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Does everyone you know live in a bigger house? Do you want one too? Read Jewel Box® Home and get happy! Smaller house, happier life!

The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life

Overview

"The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life, is a coffee table storybook for adults, with my smaller home as the title character.  Filled with color photographs, Jewel Box® is the story of my journey from big-house envy to deep affection for my small home.  My stubborn obsession with 'bigger is better', fueled by the mansions lining Chicago's North Shore, faded only after I recognized myself in a Will Rogers quote, "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't need, to impress people they don't like."  After years of struggling with big-house envy, I realized the important feature of a home is not its size, but how it makes people feel.  The seeds of Jewel Box® were born.  Along with, marriage, raising two sons and a job, I studied the art of decorating, entertaining and living in a smaller house.  In 2007 I started the Jewel Box® Home website and blog celebrating the smaller home lifestyle.  The Jewel Box® Home book will share my story and all my secrets about decorating, entertaining and living happily ever after in a smaller home.  With gorgeous photography of my home by Megan Bierle that captures the Jewel Box® look and feel, along with a uniquely beautiful cover created by NeigerDesign, The Jewel Box® Home book will also be an eye-catching work of art.

The Jewel Box® Home - A Sneak Peek!

Welcome to my Jewel Box® Home!
Welcome to my Jewel Box® Home!
My kitchen and favorite room.
My kitchen and favorite room.
I cannot live without fresh flowers and fruit.
I cannot live without fresh flowers and fruit.
Sunlight is the best accessory!
Sunlight is the best accessory!
Come on in, I love having visitors!
Come on in, I love having visitors!

What makes Jewel Box® Home special?

  • Jewel Box® is my personal story and not advice from a home design professional about small spaces. 
  • Jewel Box® answers the question almost all home owners ask at some point, "Should we get a bigger house?" and my answer is "no".  Smaller house, happier life.

Jewel Box® Home Specifications

  • Bound book with approximately 150 pages.
  • 4-Color photographs will be placed on approximately 50% of pages.
  • Anticipated trim size is 8.75" x 10", printed four color throughout.
  • 4-Color art quality cover design.

Timeline

  • September 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014 - Content written and photographs completed.
  • February 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014 - Interior design developed and completed, Template development complete, Final cover art completed, Printing specifications completed, Production of book and revisions completed.
  • January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014 - Public Relations, Advertising and Press Releases for Jewel Box® Home.
  • June 2014 (exact timing TBD) - Book printed and released.

Use of Funds Raised

  • $20,000 - Neiger Design interior design, cover art creation, template design, printing specs created.
  • $15,000 - Skirt PR public relations, press releases and promotion.
  • $10,000 - Production and Printing TBD
  • $2,500 - Meghan Bierle photography
  • $2,500 - Editing, Permissions and Quality Assurance TBD

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is an excellent question and no doubt setbacks will arise. Indeed book publishing is known for setbacks, missed deadlines and production problems. Risks specific to Jewel Box® include:
- My day job is my priority and I may not be able to complete content by timeline given
- Vendors for design, photography and public relations may not meet project deadlines and quality may not be acceptable
- Printer may not meet the publication date

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    The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life - Coffee table bound book, signed by Genevieve Ferraro with personal message to backer. Also included is the Jewel Box® Home bookmark with tips on how to get the Jewel Box® look.

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    A set of ten Jewel Box® Home note cards with selected scenes from Jewel Box®, blank on the inside to accommodate any message. Also included is The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life - Coffee table bound book, signed by Genevieve Ferraro with personal message to backer.

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    A Jewel Box® Home apron in black and white toile fabric styled after the apron Genevieve wears when entertaining guests in her home and as shown in the Kickstarter video. Also included is The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life - Coffee table bound book, signed by Genevieve Ferraro with personal message to backer.

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    The backer and his or her guest will be hosted by Genevieve Ferraro at her Jewel Box® Home in Chicago, Illinois for an evening reception and dinner honoring Jewel Box@ sponsors at this level. Also included is The Jewel Box® Home: Smaller House, Happier Life - Coffee table bound book, signed by Genevieve Ferraro with personal message to backer.

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