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

The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

Decorating, Dining and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!

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With The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, it's possible and even convenient to create an inviting space for living and entertaining on a budget. From unique decor ideas to growing strawberries on your fire escape, Kate Payne shares fun, low-cost (and often free!) creative solutions that will make anyone feel more accomplished in minutes.

Inside this savvy motivational guide filled to the brim with small-scale creative home projects, Kate's tongue-in-cheek tone will keep you tuned in to her much-needed advice. In three easy sections, you'll learn how to create a comfortable space while being time- and budget-conscious. Section One, Home-ify Your Pad, features quick, convenient ways to make your place cozier with low-cost, special touches to help you tap into and show off your inner artist. Section Two, Impressive Acts of Domesticity, teaches how to impress others (and yourself) with the gratifying pleasures of self-sufficiency—a first-time guide to cleaning, sewing, repairing, and other previously out-of-the-question tasks. Section Three, Life After Restaurants, frees you to release the take-out menu, avoid pricey bar tabs, and entertain others in the space you've so thoughtfully and gorgeously created.

User-friendly "how-to" sidebars, illustrations, and tips and tricks throughout the book offer easy-to-follow recipes and do-it-yourself craft suggestions for making your home hip, comfortable, and inviting. Keep in mind that this is not your grandmother's handbook and it's not the kind of wisdom your mom knows how to impart. Modern women need a modern approach to domestic pleasures—a guide to doing household things on our own terms, because most of this stuff isn't as hard as we've been led to believe. Don't worry, she's not asking you to host Tupperware parties or iron your underwear. But as all beginning home keepers know, a sure fire way to feel bad about ourselves is to consult Martha Stewart. So ditch that 2-inch thick handbook, dust off your pots and pans, and join Kate on this journey to incorporating creativity and self-sufficiency on the home front.

“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.”

Introduction -- Room-by-room guide to a homey house, homie. Kitchen and dining rooms ; Living areas ; Bed, bath, and between -- Impressive acts of domesticity: do try this at home. Outdoor spaces ; Cleaning and DIY suds ; Managing cloth ; Tapping the tool kit -- Life after restaurants. Cooking at home ; Preserving food at home ; Entertaining projects.

ISBN: 9780062079145
ISBN-10: 006207914X
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24th May 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia