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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!

Designer Insights on Terrys Fabrics

A few weeks ago I received a request to be featured on Terrys Fabrics blog. They have a section called “Designer Insights” and they have featured some fabulous designers, so I was super excited to be included in this group. The article went online today.

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One of the fun things was selecting my five picks for the season. It was harder than I thought! So take a look at the interview and a few of the things I’m digging right now. Then pop over to the Designer Insights section of Terrys Fabrics and see what other designers are coveting- it’s really inspiring. Thanks for featuring me!

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 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.

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.

 

 

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.

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…

Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics. They’re a good thing.

A few days ago I posted this photo to Instagram.

Its not too late to start thinking about jazzing up your outdoor living space. These indoor/outdoor fabrics from Kirkby Design are perfect.

It occurred to me how often I’ve turned to indoor/outdoor fabrics for indoors. They are perfect for sunrooms, family rooms and kids’ spaces. Also known as “high performance” fabrics, they are designed for sun exposure and maximum durability~ so versatile!

Indoor/outdoor fabrics have come a long way in the last few years. Fibers feel more like traditional indoor fabric as opposed to that slick synthetic they used to be. Patterns and colors are more up to date. And more fabric houses are introducing indoor/outdoor fabrics, meaning the choices can be virtually endless.

Kravet’s Soleil Lifestyles Fabric

If you are looking into new upholstered furniture or reupholstering an existing piece, call or email Vintage Scout to discuss what fabrics would be best for your lifestyle and budget. Indoor/outdoor fabric might be right for you.