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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.


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.


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.

My Christmas Confession

I have a confession to make. I don’t have my shit together. Pardon my French, but it’s true. There is no time like Christmas to make one realize this. I can come up with a million excuses, but it all boils down to priorities and crappy time management.

This is my mantle. No, I haven’t already taken my garland down. This is what it looked like on Christmas Eve when we had company for dinner. No, I am not Jewish. Showing you this picture makes me feel like most people feel posting a picture of themselves with no makeup. It was the first year I didn’t decorate my mantle. Guess what? Santa came anyway.

This is my Christmas tree. It IS still up. I’m surprised it even got put up. The only reason it got decorated was because I paid someone to do it. Seriously.

This is our Christmas card. Despite my good intentions and actually getting my part done on time; they are still not mailed. Because they are not back from the printers. Yep, I made a bad choice on that one.

Yes, I was wrapping gifts on Christmas morning. I have no wreath on my front door or lights in my trees. And God forbid the cute ideas I pinned on my Pinterest board to do this year. I’ll say it again: Christmas showed up on the 25th just like it does every year.

I write this not for your pity, but just in case there are others like me out there. You are not alone. We could have a support group. And wine does help. However, if there are no others, then can someone just put me out of my misery now. Before I start pinning new ideas for next Christmas.

Here’s to good intentions in 2014! Debbie

And the winner is…

Thank you for graciously Sharing Your Scout with us. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how your Vintage Scout treasures look in your home. But there can only be one winner.

Jennifer L. shared this photo of the fleur de lis hooks she snagged at Vintage Scout. She is the lucky winner of her choice of a Delirium Candle or Cucina product.

Don’t let the end of the contest stop you from Sharing Your Scout. We love seeing how our lovlies look when they find new homes. Remember to use the #vintagescout. You can check out what’s new at Vintage Scout by following us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Share Your Scout

December is “Share your Scout” month.

Upload a picture of something you got from Vintage Scout Interiors or a room that the Scouts helped you with or even your favorite thing in our store or website.

Post it to our Facebook page, Tweet it, Instagram it, or Pin it to Pinterest, all with the hashtag #VintageScout .

At the end of the month we’ll randomly select one winner out of those who join in the fun to receive your choice of a Delirium Candle, a Cucina hand soap, or a Savon de Marseille lavender soap.

Don’t forget to include the #VintageScout. That’s how we’ll compile the list. Start sharing today!

A Pallet, One Glove, & Our Vision

Debbie’s take – It all started with a wall that was begging for just a little bit more.  And a landscape delivery.  The boys were going to haul the pallet away, but master photographer, Tricia had a different plan; a vision to take it far beyond its utilitarian means and turn it into a work of ART!

Tricia’s take – Little did ROCKSTAR designer, Debbie Basnett realize that my vision would require her to discover and rely on her inner handyman?  Let there be no denying that there were moments of doubt when her talents couldn’t bail her out of her own panic once the drill bit was stuck in the pallet wood.

Debbie’s take – I WAS NOT GIVING UP…Tricia called her OWN handyman, and I resorted to GOOGLING “how to change a RYOBI drill bit”…neither helped, so last resort, 911 call to my own MacGyver hubby.  I have absolutely no idea what he said, but the only thing I heard was “WEAR THE GLOVE”…OMG, IT WORKED!!!

 Our Dream – BUCKLE UP, Pinterest…there’s NO stopping us now!

Look For It

OK, so last we caught up, the Scouts have come up with a new logo and tagline. We still need our new signage, but we decided if we were going to “get fresh”, our website was the next place to move. Let me let you in on a little secret about our website: I made it on a program I bought for $50 and you can probably tell. Our blog is hosted by Blogspot, and our online “store” is Etsy. Nothing wrong with those two sites- although I’ve had my battles with layout on Blogger (can you hear my frustration???) And I adore Etsy- it’s addictive and a great resource.

Some of you may remember when Design*Sponge launched their consulting branch. To start out, they gave away two free consultations.

From: Grace Bonney [mailto:consulting@designsponge.com]
Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 1:56 PM
To: debbie@vintagescout.com
Subject: You’ve won the Consulting Session!

Hi Debbie,

I’m pleased to inform you that you are the winner of one of the two free Design*Sponge Consulting Sessions.

I can’t wait to work with you.

I’ll be announcing you as one of the winners to the list later today, but I wanted to let you know that when I say Debbie from Ohio, that yes, I am talking about you.


I’ll be emailing you next week to plan and schedule our time together.

Get ready to work!


Grace and AJ were very organized and professional and had some super advice for me. I HIGHLY recommend contacting them to take your design online presence to the next level- whatever that may be. For us, we’re just barely starting out. We’re full time interior designers with a retail store. Not a heck of a lot of time for anything else if you know what I mean. I guess that’s why we’re a full year + forward from that lucky giveaway.

OK, so fast forward and we finally save up enough to contact a local company to help us launch our new site, incorporate lots of D*S Consulting ideas, and an online store. Yes, you heard it right, our online store. We’re psyched! But lordy, this process takes time. We were really hoping our new site would be up and running by now, but currently there is an issue with the shopping cart software. Stay tuned for the big debut.

So anyway, that’s big reason 2 you haven’t seen much of the Scouts online. We have been trying to keep up with quick updates on our Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, so don’t miss us there.

Remember Us?

Hi. Wow. Yes, it’s been awhile. I can’t believe our last blog post was about Valentine’s Day. Imagine us with our fingers in the shape of an “L” on our forehead.

I can’t promise you it won’t happen again. But here’s what we can do… how about three other ways to keep up with what the Scouts are doing?

You can hardly call us Social Media Mavens, but we do our best. We’ve got a little presence on the two big sites, plus another one you’re gonna love.

Almost everyone these days is on Facebook, and the Scouts are no exception. Our FB page is the best place to find out on a day-to-day basis what’s up at the Studio. Your bonus for “liking” us on Facebook- impromtu specials only advertised on Facebook. So scoot on over to our page, like us, and pretty soon there’ll be something in it for you.

Technically, all the Scouts have Twitter pages. Some tweet more than others, so we’ll link you to one and you can go from there. Twitter is a way to get to know the Scouts on a more personal level. Many of our tweets are about design, but here and there you’ll get those other tidbits about random things we like or want to rant about.

Our newest online passion is Pinterest. Have you all heard about it? If not, get on the bandwagon- it’s awesome! Pinterest is a place to collect all those inspiration photos you love, but don’t know how to keep track of them. Kinda like a virtual bulletin board. Currently, Pinterest is by invitation only, so if you’d like an invite, comment that you would on our FB page, and we’ll send one off to you. Scouts Dana and Debbie currently have Pinterest boards and we’d love if you’d follow us.

And we’ll try to be better about blogging more often. Trust me, we’ve got good intentions; enough to pave a road to somewhere. While we’re at it about blogging, what would you like to see us blog about? Projects we’re working on? Stuff in the Studio? Topics other than design? Let us know.

Fondly, Your Friends, The Scouts.