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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?

Scott Antique Market

I was so excited to find out that the Home Furnishings Market here in Atlanta would coincide with a Scott’s weekend. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Scott’s, held every 2nd weekend of the month, is one of the best flea markets in the country. A great designers resource. Last time I was here I saw Paula Deen. (No, I didn’t get a photo. I just smiled at her with that “I’m polite and I’m just gonna let you shop” look; even though I was desperately wanting to know what she was buying and become her best friend and go eat some butter with her. Sorry, I digress…) But I won’t make you all feel that way. Here’s a little look at some of the things I saw and am bringing back to Vintage Scout.

The first thing I saw when I walked up was this wonderful vintage poster from the Paris store, Deyrolle. Deyrolle is THE place for taxidermy and curiosities. Shout out to Fifi, this is specially for you; as I know that is one of your favorite places. It was framed very well, but I passed on it.

There was nothing old about these tables, but I really was drawn to this one. The base is that wrought metal with a rusty finish that you tend to see in garden ornaments. I’d probably paint it or gold leaf it. The top was a beautiful honed & filled limestone. Coffee tables are not very conducive to having in the shop, but I more than likely would have made an exception for this one. Alas, the vendor was gone from his booth and the guy manning it didn’t know the price. Oh well…

I turned a corner and there was this pouting little boy staring up at me. Oh my gosh, he looks like someone just took his favorite toy away. What a face! They always have wonderful vintage paintings at Scott’s. But I had just bought three new pieces of artwork for the store yesterday, so I knew we wouldn’t have wall space for Precious. So instead I bought a vintage Little Lord Fauntleroy book along with some others. Every home should have old books, don’t you agree?

If this pair of vintage Italian plaster mirrors doesn’t go to a client (hanging over matching nightstands) they’ll come back for sale in the store. Gorgeous, right?

It’s well known I love taxidermy. So you know I had to get a shot of this cougar just chillaxin on the sofa. No chance of it coming back to Dayton. It’s also a well known fact that Dana doesn’t love taxidermy as much as I do.

There was a lot of painted furniture. We often like to find our own pieces and then have them painted. However, our painter moved away, our shop is empty, and I have to say, this particular vendor did a great job, so I bought this piece already painted. It’s a smallish three drawer chest with a pull out shelf. The little tray detail along the top back and sides is great. This is a piece that would fit a multitude of places in a home. And if you are in the Dayton area and happen to know someone who would be willing to paint and fix up furniture for us for a REASONABLE fee, give us a call.

All in all it was a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like information on any of the items seen here. Several other little gems will be making their way back to Vintage Scout as well. Stop by next week to see what we have or check the shop here on our site.

 

Day Two- High Point Market

Another fun, successful day, exploring at market. So far, I think this is my favorite find. Acrylic antlers. Hot, hot, hot!

 

We had a little mini love affair at Bobo. Check out this dining table. Also available in round.

 

Planters from reclaimed wood, again from Bobo.

 

We are racking our brains where we can place this sconce from Bobo. It is amazing.

 

This is the kind of taxidermy Dana approves of. We love the bull. Once again, Bobo.

 

We found a great new source for some nice priced chandys and tables. 

 

We noticed a trend toward deep seating. Seems every new chair or sofa sat a little deep for shorties like us. Hi Edith Ann!

 

Removable and repositional temporary wallpaper. Perfect for apartments or those of you afraid to commit.

 

Lots of antiques to look at here. This vintage train seat was really fun.

As soon as we post this, we hop the shuttle for another day of discovery. We come back to the hotel each night completely exhausted, but there is so much to say about the inspiration we draw just from being here. We’re excited to get back to the Store and start designing! Stay tuned…