Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: More from the Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn

Photograph by Jim Franco for "The Find"
Here is another colorful relic from the pages of "The Find" that is being sold in the Living Estate of Michael Quinn in my Etsy shop.

As part of an indoor tailgate party imagining a competition between the Sweets and the Savories, these glass pretties got the evening off to a rousing start.

Photograph by StanWilliams

"There is something very collegiate about this set," Michael says. In "The Find, " it was shown on an outside quilt-covered table next to a bowl brimming with popcorn, encouraging a casual nip in the great outdoors. Add some class to your next “pre-game” rounds of cocktails!"

With football season only weeks away, you still have time to procure these for your next sports celebration. Just pay a visit to The Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn in my Etsy shop, and let the festivities begin!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Find: More from the Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn

Photograph for "The Find" by Jim Franco

When I look at this image, I am reminded of the fanciful, handcrafted indoor tailgate party that Michael Quinn and his friends threw and that was celebrated in the pages of my book "The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating..." (Clarkson Potter, 2009). This is a fine example of how incongruous objects, when unified masterfully, can become a focal point of a tablescape. Here, Michael used as the bar backdrop an owl shape that he kept from a Henri Bendel window display. The wouldn't be complete without the plastic biology head he purchased at a sidewalk sale in Manhattan's East village. Embedded in its left lobe is a recipe for the signature cocktail of the evening: a Dark and Stormy.

Photograph for "The Find" by Jim Franco

The glasses at the right of this gorgeous display appear several times in "The Find" and are part of "The Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn," which is being sold in my Etsy Shop as they appear in the photograph below.

Photograph by Stan Williams

"Some wear on the etchings, these glasses have been lifted in many a toast," Michael says.  "Originally from a vintage store in Pittsburgh, I later learned the glasses had belonged to the marketing director at the Warhol Museum. How did I make this discovery? A friend of a friend. I stayed with him one weekend. Boy, was he surprised to see what treasures I came back with that day!"

Own these relics from "The Find" and more by clicking here to visit "The Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn" on Etsy.


Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Living Estate of Master Michael Quinn

Photograph of Michael Quinn in 2007 by Jim Franco
It’s hard to believe that it was eight years ago when I started creating "The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating...," which was released in 2009. While it was not a financial success for me, it was a huge payoff in the number of truly amazingly creative people who helped me with my labor of love and the friendships I made that endure to this day.

One of the most talented characters I encountered during my pursuit of "The Find" and who remains among my closest friends is Michael Quinn. My editor at Clarkson Potter wanted me to meet a creative pal of hers. She wasn’t quite sure exactly why, but she thought there might be some synergies that I might be able to tap into and passed me Michael’s number, so I gave him a call.

When I told him what I was working on, he was eager to set a time to meet in person. Convenient for both of us, Whole Foods on Houston Street was to be our meeting spot. Neither of us had any inkling of what the other looked like, but we decided we would just know. On the day of our get-together, I installed myself and my computer at an upstairs table and sipped a glass of iced tea while waiting for the person I was certain to recognize.

Lots of handsome young men walked by on that summer afternoon, but it wasn’t until one wearing a headband whisked by that my attention was piqued. THAT must be Michael, I thought. He certainly didn't see me, so I called him on the mobile: “Are you the guy who just walked past my table wearing a headband?” It was, and the rest is history.

For the entertaining section of "The Find," Michael and his friends created a memorable indoor tailgate party in his Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, apartment, incorporating many of their unique vintage wares. The images from the party are some of my favorite in the book, and our friendship has grown over the years along with Michael’s cache of his own thrifty finds. His apartment is so full of treasures that he has chosen my Etsy shop to sell off a selection of relics that made their way into the pages of "The Find."

Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll share stories and pictures of these objects right here at The Elegant Thrifter, but until then, click here to visit my Etsy shop to enjoy - and even purchase - the offerings in "TheLiving Estate of Master Michael Quinn."

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


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