This post actually has two parts, the first of which is referenced in the pre-ellipses part of the title above. Our latest “He Said, She Said” column in Do It Yourself Magazine is out! Which means we’re permasmiling and pinching each other over here. Dorky? Yes. We admit it. But we still can’t believe we somehow tricked the editors into giving us our own little advice column.
Like our previous two installments (check out Winter ’09 and Spring ’10 here) we’ve once again rounded up reader questions from both sides of the gender line. And this time we helped Amanda come to terms with her husband’s request for a recliner and brainstormed an approach for Janelle to get the striped bathroom walls that she wants (but her husband doesn’t). Click the image below to enlarge it.
This issue of Do It Yourself has actually been on newsstands for a little while already, so you might want to grab a copy before it makes like Burger when it’s bath time (and disappears). As usual it has lots of other fun and useful content – including a great “Summer School” section with dozens of projects that are clearly illustrated and outlined for you to tackle. We’re always amazed at how much they can squeeze into each issue. And speaking of squeezed in, next time they’ve promised to devote at least two full pages to our column (and even plan to work in some large and in charge photos) so we can’t wait for that.
Of course you can always opt to peruse it at your local Barnes & Noble instead of shelling out loot to take it home (we love flipping through stacks of magazines there in an attempt to absorb as much inspiration as possible on a lazy weekend). But when it comes to this next magazine, you probably won’t see it at your local bookstore (that’s my segue to the post-ellipses part of the title). Heck, I can’t even tell you what the magazine is called – just that it has lots of pretty homes in it.
However it’s pronounced, this Ukrainian publication showed up in our PO Box a few weeks ago with pictures of our very own house inside! And those photos were surrounded by a lot of text that we’ve been too intimidated to even attempt to translate. But feel free to click the image below to see it larger and take a stab at it.
Sherry actually corresponded with the magazine’s editor a while back to provide the photos, but it was still a surprise to see all of those unfamiliar characters telling our home makeover story (well, at least we assume that’s what it’s about). And we learned our lesson with this Greek website that we shouldn’t trust online translators. So we’re not going to even go there (even though we did get a few good laughs last time).
So now that you know what’s on our coffee table these days, what magazines are you guys loving right now? Are there any that stand out to you as particularly helpful or especially beautiful as of late? Are you into the online magazines that are popping up these days (like Lonny and Southern Flourish)? Let’s talk about deliciously glossy magazines (as Sherry would say, with a gleam in her eye).
[email protected] says
Congrats on your Ukrainian fame! And thanks for the reminder about do it yourself. I really like that publication, but sometimes forget to look for it.
I actually just returned from the Ukraine last week. While I was there I saw the magazine in question and was surprised to see you guys inside—it was a little bit of home while I was away!
No way S! That’s too funny! It’s such a small world.
Caitlin @ That House on the Corner says
Haha, I love when I pick up magazines I can’t read, yet I look at all the pretty pictures… it’s like childhood all over again! I agree on the bathroom part of the post. I understand when renters are scared to paint because they will only be there for a few months/years, but when you plan on staying somewhere for THAT long, make it what you love, don’t settle!
Thanks for posting–Caitlin @ That House on the Corner
That is awesome. You guys are certainly gaining fame by the day!!
The Virginia House says
I’ve been wanting a subscription to that magazine so bad! (uh, not the Ukrainian one, though that is very cool) Knowing that you guys are in it just makes me want it more. (yes, you all are my hometown heroes)
Hmm, would there be a chance for DIY magazine giveaway sometime? If so then my name is there already:)
Thank you both for all your great ideas!
That’s a great idea! We’ll have to ask the powers that be if they’re down for offering up some subscriptions…
I will pick this up! today . . . .
I subscribe to the magazine Real Living. spendy annual subscription but it affords such pleasure and I get a lot of ideas. For the beauty alone, it’s worth this gift to self and none of our area stores carry it. I won’t make a habit of this but one year at a time . . . .
I’m surprised that the Ukranian publication is actually in Russian and Ukranian. The blue type (over the picture of your living room) says “Just Cozy and Practical”. Congrats!
Thanks for the mini translation! We’re happy to her that it says something so flattering!
So cool – we’ve sold our house and are looking for a new one so I’m sure we’ll be in the DIY arena very soon! Unrelated… is there a place where you’ve listed the paint colors you used? The rooms are bright and cheery while still being cozy – LOVE it!
Yup, here’s a post all about our home’s color scheme: https://www.younghouselove.com/our-homes-recently-expanded-color-palette/
Hope it helps!
Jessica @ How Sweet says
Congrats! You guys so deserve it!
Ashley @ The Design Thief says
Wow! You’re famous, the world over! Congratulations on the international ‘zine! I wonder if people in the Ukraine are as into home design as we are in the US. Thanks for sharing!
I picked up the latest issue of DIY magazine this week when I was in Home Depot finishing up my own little diy kitchen table paint makeover. I read it cover to cover, so many great ideas and inspirations, and I loved your guys’ advice section! Keep up the good work!
The magazine is actually in Russian, which is spoken in Russia and in Ukraine. Ukrainian is a completely different language.(I’m a native Russian speaker from Russia).
The title of the magazine is “Cozy apartment.” If you want a translation, email me a scanned copy of the article!
Good to know Dasha! Cozy Apartment sounds like a lovely magazine. We’ll have to brush up on our Russian one of these days…
That’s really funny that you guys are expanding into untranslatable territories – the real kicker would be if you were recognized because someone saw you in the Ukranian mag!
I was in B&N the other day looking for a new decor mag to devour and picked up the House Beautiful with a huge feature on “What nobody ever tells you about decorating” where they have pro decorators giving their best advice and “secrets”. I’m a sucker for that so I’m loving that issue!
I love Lonny but I wish they’d make it into a print version. I just can’t seem to get into reading online mags- I like to curl up with a cup of tea and read my magazine close-up, I like having the glossy paper in my hands.
Dasha is absolutely right, it is Russian, and they call you guys “designers” in it!
Ooh designers! We sound so fancy!
I love the magazine and can’t wait to get it. You guys deserve to be in there and I cannot wait to see your ideas for the new room. By the way, my husband and I also got married on 7/7/7. I think it was a pretty popular day, but nevertheless special.
I l.o.v.e magazines. Any sort:fashion(Instyle), DIY, parenting, gossip, travels but for the last couple of years I’m really into decor magazines. And I’m very happy to receive all the way to Greece Home Beautiful and Country Living for 1.5 euros each! Cheaper even from a local newspaper!
I also really really really like El Mueble. A spanish deco magazine, one of the best imo. You won’t believe the houses shown http://www.elmueble.com
Finally, I enjoy the InStyle Home edition whenever it’s printed.
If Lonny were printed (and I could get it over here) I’d surely buy it. It’s awesome
That is so neat! I’m from Ukraine and for some reason it’s very exciting to see you guys in there =)
and yes, the magazine is in Russian not in Urkainian bc a lot of things in Ukraine is in Russian.. those two languages are used there since it used to be one country before, and there are a lot people in both languages. Both langauges are taught in schools too.. they aren’t too different from each other.
Anywa, how cool! you guys are totally going international. and I want that magazine (Ukranian one) for my mom to read lol
Liz @ Bon Temps Beignet says
Congratulations on your world wide fame!
I’m having the same issue with my hubby… to stipe or not to stripe. I think he’s agree when he realizes how subtle the differences are in the paint colors. We also go to B&N about once a month and stand around and read all the magazines. He reads about cars and engines and I’m all over the home decor/reno section.
hi guys! Congrats on all of your international fame. As your other Russian speaking readers already commented the magazine article is in Russian (which is good since I don’t speak Ukranian) and your article is titled “Simple, cozy and practical” I would be happy to translate for you as well, just email it over!
Thanks Yuliya! Who knew we had so many international (and bilingual) readers? Amazing!
Mary K says
That sectional from your article would be PERFECT for our new basement!!! I checked JCPenney’s website and it’s not listed. Where can I find it??? Have you seen others that are similar? I like the lines of the sofa and the recliner & chaise.
Hey Mary K,
Unfortunately since our column is written so far in advance of when it goes to press, sometimes things sell out before the issue hits the newsstand. Perhaps you can check out overstock.com and amazon.com for something similar- heck, even local places like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshall’s might have something close. Happy hunting…
I want to (gently) smack Janelle’s husband upside the head and say “Seriously? Ten years? Get over it!”
I already picked up your latest issue of DIY. That one is harder to find here. My favourite home magazine is Canada’s Style At Home. There are always practical and budget-friendly tips. I also love House & Home. They both have great websites too!
Congrats, guys! I also got a kick out of seeing your home in the Russian magazine. Its also my native tongue, so in case all those multiple translation offers by other Russian-speaking readers fail, i will be happy to translate as well :-)
If I was that lady with the striped bathroom problem, I would just go ahead and do it while he’s gone! Although I know you two wouldn’t advise something that might cause marital discord–I can! But, I’m lucky because my husband almost always agrees to my crazy “projects” and if I do surprise him with one, he usually likes it :) Paint is so easy to change!
I LOVE home design and also cooking magazines. It’s like a present every time one comes in the mail! The problem is that I have a really hard time parting with them. At one point I had 12 years of Bon Appetite magazine saved and actually moved them to 2 new homes. Thank goodness for epicurious.com. I feel really awful when I have to purge and recycle my magazines. I’m wondering if you or your readers have any clever ideas for getting rid of magazines other than recycling. Freecycle?
Yup, freecycle and craigslist (in the free section) are two great ways to give your mags a second life. We actually bring all of ours to a small local bookstore where they give them away free to customers, so we love that they get another go-around before being recycled.
We have one of those recliners you mention in your “he said she said,” and we LOVE it! It’s my husband’s chair, and I wouldn’t mind getting another one because I sit in it often when he’s at work, but then have to give it up when he’s home. Best part? I paid $25 for it at a resale store!
Wow, that’s a total steal!
Congrats guys! I’m so glad Do It Yourself found you, now you can spread your diy skills with even more people and then from there, who knows? Maybe you’ll be asked to redo a celebs house or something, I dunno, just dreamin’ big for ya!
Anyway, I like Country Living magazine, lots of good info there. As for online mags, I was turned onto Lonny from the Eddie Ross decorating site, and although it’s set up nicely and the articles are good, I like to hold a mag in my hands and look at it over and over.
I love ReadyMade Magazine… tons of cool DIY projects in there!
I love that a Slavic publication featured your home… I’m originally from Russia and head back once a year for a month each summer… most Russian homes look nothing like yours. Color is big over there… and I just love the muted shades of your house. Hopefully it will spark an interest in white and neutrals in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere!
Can’t wait to pick this magazine up. I give my magazines to waiting rooms like the ER or other waiting rooms in the hospitals and clinics. Usually their magazines are so old.
When in need of translation help, check out the closest big university that might have international students.
Congrats you guys!
Back to Ashley’s question about ideas of what to do with old magazines. Why don’t you tear out what you like and place in protective sheets and store in a binder (a very good looking one of course). I do that with cooking magazines too. You can add dividers etc. to make it easy to find things. This would serve as an excellent inspirational binder for all sorts of themes – from decorating, health & beauty to cooking. The rest you don’t need you can certainly recycle. But once you’re finished (and you’re never finished by the way) you’ve got a personalized tool that will always inspire you.
So true! Here’s what we do with our magazine inspiration: https://www.younghouselove.com/email-answer-inspiration-wrangling/
I’m a big fan of Sunset magazine, even though it is more or less aimed at Western living; the aesthetic agrees with us, no matter where we live (which has been in all six US time zones, so far . . . !!)
Lara C says
I was a Russian major in college – loved seeing this post today and brushing up on my language skills! Good going, Youngsters! :)
Lara C says
Oh and I was crushed when Martha Stewart’s Blueprint stopped being published a few years back, but Country Living is about the only one I’ll pick up regularly – fresh ideas but homey (I’m a little more traditional than modern). Although a YHL magazine would probably be the best of all worlds! *hint hint*
Congrats — that is very exciting! I’ll head out tomorrow and pick up that deliciously glossy magazine! I heart shiny happy magazines, too!
Congrats! You guys put so much effort into your site, and it’s so amazingly useful and user-friendly, that DIY’d be crazy NOT to have you do a column. I’ll bet more magazines will be knocking on your door soon, especially now that you have an international following.
I also love the way the column bridges the gap between house-what’s a nice recliner, and home-how to design with your spouse.
Speaking of recliners, here’s a great, though admittedly pricey, one:
That has to be the sleekest most modern recliner we’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing the link!
That’s fantastic. The article will make a nice keeper to show your grandchildren.
Hmm…wish we got DIY magazine where I live. Although, most of my reading is done online.
Hello Youngsters! I read you regularly,but it’s the first time I write to you. You’re awsome!
I love your home,your site,and everithing you do. Don’t be so surprised because your home is featured in a Russian magazine…you have readers from all over the world. Russia is so big country. I am from Montenegro – former Yugoslavian republic,and I am a huge fan of yours. Would like to feature your home at my blog,if you agree..
There are a few excellent magazines in my country…but we still don’t have designers and decorators…architects do it all. Thing I don’t like is that architects are turned too much to high-tech,to modern italian design as well as futuristic design. Soulless if you ask me. I’m studing to become interior designer and decorator at Sheffield university…
That’s so interesting Milijana! It sounds like you’ll be in high demand since there are so few designers and decorators in your part of the globe!
Have you seen the gorgeous online food and entertaining magazine Sweet Paul? It’s really great. http://www.sweetpaulmag-digital.com/sweetpaulmag/spring2010
My favorite magazine currently is Canada’s House & Home. I haven’t loved anything this much since Domino.
Ooh, haven’t even heard of Sweet Paul. Off to check it out!
Katelyn Likes This says
Haha, I love these “lost in translation” articles!
Eric Badger says
I know Russian and Ukrainian is that far off. The picture of your living room has “Simply, Cozy and Practical” written in large lettering. If you want to pronounce it, it goes like this pro-stah, oo-you-t-nah ee prakt-eech-nah:)
I follow the blog all the time. Keep it up :)
Love it! Thanks for the how-to-say-it breakdown! We’re practicing our pronunciation right now!
Your names in Russian though, how cool are they?
Haha, very true.
Thanks for your response to my comment.
Of course! I forgot you guys are AWESOME!
Happy “To-Be-Mother’s Day” Sherry!
Congrats on the Russian mag feature! Also, congrats on the baby!!! I found your blog while I was pregnant and really enjoy reading up on your decorating ideas! My current magazine favs (and have been my favs for quite some time) are Better Homes and Gardens and Coastal Living. I also like to get inspired by my faithful Anthro catalogue- both decorating and clothing inspirations!