Scout Living

Posted on December 4, 2011 – 11:14 PM | by Admin
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By Michele Hébert     Photos by Scott Duncan

Vintage furniture and knicknackery is relatively easy to find in Sacramento: we have the 57th Street Antique Mall, The Antique Co. on 21st and X, Taber’s on Del Paso Boulevard, and the monthly Antique Faire under the freeway. But when Stefan Bloom and Erin Boyle opened Scout Living on 18th Street in Midtown, it seemed like something breathtakingly different.

When I first entered the space I was delighted. It was bright, airy, impeccable, lovely, and modern. Unlike other antique stores that are filled to the brim with what looks to be more like trash than treasure, the collection at Scout Living is flawlessly curated. It has an emphasis, on mid-century modern furnishings which also sets it apart from other antique dealers in town who focus on items from the Victorian era through the 1940s.

Boyle grew up with an antique-dealing mother and starting collecting Heywood-Wakefield pieces at age fifteen. Buying and selling mid-century modern furniture has been a full-time job for her since 2006. Bloom and Boyle, working as English teachers, met in Prague, but they got engaged in Sacramento. Good memories and a master’s program for Bloom at CSUS brought them back here after they were married. Bloom’s interest in design overrode his interest in grad school and he’s been working full-time in the antique business with his wife since 2009.

“We don’t think of ourselves as an antique store, we think of ourselves as a home furnishings store,” says Boyle. Indeed, when they opened their doors this June – although it is, in essence, an antique mall with 20 different dealers – it looked like a cohesive design store focusing on chic and clever decor. That is in part because Boyle and Bloom hand-picked the other dealers for their sense of style, knowing they’d be a good fit for Scout Living’s overall aesthetic.  As Bloom puts it, there are no booths displaying “Franklin Mint, no action figures.”

Tina Jett has a shelf displaying her hand-painted faux shop windows made out of old picture frames that say cute things like “Candy” and “Exit” ($60-90), and a big assortment of orange enamelware from the late 1960s-early 1970s ($10-40). Serene Lusano and Allan Laguardia have a corner full of mid-century Americana like dishware and barware (plenty of things under $20).  Garrett Platanitis re-purposes old flannel and corduroy shirts by putting them through a secret process that fades, pastels, and softens them, turning them into something more than a thrift store button-up ($18).

Not everything sold at Scout Living is vintage. There are the sophisticated blonde wood clocks and mobiles made by Brian Schmitt ($100-300) and the gorgeous and deceptively simple quilts made by Joe Gallegos and Ruth Hansen under the name Two Accordians ($150-300).

For their part, Boyle and Bloom stick mostly to high-end designer and Scandinavian mid-century modern furniture, most of which sells out as soon as it hits the floor. On a recent evening, though, a set of six Knoll Bertoia chairs could be had for the right price ($2,250).

Scout Living isn’t for everyone, but if you are looking for stylish one-of-a-kind items perfect for beautifying your home or picking out a gift, it may be just right for you.                                                 

1215 18th Street  (916) 594-7971

Hours: Tues – Thu 11AM – 7PM;
Fri 11AM-8PM; Sat 11AM – 10PM,
Sun Noon-5:30PM

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    By Reema on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you have not been to Scout-GO! It is my favorite store in all of Sacramento.

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