The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!
  • Alternative view 1 of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!
  • Alternative view 2 of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!

5.0 3
by Kate Payne
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

“I am a hugefan! Kate Payne has nailed it in this humorous and creative guide for fabulous,chic and easy-on-the-wallet ideas for your home. . . . another must have for mygirlfriends.” —Kim Barnouin,co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch 

“Anencouraging, non-perfectionist,

Overview

“I am a hugefan! Kate Payne has nailed it in this humorous and creative guide for fabulous,chic and easy-on-the-wallet ideas for your home. . . . another must have for mygirlfriends.” —Kim Barnouin,co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch 

“Anencouraging, non-perfectionist, step-by-step guide for creating a pleasurablehome without killing yourself (or the planet).” —Sally Schneider, Founder of TheImprovisedLife.com,and author of The Improvisational Cook

Artist, creator,and self described “half-assed domestic goddess” KatePayne delivers a savvy and resourceful guide to creative home living. With aknowledgeable, encouraging, and no-nonsense tone, the Brooklyn-bred, Austin-baseddomestic guru dispenses her need-to-know advice on thrift stores, flea markets,Craigslist, interior design, decorating, cooking, crafting, and the best waysto embrace an artistic lifestyle.

Editorial Reviews

Making a space your own can be almost uniquely satisfying; doing it on a tight budget can be even more rewarding. With its hard-won savvy, Kate Payne's The Hip Girl's Guide To Homemaking takes you thru the basics of "home-ifying" your apartment with low cost special touches that express your personality. With its lively tone, quirky illustrations and clever sidebars, this book has an inviting real-world feel and Payne's imaginative suggestions about achieving practical domesticity while releasing yourself from restaurant dependence will strike chords of recognition in readers. A fun read; a real money-saver; and thus a superb gift edition.

Eugenia Bone
“My daughter is moving into her first apartment next year. Along with boxes of second hand linens and furniture from the attic, she’s getting this fresh, modern, and enthusiastic primer on all things housekeeping.”
Zora O'Neill
Living comfortably in your home is endlessly rewarding, and all it takes is attention and creativity. I’m so convinced that I’m taking Kate’s advice on bread baking this very week!
Kim Barnouin
I am a huge fan of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking! Kate nailed it in this humorous, creative guide for fabulous, chic, and easy-on-the-wallet ideas. It’s a joy to read a book that makes you laugh and get great ideas from—another must have for my girlfriends
Sally Schneider
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking is a wonderfully insightful, encouraging, non-perfectionist guide for creating a pleasurable home without killing yourself (or the planet). It’s full of information your mother forgot to tell you, that will help you live well and sustainably, and have fun in the process.
Ashley English
This should be required reading for anyone with a roof over their heads. You’ll find yourself returning to it again and again, whether you’re looking for party ideas or which side of the place setting the napkin goes on.
Marisa McLellan
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking will release your hidden domestic talents. Kate’s friendly voice will transform even the most clueless guy or gal into a homemaking marvel. Loaded with smart, frugal, and pragmatic tips, it is the ideal home-life manual for the modern age.
Zora O’Neill
Living comfortably in your home is endlessly rewarding, and all it takes is attention and creativity. I’m so convinced that I’m taking Kate’s advice on bread baking this very week!
Library Journal
Payne presents a disappointing companion to her excellent blog of the same name (hipgirlshome.com). While the book boasts superb visual style and organization, it lacks the blog's friendly, spontaneous tone and clear how-to instructions. These are unfortunately replaced with trite advice and the stilted feel of an attempt at simultaneous authority and h ipness. A handy "Resources" section at the end of each chapter is this book's most notable redeeming feature. Since one of Payne's greatest strengths is her connection to the ecohip blogger scene, the web resources are especially outstanding. However, the quality and depth of these sections are inconsistent, and they frequently omit important resources discussed in the chapters. VERDICT This book is directed at a very specific audience—ecochic, crafty, tech-savvy young adults living in urban shoe boxes. Its shelf appeal and the blog's name recognition may make it initially popular with those readers, but their needs will be ultimately better met by a good variety of housekeeping and ecolifestyle manuals, e.g., Erin Bried's How To Sew a Button.—Audrey Barbakoff, Milwaukee P.L.
Kirkus Reviews

Simple instructions for how to make the household apron fit the frame of your life.

Proving that you don't need fancy equipment or a doctorate degree in home economics to be a successful homemaker, Payne gives easy-to-follow advice. This eclectic, if sometimes dry, guide is a starting point for anyone struggling as a homemaker. The author shows how home décor can be both practical and economical when you rediscover the versatility of common household items, such as mason jars and clothespins. Cleaning does not have to be stressful, costly or dangerous when you are armed with confidence, knowledge and basic products like vinegar, baking soda and salt. Dining in is as exciting as going to a fancy restaurant when you are not afraid to undertake new endeavors such as canning, baking and entertaining. Payne discusses how she was able to feed eight guests a three-course meal for $70. She provides essential household survival lists such as a basic tool kit, which she hopes will encourage "creative problem solving, helping you to conjure up your inner Girl or Boy Scout." The author expands outside of the confines of the house and into the garden with tips that can be useful even if you don't have the space or patience to cultivate. With a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt—"You must do the thing you think you cannot do"—Payne effectively summarizes her own approach to homemaking.

Useful dos and don'ts for the domestically disabled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062014702
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,395,399
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Related Subjects

What People are saying about this

Marisa McLellan
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking will release your hidden domestic talents. Kate’s friendly voice will transform even the most clueless guy or gal into a homemaking marvel. Loaded with smart, frugal, and pragmatic tips, it is the ideal home-life manual for the modern age.
Zora O'Neill
Living comfortably in your home is endlessly rewarding, and all it takes is attention and creativity. I’m so convinced that I’m taking Kate’s advice on bread baking this very week!
Eugenia Bone
“My daughter is moving into her first apartment next year. Along with boxes of second hand linens and furniture from the attic, she’s getting this fresh, modern, and enthusiastic primer on all things housekeeping.”
Kim Barnouin
I am a huge fan of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking! Kate nailed it in this humorous, creative guide for fabulous, chic, and easy-on-the-wallet ideas. It’s a joy to read a book that makes you laugh and get great ideas from—another must have for my girlfriends
Sally Schneider
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking is a wonderfully insightful, encouraging, non-perfectionist guide for creating a pleasurable home without killing yourself (or the planet). It’s full of information your mother forgot to tell you, that will help you live well and sustainably, and have fun in the process.
Ashley English
This should be required reading for anyone with a roof over their heads. You’ll find yourself returning to it again and again, whether you’re looking for party ideas or which side of the place setting the napkin goes on.

Meet the Author

Kate Payne is a former nanny, after-hours poet, occasional painter, and writer. She is the founder of the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking website, author of The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, and a frequent contributor to Edible Austin magazine, AOL's Kitchen Daily, and a number of DIY, décor, and cooking websites. She teaches classes at culinary institutions and Whole Foods Market.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay then. What are u talkin bout girrrrrrl?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any bad launguage or\and actions and you will be disqualified from the games. This is a resting and place for district 2.