We are thrilled to introduce you to our Birmingham editors, Courtney Pigford and Chrissie Larkin. Be sure to check out their book, their blog and subscribe here!
1. What were you up to before you found The Scout Guide?
CP: Most recently I had been focused on running my interior design business…but in the past I’ve also had a children’s clothing shop and done floral design for special events.
CL: I have been blessed to stay at home with my four kids who are 9, 6, 4 and 1 and I have been making jewelry as my creative outlet for the last 7 years.
2. What do you love about your current city?
CP: I love that so many of our residents care so deeply about the development of this city and have dedicated themselves to its improvement. There are exciting projects underway in Birmingham right now, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
CL: I love the architecture of downtown. It is so amazing the detail that went into our older structures. They are enchanting, and it is so easy to look at them and daydream about what it must have been like when they were in there prime.
3. What book have you been reading recently?
CP: The book I most recently finished was Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, it was delightful….but that was in June, and truthfully I am a design mag junkie. My favorites are Living Etc…, Vogue Living Australia, and Elle Decoration UK.
CL: The SCOUT Guide! I can’t get enough! The new cites that have come on board are just amazing and I look forward to see even more!
4. Have you seen any good movies lately?
CP: Unfortunately no. And it’s a shame because I love going to the movies…I am already planning a date night for the new Bond film Skyfall.
CL: YES! Ingredients: A Documentary Film. It is all about the heart of the local food movement and REALLY knowing where your food comes from!
5. What is your favorite product for fall?
CP: Pretty much any fun nail color from Essie. I had never painted my nails until about a year ago, and now I’m obsessed!
CL: I would have to say Butter London’s Horse Power Nail Fertilizer and their Matte Finish top coat!
6. What is the local event you won’t be missing this fall?
CP: I think the “Scout is Out” party to launch The Scout Guide Birmingham volume 1 was pretty spectacular.
CL: Fall is a busy time of year in Alabama and not just because of football! I think the weather has just gotten cool enough for us to all step outside without melting or getting chased by mosquito’s. So there isn’t a weekend that goes by that isn’t filled with great things to do all the way into the holidays. Moss Rock Festival and Homewood Holiday Open House are a couple of my favorites, they really focus on local Birmingham.
7. What is your dream vacation?
CP: There are several exotic vacations I have in mind for someday, but right now we are planning a family European Vacation that will hopefully not turn out anything like the Griswold’s.
CL: I would have to say a vacation with my family to any place is really a dream. We love to travel and hopefully will be doing a lot more of that as the little ones get bigger.
Check out some of the spreads from The Scout Guide Birmingham! Wow!