The Ultimate Guide to Organize and Inspire You So You Can—Really!—Sit Back and Enjoy Your Second HomeThe Second Home Book is the first of its kind – a conversational, comprehensive and convenient guide to setting up, operating and, most of all, enjoying a second home. It is cheerful and useful—funny, fact-filled, anecdotal – appealing to both those already ensconced in or encumbered with a 2nd residence as well as those imagining a future, fantastic home.In The Second Home Book, you’ll learn:--how to furnish your second home on a shoestring (without relying on castoffs from your primary residence)--how to run your second home efficiently from afar--how to assemble a dream team of helpers (from handymen to cleaning help) and keep them motivated--how to entertain (even other people’s children) without exhausting yourself--why you should avoid renovating your second home’s kitchen--how to handle bills, routine maintenance, and emergencies--how to turn any house into your dream houseThe Second Home Book is not about how to finance a second home—it’s about absolutely everything else you need to know in one cheerful, easy-to-navigate volume.
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“Even if you don’t have a second home, you need this book. Marylouise Oates tells you how to deal with everyone from plumbers (feed them well) to drop in guests (have plenty of white towels on hand), and along the way she demonstrates that all the little emergencies of life can be a whole lot less of a hassle than you ever imagined.”—Ruth Reichl, bestselling author of Comfort Me with Apples and editor in chief of Gourmet
Marylouise Oates is a journalist who is the former society columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of Making Peace. She is married to Democratic political consultant, commentator and author Robert Shrum, with whom she has enjoyed homes and second homes in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Cape Cod and on the Jersey shore.