The Find by Stan Williams is a great asset because it addresses one of those great conundrums: How to spot a true find amongst the tat in the charity shops or at garage sales? Stan himself describes the book as decorating with thrift shop treasures, flea market objects, and vintage details.
In the book, Stan Williams and some of today’s most clever style makers, show not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece. The trick they focus on in this book is one that sits close to our Bemz heart: it is how to see beyond dents and damage, the colour and even the original intended purpose of the piece and instead, to focus on its potential. That's right: it's about how to take something that's been tossed away and to transform it into something you need, something that reflects your style and taste, something individual.
Examples in the book include a vintage leather trunk encased in Lucite works turned into a stunning coffee table; pages from old books transformed into wallpaper in a foyer; and, a baseball diamond homeplate gone cushion for a garden chair. It's all about personalisation!
Secondhand does not have to mean second rate. This book is meant to guide you through the process of identifying that something special. It includes chapters on furniture, accessories, small spaces, and entertaining with each chapter detailing unexpected ways to turn second-hand finds into statement pieces or help to create space. From a suburban ranch to an East Village studio in New York, every example shares the common thread of a vintage decor.
The great thing about it is this: in the end it is about personalisation. If you love it - buy it. You'll find a use for it. Watch Stan Williams talk about it here:
If you like the sounds of the book, get more ideas like these from Stan's blog, The Elegant Thrifter which boasts the tag: Always frugal, always fabulous!