17 October, 2017

"Embracing Fall . . . "

It's just starting to happen here in San Francisco: There's a magical moment when it ceases to be summer and you know that fall has arrived. One of the first signs for me is seeing crossing guards ushering elementary students to the school in our neighborhood. 

Often that 'sense' of fall arrives before the calendar season or the chilly weather does - and our homes are a great place to celebrate that change. It's time to start nesting a bit and get things in order before that first evening by firelight gets here. And what better way than to use all of our senses? Below are some of my favorite things that you can enjoy with me.

Fall and winter have always been very tactile seasons for me. There's something iconic about that first evening sleeping under an extra blanket, or feeling the specific sensation of wool flannel next to my skin. So as I start getting my own home ready for fall, it all starts with the textiles - SMWHome's faux fur throw or maybe our wool decorative pillows, possibly a heavy gauge wool or cashmere throw for the sofa. Most anything that says snuggle is a great place to start - even our brand new collection of men's tartan scarves.

Whether we're talking about scented candles or the aroma of apple pies in the oven, smell is always one of the most evocative senses. With the new season, take a quick look at your candles and see if any need replacing. Maybe try a more woodsy scent? Our SMW Home Signature Candle is a bestseller for a reason!

What looks prettier than a sparkling table-setting, ready for your guests? I'm pleased to share our new elk, owl and pheasant tableware, or if that's not your cup of tea, we have antique teacups to make entertaining cozy.

Okay, being well-organized is clearly not one of the senses, but, let's call this one a "sense of calm." I'm much more of a fan of fall cleaning than spring cleaning. After a long summer of outdoor activities and vacationing, I see fall as an excellent time to turn my eyes away from the garden and start getting my interiors ready for entertaining, with the perfect barware or the perfect gift!

28 September, 2017

"SMW Home Does Dallas . . . "

Greetings Y'all,

I'm excited to be back from my adventures in Dallas.  We were honored to be chosen to design the powder room and mud room for the first Dallas Showcase House, sponsored by Traditional Home.  Besides, my need to design dramatic spaces, I'm also excited that we were able to debut the newest additions to Scot Meacham Wood Home.  Enjoy a few images from the Showhouse featuring our new textiles, wall coverings, and floor coverings!  And remember - you can always "Shop Dallas Showcase" at SMW Home. 

I love the contrast between these classic 
bold Victoria Botanical textile. 

A big thank you to Theodore Alexander for sponsoring the 
furniture in our rooms. Isn't this Aside Table amazing?
Here is a view of our Robert Walker Tartan Wallpaper
I love the artwork of Lindsay Cowles in contrast to our new paper. 
Don't forget, SMW Home will be donating 
10% of all sales to the Alzheimer's Association 
for the next four weeks. 


19 September, 2017

"SMW Home Supports The Alzheimer's Association . . . "

Mary Ann Wood 1932-2014
We're excited to be featured at the Dallas Showcase House sponsored by Traditional Home, opening this weekend in Southlake, Texas.  The house is amazing - and I'm delighted to be included in such a talented collection of interior designers from all across the United States.  Equally important, I'm proud that the proceeds from the events are supporting the important work of the Alzheimer's Association.  Alzheimer's is effecting an entire generation of Americans - including my own sweet mother who passed away almost three years ago.
To help contribute to their amazing work - SMW Home is proud to announce that starting TODAY and continuing for the next four weeks, 10% of our sales will be donated directly to the Alzheimer's Association.  Start shopping and start giving.

To purchase Showhouse Tour tickets click here.

26 July, 2017

"The Simple Bar Necessities . . . "


With Summer entertaining in full-swing - it's always best to be sure that your bar is fully stocked and ready to party.  Have a look through our jaunty selection of barware at Scot MeachamWood Home - and be sure that you are the hit of the night!

Also don't forget about our SMW Home Barware Give-Away.  Just "like" our SMW Home Facebook page for a chance to win this set - valued at over $250.00 - the set includes a pair of our ElkHead Cocktail Glasses, a vintage cocktail shaker, and a set of our SMW Home Cocktail Napkins.  Good luck - and cheers to Summer.  Contest ends at midnight August 6th - and the winner is announced August 7th.


19 July, 2017

"SMW Home Giveaway . . . "

Thanks to each one of you and your generous support, Scot Meacham Wood Home is having an amazing year - and since you can't join us for a celebratory cocktails, let us join you. 

Enter for a chance to win this perfect cocktail service for two valued at over $250! The prize includes a pair of SMW Home Elk Head Glasses, a Set of Custom Cocktail Napkins, and a Vintage Cocktail Shaker.  

To enter - simply "like" our Scot Meacham Wood Home Facebook page. Contest ends at midnight August 6th and we will announce the winner August 7th. 

Have a look at SMW Home's marvelous collection of Barware- and find a treasure for your own home!

17 July, 2017

"Cocktail Table Styling 101 . . . "

With summer in full swing - I feel like the warmer weather gives us a chance to re-fresh our homes as well.  Today, I'd like to focus on that workhorse of the home - the cocktail table.  Here are my top 5 tips for creating a cocktail table that is both chic and functional.
1. The Books 
They're not called "coffee table books" for nothing. I love keeping a few art and photography books stacked on my table. I'll often re-arrange them and use that little spot as a revolving exhibit of my newest (or favorite) books.
2. The Box - 
I like to keep a lidded box or container on my coffee table. It's the perfect place to stash the TV remotes, extra coasters, matches, or anything else that might clutter your table. If your style is a little more modern, something in a bright lacquer could be lovely. Personally, I keep a large antique tea caddy on mine.
3. The Blossoms -
So often a coffee table is the centerpiece of our room, so it's a perfect place to keep a small arrangement of flowers. It never ceases to amaze me what a simple collection of fresh roses will do for my house. 

4. The Balance - 
I like partnering different details to create something personal, such as using a collection of hard, bright surfaces mixed with matte, organic finishes. Always keep the function of the space in mind. 

5. The Treasure - 
Keep in mind that design is all about creating moments of surprise and delight. If you're using a stack of large art books, think of them as a little "stage" where you can play with scale and place a small figurine or even a beautiful shell on top.
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