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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.

 

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!

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.

It’s Just Paint

“It’s just paint.” Yep, if you’re a client of mine, you’ve heard me say that before. Well I just saw a project by Nicole Cohen of the Sketch42 Blog that drives this phrase home. I’ve got to share it with you.

She painted those Keith Haring-esque walls herself.In her blog about the project, she mentions her back up plan was to paint the walls black if the design went awry. She created this space for a bachelor client and all I can say is WOW! I love the West Elm chandelier she placed over the classic tulip table. I absolutely can’t wait to see the rest of the living room when she finishes that.

In the words of Goose “Gutsiest move I ever saw.” After all… it’s just paint.

If you feel like getting creative but need the nudge or the advice on pulling it all together, drop us a line or give a call; we’d love to work with you.

Complete Saturday Shop Randomness

Hi everyone, Scout Debbie here. Here in the Studio, we take turns being the shop girl on Saturdays so we can each occasionally enjoy a weekend away from work. I’m sure you have deduced, it’s my turn this week. There’s been a lot going on at Vintage Scout, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to ramble on and try to fill you in. 

Since spring is desperately trying to make it’s debut here in Dayton, we thought we’d help it along by doing some spring cleaning. We had an ulterior motive, but more about that later.

We even freshened up the paint! So come on sunshine and warm weather- the Scouts are ready for you!

Since we had everything pulled out, we needed to liven our windows as well. We put our intern, Yoko, on that task and she did a wonderful vignette.

Kind of Harry Potter inspired, don’t you think?

Hey, we’re ready for the Royal wedding, are you?

Well, here’s the real reason behind our fluffing up the shop…

We had talented photographer, Tracy Abston, in to shoot some photos of our studio for our new website which should hopefully be up and running by May. We met Tracy on our Marie Antoinette photo shoot and were thoroughly impressed by her work. Pictures by Tracy

Some quick photos of the shop in all it’s new glory.

We took a chance and pulled the vintage Coleman mansion cabinets out of their corners.

A whole table full of our vintage silver and glass. We are excited for flea market season to start to scout for more.

Our ever popular Soy Vey candles- new ones just in. We love displaying them on this stand made from old tobacco lathe strips.

It’s now 3:00 and time to close the studio for the rest of the weekend. Thank you for putting up with the randomness of this Saturday afternoon blog. Scout Debbie signing off.