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The House Always Wins: America's Most Trusted Home Columnist's Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream Home

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
More than 7 million readers of Marni Jameson’s weekly home design column have already discovered how Jameson entertains and inspires, while imparting well-researched and personally validated DIY advice. Now, in her first-ever book on home improvement, she offers a compulsively readable, zanily humorous, yet also completely practical guide to a headache-free home makeover ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Da Capo Press
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Jul 05, 2016 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: home-improvement
Author Marni Jameson is a home design columnist, and her book, The House Always Wins, is essentially a collection of her weekly columns. The chapters are short, and placed in the proper order for designing and decorating a brand new home. Topics include: finding your new home; wall, flooring, countertops and cabinetry; furnishings; finishing specific use rooms; and landscaping. Advice is given in a humorous vein, and the reader can learn from the author’s mistakes. Although the book contains som ...more
Jul 23, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The House Always Wins: Create the Home You Love–Without Busting Your Budget, author Marni Jameson takes readers through the process of creating a home by sharing her own home-ownership experiences. She shares the struggle of creating a stylish and inviting home that is functional for her family, offering up what she learned from her mistakes as well as advice from the pros. The result is an entertaining read than first-time home owners will find helpful as a guidebook to creating and ...more
Cecelia Hightower
I found this book while browsing home design books at the Wasilla Public Library. I thought it might be a funny/timely read, as Shane and I are working on buying our first house, but it turned out to be a bust. The author writes a newspaper column about houses and home decorating. The idea of the book is neat; each chapter talks about a different part of the house and how it can be improved or designed. What I didn’t like about the book was that the author would complain about having little to ...more
Okay, I think the 3 star rating is fair because I didn't fully read this book, but I did skim quite a bit and read a few chapters through. The author has a great voice and is fun to read. However, this is a book that is strongly geared towards those building a house from scratch. It is also more useful as an entertaining story than as a way to get tips for your own home. I had picked it up because I thought it would give me some tips for decorating and remodeling my house. It's not that type of ...more
Mar 18, 2008 Poppy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: homeowners, people who are decorating-challenged, normal people
Marni Jameson is a delight; witty, self-deprecating, and crack-you-up funny. At least, she'll crack you up if you've ever bought a house, moved in, looked around, and said "Now what?"

It's obvious that the bulk of the book is previously printed columns, so maybe as original book-length prose this will disappoint some readers. But I had never read Jameson's columns--in fact, I'd never heard of her--and hey--reprinted columns have the advantage of being short.

And Jameson is no Martha Stewart. She
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Feb 17, 2015 Kelly Lynn Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: home-and-garden
This book gives you a good foundation for creating the home you want. Marni Jameson uses her new construction house as an example and teaches you the best order to do things, suggests ideas for organizing your plans for each room, and provides little side columns with advice from professionals in various fields (decorating, flooring, etc.).

She gets to do everything from scratch, though, so if you are buying a pre-existing home you have to sort of translate her advice into working with what you h
Apr 22, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I love reading books about home design and this one is a keeper. First, there are no photos--this is no coffee table book. But there is really good, really specific advice about every aspect of home building, renovation, and maintenance. And she writes from her own experience, which even includes a sinkhole opening where her back steps used to be, in her newly built house in Colorado.
and she is so funny!
look for the wonderful anecdotes about her wallpaper hanger and the painter!
My copy now has
Susan G.
Aug 14, 2014 Susan G. rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Marni Jameson when her column began to be carried in my newspaper every Saturday. I really enjoy her voice. The House Always Wins reads like a collection of her columns, but longer and funnier and more educational. After reading the chapters, Floored By The Options and Selecting Artwork and Area Rugs, I reread both and made myself some notes for the next time I go flooring and rug shopping. I learned a ton! She covers every part of creating a perfect dream house; there is a ...more
May 13, 2009 Jeannen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed the first several chapters of this book, which is organized as little vignettes about the author's experience with decorating her homes, interspersed with sections summarizing tips on different aspects of home design. Towards the end, there are some really silly parts, and there were some sections, like the section on weeding, that seemed as though they were put in because someone thought she should, not because she had any real experience with gardening. But it was entertaining, and ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Maryellen rated it really liked it
This book is for anyone who has decorated a room, remodeled or bought a house.The author is funny, realistic and candid about her budget and decorating mistakes. Jameson lets you in on the photograph secrets of shelter magazines (they airbrush the photos), what happens to your new house before you move in and brings you back to earth when your feeling suicidal over decorating decisions. Its an easy read that contains alot of common sense.
Oct 30, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good tips for home decor, but not all of us sell a house in California and have an insane amount of money to decorate with (which of course she consistently denies- not having enough money is definitely a subjective idea). Her designer was only $65 per hour, and she couldn't live without her help - I can think of a lot of things I don't have $65 to spare on! Fun read and good tips though.
Jul 31, 2012 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for the 2008 edition of this book by the same name, and this one (the 2009 edition) came up. It looks absolutely great for figuring out how to design/decorate your house. The subtitle of the 2008 book is "American's Most Trusted Home Columnist's Guide to Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House. I don't know if the 2009 edition has the same focus or not...
Apr 12, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grown-up
Marni has some good decorating sense combined with a fun sense of humor.
She sure spends a lot of money--but she talks to lots of professionals in the
interior design arena. If you like her newspaper column, you'll like this book
Aug 17, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book for anyone buying a home or redecorating their
current home, inside or out! Her sense of humor makes it a hoot to read.
Comments are down to earth, really useful. I intend to purchase a copy for
The House Always Wins was comprised of anecdotes from the author's own experiences. There is some helpful info at the end of each chapter. After a while, I became tired of the format so I stopped reading the book.
Jan 05, 2009 Keersten rated it really liked it
This is a great resource if you are building/buying a new house. It takes you through the process of decorating literally from the floor up; complete with self-deprecating stories to make you feel good about your level of common sense.
Nov 16, 2014 Elese rated it did not like it
Library pick-up in the middle of home renovation project. I have no idea why I kept reading this, as it was pretty terrible.
Oct 21, 2010 Manintheboat rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
I gave up halfway. She doesn't create her dream house herself, she spent every third page calling her $100 an hour designer. She's ultra-annoying and whiny.
Oct 14, 2012 Tisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, humorous
I love reading anything that Marni Jameson writes - she has a marvelous sense of humor! I'm not much into home decorating, but I find the things she discusses quite entertaining.
Mary Lynn
Jul 17, 2008 Mary Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: design-decor
Only for people who haven't been watching a lot of HGTV or reading the real estate section in the paper.
Jan 13, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marni Jameson makes me laugh. I love her weekly column in the Denver Post. So true to life. I would love to do what she does - decorating and writing.
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