Nicole Curtis is the petite powerhouse that has probably inspired you to get off the couch and to your local home improvement store—or at least contemplate doing so.
Now, she's motivating you to move it to wherever books are sold, which, thanks to modern technology could still be from the comfort of your own home.
The star of Rehab Addict published her first book this fall, a memoir titled Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me).
The passionate single mom opens up about how she went from being a waitress and a real estate agent to showing us how to restore the original beauty of older homes on HGTV and DIY Network. Her show is currently airing its seventh season and premiered in Oct. of 2010.
In the book, Curtis also outlines the lessons she's picked up while revitalizing these dilapidated homes. Take the Minnehaha House, for example. Curtis walked away from that experience with this gem: "If you worry about what could go wrong, you’ll never take the risks that lead to success." True story.
Better Than New also includes more than 75 pics Curtis has collected over the years which include family photos and astonishing before and after pictures of past renovations.
The book, published by Artisan Books, hit stores on Oct. 18.