Interiors: It’s All in the Details


After a weekend filled with blinding snow here in New England, it was nice to stop by my friend Scout King’s color-filled house for a quick visit while she was home in between her stints in the Costuming Crafts department of an out-of-state theater company.

In a few months Scout will again open up her vintage shop for the season, which she stocks with ephemera, tableware, textiles and handmade hats. Among other talents — like the ability to bake delectable ginger cookies — she is a seamstress, scavenger of sea glass (with an amazingly vast collection) and a milliner. Scout has been living in vintage style for a long time — long before vintage reached its current vogue, and old stuff is a natural, seamless part of her everyday life. So much so that, when stopping in for a quick latte and chat, it takes you a while to realize that you are using a vintage cloth napkin, eating your homemade ginger cookie off an art deco plate and drinking out of a classic mug while sitting in a chair from the 1940s. It’s wonderful to experience vintage domestic pieces in their natural habitat, far from the confines of a museum. And it is surprisingly comforting to use things that are well-designed and beautifully broken-in.

White hat with buttons

Scout can sew just about anything, from pillows to costumes for the stage, but her real gift lies in making hats. Not that long ago a woman’s relationship with her milliner was second in importance only to that of her butcher (or maybe her husband) and these days hats — just like charcuterie — are making a comeback.

Mini Morris chair & friends

Scroll down for a look into Scout King’s home and studio. For more, visit her online where she posts news from her shop Scout Vintage Finds, as well as updates on her travels and adventures in millinery.

Periwinkles as a tabletop.

Triple threat of vintage red finishes.

Book ladder

Old shoe rack as a bookshelf

Fish & fishes

Ladylike lampshade

Birds & books

Mirror & bowl

Vintage kitchen

Mod Shade with window overlooking the marsh.

Refrigerator shopping list

Tea kettle & espress machine on vintage stove

Animal print seat cushion & friends

cookies & latte

1920s doorknocker

Oversized shears in studio.

Mouse on the telephone pincushion.

Colorblocking with thread.

Vintage hat flower


Suitcase storage

Office Supplies

Brown hat


Green feathered hat

Hat blocks


3 thoughts on “Interiors: It’s All in the Details

  1. Hello there! I am one of Karen’s sisters and I so adored these photos of Karen’s home. They are delightful! Thank you for sharing them. Karen has incredible talent and just a week ago it occurred to me that her studio would be a wonderful candidate for being featured in “Where Women Create”. Any ideas from you on how to move forward with this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again for sharing.

    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by. You, more than anyone else, have been able to see Karen’s lifelong creativity at work.

      Sadly, I’ve never heard of the series you refer to but I’ll check it out. Thanks again!

      • Hi Sara,
        I mentioned a magazine from Stampington that is published quarterly. I peruse copies whenever I can and I find them at Hobby Lobby. The magazine features the studios of entreprenures in various craft areas and these women are not necessarily well known.
        I think that a milliners studio would be fascinating and something of a first for the magazine but also something they would jump on. I would love to keep in touch on any further information you might come upon. Let me know
        Thank you for your reply!
        Kathy Hollmann

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