What's Happening At The Studio

The Scouts share what's inspiring them at the moment, along with what's going on in the studio.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you! The Studio will be closed on Monday, May 31st, so that the Scouts can celebrate the unofficial start of summer. The Studio will reopen as usual, Tuesday morning, June 1st at 10am.
thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the great photo

Thursday, May 27, 2010

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. He 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). We see influences of her design 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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Amy Butler Rugs

We love Columbus artist and textile designer, Amy Butler. We are proud to be a retailer for her amazing rugs.The graphic designs are perfect for adding a touch of color or playfulness to your home.
Stop by the studio to see what rugs we have in stock. The Scouts are happy to help you select the perfect size and pattern to update your room for summer. Think HAPPY!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Plantation Shutters

We love plantation shutters! Always a classic. They look great in colors other than white. Love the gray ones above, and the dark room below- wow- drama!
They work with traditional and modern interiors.
Frank Roop
More color below- are they navy or is it just the lighting? If so, wow!
photo from Rod Mickley
They are a perfect solution for French Doors.And as beautiful as windows over tubs are, many times its not practical from a privacy standpoint. Shutters are a beautiful choice to maintain the lovely, but keep peeping toms out. If you're worried about humidity+wood, they also come in some really good composites that are a smart choice for bathrooms or kitchens.
photo from Rod Mickely
They provide great light control as well because their louvers can be manipulated up or down, so they make great window treatments for bedrooms.
above two photos from House of Turquoise
Best of all, shutters are a great home improvement since they can increase the value of your home. If you are interested in shutters for your home, give us a call at the Studio 937-312-9461. If you are in the Dayton/Cinci/Columbus area, one of the Scouts can come out and take a look and show you lots of possibilities for your windows. Live somewhere else? Shoot us an email and we can let you know about our e-design process.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

The Scouts wish all the Moms out there a very Happy Mothers Day! In honor of this most revered day, we share some of our favorite TV moms.
And a special Mothers' Day shout out to Norma Jean, Martha, and Cathy. We love our Moms!