Mitchell, who believes in collections, has groupings of Danish pottery, chemical glass, and natured-inspired photographs. “I also have a penchant for architectural pieces,” he says. These include a brass and iron French architect’s lamp, a stool in the kitchen, and architectural drawings of boats grouped together on a wall in the TV room. “I bought these drawings for $12 each. They were blue and white, and I had them reverse printed in orange,” says Mitchell. He also filled a long space with 12 photographs, identically framed, to create a gallery hall in the living room.
His home displays treasures that are not too flashy but still impressive. A rare Biedermeier clock—a birthday gift from his sister—and an equally rare Swedish art deco chandelier grace the dining room. A large wooden orb (only one of six made for a Chicago industrialist) has a place of prominence in the living room. However, everything, no matter its provenance, lends a hand in creating the myth of an eternal summer.