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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

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160085057X
  • ASIN: B0048ELA3U
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bulk of the book is structured in a much more mainstream way, showing some kinda suburbian translations of their look. Yes, I do understand that salvaged, re-viewed materials can have a place in ANY home ... but I miss the funkifying DIY of both the magazine and the first book. There is SOME of that here, but for my taste, nowhere near enough. I LOVED the early zany repurposing, the ways of recycling that were, ok, green (the Junk Ladies were green when green wasn't cool), sure -- but just amazingly creative. Uh, using old stock girdles for a curtain valance, with the garter tab for clipping the drapes below?! The bird-cage office organizer? The roller-skate vase? Hel-LO, Genius! I still love them and wholly endorse what they do. But I have to say, the book did disappoint me a bit. Don't BLEND, ladies! Please!
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Having just recieved my copy of Junk Beautiful, I can tell you that I am completely amazed at the creativity and talent that went into this book. It is informative and inspiring, with directions for fabulous projects that make even the beginning do-it-yourself junker feel confident in their abilities. Top that off with beautiful photography, incredible details, and a witty, upbeat text and you have the makings of a best seller! I am motivated to try my hand at some of the projects already and will keep it close at hand for future reference and creative ideas. One of my faves of all times!
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Sometimes I look back on my childhood and wondered how I even survived. The home I lived in was not very "kid friendly". It was like living in the Smithsonian. Crazy silk flowers, couches covered in plastic, doilies under everything -including doilies under doilies, expensive prints of famous paintings in expensive frames. Everything had to be "just so".

It sucked.

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.
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I have enjoyed Sue Whitney's previous books and own her Junk Beautiful interiors book. I love those books -- such inspiration and wonderful practical ideas to create a truly personalized one of kind home.

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.
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This is truly a fabulous book. The ideas are not only unique and innovative, but practical as well. When we must all strive to make this planet more green, what could benefit all of us more than the re-use of "junk" as beautifully displayed in this book. Besides the wonderful ideas, the photography is gorgeous, making it easy to spend several hours just browsing through the book. If one is looking for a great gift for that special person, this is the book to fill the bill. Thanks, Sue and Ki,and photographer Douglas Smith, for an exciting and creative book.
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I thought the purpose of these kinds of books was to make "junk" or other second hand items pretty and useful. One of the projects was an old drum with a tire on top and a glass top laid over it. Not exactly my idea of beautiful junk. Many of the projects in the book were made with items that I know I am never going to find at a flea market or anywhere else. For example one of the projects was made with an old time chuck wagon. Where am I going to find one of these and if I did how would I ever get it home? Furthermore I can't imagine it would be cheap by any stretch. You also need to be pretty darn handy with tools to make these projects. Overall, there were a few nice projects but check it out before you buy, I can't imagine this would appeal to a large crowd.
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