A Harvest-inspired Table

tsg-harvest-table-styling1 Last week, we were invited to designer Jan Roden’s house for lunch and to discuss an upcoming workshop she will be hosting at Monticello as part of the highly anticipated Heritage Harvest Festival. Spending time at Jan’s is always a treat; her home is a treasure trove of beautiful furnishings, antiques (her bird cage, which houses the happiest finches on earth, is one of our favorite pieces), and special touches like the cloche on the “snack table” under which she places a different delicious surprise daily for her grandchildren to discover.

Walking into Jan’s house on Thursday was even more delightful than usual. The aforementioned workshop is titled “Designing Your Holiday Feast,” and will entail Jan setting festive tables with antiques from Jefferson’s day and inspired by Jefferson’s tastes. In preparation, she had laid out serving dishes and accessories influenced by what would have been on Jefferson’s table, as well as seasonally appropriate fare for a fall feast. A turkey—procured from her son-in, law, Ryan Ford, owner of The Organic Butcher (and husband of TSG co-founder Christy Ford)—had been roasting in her oven since 7:20 a.m., making the already enticing space smell like Thanksgiving. Jan’s antique ironstone cake stands were laden with oranges (“It’s such a silly thing, but it makes me so happy,” Roden said of her collection). And, adding a whimsical detail to the mix, Jan’s granddaughter Tulip had been over the day before and arranged a smiley face out of peppercorns in the clam shell salt cellar.

tsg-harvest-table-setup2 After showing us what she’d pulled and explaining why—the covered dish was a reference to Jefferson’s quest to find a covered vegetable dish to bring home to the U.S. from Paris, the antique book was a nod to the books that Jefferson always kept on the mantel so he wouldn’t have to waste a moment idly waiting for dinner to be served—Jan started arranging a traditional iteration of a table, bearing in mind Jefferson’s tendency toward the understated. According to Jan, Jefferson was even criticized by guests for hosting dinners that were too inelegant! (Which leads us to wonder, if even Thomas Jefferson gets snarky reviews, why should we worry what people think?)

Just before lunchtime, as Jan was styling, Christy arrived with her daughters, Ruby and Tulip. Proving that the design gene can be inherited, Ruby sized up the table and immediately suggested that a candelabrum at their house would look better than the one currently in use. She was correct.

tsg-harvest-table-modern1 After lunch, the traditional table was disassembled and Jan began her modern interpretation, incorporating Jeffersonian-inspired pieces with current trends in entertaining. Seeing her mix old pieces with new and arrange items in a manner consistent with contemporary entertaining was so inspiring.

tsg-harvest-table-theodore1 Of course, once the table was set it was time to bring Jan’s cockapoo, Theodore, into the scene. What’s more modern than making sure your dog has a place at the table?

Those lucky enough to be in the Charlottesville area from September 10 – 12 should consult the Heritage Harvest Festival schedule to see the full lineup of events. And if you enjoyed this sneak peek of Jan’s talk, tickets to her workshop at 10:30 a.m. on September 11 are still available, so order yours now! The inspiration and education you’ll receive during the hourlong session will give you a new appreciation for Jefferson as a host, and plenty ideas for setting your holiday table.

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Photographs by Robin Verrier for The Scout Guide.

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Cheetah Pointed Toe Flat

Scouted The flat we’ve been waiting for to take us into fall, the “Zola” by Matt Bernson is pointed toe, cheetah-print perfection. Featuring a leather lining and just the right amount of attitude, this shoe will complete any outfit and win over wearers with its combination of practicality and personality.  Call Arco Avenue and order a pair today!

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Six Go-to Looks for a Long Weekend in Charlottesville, VA

Guest curator: Audrey Lewis of Eloise

tsg_audrey_lewis_eloise Thanks to stunning vineyards and other wedding venue-ready settings, a venerable university, and an impressive variety of dining and entertainment options, Charlottesville has become a popular fall destination. To help those who may be traveling to the central Virginia city pack the perfect looks and spend a long weekend like a stylish local, we asked Audrey Lewis, owner of the beloved Charlottesville boutique eloise, for recommendations on what to wear and do during an autumn visit to TSG HQ’s hometown. 

Thursday evening

tsg_thurs_evening_eloise Where to go: Lewis recommends arriving in town in time for drinks and dinner at Tavola (826 Hinton Avenue). Located in the Belmont neighborhood, the restaurant, which serves delicious rustic Italian fare, doesn’t take reservations, but patrons can now enjoy a drink in the recently opened craft cocktail lounge in the back while waiting for a table. What to wear: (clockwise from top left): Clyde patchwork print dress with exposed back zipper accessorized with o-ring knotted leather necklacepyrite bracelet with pave diamond bead, and open-toe ankle booties.

Friday Daytime


Where to go: Lewis advises antiquing like a local at And George (3465 Ivy Road), The Curious Orange Store (2845 Ivy Road), August 93 (407D Monticello Road), and Stedman House (201 E High Street). Break for lunch at Mediterranean restaurant Orzo (416 W. Main Street [editor’s note: eloise is located just one block away at 505 W. Main Street—be sure to stop in and say hello to your tour guide!]), then enjoy an afternoon facial at Signature Medical Spa so you’ll feel refreshed for your night out. What to wear: Augustina button-up lace shirt, black ankle-length skinny jeans with leather-like coating, striped flannel top.

Friday night


Where to go: Lewis recommends pre-dinner drinks and oysters at Public Fish & Oyster (513 West Main Street) before heading next door to Oakhart Social (511 West Main Street) for delicious small plates. What to wear: Pair your favorite skinny jeans with a bias cami in a champagne-hued silk-like cotton fabric and wool vest with button detail at shoulder and side. Accessorize with an African brass bead necklace by The Woods Fine Jewelry and a 14 carat gold open ring with bicolor tourmaline by Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry.

Saturday sightseeing


Where to go: Enjoy brunch and the beautiful view at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards (5022 Plank Road, North Garden, VA), then treat yourself to a tour of the University of Virginia grounds. What to wear: Silk crepe flare sleeve dress accessorized with a Feather pendant bracelet and leather bag.

Saturday night


Where to go: Lewis recommends heading to the downtown mall for the evening, beginning with drinks at the stylish bar at the sleek Japanese restaurant TEN (120B E. Main Street) followed by dinner at Fleurie (108 3rd Street NE), a charming restaurant located just off the mall that serves delicious modern French cuisine. What to wear: A yellow, red, and white reef-print Bella dress paired with a Silk thread necklace and Romanesque stackable rings.

Sunday OUt On the town


Where to go: Lewis’s advice for those with a somewhat adventurous side is to take a hot air balloon ride (TSG co-founder Christy Ford agrees that this is an excellent way to take in amazing views of the city!), then enjoy a coffee from Greenberry’s (1049 Emmet Street N) before heading out of town. What to wear: A silk charmeuse mock neck shirt, wool and cashmere Tie-dye poncho, and le garcon boyfriend jeans.   

Read more about Audrey Lewis here, and follow TSG Charlottesville for additional local recommendations when visiting the city.

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‘Joaquin’s Closeout’ by Mary Heilmann

SCOUTED_Joaquin_rev1 We adore this eye-catching work by Mary Heilmann. Part of PRINT: A Group Exhibition, which is opening today at Richmond’s Page Bond Gallery and features stunning pieces by a number of artists, “Joaquin’s Closeout” measures 40 inches by 30 1/2 inches and truly makes a statement. Stop by and see it for yourself now through October 31.

Page Bond Gallery // Richmond, VA // 804.359.3633

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The Scouted Calendar / September 2015

TSG_Sept_2015_Scouted_Calendar The start of the school year, a return to fall commitments, the promise of a new season right around the corner…September is almost upon us—which means it’s time to get serious about our calendars. Along with more structured routines, the upcoming month will bring a variety of exciting festivals, events, exhibitions to our Scouted cities. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to in our Scouted cities this September:


With a thriving culinary scene, it’s not surprising that Charleston will host two food-themed celebrations during the same September weekend. Now in its 35th year, The Southern Living Taste of Charleston, a three-day showcase for Charleston restaurants, will take place from September 25 – 27, while the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Foundation hosts a star-studded benefit dinner on Friday, September 25 and cooking demonstrations on Saturday, September 26. {Find additional local recommendations on what to do in Charleston here.} 


The 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, a celebration of “America’s first foodie,” Thomas Jefferson, takes place at (where else?) Monticello on Saturday, September 12, and offers something for everyone, including workshops and lectures, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, chef demonstrations, a seed swap, and more. The event kicks off with an “Epic Tomato” event on Thursday, September 10; pre-festival workshops all day on Friday, September 11 (including a session on “Designing Your Holiday Feast” with designer Jan Roden, mother of TSG co-founder Christy Ford, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.!), and festival headliners The Fabulous Beekman Boys delivering a keynote talk at The Paramount Theater on Friday evening. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Charlottesville here.}


Now in its second year, the Rendezvous Music Festival (which is put on by the Nashville-based Be Entertainment) will return to Beaver Creek September 11-12, promising a dynamic experience including performances by the Indigo Girls, John Oates, Chris Stapleton, and more, as well as food and wine. And in what will undoubtedly be a fascinating exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will present Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty from September 18 through January 31. The exploration of the painter and photographer’s work will invite attendees to consider the artist in a whole new light. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Denver here.}

Greenville, South Carolina

If a festival is named Euphoria, you know it has to be good. TSG Greenville editor Paula Lipsey says the event, which takes place from September 17 – 20 and includes tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, fabulous dinners, and live musical performances—and draws high-profile chefs and master sommeliers—is a can’t-miss experience. {Read editor Paula Lipsey’s “Insider’s Guide to Greenville” here, and find additional local recommendations for what to do in Greenville here.}


Labor Day weekend in Loudon County, Epicurience Virginia highlights Virginia’s finest wine and food. Featuring celebrity chefs, live music, and a variety of tasting opportunities, the event, which takes place at beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, promises to be a delicious—and delightful—experience. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Hunt Country HERE.}


Jackson residents, get your sharpie ready and make room on the coffee table. On September 17, designer Barbara Westbrook (of TSG Atlanta!) will be signing her gorgeous book, Gracious Rooms, at the lovely furniture boutique SummerHouse. The TSG Editorial team loves our copy and would jump at the chance to have Westbrook sign it. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Jackson here.}


There are always so many things to do in the Triangle! Combining two of our loves, lunch in a beautiful setting and books, “Cooks & Books: Lunch with Chef Patrick O’Connell” at Fearrington is our ideal way to spend an afternoon. Find details about the event, which will take place on September 13, here. On September 18, CAM Raleigh hosts “Exposure Time,” a party celebrating photographers and their work that promises to be an unforgettable evening (and an opportunity to take some fantastic selfies). And on September 24, the SEEDS Harvest Dinner will bring celebrated local chefs together for a feast benefitting the amazing organization, which offers a variety of sustainable and organic garden-based programs (TSG Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill editor Hopie Avery is helping with this event, so keep an eye out for her if you go!). {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill here.}

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