Nicki Clendening is known for her eclectic style and ability to incorporate vintage and thrift store treasures into her design projects. Today, she talks about how to weave in old with the new, what she looks for when shopping at flea markets and antique stores, the opening of her design studio Scout Design and online store Beetle, and why blue painters tape should be your best friend. We will also hear some Trials and Triumphs, and get Nicki’s feedback on how to bring a small space together.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- Trials and triumphs including new cookbooks, missing plants, cool performance rugs and more
- How Nicki’s dreams progressed from being Indiana Jones to working and living in New York, making money doing exactly what she loves to do
- What shopping for a client looks like, and if Nicki has ever had buyers remorse
- More about Nicki’s design studio, Scout Design
- Where she likes to go to shop for both herself and Beetle, and how she finds one of a kind pieces to add to her collection
- The inspiration her mom had on her in terms of art, creativity and fashion and her family’s love of global travel and collecting special items from all around the world
- Her top picks for flea markets, and the importance of building great relationships with vendors
- Functionality is key, along with using the space appropriately based on what your typical activities are (entertaining, reading, pets, etc)
- How she came up with her online store, Beetle, and curates what is on the site
- A glimpse into her own apartment, right at the top of Central Park
- Why we shouldn’t be afraid to paint the ceiling
- All about the mix of new and old, whether you own your home or you are renting
Love the podcast – I’ve been listening since y’all started. My husband and I are buying a house down the street from your Atlanta store, we’re so excited. Of course, it’s fairly small and we’ll sacrifice a formal dining and formal living room.
My struggle is – how do I bring the space together to satisfy my traditional (read: formal) style but keep the spaces completely livable? I hope that makes sense! I’ve attached pictures of the current owners’ decor so you can get a feel for the room. Some ideas I have include…
– No rug in the dining space
– Round refinished dark Stickley dining table with wooden dining chairs – no upholstery
– Large (room size is 14 x 13) area rug in the living room
Second specific struggle – what should I do on either side of the fireplace? I love symmetry, but given this cape cod style I think I could play with two different ideas here — maybe a light bookcase on one side with a secretary on the other? Help! Can’t be anything very deep.
I also have to put our colossal TV above the fireplace, and am searching for a colossal Chinese screen to copy Maggie Griffin’s cover – the – TV – technique. Where should I go? Don’t say Scotts! 🙂
Thanks — loving the podcast and can’t wait for the next episode!
First, small spaces are wonderful and with some playing around and testing, your already great place can be even better. This is a case where space does dictate what you do. Possibly a banquette in the dining room with a piece of art, and Nicki would get rid of the curtains and go for shutters and blinds, and add two comfortable scaled arm chairs and a nice table in between. Change up the sofa for a more narrow one, and maybe add bar on the side of the fireplace. Room planners or looking up floor plans on Pinterest may be helpful.
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- Nicki Clendening
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