About the Book
In THRIFTY CHIC, I share insights into how, when and where to find your treasures. I touch on cost and how not to spend a lot of money in the process. I discuss how to develop and refine your decorating style and I speak to the pros and cons of reconditioning the pieces that you find; is it worth it. I talk about arranging your new treasures and what it means to “complete” a space. I also let you know where I had the most luck finding my treasures and how much I paid for them.
I discovered two things while writing this book:
1) That you can live quite well without going into debt or spending great sums of money.
2) It is possible to find good, quality designer furniture and accessories through non-traditional venues.
Through both anecdote and photos, I describe the process that I walked through as I acquired wonderful vintage and mid-century modern furniture and accessories for my home. I was able to find quality furniture whose designs, designers, and manufacturers include Eames, Heywood Wakefield, Hans Wegner, Viko Baumritter, and Lane Alta Vista, among others. The great thing about it is that I did not pay anything near designer prices. I acquired everything at a substantial savings compared to retail prices, through shopping mainly at Thrift and Thrift Department Stores, Bazaars and Flea Markets.
THRIFTY CHIC lets the reader know that it really is possible to "live like a million bucks" in your perfect designer space without "breaking the bank"!
Eric M. Woodard graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University in 1989. With a degree in Product Design, he has worked as an Architectural Model Builder, a designer of interior and exterior Architectural Signage and has designed consumer products. In addition, he has obtained a patent for three design features on a series of luxury truck conversions that he also designed. His interest in Mid-Century Modern blossomed during his studies at State and has continued to this day.