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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.

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.

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!

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!

Longing for Summer

What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?

Well, John Steinbeck was not from Ohio, that’s for certain. Being born on the summer solstice wasn’t wasted on me, that’s for certain- I’m a warm weather girl! Blowing snow and below zero temperatures have me longing for all things summer.

Sometimes creative people just need to create for no reason other than the joy of it. That’s what happens when I get together with my good friend and photographer Tricia Whitmer of Tricialee Photography. We both happened to be in Chicago at the same time this summer so we came up with this little garden photoshoot. Enjoy and I hope it warms you up a bit!

Yes, those are homegrown from my sister’s garden.I think Zip is missing summer too! Stay warm and safe out there.

~Debbie

All photography by Tricialee Photography, Creative by Debbie Basnett, Vintage Scout Interiors

TCB down in the ATL

The last 10 days has been a big blur as I jam-packed a ton of things into my trip down to Georgia. A week ago Friday we drove straight to Athens for UGA Homecoming and AXO Parents’ Weekend.

I had the privilege of graduating from Georgia many moons ago and it’s so fun coming back to campus to visit my baby who, I can’t believe it, is a junior. Where does time go?

From there we headed up to Kennesaw for my father-in-law’s 80th birthday. You would never guess he was 80. On his big day (which btw was Veterans’ Day; very fitting since he is a retired Brigadier General) he wanted to golf, water ski and play tennis, all on his birthday. Water skiing in November?

Let me assure you I was the only sane one who did not get in the water. Here are the Basnett boys “warming up” with a little bourbon.

Next on the agenda was The Business of Design Conference. If you are an interior designer and you are not familiar with Kimberley Seldon and Business of Design, I suggest you check it out. I was lucky enough to attend these three priceless days of working on my business with the lovely ladies of Kandrac & Kole.

I am thrilled and a bit overwhelmed at the same time to implement the incredible things I took away from this group. Kimberley’s no-nonsense attitude toward the business side of the business was just what I needed. I came away invigorated and motivated to improve my business model not only for me, but more for my clients. Look for exciting changes at Vintage Scout!

I finally headed back up I75 to Ohio Saturday. Thank goodness for XM radio; I was able to listen to college football the whole drive. So to close out the weekend, hubby and I worked on getting the walls up to create a storage area at the loft.

I still have to paint them, but it will let me finish getting things put away down at Front Street. And yep, that’s a big mess.

Well, I guess that catches you up with me. I’m off to chill out and slow my mind down with a glass of wine and watch some Homeland. Do any of you watch that? We are kind of addicted to a lot of the Showtime series. Let me know if there’s any you might recommend. Maybe we could have a support group.

Have a great Monday! Debbie

 

Think Pink

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since High Point market and I haven’t even filled you in on what I took away as incoming trends. The consensus among designers was that it was a really good market. I think the reason is that there was color, color, and more color! After several seasons of “gray being the new black”, I know I for one, am excited to see some bright yet approachable colors in the next few seasons. The color that really stood out for me in all elements was PINK.

Pillows, walls, rugs, lighting, accessories, artwork and more!

So what are your thoughts on pink? Would you go for a pink wall covering in a room other than a girls’ room? I think pink can be very sophisticated and flattering when the right tone is used and in the right context. If you think you want to go pink, give me a call. I’d love to find the right place for it in your home.

Nobody Said It Was Easy

“Nobody said it was easy. It’s such a shame for us to part. Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be this hard. Oh take me back to the start.” ~ Coldplay, The Scientist

This was the song that came on my run this morning as I turned the corner toward home. Wow. So true. Today is the first day of the new chapter of Vintage Scout, but like the song says, let me take you back to the start.

Vintage Scout is actually the brain child of Dana and our previous business partner, Jean. I think some of you probably remember her. They came up with the concept while living in Germany and hitting all the flea markets in France and Belgium. The girls moved back to the states and Vintage Scout was officially started in 2005. The first location over on Franklin St. began mostly as a retail store with design services on the side. In 2007, Vintage Scout was asked to provide their unique look for a 9000 sq ft Homearama home to take place in 2008. Too big of a task to take on with just the two of them; they approached me to join them. I jumped at the opportunity! I loved these girls and their vision and everything about Vintage Scout. The Homearama led to an abundance of design jobs and all of a sudden we found ourselves a full-fledged, full-time, full-service interior design studio along with the retail store. We managed with the three of us, but when Jean got divorced and moved it became a little more daunting with Dana and myself, but we figured it out and made it work and kept growing the business.

That brings us to a few months ago when we found out Dana’s husband had been offered an awesome job in Nashville. You know the rest of the story. Saturday, we closed the door of the retail store in Centerville for the last time. We’re pretty cleaned out. You all got some amazing; and I mean AMAZING deals on some things. Dana’s been sailing this ship ever since she left port. I’m honored to skipper it for awhile. The door is open for a Vintage Scout Nashville, a pop up shop, or who knows what. The webstore will still be open for business. And design… I need to wrap this blog up as I’ve got so much work to catch up on after spending last week getting the store closed.

But I can’t leave without saying how wonderful our customers are and it’s what we’re going to miss the most about the store. We shared our kids’ college entrance stories with you, heard about pregnancies before even husbands, enjoyed meeting your mothers, were jealous at the travels you told us about, loved on your dogs when you brought them in, admired your shoes, coats, bags and more. We’ll miss you! Stay in touch with us via this blog, our Facebook page or our Instagram. We’re still around; just in a different way.

xoxo, Debbie

Springfield Sadness

This morning I got up early and headed to the Springfield Extravaganza.For those of you not familiar, the Extravaganza is held twice a year on fairgrounds between Dayton and Columbus. It’s a really good flea market/antique show.

Only this time, I was a little sad. We usually head to the September show to do some last minute stocking for our big French French Flea Market. This year would have been our 6th.

You see, we’re not shopping for the brick & mortar store at the moment. If you haven’t heard, Dana is moving to Nashville where her husband relocated with his job. And I’ve come to the realization that I can’t run the store and the design studio by myself. So we’ve come to the very difficult decision to close the retail store here in Dayton, at least for the time being. It took us awhile to even be able to say it out loud or tell anyone. But we’re moving forward with a “change is a good thing, positive attitude”.

Next on our agenda is moving the studio to the new downtown Dayton location in the Front Street Buildings. And we’ll be having a big Bon Voyage sale in a few weeks so stay tuned. The website store remains open and hopefully will expand. In the meantime, we’ll keep Scouting, because that’s what we love to do. I’m sure the sadness will turn back into the giddiness we feel when we load our “wheelie dealie” into the car at the crack of dawn and head out looking for those vintage treasures. In the meantime, the interior design studio is running full force so give us a call, and be sure to let us know if you’ve got your eye out for something special…

Happy 4th of July

You’ve seen some sneak peeks of the photo shoot we styled for Tricialee Photography down at Three Hearts Farm. We are so excited to have some of them on the blog over at The Life and Style Guild for their 4th of July feature! Pop over there and take a look. Here’s a teaser:

Happy Birthday America! And to all you out there, enjoy this celebration of our freedom and stay safe.

~The Scouts

Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere. -Barry Dixon

This morning I decided I would take a little bit of time and get inspired by spending some time going back through my Barry Dixon book.

I had the good fortune to hear Barry speak while I was at Design Camp in Atlanta this past January. I’ll admit, it wasn’t the portion of the conference I was most looking forward to, but afterwards, it was my favorite! Meeting him afterwards for just a few moments, he has an uncanny knack of making you feel like you’ve been friends forever.So impressive to me- his attention to detail and how he uses this for inspiration.The fabric Barry designed for Vervain on the right was inspired by the hay bales on his farm. Cool, right?

But I think the real reason I loved hearing him speak was that he made me feel like I wasn’t crazy. How in the world could Barry Dixon legitimize me, you ask? A simple phrase about having not one, but two clients; one being the human client and the other being the house. Yes, houses speak to designers. They tell us what they want and what they need.

We’re like “house whisperers”.

So even though you probably will never see this blog; Barry Dixon, thank you for your inspiration in more ways than one. You prove my mantra that good things happen to good people.

What is inspiring you at the moment? Where do you go when you need that little jump start?