A House into a Home


“As pretty as a picture”, that’s the feeling of this charming painted brick home in Mountain Brook.  Judy Horton of Ray & Poynor Properties filled us in on this well kept secret in the Cherokee Bend subdivision.  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is on a quiet, peaceful street with beautiful mountain views that can be seen from the tall front windows.  You will find one level living at its best when you explore this property below.  





Curb appeal is key and this grand entrance is a lovely preview of what’s inside.



An open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining as well as keeping a family connected.  Forecast for 2015 show no signs of this lifestyle layout slowing down.


This tongue and groove paneled den with fireplace is a warm welcome at the end of a day.


A large sunroom addition transitions the interior spaces into the outdoors.


A large shady backyard perfect for playing or relaxing.



 The forecast is bright for this kitchen as white, stainless steel, wood, cooktops and wall ovens continue to trend upward toward 2015.


 The soft colors and simple details make these bathrooms ideal for creating spaces that are uniquely you!



A serene bedroom overlooking the front of the house.


A quiet retreat with views of the evergreen backyard.


This versatile space works well as a home office or third bedroom.

Drive Into Your New Home


Easy access from the carport to the kitchen with two outdoor storage rooms.  


Brand new HVAC..heating/cooling

Large laundry room that can double as a pantry

Award winning Mountain Brook schools

Coming soon: Cahaba River Park, right on the Cahaba River; off Overton Road and River Run Road, just minutes from your new home.

NimrodLongandAssociates (Photo: Nimrod Long and Associates)

Call today for a guided tour of this can’t miss property.   

Judy Horton

Ray & Poynor Properties

Live LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!

Summer Salads

This week we may be experiencing milder temperatures but don’t let that fool you summer is still in full effect as August patiently awaits.  Instead of dreading the long, hot days to come why not think of ways to feel refreshed.  One way is to delight in Summer Salads.  Aside from water nothing seems to quench a thirst like fresh fruits and veggies which is why salads are perfect for the season.   When we began our quest for the best salads for summer we looked to a few of our favorite TSG Birmingham spots: Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fonfon, Bottega and Table Matters.  Whether you enjoy the art of preparing your own salad creation or appreciating another master’s work, we think you will love all of our picks.



A true work of art this beautifully colorful and flavorful Summer Crudite Salad from Bottega Dining Room is the perfect beginning to what will be a most satisfying meal.  Savor each bite as well as the time you spend with your dinner companion(s).



Highlands Bar & Grill serves a daily changing menu but you will surely find a flavorful salad similar to this one every night.  If you consider yourself to be a foodie in the kitchen try making this Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cucumbers, Basil & Lady Pea Vinaigrette at home.



A fan favorite at Chez Fonfon is the Shrimp and Avocado Salad with sauce rémoulade, mouth watering and filling.  The seasonal drink menu is not to be missed; two summertime drinks we love are the Blackberry Julep and the Watermelon Margarita!


We stopped by Table Matters to get inspired by their extensive cookbook and tabletop selections to create the perfect salad.  This generous wood serving bowl and servers will make all the colors of a salad pop.  If you aren’t serving a large crowd you could have the main course on one side and the salad on the other to make life a little easier.  We love the colors & shape of these Fortunata “Buon Appetito” bowls, the perfect size for a side salad.




Try this Arugula Watermelon Salad from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa, how easy is that? cookbook available at Table Matters.  Absolutely, sun-sational!


1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

6 cups baby arugula, washed and spun dry

1/8 th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes

12 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced

1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned



Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.


Happy Summer!  Live LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!




Six Steps to Selling Your Home



We are excited to introduce you to one of The Scout Guide Birmingham members, Brian Boehm.  Brian is a native of Birmingham with a passion for real estate and the Magic City.  He and his wife have been experiencing the joys of feathering their nest and will soon be welcoming a little addition to their home in a few months.  Brian’s knowledge of the Birmingham area and his life experiences have provided him with close to a decade of successful real estate expertise.



As a real estate broker for RealtySouth, Brian’s primary goal is to advise his clients in making informed and sound decisions about the most significant personal financial transaction of their lives, buying or selling a home.  Brian stays on top of current market conditions and focuses on taking time with each of his clients to understand their unique needs.



We sat down with Brian to get a behind the scenes look at a recent listing to find out what it takes to go from “For Sale” to “Sold”.  Brian recently listed renowned architect, Bill Ingram’s home, which we are featuring in this post, and it sold the first week on the market above list price with multiple offers. The following step by step outline provides a road map for how painless and quick it can be to sell (or buy) a home with the help of a seasoned professional like Brian Boehm.


Step 1: The Visit


Once you contact Brian regarding your home, he will pull comps from the area and schedule a site visit.  Communication is vital in the buyer-agent relationship so be sure to share as much information about the needs and dreams you have for your new home.  Focusing on a few geographic areas is also important in narrowing in on what you want.  Brian knows how neighborhoods are performing in the market which is great for out of towners as well as locals.


Step 2: The Plan


Brian creates a personalized marketing plan for each client so he can approach the sale in a way that will get it sold.  At this stage Brian meets with his clients to walk them through the process according to his plan which includes action steps for the homeowner.  It is critical that a home is in optimal condition for potential buyers. Think curb appeal, cleanliness, fresh scents and cutting the clutter for a home tour that will wow shoppers.  A little more work on the front end will typically pay off on the back end!


Step 3: The Showing


After the punch list is complete Brian comes back to document the home for online viewing.  This step cannot be overstated because in today’s real estate market online shopping is where potential buyers begin, also known as a home’s first showing.  Making a home look picture perfect is what will take a shopper from just browsing to scheduling a visit.  Edit your home like a magazine spread, less is more; let your home’s architecture make a statement.   The fact sheet goes hand in hand with the pictures, if there is anything that makes your home stand out from the competition this is the place where it will show.


Step 4: The Network


Brian Boehm knows his network and admits marketing to agents is just as important as marketing to buyers.  Connecting the dots is what makes Brian effective in his work.  Timing is key in real estate, certain times of the year or month are not ideal for a new listing but a realtor can draw interest by announcing “Coming Soon”. One of many strategies Brian discusses with clients during the planning phase.


Step 5: The Offer


The negotiation phase is probably the most important reason why you want Brian Boehm on your team.  A trained professional can guide you through the back and forth.  His patience and enthusiasm to get the job done right will save you time and money.


Step 6: The Closer


Brian’s goal for sellers is to sell your home as quickly as possible for the best price and for the buyer to meet your specific needs.  Why work with Brian Boehm? You will find your real estate goals exceeded which means more money than on the open market and minimal effort on your part, a win-win.

Contact Brian Boehm today for help in navigating what will be a rewarding investment experience and tell him SCOUT sent you.

Brian Boehm

Residental Real Estate at RealtySouth




Summer Sales: This Week

Is it the thrill of the hunt or is it seeing prices slashed in half that make us love a sale so much?  Whether you are a sale shopper or not, this week we have found something for everyone.  Now is a great time to start thinking about back to school, Christmas in July or a little happy for you.  We have seen some of our TSG Birmingham members prepping for their big sales and let us be the first to tell you, these are places not to be missed!

Today kicks off with deals and steals all over the city with the big finale this Saturday at Mountain Brook Village’s Market Day.  Follow our road map below to find the best of TSG Bham and make a plan to get out for a little competitive shopping.  Shop early for the best selection!


Mountain Brook Village



2402 Montevallo Rd

Birmingham, Alabama 35223

9:30am – 5:30pm

Storewide Discounts. Deeper Discounts on Saturday morning!  Opens at 8am Saturday!




2409 Montevallo Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 5:00pm
Sale starts today! Opens at 8am on Saturday with Bargain Bins outside.  



2701 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

9:30am – 5:00pm

Come in today to find great deals starting at 50% off on various decorative glassware pieces, wooden decor pieces and clocks.





2726 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 5:00pm
Select fine jewelry, handbags, clothes and more starting at 40% off.  Selection grows as the week continues.  New Deals Every Day!

Paige Albright Orientals


2814 Petticoat Ln

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

Saturday, July 19th 8:00am – 4:00pm
Paige’s Deals for Market Day:

1. All Dash & Albert Rug Company in stock 1/2 price. Several 8.6 x 11 Diamond polypropylene available in platinum, fieldstone, graphite & charcoal. One 10×14 diamond charcoal, 5×8 wool zebra, 5×8 ocean ribbed, several 3x5s and all 2x3s. And polypropylene tote bags in platinum, black, & fuchsia!

2. Capel in stock 1/2 price. 8×11 grey wool chevron, 8×11 wool Moroccan in ivory or blue, 5×8 olefin Moroccan, lots of 3×5 Flatweaves including Genevieve Gorder!

3. All pillows 1/2 price.

4. In stock cowhides regular $850 will be $500 Market Day only. White, dark brindled, grey, olive & fuchsia over dyed, silver metallic zebra, black stenciled zebra available.

5. All accessories 20% off including poufs, stools & benches!

6. Turkish Yasticks 1/2 price. Yep. 1/2 price. Better come snap them up before they sell or I change my mind!


M. Lavender


2734 Cahaba Rd

Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

10:00am – 6:00pm
Great deals on white clothing and much more on Saturday.

Take a Break & Recharge

Birmingham Botanical Gardens


2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

Sunset Yoga in the Gardens

This is a free event.  Join Liz Williams for a free power yoga class at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30pm. Let’s get outside to celebrate the summer and each other with an energizing practice in one of Birmingham’s most beautiful spots. All levels are welcome, and 20 mats will be provided for those without their own.


Tonya Jones SalonSpa


English Village

2410 Fairway Dr

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

7:00am – 8:00pm

Plan ahead and book an appointment to top off your adventurous day of shopping.  Ask about their complimentary foot soaks, your feet deserve it!

Cahaba Village

2800 Cahaba Village Plz Suite 280

Birmingham, Alabama 35243

7:00am – 8:00pm

Cool off in the summer heat with complimentary refreshments and a moment of wellness at Cahaba Village Sidewalk Saturdays. 

Crestline Village

Ivory & White


55 Church St

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

10:00am – 6:00pm

Ivy & Aster trunk show July 18th & 19th!!  There is a special addition to this trunk show that will make your experience with Ivory & White even more perfect!


Laura Kathryn


61 Church St

Birmingham, Alabama 35213

10:00am – 6:00pm
There is always something new at Laura Kathryn so stop by while you are in the neighborhood for a little something unique and most definitely you.

Forest Park & Lakeview




3908 Clairmont Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222
Friday, July 18th 10:30 – 8pm

Every third Friday of the month, the merchants of Forest Park and South Avondale are hosting an open house: dine, wine and shop late! 


Wildflower Designs


Inventory/Garage Sale

612 32nd St. S

Rear of Lakeview Storage facility building on 31st S between 6th & 7th Ave S

July 18 & 19 8am – 3pm

This will be a true treasure hunt so you don’t want to miss it!

Time to Unwind

Bottega Cafe


2240 Highland Ave S

Birmingham, Alabama 35205

11:00am – 10:00pm
After shopping with the girls there is no better way to end the day than with cocktails on the patio at Bottega.




 2825 18th St S

Homewood, Alabama 35209

9:30am – 5:00pm
JULY 15th-19th
Bella Bliss Trunk Show going on now.  Don’t miss this opportunity to view and purchase pieces from the entire collection!  Classic pieces for boys and girls from newborn to 14 years.  There are even great sweaters and tops for ladies! It’s Swaddle’s biggest trunk ever!


Eighteenth Street Orientals


 1808 29th Ave S

Birmingham, Alabama 35209

10:00am – 4:30pm

Now is the time to stop by Eighteenth Street Orientals for deals you wouldn’t believe if we told you.  


Now that you know where to find the deals, here are The Scout Guide rules for successful sale shopping: No Biting, No Hitting, No Kicking and Be Nice.  Oops, I got those mixed up with the kid rules, what I meant to say was SHOP LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent  you.  Oh and be nice too, please!






Navy: The New Black

All aboard for Navy!  Luxury, elegance and classic style come to mind at the sight of this beautiful hue.  A color that knows no boundaries as showcased by its place among royals, past and present as well as sailors, near and far.  At TSG we love finding what’s new and especially things that last which is why Navy is our recommendation for now and always (sapphire lovers would agree)!


 Navy is the new black so stop by these TSG Birmingham spots to check out our favorites and more.


1.  This Proenza Schouler blue suede bag with fringe will take you from summer to fall.  ETC  205.871.6747

2.  It’s time to modernize; this Montblanc Villeret watch from Barton-Clay has it all.  205.871.7060

3.  Try on a little lapis comfort from Fresh Laundry at Full Circle.  205.202.5907



These Cotton & Quill pillows are perfectly suited for your home away from home or as a reminder of the sea in your landlocked abode.


 Escape today in this easy Joie neutral; ideal for travel.  Navy pairs well with summer brights as well as warm weather neutrals.

Laura Kathryn  205.870.5683

(ocean image: Kundan Ramisetti)


These navy patterns seem to tell a story of exotic and domestic travel, why not get inspired and do the same.

1.  This rich Kilim rug from Eighteenth Street Orientals is full of tales from far away.  205.870.3838

2.  These Mar y Sol bags from M. Lavender have one thing in mind and that is to head south.  205.870.7275

3.  The French are big fans and so are we, no matter where you go chambray and stripes will always work.  Suite Dreams  205.414.1922


MLavender This Ace & Jig stripe top from M. Lavender is a great look for night with its light to dark mix.  205.870.7275

(lightning image: Guillaume)

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An elegant affair from Mariee Ami for Louise and Billy’s wedding is classic and modern tied perfectly into one.  From the navy blue tent to the playful favors this was an evening like no other.  205.870.4205


This antique Turkish rug from Paige Albright Orientals is “fit for a king” with a color combination that will stand the test of time.  205.877.3232

American Cottage by Mary Evelyn

Mary Evelyn creates peaceful dreams in this space with shades of navy and antique white.  205.879.7544


Stay cool this summer and gracefully ease into fall with these new Navy finds.  Shop LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!






July Loves

July Loves

Happy Independence Day!! Shop local this weekend and tell them SCOUT sent you!