A Gust Of Gratitude

It’s time again to carve out some space for a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who makes Young House Love tick. This monthly burst of gratitude is aimed not only at you guys for reading, commenting, and encouraging us every day – but also at our sponsors who help us keep this site (and the family behind it) running. After all, they make the other 40+ posts that we write each month possible. So feel free to take a peek at what they’ve got and show them what the L in YHL is all about (and take advantage of a few exclusive YHL discounts while you’re at it).

Fresh Home is fairly new to the shelter mag scene, but it’s chock full of projects and inspiration that get us excited (after all, their tagline is “Easy Ideas For Hands-On People”). You can pick up this quarterly mag at your newsstand, become a charter subscriber for just $10, or even take advantage of their free issue offer to get started. Can’t beat free, eh?

Freshline is another “fresh” sponsor (see what I did there) who operates an illustration and design business where you can score custom pieces like graphics, stationery, textiles and more. So check out a bunch of her sweet wares (we’re especially digging the pillows) and take 10% off any orders with the code YHL10!

Dolan Geiman is a mixed-media artist that we’ve mentioned before, but now he’s back to mark his partnership with Fossil. They’re celebrating vintage-inspired art through store displays and product promotions as part of their “Long Live Art” campaign which feature Dolan and three other artists in cities like NYC and Dallas. Very cool.

WallQuotes.com wants your walls to say more than “I’m bored.” So browse from their collection of text-based, graphic, and nature-inspired vinyl decals (or even create your own personalized saying). They’ve got a photo gallery of inspirations if you’re stuck- and don’t forget to take 15% off of any order with the code YHL15.

The Tile Shop is filled with, you guessed it, tile. But they’ve also got all the tools, materials, and how-to guides to get your tiling job done with less- or even no- crying. It’s where we snagged the wet saw, grout, and sealer for our bathroom project earlier this year (after which they hopped on as a sponsor) and you lucky people can get 10% off when you use the code YHL10.

Shades of Light is always a pleasure to peruse, whether you’re looking for anything from a contemporary table lamp to a traditional chandelier. They’ve also got a wide range of furniture, art, rugs, and mirrors that you can browse online or in their store (we’ve got one in Richmond!) and also by catalog.

Design for Less goes by a few names: The Glass Mosaic Outlet (if you’re looking for colorful and stunning glass, metal, or stainless steel tiles) or The Natural Stone Outlet (if you’re more in the mood for a natural pebble, marble, or porcelain tile). Whichever route you go, you’re bound to find some great deals and some heartstoppingly beautiful design.

Z Gallerie is a great spot for a major dose of modern romantic style. With tons of options in glitzy metallic tones and pops of crisp white, it’s like a feast for the eyes (especially when your name is Sherry Petersik). Here are some of the items that have caught our eyes lately, but be sure to head over to their site for more Gallerie goodness.

Name Your Design is chock full of fun, personalized items to give your walls a punch of crisp modern art. Browse items for couples, little girls, little boys, and even whole families. Plus you can score free shipping with the code “freeship” through August.

Lisa Leonard Designs is not only full of handmade sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, and charms (many of which include personalized, whimsical, or touching references to family, love and, well, coffee) but also features earrings, keychains, and even ornaments to make you smile.

Ruby Plaza is a virtual marketplace where individuals can sell everything from vintage items to new and reproduced pieces for your home and you (i.e. jewelry). It’s a great spot to hunt for unique items that you might not find anywhere else- and you know what they say about the thrill of the hunt…

Frame The Date does just that – they take any date that’s special to you (an anniversary, birthday, or even the closing day of your first home) and commemorate it with graphic numerals in a stylish custom frame (seriously, check out the range of colors available). You can even include a photo of the special moment along with the special date.

Etsy Kids is in full swing with its summer shopping guide. Just take a breeze through their 26 alphabetized categories for a catalog of some of the best baby, kid, and even parent-related items on Etsy (it’s not just clothes and toys folks, there’s art and decor in there too!)

Heart & Stone is some of the best recycling we’ve seen in a while. They take old materials (like x-ray film) and turn them into meaningful silver charms and rings to commemorate loved ones and adorn your neck, finger, wrist (and more) with style to spare. Oh, and don’t forget to take 10% off with the code YHL10!

Vol. 25 doesn’t need much introduction, just take a peek below at some of the über sweet graphics she turns into prints, t-shirts, mugs, and anything else that needs a stylish pick-me-up. She’s got everything from romantic gestures to inspiring statements all captured in her charming illustrations.

Smock Paper rounds out our list of sponsors this month. They’re home to beautifully designed letterpress greeting cards, stationery, announcements, invites, and even business cards. Plus, their operation is 100% sustainably printed – so their work is easy on the eyes and the environment.

And our last big THANK YOU has to be directed at you guys. Thanks so much for dropping in to see what we’re up to here at Casa Petersik. We wish you nothing but the most amazing and DIY-filled weekend!


  1. Mary says

    WE need to thank YOU for all you guys do – each morning I eagerly await the day’s post! So … thank you, youngsters!

  2. says

    This is totally unrelated, but I had the wackiest dream last night & it included your blog! I dreamed that you were hiring a 3rd person to help with the blog, using a series of tasks a la “The Apprentice”…I dreamed it was between myself & my neighbor in the finale, and I won based on some elaborate home decorating project involving Barbie’s (which is weird, b/c I’m not into Barbie’s & I don’t suspect you guys are either). I was relating the dream to my sweet husband this morning & he suggested I find something more productive to do with my free time besides reading blogs! :)

    • says

      Oh my goodness. That’s hysterical! We would totally have to give the win to the Barbie project. It sounds like it’s totally up our alley – hehe.


  3. says

    Fresh Home is a great magazine, but their website has been under construction for a year now. It would be a much more worthwhile publication if they had some decent online content.

  4. Robin says

    I can’t get a read on FreshHome magazine based on their website – would you recommend this as a replacement for my dearly departed shelter mags Domino and Blueprint? I like DIY and hands-on projects, but also want style, entertaining – is that part of the magazine?

    • says

      Hey Robin,

      They definitely touch on style and entertaining occasionally, but our recommendation would be to check it out at Barnes & Noble to see what you think. It always sparks a lot of ideas each time we pick one up!


  5. Anu says

    This is not really related to the post, but something I wanted to ask…Do you find yourself doing stuff just to make content for the blog…like changing the lamp shade in your office and then post about it…or would you have done that even if you did not have a blog?

    • says

      Hey Anu,

      Well, now that this is a full time blog for both of us we definitely find ourselves taking tons of photos to document everything we do here at Casa Petersik- but we still think we would take on at least 95% of the projects that we do because we love to keep things fresh and ever-evolving around here. And we don’t mind taking on the other 5% just for fun and to share them with you guys!


  6. says

    thanks for all the great etsy referrals. I love that site! Am enjoying your blog and appreciate your friendly and positive approach to blogging.

  7. says

    Absolutely love this post! You’re both so adorable – I love reading your blog! And this post is fun to browse through – I love Lisa Leonards pieces. After seeing them on here again I may just have to get me one of those (or a few for christmas presents :)!)

  8. says

    Just wanted to drop a line on a post that didn’t have 100+ comments to say that I love reading your blog and find everything you do to be quite inspiring – I can’t wait until I finally have my own home that I can DIY to my hearts content – renting is the pits when it comes to things like painting, flooring and hideous cabinetry.

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