House of Havoc: How to Make- And Keep- A Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates

House of Havoc: How to Make- And Keep- A Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates

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by Marni Jameson
     
 

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The cupboards are overflowing, the linen closet holds towels and tools, and your once tidy family room might as well come with a ringmaster. But that’s called living, right? Wrong! Marni Jameson is here to prove that you can turn a hectic home into a haven—and do so without being voted off the island. With chapters such as “Kids are

Overview

The cupboards are overflowing, the linen closet holds towels and tools, and your once tidy family room might as well come with a ringmaster. But that’s called living, right? Wrong! Marni Jameson is here to prove that you can turn a hectic home into a haven—and do so without being voted off the island. With chapters such as “Kids are Great—They Only Dismantle Your Home One Piece at a Time,” you’ll laugh as you learn whether to opt for solids or patterns; what constitutes “indestructible flooring”; how to organize your house from top to bottom; and how to decorate so home appeal goes up and blood pressure goes down.

House of Havoc is that indispensable guide for making the most of the house you have without driving everyone around you nuts.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Dallas Morning News, 1/31/10
“Think Erma Bombeck’s wit, Martha Stewart’s gumption and Rachael Ray’s verve in one humble yet helpful package.” 

Hartford Courant, 2/5/10
“Part memoir, part humor and part home improvement guide, House of Havoc offers practical, stress-free tips on creating great design, living green and organizing your home—all on a budget.”

BookPage, February 2010
“Jameson’s blend of humor and helpfulness can handle anything.”

Tucson Citizen, 2/11/10
“[Jameson] has the can-do spirit and simple tips necessary to get through almost any house-related crisis.”

Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, 2/12/10
“Jameson offers advice on how to turn a havoc-filled home into a heavenly haven without losing your savings or your sanity.”

Akron Beacon Journal, 2/6/10
“[Jameson] advocates solutions that are workable rather than idealistic…and she does it with humor and the credibility of one who’s been there and survived.”

Arizona Daily Star, 2/14/10
“Hilarious…It’s sweet, and a reminder of what a home is all about.”

PublishersWeekly.com, 2/22/10
“Syndicated home columnist Jameson brings a down-to-earth, humorous approach to maintaining a household that’s based in the real world…Jameson makes home improvement advice fun as well as practical.”

Library Journal, 3/1/10
“Realistic home organization with a sense of humor…This fun book will appeal to fans of Erma Bombeck.”

Shore Magazine, March 2010
“Part memoir, part humor and part home improvement guide, House of Havoc offers practical, stress-free tips on creating great design, living green and organizing your home—all on a budget.”

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, March 2010
“Inside, unlock a wealth of useful tips that make way for a happier dwelling…all backed up by Jameson’s front lines experiences.”

3/16/10

A #1 Denver Post nonfiction paperback bestseller.

El Dorado Home Source, 4/16/10
“Reading this book is like calling your best friend or mother for advice. It is irreverent and funny while passing along the ‘unknowable’ secrets of design…A fun read and you learn something, too.”

Publishers Weekly
While domestic gurus like Martha Stewart promote a fantasy of spotless homes and decorating genius, syndicated home columnist Jameson (The House Always Wins) brings a down-to-earth, humorous approach to maintaining a household that's based in the real world of clutter, kids, pets, crowded schedules, and limited budgets. From "Slip Covers as Divine Intervention" to "The Science of Housekeeping," Jameson makes home improvement advice fun as well as practical, stacking each chapter with tips gleaned from her own life and from experts, including interior designers and professional home organizers; Part Four, for example, details the six Secrets of Great Design (restraint is key in "Managing the Snowball Effect of Decorating"), while Part Six tackles "specialty spaces" like home offices and guest rooms. Whether considering a fresh coat of paint in the living room, purchasing new towels, or removing a stain, Jameson provides succinct trouble-shooting tips ("Buy it once, buy it right") as well as more general guidelines, found in personal mantras like "Every house needs bling," and "Every room needs some life: flowers, a goldfish, a pet."
Library Journal
Jameson (The House Always Wins: America's Most Trusted Home Columnist's Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House) promotes realistic home organization with a sense of humor. There are no illustrations, but the book offers lots of great lists from professionals, covering everything from how best to organize your kitchen to easy interior design, sandwiched between Jameson's amusing personal tales of woe. This fun book will appeal to fans of Erma Bombeck; however, Regina Leeds's One Year to an Organized Life is a more helpful title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738213118
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Marni Jameson is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and serial home improver who writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Woman’s Day, and other publications. She lives with her family in Colorado.

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House of Havoc: How to Make- And Keep- A Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kb30 More than 1 year ago
This was such an enjoyable read -- laugh out loud funny with lots of useful tips. I refer back to it often.
LisaWrites More than 1 year ago
Besides being hilarious, this book has sooooooo many great ideas! I'm reading the book for enjoyment but have flagged a dozen pages for future use of her clever, cost-saving and potentially beautiful projects. I can't wait to jump in!