"Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I attended Create & Cultivate last month (which I highly recommend to any woman who is in the digital space whether you are a blogger, entrepreneur, photographer, or even just thinking about starting something) and met so many cool, creative and enterprising businesswomen (#ladyboss). One of them was Michelle Qazi, who specializes in selling vintage home decor pieces. Michelle is the epitome of California cool and her chic, personal aesthetic is reflected in her beautifully curated Etsy shop: 6th and Detroit. Personally (like many of you), I am constantly redecorating and have been trying to incorporate in more vintage items, but shopping for the right pieces can be a little intimidating. So, I turned to Michelle for some advice. Michelle launched her Etsy shop in April 2015. The shop is named after her first apartment on (you guessed it) 6th and Detroit in Los Angeles. As a recent college graduate on a Top Ramen budget, she furnished that apartment with vintage treasures from Goodwill and Salvation Army. Over the years her love for vintage shopping grew into her business today. In a very crowded marketplace, Michelle makes her shop stand out by styling her items in creative diverse looks, providing high quality products and presenting stunning photography. Here are some of her tips for buying and decorating with vintage pieces...
PR: What are some of the trends in home design in 2016 that can be accomplished with vintage pieces?
PR: Your pieces are at such an accessible price point. As a shopper, how do you know when you should pay more or less for a piece?
MQ: My favorite piece in my shop right now is this hand painted mirror that has the most amazing color combinations and graphics. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Part art, part mirror. And I can see it hanging in so many different styles of home, it’s definitely one of my most versatile items.