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Mad about Plaid…

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Happy National Tartan Day!!

How are we celebrating? With our good friend Scot Meacham Wood and his One Kings Lane sale, of course!!

As a longtime lover of all things plaid and author of the popular blog, Tartanscot™, Scot is the only person I know who’s so well-versed in plaid that he can curate an entire collection of fabulous finds. He’s also a very talented designer and is the owner of Scot Meacham Wood Design in San Francisco. As you can see he knows how to use plaid in just the right dose for any space!

So, happy early weekend my friends! I’m sure our virtual shopping carts will pass each other as we hurry to snatch up these one-of-a-kind finds.

Happy Shopping!



Holidays with Tartanscot

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Mark your calendars! This week we are counting down to my first ever Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane. This Saturday morning, July 9th, I’ll be having a great sale including furniture, accessories, art and lighting. The bargains start at 8am PT so grab your morning coffee and get ready to shop this weekend!

Today we’re visited by the wonderful Scot Meacham Wood from the popular design blog The Adventures of Tartanscot. Scot recently had a fabulous Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane too. Through social media, Scot has become a great friend of mine and I enjoy following his blog! It’s always fun seeing him at industry events and I’m super excited to have him here on my blog today. -Tobi

Tartanscot at the Lobster Roll Restaurant in Amagansett, New York.


It’s always such a pleasure to be invited over to Tobi’s blog – but, when Tobi asked me to contribute to her blog, I was a tiny bit concerned when she said the theme for the series of posts was to be ‘America.’ I had to giggle. You see, when I was in high school and writing my term paper for senior year, our teacher strongly warned us against picking a topic that would be too broad. She said, “If you’re not careful, you’ll be writing a paper about America – and it will be thousands of pages long!

Bridgehampton, New York, 2010
photo: Scot Meacham Wood

East Hampton, New York, 2010
photo: Scot Meacham Wood

Firstly, let me assure you that this posting won’t be more than you can read at one sitting. I’ve narrowed things down a little bit. You see, between the upcoming national holidays – and a little trip to England I’m putting together for the fall – I sort of have ‘holidays’ on my mind today.

SMW Design, East Hampton, New York

And I’m fascinated by those specifically American holidays. Memorial Day. Labor Day. 4th of July. Thanksgiving. Celebrations that are wrapped in a particular American-ness. Those holidays draped in red, white, and blue bunting. Marching bands. Flags waving in the afternoon breeze. Children pulling Red Flyer wagons in parades down Main Street. Homemade ice cream. Cooking on the grill.

Montauk, New York
Photo: Scot Meacham Wood

I’ve also had the great opportunity to work on vacation homes for several clients. Homes specifically designed to “celebrate.” Comfortable but, sturdy textiles. Family friendly floor coverings. Blankets scattered about – at hand to keep away the evening’s chill. Large rooms to gather – but, also smaller areas, tucked away for privacy – as are usually needed when large family gatherings are involved – lol.

SMW Design, East Hampton, New York


Virtual Design Summer Camp Counselor: Tartanscot™

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Photo by Nicolas Smith

 This week I welcome my great friend Tartanscot™ to the blog!  With a moniker like that – you know this guy must be interesting.  Scot Meacham Wood is the man behind The Adventures of Tartanscot™ and SMW Design in San Francisco.  If you haven’t checked out his blog, it’s a must read.  Just finish reading mine before you head over there! 🙂

TF:  I thought we could start out with a few “camp” inspired questions.  Did you go to summer camp as a kid?

SMW: We actually moved around quite often when I was a boy (a proper Air Force brat here), but I do remember going away to camp at Big Bear Lake – when we lived near Los Angeles – the summer between the 3rd and 4th grades.  It was all the basics.  Horseback riding.  I’m sure we made lariats.  Arts & crafts.  Camping outdoors.  And it was the early 70’s, so of course, it seems like we must have tried to tie-dye everything . . . lol. 

A year or so later, we moved to the farm in Mississippi – so most of my days were spent out of doors.  Feeding cows.  Tending our gardens.  Working in the barn.  So for my summers, my folks would send me at stay with relatives in Dallas, TX – which was kinda like going away to summer camp, just in reverse.

TF:  Is there anything you remember about summer camp that inspires you today?
SMW: I’ve always been kinda adventurous – so, even as a little kid, when asked if we wanted to sleep in the tent – or out under the stars – of course, I chose to sleep out in the open.  And I have the clearest memory, of awaking before dawn – my face still chilled and wet with dew – and watching the sun rise over the southern California mountains.  And those early morning colours – especially that clear, amazing pre-dawn blue – are often part of my design palette . . . 


TF:  What types of inspiration do you draw from the outdoors in the course of your interior design work?
SMW: Besides the obvious inspiration from outdoor colours, I find that there is something so visceral about an amazing piece of weathered, roughhewn, hand-made furniture.  So much of today’s furnishings can feel so *manufactured,* that finding a piece that connects us back to the outdoors helps to ground a space and give it some emotional depth. I especially like when I can use them in sharp contrast to much more modern pieces.  That contrast can give a room such great energy.
TF:  Do you have a favorite iconic rustic interior?
SMW: I do still love seeing images of Ralph Lauren’s Colorado Home.  I worked for Ralph for WAY too long for those images to not affect me.  Just seeing the great details – the massive stone fireplaces – the collections of Indian blankets – as well as the great drama and mass of the space.

from Architectural Digest (photo by Gilles de Chabaneix)

from Architectural Digest (photo by Gilles de Chabaneix)

from Architectural Digest (photo by Gilles de Chabaneix)

from Architectural Digest (photo by Gilles de Chabaneix)

My other favourite interior, with a similar point of view, were the interiors from the film “Legends of the Fall.”  Lilly Kilvert was the production designer – and created this wonderful hybrid of european style with the raw attitude of the wild west.  It was clearly one of the inspirations for our project at Lake Tahoe.

SWM Design (photo by Eric Hooten)

SWM Design (photo by Eric Hooten)

SMW Design (photo by Eric Hooten)

SMW Design (photo by Eric Hooten)


SMW Design (photo by Eric Hooten)

SMW Design (photo by Eric Hooten)

TF:  What’s a favorite paint color inspired by the natural world?
SMW:  There’s a beautiful almost mushroomy grey from Benjamin Moore that I’m loving these days – “Waterbury Cream” (HC-31) – a perfectly wonderful neutral . . . especially when partnered with a crisp white trim . . .

TF:  What’s your take on animal mounts?  How do you feel about the current faux mounts in wood, gilding, etc.
SMW: I’ve always loved them.  And have used them at my house for years.  I’ve only installed them at a client project when we did the cabin near Lake Tahoe.  I usually use either one *giant* pair as a focal point, or just mass together a huge collection of small ones.  But, we’ve only used antlers – no complete heads . . . lol.  I did love finding this beautiful lucite stag mount – but, haven’t had a chance to use it yet . . .

TF:  What current designer who relates their design to nature inspires you?
SMW:  I know you just interviewed him, but I love seeing what Brad Ford is doing.  Fresh, masculine, modern – but, still with this very authentic rough hewn attitude. 
TF:  How do you like to rough it?  Tent or cabin?  Or can you not live without 5-star room service?
SMW:  I like being kinda scrappy – so I’m in a tent or, even better, completely outdoors.  I have a great group of friends who go camping/white-water rafting every summer.  We’re still a kinda glamorous, because in the group we have an event planner – and a professional chef.  And, clearly with me, there’s an interior designer as well .. . lol.  So it tends to be a stylish dinner setting out under the stars.  And one year – I actually colour-storied the tents . . . it just made our camp site look SO much better.

Thanks a million to Scot Wood for this fun interview and for being part of our Design Summer Camp. Please be sure to check out yesterday’s Design Camp post and vote for your favorite Design Camper Inspiration Board!

I’ll be back later today with a recap of today’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley Appearance on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas.