Scouted: Corey Mac Jacket by Preen

SCOUTED: Corey Mac Jacket by Preen We have a soft spot for well-designed rain gear, so this trench immediately made our must-have list. Available from Dallas-based Canary, the Preen jacket is the perfect example of the shop’s classic-pieces-with-a-sophisticated-edge aesthetic. Call and claim one now and you’ll never dread a rainy day again.

Canary  //  Dallas, TX // 214.351.4400


The Scouted Calendar / April and May 2015

The Scouted Calendar: April-May 2015 In addition to showers that lead to May flowers, April brings a slew of activities that are worth circling on our calendars, kicking off a spring event season that continues will into the following month. From garden week to horse races, music festivals to the largest furnishings trade show in the world, here’s a quick guide to what’s going on in some of our TSG cities in the next few weeks:


Featuring five row houses with courtyard gardens as well as access to premier locales including The Carlyle House Historic Park, Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, and George Mason’s Gunston Hall, Virginia Garden Week, which begins at 10 a.m. on April 18, promises to be a truly lovely event. {For local recommendations, follow The Scout Guide Alexandria.}

Fort Worth, Texas

Combining art, music, and an amazing culinary experience, the Main Street Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth, which kicked off yesterday and will continue throughout the weekend, spans nine blocks, features more than 200 artists, more than 300 performances, and is celebrating its 30th year. {For local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide Fort Worth.}

Greensboro & Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Twice a year, the design world descends on High Point, North Carolina (just a short drive from Greensboro) for High Point Market, where home furnishings take up millions of square feet of show space, speakers deliver insightful talks on design-related subjects, and visitors can attend a number of panels and parties when not exploring exhibitors’ booths. This year’s Market opens on Saturday, April 18, and the Antique & Design Center of High Point opens on Thursday, April 16. {Look for our Guides in select locations at the Market, and for local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide Greensboro & Winston-Salem.}


Let the races begin! Hunt Country hosts a variety of wonderful equestrian events throughout April and May, including the Loudon Hunt Point-to-Point Races, featuring the first sidesaddle chase in the United States since the 1930s, on April 12; the Middleburg Spring Races, which take place on April 18 (look for TSG Hunt Country’s booth at the event, where you can pick up copies of The Scout Guide and say hello to editor Kim McCusker!); and the Virginia International Gold Cup Races on May 2. {For local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide Hunt Country, and to keep up with all things equestrian, follow The Scout Guide Equestrian.}

Jackson, Mississippi

History will come alive at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s annual Museum benefit on Friday, April 10. The “Night at the Museum” black-tie affair entails a three-course dinner, historical reenactments, and a dance party. {For local recommendations, follow The Scout Guide Jackson.}


Sixty thousand spectators from around the world visit the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington each April for the running of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, which takes place from April 23-26. Known in the sport simply as Rolex, the competition’s highlight is the Saturday event in which horses and riders tackle a grueling, four mile cross country course at full gallop while clearing Olympic-sized obstacles. Tailgating is the preferred way to watch, with Kentucky bourbon the drink of choice. {For local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide Lexington, and to keep up with all things equestrian, follow The Scout Guide Equestrian.}

Louisville, Kentucky

We all know what happens at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May, but the Kentucky Derby is just one of many noteworthy events in this area this time of year. Festive occasions surrounding the Derby abound, including the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, which takes place April 26-26, Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1, and, of course, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. {For local recommendations, follow The Scout Guide Louisville, and to keep up with all things equestrian, follow The Scout Guide Equestrian.}


The last weekend of April and first weekend of May, the New Orleans Fairgrounds are set up with numerous stages where world-class musicians from a variety of genres play simultaneously, offering a one-of-a-kind musical experience everyone can appreciate: Jazz Fest. The food, hometown favorites, and headliners make this a can’t-miss event for locals and out-of-towners alike. {For local recommendations, browse The Scout Guide New Orleans.}


Don’t forget that May 27 is the last day to enter our #HOWILOCAL photo contest! Whether you attend any of the above events or simply enjoy a day the park or a great meal in your hometown, we want to see you enjoying the best of local and supporting your favorite local businesses. Find contest details here.


A Scouted Abode: TSG New Orleans Editor Taylor Morgan’s Uptown Apartment

tsg-Taylor-Morgan-Shaun-Smith-apt As far as design maxims go, “surround yourself with things you love” is pretty much the only rule that we believe must always be followed. When discussing her new home, it’s clear that adhering to this principle has worked well for TSG New Orleans editor Taylor Morgan—though her abode is an example of the idea with a twist: Morgan chose to enlist local businesses she loves to create the perfect new personal environment, starting with designer Shaun Smith of Shaun Smith Home.

tsg-taylor-morgan-living-room-chairs Rose Pave from Dunn & Sonnier // Pink pillow: Gerrie Bremermann signature pillow from Bremermann Designs // Slipcover: Alison Seeger Custom Slipcovers (TSG Savannah) // Orange, white, and gold boxes from Source.  

Following a year of contemplating a real estate move, Morgan found the perfect apartment on Audubon Park. Craving a new interior aesthetic, she decided to start with a clean slate in terms of furnishings. When she moved in, she bought a bed and a sofa, brought two chairs she’d inherited from her great-grandmother, and figured she’d fill the space over time. In mid-October, Smith, a high school friend of Morgan’s with whom she’d reconnected after TSG New Orleans Vol. 1 launched, came over to visit…and discovered that Morgan hadn’t added much to her spare surroundings.

Smith, a sought-after designer who manages his own store on Magazine Street in addition to working on high-profile design projects, offered to help Morgan turn her house into a home. She gave him a photo for inspiration—a room done almost completely in whites and creams except for a few touches of pink by renowned New Orleans designer Gerrie Bremermann, Smith’s Magazine Street shop neighbor and mentor, and a family friend of Morgan’s—a list, a deadline of December 4 (when Morgan planned on hosting friends for a Christmas/housewarming party), permission to purchase one “splurge item” from Bremermann’s store, and one special request: to source items locally whenever possible.

tsg-taylor-morgan-living-room Six weeks later, on December 4th, Smith arrived at Morgan’s house and sent her away, instructing her to come back at 6. Morgan spent the day running errands for the party, then returned home. “Shaun opened the door and asked, ‘Are you ready for your new life?’”

tsg-taylor-morgan-apartment The Bremermann-inspired palette was beautifully executed. At their earlier meeting, Morgan had told Smith that at another point in her life she would’ve chosen bold, bright colors, but at that moment in time she was currently drawn to calm, peaceful hues. “I love it,” Morgan says. “And pink and white is trending!” Another pleasant surprise was how Smith had incorporated Morgan’s existing pieces. Although he’d brought in most of the big items, he put an unexpected twist on the few things she had, by having her great-grandmother’s chairs recovered in a dreamy light pink fabric and using a Queen Mary statue Morgan had received as a gift just days earlier as a centerpiece. “Now it’s my prayer angel,” Morgan says.

tsg-taylor-morgan-details-2 Bar cart from Kathy Slater // Pineapple from Dunn & Sonnier // Wishbone from Eclectic Home // Demilume from Tara Shaw // Coffee table books: House Proud by Sara Essex Bradley, Linens by Jane Scott Hodges // Candle on pedestal: Jonathan Adler “Champagne” from Hattie Sparks

A natural storyteller, Morgan wanted to know the history behind all of Smith’s finds, but he resisted, hinting that she’d appreciate them more if he didn’t tell all of his secrets—just as she appreciated his work even more because he’d spared her the anxiety and stress of decision-making. Instead, he’d completely followed his vision without any interference, which allowed him to deliver his best work. “That’s why you hire an expert, someone you trust,” Morgan explains. “Removing me from the process, and therefore the pressure, was the best gift.” Still, her apartment is filled with stories. The 1,100-square-foot space holds items from every business that has participated in TSG New Orleans, and each one holds a personal memory and reminder of a connection with clients who have become friends. All together, these local finds create a beautiful home, but they also form a narrative. “I look around,” Morgan says, “And I think, ‘this is the story of a volume.'”

tsg-taylor-morgan-office-bookshelf Left: Editor Taylor Morgan’s office, which was designed by her. Right: Bookshelf styled by Shaun Smith, which includes: Lucite American flag from Bremermann Designs // Small blue painting on top shelf by Alexis Walter // Elephant bookends from Source.  // Sercy from Jade

Photos by Sara Essex Bradley.


Scouted: The Blooms Came Anyway by Katheleen Markowitz

Scouted: The Blooms Came Anyway by Kathleen Markowitz Everything about this painting fills us with gratitude for spring. Measuring 48” x 36”, the acrylic on canvas work would be a welcome and refreshing element in any space, and serve as a reminder of the beauty of blooms and nature’s buoyancy even on the dreariest of days. This beautiful piece and more by the artist will be available for viewing at the opening reception for You Can Get There From Here: New Paintings by Kathleen Markowitz, which will be held at Richmond-based Page Bond Gallery on April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Page Bond Gallery  //  Richmond, VA  //  804.359.3633


Spring Shoes: Part 2

High Style For Spring

tsg-spring-shoes-dark-wedge-embellish While we love our piled-on winter attire, we find ourselves looking forward to shedding a few layers, raising our hemlines, and embracing an elevated spring (shoe) silhouette. The above two-toned Coclico “Elo” sandals, available from Embellish in Chattanooga and shown in a photo from their always stylish Facebook page, are classic and versatile, and would pair perfectly with cropped jeans, a mid-length skirt, or the season’s mush-have culottes. In addition to the above, we’ve rounded up a few of our other favorites for the season; from peep-toes to platforms wedges, here are our picks…

TSG Spring Shoes: Part 2 Elevated Style Clockwise, from top left: Coclico ”Max” leather wedge available from Arco Avenue in Jackson, MS // Robert Clergerie “Dylani” wedge available from Marissa Collections in Naples, FL // Chloé lace-up suede sandals available from Vermillion in Raleigh, NC // Rachel Comey “Hitchiker” clog available from Scarpa in Charlottesville, VA // Acne “Roza” linen heels from Hampden in Charleston, SC // Coclico “Fanny” available from Shoes On King in Charleston, SC // Stuart Weitzman “Glover” denim wedge available from Embellish in Chattanooga, TN // Loeffler Randall “Anya” available from Bishop Boutique in Alexandria, VA

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A Stylish Celebration: 10 Years of Vermillion

TSG Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill: Vermillion

“The shop is like a jewel box,” TSG Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill Editor Hopie Avery says when asked to describe Vermillion, an upscale boutique in Raleigh owned by Ashley Harris that just marked its ten-year anniversary. Stocked with gorgeous clothing and accessories by high-end designers, the store is a favorite among Raleigh’s fashion-forward set, yet has an undeniably approachable, fun, and friendly vibe Avery attributes to Harris. “She’s a cool, laid-back woman who doesn’t put on any airs, and she has a huge local fan club,” Avery says of the woman who turned a love of beautifully constructed clothes into a career.

TSG Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill: Vermillion Party photos by Missy McLamb

Harris’s fan club extends to the designers who create the pieces Vermillion carries; for Vermillion’s 10-year celebration, Lela Rose created a custom gown for Harris, and, along with designers like Wes Gordon, Shawn Hecox of The Woods Fine Jewelry, and Stephanie von Watzdorf of Figue, attended the anniversary soiree, which was a full-blown house party held at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House two weeks ago. In addition, to mark the anniversary, designers created stunning, exclusive commemorative pieces for Vermillion—in the store’s signature color, of course.

We caught up with Harris the day after the festive anniversary party (keep checking the Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill city page for party pics, which should be coming soon!) to find out what she’s loving at the moment, and what’s next.

Vermillion Pieces from Vermillion’s 10 year collaboration collection (clockwise from top left): Lizzie Fortunato necklace, Megan Park Vermillion colored dress with silver embellishment, Wes Gordon silk Vermillion shades dress, Barbara Tfank Vermillion print dress, Figue bag. Photos by Petite Simone Photography

Who are your style icons, and why? Cristobal Balenciaga for his timeless innovation. Being in fashion I am inspired every day by my designers, for their color palettes and fabric choices (I am a colorist at heart). I love to see how my clients interrupt the clothing in the store by choosing how to wear them…and I love to see how team Vermillion dresses every day.

What’s your spring uniform? I am a big fan of a crop skinny pant for spring with an espadrille or wedge. Currently I am into the Chloé lace up tobacco sandal and a flowy light colored dress for spring. Chloé Spring was my favorite!

Where is your favorite place to unwind? In a hot bathtub, cuddled up in my cozy bed, or on vacation!

What’s the most treasured piece in your wardrobe? I just celebrated Vermillion’s 10-year anniversary and I wore a beautiful gown that Lela Rose custom did for me and The Woods Fine Jewelry sisters made me a gorgeous Vermillion-inspired charm bracelet with diamond stars to represent my twin girls, an abstract heart for my recent engagement, and a diamond lock for Vermillion surrounded by beautiful gold and Vermillion-colored stones. I will cherish both of these pieces forever with fond memories of a special time in my life.

What’s a hidden Raleigh gem that more people should know about? Well, it’s not so hidden, but a Sunday afternoon hiking around the North Carolina Museum of Art and then stretching out on a blanket with a picnic and loved ones is heaven.

What’s on your nightstand? The latest issues of Vogue, Town & Country, Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. I also have a Barefoot Contessa cookbook, The Happiness Project, and Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman, who went to college with me. And a Scout Guide, of course!

What’s next? Getting married this summer! Continue doing what I love while growing professionally and personally.

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