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Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home Hardcover – May 4 2010

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588167690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588167699
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 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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HASH(0xa66e76b4) out of 5 stars Video Review April 29 2010
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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!

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66e5240) out of 5 stars The 3 R's in Decorating May 31 2010
By L. M. Keefer - Published on
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.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66e56a8) out of 5 stars delighted June 22 2010
By Lori A. Lathrop - Published on
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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HASH(0xa66e5630) out of 5 stars Shame on you! Aug. 2 2010
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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 " 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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HASH(0xa66e7bac) out of 5 stars Could've gone further Jan. 9 2012
By gadgetman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has some pretty pictures and great ideas, but there are a few missteps. He shows a steel door on page 37 and calls it a "classic wooden door". This would have been an opportunity to explain that if one buys a new steel door and keeps it sealed, it can last indefinitely and save energy over a leaky wooden door. Next to a photo of a house without gutters he suggests collecting rainwater. He mentions that some old appliances are energy guzzlers but he loves their looks, but doesn't present ways to make them more energy efficient (e.g., add a fan to cool the refrigerator condenser; place the fridge against an insulated wall with weatherstripping around the edges of the back to insulate it better; look into getting insulation upgraded and burners re-tuned on old stoves).

He rejects granite countertops, but locally-quarried stone may be an environmentally friendly, longer-lasting option than some of the other products he prefers--and he fails to mention the maintenance required for many of these materials. If you want no-maintenance counters, "quartz" tops (Cambria, Silestone, etc.) are manufactured using crushed stone, so there's little or no waste compared to cut slabs.

All that being said, there are still some wonderful ideas in this book, and if you don't know much about building or recycling you can learn a lot. I guess I just wanted more than I could get in a few issues of a magazine.