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The House Always Wins: Create the Home You Love—Without Busting Your Budget Paperback – March 10, 2009

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Deseret News, 3/14/09
“Jameson offers budget-friendly advice on how to spruce up the house you’re already in. Jameson focuses not only on how-tos and design options but the personal interactions with contractors, spouses, children and friends. She provides strategies to get started, pointers to make things easier and tips to keep you entertained while you work.”

Tucson Citizen, 3/18/09
“Filled with advice for those who need to spruce up their homes but do not have an unlimited budget. There are simple strategies to get started, practical pointers to make every step easier, expert advice on everything from new tax laws to custom flooring, and tips to help survive almost any home remodel project."

InfoDad.com, 3/26/09
“Especially in the current economic environment, when families are far more likely to contemplate creating a comfortable home for themselves than moving to another one, a book such as The House Always Wins offers comfort to the cocooning…Jameson provides both large-scale advice and small-scale information…Jameson’s relentlessly upbeat, chatty hints will reassure you that you are not alone and that home decorating and redecorating is by no means an impossible task.”

Bookviews, 5/09
“There is so much good advice in this book that its purchase will prove to be one of your best investments this year.”

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Deseret News, 3/14/09
“Jameson offers budget-friendly advice on how to spruce up the house you’re already in. Jameson focuses not only on how-tos and design options but the personal interactions with contractors, spouses, children and friends. She provides strategies to get started, pointers to make things easier and tips to keep you entertained while you work.”

Tucson Citizen, 3/18/09
“Filled with advice for those who need to spruce up their homes but do not have an unlimited budget. There are simple strategies to get started, practical pointers to make every step easier, expert advice on everything from new tax laws to custom flooring, and tips to help survive almost any home remodel project."

InfoDad.com, 3/26/09
“Especially in the current economic environment, when families are far more likely to contemplate creating a comfortable home for themselves than moving to another one, a book such as The House Always Wins offers comfort to the cocooning…Jameson provides both large-scale advice and small-scale information…Jameson’s relentlessly upbeat, chatty hints will reassure you that you are not alone and that home decorating and redecorating is by no means an impossible task.”

Bookviews, 5/09
“There is so much good advice in this book that its purchase will prove to be one of your best investments this year.”

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213125
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew Kruvczuk on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Are you interested in learning about interior design? Do you want some practical advice to help you make your home look better, warmer, more welcoming?

If so, keep looking, this is not the book you are looking for.

Mrs. Jameson hits a multitude of topics, none of which is covered in great depth or with great care. In the end, the book feels like what it is, a group of bullet points in text boxes with little to connect them. She interviews "experts" from each field and then gives the reader their recommendations. This could be helpful, but the experts are all in the business of selling some product or another, so their advice always seems like a company line.

Mrs. Jameson's response to most questions posed by the books seems to be "hire a designer". If I wanted to hire a designer to arrange my furniture, pick out my paint colors, or select my houseplants, the question becomes why should I read this book?

Lastly, adding three pages at the end of the book on conservation, which basically say turn off the lights more often only makes your books seem all the more trite because the rest of the book is all about excessive consumption and spending more than you need to. The book would be more sincere without the three pages.

I hope this review saves you the time I wasted on this book.
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I write for a major budget decorating website, and I am an avid home remodeler and DIY decorator. I'm also married to a perfectionistic (yet wonderful) architect. This is one of my latest favorite books. (I reviewed it for my site and put it in my top 10 list of best budget decorating books.) Marni writes great, solid information yet in a humorous way that I can certainly relate to. She starts at the home buying/building stage and moves forward and covers a lot on what you need to know when decorating a home. I read several chapters of this book in a local bookstore, and then purchased it from Amazon for my Kindle because it's such a great reference book. Wow. What a mistake. The Kindle version is far from being ready-to-read. Whomever formatted it for the Kindle did a poor job, and the content is broken up into bits and pieces, making it very difficult to follow and understand. I wouldn't buy this for the Kindle until Amazon comes out with a newer and much better version.
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I found some good general ideas in this book. I'm not sure it's full of incredibly new advice, though. And it's a bit frustrating to hear someone who makes a living as a home design columnist talk about how bad she is at the trade. False modesty, perhaps? Also, for someone who claims to not have any money, the book is full of overspending by a member of the generation that brought you the housing crisis and the worst econmy since the Great Depression. Granite countertops for an OUTDOOR kitchen, while saying you don't have money for a food budget? Ridiculous profligacy on an array of specialists, but not even knowing where your lot line is, prompting a major crisis with a contractor? Even though I marked a few good comments and money savers, I lean toward my own trial and error over the author's generally cheesy humor and bad decisions. At least I'll have the house I want, rather than the one the "experts" wanted the author to have. For the $8 I spent, the sensible ideas I marked for future reference were worth my time, but the author certainly isn't Einstein.
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I've never met Marni, but I can only imagine what fun it would be to sit down and share a cup of Java or an adult beverage with her. Even if she's only half as funny as her writings I would still be in stitches. But the great part about this book is that even though it will make you laugh out loud you will also learn and get some great advice - no joke! She's the real deal, and I will continue to be a fan of whatever else she puts out there in the universe. It's all good stuff, and so is this book.
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I don't like to give a bad review, but this is the most beautiful DULL book I've picked up in a long time. I couldn't skip the inane anecdotes about the author's life fast enough and when I did find content that might apply to household management - it was too brief and obvious to be of value. Most bloggers give more advice in a single post. So, read this book if you're not serious about home economics, but you don't mind being dragged into someone's mental clutter of irrelevant personal memories.
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