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The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1ST edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307406253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307406255
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Positively bursting with beautiful interiors that make the most of found or thrifted items. --- DesignSponge.com

About the Author

STAN WILLIAMS is a New York—based lifestyle journalist who has written for Maxim, Latina, and American Express Executive Travel, among other publications. A native of Independence, Missouri, and a graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia Journalism School, Williams documents his favorite finds on his blog, www.theobjectofmydesire.com.

HOUSING WORKS is a grass-roots AIDS service organization that has provided life-saving health, housing, employment, advocacy, and prevention resources for more than 20,000 HIV-positive homeless New Yorkers since 1990. All profits from Housing Works Thrift Shops and Bookstore directly support the organization’s client programs. To donate or become a member, visit www.housingworks.org.

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Bought one for my sister and she spent days reading!
terry bustamante
It has lots of pictures, which is great, but not what I was expecting.
Margo L. D'Angelo
Great decorating ideas will inspire you to think "out of the box."
Susan B. Reynolds

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Debsieo on July 31, 2009
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It is definitely an interesting read and it includes many beautiful and illustrative shots of the interiors discussed. My problem is with the title, which is extremely misleading. If you're planning to completely decorate a stately home using an unlimited budget, this is the book for you. If, however, you want to do what the title suggests - integrate vintage treasures from flea markets and thrift stores into a more interesting look for your home - this is the wrong place to look. There are certainly ideas that can be used as catalysts to introduce clever effects into the "normal" home, but many of the ideas rely on thousands of dollars for each of many pieces required to create the rooms shown, not to mention the storage facilities in which to store your accumulated purchases until you have everything you need to redo the room. This is not reality for most people. I was expecting a book that would give examples of ways to incorporate different types of vintage and antique pieces for an exciting, creative look.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By R. Greenspan on May 11, 2009
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I just received my copy of "the find", and am totally amazed. Mr. Williams sure has a way of making thrift shop items look like a million bucks. I usually am more interested in the photos than text, but the author has a very interesting way of telling the story, way beyond the usual stodgy decorating books. And speaking of photos, the homes here are so beautifully pictured, I'd just love to live in one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beaumont Hardy on July 31, 2009
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The minute I opened it, The Find made me want to rush out and go antique shopping. Its photographs are clear and beautiful, and the author has design ideas that I have never seen elsewhere (using an old pie safe to store firewood, cobbling a fireplace out of oyster shells, for example). The author also provides invaluable advice about recognizing good-quality furniture and knowing which vintage items are best left in the store. Photographs from the homes of various designers and others with good taste are inspirational.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. Reynolds on November 14, 2009
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I read it cover-to-cover. Great decorating ideas will inspire you to think "out of the box." You will develop an appreciation for used furniture and accessories and learn new ways of incorporating "your finds" into your home. Thrift stores and consignment shops are more interesting than shopping at furniture and homegoods stores.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Third Time Lucky on January 6, 2010
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As the title suggests, this is an interiors sourcebook featuring 'found' second-hand furniture and objects. I bought it after a recommendation on Anne Sage's brilliant blog ([...]), and I definitely agree with her glowing review.

I'm really enjoying scrolling through this book. The images are wonderfully inspiring and the book itself beautifully produced. It would make a good present (in this case, to myself!)

The text is surprisingly engaging for an interior design book - these tend to state the bleeding obvious, but not here. But obviously the pictures take precedence, and most are self-explanatory. There are definitely a few projects I'm keen to try: I am loving the giantess's blackboard on page 219 (blackboard paint and a frame made from salvaged picture rail moulding); the chest of drawers covered in grey linen bookcloth on page 110; and I am very taken with the idea of papering a wall in pages from old ledgers as seen on p134.

A shame that there isn't more how-to detail (as with Martha Stewart), but anyone reasonably handy, with a little bit of common sense and access to Google, could manage most of the ideas featured.

But how frustrating that we don't have Housing Works in the UK! The local flea market or boot sale might be your best bet, alongside county sale-rooms in unsmart parts of the land. If you're in London, Portobello and Columbia Road markets are a possibility, as is the Old Cinema in Chiswick, but none of these are cheap. Personally, I'm eyeing up my parents' garage...

I have taken one star taken off because there's a very distinctive aesthetic at play. It's wider-ranging than, say, the 'Domino' book, but it's still pretty hokey. That's my taste, but if you're into minimalist, modernist, glamorous or impressive interiors, it almost certainly won't be yours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sparklingsusie on March 7, 2010
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There is nothing more satisfying than finding a piece of furniture for that spot in your home that seems so lonely. First is 'the hunt', then 'THE FIND', then 'the remaking', and then 'the placing' the piece in it's long awaited space.I loved THE FIND. It described me perfectly as my envious friends will tell you. People always ask me how I decorate so well with found furniture ,cast offs, and objects. Now all I have to do to explain is send them to buy THE FIND and they will have more help than I can give them.What a great find THE FIND is......
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tamara St Fleur on June 28, 2009
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Greatbook. Great read, fun explainations and great detailed advice. Practical solutions and fun references to stores you can actually visit to get started.
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