The Scouted Calendar / February 2016

tsg-february-scouted-calendar-1 It may be the shortest month, but February brings so many wonderful events to our Scouted cities. In addition to art festivals, golf getaways, and horse shows, the month holds many fun and festive opportunities to give back to our communities. Here are some of the activities that are on our Scouted February calendar:

Charleston, South Carolina

Ladies who like to hit the links should consider booking a trip to South Carolina February 25-28, when Kiawah Island Golf Resort is hosting a women’s golf getaway. At the “Golfing Gals Bootcamp,” attendees will address trouble shots and learn new skills with the help of seasoned professionals in a setting dubbed the #1 golf resort by Travel + Leisure Golf{Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charleston here.}


On February 3, six weeks of Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation classes kick off at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona, for the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit—a show that’s sure to be exciting! {Find more equestrian events we’re looking forward to here.}

Jackson, Mississippi

Design firm and furniture boutique SummerHouse offers Jackson residents the opportunity to enjoy art and refreshments and support a good cause on February 11 from 5 – 8 p.m., when they will host “For the Love of Art.” At the event, which is part of the Lee Loves Local campaign organized by Lee Industries, works by regional artists will be on display, and attendees are encouraged to make a $10 donation to Stewpot Community Services, which assists Jackson’s poor and homeless population. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Jackson here.}

Miami, Florida

Celebrating its 75th year, the Miami International Boat Show will take place February 11-15, and will be held in a new venue: the historic Miami Marine Stadium Park. Powerboats, sailboats, yachts, classic models, and antiques will all be on display. Overlapping the boat show to make for quite a weekend of fun, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival offers the opportunity to check out original art and enjoy live music in Miami’s classic artist enclave. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Miami here.}

Minneapolis, Minnesota

A fashion show featuring Twin Cities local celebrities—including TSG Minneapolis editor Kerry Ciardelli!—the fifth annual Red Dress Collection in support of The American Heart Association’s Go Red Women’s Program will take place on Saturday, February 13 at the Loews Hotel. Sponsored by St. Jude Medical, the event includes a cocktail hour and the chance to see one-of-a-kind gowns on the runway. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Minneapolis here.}

Nashville, Tennessee

February 12 – 14, the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, which benefits Cheekwood and ECON, will be held in the Music City Center, with Gwyneth Paltrow as the featured speaker; a lecture by Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy; a Bourbon Party hosted by The Scout Guide; a design panel with Suzanne Rheinestein, Mark D. Sikes, Winsor Smith, and Brian Murphy; and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Nashville here.}

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 9, but of course the festivities are in full swing way before then in New Orleans. Don’t miss the gorgeous floats, but be sure to visit the fantastic boutiques, art galleries, antiques and home furnishing stores, restaurants, and more while you’re in town! {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in New Orleans HERE.}

Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

There is always so much to do in the Triangle! February includes Fearrington’s annual Folk Art Show, which takes place on the 20th and 21st, when the Barn at Fearrington Village is filled with work by folk artists from across the South; three nights of romantic dinners at Durham’s Counting House to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 12th, 13th, and 14th; and the Carolina Ballet Winter Ball, which features cocktails, delicious fare, live and silent auctions, and a brief performance by Principal dancers, on February 27 downtown at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill here.}

Richmond, Virginia

February 20, the Children’s Hope Gala, which will benefit two of Bon Secours’s pediatric programs, will be held in the historic Jefferson Hotel. Previously known as forty one, the event supports palliative care, hospice, and intensive physical therapy programs for children and young adults. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Richmond here.}

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Pretty in Peacock

mmr-interiors-1 It’s hard to imagine a color prettier than peacock blue. Statement-making and sophisticated yet also calming and somewhat of a chameleon, as the above space by New Orleans’s MMR Interiors shows, it’s an ideal hue to take interiors to the next level.

meg-lonergan-3 Houston-based interior designer Meg Lonergan creates elegant rooms with plenty of personality. Here, she adds a pop of color with a peacock blue-upholstered chair and ottoman that echo an eye-catching sconce.

meg-lonergan-2 Meg Lonergan picked peacock again in this living room, incorporating a lovely blue sofa and cabinet that set off the peachy hue of the drapes and red tones of the rug.

mcalpine-booth-ferrier-1 The stunning sofa featured in the above space that Atlanta’s McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier designed for the W Showhouse beautifully complements the dark tones of the surrounding art and elements and adds a wonderful texture to the mix.

ivy-lane-alexandria-1 In a bedroom by Alexandria, Virginia-based design firm Ivy Lane, a tufted peacock blue headboard bearing gorgeous details adds a sense of drama. We love how the hue is beautifully paired with browns, creating an elegant contrast.


We could go on and on about the beauty of blue and white (in fact, we have!), but the above image from New Orleans’s Leontine Linen’s instagram showcasing how Nathan Turner incorporated their linens into a project featured in House Beautiful (above left) does the job for us, as does the living room by Palm Beach-based Katherine Shenaman Interiors’s “Palmo Way” project (above, right). And the “Manet” chair from Atlanta’s Bungalow Classic would add a refreshing dash of blue to any space. 

turquoise-collage-1 Speaking of pretty peacock accents, here are a few of our favorites: Jade green and gold lamp available from New Orleans’s Shaun Smith Home // Mottahedeh green lace china available from L.V. Harkness // 24” overdyed pillow available from Houston’s Mela & Roam.

robert-brown-peacock-1 Here, vases on the turquoise side of the spectrum atop gilded shelves in a living room by Atlanta’s Robert Brown Interiors flank an abstract painting, drawing the eye up and adding interest to a large living room wall.

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Scouted: The Jeanie Luncheon Bag

Scouted: handbag Our love for winter white is well documented. Its versatility and sophistication make it an ideal hue for accessories, and this crocodile handbag from Baird & Baird is a perfect example why: Clean, crisp, and utterly chic, it’ll brighten up your daytime attire while making a stylish statement.

Baird & Baird  //  Houston, TX  //  713.301.3515

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Words We Love / 72

Words We Love #72


The Making of TSG Equestrian

tsg-molly-knott-trunk-1 Today marks the launch of The Scout Guide’s first national book, The Scout Guide Equestrian. An exciting addition to TSG’s stable of guides (sorry, we couldn’t resist!), TSG Equestrian is a celebration of the artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and enterprises that embody the beauty and spirit of the equestrian tradition.

As is the case with all of our publications, the making of TSG Equestrian was a labor of love. It began when TSG Co-founder Susie Matheson, an avid equestrian, realized that she would use and appreciate a book that was a curated collection of equestrian-themed businesses, artists, and experts, and came to fruition under the care and guidance of editor Molly Knott, founder of the beloved blog Dappled Grey. On the eve of the guide’s release, we sat down with Knott for a look back at an equestrian journey that is in many ways just beginning.

TSG: Tell us about your background as an equestrian.

MK: My equestrian lifestyle started at two years old, when I was hoisted onto one of my grandfather’s horses in Oregon. This sparked a horse-crazy child- and young adulthood, spent daily, dawn to dusk, at the barn. I was lucky to ride with a few very talented trainers growing up, and competed extensively in California. In 2007, I bought a two year old warmblood named Fitch and he has very much become my “horse of a lifetime” and an ongoing inspiration for my work. It’s safe to say that, at every subsequent turn, a life with horses has deeply influenced who I am and what I do.

In 2009, fresh off an unorthodox decision to leave a budding career in academia, I began riding and teaching lessons professionally and blogging on the side—an existential crisis move if there ever was one! I started Dappled Grey with the general premise that horses are more lifestyle than hobby. At first, I used the blog as a place to curate my own personal list of equestrian-oriented must have’s and must do’s, and it amassed a following almost immediately. I had tapped an unmet need, a stylish alternative to the more typical “how-to” and competition results equestrian publications. From an inspired if somewhat uncalculating career move I had found my calling: to write about fashion, travel, books and movies, theater, cultural events, and special interest stories—all through the lens of a guide to the equestrian lifestyle.

“We set out to create a beautiful, thoughtful, and inspiring ode to equestrian life.”

TSG: What was it like getting “scouted” for TSG Equestrian?

MK: When Susie Matheson asked me to come on board as the founding editor of The Scout Guide’s first national book, I immediately knew TSG Equestrian was the perfect next chapter for me. By marrying the blogging and social media side of Dappled Grey (now rebranded as The Scout Guide Equestrian) with TSG’s stunning print guide platform and expansive national network, we set out to create a beautiful, thoughtful, and inspiring ode to equestrian life.

tsg-equestrian-behind-the-scenes-1 Left: TSG Co-founder Susie Matheson styles a shot for Rani Arabella. Right, Tad Coffin gets ready for his close-up.

TSG: Describe what it was like scouting the people featured in the book.

MK: Dappled Grey prepared me well for the thrill of the hunt in terms of “scouting” the businesses you see in TSG Equestrian Vol. 1. Some, like Pinnell Custom Leather, are venerable legends of the horse world, while others are under the radar (though not for long!) gems, like photographer Leon Steele, who are bringing something extremely special and refreshing to their craft.

“The best meetings are always held on horseback!”

In addition to its focus on equestrian life, the biggest differentiator between TSG Equestrian and the local guides is its nationally-based membership. The unprecedented feat of creatively planning and executing this 50-page book required over 25 photographers, generous collaboration with numerous local TSG editors, cross country travel, and—I won’t lie—a tough stretch of multi-time zone work weeks by yours truly.

But there were so many memorable moments as well, like an afternoon spent riding the golden hills of a Northern California ranch with Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn, owner of Stick & Ball. The best meetings are always held on horseback! I also traveled for the first time to Indiana, to shoot the incredibly talented designer Julie Browning Bova. We toured the hunt country surrounding Indianapolis, ventured in to the city for a drive by of historic homes and important architecture, watched her daughter ride, and wrapped the shoot with a birthday dinner for Julie’s mom. They truly welcomed me like family!

tsg-equestrian-bts-3 Catching magic hour on the polo field at Cerro Pampa after the Stick & Ball shoot.

“In a way, the rituals and ceremony of equestrian life can sometimes feel like a lost art. But I believe there are ways to invite a broader audience back in.”

TSG: Now that the book has been published, what are you excited about?

MK: Besides creatively telling the stories of an incredible group of artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs, I’m perhaps most excited about the power of TSG Equestrian to share equestrian life with readers outside of the horse world. My personal passion for introducing friends, family, and children to the magic of horses also extends to the way we are reaching new audiences with TSG Equestrian.

In a way, the rituals and ceremony of equestrian life can sometimes feel like a lost art. But I believe there are numerous ways to invite a broader audience back in—through travel and the histories of horse-based cultures; through equestrian sports, including three Olympic disciplines that are the only to allow men and women to compete against one another and with a non-human animal team member; through art; and yes, fashion, where one only has to look as far as the perennial riding-inspired wear marching down the runways of Ralph Lauren and others to know that an affinity for equestrian life still abides.


Purchase TSG Equestrian Here | View the Guide Online HereBrowse the Directory Here | Follow TSG Equestrian Here

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SCOUTED-vintagedominacloche-revival Black, white, and suspended in time, this vintage domino set mounted on an iron frame is a handsome, whimsical accessory that will add interest to any space. Measuring 21 inches high by 8 inches wide by 8 inches deep, it would look perfectly at home in a library or on a living room side table.

REVIVAL  //  Chattanooga, TN  //  423.265.2656

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