Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 168.
- Review Date: 2008-01-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Readers gain the benefit of Jameson's experience—along with laugh-out-loud anecdotes—in this informative home-improvement guide. Jameson, a home improvement columnist, has consulted for, at various times, a $100-an-hour interior decorator on what knickknacks to place in the space between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling; an interior designer to artfully rearrange her bookcase; and a Christmas tree decorator to fill her home with holiday spirit. She shares what she learned from them, as well as her own experiences designing, building and decorating three homes from the ground up. And, like most of us, she's had to complete her home while dealing with money shortages, time constraints, a skeptical husband and wisecracking kids. With real-life in mind, Jameson talks her readers through design basics such as finding a personal style, then moves through every room in the house and the yard, always maintaining a sense of humor and a scrupulous talent for detail. She even exposes the tricks design magazines use to create those envy-inspiring rooms, and dishes dirt on how home design shows cheat to create their masterpieces on time and under budget. Even readers with no immediate designs on redecorating their homes will find Jameson interesting and amusing. (Apr.)
Decorating's a laugh
"Serial redecorator" and syndicated home columnist Marni Jameson shows readers how to love the home they're with in the hilarious The House Always Wins. Jameson, whose uproarious voice recalls Erma Bombeck's, dishes out home advice in witty essays on choosing paint color, hanging drapes, shopping vintage and more. Jameson's style is personal, and her husband and children make frequent appearances in her musings on home décor. On her husband's desire to get a home theater, Jameson asks, "What, the kids, dogs, vacuum cleaner and dishwasher all going at once aren't enough for you?" She finally relents. "I know how fragile and vulnerable men can feel at certain stages of their lives, the way women feel all their lives." Accompanying these informal essays are sidebars full of tips and tricks and interviews with other designers and home interior specialists. You don't necessarily have to be in the middle of a remodel or redecorating project to appreciate the laughs in The House Always Wins, but anyone on the rocky road to making a house a home will find Jameson an especially charming companion.