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