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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762441798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762441792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
"We love Danny Seo. Don't ask us why--it would take too long! Just take our word and read his book!"

 

Kirkus, 8/1/11
“Interior designer Seo produces an idea book on how to grant junk a second life using his crafty “MacGyver-meets-HGTV” skills… A solid resource for the eco-conscious, as well as the crafty.”
 
Every Day with Rachael Ray
“My mom has a special way of beautifying our home. So does Danny Seo: What I do with food, he does design.”

 

 

About the Author

Danny Seo has been dubbed the “crafty MacGyver,” and has become the national face of eco-chic. He’s a contributor to NBC’s Today Show and many other national programs including Access Hollywood and Regis and Kelly. He also pens the syndicated column “Do Just One Thing” in newspapers nationwide. His line of organic bath and beauty products, Wholearth by Danny Seo, launched on Shop NBC this year, and he partnered with Simmons to create the “Simmons Natural Care Mattress by Danny Seo,” which is sold at JC Penney, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and many other venues. Danny is also the national spokesperson and partner with TJMaxx and designer of GreenHouse by Danny Seo. Danny lives in Bucks County, PA. Visit him at dannyseo.com.

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Okay, here's my "official" bio...

Environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo calls his eco-friendly way of living Simply Green. Through his bestselling books, his how-to lifestyle lectures, weekly Sirius Satellite Radio program and his upcoming companion TV show, Danny Seo continues to share his creative ideas that has made him America's leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living.

Born on Earth Day in 1977, Danny has championed on behalf of the natural biodiversity of our planet from a very young age. On his 12th birthday, he founded the organization Earth 2000 with just a few friends and $23. By his 18th birthday, he transformed the grassroots organization into the country's largest teenage activist charity spearheading worldwide campaigns on behalf of the environment.

Today, Danny, 29, encourages America to live a greener lifestyle. His lifestyle book Conscious Style Home (St. Martin's Press; 2001) chronicles his renovation of his parents' Green Hills, Pennsylvania home. Using easy-to-find eco-friendly materials, the beautifully photographed book received rave reviews in The New York Times, Elle, Food & Wine, Elle Decor, and USA Today, who raved "Say 'environment' to Danny Seo, and it's as if you've punched the word into the search engine Google: Out roars an avalanche of ideas and references that threatens to scramble your brain.'"

His brand new books Simply Green Parties and Simply Green Giving showcases Danny's unique take and approach to stylish green living. Both books feature lush, colorful photography and clear, step-by-step instructions along with Danny's secret tips and how-to information on living the Simply Green way.

As Editor-at-Large of Country Home magazine, Danny pens a monthly column for the magazine and produce feature stories for the magazine's 7.6 million readers. Each month, his "Fresh Thinking" column features clever and easy ideas to recycle anything into gorgeously chic home accessories with quick and easy tips that prove green living can be gorgeous living, too.

Debuting in September 2006, Danny's TV series will debut on the LIME cable channel, the new Steve Case backed network with the tagline, "Healthy Living with a Twist." The show, also titled Simply Green, will feature stylish and eco-friendly tips for the home, all shot on location from Danny's new bungalow style dwelling in Pennsylvania. Danny also hosts a weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio of the same name.

Danny also assists some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities as an eco-stylist. He dresses actors and actresses in environmentally-friendly fashion, consults on the renovation of their homes, and helps them raise money for their eco-charities.

Danny has been named one of "40 Under 40" to watch by Crain's New York Business and in an honor of a lighter note, one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." He stars in a nationwide TV public service announcement campaign airing on HGTV and TLC encouraging Americans to recycle their old cell phones through a nonprofit program called Call2Recycle. A popular speaker at colleges, corporations and special events, Danny has given hundreds of keynote addresses including the College of William & Mary, and The State of the World Forums and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. In May 2006, he gave the commencement speech to the University of California's Berkeley graduating class.

Customer Reviews

Book has a lot of interesting projects I look forward to attempting!!
Kris
It seemed to me like you take things in your home that you'd like to throw away and make them into more things that you'd should probably throw away.
sweetie pie
Can't wait until I have an opportunity to try some of the upcycling projects in this book.
Khris Gochenour

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Unique and Lovely on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an upcycler myself, I am constantly looking for inspiration and scoping out the ideas of others. With Danny Seo being such a celebrated designer, it seemed common sensical that this book would be fabulous. After all, it states "create beautiful things..." on the cover.

Granted, some ideas are unique and attractive. But I am shocked at how many of the items look so "junky." Making a picnic blanket out of old towels, hanging cotton batting "clouds" from the ceiling, and making play crowns from coffee sleeves does not an upcycler make. Most of the more attractive upcycling projects are already being done the world over, and provide no new information to the seasoned upcycler.

Flipping through the book, one gets a strong feeling that Mr. Seo was instructed by publishers to make the book thicker, and many of his projects are a result of just this. Whether this is correct or not is beyond my knowledge, but if you are new to the upcycling movement, I strongly recommend against this book. It will simply convince you that most of upcycling is taking junk and making it into different junk, rather than actually adding value, purpose, and beauty to what no longer may be referred to as junk.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shanonymous on February 9, 2012
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I was very excited to be getting this book (since I've been on a crafting kick lately). I was overall disappointed by many of the ideas in here. They range from unoriginal, to extremely unexciting. Who wants a concrete bottle shaped door stopper? Overall, the good ideas in the book are FAR overshadowed by the countless crafts that were obviously pushed to fill up space so they could sell an entire book. You're probably better off just using the internet.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Green on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I can not sew. I do not have the patience to intricately paint. And knitting is so not for me. What i love about this book is that the author uses things we all have stashed away around the house in super fresh and modern ways. Turning cassette tape covers into a clear tissue box cover is not only modern and pretty, but it can be done in like, 4 minutes. And the paint stirrers wrapped around glass hurricanes with just these plumbing store pipe things... so easy, but pretty. I love this book so much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue J. on December 26, 2011
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I guess I expected the up cycling to be pieces of art , but they are more just something maybe a child would do. I love to recycle and have been a working artist for many years. So my mind goes to how can I recycle these objects and also perhaps put them out as my artwork. I can't imagine a designer would put out those concrete bottles or scissor cut plastic flowers as part of decor. I hope that those who are satisfied with the book are able to be a bit more creative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tagart on December 22, 2012
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Uninspired. This book was meant to be a gift for my sister who is very excited about upcycling. After flipping through it I was shocked by how many people sang its praises in the reviews. I'm too embarrassed by its contents to give it to her. Here's an idea... upcycling this book into a pot trivet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Balanced Butterfly on October 4, 2013
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I bought this book to train a leadership group of K-5th graders on the concept of upcycling. Other upcycling books contain ideas that transform trash into something beautiful, where you notice the beauty first, then the fact that it is upcycled next. Not so with this book. These crafts look like an uninspired preschooler was forced to create something. Here are some examples:

1. A towel picnic blanket. Don't make it look nice, just stitch the towels together.
2. A plastic bottle sand timer. Take two plastic bottles, fill them with colored sand, then use a cork screw to keep them together.
3. A scarf blanket: the ends didn't match and it looked like someone forgot to put away.

And those were three of the best projects.

Also, a lot of the projects required purchases in addition to or in lieu of upcycling.

Overall, this book was very disappointing. I asked for a refund. Amazon is great with refunds!

Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bjmbsc on February 20, 2013
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This book is a total waste of money. The things he demonstrates to upcycle are totally ridiculous. I would not buy this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GreenChile on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
To some degree, I concur with the reviewers who said the projects in this book are so-so or junky, but for the beginning upcycler this book is a good jumping off place. Not everyone is super crafty or talented with tools. Why not give them a few simple projects to get their feet wet and catch the upcycling fever?

While I doubt I will make very many of the items in this book, I still appreciated the ideas and the genesis they provided. It got thinking more about the process of taking unwanted items and turning them into something useful. The book is appealing in its layout and photography, which makes it a pleasure to leaf through.

What I wish I could find, and haven't so far is a book that approaches the subject from a more sophisticated and complex point of view. Something that bridges the gap between craft and art.
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