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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 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.