From Publishers Weekly
Fans of un-stuffy antiques, eclectic design and soothing tones will appreciate the ideas set forth in this practical volume. The Butlers' concept of "found style" has to do with creating a comfortable and inviting space that reflects individual character, not cookie-cutter catalog shopping or an extravagant budget. There are five simple guidelines, the authors say, to finding your style: use restraint with the objects of your desire, blend old and new, create a keynote ("one thing in the space that will draw attention and set the tone"), buy pieces with a purpose, and don't fret-because it won't happen overnight. Each chapter focuses on a different room or area of the house, from "living, breathing rooms" to bedrooms to outdoor spaces. Full-color photographs on every page by Colin McGuire show off relaxing rooms; quick descriptions by the authors explain what's going on and why it works. Next to a photo of a clean-lined yet cozy dining room, for instance, they helpfully explain, "Rooms with great found style look like they've always been there. Using the visual cues of the home's interior, this dining room carries an unpretentious grace... the large table is casually arranged with old ironstone pottery and glassware; nothing fussy or formal." 200 color photographs.
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About the Author
David and Amy Butler own and operate Art of the Midwest, a design studio in Mount Vernon, Ohio. They are contributing editors to Country Living.