Turning junk into decorative gems takes an ability to see beyond the obvious. Sue Whitney provides that artistic vision in "Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition." Whitney is president of Junkmarket, a company that focuses on teaching people how to turn old materials into home-decor items, and founder of the Web site Junkmarket Style. In the book, she collaborates with Kimberly Melamed, a member of Junkmarket's creative team, to help the rest of us recognize the decorative potential in other people's unwanted stuff. The book inspires readers with a couple of dozen settings stylishly outfitted with the two women's finds and provides instructions for replicating several of their creations. --Akron Beacon Journal
About the Author
Sue Whitney is the founder of JUNKMARKET as well as The American Junk Club, an online community for junkers only. She is the co-author of Decorating JUNKMARKET Style and Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with JUNKMARKET Style. Whitney lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kimberly Melamed earned a degree in journalism and communications from Arizona State University and studied interior design at The Art Institutes International. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hockey-moms-turned-business-partners Ki Nassauer and Sue Whitney scour salvage yards, city clean-ups, and even abandoned grocery stores and bowling alleys looking for trash to rejuvenate into striking home decor. The rubbish renovators operate JUNKMARKET, their workshop and warehouse where they also conduct occasional but wildly popular sales of vintage furniture and their own one-of-a-kind junk creations of furniture and whimsical accessories. In 2004, the JUNKMARKET girls debuted a new gift line in Target Stores. Popularity has spurred a column for "Country Home" magazine, and Nassauer and Whitney also appear on national and regional television shows. In addition, they offer junking seminars for avid followers (their mailing list has grown to 18,000) who are inspired by eclectic tastes from the junking underworld.