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, 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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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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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.
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