Category Archives: Artwork

Heroes Often Go Unsung

We sell some great frames at the store and one of the things we like to do is to replace the cheesy fillers the manufacturer includes and pop in something unique. Sometimes we like to have fun with it, like the time we put Sue Sylvester portraits in all the frames; sometimes we create our own art, and other times we use actual family photos of ours. Right now at Vintage Scout, you’ll find some really cool pictures in memory of an amazing man.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hookassian family as they remember the life of a very special man, Vahan Hookassian.

“I’ve learned that goodbyes will always hurt, pictures will never replace having been there, memories forget the hard times, words can never replace feelings, and heroes often go unsung.”

A Pallet, One Glove, & Our Vision

Debbie’s take – It all started with a wall that was begging for just a little bit more.  And a landscape delivery.  The boys were going to haul the pallet away, but master photographer, Tricia had a different plan; a vision to take it far beyond its utilitarian means and turn it into a work of ART!

Tricia’s take – Little did ROCKSTAR designer, Debbie Basnett realize that my vision would require her to discover and rely on her inner handyman?  Let there be no denying that there were moments of doubt when her talents couldn’t bail her out of her own panic once the drill bit was stuck in the pallet wood.

Debbie’s take – I WAS NOT GIVING UP…Tricia called her OWN handyman, and I resorted to GOOGLING “how to change a RYOBI drill bit”…neither helped, so last resort, 911 call to my own MacGyver hubby.  I have absolutely no idea what he said, but the only thing I heard was “WEAR THE GLOVE”…OMG, IT WORKED!!!

 Our Dream – BUCKLE UP, Pinterest…there’s NO stopping us now!

Scott Antique Market

I was so excited to find out that the Home Furnishings Market here in Atlanta would coincide with a Scott’s weekend. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Scott’s, held every 2nd weekend of the month, is one of the best flea markets in the country. A great designers resource. Last time I was here I saw Paula Deen. (No, I didn’t get a photo. I just smiled at her with that “I’m polite and I’m just gonna let you shop” look; even though I was desperately wanting to know what she was buying and become her best friend and go eat some butter with her. Sorry, I digress…) But I won’t make you all feel that way. Here’s a little look at some of the things I saw and am bringing back to Vintage Scout.

The first thing I saw when I walked up was this wonderful vintage poster from the Paris store, Deyrolle. Deyrolle is THE place for taxidermy and curiosities. Shout out to Fifi, this is specially for you; as I know that is one of your favorite places. It was framed very well, but I passed on it.

There was nothing old about these tables, but I really was drawn to this one. The base is that wrought metal with a rusty finish that you tend to see in garden ornaments. I’d probably paint it or gold leaf it. The top was a beautiful honed & filled limestone. Coffee tables are not very conducive to having in the shop, but I more than likely would have made an exception for this one. Alas, the vendor was gone from his booth and the guy manning it didn’t know the price. Oh well…

I turned a corner and there was this pouting little boy staring up at me. Oh my gosh, he looks like someone just took his favorite toy away. What a face! They always have wonderful vintage paintings at Scott’s. But I had just bought three new pieces of artwork for the store yesterday, so I knew we wouldn’t have wall space for Precious. So instead I bought a vintage Little Lord Fauntleroy book along with some others. Every home should have old books, don’t you agree?

If this pair of vintage Italian plaster mirrors doesn’t go to a client (hanging over matching nightstands) they’ll come back for sale in the store. Gorgeous, right?

It’s well known I love taxidermy. So you know I had to get a shot of this cougar just chillaxin on the sofa. No chance of it coming back to Dayton. It’s also a well known fact that Dana doesn’t love taxidermy as much as I do.

There was a lot of painted furniture. We often like to find our own pieces and then have them painted. However, our painter moved away, our shop is empty, and I have to say, this particular vendor did a great job, so I bought this piece already painted. It’s a smallish three drawer chest with a pull out shelf. The little tray detail along the top back and sides is great. This is a piece that would fit a multitude of places in a home. And if you are in the Dayton area and happen to know someone who would be willing to paint and fix up furniture for us for a REASONABLE fee, give us a call.

All in all it was a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like information on any of the items seen here. Several other little gems will be making their way back to Vintage Scout as well. Stop by next week to see what we have or check the shop here on our site.


Atlanta Market

Hi y’all! I’m doing a quick breeze through the Atlanta Home Furnishings Market.


Picking out a few things for the store and finding some goodies for clients. Here’s a little sneak peek of what was out there today.

I love this lamp. Yes, I love lamp. Does anyone else out there feel the same?

What an amazing pattern on this oversized chest. Its 55″ wide and 48″ tall. A statement piece if you have a home for it.

Lots of bling and sparkle. Ooh la la

I’ve got the perfect placement for this bench in mind. Now I’ve just got to make it happen.

There’s more to come, but for now I’ve got to lay my little head down to rest because tomorrow’s another big day. You see it’s off to Scott Antique Market to scout for more treasures. If you see something here you’re interested in, give us a call 937.312.9461 or email for more information. And be sure to visit our website and shop at

PS: Blogging for the first time from my new ipad. Playing with instagram, too. So forgive any boo boos and if you have any helpful hints for me, feel free to leave them in the comments.

St. Lucia’s Day

Happy St. Lucia’s Day everyone!

You all know Dana and I are proud Scandinavian Americans and in honor of our heritage, we thought we’d share the the history behind the celebration with you.

St. Lucy or Lucia is the patron saint of the blind. The story goes that her dying mother was healed and Lucy was so thankful that she devoted her life to helping the poor and was martyred during the Christian persecution.There’s also no insignificance that the name Lucia means light- winter nights are long in Sweden. The holiday is celebrated on December 13th and tradition has it that the eldest daughter in the family would don a crown of candles and a white gown and bring coffee and buns to her parents in bed.

Being the oldest child, I always had delusional dreams of being the St. Lucia in my family. However, of all the Swedish things I was exposed to, a traditional St. Lucia celebration was never one of them. So I guess I shall be left with my fantasy and instead appease myself and you all with some inspirational images of what I like to call “Scandi Chic”. Good lead in, huh?

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I love this reindeer by artist Lisa Congdon. I found it on etsy here.

Taxidermy and a chandelier- what’s not to love? Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Does it get any more Scandinavian than Ikea and Marimekko?

Enjoy your St. Lucia day! If you need help creating your own Scandinavian chic interiors, contact us at Vintage Scout Interiors

It’s Just Paint

“It’s just paint.” Yep, if you’re a client of mine, you’ve heard me say that before. Well I just saw a project by Nicole Cohen of the Sketch42 Blog that drives this phrase home. I’ve got to share it with you.

She painted those Keith Haring-esque walls herself.In her blog about the project, she mentions her back up plan was to paint the walls black if the design went awry. She created this space for a bachelor client and all I can say is WOW! I love the West Elm chandelier she placed over the classic tulip table. I absolutely can’t wait to see the rest of the living room when she finishes that.

In the words of Goose “Gutsiest move I ever saw.” After all… it’s just paint.

If you feel like getting creative but need the nudge or the advice on pulling it all together, drop us a line or give a call; we’d love to work with you.

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

See Jane Shop at Vintage Scout

This is one of the most unique fun things we’ve run into. You know we couldn’t pass them up. Now in the Store:
Dick and Jane Reader dating 1961 teacher’s large size poster pages 19.5” x 20.5”. Each page represents a page in the students’ book so the child could follow along with the teacher or read along out loud. These pages would look great framed. They are double sided which allows you to choose which side to frame. These rare illustrations are not framed or matted to save on shipping and to allow you to choose your own. Or, if you’d like, the Scouts can handle this for you. We have 3 pages. Contact the Store at for more information.

Let’s Go On An Art Hop, Shall We?

I am super excited; I got a painting for my birthday that I had seen a month or so ago and couldn’t stop thinking about. Most of the others who were with me when we first saw the painting thought the work was a bit “dark”. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A young local artist by the name of Ben Norton created something very intriguing to me. It wasn’t unreasonably priced (one of the benis of scouting out new local artists), so when the fam asked me what I might like for my birthday, I just threw it out there. Fast forward to today, and I am taking my baby to the framers!
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This led me to consider a designer’s take on art. I have many clients who ask me to select art for them. It’s one of my least favorite things to do. Art to me is personal and I feel a tremendous pressure to find something they’ll love. It’s almost like a test: how well do you know your client. With that said, here are some Vintage Scout thoughts on selecting art for your home.


Collect art that speaks to you. It can commemorate a special trip or event. It can remind you of someone or trigger a fond memory. You can even select art that evokes a mood that you want to create in a space.

Art doesn’t have to be expensive, but buy the best you can afford. You don’t have to rich to collect art. Case in point: Herb & Dorothy Vogel. He was a mailman and she was a librarian. They collected all different kinds of contemporary art and eventually amassed one of the world’s most prized collections.

Local artists are a great source for reasonably priced art. The art community here in Dayton sponsors a “First Friday” every month where galleries stay open late and create a fun social atmosphere. It was at one of these events I found my treasure. If you don’t live close to events like these, many independent artists sell their work on Etsy. I can spend hours browsing that site for art.

Art doesn’t have to be art in the traditional sense. Vintage maps, signs, and posters can be great focal points. I have a vintage German anatomy chart hanging in my living room. Most common comment: “That’s cool.” Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to mix mediums and styles of art.
Old School Map available for sale at Vintage Scout Interiors.

Framing is important when it comes to art. Sometimes the right frame is no frame; but when it’s not, once again remember the rule, “buy the best you can afford”. Archival framing from a shop that knows what they’re doing is important. Selecting the right frame and mat is tough. Do you match the art or the room? Neutral mats tend to work best in most spaces and complement the art without overpowering it. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, so don’t walk into the framing shop claiming, “But Debbie said…” And what can I say about frame selection? I have been known to spend lots of time making sure I have the perfect frame. (my friends at Centerville Framing can attest to this.) This is definitely an area that your designer can help you with, because you have already done the important work yourself- choosing the art. Now that you’ve gotten to this point, it’s time to hang your art. What? Another decision? Hanging your art improperly can negate all the work you’ve done if it goes awry. Sorry to tell you there is no magic formula for how high to hang a piece. Also make sure to consider the association with other things hanging in the room. It’s OK to admit you’ve made a mistake and move your painting. It’s just a nail hole; that’s why they make spackle and you have leftover paint. Still scared to commit? Lucky for people like you, sometimes leaning and layering pieces is just the right answer, especially on a mantle or above a sideboard; but don’t be afraid of just leaning a piece on the floor. Mirrors are great incorporated into groupings like this. Just make sure whatever you lean is secure. Finally, when in doubt, hire a professional. Remember when I confessed selecting art for clients is not my favorite thing to do? Well, there’s a disclaimer to that. I love shopping along with my clients for art. It’s the perfect combination- I can advise them on the design elements of how the piece will work in their home and they can select what they love. I can handle the framing and hanging of the piece. That kind of team work turns out an amazing room.

Now, armed with the knowledge of the Scouts- go, foray into the world of art shopping. Good luck and most importantly, have fun. Report back to us and let us know what you find. Have you ever hung anything really out of the ordinary? Intriguing minds want to know…

Show House Sneak Peek

Well, the cat, err, the horse, is out of the bag on Vintage Scout’s design for the 2011 Dayton Philharmonic Show House & Gardens. The “Bare Bones” party was held this past Saturday, where patrons get a look at the house in it’s “before” state, and see the designers’ design boards for what it will look like “after”.

Here’s some shots of our space “before”. We have the upstairs hallway.

All the wallpaper will be stripped and the walls will be painted Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

Yep, it’s just a long narrow hallway with a bunch of doors. What’s a Scout to do?

Phenomenal gallery wall, that’s what!

With that in mind, the Scouts always create a “client” for their Show House projects. This year we imagine our client is a chic woman who has a passion for horses and riding. We have a whole story about her in our heads.

One of the difficulties that arises from doing a series of personal photographs in an application like this, is how to make it seem like someone lives there without being too personal. Does that make sense? As cool as our “client” is; she is make-believe after all.

Our dilemma was solved when we met Jennifer Muncy. She is a professional photographer who perfectly captures the excitement of the equestrian world. We are thrilled she agreed to let us display her work.

Make plans to attend the Dayton Philharmonic Show House and Gardens opening May 1st to see the finished Scout space in all its glory. Want a fabulous gallery wall in your own home, but don’t know where to start? Call Vintage Scout Interiors at 937-312-9461 and make an appointment for one of the Scouts to come out and help you figure it out.

A little help from friends and then some

Getting your own house finished is probably one of the biggest challenges for a designer. Either you’re so burned out from making selections for your clients or you can’t decide because you think something better’s out there. Or if you’re like me, you’re just a procrastinator. So yesterday I called fellow Scout Jean to come over and give me a kick in the butt, I mean some direction, on getting my house finished- at least for the moment (you know a designer’s house is never “finished”). We began to tackle the empty wall in my dining room. The large piece in the middle is an enlarged copy of a rejection letter sent by the MOMA to Andy Warhol. The Scouts used it in a dining by design event a few years ago. My family finds it inspirational, however, it was lonely on the wall by itself. Jean suggested I hang some colorful original art around it. Just what it needed. So, to pay Jean for all her design advice, I took her to a new little place in Dayton. Yay for locally owned restaurants!Then I went to vote. How lucky are the Scouts that this is where our polling place is located- a gorgeous old church. That slate roof is to die for.So with the rest of the afternoon ahead of me and not being scheduled in the studio, I decided to go thrift shopping. I scored some awesome things! I did pass up this fur coat, but I couldn’t resist showing you all the tag. The Scouts know some people like that. 🙂

So, besides voting, how did you spend your day? And share some of your best thrift store finds with us.

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