The Critics Said

House of Havoc Book Reviews

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

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House of Havoc: How to Make-and Keep-a Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates
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 “Manag[ing] 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.

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
Harried homeowners, rejoice.
Marni Jameson isn’t afraid to be honest about what goes down at her house, and in her new book, House of Havoc (due out this February), the nationally syndicated home columnist—and Coloradan—draws from her own at-home mishaps to help you cut down on chaos at your house. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of useful tidbits that make way for a happier dwelling: six secrets to great design, tips on how to create an earth-friendly home, how to decorate with a budget in mind, plus other relevant scoop—all backed up by stories of Jameson’s front-lines experience. Plus, her advice is as humorous as it is practical; you’ll love her conversational tone and girl-next-door sense of humor.

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The House Always Wins Book Reviews


“The only question to ask after finishing newspaper columnist Jameson’s highly personal, achingly realistic, and snickeringly funny introduction to home decorating is, Why is she read by only seven million readers in 30 markets?” Read More

Publishers Weekly

“Readers gain the benefit of Jameson’s experience—along with laugh-out-loud anecdotes—in this informative home-improvement guide.” Read More

Los Angeles Times

“MARNI Jameson: dizzy, uncertain, overwhelmed ditz? Don’t believe it for a second.” Read More


“PURPOSE: To offer readers advice – with humor along the way – about remodeling and redesigning a home to make it truly yours.” Read More

The Hartford Courant

“While reading Marni Jameson’s new book, “The House Always Wins” [Da Capo Press, $25, 334 pages], during my kids’ piano lessons, I laughed so hard that their teacher had to stop the music.” Read More

Calgary Herald

“Anyone who has gone through building a new home will tell you, a trip to the homebuilders’ design centre is not as much fun as it sounds.” Read More

Orlando Sentinel

“The best advice usually comes from people who have “been there, done that” and who are honest enough to tell you what you don’t want — or expect — to hear.” Read More

Parents Magazine

“When Marni Jameson isn’t writing for Parents, she’s dishing out very practical and funny home-decorating advice in her syndicated column “At Home with Marni Jameson.” Read More

Chameleon Interiors Blogspot

“I was recently sent a preview copy of syndicated home dec columnist Marni Jameson’s new book “The House Always Wins” which is billed as “a compulsively readable, zanily humorous, yet completely practical step-by-step guide to creating your dream home.” Read More

Book Page

“Jameson, whose uproarious voice recalls Erma Bombeck’s, dishes out home advice in witty essays…You don’t necessarily have to be in the middle of a remodel or redecorating project to appreciate the laughs…but anyone on the rocky road to making a house a home will find Jameson an especially charming companion.”

Betty Lou Phillips, ASID, best-selling author of The French Connection, Villa Décor and other home design books

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Sarah Susanka, FAIA, architect and author of the Not So Big House series, and The Not So Big Life

“If you want a good laugh and a cleverly disguised portion of home building reality, this is the book for you. It is chock full of expert advice, interjected between the real world stories of Marni Jameson’s venture into finishing a house she and her husband purchased in its “skeleton” phase–just the studs. I know of no other book that’s such an entertaining read while teaching you both what to do and what not to do to make your dream house a reality. I highly recommend The House Always Wins for anyone contemplating either a move or a remodel. As Marni so wisely advises, take your time, and, as I would add, put this book at the top of your to do list.”

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