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Home Ec: Live Like a Maximalist!

Home Ec: How to Live Like a Maximalist!

You’ve heard us talk to multiple organizers and minimalists about creating an edited home- well, today is not one of those days! Today we’re giving a voice to the MAX-imalists out there! The free spirits who love to collect, and live in more eclectic homes. Daniel Mathis, is not a minimalist.

You’ve heard us talk to multiple organizers and minimalists about creating an edited home- well, today is not one of those days! Today we’re giving a voice to the MAX-imalists out there! The free spirits who love to collect, and live in more eclectic homes.

Daniel Mathis, is not a minimalist. He is a collector with a passion for finding treasures. He is also not a professional designer–in fact he’s a lawyer by day–but his passion for decorating in his own vintage maximalist style has lead to multiple magazine features and the creation of his website notaminimalist.com. 

His site and social media are absolutely intriguing, and you will love hearing his tips and tricks for buying and selling unique pieces. 

DANIEL’S TIP FOR DISPLAYING COLLECTIONS:

  • In his home all collections are together. They’re displayed as single installations.

HOW CAN PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM A MAXIMALIST LIFESTYLE:

  • If you get to a place where any hobby interferes with your lifestyle you need to make a change, but for Daniel it’s a part of who he is.
  • It’s so fun for the next generation to go through the things you’ve collected.

TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST TREASURES:

  • Go often.
  • Go anywhere and everywhere.
  • Daniel likes the more eclectic, junky vendors.
  • Estate sales, Ebay, Cherish, 1st Dibs and Etsy.
  • Daniel isn’t a huge fan of garage sales.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE SOMETHING IS THE REAL DEAL?

  • Over time you’ll know the difference in look and feel.
  • For example pottery that was made by hobbyists tends to be a lot thicker and heavier.
  • Research and learn.
  • Pull up Ebay and do a quick search to see what things are going for.
  • With more valuable stuff you can have it appraised.

FUN HACKS FOR DISPLAYING ITEMS:

  • Decorate with things that are insignificant on their own, and then assemble to make a statement.
  • For example, Daniel used a collection as wood clamps in his kitchen.
  • With a gallery wall, Daniel places the big items first to find balance and then fills in with smaller items. Then he strikes more balance with color.
  • He displays his vintage insect pins in old wasp nests. He believes small things need to be grouped together.

HOMEWORK!

  • Find a pair of anything you have in your home, and decide it’s going to become a collection.

FIND DANIEL:

NOT A MINIMALIST BLOG- notaminimalist.com

INSTAGRAM– www.instagram.com/notaminimalist

FACEBOOK– www.facebook.com/notaminimalist

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