Secrets on Taking it to the Max with Daniel Mathis
As a long-time collector, I discovered many years ago that estate sales and auctions were some of the best places to find that one-of-a-kind piece that might set your space apart from all the rest. Because every sale is different, you never know what you'll discover, and that's part of the mystery and fun!
Lifelong collector, Daniel Mathis, describes his personal aesthetic as maximalist. He loves incorporating collections into his spaces which results in a sophisticated blending of pre-owned items and contemporary pieces creating an eclectic, maximal design style.
image courtesy of Daniel Mathis @notaminimalist
How It All Began
Daniel's interest in pre-owned, vintage and antique items was first seeded by his grandmother.
"My Mississippi grandmother always frequented garage sales while I was growing up, so that was my introduction to pre-owned items," explains Daniel. "Later, when I finished college and moved into my first apartment, estate sales and flea markets were a place to find that bargain item that gave my home some interest without breaking the bank. Now, I'm usually on the hunt for specific items that I collect or to bring home that "surprising something" that just speaks to me."
Daniel's "Secret" Styling & Buying Tips for BRG Newbies
You've heard this before, but it always rings true—if you love it, don't leave it. It will be gone when you return. Because estate sales, auctions, and antique stores often offer one-of-a-kind items, it may be impossible to find another.
To incorporate collections into your space in a way that doesn't overpower or detract, try grouping single collections together rather than scattering them around a room. That way, the collection reads as a single installation and your eye has a place to rest.
Daniel's Guest Curation
1. Set of Three Hand-Colored Bird Engravings by Rev. Francis Orpen Morris (1851-1903, London) (item #174572)
2. Carved Gilt Wood & Gesso Wall Mirror (item #174498)
3. Trio of Colorful Handmade Molas Textiles from Panama (item #174505)
4. Group of Brass Objects (Shelf, Cups, Candlesticks) (item #174440)
5. English Bestlight Adjustable Desk Lamp (item #174475)
6. Abstract Pottery on Custom Stand (item #174467)
7. Rustic Cast Iron Melon Garden Urn (item #174539)
8. American Country Step Back Pine Dresser, ca. 1860-1880 (item #174073)
9. Antique Food Dehydrator, ca. 1890s (item #174484)
10. Antique Oak Console Table (item #174105)
About Daniel Mathis
Daniel is a collector and stylist known for his maximal designs incorporating vintage and antique items in creative and interesting ways. Based in Oklahoma City, Daniel is a long-time and frequent second-hand shopper and can be seen from time to time sharing shopping trips and styling tips in national publications. His penchant for maximalist style is illustrated on his popular Instagram account @notaminimalist where he shares his personal collections and design ideas.
Looking for similar items like the ones in Daniel's curations? Check out some of these categories: Wall Mirror, Dresser or Chest of Drawers, Console Table, Garden Urn, Candlesticks, Bird Art, Textiles, Tapestry, or Tapestries
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