07 February, 2016

"Sunday Runway - Joseph Abboud Fall 2016 . . . "


Greetings,

Just a wee bit of yummy tweeds, tartans, and velvet for your Sunday afternoon.  If by any chance you're skipping out on the sporting event today and surfing the interwebs hunting for something tasty - well then - consider yourself served.






Mmmmmmm.  Good.

cheers,
Scot 

All photography by Dan Lecca for Style.com

29 January, 2016

"Colour Inspiration - SMW Home's Leland Tartan . . . "


artwork by Kazuo Shiraga

Greetings,

As soon as I began the work on our new textile collection several years ago, I started hording away any and every image that inspired me.  Even without thinking of a clear path to its usefulness, they began to litter my pinterest page and the bulletin boards in our offices.  Sometimes it was just a colour.  Sometimes the interplay between colours.  I even found a posting from late 2013 - although somewhat cryptic - that was actually some early scheming for this collection.

So . . . enjoy a wee peek behind my creative process . . .

This almost feel Druid.  Which always makes me happy.

I think I've had this tucked away for YEARS . . . 

One of my clients collects vintage automobiles - so these images are always kicking around


Verdant Scotland is always a good place to begin thinking . . . 



So what did this all turn in to you might ask?  Just a little tartan that I named after my grandfather - and one of my favourites from our new collection . . . 




Now that everything is beginning to settle down a bit - I'll try to bring you more of the inspirations behind many of our new textiles.  

Cheers,
Scot

21 January, 2016

"Checking Yourself . . . "


Greetings,

Just pleased as punch to be included in the newest issue of TRADHome - focusing on entertaining with great recipes and table service ideas - which launched yesterday!  Check the complete issue - and look for a charming editorial Check Yourself (on page 38) featuring our textile collection and the new "Mayfair Settee" from our furniture line.

cheers,
Scot

20 January, 2016

"Will the Real SMW Please Stand Up . . . "

So this is NOT John Ambrosio
but, in fact, me and Christian.

Greetings,

Here's how yesterday started out.  There's little more disturbing than finding out that someone is using your images to promote their own business.  It's a bit more creepy to discover that someone is using your headshots to swindle nice ladies out of their savings.  

And THAT seems to be what this 'gentleman' is up to.  He's built a website (two in fact that I've found thus far) showing himself as a successful architect - and then asking for loans from people that he's met on dating websites.


 And there's a whole pile of my friends here - Paulo (who is actually THIS amazing designer and friend) - and Jane, your friendly customer service person looking amazing in orange, is actually THIS amazing designer and good friend)


So, I'm kinda flattered.  And kinda annoyed.  And kinda amused. 

cheers,
Scot

07 January, 2016

"SMW Home Comes to Atlanta . . . "


Greetings,

If you're in the Atlanta area next week - join me as we celebrate SMW Home coming to the South.  We are excited to be represented by Steve McKenzie in Atlanta - and to have them as the newest member of Team Tartan!

Hope to see you there!
Scot


05 January, 2016

"SMW Home's First Annual Post-Holiday Sale . . . "


Greetings,

There are only 354 shopping days until Christmas 2016.  If I were you . . . I'd get started!

We're having a jaunty sale over at SMW Home - with tartan accessories all around.  Stop by and enjoy savings up to 40% off a jolly selection of treasures!  Stock is limited - so shop early and shop often!

Cheers,
Scot


31 December, 2015

"Happy New Year . . . "


Greetings,

Happy New Year y'all.  See you on the other side!

Cheers,
Scot

23 December, 2015

"Happy Christmas Y'all . . . "


Greetings,

Ok y'all . . . we're rolling headlong into Christmas in a few days.  Just in case your next few days are as busy as mine - I wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas a few days early!

Blessing upon you - a good wishes for the new year!

cheers,
Scot

(image of our Christmas tree for year from Traditional Home.  photography by John Merkl)

16 December, 2015

"Mind. Blown . . . "



Greetings,


Admittedly, me very deep, and totally serious, Star Wars 'nerdity' is not well documented on this blog.  I was 13 years old when the first film came out.  And I think I saw it something like 20 times over that summer.  Seriously.

My music 'nerdity' is slightly more well documented here.  I've been a singer and musician practically my entire life.

So . . . THIS.  This delights me.  Just imagine how great you think it could possibly be.

And THEN you can watch it.  This might be the best thing on the internet today.




May the force be with you,
Scot

15 December, 2015

"The Season of Giving . . . "




Greetings,



With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, now is the time to consider all that we have and those that are less fortunate. As you know, I am honored to be donating my time to design a guest bedroom in the newly expanded Ronald McDonald facility at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, which will now be the largest of its kind in the world. This holiday season, I urge you to think of the children who will be benefiting from my design and make a generous donation to this wonderful cause. 
Ronald McDonald House is a fantastic charity that provides a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families as their children undergo treatment for life-threatening illnesses at surrounding hospitals. The soothing environment that the Ronald McDonald House provides is crucial for these families as they grow and heal together.  
With its new 52,000 square foot building, the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford will feature 123 guest rooms. As of 2014, the Stanford location had to turn away 4,698 families due to their limited capacity and on average had 34 families on their waitlist every night. The new addition will give families with children undergoing treatment for heartbreaking ailments such as cardiovascular surgery, neonatal intensive care, and oncology a rejuvenative, an inviting place to stay during their time of need. 
I am incredibly grateful for all of those who have donated, but am still in need of significant support to complete my design. Your donations will go directly towards purchasing durable furnishings that will aid in creating comfortable spaces for children and families during their time of healing. Please join me in supporting this fantastic cause with a tax-deductible donation here.   



I can't wait to make this project come to life with your help.



Cheers,

Scot
 
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