The fixer upper a novel by mary kay andrews have you ever remodeledDocument Transcript
The Fixer Upper: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews Have You Ever Remodeled?Book Description The delightful New York Times bestselling authorreturns with a hilarious novel about one womans quest to redo an oldhouse . . . and her life. After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm iscaught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is leftalmost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantlyaccepts her fathers offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place herecently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a littlepaint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estatecash cow. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. BirdDroppings would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pinkdump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. Theres also amurderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempseys distant relations, who hasclaimed squatters rights and isnt moving out. Ever. Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempseys business,from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns thelocal newspaper. It wouldnt be so bad if it werent for the pesky FBI agentswho show up on Dempseys doorstep, hoping to pry information about herex-boss from her. All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And beforelong, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of loveand, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected--back home again. Mary Kay Andrewss Top Fives We caught up with Mary Kay Andrews, the prolific author of The FixerUpper, Deep Dish and other bestselling Southern-fried romances, andlearned about a few of her favorite things--from books to musicals tointerior decorating tips (a passion of hers which plays a prominent role inher new book).
Top Five Books Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Void Moon byMichael Connelly Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani Crazy for You byJennifer Crusie Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard Top FiveMovies/DVDs Sabrina (the original with Audrey Hepburn) Charade(again, the original with Audrey Hepburn) When Harry Met SallyAuntie Mame (not the gawdawful musical) The Quiet Man Top FiveMovie Musicals Camelot Funny Girl South Pacific My Fair LadyWest Side Story Top Five Decorating Books Shabby Chic by RachelAshwell A House in the South by Frances Schultz and Paula WallaceMary Emmerlings Beach Cottages by Mary Emmerling MaryEmmerlings American Country Cottages by Mary Emmerling An Affairwith a House by Bunny Williams Top Five Renovating Tips An oldhouse needs old doors, hardware and fixtures. Nothing says “new andcheap” faster than a flimsy hollow-core door and bright gold repro brasshardware. Look for solid wood doors and wood frame windows at salvageyards and antique markets. And don‟t forget to check the “buildingmaterials” category on Craigslist. I got all the doors for my beach houseoff Craigslist--for $5 apiece. Vintage hardware can frequently be found atflea markets, or check online sources like eBay. Vintage light fixturesgive a great look--but be sure you factor in the cost of re-wiring them, andfinding good-looking shades. Nothing gives a lamp that “granny” lookfaster than a dingy yellow shade. Before you invest in antique cast-ironclaw-foot tubs or sinks, make sure they have proper fittings. Measuredrains and faucet spreads and make sure you can fin d new ones thatwill fit and function properly. Antique toilets are generally a bad idea--most local codes require low-flow toilets for water conservation. Beforere-wiring a house, put together a furniture floor plan. You don‟t want a heatregister under the living room sofa, but you will want outlets on eitherside of the bed for reading lamps, and for any area that might be used asan office you‟ll want plenty of grounded plugs. And how about that flat-screen television your husband wants? Plan now for cable locations.Be flexible. A great fireplace surround could become a headboard, ascould an old paneled door--turned sideways. And that leaded glasswindow that had to be removed in the remodel? Why not fit it with mirrorsand a hinge and make it into a bathroom medicine cabinet? Top FiveBest Junking Finds Pair of barrel-back armchairs--$30 at an estate sale.They were covered in gold embossed vinyl when I found „em. But withthe legs stained ebony, and a gorgeous blue Ralph Lauren fabricreupholstery, they‟re perfect by my fireplace. Set of eight antiqueWedgewood black and cream transferware plates--$30 at an estate sale.The seller‟s mother used some of them for cat dishes, others as anashtray! Vintage landscape oil painting, Tuscany maybe? Or Provence?Who cares! Bought at a “divorce sale”--the ex-husband sold thisbeautiful painting for $50 because it had belonged to his ex-wife. I spent asmall fortune framing it, but it‟s the basis for a collection of treasuredlandscape paintings. Wicker settee, Salvation Army find for $25. I‟dwalked to the store, and had to hoof it back home in a hurry for money andmy car. Faux alligator train case--found at a yard sale. When I asked theseller if she‟d do better on the price, she replied that she‟d give it to me for
free--if I could figure out how to open it. Since it had a combination lock likethe one on my high school graduation luggage, I twirled the dial to 0-0-0--because I never figured out how to change mine--and sure enough, thelock popped open. Score!Personal Review: The Fixer Upper: A Novel by Mary KayAndrewsMary Kay Andrews is a new author for me, where have I been? Wellregardless of that I am reading and listening to her books like they wereChocolate. The Fixer Upper is well written and has so many trueism that Iwas laughing and had to re-read many sections. The interplay betweencity girl and old lady is to die for. I had an aunt just like her.I am a newer resident to Georgia (from Midwest) so this book was also apeek at culture of the south, the old south.Read it you will love it.Art Girl For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Fixer Upper: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!