Synopses & Reviews
Focusing on nine different rooms (including her own recently purchased Manhattan apartment), Lara Spencer shows readers that all it takes is planning, shopping know-how, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes that reflect their personal style. She takes readers through the step-by-step process of overcoming the challenges of the room, offering helpful tips and lessons along the way. She identiandshy;fies the design dilemma; comes up with a decoratandshy;ing plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories that fit the bill; restores, repurposes, and reinvents the pieces she finds, giving them new life; and brings all the elements together in the gorgeous, finished space. With illuminating before, during, and after photographs of her DIY projects and the room installations, Lara demystifies the decorating process and allows readers to envision endless possibilities for what they can do in their own homes.
"Assembled by the masters of junk, this visual, how-to book is overflowing with ideas that are fresh, original and fun! If you are tired of living in a cookie-cutter home that looks like a page from a catalog, then this book is definitely for you." -Danny Seo, author of the "Simply Green" series
"In today's desposable world it's refreshing to see the ingenuity and creativity illustrated by Junk Beautiful, where ordinary, mundance or seemingly hopeless items are transformed into fabulously functional repurposed pieces. This book is a must-have for all garage sale, flea market, thrift store junkies!" Tim Luke of HGTV's "Cash In the Attic"
"There are some people who can take garbage and turn it into a beautiful work of art or piece of furniture; the Junkmarket Gals are that type of people. In their new book, "Junk Beautiful ($21.95, Taunton Press), authors Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer provide a guide for how they do it. The book offers tips, step-by-step instructions, photos and illustrations to keep you on track." --The Austin American-Statesman
"Junk Beautiful," by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer (The Taunton Press, $21.95), has some attractive tricks. Probably the most famous junkers in America, the two founded JUNKMARKET, a retail business, and www.junkmarketstyle.com. They are contributing editors for Country Home magazine. Whitney gives several tips for how to avoid bringing home the whole junkyard when you are looking for junk. You should keep a list of what you need, then only buy junk that can be adapted to the cause. Wait for the right piece of junk; don't buy something you don't love just to fill a space. But the oneunforgettable tip on that list: Architectural remnants are like handbags. You can never have too many." --Daily Herald, Chicago
"One person's junk is Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer's treasure. The two flea-market enthusiasts founded Junkmarket, a Minnesota company that specializes in finding new uses for quirky old castoffs. They're contributing editors to Country Home magazine and frequent TV guests, and now they're sharing ideas in their new book, Junk Beautiful. The book focuses on rooms the two have made over using recycled trash. In their inventive hands, a steering wheel becomes a lazy Susan, tambourines double as snack holders and old hand drills become hooks for a coat rack. Their refurbished finds all have a vintage feel, but Whitney and Nassauer make them work in all sorts of home styles. nstructions are included for a selection of the projects, so you can try your hand at cast-off creativity, too." --Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)
"Detailed before-and-after color photos document how to restyle rooms with inexpensive recycled objects; a chicken feeder retooled as a seasonings shelf, a beat-up kitchen island that gets new life as an arts and crafts table and an old flour mill cart that becomes a coffee table. (The book also includes the paint colors used on walls, trim and furniture in the rooms. Nice touch.) Some of the authors' off-the-wall decorating tricks may not be your style -- say, a collection of whisk brooms as window treatment. But the dynamic duo (who are contributing editors to Country Home magazine, regularly appear on TV and run www.junkmarketstyle.com) seem to have bottomless talent for repurposing junk." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
andldquo;Good Morning America cohost Lara Spencer has a secret superpower: making homes look like a million bucks using only bargain finds and easy D.I.Y. projects. In her new book, Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures, she shares her magic with us.andrdquo;
One person's trash is another's treasure. That's a fact of life that the Junkmarket gals know only too well. Through their annual Minneapolis fleamarket, The Junk Bonanza, web site junkmarketstyle.com, and tireless touring, Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer have helped countless devotees transform junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories. Working their magic on every room of the house--from kitchen to home office--they present conversational case studies that introduce the clients and explore their needs. With characteristic humor in tow, they take readers through each renovation adventure, from shopping for recycled materials to the actual construction projects. The gals also include complete materials lists, plus paint chips and fabric swatches, so that everything can be recreated down to the last delicious detail.
Whitney and Nassauer have helped countless devotees transform junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories. With characteristic humor in tow, they take readers through renovation adventures, from shopping for recycled materials to the actual construction projects.
Whitney is back with a brand-new collection of gorgeous and green decorating projects. In her latest junk journey, Whitney tastefully transforms outdoor spaces and provides a wealth of style options, project how-tos, and entertaining tips and trade secrets.
Sue Whitney shows how to transform junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories.
About the Author
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.