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Marni Jameson

Marti JamesonSpecialties: Downsizing, home design, living well, decluttering, decorating for less
Home base: Orlando
Web site: www.marnijameson.com

A nationally syndicated columnist, author, journalist, speaker and frequent TV guest, Marni Jameson is America’s most-loved home and lifestyle expert. Her humorous and helpful column “At Home with Marni Jameson” appears in 25 papers nationwide, reaching 7 million readers each week including many loyal readers who have been following the author’s home adventures for well over a decade. As one reviewer wrote, “Think Erma Bombeck meets Rachael Ray in one humble yet helpful package.”

Marni Jameson, Downsizing the Family Home Her most recent book, Downsizing the Family Home: What to Save, What to Let Go (Sterling Publishing, 2016), quickly became an Amazon bestseller, hitting No.1 in the categories of aging parents, real estate, and selling and buying homes. In it, Marni uses her trademark narrative voice—a blend of wit, wisdom, vulnerability and tough love—to provide a roadmap through one of life’s most difficult rites of passage. Whether tackling your own home, or that of a loved one’s, Marni’s provides a sympathetic mindset and encouragement as she lights the way.

Marni’s other two popular titles—The House Always Wins: Create the Home You Love Without Busting Your Budget and House of Havoc: How to Make and Keep a Beautiful Home Despite Cheap Husbands, Messy Kids and Other Difficult Roommates (both Da Capo Press)—also received wide and glowing acclaim. Publishers Weekly calls Marni’s work “hilarious, helpful and brave.”

An award-winning journalist, Jameson has also written for national women’s magazines, including Woman’s Day, Family Circle, and Reader’s Digest, and has published more than 2,000 articles in the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel, where she served as a senior health reporter, taking Florida’s top journalism award for medical science and health reporting.

Marni has made dozens of TV appearances on ABC, NBC and FOX, and has given dozens of media interviews. What makes Marni such a fresh voice is that she’s not the expert. Rather, she’s an expert brain picker, with access. She uses her well-honed journalism skills to interview experts and bring home advice that works.

Marni received her master‘s degree in creative writing from Vermont College, and her bachelor‘s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, William Allen White School of Journalism, where she graduated with honors and distinction. She lives with her husband in Winter Park, Florida. Whether speaking or writing, her message helps audiences live better, more beautifully, and saner, for less—and to do it all with a sense of humor.

Suggested Topics

  • Downsizing the Family Home (Or What to Do With Your Parents’ Stuff)

    In a funny, insightful and heartfelt talk on a topic that everyone will eventually face, Marni takes you by the hand and helps you clear out or downsize the family home. She will help you sort through a mountain of memories, and provide a roadmap to help you know what to let go of, how, and what to hold onto.

  • How Do You Get to Live Like This?
  • For anyone who has watched a TV home makeover, or drooled over a beautiful home in a magazine and asked that question, Marni helps you bridge the gap between the home you dream of and the one you have.

  • Desperate Times Call for Desperate Decorating
  • The self-described “Queen of Cheap,” Marni has dozens of frugal furnishing tips and design tricks to help her audience make their homes look like a million bucks on a shoestring budget.

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What People Say About Marni Jameson

“Citing her experience helping her parents move and dispose of excess possessions, home and lifestyle columnist Jameson (The House Always Wins) shares her pragmatic approach to getting rid of unwanted items in 21 short, succinct chapters with pithy main-point summaries. Acknowledging that the handling of personal papers and belongings, household furnishings, and the home itself can trigger feelings of guilt and sadness, Jameson encourages readers to push beyond the emotions to sort objects, determine the best disposal methods, and price the potential sale pieces.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

Wall Street Journal, March 2016, “Books to Read Before You Downsize”

AARP Bulletin, March 2016, “20 Tips to Declutter Your Home"

The Oklahoman, April 2016, “Columnist Marni Jameson's book hits the head and heart”

Marin County, California, newspapers and online,April 2016: “IJ columnist Marni Jameson’s new book looks at downsizing the family home”