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5 Decorating Mantras to Live By

While surfing on Pinterest last night we found these 5 decorating mantras which we completely agree with.  The tips come from Marni Jameson’s book titled House of Havoc: How to Make–and Keep–a Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Spouses, Messy Kids, and Other Difficult Roommates….isn’t that title great? It certainly had us laughing.



Amazon states, “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.”






Do you currently incorporate any of these into your home?  We’d love to hear about them!


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13 thoughts on “5 Decorating Mantras to Live By

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  3. Shellbelle

    Truthfully, I don’t follow these, but I do follow Nat Berkus’ advice and have something from the sea in each and every room. Probably more than he meant, but I LOVE it all!

    Thanks for your kind condolences on the loss of my cousins, it meant a lot to me.


  4. Travelisha

    Great words to live by. I’m especially committed to #2. I have a very simple style, but when I love something, I love it and I’ll spend a great deal of money on it, take great care of it and keep it forever. My dear departed mom taught me this and lived surrounded by things she loved too.

  5. Barb

    It love this! I sleep on 800 thread count sheets and have $12 flat king sheets hanging as curtains in my family room!

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