Better Than New

Better Than New

Lessons I've Learned From Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)

eBook - 2016
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For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them. Part celebrity memoir and part self-help book, Better Than New goes behind the scenes with an entrepreneurial single mom who worked her way from waitress/real estate agent to home renovation expert, preservationist, and television star. With eight chapters in the book--eight lessons told through her life story and through several of the homes she has remodeled--readers will get to see another side of Nicole Curtis, including the private and personal struggles that are not seen on TV. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Curtis has opened her fans' eyes to the beauty of older homes and the value of reclaiming and reusing authentic original materials rather than sending dumpster loads to the local landfill. Curtis applies the same principles to her personal life--valuing old friends, rescuing dogs, and advocating for the wounded, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. Readers will find inspiration to apply to their own lives supplemented with never-before-seen photos of Curtis and the homes she renovates. Better Than New is a visual treat, packed with more than 75 color photographs from Curtis's personal collection, ranging from family photos to before-and-after photos of the rehabbed homes' interiors and exteriors.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Artisan,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781579657314
Characteristics: 1 online resource (224 pages)

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MplsTA
Jun 28, 2017

I have watched her HGTV show for years but did not know much about Nicole until I read this book.

She does not have much luck with men (according to the book) but she seems to be doing great in her job as Mom with her grown son and little one. I had no idea she had a baby a few years ago until I read her book!

Many of her rehabbed houses are right here in the twin cites. I liked that each rehab had a story to go with it.

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BB_Hclib
Feb 03, 2017

If you're already a fan of Nicole Curtis you'll probably like this book, if not I wouldn't bother. I'm giving this four stars because I'm a fan of Nicole Curtis's show on HGTV, Rehab Addict. She buys old houses and rehabs them herself with a commitment to bringing back old design details and saving as much original material as she can. She's done several houses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area where I live and I own the kind of house that she likes to work on so it's been fun to watch. Curtis shares a lot about her personal life on the show too. As a fan I've read articles about her and followed her on FB etc. If that wasn't the case and I picked up this book not knowing much about Nicole Curtis I probably would've given it 2 stars because it would be hard to follow her story. She assumes you already know a lot about her and her show and doesn't really explain much. She references all sorts of events in her life and on her show figuring you will know what she's talking about. This book is about Nicole's personal journey, not about how to rehab houses.

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deirdra666
Nov 12, 2016

If you like her show, you may not want to read this since it doesn't have much to say about the house renovations. It does explain how her Catholic upbringing led to having two kids by two men as a single mother. She has terrible taste in men, little business sense other than to rationalize working at Hooters, and only spent 1-3 weeks at some of the "total house rehabs" seen on the show. I never knew that developers and a mayor were bad-mouthing her work, but now I do and watching the show won't be the same any more.

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