September 23, 2015

Eddie Ross’s Modern Mix

It was almost exactly six years ago that I drove down to Washington, DC to “spend the weekend” with the stylish and fun Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kocher. They were in DC to do a flea market tour, and fellow blogger, Michele at My Notting Hill, had a small cocktail party for them so they could meet some of the area bloggers. It was such fun to finally put names and faces together and many of us have remained friends.

Fast forward to the news that Eddie is sharing all of the knowledge that we saw first-hand that weekend with everyone in his new book,Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds!IMG_4379

As soon as I got this book, I literally sat down and started reading it page by page, devouring the photographs, the great information and the excellent tips that Eddie and Jaithan wrote. And then the next evening, I did it over again to see what I had missed. This book is jam-packed with fabulous information on a wide range of topics. IMG_4395

The introduction to each chapter is very creatively done, with a half page to announce the chapter, and then a summary of its contents. Very clever!IMG_4381IMG_4383

Eddie and I share a deep love of several things, including unusual silverware, china of all sorts, and lovely linens, all of which are covered in depth in this book. This image is a perfect example of our shared love – I have the same china, and the ivory-handled knife is similar to the type that I collect. IMG_4403And in this image, you can see that his collection of mother-of-pearl handles silverware is very similar to mine!IMG_4386

He discusses not only the collecting of these items, but the care and upkeep of them, too! Eddie shows myriad examples of each item he discussing and tells you what’s good about each, and what to look for when you’re collecting something. IMG_4397IMG_4393Throughout the book, there are fun images from Eddie’s Instagram account, IMG_4385

and tips and hints highlighted by Eddie’s signature tortoise-shell specs. IMG_4391

Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s going to be one of those books that I keep on my shelves and refer back to time and time again. It’s not trendy or flashy, just great information presented beautifully and easily. I know that each time I read through it, I will find new information that’s relevant to me just when I need it. IMG_4401

Congratulations to Eddie and Jaithan on the publication of Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds and for a job well done! I am looking forward to seeing you at the book event in Washington with the old gang from six years ago!


  1. Has it been six years? When is the book event? Can I crash it?

  2. Looks like one of those books you wonder how you ever did without. So happy for him. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a great book - I would expect no less! Like you say this look isn't trendy but REAL - focusing on updating tradition and cool old stuff. What could be better?!

  4. Meg I just adore Eddie and Jaithan! When they came to Kansas City a few years back we had the best time!!

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  5. I can quite understand how this book would have captured your attention wholeheartedly, being as you are a collector of beautiful table objects.

    I recall seeing Eddie on some kind of designer show on television, back in the day when I had one, and he stood out like someone who'd go far due to his talent, passion, and great sense of fun.

  6. I remember when you went! I cannot believe 6 years! Yowzers how time flies!!!

  7. Meg!! Thank you SO much for this. Jaithan and I adore you an the our circle of DC friends. Your positive feedback means the world to us!


  8. Meg, why don't you host a book signing party for Eddie? Richmond is too far away and he sure has many fans here in Baltimore! Just an idea.

  9. I purchased the book, because of your review. It arrived today from Amazon at 2 PM. Finished reading it at 5:30. Thanks for recommending it, text was so - so, photos and inspiration A+.

  10. The book looks very interesting indeed. I must take a closer, personal look. Thank you for recommendation.


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