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Loving These Lately!

When I’m at my cabin, one of my favorite things to do is catch up on magazines, blogs, and generally get lost virtually exploring beautiful things. I just don’t have time to do that at home or the studio. I thought I’d share with you some of the goodies that have jumped out at me.

Staffordshire Dog

 

Am I so late to the Hayley Sarno lovefest? (Plus she spells her name right)  Ms. Sarno is a former darling of the fashion world- think Ralph, Marc Jacobs, turned illustrator. I want some personalized stationery! This Staffordshire-too cool for school-dog is straight up my alley!

Boy Girl Console

You can’t go wrong with upholstered casegoods. This console by Mr. & Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture is perfect! Available in any of their fabrics or COM. And the nail head is just icing on the cake.Leland1, Mara Held

The art of Mara Held, a New York based artist creating pattern based abstract paintings.

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I came across the jewelry of Julie Vos while shopping at one of my favorite local boutiques, GAMINE. Love her earrings and bangles- definitely on my wish list.

So, share with me some of the cool things you’re loving these days.

 

Vanitas

Back in art history class, one of the styles of art that intrigued me most was the Vanitas.

Wow, and yes, I am finally doing a blog post. Ok, so back to it…

Vanitas is a category of symbolic works of art that originated with the still-life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries in the Netherlands. It’s distinction is that it dealt with the brevity of life and paintings including symbols of life and death.

Adriaen_van_Utrecht-_Vanitas_-_Still_Life_with_Bouquet_and_SkullNot that I have a fascination with death, but I do like taxidermy, bones & skeletons, and bizarre found elements. So James Jake and I decided to create a Vanitas style real life-still life for my sideboard. After all, Damien Hirst made skulls cool (and expensive!)Hirst skullImage

The toy gun I found buried in my yard here in Dayton. I wonder about the little kid that played with it. The skull from a walk in the woods while looking for my lost cat. (never found him)  Behind the skull is actually a pig tooth- we lived in England for a couple of years in a barn conversion and I found that buried in the yard as well. It sounds like I like to dig in the dirt… gardening, people! The bird’s nests were all found on the ground. And the old silver platter was a flea market find.

I can try to edit all day long and be one of those minimalist people, but I keep going back to what I love- “more is more” and collections are good. Especially those collections that mean something. Do you have any odd collections?

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!

Before and After- Hall Bath

Don’t ask me how it happened; it just did. We ended up with not one, not two, but THREE spaces in this year’s DPVA Designer Show House.

Today I’ll show you the before and after of the hall bath. We worked on this space in conjunction with Amanda Cook of Mees Distributors.HallBathBeforeI am a big lover or vintage and original features in a house, but unfortunately, not much could be saved from this bath. The homeowners requested we replace the sinks and the tile was in bad shape. We did find a great company to resurface the bathtub- Baker Refinishing, but other than that we pretty much gutted it. HallBathAnd here is the after in all her glory! The star of the show is the floor which is a StonePeak porcelain tile. The tiles are actually 12×24 believe it or not. Our tile installer did a magnificent job not only creating the illusion of smaller tiles, but working with the incredibly crooked walls. We used an oversized subway tile on the walls for a little more modern look, but it still fits in with the period and style of the house.

We did salvage the original medicine cabinet. The plumbing fixtures were graciously donated by American Standard and WinWholesale of Dayton.

The composite shutters are a perfect solution for a bathroom window. The top and bottom louvers operate independently, providing privacy and still allowing light into the room. We were able to specify a 3-1/2″ louver size since the original windows are nice and deep. Thanks to Lafayette Venetian Blinds for helping us out on those.

I think the space ended up being a show stopper! Don’t miss your last chance to see this room as well as many other designer’s work. If you’re in the Dayton/Cinci/Columbus area, the house is open through tomorrow, May 17th. For more information visit the DPVA website.

I Love Lamp

Brick must be an interior designer at heart because I know how he feels. I really do love lamp. You know how I realized this? Because I spent the last three days with my sister selecting all the lighting for her new home in Ecuador. Well ok, a little more than just lighting, but that was a huge part of it. IMG_7175

When you build a house in Ecuador, it doesn’t come with light fixtures. That’s not such a bad thing as I’m guessing builder grade down there is about as mundane as builder grade around here. So it started when Iss (that’s what I call my sister) heard through the ex-pat network that lighting options basically suck in Ecuador. And I have rubbed off on her, because she is about as big of a lighting snob as I am. So she and her husband have decided to purchase all their fixtures here and ship them with their household goods.IMG_7190After a three day whirlwind trip to Cotacotchi to measure and photograph, we met at my studio this past week to make some decisions. Luckily, our US fixtures will translate down in Ecuador with no adjustments needed. However, the places they put the boxes are sometimes not what I am used to here. And we had to select all pendant/chandeliers due to beams, ceiling heights, etc. Ecuador Lighting compressedHere’s a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous things we selected. The Bling on the top left will be over the dining room table that you see straight in the doorIMG_7177

Everything else kind of stemmed from that. Now our fingers are crossed that the fixtures arrive in time. Because we all know about those lead times on light fixtures…. wink wink- you designers and some of our clients know what I’m talking about.

Have a good week everyone! ~Debbie

Retrospect and Looking Ahead

January. A time to reflect on the past 365 days and look ahead into the next.

2014 was quite a year for me and Vintage Scout. I officially became the solo Scout and 2014 was the first full year on my own. Closing the storefront and missing a crazy red head didn’t slow down business- the client base continued to grow. I knew I needed help and Someone up above must have also, because two talented individuals just kinda fell in my lap- Julie, who is our organized bookkeeper, and Sarah, who is the first Scout Associate Designer.

The goodies I learned at The Business of Design really began to take root this past year. I implemented much needed systems and a new software program, as well as simplified my pricing structure. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re getting there!Biz-of-Design

In my personal life, we finally ended the 4+ year court battle with my Dad’s wife to keep his dream of a family homestead. cabinThe Simmon Sibs and their families spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Cabin. The love and positive vibes were amazing. My brother, sister and I decided we want the house to be a cross between a Scandinavian cabin and a Southern Lodge- a tribute to our heritage. I’ll be excited to share with you along the way. Which leads me into 2015….

2015- wow. A few things things that lie ahead-

A new Vintage Scout logo and brand. Dana and I freshened it up after Jean left several years ago, so I suppose it’s time for me to do the same. Not only is Sarah a talented interior designer, she is also a highly sought after graphic designer. We have worked hard to come up with a new look that reflects me and what I envision the company to be. Some of you have already had a sneak peek as we have been slowly working it in. The full reveal including a new website should be soon. I can’t wait- I hope you’ll love it!new-logo

I’ll preface that the client I speak of is my sister, but I’ll be working on my first international project. Sissy is moving to Ecuador this year and building a new house. She and I will be traveling there in February for a site visit. Super psyched to say the least!Ecuador-House

More in love than ever with my clients and what they allow me to create for them. I don’t think I need say more other than THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And I can’t go without acknowledging the team that takes the vision to completion- I work with the best.

2015 brings a milestone for me. I will turn… gulp… 50. Oh my God, I said it and admitted it. I pledge to be in the best shape of my adult life on that summer solstice day, both mentally and physically.

Lots of other hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations for this upcoming year. Thanks for coming on this journey with me and I hope 2015 is good to each and everyone of you!

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.

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!

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 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!

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.

 

 

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