Scouted: Gold Beaded Pendant

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We are absolutely smitten with this striking custom pendant. Made of 18-karat yellow gold and monogram-ready, this classic piece can be paired with a variety of chains. Call now to order for holiday gift-giving, or treat yourself to a necklace you’ll never tire of.

Laura Pearce  //  Atlanta, GA  //  404.350.9207

Nov
25
2014

Personalized Presents

tsg-Leontinelinens_NOLA13_FINAL While we like to think that any gift selected with thought and care will be appreciated by the recipient, there’s something about personalized presents that really makes an impact. After all, having something monogrammed means going the extra mile, and when done as beautifully as the above bath and bed linens by New Orleans-based couture linen company Leontine Linens, a gift is transformed into something to be treasured for years to come.

tsg-momogram-Blue-Moon-Memphis4-1 Above, Memphis’s Blue Moon Bedding demonstrates how an embroidered pillow can fully complete a well-dressed bed. Those with college-aged recipients on their gift list might want to consider ordering one today.

tsg-monogram-4 Monograms can be both sweet and sophisticated. For the younger set, the Bishop Day Gown in pale blue baby flannel with custom hand-embroidered ecru silk monogram by Atlanta’s McCall-Wilder Couture is utterly timeless, and the personalized baby books from Jackson, Mississippi’s Sweet Dreams Children’s Boutique are charming keepsakes. Meanwhile, the French monogrammed towel from Charlotte-based Granville is a classic accessory perfect for any well-appointed powder room (and a lovely hostess gift).

tsg-monogram-6 New Orleans-based Leontine Linens is known far and wide for their highly coveted personalized presents, and the lavender Davis cashmere throw with embroidered monogram (top, left) and seersucker Pawley robe with Camille appliqué monogram both demonstrate why. We’ll take one of each. Blue Moon Bedding’s carefully layered daybed shows yet again how a monogrammed boudoir pillow is always a fabulous (and feminine) finishing touch.

tsg-CLB-monogrammed-pillows Already luxurious items can be elevated even further with a well-placed personal detail. Above, travel pillows and blankets available from Chicago Luxury Beds are embellished with initials, symbols, names, phrases, and a skyline, making them easily identifiable while adding personality. What frequent flier wouldn’t appreciate that?

tsg-monogram-7 Chicago-based Elizabeth Grace creates gorgeous custom stationery, as proven by her work shown above, including monogrammed coasters that would be fun surprises in someone’s stocking. Those who wish to cozy up on the sofa without having to share a blanket would likely enjoy the embroidered herringbone throw, available from South in Chapel Hill. And for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list who loves to entertain, a set of six white-on-white napkins bearing a single initial, available from Birmingham’s Table Matters, are sure to please.

tsg-monogram-5 Jewelry and accessories are always a welcome gift, however, when engraved they can go from a lovely present to something truly memorable to be passed along for generations. With room enough for a phrase, date, or initials, the Laura Pearce Ltd. signature 18k yellow gold cuff and yellow gold intaglio ring (bottom, right) are both elegant and classic, while the gold monogrammed brush from Lori Jayne Monogramming in Palm Beach (bottom, left) would add a ladylike element to any dressing table.

tsg-monograms-Linens_cover-2-819x1024 For the monogram-lover or those just starting to build their personalized linen collection, there is no better present than “Linen Queen” Jane Scott Hodges’s Linens: For Every Room and Occasion, available from Linensense. Filled with gorgeous full-color photographs and wonderful advice and inspiration, it’s a must for anyone who appreciates fine linens and the power of the monogram to transform a tabletop, a room, or even one’s mood.

tsg-monogtam-jsh-leontinelinens In case anyone isn’t already convinced, the above image from Linens by Jane Scott Hodges is a stunning illustration of why when it comes to presents, beautifully monogrammed pieces are always a prize.

 

Nov
24
2014

The TSG Store: New Look, New Options

TSG_Ultimate_Collection2 It’s been a busy week here at TSG. In between releasing a number of new volumes of The Scout Guide (hello, TSG Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Vol. 3TSG New Orleans Vol. 3, and TSG Denver Vol. 3!) we launched our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, and today we’re pleased to introduce our new TSG Store!

TSG_bundle In addition to a fresh look, we have some fun new features for shoppers: We are now offering 3, 6, and 12-book holiday bundles. So if you’d like to order 12 different guides to your favorite destinations, 6 copies of your hometown guide to have on hand for houseguests, or 3 guides to use as stocking stuffers, you’ll receive a special price. These multi-book packages join our Ultimate Collection, which is comprised of every guide in the TSG network (also offered at a special price). Our guides are still available for free viewing on each TSG city’s homepage, and guides are always available for free at TSG businesses, but for people who like to use our print guides when making travel plans or wish to give someone the gift of the best of local, the bundles or The Ultimate Collection are excellent options. Happy shopping!

Nov
21
2014

SCOUTED: Baby Moccasins

SCOUTED-BabyMoccasins-Sunroom Sweet and stylish, these adorable moccasins are perfect for keeping little feet warm this winter. Whether given as a baby gift or tucked into a stocking, the booties will be a hit with parents and the pre-preschool set alike.

Sunroom  //  Austin, TX  //  512.326.1499

Nov
20
2014

Merry and Bright: The 2014 TSG Holiday Gift Guide

tsg-holiday-giftguide It is the most wonderful time of the year here at TSG Headquarters. We’ve been celebrating the arrival of newly printed books every week, brainstorming designs for our holiday cards, and, best of all, putting together our 2014 TSG Holiday Gift Guide.

With 48 cities‘ worth of wonderful local businesses to draw from, putting together this year’s guide has been our most ambitious—and exciting—holiday undertaking to date, and after countless conversations with local business owners, artists, and artisans across the country and weeks of curating, editing, photographing, designing, and double-checking, we are thrilled to share this collection of some of our favorite things from throughout the TSG network with you.

If you see something you like, please pick up the phone and call the person who hand-selected or created it. If one of the stores is in your area, please pay them a visit and see what other treasures they have to offer (we promise, there are tons of beautiful and unique items out there—we wish we could have included them all!). Give yourself the gifts of discovery and making a personal connection while you shop this season. You will have no buyer’s remorse.

Here’s to a holiday season filled with the best of local!

Nov
19
2014

Words We Love / 35

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Nov
18
2014