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.
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.
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.