Hello! My name is mithra.
I’m obsessed with antiquing and will dig through trash, especially French trash
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 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.
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.