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Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
When it was time for me to move out, I knew I needed to furnish my new place but I didn't exactly have a lot of money to spend on new things. Besides, I didn't want new things. I didn't want my place to look like it came straight from the pages of Ikea. I wanted my place to be unique, inviting, and completely comfortable.
So, I began scouring the garage sales, the flea markets, the night before trash day in nice neighborhoods - you would not believe what you can find sitting out there on the curb and I took all of this stuff in and began to sand, primer, and paint. I sawed, I hammered, I drilled. I washed, I sewed, I stapled. I was like Martha Stewart on steroids. And the end result was a home that felt like a home.
This book really puts things in perspective. It shows how with a little ingenuinuity and some creative imagination you can create living spaces that are filled to overflowing with charm, love, and individuality.
My sister-in-law gets a new living room set about every two years. It's always expensive and she always has to brag about how much she paid for everything. Actually, she didn't pay for any of it, her husband did...and probably still does...but despite the heavy duty price tag, her home doesn't feel like a home. It feels cold, impersonal, unhappy.Read more ›
I'm prepared to be roasted, given the affection Sue Whitney enjoys by so many, but I have to give my honest opinion about this most recent publication. I was a little disappointed. I'm not sure if it's the photography or what it is, but some of the stuff just looks JUNKY and not very beautiful or cool. Some of the ideas seemed a little silly -- like the old bottles sticking of of pegs on a post on p. 34. There are so many more wonderful ways to use pretty bottles outdoors, but this just looks cheesy. The chuck wagon cookout idea on pages 101 forward was a waste of space. Ugly, tacky.
That said, Sue shows her true genius in many profiles. She has a real gift for lighting. The egg carrier chandelier on p. 55 is fantastic. The hanging bed on p. 132 is very cool. Some of her best ideas are the simplest: the stool turned upside down and topped with a glass top to make a table on p. 162 is an easy, quick idea that anybody could do in a second.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you appreciate creative junk minds, you'll certainly love the way this pair seemlessly puts together fun thrifty finds.I highly recommend this book.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really like this one. "Junk" that has a beauty of it's own, interspersed with other décor, giving the rooms a real, lived-in feel, not like some of the staged... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Cervi
Unfortunately, I didn't know about the book when I got it from another place. It is a absolutely an awesome book. It is full of things that you can easily do. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer