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Garden Junk

Reviewing: Penguin Books Garden Junk  |  Rating:
By chefmom on
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Mary Randolph Carter, the author of Garden Junk, is my soul sister. I love anything garden style. And, much to the dismay of my family, I don't hesitate to pick up something off the curb that appeals to my garden style. Ms. Carter apparently feels the same way, and her beautiful book is full of pictures and ideas that use any old kind of garden junk. Old rakes, chipped clay pots, amateur floral paintings -- they all appeal to her.

She originally wrote American Junk and later Kitchen Junk. This book is filled with pictures of her own purchases for her rural garden and barn. She even gives the prices she paid for most pieces. This is true decorating on a budget! Nothing is too worn for Mary Randolph Carter, and she uses everything in the most original and beautiful way. Although she doesn't treat the reader with pictures of rooms inside her home, I would guess they are decorated in the same "junk" way.

She begins her book with a quote from John Steinbeck about junk. The quote ends with "I guess the truth is that I simply like junk." So do I, and if you feel the same way, you will absolutely love this book!