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These Little Scouts Went To Market

We’re finally home from North Carolina, and barely had a chance to breathe. Here’s the last of our market round up and some of our rants and raves about High Point International Home Furnishings Market

Saw this great photograph of Barbie and Ken. The vendor promised to send us more information on the artist. He does a series of these.

Awesome reproduction sign will be in the studio this December. Other signs included “Drive In” and an arrow. We are also getting a lit Eiffel Tower.

What a fabulous swing arm lamp. We visited one of our favorite vendors, Visual Comfort, to see what was new. Not disappointed! Make sure to call us for your lighting needs; we’ve got the best sources!

This was the feel good story of market. A line called “Goods Made Good”. Goodwill industries of Wisconsin employing people to make construct ah-maz-ing textiles from mens shirting and suiting that didn’t sell at the Goodwill store. We loved it and ordered some pillows for the shop. We know you will love it too!

On to rants and raves: Snaps to the people that put on the market. It was well run and the transportation was timely and dependable. More snaps to the restaurants both in the market and the outlying areas. We had really good meals. And best of all, we met some really great people. It is always fun to network with designers and reps from other parts of the country. OK, now for our rants. Hotels: the consensus is hotels in the area are overpriced and not so great. Just a thought: there are probably several dozen designers who would barter some work for a stay at market. Our other gripe is vendors and reps who think they are just too good for the people they don’t recognize. You have no idea who we are and what we might become someday. Yes, we might write smaller orders than some of the “whoody whos”; but that’s today. Treat everyone with respect. Seriously, what’s the fun of having a blog if you can’t jump on the soap box every now and then?

We are looking forward to new merchandise coming in soon! Stop by soon or if you’re not in the area, check out our new online shop

Day Two- High Point Market

Another fun, successful day, exploring at market. So far, I think this is my favorite find. Acrylic antlers. Hot, hot, hot!

 

We had a little mini love affair at Bobo. Check out this dining table. Also available in round.

 

Planters from reclaimed wood, again from Bobo.

 

We are racking our brains where we can place this sconce from Bobo. It is amazing.

 

This is the kind of taxidermy Dana approves of. We love the bull. Once again, Bobo.

 

We found a great new source for some nice priced chandys and tables. 

 

We noticed a trend toward deep seating. Seems every new chair or sofa sat a little deep for shorties like us. Hi Edith Ann!

 

Removable and repositional temporary wallpaper. Perfect for apartments or those of you afraid to commit.

 

Lots of antiques to look at here. This vintage train seat was really fun.

As soon as we post this, we hop the shuttle for another day of discovery. We come back to the hotel each night completely exhausted, but there is so much to say about the inspiration we draw just from being here. We’re excited to get back to the Store and start designing! Stay tuned…

Our Favorite Market Finds- Day One

Woo Hoo, We’re at High Point this week, home of the largest home furnishings market. Wanted to share some of the fun things we’ve seen so far.

We love this stone table in the foreground of this picture. Indoors or out. In the background is a large basket with French stenciling. It would be a great laundry hamper. Think we’ll be bringing these back to the shop.

Pretty sure you know about our infatuation with Jonathan Adler. Sink your teeth into this shark. Every week can be Shark Week if you had this.

We saw lots of green. And not wimpy green; good green. Like the color of life green. We might be spending some green on some green.

Here’s Dana signing our life away on our new pillow line. Seriously, you will love these linen pillows and poofs. You can design your own with different colors of linen, trim and personalize with a monogram.

There was a chorus of angels singing when I saw this fixture. I believe it may be going over an island in a cabin. True Love!

 

We both immediately thought of Fifi when we saw this moss installation at Natural Curiosites. One of our favorite vendors we saw yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, after dinner and drinks at our upholstery vendor, Lee, we headed back to catch our shuttle to the hotel. An oldie but goodie was playing at the concert series, so we got to hear Starship (sans Grace Slick- so does that really count?) They sounded good and we jammed to some “Find Your Way Back” before actually finding our way back to our hotel and collapsing for the night. Stay tuned for more of the Vintage Scout Market Experience.

Belle Fleur is a 2010 Favorite

We were excited to read that Belle Fleur candles made Elle Decor’s list of “What We Loved in 2010- under $100”. We agree wholeheartedly! Belle Fleur candles are beautifully packaged and come in the most amazing unique scents. Vintage Scout is proud to carry this line of luxury candles. We can’t decide on our favorite scent- Orange Blossom Pomegranate, Figue Noir, Bergamot Cedar… the list goes on.
If you are not familiar with Belle Fleur candles, stop by the Studio and check them out. They make a wonderful hostess gift. Besides the wonderful scent inside- the box they come in is so beautiful, you don’t even need to wrap it.
We currently have six scents available at $48, as well as room fragrance sprays. Call or email the Studio for more information. 937-312-9461 or info@vintagescout.com

Western Springs Living Room

For awhile now, I’ve mentioned on and off about working on my sister’s living room. Her home is in the Chicago ‘burbs and by chance I have a dear friend from high school who lives there as well and just happens to be an amazing photographer- Tricia from TriciaLee Photography. Score! A chance to have the first professional photos done of one of my spaces. So now is the time I get to share them with you, along with some insight on one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever worked on.
The room started out with a mish-mash of furniture from a partial overhaul a few years ago on a tight budget. Toss in an antique Duncan Phyfe sofa (can you say uncomfortable?), a giant television armoire, and some dark walls and you had a room screaming for mercy.
The job began with my sister making a quick trip to my studio in Dayton for some preliminary planning and scouting, and before we knew it, she had decided to take the plunge on a real statement piece- an amazing indigo sofa/chaise sectional. From there I was lucky and privileged enough to have them say, “We just want you to do it.” Sometimes those can be a designer’s favorite words, and sometimes they can be a nightmare. Thankfully, with my sister, they were an honor and she really meant it. I had pretty much full reign to do whatever I wanted. Of course being a professional, I took the wants and needs of the client first and foremost. Comfortable seating, privacy, and their three animals all were big factors, as well as I knew they wanted to lighten it up and have a fun, casual space.

First things first; my brother-in-law wanted a wall mounted television. I told him to shop for it first and we’d work around it- boys will be boys you know. I didn’t have to work hard to sell him on the idea of a vintage piece to house the A/V equipment. Our original idea was to use an old radio/turntable console, but after striking out there a few times, we headed over to one of my favorite shops, White Attic in Andersonville. Bingo! We found the perfect-sized mid century credenza and quickly brought it home with us.

Back to that statement piece- the sofa. We chose a substantial well-made custom sofa, although the scale of the piece doesn’t read oversized. The fabric is Crypton™ microfiber, able to withstand Dave and the animals; and bonus- it was reasonably priced. The pillows are a mix of custom (sticker shock for my sister), TJ Maxx bargains, and vintage needlework.

The only existing piece we used in the space was the leather club chair. It had just started getting to that wonderful aged leather point and I didn’t want to toss it. Instead we updated it with the sheepskin ottoman and the darling throw.

We lightened up the room by using Ballet White by Ben Moore on the walls and using a bright and fun thomaspaul fabric for the window panels. The inside mount roman shades provide privacy without darkening the room. The zig zag rug from West Elm grounds the room without being too dark; it’s probably one of my favorite things in the space.

And finally, no outfit is complete without jewelry, and that’s how I look at the accessories of a room. An original oil hangs over the fireplace flanked by inexpensive glass pieces. The subway art is original as well- no reproductions here- they’re from New York probably dating to the 30’s. Vintage miniature bowling pins are such a fun addition to the large coffee table. My sister found them years ago at Sandwich Flea Market. The fresh flowers are from her back yard, quickly picked that morning right before the shoot. Nice, huh?

The finished product is something that they are very happy with and I’m proud of, as well as a little jealous, too. It’s true what they say about the cobbler’s children: they’re the ones without shoes. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone; my living room is unfinished.

photo credits: 1,3-7: TriciaLee Photography; 2: designer’s own

Think Green

Or blue, or brown, or red: transferware that is! Forget paper plates at your next dinner al fresco. Go for the real deal. Place vintage plates – and yes, please DO mix and match patterns and colors – in a crate or basket for guests to use at the buffet table. Not only will you be saving a tree, but vintage pieces are the ultimate in recycling. Vintage transferware can be found at lots of places and for reasonable prices: brick and mortar stores, like Vintage Scout; flea markets; Ebay and Etsy. Try adding in vintage glassware and silverplate, too, for a fun and fabulous table.
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Cavallini Wall Calendars

Cavallini calendars are eagerly anticipated each year by collectors and those who appreciate having these beautiful images grace their walls.

The calendars are finely printed on ivory laid paper stock and perfect for framing.The Scouts have selected four of their favorite styles to bring to you and they have just arrived at the Studio. They don’t last long, so don’t wait until the end of 2010 to get yours. The calendars measure 13.5″ x 19″ and at $21.95 for 12 gorgeous images; they are a fantastic value for art.