The TEll// By Thrift & Tell

Welcome to THE TELL//BY THRIFT & TELL: a celebration of fashionable women who dress as smart as they shop.

This week’s guest on THE TELL// is interior designer and author Danielle Rollins. As you will see, Danielle is not afraid to mix bold colors and patterns in her interiors, and her closet naturally follows suit. Rather than blindly following trends, Danielle chooses silhouettes that are both timeless and flattering. She believes in buying less and investing in pieces that will stand the test of time, including a 20 plus year old Oscar de La Renta Jacket that she still wears and loves. Like any good T&T woman, Danielle also loves to hunt for special, vintage pieces at auction houses, thrift stores, and antique shops both online and near her home in Florida. If she’s not careful though, she’s going to have a houseguest this winter. I am dying to go thrifting in Palm Beach (it’s supposed to be some of the best in the country!). Thanks to Danielle for her support of T&T and I hope you enjoy!

Danielle Rollins Interview- The Tell by Thrift & Tell

//Your style in 3 words: Classic, Creative, Colorful 

//Staple Outfit: Long caftan or long dress worn with flats —or anything that can be paired with a crisp white tailored shirt!  

//Style Icon(s): Grace Kelly 

//Your First Big Purchase: An Oscar de la Renta embroidered jacket with cloissone buttons in 1998

//Do You Still Have It? Yep! And I still wear it! 

//Best Fashion Advice You Ever Received: Wear what works for your figure, not what’s in fashion.  

//Types of clothing you invest in:  Classic pieces that don’t go in and out of “style”, staples that can serve as background pieces, well made shoes and handbags, good jewelry and accessories.  

//Types of clothing you save on:  T-shirts and swimsuit coverups because I ruin them with sunscreen! 

//Your greatest extravagance: My skincare regimen, but I have never regretted it.

//Brands That Will Stand the Test of Time: Hermes 


//Favorite High Street Brands: J.Crew

//Favorite Designer Brands:  Johanna Ortiz, Chloe 

//Favorite High-Low Brands to Mix: J.Crew

//Favorite Places to Shop Consignment: The Real Real, 1st Dibs, Cabana Vintage and the places in Palm Beach and along South Dixie Highway

//Favorite Places to Consign Your Own Closet: The Real Real or I sell via Instagram for a charity

//Currently Collecting Dust in the Back of your Closet:  My Birkin bags, I love them and pull them out occasionally but I find that I rarely carry them anymore because I feel like they became too much of a status thing and I prefer a more quiet style.  [Editor’s note: Send them my way…I’ll keep them warm for you! xx]

//Your Closet Tried and Trues:  Crisp white shirts, well cut blazers, oversize scarves and a good pair of jeans— they go anywhere! 

//Best investment you ever made in your style:  Ignoring what was “in” or “out”

//Style Choice From Your Past That Haunts You: 1986-90 The look of my high school years were quite comical looking back!  I love when my kids say, “oh that Is so 80’s” about things—if they only had photos!

//Closet From Which You Would Like to Borrow: Keisha Noel of KZ Noel Jewelry but then she lets me! 

//Last Time You Splurged? I bought a great dress for my birthday party—and it was worth it! 

//Currently Saving Your Pennies For: A vintage Verdura bracelet.

//A Deal for the History Books/Your T&T Personal Best: A beautiful Sonia Rykiel ivory wool boucle suit, never worn, that looks like it was made for me, for $50.00 

Danielle Rollins Interview- The Tell by Thrift & Tell

Danielle Rollins Interview- The Tell by Thrift & Tell

//Advice to someone looking to define their own style:  Buy less, but buy better. 

 //Trend you wish would go way?  I am not a fan of the stepped and strangly mangled jean hems. I just don’t understand things that are commercially produced that are contrived.

//You feel great. What are you wearing? My pajamas! 

//Occasions when you splurge: When I feel a little blue, usually and shoes or lipsticks are the best pick me ups!

//Occasions when you save: Art and Antique auctions and estate/thrift sales — I am addicted.

//Most prized possession: My 2 Verdura 20 Buck Bracelets that I can wear as bracelets or wear together as a necklace.

//Home Decor Style:  I like whatever is appropriate to the style of the architecture, period and preferences of the moment! I am the girl that got a place in Palm Beach just so I could decorate it! 

//Favorite place to hunt for home decor: ADAC Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, Miami, Chicago for mid century modern, just wandering around New York because there’s always treasures to be found, or hitting the Paris Flea markets.

//Go-to for unique items, whether it be clothing, accessories, home or art: South Dixie Highway or Scott’s Antique Market 

//Your fashion motto: Never look like you’re trying.

//Your life motto:  Always look like you’re trying! 

Fill in the blank:

//A woman should invest in- good hair color/cut and skin care. //You’re never too old to— do anything you want to do! //A woman can never have too much— independence. //Bury me in- love. // True or False: More is More- True. //Fashion is- FUN. //Style is: forever.

Currently Loving:

//Music: Oscar Peterson and Johnny Hartman 

//Print: I love magazines.  I am a hardcore visual junkie.  

//Food: I want to say something fancy, but in reality it is whatever I can get at Starbucks as much as I work! 

//Drink: Tequila and Fresca 

//Film: Anything Peter Sellers

//TV: Get a Room on Bravo

//Podcast: Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner 

//Instagram Handle: @theoldhousebeautiful

//Designer: Johanna Ortiz

Danielle Rollins Interview- The Tell by Thrift & Tell

Danielle Rollins Interview- The Tell by Thrift & Tell


Author of bestseller Soirée Entertaining with Style, (Rizzoli) with another book expected for release in fall 2019, Danielle is a long time contributing editor for Veranda, and sought-out public speaker who has been featured on national and local television, radio, magazines, newspapers and digital media. She is an outspoken advocate of women’s issues and women’s rights, passionate female entrepreneur who believes in giving back, and a single mother of three children who resides in Atlanta.

Highly sought after among the design industry, Danielle has participated in collaborations with Brunschwig & Fils, de Gournay, Schumacher, Samuel & Sons, Sanderson, Zoffany, Fromental, Pierre Frey, Thibaut and many more of the top design houses in the industry as well as projects with Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. Her contributions to charity showcases have included the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Show House, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Show House & Gardens, ADAC Behind the Windows, and many more.

Danielle has been featured in major magazines, popular digital publications and is a celebrated guest on broadcast networks. Visit our press page to discover interviews, videos and features via Huffington PostVoyageATLCBSVeranda, and One Kings Lane among many others.




Photos used courtesy of Danielle Rollins.