Tip of the Week: Collecting, Designing and Records

Mondays can sure be hectic!

Why not take a few minutes to read something that inspires you or makes you smile? I usually take a few minutes a week to read quotes about collecting, designing and antiquing.

Eli Broad is one interesting and successful entrepreneur. He definitely appreciates the arts and has a way with words. A few of my favourite quotes from Eli are…

  • “The first thing I started collecting was stamps. Until I started discovering girls. That was the end of stamps.”
  • “The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.”
  • “Collecting is more than just buying objects.”

His quotes always teach me a thing or two or provide a new perspective. I can relate to a lot of his business talk. I enjoy how some of his quotes are blunt or straight to the point.

There is yet another man in this world that I can relate to [from a design perspective] and that is Nate Berkus. He seems to heavily promote personal style vs. straight out of a magazine style a.k.a that room looks nice but I sure wouldn’t want to live there. His design style is classic and comfortable in my opinion.

I remember the first time I saw him on Oprah and said to myself – this guy is going to be BIG. I think his interior design style can be put into one word, timeless. His shower curtain is hanging in my bathroom. Yes- there are some things I buy new 😉

I connected with these sentences:

“I believe your home tells a story about who you are and who you aspire to be. We represent ourselves through the things we own. I don’t believe in trends. I believe in collecting things that you connect with. We should surround ourselves with things we care about, that have meaning.” Words well spoken!

Before I go there is nothing like a little music to sooth the soul. “Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.” That is a quote from John Mayall a singer who has more under his belt than just singing. I am not sure I used that phrase correctly but anyway I really took to this quote. I can really relate to it!

I find the more and more I go through boxes of old records at sales the more I get to know about some of the great jazz and blues records. Some of them aren’t even well known or laced with famous people on the covers but when you listen to them they all sound a bit different and make you appreciate sound more and more.

Now time to sing a new tune. What coming to this blog? Vintage style and what’s on my radar as the next BIG vintage thing… it is not a scale this time.

Hope to see you soon!






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