Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Find: A Cover Story

I've heard other authors talk about the horror stories of having to work with publishers to decide the cover of their books. But I cannot complain at all. In fact, Clarkson Potter decided on an image photographed by Jim Franco that tells the journey of The Find, The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details practically in one shot.

The regal antique chair sits in the home of dreamer extraordinaire Yasmine McGrane, who runs the fabulous, French-inspired shop Maison RĂªve in Mill Valley, just outside of San Francisco. Atop her French, flea-market find covered in vintage hemp linen lies one of her prized possessions: a golden letter "Y" that was given to her as a wedding gift. Next to this personality packed object rests a stack of vintage Belgian seed sacks, and a pillow covered in one of them. And then there's the lowly sewing machine table -- minus the machine -- that McGrane just painted white and added crystal knobs.

Why do I love this image so much? Because it shows that no matter what you choose to decorate with -- be it a worthless table or a priceless chair -- a bit of creative thinking can turn almost any vintage or thrift find into a true treasure.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I love this cover shot too. For me, it's the "Y" that makes this picture so appealing. Not only is it a great shape and color, but it brings to mind the "M" on Mary Richards's wall in Minneapolis.


  2. I couldn't agree more. Simple, elegant, fabulous....all the right elements.


  3. Amen. I think that pretty much sums it up :)

  4. Well, well I'm so happy I've come across your book on this dull, rainy day. My mother always looked like a million, but spent a million less. She knew how to dress up what alone may look shoddy with a stunning, well-crafted piece. Together, they both looked equally as valuable.

    We're looking to buy a place in nyc and I hope to translate thrift values and concepts into my interiors.

    Housing Works on Columbus Ave is my neighborhood store. Which one do you find the most treasures at??

    Nice to meet you, Stan.

  5. Love that cover... Beautiful, simple, unpretentious but dreamy at the same time!!!!

  6. I think the cover is lovely. I've often wondered how it's decided what goes on the front.

    Thanks for the details, you elegant gent.



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