The best thing about having written The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details is the opportunity to meet all kinds of creative people, both those who have appeared within my book's pages and those who have found me because of them.
A while back, I found myself intrigued by a blog Hollywood Forever, Kevin, and shot off an email to its creator, Kevin H. Beers, an artist with an exquisite eye for all sorts of lovely and odd castoffs. I asked him for more photos of his magical Hollywood home, and here's one of the images he sent of a wooden secretary cram-packed with loose doll heads. (He told me that it's registered as an official work of art.)
Jump ahead a couple of months and I get an email from Kevin. He's coming to New York to help his newlywed niece decorate her new East Village apartment, so we decide to meet. After a day of lost phone numbers and messages left for every Stanley Williams in New York, Kevin found me and we decided to meet at New York's legendary Antiques Garage Flea Market. "Just look for a poor man's Richard Gere," Kevin told me.
I arrived pretty much on time, and a man who really did look like Richard Gere walks up to me and says, "You're gonna' look right at me and pretend you don't know me?" Well, it was Kevin!
We did a mad dash through the flea market, and then he had to get back to his decorating detail. But he has promised to send me photos of the apartment he decorated over a weekend with some coats of paint, a trove of thrifty treasures and hopefully some new lampshades!
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter