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Encouraging read, but financially on another planet,
This review is from: The House Always Wins: Americaís Most Trusted Home Columnistís Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House (Hardcover)
It's rare for me to pick up a decorating book which is all text and no pictures, so I was surprised to thoroughly enjoy this book and can warmly recommend it. It's well-written, entertaining, yet full of sound advice from experts. The best part for me was the realization I am not the only one whose spouse sees no point at all in decorating!
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.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2010 8:14:31 AM PDT
Thanks for the great review - I won't waste my time with this book. I couldn't stand to read about the waste of materials and money (the wood floors for one - I can't imagine her recycling them - or anything!). I'm a recycling, thrift shop, Eddie Ross kinda girl - this book would be a total turnoff for me:)
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