Golden Rules

Summer Jewelry - FINAL

Summer is a time to lighten up, and we love to reflect this notion in our attitude, attire, and, of course, our accessories. This time of year, we believe that gold rules; even a small amount of the precious metal is enough to enhance a tan or add a sun-kissed vibe to any summer outfit. From quills and fringe to earth and ocean-inspired items, here are some of our favorite pieces for the season:

1. Black jasper gold medal earring from Nest Fine Gifts in Wilmington 2. Coconut fringe necklace available from Sunroom in Austin 3. Pave ring available from La Linea Bella ! in Charlottesville 4. Gold starfish cuff available from La Linea Bella ! 5. Megalodon shark tooth fossil pendant necklace from Nest Fine Gifts 6. Faceted teardrop bangle from Bishop Boutique in Alexandria, Virginia 7. Gold lace cuff from La Linea Bella 8. Hand-knotted necklace with gold-dipped shark tooth available from eloise in Charlottesville 9. Porcupine quill earrings from Arco Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi.



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Alexis in Napa

Exclusive Q & A

Scout is officially out in Napa Valley and we’re thrilled to showcase the incredible local businesses on display in our Napa guide. In honor of our newest West Coast venture, we thought it only fitting to have a guest tastemaker from Napa to tell us about what their currently interested in.

The blog Alexis’ Napa has been a fun read for quite sometime, written by wine enthusiast and altogether stylish figure Alexis Traina of Swanson Vineyards, a unique place known for their bright red tasting room. See what she has to say about what inspires her these days.


What you are currently reading.
nothing worth bragging about

What’s a favorite quote that you find inspirational?
“if i ever go looking for my heart’s desire,i won’t look any further than my own backyard,because if it isn’t there,it was never there to begin with” – the wizard of oz

Who is your current favorite artist?
i love the photography of  william eggleston

What is your favorite recipe?
Chef Nate Appleman’s meatballs from San Francisco restaurant A16.

Do you have a favorite summer buy?
a red YSL flowy dress.

Who inspires you right now?
all of the ladies in my life.

Where do you go for your inspiration?
the streets.

Where is your “happy place”?
under the covers with my children + husband


Best of Local

Weekly Round-Up


#1: The stylish, modern space belonging to interior design team Caroline Edwards, Inc. is a must-see; get a full tour of their digs on TSG Aspen. You’ll realize just how capable this husband and wife team is, especially when it comes to mixing contemporary decor with timeless, vintage wares.


#2: Mother’s Day is this Sunday and our local editors have put together some amazing gift guides that will help you find the perfect present for your mom.
Virginia Beach – Beach Nut Gift Guide
Richmond VA Clothing Picks for Mom
Birmingham, AL – For Mom
Chicago, IL – Mother May I
Palm Beach – Definitive Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC – Mothers Day Mother Load


#3: A meditation on all things gilded from TSG Charlottesville. It’s remarkable how gorgeous images of golden wares can be. We especially love the gilded flowers available at Steadmen House.


#4: The artwork of Penny Putman really stopped us in our tracks. Check out more information on these ethereal abstracts via TSG Greenwich.


#5: Obsessed with these hand painted python bags, featured on TSG Charlotte this week. We want one in every color!


Baskets, Baskets & More Baskets


Back in the 80s, decorating with baskets was all the rage. And we think that they’re making a come back. Yes, we love that they’re endlessly functional: store toys, pillows, papers, linens, even rolled up blueprints and papers. But in addition to this, they’ve got a great decorative quality. You can never have too many!


Perfect for packing a picnic in, these vintage stacking picnic baskets from Bungalow are perfect storage containers for a meal on the go. And here is a great idea: when you’re not using them to pack food, store your blankets and throws inside them.


This uniquely tall, oblong basket could serve so many purposes, you’ll have trouble picking what to keep in it. We like the idea of keeping it by your fireplace to store paper and firewood. Call And George in Charlottesville, V.A. for pricing information.

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We love the idea of putting your plants in oversized baskets. Nurseries all over the world display their greens, herbs and plants this way. There’s no reason for you not to do this at your own house. One word of warning is whicker doesn’t do great in the rain; bring your basketed plants inside during storms!

At a nice price point, these nesting baskets are perfect for storing napkins and the like; One could even use them as a tray to set up a bar on. Available through Trouve in Pheonix, A.Z.

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This industrial metal blue basket has a bit of rust, but that shouldn’t scare you away. Pick this piece up from Crica Antiques in Birmingham, A.L. to store your tools and garden supplies.


The Uniform: Jeans

We wear jeans almost everyday. Brighten your closet with a few of these pieces.

To get the look, visit our list of local shops around the country.

And if you are in Princeton, NJ take advantage of this great event at Rouge.