The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details

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Sometimes you’re looking for it, sometimes it just finds you

Treasures of home décor abound at flea markets, thrift shops, and garage sales. But how do you know a find when you find it?
In The Find, Stan Williams and some of today’s most clever style makers, including Simon Doonan, John Derian, and Real Simple’s Kristin van Ogtrop–all diehard devotees of New York City’s Housing Works–show not just what to look for, but also how to look at an ...

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Overview

Sometimes you’re looking for it, sometimes it just finds you

Treasures of home décor abound at flea markets, thrift shops, and garage sales. But how do you know a find when you find it?
In The Find, Stan Williams and some of today’s most clever style makers, including Simon Doonan, John Derian, and Real Simple’s Kristin van Ogtrop–all diehard devotees of New York City’s Housing Works–show not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece. The trick is to see beyond nicks and wobbles, color and intended purpose and to focus on potential. For example, a vintage leather trunk encased in Lucite works as a stunning coffee table. Pages from old books wallpaper a foyer. A cushion fashioned from a baseball diamond’s home plate makes a garden chair comfortable.

The Find includes chapters on furniture, accessories, small spaces, and entertaining. From a suburban ranch to an East Village studio in New York, each abode illustrates unexpected ways that secondhand items can make statements (or space) throughout a home.

Elegantly photographed, filled with practical sidebars about refurbishing, styling, and treasure-hunting, and replete with the quirky sensibility that has made Housing Works one of the most popular destinations for great things, The Find is at once a handbook and inspiration for vintage decorating. Secondhand does not mean second rate when there’s always something special to be found.

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Positively bursting with beautiful interiors that make the most of found or thrifted items. --- DesignSponge.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307406255
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

STAN WILLIAMS is a New York—based lifestyle journalist who has written for Maxim, Latina, and American Express Executive Travel, among other publications. A native of Independence, Missouri, and a graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia Journalism School, Williams documents his favorite finds on his blog, www.theobjectofmydesire.com.

HOUSING WORKS is a grass-roots AIDS service organization that has provided life-saving health, housing, employment, advocacy, and prevention resources for more than 20,000 HIV-positive homeless New Yorkers since 1990. All profits from Housing Works Thrift Shops and Bookstore directly support the organization’s client programs. To donate or become a member, visit www.housingworks.org.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Add to your "vintage decorating" source books...

    This is definitely a book to add to your vintage decorating source books. I liked this book for the variety of topics it covered. I also enjoyed the different decorating styles that were represented in the book: FUSION,mid century/modern, thrift store/repurpose, etc. Practical ideas for gift giving, party decorating are included. Good book overall!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    for the eclectic or bohemian type.  I'm a traditionalist, so alt

    for the eclectic or bohemian type.  I'm a traditionalist, so although a cute book there was nothing in the book that caught my attention.  Most of it see like junk yard finds that were then put together for a cluttered country feel.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2010

    A Great Find

    Inspirational, well written and filled with amazing images

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