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!

Light Fixtures

There are very few rules I follow in my design process. One of them is when it comes to lighting, don’t skimp. Light fixtures are one of those things where you get what you pay for.

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Here are a few we just specified for a special someone who just happens to be a curly red haired girl moving to Nashville. These gorgeous pieces paired with some vintage finds will make Dana’s home the envy of Franklin.

It’s no lie, at Vintage Scout we’re all about good light fixtures. Call us to update, upgrade, or just freshen up yours.

Front Door Colors

I am not a huge practitioner of Feng Shui in my design, although there are certain things I make sure to take into consideration. Living here in the heart of the midwest, clients tend to look at you kinda funny when you mention that sort of thing. One thing I had not considered, but popped up on my radar (via Elle Decor) this morning, is what Feng Shui says about your front door color. Tis the season we get requests to help select exterior colors, so I thought I’d read up on this one.

In the same way it’s obvious that the front door says “welcome to my home”, the front door is also the gateway to good Chi- or Energy- entering your home. We all want good chi to enter our house, right? The proper feng shui colors attract the good chi. And the best choice of color is determined by the direction your front door faces.

If your door faces east or southeast, you should have a natural wood front door. Green or brown paint would suffice also.

South facing doors should be red.

The reason? South is the only direction that contains the fire component. If your door faces southwest, strong yellows or oranges would work well.

If your door faces west, you have permission to go metallic! White and gray are also good choices.

North facing doors should be dark; blue and black and appropriate colors.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Kinda like “there are no rules in decorating”. But if you are having a hard time trying to select a new front door color, these guidelines can be a great place to start. And as always, a call to a designer can save you some time and money here.

 

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Three Fridays ago I took the day off, took too long to pack as usual, and hit I-75 North. Yes, you read that correctly- north. Seems like most road trips of mine involve 75 southbound, but for some reason, two girlfriends of mine talked me into something different. Over Facebook and a couple glasses of wine, three high school friends decided to road trip to Detroit, Michigan to see Cher in concert. We had the whole weekend and luckily my friends are adventurous like me, so that’s how I ended up at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Did you know this Detroit museum has one of the top six collections in the country? I didn’t, but think about all the old automotive money in that town and it starts to make sense. It was a truly diverse collection of just about everything from old masters to contemporary. I was really impressed.

I highly recommend a trip to this world class treasure in of all places Detroit, before it might be too late. Have you heard the rumors this collection or at least part of it may be auctioned off to save the city from bankruptcy? I’m not even going to get on my soap box here, but if Detroit is a dying city, you might as well stick a fork in it if they lose their museum. It would be such a shame to have these incredible works more than likely go to private collectors where they would never be seen by the public again. I hope they find a way to avoid selling these pieces.

And in case you were wondering, Cher was great in concert. Her opening act was Pat Benetar- bonus! Both ladies sounded great and put on awesome shows. Cheers to my fun girlfriends and to our next out-of-the-ordinary weekend!

The Rookwood Pottery Company

Lately I’ve had an infatuation with Rookwood Pottery, a Cincinnati Art Tile Company that is more than 100 years old. It began during a consultation on a bathroom renovation for a 1930’s Tudor Revival. The original tile in the bathroom was fantastic, but sadly not salvageable.

We desperately wanted to find a tile with as much personality as what we had to replace. I was familiar with The Rookwood Pottery and knew that there were several houses in the area with original Rookwood tile from back in the heyday. That lead me on a day trip down to Cincinnati to visit the showroom and factory.I was smitten! Such craftsmanship.And they have a shop dog? Sold!So after lots of deliberation and budgeting, we came up with this palette:

I just love working with clients who are willing to go for what they love. This is going to be the most adorable kids’ bath.

Now, imagine my joy when I discovered the 21C Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, where we were staying that very evening to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, featured Rookwood in their guest bathrooms. I soon found out it wasn’t the Rookwood I expected.

Check out this link from Interior Design Magazine describing the project, but in a nutshell, each guest bathroom features six custom made Rookwood tiles mimicking human body parts like noses, ears, breasts, etc. Don’t worry, it’s very tastefully done. And isn’t the rubber ducky a cute touch in the shower? BTW- I highly recommend this hotel- such a unique place to stay.

If you appreciate unique, hand craftsmanship and are considering using historic tile in your project, take a look at Rookwood and give us a call at Vintage Scout, we’d love to work with you.

Paint It Black

I hope you all are already following me on Instagram, but in case you’re not, let me introduce you to the honorary Scouts I have been working with the last couple of weeks:

Meet Danny, Jake, and Merry. You may have deduced that Jake is my son. Danny is one of his college roommates. And Merry, well, she’s the furry one. At least two of them are creative types like me, so I roped them in to helping me with a fundraiser I’ve been involved with for sometime now.

Enter the RED Table Design Gala. It’s a bi-annual fundraiser for the ARC Ohio and this is our fourth time participating. Remember the bread Eiffel Tower from two years ago? This year’s theme was “Rock ‘n RED Hall of Fame” and among table themes we considered were Def Leppard and Aerosmith’s Dream On; however, we finally decided upon The Rolling Stones Paint It Black.

Danny & Jake hit every thrift store in town searching for random items that we could paint black, of course. Take a look at some of the common and obscure things we chose to include.

Once again hot glue played a big role and we attached the items to a frame the boys crafted out of foam core. The centerpiece ended up being five feet tall after attaching it to a stand we built so that the guests at the table could see each other. The “wet paint” was created after much experimentation with more hot glue and some gloss black spray paint. The finished sculpture ended up being a hit with all the guests, and the sponsors of our table, the Buckingham Financial Group, were treated with wax “Mick Jagger” lips and Rockstar glasses for fun party favors.

We were able to attend the Preview Party held the night before the event to see all the finished tables. Congratulations to all the table designers on jobs well done and the volunteers who organized this fantastic party.

And a major shout out to Danny and Jake. I couldn’t have done it without y’all. I’ll keep you updated with the total funds raised, but I believe they exceeded the half million dollar mark again!

All Light Is Not Created Equal

If you keep up with me on any of the social networks, you know I’m in the midst of my own renovation. And you know my struggle with selecting my own finishes. So, treating myself like a client, I said, “Self, you know you need to get those paint colors on the wall. And not just in one spot, you need to see it in a few different places.” 

You see, all light is not created equal. Shadows, time of day, reflections off other surfaces, all affect paint color. You need to see it in the middle of the wall, in a corner, next to trim, etc, to know if it’s going to work for you. And still then there’s no guarantees.Well, the winner for my master is Benjamin Moore Collingwood. It was not even a front runner for me while I was looking at paper chips. Just goes to show, test your paint on your wall or paint a large poster board to hold up. And remember that a paint color in a magazine or on a computer monitor is not going to look like that on your wall. It might be a place to start, but let’s face it, RGB is not equal to CMYK either.

Another factor to consider when selecting paint color is Light Reflectance Value, or LRV. This is the percentage of light reflected back into the room. Zero is true black and 100% is true white. Every manmade color is somewhere in between. We often hear complaints of “this room is always so dark. I want to add some light.” Well, if your red walls are an 8%LRV, you can add all the lamps in the world and your room is still going to be dark. And even dark yellow is going to have a high LRV.

Although there are many technical and theory based factors in selecting paint color, there is no magic formula. Some people are better at it than others. If you remember Dana, I call her the “color guru”; she has the gift. What you can do is increase your odds of selecting the right color the first time. First of all: do not pick a chip in the paint store and go ahead and buy all your paint without at least looking at the paper chip in your house. Paint stores make it easy these days; you can purchase inexpensive testers from most of them so you can try them first. Second of all, call in the professionals if need be. Designers and color consultants are educated in color theory and can come to your house and offer suggestions.

I’m always telling my clients “It’s just paint”. Once again, I guess I need to talk to myself like that and finish selecting my colors! How about you? If you’re a designer, do you have a tough time selecting for yourself? Or anyone out there have any good paint nightmare stories they’d like to share?

Renovating My Master Suite

I am in the middle of a full scale renovation of my master suite. We have been putting it off for years, saying its not the right time or we don’t have the money. Well, its never the right time and the money- you know that story- so I just bit the bullet and told my contractor to put me on the books.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it, renovations are tough. Everyday life becomes disrupted and then there’s the mess… drywall dust for days. The budget stretches, scope creep occurs, and something unexpected always happens. The worst part? All the decisions! Why did I do this to myself? I know the answer to that question and it’s what I continually reassure my clients in the middle of their projects: it’s going to be worth it to walk into that gorgeous new bath, actually have a place to hang my clothes, and the space I’m gonna have in that king size bed!

In the meantime; the dust, the decisions and the constant stream of contractors in the house are keeping me humble. I can’t wait to share the process with you, both in my house via the blog and your house as your design advocate.