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Found Style: Vintage Ideas for Modern Living Hardcover – Abridged, July 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; abridged edition edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811836738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811836739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Petrushka on March 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of wonderful, artistic ideas; each page better than the last. I wistfully moved from an old, 1920's bungalow into a brand-spankin'new townhome and have referenced Found Style many times for ideas. This book isn't for the cookie cutter, Christopher Lowell set; it's for creative people who prefer to have homes that reflect who they are artistically. I don't want my home to look like a Pottery Barn showroom. I want to create a comfortable and cozy, yet clever environment that you just can't find at a home decor store. Just as the name implies, the book imparts creative ideas for found objects, salvage and thrift store finds. For those of us who love frequenting flea markets and thrift stores, Found Style is the perfect book for giving us ideas on how to use our finds in clever and unique ways. It has enabled me to turn my suburban, builder beige townhome into something distinctive with vintage character.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Josephine on August 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I own 2 decorating books, and this is one of them. What separates this book from the other "vintage" or "flea market" books is that the syle is MODERN and artful, not the shabby chic-ish or country styles that I detest. These looks are for people who love the look of vintage and flea-market finds, but with a hip, modern, and arty spin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best decorating books out there if you love the vintage look and mixing new with old. Ideas in how to use what you may already have and how to incorporate antique and "junk" items in new ways. This book includes chapters on living rooms, home office/art studio, kitchen, bedroom, bath, etc. I look through this book again and again and see something new each time. I hope David and Amy are working on another book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book really made my day: full of fabulous, inspiring photos of the exact style I aspire to in my home: vintage but never cutsey, a little edgy and raw, but still cozy and natural and playful. Ingenious ideas here, and a great blend of folksy, country and urbane and sophisticated. I only wish there was a whole series by these two.
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91 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Kate Smart on January 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Designers and decorators have a habit of publishing books which insult a reader's intelligence. The pictures in this collection seem to have been taken in one home - almost all the walls are an antiseptic green, or shabby white. The problem is this: placing an andirondack chair with the paint peeling off beside a rusty steel fan may look really hip if you live in a home which features heavy crown moulding, huge floor to ceiling windows, and pine plank floors. Try this ensemble in a dreary, typical living room with builder-grade carpet and aluminum windows. Your house will look like crap.
People look at these pictures and they may feel inspired, or visually pleased, without really understanding why. What they are taken by is the room itself, as an example of good design, NOT what's in it - which is what the authors are focusing on in an attempt to recommend an authentic style. A traditional home with 5-inch baseboards and gorgeous built-ins on either side of a great looking fireplace looks beautiful EMPTY. What you put in it is almost irrelevent. THAT is what good design is: When a room looks great before you install a single stick of furniture.
Also, who needs a close-up of a wilted weed draped over a milk bottle? Or a roll of white toilet paper sitting in a wire mesh basket? Give me a break. You can find pictures like this in store catalogues. And how long could anyone tolerate working at a wobbly desk where the wood is badly blistered and peeling? How do you CLEAN something like this? Answer: you can't, because it's old and worn - not to be confused with an antique, which has enduring style and function.
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