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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?

Some Of My Favorite Artists

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I might send you off on a good start to your week with a peek at some fantastic art.

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This, my loves, is the work of Dolan Geiman. Dolan is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from nature and americana. He reuses found materials in many of his pieces. I love following along on his Instagram to see what he is currently working on.  If you are lucky to hit any of the artisan fairs he attends, you can shop in person. Dolan also does commission work for both residential and commercial clients.Great_Plains_Collection_White_Stag_No

His “taxidermy” is awesome!  And before I even knew about Dolan, I had discovered a favorite place in Chicago, Rockit Bar & Grill, completely digging on the interior as well as the burgers. Well, lo and behold the artist was, guess who?

Next on my list of inspiring artists is Jenny Andrews Anderson. I tend to be attracted to art that exudes the personality of the artist and I get that with Jenny. Just check out her blogJAA-High-Plains-DrifterThe. most. lovely. abstracts. JAA-Jelly-Fish copy

And her jellyfish series is genius. For those of you who think anyone can paint an abstract- try it. I’ll just say its a gift. Jenny also does commissions; make sure you stop by her Tumblr and take a look at this one she did for Tommy Hilfiger in NY.

Along the lines of artists with personalities that scream through their work is Ashley Longshore, a pop artist based in New Orleans. Following Ashley is not for the faint of heart- she puts it all out there, profanity and all. But ohhhh, what a joy.Bottle-Fed-ALOn my wish list is to commission her to do a portrait of me.

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She does a wonderfully fun series of Audrey Hepburn paintings. Audrey with random things about her- like maybe a giant goldfish swimming about, or a snow globe coming out of her head. Seriously, check her out.

Lastly I’d like to share the work of Harding Meyer with you.  Brazilian born, but now living in Germany, this artist is known for large scale portraits with a watery quality about them.Harding-Meyer

The eyes; oh how the eyes draw you in. harding-meyer-ohne-titel-(18-2013)

If you scroll back through his Tumblr you’ll get to see video of him painting. There is some time lapse there also; it is so intriguing to see his technique.

The world of art is amazing, isn’t it? I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to some of the coolest art I’ve seen out there. I intend to follow up with a post on some local Dayton artists I love (support your local artisans!) Feel free to share some talent here in the comments with me- I’d love to discover the artists you admire.

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.

Let’s Talk Turkey

If I mention Turkey art, is this what pops into your mind?

Well, think again. There is some fine art out there featuring what we normally think of as our Thanksgiving meal.Monet’s beautiful work, The Turkeys, Chateau Rottembourg, Montgeron

Wenzal’s Portrait of a Turkey. A very handsome gentleman, wouldn’t you say?

Audubon is a classic when it comes to artwork featuring wild birds. Or perhaps something a little out of the ordinary. Etsy is a favorite source of mine for art. This illustration is by The North Country Girl

Would you hang turkey art in your home?

I wish you all a wonderful family filled Thanksgiving

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?

Design Inspiration- Dorothy Draper

The iconic Dorothy Draper was the first to ever establish an Professional Interior Design Company. As women designers and firm owners, we owe a lot to her trailblazing.She was known for her bold designs and mix of bright colors and florals. You usually notice some graphic elements as well.

“I’ll always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.”

Wow- she’s my hero!
Here’s a trivia fact for you: her cousin was a famous designer too- Sister Parish.

One of her most famous commissions is The Greenbrier Resort.It’s been lovingly preserved by her protege, Carleton Varney. He runs Dorothy Draper & Company now. He’s a pretty cool dude in his own right.

She was the anti-minimalist; the nemesis of Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank called her an “inferior desecrator”. Ha! What does he know, his roofs leak.

Her floral fabrics are breathtaking. Here is a vintage piece from Renovation Therapy.

Recognize this? An iconic Dorothy Draper Hollywood Chest found on 1st Dibs.She published this book. Decorating IS fun, but think about hiring a designer (like Vintage Scout).
The influences of her design can be seen in many modern day designers like myself. Think Kelly Wearstler and Miles Redd (my modern day design hero. If you’re reading, Miles, call me.)
“Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.”
Dorothy Draper