your house functioning.”


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