Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Update & book report:


Update to THIS post.

Guess what? I like the book. The NY Times made them out to be kinda douche-y, but so far so good.

Yes, they had some money somewhere (he was a party promoter, worked on Wall Street, and they did have 500 people at their wedding, after all... ), but they are also gamblers and made a lot of big risks and they fess-up to being nearly bankrupt a few times during these projects. So, you know, they had their worries. In the book, you read about the good and the bad of their renovations. She details (and has photos of) new hardwood floors that flooded a week after they moved into one of their renovated homes. A distaster. They ended up leaving them as-is since they bowed and seemed to age the house. People who can live with imperfection = good.

Each chapter focuses tackles each house, and each chapter begins with a quick list of all the improvements they made to that property. If you are buying a wreck or planning to remodel, it's kind of confidence-boosting to see what they lived through.

I know there were many cynics, but honestly, this book is pretty inspiring. I want to start getting shit done on my house now.

Buy it HERE.

31 comments:

ita darling. said...

i have been following this family for a while. it's easy to hate on such beauty and apparent bounty- but they seem to be such real people and down to earth folks with excellent taste, modern family values and luck on their side.. maybe they are inherent "secret" followers? i dunno. i'm normally such a cynic. but i do admire their style. it's really interesting and unexpected. i dig.

Anonymous said...

I too have been following them for a while and they've rubbed me the wrong way from day 1.

RJ said...

If people want to promote themselves and their children, so what? Live and let live.

Lolo said...

Good. Like I said, at least they're leaving things in better shape than when they acquired them and if they make a healthy income from their book and promotion, bravo. So to speak.

I know I'll at least give it a look if I happen upon it but I've decided to completely neglect the interior of the house this spring and finish my insane amount of landscaping.

Anonymous said...

I agree: The whole "famewhore" objection is specious here.

Kwana said...

Thanks for the report and the honesty. Can't knock the hustle.

Anonymous said...

I've been following them for a while. Pre-ordered the book from Amazon. It did not disappoint...sorry folks!

Jenna said...

I hope you read all the truly terrible and mean spirited things your readers wrote about these people.

Decorno said...

I sure did, Jenna. And you know what, that is the last time I will allow them to have their own opinions, especially of an article that made the couple out to be kid-exploiting jerks. Those commenters are all grounded.

Iheartfashion said...

Will have to check it out...

Anonymous said...

Yeah, go call the Von Trapp family "fame-whores"! Or the King Family Singers. And what about the Jacksons? And the Osmonds? And Tom Braden, who wrote "Eight is Enough," the basis for the TV show...

Bethany said...

Due to your post I went out and purchased the book. I am almost done and I really enjoyed it! I was inspired by how laid back they were with their kids AND their designs. I mean, I am assuming they have a vision for their designs and will do anything to achieve them, but when something 'bad' happens- like the warped floors- they just made lemonade out of lemons.

What I liked best about the book was some of their bizarre ideas that I thought were ugly, but I admired that they didn't care what was 'normal' and did it anyway. It made me feel better about some 'crazy' things I would like to do with my house.

I have a feeling Robert and Courtney will grate my nerves on their show, but then again so do the Kardashians and I love that show!

Lolo said...

Oh, make no mistake, Jenna. I do raise an eyebrow at people who pimp themselves and their children but hey, maybe it's just envy. If I had only known that there was a legal way to turn your vagina into cash machine I might have saved myself years of drudgery and conformity and could be selling rights to my kids' every endearing moment right now. Or maybe I'm just not photogenic enough.

Willi said...

So I totally love that crazy chair (or is it a sculpture? or both?) in their bedroom. And their kids are cute decoration, too.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please. In poor countries parents have been turning children into little income producers for thousands of years. Only in the most prosperous, leisure-centered cultures do we get all prissy about it, because we prolong childhood and fetishize the "innocence" of it.

Lolo said...

You nailed it, Anon 11:33. I'm guilty of fetishizing the "innocence" of childhood, family planning, painless dentisty, indoor plumbing and capitalism. Fucking Americans and our stoopid modern luxeries.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, America and its innocent childhoods, Britney Spears, Bristol Palin, the Menendez brothers, the Columbine shooters...

DIY uk said...

Who are we talking about?

Love the Queen in the giant stamp!! lol

Jenna said...

I didn't mention anything about censoring their opinions. My comment was more about the character of your readers.

Decs said...

That's a pretty broad swipe, don't you think?

Hanako66 said...

I bought it.....am going to try to start reading it tonight

Anonymous said...

Lolo, honey, you need a nap.

Lolo said...

I take naps several times a week but they don't curb the urge to poke at folks like Anon. and Co.

Anonymous said...

yes, being a former goldman sachs employee, and brother of #403 on forbes richest folks list, definitely helps the financial build up as well as the network that can support your "design" business. please, these people are a joke.

Anonymous said...

"please, these people are a joke."

...he said, without a trace of bitterness.

Anonymous said...

who are you talking about? (Sorry I must of dropped off a turnip truck)

Anonymous said...

who are you talking about? (Sorry I must of dropped off a turnip truck)

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Diva Style said...

I got my copy today, and I can certainly appreciate their design sense and tips for spicing up the interior and so forth, but I could have done without all the family photos, LOL. I have albums of my own for that. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love their style, admire their pluck and success.

But I LOATHE THE WHORING OUT OF ONES CHILDREN (and let's be honest about what it is).

I live and work in LA. All stage parents are creepy. Even ones who with drool-worthy floors from The Rug Company.

Anonymous said...

I love their style, admire their pluck and success.

But I LOATHE THE WHORING OUT OF ONES CHILDREN (and let's be honest about what it is).

I live and work in LA. All stage parents are creepy. Even ones who with drool-worthy floors from The Rug Company.