Loving These Lately!

When I’m at my cabin, one of my favorite things to do is catch up on magazines, blogs, and generally get lost virtually exploring beautiful things. I just don’t have time to do that at home or the studio. I thought I’d share with you some of the goodies that have jumped out at me.

Staffordshire Dog

 

Am I so late to the Hayley Sarno lovefest? (Plus she spells her name right)  Ms. Sarno is a former darling of the fashion world- think Ralph, Marc Jacobs, turned illustrator. I want some personalized stationery! This Staffordshire-too cool for school-dog is straight up my alley!

Boy Girl Console

You can’t go wrong with upholstered casegoods. This console by Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture is perfect! Available in any of their fabrics or COM. And the nail head is just icing on the cake.Leland1, Mara Held

The art of Mara Held, a New York based artist creating pattern based abstract paintings.

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I came across the jewelry of Julie Vos while shopping at one of my favorite local boutiques, GAMINE. Love her earrings and bangles- definitely on my wish list.

So, share with me some of the cool things you’re loving these days.

 

Vanitas

Back in art history class, one of the styles of art that intrigued me most was the Vanitas.

Wow, and yes, I am finally doing a blog post. Ok, so back to it…

Vanitas is a category of symbolic works of art that originated with the still-life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries in the Netherlands. It’s distinction is that it dealt with the brevity of life and paintings including symbols of life and death.

Adriaen_van_Utrecht-_Vanitas_-_Still_Life_with_Bouquet_and_SkullNot that I have a fascination with death, but I do like taxidermy, bones & skeletons, and bizarre found elements. So James Jake and I decided to create a Vanitas style real life-still life for my sideboard. After all, Damien Hirst made skulls cool (and expensive!)Hirst skullImage

The toy gun I found buried in my yard here in Dayton. I wonder about the little kid that played with it. The skull from a walk in the woods while looking for my lost cat. (never found him)  Behind the skull is actually a pig tooth- we lived in England for a couple of years in a barn conversion and I found that buried in the yard as well. It sounds like I like to dig in the dirt… gardening, people! The bird’s nests were all found on the ground. And the old silver platter was a flea market find.

I can try to edit all day long and be one of those minimalist people, but I keep going back to what I love- “more is more” and collections are good. Especially those collections that mean something. Do you have any odd collections?

Controversial Art

“Now this looks like a job for me so everybody just follow me
‘Cause we need a little controversy,
‘Cause it feels so empty without me”

You hear artists like their work to create emotion, cause the end user to think, and so on. It sure seems true with artists such as Eminem, Damien Hurst, and even Picasso. Let it be know that I do not think of myself as an artist. However, I did intend our DPVA Show House Girl’s Bedroom to tell a story and to entice the viewer to think.

ThisAli Frazieris the source of the controversy.

Yes, I put it in a girl’s room. Well heck, Ali’s own daughter is a successful boxer. But that’s not why we put it there. We wanted the room to tell a story of a strong, independent girl.Daisies and boxers

Who still had a very feminine side. There are those of us who exist, you know.

The opposite side of the room featured a beautiful, yet non traditional floral print. And we had soft pink accents throughout.

Floral printShow Houses are supposed to let designers push the limits of their own creativity.

Still, we heard plenty of opinions. Some downright rude.

And then there were those few who got it. Immediately smiled upon entering the room, because this photograph was about the first thing you saw. They got the small touches- the Katherine Hepburn book discretely placed on the coffee table, the worn ballet pointe shoes hanging on the closet door. And I whole heartedly thank you for letting us know- your emails and texts meant so much to me and Sarah. Concept statement

So, I’m sorry if you were one of the ones who “didn’t get it”; wondered why our girl’s room wasn’t pink; was shocked by the “violent and sexist” photograph.

Or maybe I’m not.

Because you know what? This was my favorite thing in the space.

StonePeak Ceramics

FullSizeRender 7Last week the Scouts took a field trip to Crossville, TN to visit the StonePeak Ceramics production facility.DSC_3433

We were hosted by StonePeak and our local tile distributor, Mees Distributors. The visit was informative and really interesting.

We saw the tile making process from start…IMG_7852DSC_3387 copyDSC_3450 copyTo finish:DSC_3473 copy

These extra large tiles are from their Plane series. They can be specified as large as 5′ x 10′ . Oh the possibilities!IMG_7928

They actually had a machine called the Atomizer. Reminds me of Marvin the Martian.

StonePeak brings the artistry of Italian tile making and manufacturers it here in the good ole USA. That means lead times are shorter and we actually know what is in the building material we are using, unlike many Chinese made tiles. And price points are great.

We were amazed to learn what a green company StonePeak is. From using recycled materials in their tile to their air cleaning standards, we were impressed how much this company cares.DSC_3390 copyYou know what else was a big surprise to all of us? The ready to ship material is stored outside. The amount of tile was staggering!IMG_7849We got a sneak peak of the new collections. Can’t wait to use this Zebrino somewhere.IMG_7862

We specified the Palazzo series in our Show House hall bathroom we recently completed.HallBathIt was a huge hit with everyone. Read about it here.

A big thank you to StonePeak and Mees for treating us to this opportunity!

Before and After- Hall Bath

Don’t ask me how it happened; it just did. We ended up with not one, not two, but THREE spaces in this year’s DPVA Designer Show House.

Today I’ll show you the before and after of the hall bath. We worked on this space in conjunction with Amanda Cook of Mees Distributors.HallBathBeforeI am a big lover or vintage and original features in a house, but unfortunately, not much could be saved from this bath. The homeowners requested we replace the sinks and the tile was in bad shape. We did find a great company to resurface the bathtub- Baker Refinishing, but other than that we pretty much gutted it. HallBathAnd here is the after in all her glory! The star of the show is the floor which is a StonePeak porcelain tile. The tiles are actually 12×24 believe it or not. Our tile installer did a magnificent job not only creating the illusion of smaller tiles, but working with the incredibly crooked walls. We used an oversized subway tile on the walls for a little more modern look, but it still fits in with the period and style of the house.

We did salvage the original medicine cabinet. The plumbing fixtures were graciously donated by American Standard and WinWholesale of Dayton.

The composite shutters are a perfect solution for a bathroom window. The top and bottom louvers operate independently, providing privacy and still allowing light into the room. We were able to specify a 3-1/2″ louver size since the original windows are nice and deep. Thanks to Lafayette Venetian Blinds for helping us out on those.

I think the space ended up being a show stopper! Don’t miss your last chance to see this room as well as many other designer’s work. If you’re in the Dayton/Cinci/Columbus area, the house is open through tomorrow, May 17th. For more information visit the DPVA website.

I Love Lamp

Brick must be an interior designer at heart because I know how he feels. I really do love lamp. You know how I realized this? Because I spent the last three days with my sister selecting all the lighting for her new home in Ecuador. Well ok, a little more than just lighting, but that was a huge part of it. IMG_7175

When you build a house in Ecuador, it doesn’t come with light fixtures. That’s not such a bad thing as I’m guessing builder grade down there is about as mundane as builder grade around here. So it started when Iss (that’s what I call my sister) heard through the ex-pat network that lighting options basically suck in Ecuador. And I have rubbed off on her, because she is about as big of a lighting snob as I am. So she and her husband have decided to purchase all their fixtures here and ship them with their household goods.IMG_7190After a three day whirlwind trip to Cotacotchi to measure and photograph, we met at my studio this past week to make some decisions. Luckily, our US fixtures will translate down in Ecuador with no adjustments needed. However, the places they put the boxes are sometimes not what I am used to here. And we had to select all pendant/chandeliers due to beams, ceiling heights, etc. Ecuador Lighting compressedHere’s a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous things we selected. The Bling on the top left will be over the dining room table that you see straight in the doorIMG_7177

Everything else kind of stemmed from that. Now our fingers are crossed that the fixtures arrive in time. Because we all know about those lead times on light fixtures…. wink wink- you designers and some of our clients know what I’m talking about.

Have a good week everyone! ~Debbie

Designer Insights on Terrys Fabrics

A few weeks ago I received a request to be featured on Terrys Fabrics blog. They have a section called “Designer Insights” and they have featured some fabulous designers, so I was super excited to be included in this group. The article went online today.

Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics
One of the fun things was selecting my five picks for the season. It was harder than I thought! So take a look at the interview and a few of the things I’m digging right now. Then pop over to the Designer Insights section of Terrys Fabrics and see what other designers are coveting- it’s really inspiring. Thanks for featuring me!

Retrospect and Looking Ahead

January. A time to reflect on the past 365 days and look ahead into the next.

2014 was quite a year for me and Vintage Scout. I officially became the solo Scout and 2014 was the first full year on my own. Closing the storefront and missing a crazy red head didn’t slow down business- the client base continued to grow. I knew I needed help and Someone up above must have also, because two talented individuals just kinda fell in my lap- Julie, who is our organized bookkeeper, and Sarah, who is the first Scout Associate Designer.

The goodies I learned at The Business of Design really began to take root this past year. I implemented much needed systems and a new software program, as well as simplified my pricing structure. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re getting there!Biz-of-Design

In my personal life, we finally ended the 4+ year court battle with my Dad’s wife to keep his dream of a family homestead. cabinThe Simmon Sibs and their families spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Cabin. The love and positive vibes were amazing. My brother, sister and I decided we want the house to be a cross between a Scandinavian cabin and a Southern Lodge- a tribute to our heritage. I’ll be excited to share with you along the way. Which leads me into 2015….

2015- wow. A few things things that lie ahead-

A new Vintage Scout logo and brand. Dana and I freshened it up after Jean left several years ago, so I suppose it’s time for me to do the same. Not only is Sarah a talented interior designer, she is also a highly sought after graphic designer. We have worked hard to come up with a new look that reflects me and what I envision the company to be. Some of you have already had a sneak peek as we have been slowly working it in. The full reveal including a new website should be soon. I can’t wait- I hope you’ll love it!new-logo

I’ll preface that the client I speak of is my sister, but I’ll be working on my first international project. Sissy is moving to Ecuador this year and building a new house. She and I will be traveling there in February for a site visit. Super psyched to say the least!Ecuador-House

More in love than ever with my clients and what they allow me to create for them. I don’t think I need say more other than THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And I can’t go without acknowledging the team that takes the vision to completion- I work with the best.

2015 brings a milestone for me. I will turn… gulp… 50. Oh my God, I said it and admitted it. I pledge to be in the best shape of my adult life on that summer solstice day, both mentally and physically.

Lots of other hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations for this upcoming year. Thanks for coming on this journey with me and I hope 2015 is good to each and everyone of you!

Some Of My Favorite Artists

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I might send you off on a good start to your week with a peek at some fantastic art.

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This, my loves, is the work of Dolan Geiman. Dolan is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from nature and americana. He reuses found materials in many of his pieces. I love following along on his Instagram to see what he is currently working on.  If you are lucky to hit any of the artisan fairs he attends, you can shop in person. Dolan also does commission work for both residential and commercial clients.Great_Plains_Collection_White_Stag_No

His “taxidermy” is awesome!  And before I even knew about Dolan, I had discovered a favorite place in Chicago, Rockit Bar & Grill, completely digging on the interior as well as the burgers. Well, lo and behold the artist was, guess who?

Next on my list of inspiring artists is Jenny Andrews Anderson. I tend to be attracted to art that exudes the personality of the artist and I get that with Jenny. Just check out her blogJAA-High-Plains-DrifterThe. most. lovely. abstracts. JAA-Jelly-Fish copy

And her jellyfish series is genius. For those of you who think anyone can paint an abstract- try it. I’ll just say its a gift. Jenny also does commissions; make sure you stop by her Tumblr and take a look at this one she did for Tommy Hilfiger in NY.

Along the lines of artists with personalities that scream through their work is Ashley Longshore, a pop artist based in New Orleans. Following Ashley is not for the faint of heart- she puts it all out there, profanity and all. But ohhhh, what a joy.Bottle-Fed-ALOn my wish list is to commission her to do a portrait of me.

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She does a wonderfully fun series of Audrey Hepburn paintings. Audrey with random things about her- like maybe a giant goldfish swimming about, or a snow globe coming out of her head. Seriously, check her out.

Lastly I’d like to share the work of Harding Meyer with you.  Brazilian born, but now living in Germany, this artist is known for large scale portraits with a watery quality about them.Harding-Meyer

The eyes; oh how the eyes draw you in. harding-meyer-ohne-titel-(18-2013)

If you scroll back through his Tumblr you’ll get to see video of him painting. There is some time lapse there also; it is so intriguing to see his technique.

The world of art is amazing, isn’t it? I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to some of the coolest art I’ve seen out there. I intend to follow up with a post on some local Dayton artists I love (support your local artisans!) Feel free to share some talent here in the comments with me- I’d love to discover the artists you admire.

High Point Wrap Up

Wow, where does the time go? We’ve been so busy here at Vintage Scout, that it’s been almost a month already since we attended the High Point Furniture Market. Sarah and I came back inspired by all the wonderful new things we saw. Let me share a little of it with you.Bowl

Brass is back whether you want to believe it or not. I love it! It’s not the tacky brass you’re remembering from cheap hardware and light fixtures. Lee_Dining_Chair

The details on this Lee dining chair are fabulous.Lee-Stools

And these fur & lucite stools? GAH!!!!!!Loop-Stools

More stool cuteness.Mitchell-Black

I fell in love with Mitchell Black and their modern way of displaying art. Stanley

Stanley’s new collection inspired by midcentury modern is fantastic! You’ll see brass again here in the desk base.Vanguard-Stool

It was our first time visiting the Vanguard showroom and we were not disappointed.Wearstler-Vis-Comf

If you follow along on Instagram you saw we met Kelly Wearstler. She was at market promoting her new line of lighting and it is amazing! It will be available next summer, and yes, you see brass again.

There was so much more! I always feel like attending market is so important as a designer. It keeps our interiors fresh and evolving. It is motivating and inspiring. It is so important to know what resources are available as each client’s style and taste is different. If you’d like to update your space with the newest and coolest, give us a call- we’d love in inject your home with some of what we saw and experienced.

Cabin Bathroom

Some of you may know we have been in a long battle to honor my Dad’s wishes to keep his beloved mountain cabin as a family retreat. Well, that day has finally come and we now have a wonderful property in the North Georgia mountains for the whole family to enjoy. While the property was empty, there was a water leak that went undetected for some time. Needless to say, we have some renovations that need to happen. One of those spaces is a small bathroom that basically needed gutting. What could be considered a pain in the rear, is a blessing in disguise, as the whole home needs a little updating. These are the inspiration vanities:c0390d2381f96e23c1dc7cade3347096002da70bcaa0 600983d97d520cbaf1f1e1a8beb484f3

The floors in this part of the cabin are 12″ Georgia pine, unstained. They naturally yellow over time. They were in the original cabin and cover the floors, walls, cathedral ceilings, so we will not be messing with those. Even though I’d rather see them less yellow, there is just too much square footage to try to change it.

We will create a pine countertop to match the floors. Here is the sink and faucet combo I’ll use:Cabin sink & faucetThe sink is Kohler and the faucet is Newport Brass. And thinking about these light fixtures:CHD2933AI-CGPossibly this wallpaper from Duro of Sweden:d7d23236cf97f63ac24e677f1596986d

I’ll probably toss in a vintage mirror so I’m on the lookout for the right one. Maybe this one:SAM_0190

Anyone have any wonderful cabin inspiration out there? We’ve got lots of spaces to do and I look forward to sharing the process with you! We are shooting to spend our Thanksgiving holiday there, so I’ve got to get busy.

On another note, we leave this weekend for High Point market. Can’t wait to see what’s new out there. Look for our finds on Instagram. You can find me at @scoutdeb and Sarah at @sargibs Happy Monday everyone!

Meet The Newest Scout

I’m super excited to introduce the newest Scout to you all. Meet Sarah Gibson:s_gibson

Sarah comes to Vintage Scout Interiors with an expansive pedigree of design work. With a background in graphic design and marketing, a minor in art history, and photography skills to boot, I am hoping to glean some knowledge from her.

Sarah and her husband have taken on the renovation of an old farm house and she’s documented the process in her lifestyle blog, Room For Tuesday. Jump on over there, take a look, and I’m sure you’ll see why she’ll fit right in at Vintage Scout.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah to our team!

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