If you are looking for a good laugh combined with lots of great decorating advice pick up The House Always Wins by Marni Jameson. I find myself laughing out loud while reading The House Always Wins more times than I can count. Jameson's book takes the reader along with her as she navigates the confusing and often stressful process of building and decorating her house. She recounts conversations with her husband, whose idea of home decor is a Lazy boy and a table to put your feet up on, and decorating experiences with her children with the kind of humor any wife or mother will appreciate.
This is much more than a humor book though. Alongside her true to life stories of decorating disasters, she includes plenty of advice from the experts on everything from picking carpeting to getting the correct drapery hardware to just about anything else an amateur decorator would need to know. There are no pictures in the book and it's just as well. One of the insider tidbits she shares is the fact that decorating magazines remove objects like phones & computers from rooms before photographing them and what can't be physically removed, like light switches and electrical cords are edited out with computer imaging programs thereby creating the illusion of a perfect room. Jameson retelling of the decorating perils she faced is far more engaging than pictures of untouchable perfect rooms anyway.