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Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home [Hardcover]

Randy Florke , Nancy J. Becker
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Book Description

May 4 2010 Country Living

Renovation that’s eco-friendly…AND economically smart

From Country Living contributing editor Randy Florke (Your House, Your Home) comes a gorgeous guide to decorating sustainably and inexpensively.  Providing inspiration as well as instruction, Florke shows how everyone can achieve a look that’s both harmonious with the environment and beautiful. 

 Color photographs show examples of rooms, all radiating country charm, created on a budget, and designed with the three “R”s in mind: restore, reuse, and repurpose. Florke clearly explains why going green is so important, how to use what’s already there, find a focus for every space, and determine what makes something environmentally friendly.

Anyone hoping to transform a home from ordinary to extraordinary will find eco-friendly, thrifty, and stylish ideas.   

With its emphasis on simplicity, thrift, and respect for historical integrity, Randy Florke calls his philosophy the "anti-keeping up with the Joneses.”  Comfort, style, and economy are the bellwether elements of his approach to decorating.


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Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home + This Old House Salvage-Style Projects: 22 Ideas for Turning Old House Parts Into New Treasures for Your Home + Wood Pallet Projects: Cool and Easy-to-Make Projects for the Home and Garden
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 6 2012
By Gamma5 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book and all its ideas... amazing every time I looked through I found more things I liked and could adapt to my home... It felt warm to read... I love books and this is no exception..
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This exquisite book gives an opportunity to fully explore other solutions to the second life of still good furnitures and decorating accessories. Recycling is becoming a way of life and a must in nowadays, it is not an option anymore. Because of this reference, I saw great ideas, great quality and potential in anything that I can find around a home. What a catchy title!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rating for Restore, Recycle, Repurpose Jan. 5 2013
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This book wasn't quite what I expected. I was hoping for more ideas for restoring and recycling of smaller, less expensive items. More how to instructions would have been nice. The book arrived with small damaged section on the spine but I decided to keep it rather than go thru the hassle of returning it. Next time I want a book, I think I'll go to a book store and check it out in person before I buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Video Review April 29 2010
By BeachBrights - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book for it's styling, creativity, repurposing, recycling, and resource details. I am so sorry for the lengthy video review but this book deserved every second I could give it!

Enjoy-
XOXO
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3 R's in Decorating May 31 2010
By L. M. Keefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a timely design book which is the one of the first of its kind to feature and unite three major trends impacting interior design today. These trends are: 1) intelligent use of financial resources in decorating-- maximizing your design dollars 2) using green design principles and products in your decor plan and 3) cherishing past styles and design elements and reusing them in authentic, personal and eclectic interiors.

The author is passionate and knowledgeable about these and shows you how to restore, recycle and reuse items to create attractive rooms from living rooms and kitchens to bedrooms, baths and the outdoors. It's full of how-to tips--including his grandmother's tips--on how to accomplish this. And you get to see how these look in charming rooms that you'd like to live in. The rooms featured tend to be cottage and country (the author is a contributing editor to Country Living magazine), but the same tips and items could work in modern and retro interiors or an eclectic combination of these. If you like books on vintage decorating, flea market decor, eclectic interiors, apartment therapy interiors, DIY design, makeover rooms, decorating for less, you should enjoy this book.

It should spark your own ideas on how to incorporate something you love innovatively into a room. If you want a home you love, you need to have what you love in the home and this book shows you how to do it originally, economically and with healthy materials and green principles. It's perfect for the first-time decorator, someone moving into a new home or apartment, or if you're wanting to update, renovate and accessorize your home distinctively and like looking for unique and original pieces and combining them in fresh ways. For so long if something was old in a home, we threw it out and started over. Now we're seeing the value of cherishing the past and incorporating it in fresh ways in our contemporary interiors. I think this book is going to be a best-seller as it teaches about the design trends which are becoming increasingly important today which will only accelerate in value to us as designers and curators of our own homes in the future.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delighted June 22 2010
By Lori A. Lathrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Very rarely am I disappointed by a "Country Living" book - and this was no exception! Randy Florke has a great eye for "recycled treasure," he can put it together in a clean, unfussy yet beautiful arrangement! The pictures in this book are exquisite and thought provoking at the same time. Who would have thought a kitchen with a pink stove and double oven arrangement could look so yummy and functional at the same time. It's not dated yet not timeless either, provoking nostalgia for a simpler time, (pg 51). Thanks for such a fantastic book - Randy proves that country doesn't have to look old or cluttered - what a bit of fun!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you! Aug. 2 2010
By Pat - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really impressed with the book and the references to buying items from locations closer to home to eliminate transportation waste and then I saw on the brown strip around the book that it was printed in CHINA. Shame on the author and publisher for allowing this to happen. Kind of voids all the phrases in the book that say ".....buy locally and avoid things being shipped in from China or Mexico." There have got to be lots of printers in the USA who would have loved your business and done an excellent job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT March 4 2011
By P. Harry - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book. I was not sure how to name or describe the style of home decor that I love and want to create in my house, and then I found this book and ah ha! This is it. The perfect guide. The rooms are so much more interesting since things are a mix of "vintage" finds--none of that match-y mathch-y look that looks so boring and cookie cutter. The look is down to earth yet tasteful and impressive. I just love looking at all the pictures and he gives plenty of advice for shopping. Full of great ideas, even for little details. (I am using an antique iron as a doorstop but I see he has one propped up for a book end--hmm).
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