We are excited to introduce and feature Michele Stoll Mitchell of April 25th Design and Decor. After marketing and branding award-winning events for fifteen years, Michele’s love of all things fun and fabulous in lifestyle, fashion and design led her to create April 25th Design and Decor.
Today Michele shares some really awesome finds and details how she’s been able to incorporate them in her decorating and design projects.
1. I found these vintage luncheon trays in a resale shop and purchased 21 for $20.00. I hung them on a wall as “art” but I also thought they would be great to use as a headboard in a bedroom.
2. The chairs in the dining room were purchased at a flea market for $25.00 each and are from the 1970’s. I took them home and spray painted them white and kept the original cushions as I thought they still looked cool and had a vibe from that era. I bought new inserts for the cushion covers and I love the mix of the traditional table with the whimsy of the chairs. The chandelier is also from the early 70’s and was found at another flea market for $60.00. I left the color as is, as I liked the patina and look and had it rewired for about $75.00. So, for a total investment of under $150.00, I now own a fun and fabulous chandelier that you won’t see in your neighbor’s house! The semi-antique rug was found at an auction house and was a great bargain for $300.00. I love combining ‘high and low’ items for a wonderful layered and lived in look.
3. The foyer contains an Antique wine basket from France that was purchased at a flea market for $50.00. The table is flanked by two French Provincial chairs and I purchased the set of 6 for $300.00 at an auction. The cowboy painting was a steal that I found at a resale shop for $30.00. I adore the juxtaposition the space has with the formality of the flocked velvet wallpaper against the rustic practicality of the painting.
4. The vanity area contains an Italian Florentine wooden kleenex holder that was $35.00 from a flea market and the tray is probably from the 1960’s and was $20.00 from a second hand shop. I adore the feminine touch that these two pieces create in a small area that makes the space both unique and practical.
Believing that interior design should have a solid grounding in classic principles, yet convey a sense of whimsy, Michele approaches each project with a plan that reflects her client’s unique interests and specific needs. Whether working in a residential or commercial environment, Michele’s goal is to style the space so it will evolve over time without looking dated. A continual pursuit for the fresh and the refreshing encourages the Houston-based designer to mix the traditional with the contemporary, the vintage with the new.
Be sure to check out Michele’s work and website, April 25th Design and Decor.