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.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Boing Boing Boing

One of the things I love about the blogs I follow is when I feel like I know the writer. I can hear their voice in my head and I know if we ever met, we'd hit it off immediately! One of these is Jamie from Furbish Studio in Raleigh, NC, and the blog I Suwannee. She recently posted a blog about owning a store and it hit so close to home, I emailed her and asked her if I could share it. I don't know if I could say it any better. So without further ado, but with comments in red from me:
how is it having a store? well. it's wonderful. i am doing WHAT I WANT TO DO. that's pretty remarkable. i have no crazy boss screaming at me and having unprovoked mood swings. Unless you count me or one of the other Scouts i don't have to ask anyone if i need to leave early. i don't have to go on wild goose chases, i'm allowed to tell people if they are being unreasonable, i pick who i want to as co-workers, i determine what i think is fair and i am proud of what i'm offering. i work hard. everyday. i keep working when i get home at night. since what i 'do' is also my biggest hobby now, it never ends. after spending the day looking at fabrics and blogs for inspiration and helping clients and ordering things for the store and painting furniture, i come home and look at magazines and walk around our neighborhood at night time peering in people's windows from the street for inspiration. I am so glad to know someone else does this i search for interesting vintage furniture, i clip out merchandise i want for the store, i meet with design clients at night, i go over numbers again and again to make sure i can pay my taxes and take pictures of what we're eating for dinner so i have something to talk to yal about. and then i paint furniture again. i don't make much money. i'd like to one day. the key is diversifying. retail alone will NOT do it. it's about the store. and the decorating. and the custom furniture. and painting furniture for customers. and the blog. and advertisers. and e-decorating. and selling fabric. and having an online store. and one day, a scent, a china pattern and a line of dog beds. if i had kids, i don't see how i could do this. i also could not do it without a few really important people who i count on each and every day: keila the intern who makes it all happen and buys me kimonos, david the painter/cobbler/lamp maker who thinks he's hamish bowles, my mom who always shows up with a new mirror, my accountant, deanna who brings me lunch and unloads furniture, lauren brings me coffee and funny stories, caroline helps me remember to stay classy, and rowdy who at the very least gets me outside every few hours - but at the very most is dog perfection. and brian meares, who comes in the store every now and then and says, 'wow, furbish is real'. Three of us Scouts have kids and it does make it tricky to balance. However the people we couldn't do it without are each other and the Scout husbands. Hopefully one day, we'll have other staff. it's a risk. every day you have to keep taking them. will people buy this? should i order more? try something different? is this too expensive? is this too cheap? should i paint these chairs blue and cover them in crazy fabric? will people buy them or tell me it's awful? it's not vegas. you can't cash out when you're up. you have to spend money to make money, and that's scary. and then when you make it, you have to pay 37% of it to the gov't. so one day the bank acct is all dolla dolla bill$ and the next day, nada. i get lots of emails from people wanting advice, and for me to share my story. i'm not ignoring you - i just don't physically have the brain power or time to answer every email. i get excited when something sells, or i get a new client, or finish a project i'm proud of, but then you have to go right back to making it all happen. it's a jump. a leap of a faith. every day. boing boing. but it's worth it.
Jamie's store looks so cool, I can't wait to visit it one day. Little does she know, but she's got some Scout stalkers who are inspired by her website and what she offers. Thank you Jamie, for saying what The Scouts and probably many other small design business owners are feeling everyday.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Selecting and Displaying Art in Your Home

Vintage Scout Interiors is pleased to present “Selecting and Displaying Art in Your Home” as part of the event series at the DPVA 10 Days of Design at the Designers’ Show House & Gardens.
Our presentation will be Thursday, June 24, at 3 p.m. and then again at 6 p.m. In conjunction with our information session, we will be joined by one of our art vendors from 3 to 8 that evening with original paintings for sale. Framing will be available as well, and you can take your treasure home with you that day. Sizes of the paintings range from 8 by 10 inches to 36 by 48 inches. Many different subjects and styles, from traditional landscapes to modern abstracts, will be represented. The Scouts will be available during that time to help you with your selections. Feel free to bring photos of your rooms for design advice. Please call the Studio at 937.312.9461, or email us at info@vintagescout.com for more details.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Scouting in Seattle

Grunge music. Coffee. Seafood. Yep, we're talking about Seattle. Scouts Dana and Jean jetsetted off to celebrate their birthdays in this city of gorgeous mountain and water views, and in true Scout fashion, discovered some fabulous finds. They scouted out two incredibly eclectic boutiques in the unlikely area of Georgetown, just south of downtown Seattle, that should be on your "must see" list next time you are in this Pacific Northwest city. Don't let the industrial area fool you, these shops are worth the quick taxi ride from the Chinatown-International District. Conveniently located next to one another, Great Stuff and Susan Wheeler Home are both chock full of some of the most interesting vintage finds we have seen in a long time.Gracious shop owner Susan Wheeler opened her boutique last fall and has clients from all over who demand the type of unique and unusual items that she very carefully selects for her shop, Susan Wheeler Home, located at 5515 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA.Great Stuff is right next door at 5517 Airport Way S., where friendly proprietor Kirk H. Albert, jokingly calls his finds "mantiques". They definitely appealed to Scouts Jean and Dana as well! Check them out for yourself at http://www.greatstuffseattle.com/ if you're not heading to Seattle any time soon. You won't be disappointed. You might need a little background on the Scouts to appreciate this photo. Jean and Debbie love taxidermy, while Dana does not enjoy it quite as much as the others. Needless to say, Dana's reflection in the mirror says it all.
More background- Dana has 3 boys at home, plus her hubby. She is definitely outnumbered.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sneak Peek- Our Designer Showhouse Room

Our room is loaded in and ready for the Ten Days of Design 2010 DPVA Designer Show House & Gardens, located in the historic Schantz Park area of Oakwood (Dayton), Ohio. The house was built in 1911. It's described in the show house literature as a Colonial Revival. We have the Master Bedroom and Sitting Area.
To come up with our design, we envisioned a sophisticated gentleman who lives in our space. He's a collector and a world traveller. The furnishings are a mix of old and new, modern and traditional. Some of the items are from the shop and others are from our personal collections.It's not a Scout space without a bar. Our client prefers his martinis stirred, not shaken.
We had this pillow made from a vintage Italian wall hanging. It will be for sale, along with many of the other items when the show house closes on Sunday the 27th. A collector of art. He appreciates Jonathan Adler- cool.
A World Traveller. He probably brought this awesome light fixture back from one of his trips.
He's a well read gentleman. Don't know if you can see it, but the team photo was probably his father's from his Cambridge Rugby days.
Don't miss the Ten Days of Design, June 19th through the 27th. For more information, check our website, blog, and Facebook page often, visit the DPVA website, or call Vintage Scout Interiors at 937.312.9461. We'll see you there.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Play These Bongos

We love these Bongo Stools by Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries! They can be custom ordered in one of many fabrics or leathers available here at the Studio.
kitchen by Susan Ferrier kitchen by Linda Woods
Don't you just love the nailhead detail that comes standard on them? We could see these in a gorgeous brown weathered leather with antique nailheads or a bright patterned fabric with polished nickel nails. Got kids? Select a Sunbrella fabric. What would work in your house? You even choose the finish on the wood trim. Turn around time on these stools is very quick at the moment, so stop by, call, or email Vintage Scout Interiors today and let us price your custom selection.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 DPVA Designers' Show House

Substance and style will reign supreme June 18 through 27 during the DPVA’s 10 Days of Design, a fitting name for the Designer Show House & Gardens at 201 E. Schantz Ave. in Oakwood’s Schantz Park Historic District. The Scouts have put heart and soul into making the event a success in many ways—from delighting the senses of attendees to raising money in support of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Show house visitors will witness the fabulous master suite, which is filled with distinctive Scout flair, passion and personality. The Scouts’ palette includes Navajo White (a staple wall color from Sherwin Williams), exotic turquoise, rich cocoa and deep red. To make the most of a tour through the Designer Residence, follow these tips: • Have an open mind and challenge your usual approach to decorating. Think of what design elements you can bring into your own home. Be inspired. • Bring a notebook and write down color combinations, lighting ideas, window treatments and furniture styles that grab your attention. In fact, if you’re even a dash artistically inclined, draw quick sketches of looks you love. (Remember: No cameras are allowed in the residence, but the show house program will include professional photos.) • Take your time and let the show house experience soak in. A stroll through this magnificent manse should be thoroughly enjoyed. “Notice the details in vignettes,” suggests Debbie. “This is a great opportunity to learn novel ways to display artwork, memorabilia and collections you might already have. And what better opportunity to check out a designer’s real-time portfolio than to visit his or her show house room or space.” • Keep in mind that many pieces (including artwork, accent pieces and furniture) exhibited in the show house are for sale. On Sunday, June 27, you can shop the designer rooms, boutique and landscaped grounds for bargains and items specifically crafted for the event. • Ask questions and be sure to attend Meet the Designers Day, June 22, as well as presentations the designers will host daily throughout the event. • Bring an appetite. Local restaurants and grocers will supply savory fare at the Dine by Design Bistro. • Don’t forget live music will complement the refined show-house ambience. The performance schedule is listed on the DPVA’s web site. • Above all, make the show house a memorable affair and invite friends and family members to accompany you. Buy tickets in advance, and be sure to wear comfy clothing and sensible shoes as the manor has three stories and is situated on a large lot. You don’t want to miss one note in what the DPVA calls “a symphony for the eyes.”