A couple of months ago my dear friend Patrica van Essche invited me to a lunch and book signing for Eddie Ross and his new book Modern Mix. Coincidentally, at about the same time I was reading The Life-changing Magic of Tiding Up by Marie Kondo. Eddie is famous for collecting and using a combination of styles, patterns and mixing old and new. Kind of the more the better philosophy and while I was reading the Tidying Up Book I kept thinking…maybe I have too much stuff and maybe I need to get rid of some of it. Well, then I went to the book signing and Eddie was delightful of course. He spoke with passion about entertaining and using your stuff. Lots of it all mixed up together. Not just any old way, but beautifully and somehow together it all looks wonderful and chic. In the Tidying Up Book, the author speaks about Sparking Joy. If an item sparks joy then one should keep it. Seriously, page 210 of the index: “Joy, as standard for keeping.”
Eddie spoke with passion, and yes joy, about being a hoarder of all things beautiful. I adore his book for everything from inspiration to tips on acquiring, what to look for, where to find it and then how to restore it. If you would like a copy of Eddie Ross’ book Modern Mix, leave a comment and I will select one winner at random on December 17th. I leave you with my mixed up cabinet of old, new, collected over time pieces mixed in with holiday balls and greens. And yes, it sparks joy!
A few of my favorite things: The mini faceted terrarium from west elm, the cow creamer, the silver coffee pot, the Apilco cereal and rice bowls from Williams-Sonoma. The 23f bistro glasses and even the glassware from Ikea. Thrift store and flea market finds and things from travels with my family. The mini forest of trees and topiaries is mostly from Terrain. I love their Earth Fired Clay Pots in slate and how they look against my collection of old silver trays. I’ve mixed in ornaments and greens from our yard. I like it, but would would Eddie think? I was just wondering.