I know it has been a long time since my last featured thrifter, but don't despair, I am working on some really interesting interviews with some friends that have been collecting for a long time. I am sure we are going to learn a lot from their thrift finds.
While my diligent friends work on their interviews, I have decided to restart this feature by sharing my home and my small collections with you. I hope you like them.
For those that do not know, my name is Beatriz Macias and I am Colombian. My husband and I came to the US eighteen years ago and we have lived in Washington State and Southern California with a 3 year stint in Italy. I trained as an Architect in Colombia and after moving to SoCal and the birth of my son, I went back to school and got a Masters in Fine Arts. I have worked as an architect, artist, teacher, interior designer, photographer, and retail seller. All these experiences converge now into my new job: Mid Mod Mom.
I am not sure when I became a thrifter, but I remember keeping things in my room that others discarded, I was that child with her pockets full of stones, flowers and candy wrappers. I had many collections and they were beautiful! I only became aware of thrifting stores once I moved to the US. My husband and I furnished our first apartment with Salvation Army furniture; then when I started taking art classes, second hand stores provided a lot of materials for my installations. I did not collect much those first few years when we were both students thinking that we were moving back to Colombia. We kept things simple. Everything changed once we decided to make this country our new home.
One of my first collections was original artwork, as it was easy to trade great art with fellow students. I am a printmaker and many of the works I have are original prints. I have a lot of work stored and waiting to be framed.
|Wood chair on the left is an amateur job that looks like a Cherner chair - thrifted of course. Small chair is an original Thonet that used to be my great-grandma's. Dining room chairs are contemporary Kartell designed by Philippe Starck - purchased in Italy along with the reclaimed teak table. Coo coo clock on the left is an antique one that belonged to my father in law. Vases on the table are part of my inventory.|
I have an eclectic taste and like to mix old and new, hand made crafts and fine art. I love color and texture. Because Mid Mod Mom focuses on Mid Century Modern design I have added many of my finds to our house. Since opening my store a year ago, I have been lucky enough to have the support of all the wonderful people on ThrifBreak. I am now a more informed thrifter, and I am aware of all the beauty that hides behind the dust. Thanks team!
|Art wall in the dining room with more original prints. Don Shepherd's Whirpool bottle next to an Italian granite bowl that hosts our collection of pebbles and sea glass from all the different beaches we have visited. Suzani from the Grand Bazaar in Istambul.|
|Ikea furniture works well in our mixture, some texture provided by a thrifted Moroccan rug and a couple of sheepskins and woven pillows.|
One of the areas of Mid Century design that enchants and baffles me is hand blown glass. I know I have yet to learn much more, but I have developed an eye for it. I think necessity has been my guide through this learning process. Glass is not usually marked, so it is usually passed by other resellers. I have made a couple of mistakes so far, but all of it is part of the learning process.
|My small collection of Mid Century glass with an amber vase by Arthur Percy for Gullaskruf of Sweeden, a green Empoli vase from Italy, a teal Blenko decanter by Winslow Anderson, and a Blenko sheared bowl by Wayne Husted.|
In the background sits a contemporary version of Artemide's Nesso lamp designed by Giancarlo Mattioli in 1967.
I like a lot of contemporary design too and I am a bit partial to Italian design. Our kitchen remodel was influenced by what we experienced while living in Italy. There are a lot of Alessi pieces and a collection of coffee makers (I am Colombian after all). If you want to see more pictures of our kitchen remodel visit my Flickr album. I guess the kitchen was thrifted too, as we did most of the work ourselves.
|Another Hella Jongerius piece for Ikea in the foreground, West Elm lamps, Neva Time Square clock*, Alessi Fruit Mama*, Francis Francis espresso machine, Bertazzoni range, Alessi tea kettle*, Skinny LaMinx tea towel. *thrifted|
If I had to choose and make a thrift wish list, I would have to include some Eames chairs, a PH-5 Poulsen lamp, a Finn Juhl armchair - or two, a Rembrandt etching, a pair of Salterini Hoop chairs, and so much more... the list changes everyday. One thing I know for sure is that I want to keep on thrifting, that I want to keep on learning, and that I want to share and learn with my wonderful friends.