Thoughtful Gifts for Mom



Mother’s Day is just a few short weeks away. While we think the best part of Mother’s Day is expressing what a parent means to you, we know that a thoughtful, simple gift makes time spent together that much more festive. Here are a few of our favorite picks to make mom feel like a million bucks.


1. For the well-accessorized parent: a silk clock scarf from the shop at Monticello is a timeless and treasured piece.
2. Give the gift of Kusmi Tea from The Happy Cook, imported directly from Paris. Mom will be thinking of you each and every time she savors one of these delicious blends.
3. An iPad mini clutch from Salt Pines is ideal for the tech-savvy, modern mom who still favors the vintage vibe.
4. For a gift that makes a stunning statement: this gold and black jade bracelet by Elizabeth Locke will certainly do.
5. Orchids make such lovely gifts. Chattanooga’s Lines Orchids has a gorgeous selection of plants and handmade containers, perfect for this special occasion.
6. A framed photo is sure to please. A picture of you in Maze Home‘s Moroccan Pattern Bone Frame is the perfect keepsake.
7. Mom will adore a soft John Robshaw throw, available from Oxford Exchange.
8. Raise a glass with Veuve Cliquot from Knoxville’s Corks Wine and Spirits.
9. Treat Mom to an acorn-shaped teapot from TeBella Tea. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe, this present is as pretty as it is practical.
10. For moms with a green thumb: Great Gardens of America, available from the shop at Monticello, offers endless inspiration and coffee table decoration.
11. A cashmere robe from Stedman House is a beautiful way to help Mom feel pampered.


Scouted: Old Paris Turquoise Dinner Set

Old Paris Dinner Set, Fireside Antiques

Old Paris Porcelain, manufactured à Paris between the mid 1700s until 1870-or-so, ranges from the lavishly ornate to subtle sophistication. Intensely popular in Europe, “Old Paris” also sported a cult following in the American South. The discerning purveyors at Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge brought us this sublimely chic monogrammed set, now for sale online and in-store.

The light delicate hues and characteristic gilt detailing on this “Old Paris” Dinner Service are truly perfect for the season. Dress with heaps of fruit, cheese, and croissant for a darling Mother’s Day brunch.

Fireside Antiques // Baton Rouge, LA // 225.752.9565


Praise-worthy Powder Rooms

tsg-powder-rooms-5 There are so many reasons to love small spaces. They feel cozy and private, of course. But they’re also the perfect place to let loose in terms of our design choices. It’s that creative license that goes along with little spaces that makes the promise of an artfully appointed powder room so hard to resist. After all, when you just have a few square feet to work with, why not dream big?

tsg-powder-rooms-4 A powder room is the perfect venue for a palette you might like but are afraid to employ elsewhere on a larger scale. Black with gilded accents might be a bit much in the living room, but in a small space the combination can truly shine. Achieve the look with a Mortimer wall sconce from Annapolis’s Dwelling and Design and metallic wallpaper or paint, available from Bridget Beari Designs.

tsg-powder-rooms-6 We love the textures and contrasts in this dramatic powder room by Revival Interiors. The marble sink’s weight and clean, simple lines provide the perfect amount of coolness while complementing softer details.

tsg-powder-room-10 A forever favorite, decorator Steven Gambrel took the bold powder room concept to a fantastic and curious place by covering the walls of his 1810 Sag Harbor, New York, house with pages from a reissue of Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. Talk about getting back to your creature comforts!

tsg-powder-rooms-1 Tiny spaces can truly benefit from a bold print. The Blue Island Ikat wallpaper from Chelsea Lane & Wallpaper by Wendy is at once calming and compelling.

tsg-powder-rooms-2 Pink was practically invented for use in powder rooms. The Mary Evelyn Interiors designed room on the left perfectly marries intricate details with simple fixtures to create a charming space that’s not too sweet.

tsg-powder-rooms-7 As the LeSueur Interiors-designed room above shows, converting a marble-topped chest into a sink makes a strong statement. The bird- and branch-adorned walls, fresh blooms, and elaborate accessories collectively make this mini room memorable.

tsg-powder-rooms-8 Gold, cream, and rust hues make a room feel warm and wonderfully luxurious, as shown in the Segreto Finishes powder room on the right. The 19th century gilded frame with new plate mirror from Found and Rivoli sconce with chalk and rust finish from Dwelling and Design would be excellent for achieving this look.

tsg-powder-rooms-9 Although we adore the over-the-top, bold, and beautiful, we firmly believe that, when it comes to bathrooms, you can never ever go wrong with the classic black and white combo. We love the idea of adding visual interest to your walls with a gallery of family photos. The personalization is both charming and fun. Another option we fully endorse: the stark contrast of the black stone sink against the stark white walls like the example from Trewin Homes. Finally, when keeping it simple, Christy Ford recommends the addition of a small lamp for its soft light and feminine touch.


{Image sources: lead image; black and gold powder room; Steven Gambrel; blue ikat wallpapered powder room; pink collage: top right, bottom right; black and white collage: left, top right; black powder room; products from featured businesses}


Weekend Wind-Down: The New T-Shirt

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The highly-versatile, modern-cut tee is a Spring wardrobe must. These light fabrics and soft colors not only keep you cool in Summer but also make for easy layering in April’s hourly weather surprises. Pair with jewelry based on mood.

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Here at Scout, we’re in favor of the highbrow t-shirt. The one you aren’t afraid to wear to dinner out. One that jives with diamond studs. Lily Aldridge for Velvet, from LAURA KATHRYN, makes the perfect easy tee: light and casual, but smartly cut.

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We scouted this rag & bone giada tee at BEANIE + CECILPair with as many colors and styles of POOR CAT DESIGNS  bracelets as you can.

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Long, flowing tees with varied hems can help create shape where we need it, or hide it where we don’t. FORTY FOUR FIFTY‘s simple black tee pulls in to emphasize your waist but widens and drapes to cover your belt line (backside flashes are so last season). Pair with twine & twig’s statement jewelry, just in at W.PORT.

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These cozy stripe shirts are definitely beach-ready. Try a breezy boatneck from Eileen Fisher at WILLA COLLECTION. Or, jump for a twist on a classic with Hye Park and Lune’s red and blue Pluto tee, available at LIV LA VIE. Pair with this bejeweled stunner from GUILFORD & COMPANY.

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T-shirt meets tunic with this dreamy Fresh Laundry top from PORTS & COMPANY. Dress it up with gems from Loren Hope at BISHOP BOUTIQUE.


{Jackie: LEAD; Lily Aldridge: LEFT, RIGHT; Gray & Red: LEFT, BOTTOM RIGHT;Black & Brown: LEAD; Stripes:LEADTOP LEFT; Sea: LEFTTOP RIGHT}


Scouted: Printed Silk Dress


We’re loving the mix of comfort and haute in this Elika Printed Silk Dress from mina & olya. The San Fran-based design duo constantly wows us with their knack for updating classic, structured shapes (sure to flatter every figure) with exaggerated architectural details and geometric patterns that are always on-trend.

This dress has the perfect weight and movement for a breezy beachside get together, and the dramatic details (low cut back, eye-catching print) to make a bold party statement. Made with a sustainable silk and cotton blend, it’s also easy on your eco-footprint.

mina & olya // San Francisco, CA


Not Just Fluff

tsg-pillows-david-hicks The arrival of a new season is always a reason for a home refresh, and there is no easier way to update a room than introducing new pillows. Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to rid your rooms of any residual wintriness once and for all with the introduction of a linen or cotton accent, a dash of bright color, or an adventurous ikat print.

tsg-pillows-pink Pink pillows are a sweet, simple way to say “spring has sprung.” The blush velvet pair on the left, available from Suite Dreams in Birmingham, would instantly update any space for the season.

tsg-pillows-shaunsmith For spring pillow inspiration, you really need to look no further than the above collection of new arrivals at New Orleans-based Shaun Smith Home. A fan of changing pillows with the seasons, Smith favors big, down-filled pillows that are both comfortable and pretty when fluffed, and prefers clean, simple sofas that allow you to experiment with more eclectic accents.

“Pillows can change the tone of a room and give your home a completely different feel.”
—Shaun Smith

tsg-pillows-bright-print If you’re a bit color-shy, pillows are a wonderful way to introduce stronger hues without the commitment that comes with paint or wallpaper. The bold leaf and bright green pillows from ECLECTIC Charleston, which pop beautifully against the neutral sofa, would be perfect for anyone who is trying to overcome a case of color aversion.

tsg-pillows-pink-bright Introducing bold patterns such as ikat in bright colors is fun way to mix it up, but it’s important to keep the look balanced. The above pink and orange grouping (right) of custom pillows, available from Source., is a gorgeous example of pattern-mixing done right.

tsg-pillows-blueandwhite-2 tsg-pillows-blueandwhite Blue and white: a classic combination, and perfect for spring. The embroidered linen Trina Turk pillow on the left, available from Nest in Wilmington, or the navy and white linen appliqué pillow, available from Jade NOLA, would add a breath of fresh air to any room.

tsg-pillows-neutral-5 Even those who never stray from a neutral palette are capable of a spring pillow update. The G&G Interiors-designed room, above right, demonstrates the power of a pillow with a cream hue and a bit of texture. The pillow from Bungalow Classics would make a strong impact without straying too far from the neutral zone.

tsg-pillows-neutral-6 In the room above, Shaun Smith shows how pattern and texture can make neutral accents stand out. The cool mint and icy blue pillows on the white sofa keep the look soft and oh so inviting.

tsg-pillows-neutral-3 More spring statement-makers that won’t make neutral enthusiasts uneasy: a blush Fortuny pillow from And George and a ballet slipper pink embroidered linen beauty from Mis en Chic.

tsg-pillows-christyfordshouse Above, blue-and-white accents make TSG co-founder Christy Ford’s room spring-ready.

{Image sources: lead image; blush pink pillows; bright pink pillows; blue and white interior; neutral interior; products from featured businesses}