Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Junkmarket Style and Giveaway!

My style is very eclectic. However, every year, as I venture more and more into interior design (my chosen career) I find myself becoming bored with a lot of what is out in the market. It’s not that there aren’t wonderful products on the market, but I guess the delivery or the way that some spaces are put together are just… well, boring or have been done a thousand times before.

Recently I came across a book that had been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years (unbeknownst to me) called Decorating Junkmarket Style. I was so smitten that after gazing at the creative projects and spaces for hours, I had to contact one of the authors, Sue Whitney, co-creator of Junkmarket Style.

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Decorating Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books – Publisher

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The very talented and beautiful Sue Whitney. Isn’t she adorable!?

Sue is designer extraordinaire, flea market whiz, creative junk genius, co-author and designer of several books, including Decorating Junkmarket Style, Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style, and Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition, magazine columnist, television personality (The Today Show, HGTV) and most importantly, a mother.

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From Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press – Publisher

The style of the rooms throughout her books are not junky at all, but rather edgy and fashionable. Sometimes hip and urban, sometimes romantic and flowing, but always with a quirky, unique piece or two.

I was truly curious as to how Sue came into this whole junk market business and she very graciously answered some questions for me (and you!). But, before you go on…. I’ll direct you to information about Sue that is already on her website…here.

With permission from The Taunton Press, I was graciously given the go-ahead to share with you some of the photos from Sue and Ki’s second book, Junk Beautiful, Room By Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style, which was published in 2008.

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Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press – Publisher

H&H: How old were you when you first started going to flea markets and garage sales?

SW: I am the baby of six kids so hand-me-downs, garage sale Saturdays and thrift store shopping were all a big part of my youth from the get go. I was taught to be creative with second-hand goods from as early as I can remember. This type of upbringing allowed me to be free-spirited, open-minded and downright playful. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing. My affair with the flea market started in college. Like most, I was a poor college student but still wanted to live with style. Flea markets provided an affordable alternative to retail stores and far more freedom to be me!

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From Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition

Sue Whitney – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press - Publisher

H&H: What did you want to be when you grew up?

SW: The only thing I wanted to be for sure was a mom, but other than that the doors were wide open. I think sometimes young people lock themselves into a career path far too early closing doors and windows to the big, wide world of options and opportunities. That was not the case for me. Variety is indeed the spice of life! I did many different things before devoting my complete career attention to the JUNKMARKET at the age of 40.

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From Junkmarket Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press - Publisher

H&H: How does what you do now speak to that?

SW: As you can guess by now, I would be a fish out of water if I had chosen a more conventional career path. Junkmarket and Junkmarket Style allow me the freedom to follow my passion and to be flexible enough to arise to the challenges of an ever changing world. I believe that if you follow your passion, you have a much better chance at success. You can always expect a few bumps in the road, but both success and failure teach you valuable lessons.

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From Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press – Publisher

H&H: Are you married? And does your husband help you with your business or does he let you “do your thing”?

SW: This question always brings a smile. I am a single mom and have been for almost nine years so he doesn’t help out much! TeHe!

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From Junkmarket Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press – Publisher

H&H: Do you shop better with a friend to bounce ideas off of, or on your own?

SW: I like to do both. Junking is really a team sport so shopping with friends and family is always fun. I tend to spend most of my shopping days with friends, but I’ve been known to wander off and get lost in my own little world!

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This is one of my favorite pages from Sue’s first book, Decorating Junkmarket Style, that led me to contact her. I love the old theater seating lights that she incorporated into this hallway. Ingenious, creative and original.

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books – Publisher

H&H: When did you know that you had something special going on?

SW: Right from the start! I knew that I wasn’t alone in the world because the flea markets, garage sales, and junk yards I frequented were very busy places. I did notice however, that there was no one really taking a leadership role in the junking world to address the needs of the many junkers. I was more than happy to try and help out!

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From Decorating Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books – Publisher

H&H: What inspires you? How do ideas come to you?

SW: First of all, I find beauty in just about everything. If a cast-off doesn’t seem attractive or useful at first blush, I look at it from every angle and the beauty eventually appears. Bringing something left for dead back to life is music to my ears! The most inspirational place for me is inside the four walls of my home. I am surrounded by junk that has been transformed as well as cool stuff in the rough that is displayed in its found condition. Just taking it all in is very inspiring. As for the ideas, they just kind of flow like a river. I really don’t know how else to explain it!

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And this photo took me over the edge folks! Sue fashioned an old screen door into a shower door and transom! If this is not the cat’s meow, then I don’t know what is!

From Decorating Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books - Publisher

H&H: What part of your work gives you complete satisfaction?

SW: Inspiring other people is what brings me the most joy.

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Another one of my favorites is this old drawer front that was turned into quite a unique candle holder. Check out that coffee table!

From Decorating Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books - Publisher

Quick answer

Favorite color? JUNKMARKET green!

Favorite home accessory? Scales, scales, and more scales. They are beautiful, functional, and they lend balance to my life.

Best creation? The shower enclosure crafted from vintage screen doors found in my master bathroom.

Worst creation? My daughter would tell you it is the dog kennel door I used as her bathroom door. I guess I would have to agree. It looks cool, but it’s not high on the privacy meter. I’ve added fabric panels to it now that lend a little softness and at least a sense of seclusion. Ha!

H&H: What’s next for you?

SW: Only time will tell, I guess! First and foremost, my daughter is a senior this year and I want to make sure that this special year will be a memorable and happy one for her. As far as work goes, there are many options available so it will be about selecting top priorities and addressing them one by one. Junkmarket Style, the online community has and will continue to be my number one priority. The sense of family that has exists between the members on the site, I truly believe, is second to none. The contributors and members are talented, creative, thoughtful, kind, encouraging, helpful, and supportive. What more could a girl want?! I would like to author more books, host a television show, create an online magazine, and continue to make personal appearances. The opportunity to meet junkers from all over the country is near and dear to my heart. I guess what I am trying to say is that I would like to establish a full meal deal platform that address the needs and wants of all junkers under one umbrella.

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From Decorating Junkmarket Style

Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer – Authors, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, Meredith Books - Publisher

AND NOW….. for the best part! Sue has GRACIOUSLY agreed to give away her latest book, Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition, to one lucky reader!

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Sue Whitney – Author, Douglas E. Smith – Photographer, The Taunton Press – Publisher

Here is what you do… Just visit Junkmarket Style, Sue’s website, and register! Then, come back here and leave me a note with your user name! From all those that register, I will randomly choose a winner for this lovely book! (Please make sure I have your email address if you don’t have a blog for me to link back to!)

Unfortunately, the contest is limited to U.S. applicants only….sorry!

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday, August 25th (one week from now)!

Thank you SUE! It’s truly been a delight getting to know you, getting much more familiar with your books and sharing with all those in blogland the incredible pieces and spaces that you create!

If you have any questions for Sue, she can be reached at junkmarket@qwestoffice.net.

Now go to Junkmarket Style, register, browse around and then come back here to enter! Can’t wait to see who wins! And I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Sue’s creations!

25 comments:

citysage said...

Fab interview, fab book, fab website! I'm all signed up (username citysage). Thanks for this great post Becky!

Sounds like you've had a busy and fun summer! Mine has been mostly just busy, but with a little fun thrown in too.

Let's make this coming fall the time for us to finally meet in person! I'll email you :)

LindsB said...

This is awesome- I love this book and dont have it!!

I just registered and my name is EverythingLEB.

Great post and great interview!

Spencer Howard said...

Just registered!

SpencerHoward

www.ArchitecturalAntiqueReview.com

nicolette said...

I have registered as well.

nicolettedesign

Also, looks like I must get the book. It's sounds simply extraordinary.

Nicolette
http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

Cristin said...

Love this post.

All set! My registered name is Simplifiedbee.

xo,
cristin

Cristin said...

Also, adding you to my blogroll! Love having another SF Bay Area local listed.

xo,
c

DesignTies said...

Awww, I was all excited about your giveaway, and then I read that it's for US residents only :-( Canada is right next door -- you should let Canadians enter too!!

I hadn't heard of Junkmarket Style or Sue before I read your interview. I've never gone to flea markets or garage sale, but maybe I should start -- I'm probably missing out on some great finds!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

HudsonGoods.com said...

too many things to mention that I like in this post, great junk market style!

Karen said...

junkmarket is fabulous! georgie106 is my registered name. i hope i win!

fromtherightbank.com said...

I just stumbled on your blog and it looks like a great day to have done it! What a great post! I just registered at her site as FROM_THE_RIGHT_BANK. See you again soon!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

loved this post and I love junk decorting too. I always do that kind of shopping for my own home, but not for clients, takes too much time. I would love to be able to do the same interesting things for them that I do for myself. I will now be on the search for this book. Thanks for sharing.

The Davii said...

Username: NEPD

Junkmarket is new to me - very excited to explore their work

Dana said...

You have a really pretty blog here!!!

I would love to exchange links with you!!

Let me know :)

Ki said...

Glad you enjoyed our books! As you may know, I created a new company, Junk Revolution, and am partnering with Matthew Mead to produce a new magazine, Flea Market Style. Check out our brand new blog! http://fleamarketstylemag.blogspot.com/

See ya!
Ki

Love the Decor! said...

Wonderful giveaway! Love what they did with the glass lids creating a beautiful shelf! Cute sites
email debbie.business@gmail.com

truly blessed said...

What great style! I just registered. CincoMom is my username. Can't wait to go back and check it all out. I love the casual, creative, funky, romantic look. It's so unique. Thanks for the tips!

fluerdelyis said...

fun website I wish I could go to
Oronoco flea market

My user name is parkview

Love the Decor! said...

Hi,
forgot to say I am registered and name is lovethedecor

Cristin said...

Yes, I would love to meet up with you this fall!

Happy summer,
cristin

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

My daughter gave me their original book, junkyard beautiful two mother's day ago. she knows exactly what I like! i've been thinking of buying their new books. awesome duo & fabulous stuff, they're geniuses!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

sorry, the book is junk beautiful. registered on their site as "inglenookdecor" thanks for the fab interview. it's so awesome to get in the minds of wonderful, creative people like them :)

Yansy said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. I just registered and gave my name Yansy.

Thanks for this opportunity.

Clarity said...

A charming read - well done on the comprehensive interview. I'll check if that book is available over here.

Sue Whitney said...

Hi All,

First of all thanks so much to Rebecca for this opportunity. I really appreciated her thoughtful questions and support for JUNKMARKET Style! Rebecca has a great blog, agree? It's been a fabulous journey thus far and I look forward to more great things to come. Secondly, thanks to all of you for your kind comments and for registering at my website. I am very passionate about producing and writing books and creating pretty, practical, and approachable projects on my site. I'll look forward to your creative ideas and posts on JMS. I hope you all enjoy the site...it's a very merry band of junkers and glad to have you on board! Thanks again everyone and happy junking!

Be Well,
Sue

Adam and Natalie said...

Thank you so much for this interview! After hearing Sue speak, I have been looking EVERYWHERE for the picture of that staircase and her barbedwire chandelier. I'm so happy you posted them!

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