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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.

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!

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!

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.