The Pared-down Palette

tsg-robert-brown-1 Just as there is a time and place for an abundance of color, sometimes perfection is found in a more pared-down palette. Clean, calming, and undeniably sophisticated, as the above space by Atlanta’s Robert Brown Interior Design shows, a statement can be made by simply putting it in neutral and letting the pieces do the talking.

tsg-nadia-watts-1 With gorgeous natural light and beautiful floors and fixtures, this space by Denver’s Nadia Watts is perfectly adorned with furniture bearing clean lines and a subdued palette. The varying shapes and scale of the seating make the area feel well collected and welcoming.

tsg-landy-gardner-1 A soothing mix of browns and creams make this bedroom by Nashville’s Landy Gardner Interiors a handsome retreat. The carved headboard and monogrammed linens add interest without being overpowering in a room of similar hues.

tsg-mcalpine-booth-ferrier-1 White, grey, and brown hues converge in this serene space by Atlanta’s McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier. The neutral palette and symmetrical elements provide the perfect backdrop for the large painting in warm tones and layered books and objects.

tsg-bonny-neiman-page-bond Perfect pieces for a room with an understated palette: An X-frame antique leather Dante chair available from Northern New Jersey’s Great House Bonny Neiman and “View East from Downtown,” a painting by Isabelle Abbot available from Richmond’s Page Bond Gallery.

tsg-jenkins-baer-1 Above, a room by Baltimore-based Jay Jenkins of Jenkins Baer Associates photographed by Ron Blunt wonderfully illustrates the potential of a neutral palette. We love the way the hues in the artwork are echoed by the pillow, adding just the right dose of color to a light-filled space done in shades of cream and brown.

tsg-amanda-stone-tally-birch-panel How stunning is this piece by New Orleans-based painter Amanda Talley? The work, done on birch panel, is captivating, and would bring a wonderful sense of movement to any space.

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Scouted: Dutch Delft Birdcage

Scouted: Delft Birdcage We are firmly on record as being fans of a good birdcage, so as we were perusing the catalog for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’s “Connoisseur and Collector: A Chicago Residence,” this piece immediately caught our eye. Standing at 42 inches high, it will be available on November 17, so start envisioning the perfect corner of your home in which it can perch and prepare to place your bid.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers  //  Chicago, IL  //  312.280.1212

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Pillow Talk

tsg-summerhouse-1 November is the perfect time to add texture and warmth to our interiors. During this month we tend to experience our first taste of winter, and layering on accessories is an excellent way to add sophistication in addition to combating the chill and dwindling daylight. And while we love a good throw, as the above space by Lisa Palmer of Jackson, Mississippi-based SummerHouse Interior Design proves, when it comes to making a room feel complete and fall-ready, a well-placed pillow can truly do the trick.

tsg-mmr-interiors-1 This room by New Orleans-based Melissa Miles Rufty of MMR Interiors is stunning with its neutral palette, pattern, and amazing portrait, and we love how the pillows provide just the right finishing touch. Subtle yet statement-making, they add symmetry and softness to an exquisitely calm and inviting space.

tsg-summerhouse-2 Yet again, SummerHouse’s Lisa Palmer artfully accents a piece with a gorgeous velvet pillow in our preferred color scheme for the season. It’s all in the details, and this accessory is utterly divine.

tsg-mcmillin-interiors-1 The above space by Baton Rouge’s Mcmillan Interiors is both comfortable and well collected. The set of antique prints above the settee are beautifully complemented by pillows below, which also serve to make the room feel warm and welcoming.

tsg-fall-pillows-2 Inspired by the above spaces, we went in search of a few pillows from the TSG network to help us feather our fall nests. Here are a few of our favorites (clockwise from top left): Pair of Antique Embroidery Pillows from Bremermann Designs in New Orleans, Louisiana // Velvet and Antique European Metallic Embroidery Appliqué Pillow from Bremermann Designs // Antique Textile Embroidery Pillow from Bremermann Designs //  The Dance of Life Pichval Pillow from ibu in Charleston, South Carolina // 1850s French Silk Chenille Scroll Appliqué Pillow from Nancy Price Interiors in Jackson, Mississippi // Silk Pillow available from Bremermann Designs.

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Scouted: Leather Sling Chair

Scouted: Leather Sling Chair Clean lines, gorgeous leather, and excellent craftsmanship converge in this sling chair from San Antonio’s The Tiny Finch. Featuring handsome accent stitching and a sleek metal base, it’s the perfect piece for those who like to recline in style.

The Tiny Finch  //  San Antonio, TX  //  210.253.9570

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Delicious Fall Fare: Caramelized Cauliflower Gratin

tsg-cauliflower-graitin-cauliflower A great side dish can take a meal to the next level, and we admit to having a weakness for anything that has the word “gratin” in the title. Therefore, when we received Executive Chef Steven Greene of The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s recipe for Caramelized Cauliflower Gratin, we knew we had to try it.

tsg-cauliflower-gratin-ingredients The culinary team at the Cary, North Carolina-based hotel, which is home to the acclaimed Herons restaurant, favors local, seasonal ingredients (in fact, they source a variety of vegetables from their dedicated farm located nearby). Warm and comforting, the Caramelized Cauliflower Gratin is an ideal cold-weather dish that features some of our favorite fall fare and flavors. Here’s how to make it:


2 2-lb. heads of cauliflower
1 lb. unsalted butter or 2 cups of olive oil
4 tbsp. Flour
2.5 cups whole milk
1 whole lemon
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup hazelnuts, chopped and toasted
4 tbsp. fresh chives, sliced
4 tbsp. fresh-picked thyme
Nutmeg to taste
Fresh baby kale to taste (seasoned with hazelnut oil and salt), or kale leaves
Salt to taste



• Half-sheet pan
• Resting rack
• Pastry brush
• Microplane
• Ceramic baking dish


• Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
• Place the whole cauliflower heads with the stems partially removed on a sheet pan fitted with a resting rack. Brush with melted butter and season lightly with salt.
• Set a timer for 10 minutes, baste with melted butter when the 10 minute timer finishes. Repeat this process until you total 30 minutes. You should be able to push a small knife through the top of the cauliflower, some ovens may vary.
• While your cauliflower is roasting, place 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Let the butter slightly brown (for flavor), next slowly whisk in your flour, and let cook for about 4 minutes.
• Slowly whisk in your whole milk and let it cook until it begins to thicken.
• Next add ½ cup of parmesan cheese, half of the hazelnuts and slowly cook for another minute.
• Season with the juice of one lemon and zest, also add salt and grated nutmeg to taste.
• Remove the cauliflower from the oven and let cool.
• Slice the cauliflower thin (approximately 1/4-inch pieces) without breaking it apart too much.
• Pour enough parmesan sauce to cover the bottom of your pan.
• Layer your cauliflower with the crispy edges facing out.
• Season each layer with salt and parmesan.
• Finally top the cauliflower with the rest of your sauce and sprinkle the rest of your grated parmesan on top along with your hazelnuts.
• Bake in the oven for another 8-10 minutes; finish with chives, thyme and the fresh dressed kale leaves.

tsg-cauliflower-gratin-plated We recommend serving this delicious dish at your next fall gathering; it would pair well with practically any protein, and is sure to please. And the next time you’re traveling through the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, be sure to check out The Umstead Hotel and Spa and enjoy Chef Steven’s creations!

The Umstead Hotel and Spa // Cary, North Carolina // 919-447-4000

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Scouted: David Webb Lion Face Lighter

Scouted This 18-karat-gold fire-starter truly ignites interest. Made of 18-karat-gold, it’s a handsome and statement-making accessory that will light up someone’s life.

Tenenbaum & Co.  //  Houston, TX  //  713.629.7444

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