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Found Style: Vintage Ideas for Modern Living

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For most folks, creating a home where the decor reflects their personal style and taste requires more than just simply perusing the pages of a catalog. Unique style comes with successfully blending the old and new, the unexpected with the familiar - a white antique stove and modern chrome refrigerator placed side by side, or a 50s kidney-shaped coffee table accented by an Adirondack chair. Enter Found Style, the modern-day guide to the mix-and-match aesthetic. From vintage treasures to contemporary furnishings, ...

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Overview

For most folks, creating a home where the decor reflects their personal style and taste requires more than just simply perusing the pages of a catalog. Unique style comes with successfully blending the old and new, the unexpected with the familiar - a white antique stove and modern chrome refrigerator placed side by side, or a 50s kidney-shaped coffee table accented by an Adirondack chair. Enter Found Style, the modern-day guide to the mix-and-match aesthetic. From vintage treasures to contemporary furnishings, family heirlooms to flea market finds, authors David and Amy Butler take a friendly approach to creating spaces that are courageously unique - and undeniably stylish. Illustrated with 200 inspiring color photographs, Found Style offers up a host of innovative ideas, as well as tips for honing one's flea market savvy, and blending old and new with unexpected dash. Found Style is a celebration of creating eclectic personal style and a resource for those who live for the hunt.

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of un-stuffy antiques, eclectic design and soothing tones will appreciate the ideas set forth in this practical volume. The Butlers' concept of "found style" has to do with creating a comfortable and inviting space that reflects individual character, not cookie-cutter catalog shopping or an extravagant budget. There are five simple guidelines, the authors say, to finding your style: use restraint with the objects of your desire, blend old and new, create a keynote ("one thing in the space that will draw attention and set the tone"), buy pieces with a purpose, and don't fret-because it won't happen overnight. Each chapter focuses on a different room or area of the house, from "living, breathing rooms" to bedrooms to outdoor spaces. Full-color photographs on every page by Colin McGuire show off relaxing rooms; quick descriptions by the authors explain what's going on and why it works. Next to a photo of a clean-lined yet cozy dining room, for instance, they helpfully explain, "Rooms with great found style look like they've always been there. Using the visual cues of the home's interior, this dining room carries an unpretentious grace... the large table is casually arranged with old ironstone pottery and glassware; nothing fussy or formal." 200 color photographs. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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These two new books explain how amateur decorators can use flea-market finds to create a personal decorating style. The Butlers, Art of the Midwest design studio owners, show homes whose owners typify their design philosophy, which maintains that a refreshing mix of vintage and modern furniture and decorative accessories can be combined even by amateurs to create a uniquely personal decor. The numerous color photographs are captioned with advice on how to obtain one's own style. Paulin, editor of Romantic Home magazine and associate publisher of Victorian Home magazine, visits seven homes that exemplify a comfortable, welcoming decor. Numerous photographs show interiors with various takes on country style, from shabby chic to a formal English style. Captions give tips and design suggestions for creating each look. Both books are recommended for libraries where patrons are seeking new ideas for the "found style." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811836739
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David and Amy Butler own and operate Art of the Midwest, a design studio in Mount Vernon, Ohio. They are contributing editors to Country Living.

David and Amy Butler own and operate Art of the Midwest, a design studio in Mount Vernon, Ohio. They are contributing editors to Country Living.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding Your Style 6
Chapter 1 Living, Breathing Rooms 12
Chapter 2 Put to Work 51
Chapter 3 Table Manners 82
Chapter 4 Bedding Down 109
Chapter 5 Washing Up 128
Chapter 6 Natural Habitats 145
Epilogue: Find Yours 170
Resource Guide: Find It! 172
Acknowledgments: Thanks! 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    FOUND STYLE; the new bible of modern country design

    David & Amy Butler have long been favorite contributing editors to 'Country Living' magazine. Their eye for cutting-edge country design has built over the years and is showcased in 'Found Style'. This well written, cool design and beautifully photographed book is the new bible for the modern country lover. The authors take you into the houses and gardens of some people that share the same vision and style that the Butlers have come to love themselves. Combining the old with the new, the unexpected with the familiar and just throwing in a little drama for a smile is what this book is all about. From the living room, bedroom & kitchen to the home office and garden, 'Found Style' shows great examples to try, copy or just talk to your friends about.

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