Young House Love Has a Podcast is a fun show by John and Sherry Petersik, who previously wrote a blog for many years about their house remodeling and decorating projects. They have done everything DIY you can imagine, eventually building their brand into products sold at Target and Home Depot after writing two books about their projects. The podcast is their latest foray into sharing their experience and ideas with their adoring fans.
I had never heard of Young House Love prior to the podcast, and I’m not even sure how I heard about the show when it debuted. But I liked it right away. John and Sherry are so normal. They’d probably laugh at that comment because no one thinks “I’m normal” about themselves! But for the average DIY-er (like me) who watches HGTV or used to watch Trading Spaces on TLC (the greatest home improvement design show of all time), sometimes the designers seem to have expensive taste and don’t seem normal at all. Those designers have seemingly endless budgets for vintage furniture, custom window treatments, amazing general contractors, and painters who can cut-in and make it look so simple. It’s just not real life, as anyone who’s done a project would attest to.
What I love about Young House Love is that they talk about projects that go wrong, which happens to every DIY-er!They also talk about stuff you can buy at Walmart, and no one is (typically) paying them to talk about the products.They genuinely want to share how they make everyday stuff work for them in their design aesthetic. Nothing is pretentious about what they share and that is really attractive to me. They spent so much time in the blogosphere that it’s not surprising they have a great website to accompany the show – it’s beautiful with gorgeous photos and a clean design.
I appreciate that Sherry and John are super candid about their business ventures. I think those are the episodes I’ve enjoyed the most – hearing from people who didn’t necessarily intend to be entrepreneurs and aren’t necessarily saying they’ve hit the big time with their brand. They’re just honest about the ups and downs and how their brand has fit (or not) into their family life. They have two kids and do discuss the family aspect in some of the episodes. A lot of people doing DIY projects have kids at home so this is a wise choice for their audience.
The show includes open discussions about the Petersiks’ hiccups and insecurities, and this is a really genuine thing to share with listeners. I give them a ton of credit for their great episode discussing sponsored posts where they truly debate the pros and cons of someone paying you to pimp their product. I also loved the live recorded episode about what happened with their long running blog – again, their honesty made me feel like they could be my personal friends, not some unreachable TV character with perfect makeup and expensive design taste.
There have been several episodes since the summer 2016 debut that featured interviews with well known designers such as Sabrina Soto and Vern Yip. This adds great diversity and keeps it fresh. The content for other episodes ranges from discussions on Daily Mail-style viral stories (how fancy is too fancy for a dorm room?) to straight up design conundrums such as where to put your rug. This is wise for a new show as it finds its identity; they haven’t gone down any rabbit holes or gotten too scattered yet so I think they’re doing a great job of balancing it all out.
Young House Love Has a Podcast is a fun show for me to listen to when I want to hear something light, and feel like I’m listening to friends. I’m looking forward to the evolution of the show and hope Sherry and John have found a medium that fits well into their goal of keeping the Young House Love brand just where they want it.
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (2 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (4 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (3 / 5)
Sometimes it’s a little tough to be on a podcast with someone you love, I’ve heard this play out before and it’s hard to balance the distraction of that you’re a couple from the content of your show, unless the show is about your relationship. I think John and Sherry do a pretty good job of inserting personal stories when it’s appropriate but I’d like to see them do a couple segments solo once in awhile. They’re very much a package, which is great, but I feel like I don’t totally hear their individual personalities coming through. It’s a little awkward listening to them talking about each other to each other.
Flow & Production Value (4 / 5)
I appreciate John and Sherry’s attempt to break up the show into multiple segments, some of which are just silly and fun, like when Sherry has to guess which item from a home improvement related list is made up.
Humor (3 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
Storytelling (3 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (2 / 5)
Bonus Stars (1 / 5)
As usual, the bonus star that I infrequently award is being given to the YHL review because of something specific on their website. (Maybe I should add website/show notes/bonus material as a category in 2017…) Their website is really great outside of their podcast page, but I love this guide to how podcasts work! It’s great because it has pictures of how it will look on your phone, which is how most people listen to podcasts. Granted, it’s on an iPhone, which not everyone has, but it’s still a very cool visual guide that could be used to understand how to access and play any podcast. Love it, great idea YHL!
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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