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The House Always Wins: Americas Most Trusted Home Columnists Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House Hardcover – February 26, 2008
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I understand the main point of the book is that we learn from Ms Jameson's mistakes and get things right first time. But her description of glibly tearing out the hardwood floors already being installed in her new home, to go with an upgraded option, really made me blink. Her aforementioned spouse must truly be very laid back. In addition, paying $200 for a designer's suggestions for what to put on top of her kitchen cabinets seems way extreme. You can read for yourself the cost of the flower arrangement that didn't work out for the entryway. One final gripe on finances - in a couple of places, Ms Jameson suggests buying things out of state to avoid paying the sales tax. I have to point out that, at least in California, the IRS would be very interested in that tactic - you are supposed to declare those items on your filing and stump up the cash at the end of the year.
So, although I feel this book is not quite 'of our times' in terms of the funds she clearly sinks into her own projects, I will take it in the spirit intended, and hope that I can save a couple of costly mistakes because of it. Moreover, knowing it's OK for my house to be un-magazine-worthy, and recognizing it's absolutely normal for men to be essentially color-blind, made it a worthwhile read for me.
This is much more than a humor book though. Alongside her true to life stories of decorating disasters, she includes plenty of advice from the experts on everything from picking carpeting to getting the correct drapery hardware to just about anything else an amateur decorator would need to know. There are no pictures in the book and it's just as well. One of the insider tidbits she shares is the fact that decorating magazines remove objects like phones & computers from rooms before photographing them and what can't be physically removed, like light switches and electrical cords are edited out with computer imaging programs thereby creating the illusion of a perfect room. Jameson retelling of the decorating perils she faced is far more engaging than pictures of untouchable perfect rooms anyway.
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Hilarity mixed with useful tips in every chapter. I've re-read this book many times and now follow her newspaper column because of it.Published 6 months ago by magpie77
I was browsing through the home dec section in the library and passed over this book three or four times. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by T. Tillson