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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

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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 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

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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738213118
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
288
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!