Hello! My name is mithra. 


I’m obsessed with antiquing and will dig through trash, especially French trash

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I'm an interiors stylist, which is a fancy way of saying I’m a tszujer. You know, a fluffer of pillows, an arranger of candlesticks, a hanger of collages. People pay me money to do this work, and honestly, I’m very very good at it. Your home is your castle until it’s your Grey Gardens.

I sell vintage and antiques in my online shop, Finder Not Keeper. I also offer my wares at Past Basket, the prettiest home decor store in Milwaukee.

I don’t sell the best of what I find. It is beautifully organized in an accessory closet that would make Iris Apfel cry. I hoard dishes and tiny brass animals. My sons live in apartments well-outfitted with all the great things I’ve been gifting them since they were eight. They are only beginning to appreciate my foresight.

 

i know a lot of cool women whose stories will enchant you

I travel a lot and have a knack for finding interesting women. (Another kind of antiquing, I guess.) I befriend these women and convince them to let me profile them here, on the blog. Then, I art direct the photo shoot, conceiving wildly ambitious sets and costumes, which eventually get scaled back to normal non-Annie Leibowitz levels even though I have a husband who is willing to help me with ANYTHING. 

 

I express strong opinions on boys and books.

I'm a recovering know-it-all mother of four sons. Back in 2014, as my house gradually emptied of children like a slow leak in a tire, I started this blog because I needed to be something besides a mother. Turns out, I was daring myself to write publicly. To hit 'publish' on a weekly basis. To be accountable to an audience. This has been a very valuable exercise.

I'm a voracious reader. I used to work in the fiction room of a library. I ran a book group for years. I write gooey fan letters to authors -- Ann Patchett, Michael Perry, Elinor Lipman, for example. (But not Jonathan Franzen, even though I love him.) Book recs are a regular feature on this blog.  

 

if you are a procrastinator, this is your home.

Which brings me to my last skill. Actually, it's a gift. I'm a world class procrastinator. And if you subscribe to this blog, you will reap the benefits from my daily avoidance-of-work routine. I send out links to the best writing, funny memes, even the best Ebay and Etsy finds that I come across in the vast reaches of the Internet. You're welcome. 

Thank you for reading all the way to here! As a token of appreciation, here's my favorite cookie recipe. And please, if you have a comment or a question, get in touch.  

 

Photo of me in Paris (top) by Carla Coulson. Other photos by Renn Kuhnen. 

 

 

P.S. About the name. It's Persian, pronounced mee-thra. I used to wish my name was Elizabeth or Kitty - any of the Jane Austen characters, actually. Of course I've grown to appreciate my unique name. People remember it, which is helpful in this blogging business.