Scouted: Elephant Bottle Stopper

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We adore anything elephant-adorned, and we always appreciate an eye-catching bottle stopper. Combining these two loves, this antique brass, hand-enameled stopper with crystals by Olivia Riegel is at the top of our stocking stuffer wish list. Pair it with a bottle of wine and you have a perfect gift for anyone who loves animals and wine (and doesn’t that cover everyone?).

Rumson China & Glass  //  Princeton, NJ  //  732.842.2322

Dec
11
2014

Holiday Cheer: Two Wintry Cocktails

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In addition to seasonal standbys like the traditional Champagne Cocktail and the Old Fashioned, we like to have a few fresh—and festive—cocktail recipes on hand to serve guests gathered at our homes for some holiday cheer. To help us spice up our bar repertoire, we reached out to some TSG experts in the field for their suggestions for holiday-appropriate beverages, and were rewarded with two new delicious—and non-labor-intensive—drinks that have already become favorites: a refreshing Ginger Winter Cocktail (shown above) and a warming Dakota cocktail (below).

Ginger Winter Cocktail

2 ounces Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
1 ounce Citrus Vodka
1 ounce Cranberry Juice

Serve chilled

This recipe comes courtesy of Jen Donahoe, owner of TSG Baltimore & Annapolis’s Mills Fine Wine & Spirits, which is located on Historic City Dock in Annapolis and has been owned by families with Naval roots since 1946. In addition to the beautiful cranberry color, we love that the drink is not sweet. An added bonus is that Domaine de Canton comes in a sophisticated bottle that will look great on any bar.

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The Dakota

1.5 ounces Goslings Rum
3 ounces Apple Cider
2 dashes Shrub mix

Build in an Old Fashioned glass and serve hot or cold

Created by Matt Pawlina, bar manager for TSG Charlottesville’s Commonwealth Skybar, located on the Historic Downtown Mall, whose family has been in Charlottesville since the 1700s (his grandfather ran a dance hall in Charlottesville in the 1940s and ran moonshine from Nelson County on Sundays), the Dakota is a wonderful drink for either starting off or ending the evening.

Here’s to a holiday filled with festive libations and locally procured spirits. Cheers!

Dec
10
2014

Scouted: Hand-embroidered Holiday Outfits

SCOUTED_TEMPLATE-McCallWilder-Reindeer-Outfits Everyone needs a holiday go-to outfit. For little ones with a full December social calendar, McCall Wilder Couture’s sage feather wale jumper and john-john featuring a hand-embroidered reindeer pocket are the perfect picks. Call now to order for Christmas parties and photo sessions with Santa.

McCall Wilder Couture  //  Atlanta, GA  //  404.841.9263

Dec
9
2014

The Holiday Table

tsg-holiday-tabletop Hosting dinner parties is one of our favorite ways to spread cheer throughout the holiday season. From creating the guest list to planning the menu to selecting the right music to suit the mood, every step is an opportunity to be creative, and setting the table truly allows our imaginations to run wild. As TSG co-founder Christy Ford’s table (above) shows, mixing a variety of elements—in this case seeded eucalyptus, decorative stockings, silver julep cups, candy canes, fresh fruit, and more—leads to an inspired and inviting look that will make those sitting down to the table feel welcome and ready to unwind.

tsg-holiday-table-top-lead Playing with scale, incorporating some sparkle via glass, silver, and gold, and sticking to a color scheme (in this case, orange and green) results in a table that is merry and bright.

 

 

tsg-holiday-table-elements2 You can never go wrong with gilded accents, especially during the holiday season. The six Louis XVI style dining chairs in faded black leather with gold tooling, nailhead trim, and fluted legs, available from New Orleans’s Bremermann Designs; Imperial Glass 24KT gold glassware from San Francisco’s Chairish; and Italian 18th-century gold gilt candlesticks from Baton Rouge’s Fireside Antiques would come together beautifully and mix well with any other elements one might wish to incorporate.

tsg-holiday-table-elements-chewy Obviously, having a seat for everyone is a must. Here, Chewie eagerly awaits the arrival of the first course on a cushion that conveniently carries out the table’s color scheme.

tsg-holiday-table-elements-menu A dinner menu designed by a local expert is always a lovely touch, though this time of year calligraphers can be booked solid. Luckily, many offer classes in which the rest of us can get a grasp of the basics. Here in Charlottesville, several TSG HQ team members have taken Jen Maton‘s beginner calligraphy class, and although no one has proven to be as good as the instructor (example of her work featured above) all have come back loving lettering 101 and ready to create a menu in a pinch.

tsg-holiday-tabletop-menu-1 Working in different patterns, tones, and textures creates look that is elegantly eclectic. Christy Ford’s pretty place setting is comprised of mixed china, monogrammed silver flatware, a personalized menu that doubles as a place card, and topped off with seasonal citrus and a sprig of seeded eucalyptus. Inspired by her version, we went in search of tabletop decor from throughout the TSG network to create a similarly chic tablescape; here are a few of our favorite items:

tgs--holiday-table-top-collage 1. French 19th Century Glass Fish Bowl from Fireside Antiques  //  2. Herend “Chinese Bouquet Black Sapphire” dinner plate from The Registry in Nashville //  3. Footed English Sheffield plateau with bevel mirror, c. 1890 from Black Tulip Antiques in Denver //  4. Ivory Hemstitch Napkins from Sophie’s Shoppe in Chattanooga  //  5. Ricci Argentieri Rialto five piece place setting from Hutch and Fig in Denver

tsg-holiday-table-blue-gold-chirsty After the plates have been cleared and all after-dinner drinks have been enjoyed, send everyone off with a candy cane before saying good night.

Dec
9
2014

Friday Favorites: Serene Workspaces

tsg-desks-McAlpine-ATL-Bountiful-Office Throughout the year—but during the busy holiday season in particular—having a well-composed command center is a must. We all require a place where we can sit down and focus, whether the matter in need of attention is a creative exercise or a tedious to-do list, and to us, the ideal space is exemplified by the above workspace by Atlanta’s McAlpine Booth & Ferrier: serene, semi-secluded, and stimulating.

tsg-desks-annecoyle We love a good bulletin board (TSG HQ is filled with pushpinned inspiration!), so when we spotted this light-filled space by Chicago’s Anne Coyle Interiors we had to pause to appreciate it, along with the Emmy statue in the corner.

tsg-blueprint-dallas-collins Plenty of natural light, clean lines, and a neutral palette punctuated by cheerful yellow tulips make this space by Dallas-based Blue Print parent design company Collins Interiors feel both energized and well organized. Just imagine what could be accomplished in this type of environment!

tsg-blueprint-pic-42 How beautiful is this calming scene, also by Collins Interiors? Tucked into an alcove and bathed in light, the white, grey, and lucite setup might be our dream desk.

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Situating a desk in a spot with access to fresh air and an abundance of sunlight makes perfect sense. After all, every creative endeavor is enhanced by a beautiful view, and this room, by Minneapolis-based Lucy Interior Design, has a great one.

tsg-desks-nancy-price This space by Jackson, Mississippi-based Nancy Price Interiors has all of the elements necessary for a few productive hours: a comfortable chair, well organized desk accessories, a large window, and a comfortable monogrammed stool that can double as a footrest.

tsg-desks-sutro A solid desk set at a diagonal in a project by San Francisco’s Sutro Architects shows how a small space can be creatively transformed into the perfect corner in which to accomplish tasks.  The cool greys and contemporary vibe are so soothing, we could easily spend an afternoon in this enclave.

Dec
5
2014

Words We Love / 37

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Dec
4
2014