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Sherry & John Petersik

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Deep (and not-so-deep) conversations about home improvement, design, and life at home. Tune in for weekly episodes filled with casual decorating advice, DIY stories, interviews with experts, and a smattering of tips and ideas that can help you simpli...Show More

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#128: Finding More Life In Less Stuff

37:40 | Jan 28th

Minimalism can still feel like an “out there” lifestyle, so this week we’re bringing in expert Joshua Becker to share how dipping your toes into the minimalist waters can lead to big gains at home and in life. He shares how to stop the slow creep of ...Show More

#127: The Real Housewives of Airbnb

38:57 | Jan 21st

This week we’re sharing a simple kitchen change that made it WAY more efficient for us (we’re kinda kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner). There's also an update on some duplex delivery drama and we’re sharing three specific tips for book lovers...Show More

#126: Is Your Home Making You Grumpy?

36:41 | Jan 14th

Lots of us want a more organized home, but are we going about it the wrong way? Today we’re talking with a home efficiency expert about how rethinking our approach to organizing could end up making us all happier - and maybe even turn us into more pa...Show More

#125: A Tale Of Two Kitchens

37:57 | Jan 7th

Our holiday was full of fun, family, and a freakish amount of Ikea boxes filling the duplex. So this week we’re sharing how we navigated the task of installing not one, but two kitchens over winter break - including how things got off to a rocky star...Show More

#124: One Small Space And Three Options (HELP!)

33:57 | Dec 17th, 2018

Today we’re talking about a small space that’s stumping us at the duplex and we’d love to hear what your family would like to rent most. You’ll also hear how an unexpected Christmas request from our daughter sent us on quite the hunt for a house-rela...Show More

#123: Baskets: Friend or Foe?

38:29 | Dec 10th, 2018

We recently realized that storage baskets may be simultaneously helping AND hampering our home organizing efforts (and yes, hampering was a pun). Also, the duplex has passed an important renovation milestone: floor refinishing! But even though we had...Show More

#122: If We Had To Make A House “Must Have” List…

36:28 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Whether you’re house hunting, building new, or just daydreaming, you’ve probably got a mental list of favorite home features that you either love having already or really want your next home to have. So today we’re sharing our seven favorite home fea...Show More

#121: Do We Make Design Decisions Just For The Blog?

34:17 | Nov 26th, 2018

It’s a question we’ve gotten a lot over the years: are you doing this for you or for the blog? It's even one we've asked ourselves - and it hasn’t always always been easy to answer - but it’s a lot clearer in hindsight. So we’re diving into what past...Show More

#120: The Big Fight We Had Over A Microwave

37:58 | Nov 19th, 2018

Remember when we got into it over a refrigerator back in Episode #74? Well, the location of an appliance recently had us battling over two different kitchen layouts - this time for the duplex. So this week we’re sharing our competing perspectives on ...Show More

#119: What Almost Derailed Our Painted House Makeover

36:38 | Nov 12th, 2018

Now that we’ve completed our big brick house painting project, we’re sharing all the behind-the-scenes twists & turns of the previous week (believe me, the hits kept coming). A big task like this can veer off course pretty quickly… which it did... mo...Show More

#118: The Not-So-Calm Before The White Brick Storm

36:20 | Nov 5th, 2018

Amidst all the excitement of getting our brick house painted white last week (!!!) there was some behind-the-scenes stress leading up to the big transformation. So this week we’re sharing the realities of a major undertaking like this, including the ...Show More

#117: The Downside To Decorating One Room At A Time

39:04 | Oct 29th, 2018

We recently passed the one year anniversary of moving furniture to our beach house, so this week we’re looking back on how we kept our sanity while decorating an entire house all at once. It made us realize that there are some flaws in our usual meth...Show More

#116: How To Get More Style At Home With Less Stuff

36:32 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Now that we tested out the process to achieve “Cozy Minimalism” in our house (and loved the result!), we’re taking it straight to the source and talking with Cozy Minimalist Home author Myquillyn Smith about how she realized she could merge these two...Show More

#115: The Trouble With Master Bedrooms

36:35 | Oct 15th, 2018

After a quick video of Sherry’s sparse closet sparked hundreds of questions on Instagram, we’re breaking down her process for creating a wardrobe that saves space, money, and energy. So if you want to tame your overflowing closet, cut your clothing b...Show More

#114: Did We Almost Just Buy Another House?!

39:56 | Oct 8th, 2018

Our duplex renovation isn’t even close to being done, but we can’t help but think about the next house we’ll transform - because there will be another one. So today we’re sharing our hashtag goals to own more rental properties through retirement, and...Show More

#113: What You Don’t See In Photos Of Our Living Room

38:22 | Oct 1st, 2018

Our week of living Furniture Free is over and it went… wellllll… differently than we expected. So today we’re talking about what we liked, what we didn’t, what we screwed up, and what lasting impacts it may have on how we use our home. We also confes...Show More

#112: One Week Of Living “Furniture Free”

33:35 | Sep 24th, 2018

Have you heard of the Furniture Free movement? Well, it piqued my interest so much that we’re challenging ourselves to try it for seven days (Sherry reluctantly agreed). So what does it mean? And how does it promise to improve our lives and homes? Wi...Show More

#111: Can Minimalism Be Cozy?

35:25 | Sep 17th, 2018

As much as we love to simplify and declutter, we're not aiming for that ultra sleek and sometimes sterile look that’s often associated with minimalism. So we’ve been trying out a step-by-step process for creating a minimalist space that still feels w...Show More

#110: And Then The Bathroom Started Flooding

34:32 | Sep 10th, 2018

What started as a straightforward sink swap in the beach house master bathroom ended with a big hole in the wall and a face full of water. And the cause was something we had never heard about before (and just about the weirdest thing ever). We share ...Show More

#109: Just When You Thought The Diamond Door Saga Was Over

37:21 | Aug 27th, 2018

We’ve been on a rollercoaster with those diamond paned doors that we hunted down for our duplex renovation. There was a pretty disappointing low followed by a surprising high, so we’re looping you into the whole thing this week. Also, how come some h...Show More

#108: Science Says These Rooms Are A Waste Of Space

31:21 | Aug 20th, 2018

Welp, it’s official: new research shows that we aren’t using all of the square footage in our homes. But we sure are paying for it (and then paying to heat & cool it, decorate it, plus spending time cleaning it). Why are we doing that?! Well, this we...Show More

#107: Are We All Getting Sick Of Watching Big Renovations?

36:59 | Aug 13th, 2018

We can’t be the only ones noticing that all of the renovations on TV and online seem to be snowballing. Whatever happened to those budget decorating shows and use-what-you-have makeovers? And who remembers when a blog post might have just been "I ord...Show More

#106: What’s It Really Like To Downsize?

36:36 | Aug 6th, 2018

Sure it's fun to imagine what it would be like to downsize and live in a significantly smaller space, but this week we're talking to a family of 4 (with a giant dog!) who took the leap and moved from a large builder-grade home to a 1,200 cottage bung...Show More

#105: Sherry Vs. The Bathtub, Duplex Edition

38:02 | Jul 30th, 2018

We seem to have a sore spot with tubs, and the duplex renovation has proven to be no exception. So today we’re sharing how a strategic money-saving decision saved us 30% off a huge renovation line item, but sent us on a tub-induced stress spiral. We’...Show More

#104: This Is How You’re Annoying Your Contractor

32:34 | Jul 23rd, 2018

We’ve turned the tables today and have asked dozens of contractors - including our own! - what THEY wish we, their clients, did differently. We learned their biggest client pet peeves (we’re certainly guilty of some!) and got great advice for how we ...Show More

#103: Regrets From Our Beach House Reno

36:53 | Jul 16th, 2018

It turns out that restoring a vintage stove isn’t all cupcakes & rainbows, so this week we’re revealing some of the quirks that you can’t see from a pretty picture. We’re also spilling the beans on several mistakes, regrets, and missed opportunities ...Show More

#102: Are Islands Ruining America's Kitchens?

37:48 | Jul 9th, 2018

Islands are a staple of most modern kitchens, but this week we explore why not everyone is a fan (including what we realized is a negative about the island situation in our own kitchen). Plus, we’ve tiled our fair share of backsplashes, but our recen...Show More

#101: Should We Paint Our Brick House White?

35:20 | Jun 25th, 2018

Our urge to paint the exterior of our brick house white has been growing lately, but there are still some concerns holding us back. So today we’re diving into the pros & cons that we’ve been tossing around (for years now!) as well as some new stuff w...Show More

#100: So We Had To Quarantine The House…

35:05 | Jun 18th, 2018

Nothing like an infestation to drive you from your home for a few days, am I right? We’re sharing the whole itch-inducing story, including why we had to leave, and what we did to resolve the issue (for significantly less trouble than we originally th...Show More

#99: Our Latest (And Grossest) Home Experiment

33:35 | Jun 11th, 2018

When you put a lot of time or money into a project, you’ll go to great, weird, and sometimes gross lengths to protect it. We’ve got all the details in this week’s episode, along with a story that shows why renovating a house that's over two hours awa...Show More

#98: Why Some Houses We Designed Never Saw The Light Of Day

37:25 | Jun 4th, 2018

A few years ago we embarked on a design project with a local company that we were very excited about… but it fell apart for reasons we could’ve never expected. We’re sharing that story this week, along with the surprising way Sherry scored an incredi...Show More

#97: What We Learned (And Saved) From Our Shopping Ban

38:16 | May 21st, 2018

Our month-long shopping hiatus came to a close last week, so today we’re sharing our results! What was the most difficult part? How did it change our habits? What were we dying to buy first after it ended? And - most importantly - how did it impact o...Show More

#96: Our Complicated Relationship With Stuff

38:26 | May 14th, 2018

Right in the middle of our own month-long shopping ban, we jumped at the chance to have a deep conversation with the author who started it all: Cait Flanders. She shared fascinating insights, regrets, and explained how her “Year of Less” had a lastin...Show More

#95: Our House Is Too Big. There, We Said It.

37:40 | May 7th, 2018

We’ve recently had a realization that we just don’t need as much space as we have. So how'd we end up buying a too-big house? What has made this so clear to us now? And what square footage do we think would be just right? We’re sharing all of that in...Show More

#94: Just When The Duplex Was Going So Well…

37:21 | Apr 30th, 2018

Just when we thought the duplex renovation was finally rolling along smoothly, we found ourselves in the midst of an ordeal that required an emergency trip to Cape Charles, and another hot-seat meeting with the Historic Review Board. We're sharing al...Show More

#93: One Month. No Superfluous Shopping. Can We Do It?

38:05 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Can we go a whole month without buying anything we don’t need? That’s the challenge we’ve handed ourselves as part of a self-imposed month-long shopping ban. So this week we’re sharing how we were inspired by Cait Flanders’ “Year of Less” and how we’...Show More

#92: The Household Staples We Never Buy

38:11 | Apr 16th, 2018

Do you reject certain “household staples?” We do! And it turns out a lot of other people do too - to the point that experts are saying they might someday disappear. So this week we’re breaking down how and why the typical home (and its contents) migh...Show More

#91: When Is A House Change You Made Bad For Resale?

37:07 | Apr 2nd, 2018

This week we're talking about when you should undo a personal or customized change that you made to your house that might turn off potential buyers (and when we'd recommend leaving it the heck alone). We're also getting into store returns and how the...Show More

#90: What To Do When A Project Starts To Suck

37:10 | Mar 26th, 2018

We all know that deflated feeling when you’ve lost your mojo for a major project or renovation. So how do you reignite that excitement or energy you had for it in the first place? We’ve struggled with this at the beach house lately, so we’re sharing ...Show More

#89: A Year Without Shopping

35:47 | Mar 19th, 2018

Could you put your wallet on lockdown for 365 days? Sherry shared the story of a woman who did, including why she took on the challenge, the few exceptions she allowed to make it possible, and how it’s inspiring us to adjust our spending... and maybe...Show More

#88: Whatever Happened To Privacy In The Bathroom?

38:53 | Mar 12th, 2018

Doorless bathrooms? Toilets behind glass walls? Showers and tubs just sitting in the corner of the bedroom? These “open concept” bathroom trends seem to be showing up more often, and they’re alarming to some and exciting to others. So this week we at...Show More

#87: Lessons From The Messiest Homes In America

37:30 | Mar 5th, 2018

It’s never fun to get a call saying that you have to tear down something that you just SPENT AN ENTIRE WEEKEND CONSTRUCTING, but that’s exactly what happened with our beach house bunk beds. So this week we’re sharing what went down behind the scenes,...Show More

#86: How Our Life Together Almost Didn’t Happen

36:48 | Feb 26th, 2018

We’re getting personal this week, and sharing some early setbacks and hard choices that almost steered our lives in a totally different direction - no houses, no blog, even no marriage! We also dive into how some failed attempts at making over a cert...Show More

#85: What We Got Wrong In Our Beach House Kitchen

38:56 | Feb 19th, 2018

This week John's fessing up to a design choice that he insisted we make in our beach house kitchen, but we now realize was - shall we say - misguided? Thankfully it's not too hard to undo, so we're explaining our change of heart, and what we're doing...Show More

#84: Things We Can’t Agree On Lately

37:55 | Feb 12th, 2018

We don’t always see eye-to-eye on our projects and decorating decisions. In fact, we’re stuck in the midst of some pretty "active" home arguments right now. So in honor of Valentine's Day, we're sharing everything we love about each other. Just kiddi...Show More

#83: The Loophole We Found In Our Duplex Delay

37:53 | Feb 5th, 2018

We’ve encountered a few frustrating setbacks with our beach duplex renovation, but thanks to a small technicality we were finally able to charge ahead and start demolition. Gotta love a loophole! So we're sharing our work-around, and the surprising t...Show More

#82: What It's Really Like To Live In A Tiny House

36:41 | Jan 29th, 2018

If you’ve ever had dreams (or maybe nightmares?) of living in a tiny house, you’re not alone. Lots of people have lots of different feelings about them. So we called up a couple who have lived in an 188 square foot space for over two years, and we as...Show More

#81: ...And Then Our Pipes Froze

38:00 | Jan 22nd, 2018

The beach house has thrown us plenty of curveballs, but frozen pipes was not something we ever saw coming. This nailbiter had a (mostly) happy ending, except for one stupid move we made in the final moments. Plus, is expensive high-end paint really w...Show More

#80: How We Knew It Was Time To Move

34:31 | Jan 15th, 2018

Making the decision to move is one of those big life-changing choices, and we learned the hard way that doing it under the wrong circumstances might not work out as well as it could for you in the long run. So this week we’re sharing our own personal...Show More

#79: A Dateline-Worthy True Crime At The Beach House?!

31:45 | Jan 8th, 2018

When a neighbor shared some historic documents about our 100 year old beach house, we were stunned to find a story from 1936 of jealousy and even murder. So this week we’re sharing what we learned along with some other surprising facts about our old ...Show More

#78: How We (Mostly) Pulled Off A Merry Yet Minimal Christmas

38:56 | Jan 1st, 2018

Christmas often flies in the face of our efforts to cut down on clutter and simplify the stuff in our house, so this year we employed 4 tactics to minimize all the excess without sacrificing the merriment of Christmas morning. And it worked! Well mos...Show More

#77: Sherry Vs. The Bathtub, Beach House Edition

23:37 | Dec 18th, 2017

The beach house feels like it’s coming together in fast motion these days. After over a year of working on it, we can’t believe it finally has working appliances, a kitchen island, even a functioning kitchen sink! But taking the freshly plumbed clawf...Show More

#76: So About That Beach Duplex We Bought…

36:23 | Dec 11th, 2017

You haven’t heard a lot about the duplex that we bought three months ago. It might seem like not much is happening, but we’re actually working on three things behind the scenes that are inching us closer to demo day! We also learn what really goes in...Show More

#75: It’s The Most Clutterful Time Of The Year

36:35 | Dec 4th, 2017

As much as we love the holidays, all the “stuff” that goes along with it (gifts, decor, things piling up on every surface) can get overwhelming. So this week we’re sharing how we’re approaching things differently in an effort to maintain the joy of t...Show More

#74: The Big Fight We Had Over A Fridge

34:46 | Nov 27th, 2017

People always ask if we ever argue, especially with all the house projects we tackle together. Well, the short answer is yes. And the speed bumps we hit while installing our beach house kitchen are a perfect example of what can spark a spat. So we’re...Show More

#73: The Secret Power Of Mistakes, Setbacks, And Almost Getting Sued

37:42 | Nov 20th, 2017

Young House Love turned 10 years old this fall (!!!) so we're looking back at our last decade of renovating houses, building a business, and making plenty of mistakes along the way - all while on a public stage called the world wide web. You’ll hear ...Show More

#72: Welp, There Goes The Living Room!

33:18 | Nov 13th, 2017

What we thought would be an easy swap of an old sectional for a new sofa has turned our living room on its head. So this week we’re sharing how we’re rethinking the layout and reinventing the space to work a little harder. We're also sharing countert...Show More

#71: Why You Don’t See Childproofing Stuff In Our House

37:04 | Nov 6th, 2017

Keeping your kids safe at home is hugely important and creating a house that looks nice but is also livable (and not too precious) is basically the holy grail. So this week we’re sharing specific tricks and tips for how we childproofed our house with...Show More

#70: The Craziness Behind Our Rachael Ray Show Appearance

36:49 | Oct 30th, 2017

Our week was sent into a tailspin when we got a last-minute invitation to appear on The Rachael Ray Show, and within 24 hours we were on a plane to New York so we could DIY in front of a live studio audience the very next morning. As you can imagine,...Show More

#69: The Upside To The End Of Fixer Upper

35:41 | Oct 23rd, 2017

This week John is laying out why he thinks the end of HGTV’s Fixer Upper might actually bring some good things, and Sherry’s revealing the secret screw-up that almost ruined our beach house floors. Plus If you’ve ever dreamed about buying a second pr...Show More

#68: There’s No Shame In The Fake Plant Game

35:43 | Oct 16th, 2017

This week we’re giving a listener whose house flooded after Hurricane Harvey some advice on finding the right people to help get her kitchen back together again after the storm. We also share why we’re loving a new “smart” platform for buying and sel...Show More

#67: What We Regret About Our Previous Home Renos

36:30 | Oct 9th, 2017

When we look back at how we updated our previous homes, there are more than a few design decisions we regret - so we're breaking down five things that we’d go back and do differently if we had a time machine. And ding-dong, the deck is gone! Yup, we ...Show More

#66: Are Meal Delivery Kits Worth It?

38:08 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Some people have declared the stainless steel appliance trend over (cue the gasps!). We used stainless appliances in our kitchen, but have decided against them for our beach house, so we're weighing in on when you might want to pull the trigger on st...Show More

#65: When Multi-Purpose Rooms Drive You Multi-Shades Of Crazy

33:58 | Sep 25th, 2017

We’ve probably all got dual purpose rooms like a mudroom-slash-laundry room, a breakfast-nook-slash-homework-spot, or the ol’ guest-room-slash-office. So today we’re sharing the key to making one space actually work in multiple ways - instead of feel...Show More

#64: How We Paid Off The Mortgage On Our House (!!!)

36:30 | Sep 18th, 2017

We’ve got some big news this week that you probably didn’t see coming (also: we might be crazy). Plus we share how we were able to pay off our mortgage (!!) and how the groundwork we laid over a decade ago in our first house made it all possible. We ...Show More

#63: Let’s Talk About Money & How To Spend It Smarter

37:43 | Sep 11th, 2017

Who wouldn’t want more money in the ol’ bank account? So we picked a money expert’s brain for the most common places he finds his clients overspending, and for his best tips on making (and sticking to!) an easy household budget - which is definitely ...Show More

#61: How To Conquer Paper Clutter (Once And For All!)

35:45 | Aug 21st, 2017

The paper clutter struggle is real. So we’re sharing exactly how we keep it at bay (and exactly where we put everything, from receipts and school papers to bills, party invitations, and coupons). Also, a recent trip to tile at the beach house goes le...Show More

#60: Game-Changing Organization Tips From The Pros

38:53 | Aug 14th, 2017

We called up pro organizers to the stars (they’ve done Gwyneth Paltrow’s pantry!) and Target’s home organizing experts: The Home Edit. Clea and Joanna explain how not to sabotage your organizing efforts, the right way to shop for baskets & bins, and ...Show More

#59: The Renovation Rollercoaster That Brought Sherry to Tears

36:05 | Aug 7th, 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks on our beach house renovation and they’ve been less than smooth, to say the least. We’re taking you through the saga of three setbacks that happened pretty much back to back (including a missed deadline, having no water lin...Show More

#58: Why We Stopped Sharing Our Kids On The Internet

35:38 | Jul 31st, 2017

When does sharing things about your kids online become oversharing? And how do older kids who have grown up on their parents' blogs and social media feeds feel about having their childhoods posted for public consumption? You’ve probably noticed we’re...Show More

#57: The Home Design Choices That Drive Us Crazy

37:53 | Jul 24th, 2017

Decorating is incredibly subjective, and everyone has design choices they LOVE and other things that make them feel… I don’t know… twitchy? Sad? Hangry? So we’re sharing what we’re neurotic about avoiding in our own home: like a certain way of arrang...Show More

#56: The Big Mistake We Made Selling Our House By Owner

38:41 | Jul 17th, 2017

With another wave of decluttering washing over our house, we’re looking back at our last yard sale and the strange trick we used to make it a fast-selling success (and the minor detail we overlooked that nearly turned it into a major disaster). We’re...Show More

#55: What’s Feng Shui? And Are We Screwing It Up?

37:05 | Jul 10th, 2017

This week we talk about a fun new design assignment we’ve taken on (our first commercial space!) and we finally have some good news in the beach house department! We also get a crash course in Feng Shui by an expert, and learn the places in our home ...Show More

#54: What We’d Change About Our $4000 Backyard Wedding

38:34 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Back in July of 2007, we couldn’t imagine getting married any other way than exactly how we did: a small sweet wedding held in our very own backyard. But fast forward ten years and there are a few things we’d do differently in hindsight. So we're div...Show More

#53: The Curveball That Blew Our Beach House Timeline

36:01 | Jun 26th, 2017

Sherry has taken on a new side job that John's steering clear of, and - spoiler alert - it has already given her a good excuse to go shopping. Plus, we’ve missed our goal of being able to spend a night at the beach house by the start of summer, and i...Show More

#52: Six Phone Calls That Saved Us $1,500

36:56 | Jun 19th, 2017

We don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to purchases for our home, so this week we’re sharing some strategies we’ve developed for helping the other person see things our way - whether they’re the one who is itching to buy something, or the one t...Show More

#51: Why We Want To Tear The Deck Off Our House

35:01 | Jun 5th, 2017

It may seem counterintuitive (don’t most people want to add a deck?!), but ous is GIANT and it’s just not pulling its weight anymore. So you can find out why we think tearing it down is the way to go - and what the heck we want to put in its place on...Show More

#50: Behind The Scenes - Regrets, Bloopers, & Beyonce

33:53 | May 29th, 2017

We’re celebrating fifty episodes and one year of podcasting (!!!) with a special episode that takes you behind the scenes and unearths some of our weirdest moments, cringiest sound bites, and even an email we got from Beyonce’s dad (for real). We sha...Show More

#49: The Problem With Following Decorating Trends

36:22 | May 22nd, 2017

There’s no denying that we’ve fallen hard for the color pink over the last few years, and we’re certainly not alone (Millennial Pink, anyone?). So today we're talking about the color trend that’s seemingly everywhere, how it relates to our beach hous...Show More

#48: The Not-So-Peachy Parts Of Our Beach House Renovation

36:02 | May 15th, 2017

Making over our beach house isn’t all rainbows and unicorns and pink siding. So this week we’re diving into a few tasks that have been especially stressful - and we’re sharing one thing we did to calm our nerves (and remind ourselves why we’re doing ...Show More

#47: How Do You Know If It’s Your “Forever House”?

35:02 | May 8th, 2017

What happens when you aren’t sure if your current house is your long-term house? And if it’s not, how do you know when to stop improving it? We’re tackling those two BIG questions, including how the answers affected our own renovating decisions. Also...Show More

#46: The New Home Habit That's Saving Us Nearly $1,000!

37:59 | May 1st, 2017

We did it! We finally cut the cable cord (thanks in part to your suggestions) and now we’re spilling how it all went down and, more importantly, how it’ll save us tons of money this year! And yes, Sherry still has her beloved Bravo channel. We also l...Show More

#45: Why We Got Rid Of Half The Toys In Our House

37:11 | Apr 24th, 2017

We had an “a-ha” moment while we were away on spring break, which led to a HUGE whole-house purge (including lots and lots of toys) and a ridiculously surprising reaction from our kids. So this week we talk about what inspired the change, and how it ...Show More

#44: Are Open Floor Plans Over?

37:49 | Apr 10th, 2017

This week we’re sounding off on an article that says open floor plans should be a thing of the past. We’ve been known to knock down walls and widen doorways to add a more expansive feeling and better flow in all three of our homes, but there are unde...Show More

#43: A Surprise Birthday Adventure & YAY, COLOR!

37:12 | Apr 3rd, 2017

One of the hardest things to master at home is mixing color and pattern (which can look CRAZY or *yawn* if you go about it without much direction). So we turned to someone who’s great at it for advice: Cassie from Hi Sugarplum. We loved hearing how s...Show More

#42: How We Budget For Big Projects Without Going Broke

37:13 | Mar 27th, 2017

As we find ourselves in the midst of our biggest and most pocket-draining project ever, on this week's episode we’re sharing our system for planning and managing our spending during any large scale upgrade or renovation (plus we divulge a few money-s...Show More

#41: The Realities (And Not So Realities) Of Those TV Makeovers

37:20 | Mar 20th, 2017

In this week's episode we go behind the scenes of a home makeover show with Candis and Andy Meredith, who tell us how they got their HGTV show and what surprised them most about the process. Plus, they share their infectious affection for historic ho...Show More

#40: Going On Vacation For "Research"

35:56 | Mar 13th, 2017

This week we're sharing how a recent weekend getaway to a small cottage turned into a reconnaissance mission for our own vacation rental project. Plus, finding ceiling lights that look good together but aren’t too matchy can be tough. We struggled wi...Show More

#39: How To Make House Cleaning Suck A Little Less

36:28 | Mar 6th, 2017

Guess what? Even pro house cleaners hate cleaning. So we asked YouTube cleaning guru Melissa Maker to share her secrets for making your cleaning chores faster, more effective, and all-around less painful. Plus, Sherry dives headfirst into the (often ...Show More

#38: How The Internet Changed & How Our Lives Changed With It

36:26 | Feb 27th, 2017

In this special episode, we’re talking about the unpredictable and sometimes dramatic ways that we’ve seen the internet change in the last decade. Has social media dethroned blogging? Has sponsored content made things worse? And what has made us more...Show More

#37: To Brass... Or Not To Brass?

35:48 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode we’re talking about what women “should” and “shouldn’t” have around the house (Sherry’s guilty of at least one!) and we’re diving deep into the question of metal finishes. Should they all match within a room? How about throughout the ...Show More

#36: A BIG Beach House Update & Reflecting On Rejection

37:22 | Feb 13th, 2017

In this long overdue update on our beach house renovation, you’ll hear how we’ve got some walls going up and many others coming down - and why we’ve changed our mind on the floor plan (again!). We also revisit our master bathroom reno for a sec (whic...Show More

#35: When Someone You Love Gives You Something You Don't

34:46 | Feb 6th, 2017

What should you do when a sentimental hand-me-down just doesn't fit in with the rest of your home? And if you try and try but just can’t find a way to love it, do you keep it out of guilt and give it everlasting side eye or let it go and cry because ...Show More

#34: And Just Like That, The Beach House Threw Us A Bone

36:44 | Jan 30th, 2017

This week we count down our five favorite tricks for adding flow to any space so it feels larger and less cramped. We also divulge a big financial plus for buying a beach house in such bad condition (it's saving us thousands!). Plus we explore what o...Show More

#33: In Pursuit Of Buying Less & Doing More

37:37 | Jan 23rd, 2017

What’s it really like to downsize? We talk with House*Tweaking blogger Dana Miller about how moving to a smaller home (at a time they’re family was expanding!) helped them achieve their financial and family goals, and why it’s not always as easy as i...Show More

#32: The Stuff In Our House We Don’t Show You

33:59 | Jan 16th, 2017

When a listener asked about the strange habits or odd things you might uncover in our house, we jumped at the chance to pull back the curtain and call each other out: from the unusual supply that John keeps in the office to the confounding items you ...Show More

#31: We Picked A Beach House Color (In The Weirdest Way)

36:07 | Jan 9th, 2017

We didn’t find love in a hopeless place, but we found a beach house color in a surprising one. Yes, several weeks, multiple test swatches, and 1,500 comments later, we’ve finally settled on a color for our beach house’s exterior - and the decision ca...Show More

#30: How Minimalism Almost Grinched Our Christmas

35:44 | Jan 2nd, 2017

We asked you to call in with your house-related resolutions for 2017, and boy did you guys deliver! In this episode we play some of our favorite listener voicemails and share what home-related changes we’re hoping to implement in the coming year. Plu...Show More

#29: An Unexpected Con To Calling In A Pro

37:08 | Dec 19th, 2016

When you’re hiring out renovation work in your home it can be exciting and awesome.. and sometimes it can be deflating and frustrating… which was the case recently for us. So we’re sharing some red flags to look out for and some tips to try to avoid ...Show More

#28: Why Can’t We Pick A Dang Paint Color?

38:07 | Dec 12th, 2016

Who has 7 kids, a gorgeous Brazilian vacation house, and is on this week’s podcast? The Novogratz, of course! This week Robert and Cortney talk to us about creating the perfect guest experience in your home, as well as designing around a big househol...Show More

#27: Finding Focus When You Just Wanna Renovate All The Things

36:11 | Dec 5th, 2016

This week we talk about pacing yourself through your home renovations, so your eagerness to make changes doesn’t get you in deeper than your budget, time, or ability allows. We also list a few places to start, and how to redirect yourself if you’re p...Show More

#26: Are You Sitting Down? We’ve Got Big News.

34:11 | Nov 28th, 2016

We’ve got something pretty major that we couldn’t wait to share with you on this week’s podcast (Sherry almost can’t contain herself). We’re also chatting with designer Brian Patrick Flynn, the man behind several of HGTV’s Dream Homes whose work has ...Show More

#25: Let’s All Stop Freaking Out About Holiday Decorating

35:20 | Nov 21st, 2016

Christmas is around the corner, which means so is the fun (and the frenzied chaos) of the season. So this week we’re sharing how we decorate our house for the holidays - and the seasons in general. Plus, Sherry takes on a surprising decorating client...Show More

#24: Renovating A Kitchen In Under A Week (Crazytown!)

35:35 | Nov 14th, 2016

Our friends from the blog Chris Loves Julia have renovated three kitchens in three years - and they’ve even redone a kitchen in under 6 days (!!!). So yeah, they have a ton of experience, advice, and hilarious stories to help anyone else out there wh...Show More

#23: Mo House, Mo Problems?

36:44 | Nov 7th, 2016

Coming at you from a hotel room in Baltimore, this week we answer three callers seeking home-related updates, from how things are holding up years later to whether it was a shock to move from a smaller ranch-style home to a larger two-story one. Sher...Show More

#22: Project Paralysis Is A Real Thing, And We’ve Got It Bad

35:14 | Oct 31st, 2016

You know when you just can’t seem to find your momentum on a certain home task? Well, today we fess up to one that’s had us stuck for months. We also get to talk to HGTV’s Nicole Curtis about rehabbing old houses, working in a “man’s world,” and why ...Show More

#21: How The Heck Do We DIY With Kids Around?

35:52 | Oct 24th, 2016

How the heck does any home improvement get done with kiddos in the mix? We’ve been asked this question countless times (and have wondered it ourselves in more than a few moments of desperation). So today we’re sharing four of our favorite tactics for...Show More

#20: White Walls: Overrated? Overdone? Or Still Totally Awesome?

34:01 | Oct 17th, 2016

We’ve all seen the ubiquitous white wall trend, but do bloggers and designers just choose them because they look good in photos? In person do they feel bright & cheery or cold & stark? We talk to two bloggers - one who loves ‘em and one who isn’t sol...Show More

#19: Why We Didn’t DIY Our Entire Kitchen Remodel

33:20 | Oct 10th, 2016

When is it best to do something yourself and when should you hire it out? We faced that question a lot during our big kitchen remodel, and today we’re discussing how we made the call, including strategies for saving time and money. We also bust out o...Show More

#18: Grace Bonney Talks Design, Blogs, & Girl Bosses

32:13 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney shares what 12 years of design blogging has taught her about her style, the Internet, and why there’s no such thing as work-life balance. We also take you behind the scenes of our new coloring book, turn to a titill...Show More

#17: Our Latest (And Largest Ever!) Home Renovation

29:42 | Sep 26th, 2016

We’ve been working on a HUGE project at home and we’re excited to be spilling the beans about it here first! Also on this week’s episode, we help a listener who’s looking for fast & cheap ways to fill her empty walls - including some of our favorite ...Show More

#16: Squashing DIY Fears With Ana White

34:35 | Sep 19th, 2016

In this episode, we chat with furniture designer and tool ninja Ana White about how she found the courage to dive into building everything from beds and bookcases to tiny houses and forever homes. We also go behind-the-scenes of our recent teachers l...Show More

#15: How Fancy Is Too Fancy For A College Dorm?

34:12 | Sep 12th, 2016

Thanks to some college students catching national attention with their extravagant dorm decor, we share where we fall in this debate and open up about our own experiences with college housing. We also get some great design advice from HGTV’s Vern Yip...Show More

#14: What Quitting Our Blog Taught Us

34:01 | Sep 5th, 2016

In this special episode, you’ll hear what we learned from taking nearly 12 months off from blogging thanks to the closing talk that we gave (and taped!) at the Haven Conference last month in Atlanta. It covers the 5 important lessons that are complet...Show More

#13: Houses Are Overwhelming, So Where Do I Start?

31:32 | Aug 29th, 2016

Is there a “right” order when it comes to decorating or renovating a home? What comes first, the paint or the furniture? The big renovations or the small updates? In this episode, we answer a listener voicemail with our best tips for tackling even th...Show More

#12: Five Rug Rules & Flipping Out With Jenni Pulos

35:38 | Aug 22nd, 2016

If your relationship with area rugs is best described as “it’s complicated”, well, this is the episode for you. We’re sharing five simple rug rules to help you choose the right size, style, and figure out what to do in adjoining rooms. Plus we talk t...Show More

#11: When Design Styles Collide At Home

30:03 | Aug 15th, 2016

What happens when you and your partner have different design aesthetics? In this episode, we share what works in our household and some ways that other couples can meet in the middle when it comes to decorating their home. We also dive into what driv...Show More

#10: Our New Shed Might Be Trying To Kill Us

29:02 | Aug 8th, 2016

In this episode, we share a trio of recent mishaps, from a yard project that went awry and an anniversary gift that got away from us to the random event that nearly broke Sherry’s finger. We also tap the owner of a fabric and upholstery business to g...Show More

#9: Genevieve Gorder Solves Decorating Dilemmas Aplenty

34:21 | Aug 1st, 2016

One of the O.G.s of design TV, Genevieve Gorder, offers up a slew of solutions to common design challenges, like mixing patterns, making small spaces feel bigger, and stretching your decorating dollars. Plus, we share a jealousy-inducing update that ...Show More

#8: Three Pro Bloggers Get Real About Sponsored Posts

34:39 | Jul 25th, 2016

In this special episode, we have a candid talk about sponsored posts with Emily Henderson (Style By Emily Henderson), Justina Blakeney (The Jungalow), and Nicole Balch (Making It Lovely). Paid content is a big part of the blogging world these days, b...Show More

#7: What Your House Should Look Like When You're 30

32:35 | Jul 18th, 2016

Is there a magical age when your house starts feeling more grown-up? In this episode we discuss what three well-known design sites think should (and shouldn't!) be found in your home when you hit the big 3-0. We also share some of our go-to housewarm...Show More

#6: Oh Nothing, Just Talking To Tiffani Thiessen

26:21 | Jul 11th, 2016

We talk with Tiffani Thiessen about designing her kitchen, cooking for celebs on her show Dinner at Tiffani’s, and serve up a Saved By The Bell inspired decorating quiz. We also dive into a big construction project that John’s working on, share an em...Show More

#5: The Rug Mistake We Made For Years

26:48 | Jul 4th, 2016

Designer and fellow ceramic animal enthusiast Jonathan Adler gives us a call and imparts his decorating wisdom, we share how a simple bed swap led to a major rug revelation, and John challenges Sherry to share her favorite curtain tips in under 60 se...Show More

#4: Decorating Do's & Don'ts From Designer Orlando Soria

29:47 | Jun 27th, 2016

Interior designer Orlando Soria gives smart advice for navigating common decorating challenges like finding your style, mixing patterns, and figuring out where the heck to start. We also share how our building projects have gotten a little faster, wh...Show More

#3: Why Decluttering Makes Your Head Hurt

27:48 | Jun 20th, 2016

Designer Sarah Richardson shares one of her biggest makeover mistakes, which prompts us to reflect upon a design fail that we’ve made not once, but twice! We also dive into how we attempt to keep our house in order, and dig up some research about why...Show More

#2: Design TV Secrets with HGTV’s Sabrina Soto

32:53 | Jun 9th, 2016

Designer and TV host Sabrina Soto opens up about what she loves, hates, and has cried over in her 9 years of making design television. Plus, we hear how motherhood has changed her style and what it’s really like backstage at the Home Shopping Network...Show More

#1: What Rich People Have In Their Houses

26:30 | Jun 9th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss what the internet thinks are found in “rich households” and talk about some easy ways we can all make our own homes feel a little fancier without breaking the bank. We also give you an update on what’s new with us, find ou...Show More