Scouted: White Canvas Superga

Scouted: White Canvas Superga We cannot resist a classic sneaker. Crisp white and completely timeless, this canvas Superga is the ultimate go-to weekend shoe that will never go out of style. Call and order a pair and consider your casual footwear needs taken care of indefinitely.

The Shoe Hive  //  Alexandria, VA  //  703.548.7105

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May
21
2015

How We Local: 24 Hours with TSG Charlottesville’s Heather Sieg

How I Local: 24 Hrs with Heather Sieg Since releasing our 100th volume of TSG and launching our “How I Local” photo contest in February, we have been treated to thousands of glimpses at how our readers live locally-minded lives and support independently owned businesses in their hometowns. With just one week left to enter to win a trip to TSG HQ’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where The Scout Guide journey began five years ago, we thought we’d give you a peek inside how we local by following TSG Charlottesville editor Heather Sieg around for a day. (After all, we’re all about enlisting experts, and when it comes to living local, Heather is a pro.)

6:01 a.m.: RISE & SHINE
About an hour earlier than I would like, but it’s not up to me. Our 9.5-month-old, Shepherd, is up, so the whole house is too! I always spend the first half hour or so of the morning in bed, feeding my sweet boy. This is our special, quiet time before what is sure to be a whirlwind day. My Editor photo shoot is this afternoon, so I’m a bit anxious, to say the least. Thank goodness I have a hair/makeup appointment later. I can’t do this alone!

While I get dressed, my husband, Derek, takes Shepherd out to collect eggs from the coop. Every morning he makes us each a two-egg omelet from our fresh eggs, and Shepherd gets one scrambled.

The most important piece of equipment in our home is our Breville espresso machine (the best wedding present!) that is always chock-full of Mudhouse beans. I always run my double-shot through twice for my Americano with coconut milk. And I’m off!

9:00 a.m.: TSG HQ
I spend the first hour of the morning checking emails—phenomenal new sandals at Scarpa. Mental note: blog about these!—before heading to the Design department to review spreads-in-production with senior graphic designer Marigold, who is heading up TSG Charlottesville, Vol. 7. We are in the middle of production, so I’m spending more time in the office than usual. We review what is still outstanding, and excitedly move some spreads from the “Out for Approval” folder to “Approved.” We’re getting there..!

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11:00 a.m. SCOUTING
It’s been a minute since I’ve checked out what’s new at my favorite downtown home boutique, Roxie Daisy. Karen, the owner, let me know they have some gorgeous new jewelry in, so I head downtown to capture images to show off on Instagram.

Father’s Day will be here before we know it, so after Roxie Daisy I go to my default paper source, Rock Paper Scissors. I’m in there about once a week; I strongly believe in the power of the handwritten note and am a sucker for their letter-pressed cards. Co-owner Heather sneaks me some Father’s Day options she hasn’t put out on display yet. One of the many perks of being TSG Editor, ha! 

12:00 p.m.: CLIENT SHOOT
Sweet Ella is ready for her close-up! For Petit Bebe, we (me, TSG Charlottesville, Vol. 7 photographer Eric Kelley, and owner Jill) decided to feature Jill’s precious daughter with a hand-made Jess Brown doll. Simple, classic, ethereal, sweet! Less is more, and I love that Jill gets it.

I cannot go to Petit Bebe without being beaconed next door to eg to say “hi” to my friend Anna, the owner, and to pick up a pair of sandals I saw on their Instagram. We all need rose gold flats, don’t we? 

1:00 p.m. EAT LOCAL 
Robin from TSG’s national editorial team is with me, so we walk up to Feast! in Main Street Market to treat ourselves to a kale salad (who says kale is on the outs!?). Derek and I are having friends for dinner on Friday, so I pop into The Organic Butcher next door to make sure Ricky has some good steaks for me.

tsg-24-hrs-heather-sieg-eloise 1:30 p.m. WHAT TO WEAR?
Eloise, help! I need a sophisticated but hip look for my Editor photo. Fortunately, owner Audrey and manager Andrea know how to hook a girl up. I went in thinking I wanted to wear white (my favorite color), but the black ALC dress they suggested fit like a glove, so I had to say “yes!” (P.S. Pinch me; is this really work?)

2:15 p.m.: GLAM SQUAD
I arrive at Moxie, my happy place. I called so last minute (last night!) that my dearest Toby was booked, but Kasey was fabulous. Last year, my Editor photo was so boho—wavy hair, in my backyard with my pet chickens and sheep—so I want a little more modern edge this year (think super straight hair and a bit of a smokey eye). Kasey hits it out of the park. Fake eyelashes? Yes, please!

tsg-24-hrs-heather-sieg-photoshoot 4:00 p.m.: CLICK CLICK
It’s time for my close-up—eek! We meet Eric on location as well as my mother and Shepherd, who came to watch and give me some moral support. I wholeheartedly sympathize with my clients; getting a photo taken that will be printed in tens of thousands of books and posted online for the world to see is nerve-wracking! Per usual, my sweet boy stole the show. He’s such a ham…wonder where he gets it?

5:30 p.m.: CHEERS
Today is the perfect day for fake eyelashes. For the past couple of months, I have been working on Karats & Cocktails, a fundraiser at the Keswick Hunt Club benefitting the UVA Children’s Hospital, a cause near and dear to my heart. Any excuse to hang out with Sally Carroll (founder of Tourterelle Floral Design and one of the kindest souls you will ever have the pleasure to meet), who spearheaded this event, and raise money for this cause is all right by me. The floral arrangements were of course outstanding – I want them for my book launch party! – and TSG co-founder Susie Matheson was there to join in the fun!

8:00 p.m.: THE BABY’S TIRED
That’s my excuse, but I’m the one who’s beat! Down the road home to Cismont we go. And tomorrow we’ll do it all over again! But I’ll have to do my own hair.

May
20
2015

Shine A Light: Lamps We Love

tsg-lighting-katie-koch-home-lamps In addition to offering much-needed illumination, a lamp can make a major impact on the overall look of a space. Whether providing a sense of symmetry as part of a pair, as in the above space by New Orleans’s Katie Koch Home, or making a statement while standing alone, seriously stylish lighting can take a room to the next level.

tsg-lighting-brass Our love of brass is no secret, and when it comes to lighting, the material’s warmth, shine, and patina make it a perfect fit. The Globo Chandelier with white lacquered dome available from San Francisco’s Coup d’Etat, brass table lamp from New Orleans’s Eclectic Home (top, right), and the deco-styled lamp available as a pair from Nashville’s Lum (above, right) are excellent examples of why: classic with a modern edge, they’ll brighten up and beautify any ceiling or surface.

tsg-lighting-fifi-laughlin Of course, if adding a bit of shine is appealing, glass is the way to go. Case in point: this chartreuse hand-blown beauty from New Orleans’s Fifi B. Laughlin, which is housed in Gallery 3954 on Magazine Street. We love the sleek shape and tailored shade of the one-of-a-kind piece, which is available in a variety of colors.

tsg-lighting-landy-gardner-nashville4 The gorgeous lamp shown in this modern space by Nashville’s Landy Gardner Interiors is stunning yet subtle thanks to the way it perfectly marries with its surroundings. Chrome, leather, glass, and clean lines all converge to form a sleek, stylish, and soothing setting, and the lightness of the lamp beautiful balances the cool chrome side table.

tsg-lighting-glass Left, a multifaceted glass lamp gorgeously reflects light—and plays off the custom drapery—in an image by Katie Koch Home. Right, the “Cannes” table lamp from Jackson, Mississippi’s SummerHouse would add the perfect amount of shine to a side table.

tsg-lighting-bungalow-industrial We’re fans of a more industrial feel when it comes to kitchen lighting, so the hammered metal pendants in the above space spotted on the Instagram feed of Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic had us swooning. (Also swoon-worthy: The wall done in Feather – Indigo from their BC+CMS textile line.)

tsg-lighting-industrial How great are the shapes of these industrial lights available from Charleston’s South of Market? Black and delightfully basic, they’d look amazing over a kitchen island.

tsg-lighitng-nomadic-trading-polish-lights This photo of Polish army lights from the 1950s found on Durham-based Nomadic Trading Company’s Instagram feed stopped us in our tracks. The TSG Editorial team is always on the lookout for new office lighting, and these are at the top of our wish list.

May
20
2015

Scouted: Barcelona Beach Horizontal By Gray Malin

Scouted: barcelona Beach horizontal by gray malin

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means that the beginning of beach season is upon us. This work by L.A.-based photographer Gray Malin, available from Jacksonville’s J. Johnson Gallery, puts us in the perfect seaside state of mind. Taken from a helicopter, Barcelona Beach Horizontal captures the beauty of the beach in all its colorful, crowded glory. Let the summer begin!

J. Johnson Gallery  //  Jacksonville, FL  //  904.435.3200

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May
18
2015

The Beauty of Blue and White

tsg-blue-white-butlersoffarhills1 Is there a color combination more beloved than blue and white? Always elegant, the dynamic duo makes interiors and—ensembles—feel fresh and effortlessly put together. Whether the blue-and-white in question is a well-paced accent or beautifully layered, as in the above space by Northern New Jersey’s Jeffrey Butler Haines, the pairing always feels on point.

tsg-blue-white-accessories How stunning does white Peruvian pottery look against a bright blue backdrop in the above image from the Instagram feed of Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic (top, left)? Meanwhile, blue-and-white vessels from Charleston’s GDC Home look irresistibly pretty while perched in front of a blue shutter. And an early delft garniture set from Greensboro’s Caroline Faison Antiques would look lovely displayed all together or placed throughout a room to create cohesion.

tsg-blue-white-todd-richeson The pairing is excellently suited for the bath, as proven by the above scene by Knoxville’s Todd Richesin Interiors. From the patterned basin to the porcelain accent, the powder room is blue-and-white perfection.

tsg-blue-white-capital-hampden-nancy-price Above, left, a Creatures of the Wind dress available from Capitol in Charlotte is crisp, classic, and garden party-ready—and provides the perfect backdrop to a seriously stylish fringe necklace. Also ideal for summer: blue printed leather sandals, available from Hampden in Charleston. And for a truly spectacular and timeless accessory, look no further than the Aura necklace from Jackson, Mississippi’s Nancy Price (someone who truly knows how to use blue).

tsg-blue-white-tavi-creature-of-wind Blue, white, and oh so chic: Tavi Gevinson, shown above at a recent dinner held in Capitol’s stunning courtyard.

tsg-blue-white-element Top, symmetrically arranged blue-and-white dishes complete a space by San Antonio’s M Interiors,  drawing the eye up to the soaring ceilings while the ginger jars below punctuate the neutral palette. Above, left, Todd Richesin yet again demonstrates the power of blue-and-white porcelain in a charming vignette, while above, right, palm fronds in blue-and-white vases in a kitchen by Collins Interiors, one of the parent companies to Dallas-based shop Blue Print, liven up the countertop.

tsg-blue-white-greg-irby-betsy-anderson The palette of “Smolder,” the abstract work by Kerry Steele available from Atlanta’s Gregg Irby Gallery, is undeniably eye-catching, but the piece could easily be incorporated into any room. Right, a neutral dining area by Raleigh’s Betsy Anderson Interiors is accented with gorgeous turquoise glassware and a blue floral print chair.

tsg-blue-white-chirsty-ford As the above image taken by TSG co-founder Christy Ford of a beautiful arrangement and blue-and-white vessel from And George shows, a single blue-and-white element can add grace and charm to any setting.

May
15
2015

Guest Curator: Marina Birch’s Top Wedding Trends of 2015

tsg-marina-birch-lead-2 After months of date-saving, wedding season has arrived, which means for the next couple of months we’ll be celebrating happy couples—and enjoying the work of the creative and talented planners who help orchestrate the memorable events. Curious about what we have to look forward to seeing this year, we asked Marina Birch of Chicago-based Birch Design Studio to share her top wedding trends for 2015 with us. Here are her picks and predictions:

Plunging necklines

tsg-marina-birch-wedding-trends-dresses-1 This year we are seeing wedding dresses taking on a more fashion forward look with brides looking like they are ready to take on the red carpet. One trend that really stands out is the plunging neckline. Brides are pairing this dramatic detail with long sleeves, bare shoulders and stunning beaded and lace appliques to create an elegant and seductive look on their wedding day.

{above: Carolina Herrera “Claudette” (left); Paolo Sebastian (right); below: Rivini (left); Ashi Studio (above, right); Zuhair Murad (bottom, right)}

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Rose gold engagement rings

tsg-marina-birch-wedding-trends-rings-croghans Blush tones and rose gold rings exude romance and timeless elegance, as well as flatter a wide range of skin tones.  When you combine the tone of this ring with its beautifully soft curves, it creates a magical effect.

{above: 18kt rose gold ring with a 3.08 carat center emerald cut diamond and diamond baguettes available from Croghan’s Jewel Box; below, clockwise from top left: Mattioli Tibet Ring With Diamonds available from Amanda Pinson Jewelry, 18k Rose Gold Tacori round shaped diamond in a prong setting availble from Barton Clay, 18k Rose Gold Mirielle diamond ring available from Astley Clarke, DeBeers Classic Pavé Radiant Fancy Pink Ring}

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Ceiling Decor

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One of our favorite trends right now is eye-catching ceiling décor. We are seeing brides incorporating anything from an abundance of strung lights to a blooming floral canopy. This overhead detail in sure to immediately capture the attention of anyone who walks into the room, and not only makes a wedding feel intimate and romantic, but changes the entire environment for your guests.

{ceiling photo 1: Photographer Kendall Karmanian, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design; ceiling photo 2: Photographer Kent Drake, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design; ceiling photo 3: Photographer Kent Drake, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design}

Bringing the garden to the wedding: Living Walls

 

tsg-maina-birch-living-wall We are seeing more and more brides drawn towards a very natural garden look this year and these innovative vertical garden living walls can really make a pervasive impact on all your guests. Showcase their versatility by employing them as a band back drop, step and repeat or strategically placed throughout the room.

{living walls photographed by Patricia Lyons; florist: John Hensel, HMR Design}

All About the Sparkle

  tsg-marina-birch-ceiling We are seeing the use of sparkling lights for couples wanting a warm and romantic feel to their wedding. By using chandeliers, candelabras and simple candle light, you can create an ambiance that is sure to capture the attention of your guests and create an intimate and inviting feel.

{sparkle photographed by Bob and Dawn Davis; florist: Renee Price, Kehoe Designs}

tsg-wedding-trends-marina-birch An acclaimed boutique event-planning firm, Birch Design Studio was founded in 2004 by owner and principal designer Marina Alexandra Birch, and since then has developed a reputation for designing and producing stunning, one-of-a-kind celebrations. Recognized by various publications and praised by clients for their creativity, attention to detail, and excellent service, the team of designers and producers behind Birch Design Studio creates unforgettable bespoke events tailored to each client’s individual needs and wishes.

 

 

 

 

 

Lead image credits: photographer: Beale and Wittig; florist: Rishi Patel, HMR Design 

May
14
2015