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With The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, it's possible and even convenient to create an inviting space for living and entertaining on a budget. From unique decor ideas to growing strawberries on your fire escape, Kate Payne shares fun, low-cost (and often free!) creative solutions that will make anyone feel more accomplished in minutes.
Inside this savvy motivational guide filled to the brim with small-scale creative home projects, Kate's tongue-in-cheek tone will keep you tuned in to her much-needed advice. In three easy sections, you'll learn how to create a comfortable space while being time- and budget-conscious. Section One, Home-ify Your Pad, features quick, convenient ways to make your place cozier with low-cost, special touches to help you tap into and show off your inner artist. Section Two, Impressive Acts of Domesticity, teaches how to impress others (and yourself) with the gratifying pleasures of self-sufficiency—a first-time guide to cleaning, sewing, repairing, and other previously out-of-the-question tasks. Section Three, Life After Restaurants, frees you to release the take-out menu, avoid pricey bar tabs, and entertain others in the space you've so thoughtfully and gorgeously created.
User-friendly "how-to" sidebars, illustrations, and tips and tricks throughout the book offer easy-to-follow recipes and do-it-yourself craft suggestions for making your home hip, comfortable, and inviting. Keep in mind that this is not your grandmother's handbook and it's not the kind of wisdom your mom knows how to impart. Modern women need a modern approach to domestic pleasures—a guide to doing household things on our own terms, because most of this stuff isn't as hard as we've been led to believe. Don't worry, she's not asking you to host Tupperware parties or iron your underwear. But as all beginning home keepers know, a sure fire way to feel bad about ourselves is to consult Martha Stewart. So ditch that 2-inch thick handbook, dust off your pots and pans, and join Kate on this journey to incorporating creativity and self-sufficiency on the home front.
A lot of the information is basic and that's a good thing.
Funny, quirky and emphasizing that new is not always needed, Kate Payne brings readers a great reference book to showing the hip side of domesticity.
I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, even if they've been living on their own for a while - there are a lot of great tips.
This is so not what I thought it would be. The content is a mess and I was under the impression there would be DIY recipes, tips, pics, etc. Yeah, none of that.Published 2 months ago by catbanks
There are a lot of very basic, starting-out kind of tips in this book, like making bookshelves out of cinder blocks and board, cleaning with baking soda, and using milk crates as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne Meyer
This guide has some great tips and is an excellent start for beginners. Love the author's quirky humor and personal anecdotes!Published 11 months ago by Stephanie Staton
Purchased this for my friend as a housewarming present after she bought her first home. I'm not sure how totally useful it is but its a really cute book to have floating around a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by kaley
I'm sure there are people that could gain from this book, but I feel like it was oversold to me and it underperformed.Published 16 months ago by Jess
This book is wonderful for someone starting to live on their own (or with a partner/roommates). It covers a lot of the basics that my grandma taught me, but not everyone is so... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brandy
This book was a fun read, and it gave me the confidence I needed to be a better homemaker. If you think you might want to try canning, buy this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Reader
I really enjoyed this book. As someone without a lot of confidence in my homemaking skills, Kate really made me feel like I want some and I could do it.Published 20 months ago by Susan Kirk
Thank you Kate for Blessing us with such a jewel of a book!
I have learned to embrace house chores, cooking, DYI's and Living on a tight budget - also my home is more Homey... Read more