This is a beautifully illustrated guide to creating an individual and stylish look in your home. Junk style is a modern and unique decorating style that is eclectic but selective. Pieces of furniture and accessories sourced from markets and second-hand shops are chosen for their intrinsic beauty, whether this derives from the quality of workmanship, quirky styling or the colours and textures created by the patina of age. The overall look is neither too contrived nor too precious: things can be mismatched, patched or frayed to create a 'shabby chic' effect that combines elegance and individuality. Melanie Molesworth has a keen eye for junk style and is constantly on the lookout for second-hand objects that can be given new life; her book offers both inspiration and advice on how to achieve it.
Melanie Molesworth worked at House & Garden before becoming a freelance stylist. Her distinctive talent is showcased in magazines such as Woman's Journal and Homes & Gardens. She lives in west London.