Covered

Is your home covered for Fall?  Before you pull out your sweaters and boots why not give a little love to your home as we transition from balmy days to breezy nights.  The TSG Birmingham network is overflowing with ideas of how to add warmth indoors and out.  From rugs to drapes to wallpaper and roofs, we have something that will launch your ideas from day dreaming to reality.  Get ready to be covered in beauty by incorporating these finishing touches into your domestic dwelling.

1.  Step it Up

 

Stair Runner: Paige Albright Orientals

This beautiful stair runner from Paige Albright Orientals is a great way to soften a space and absorb sound.

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2. Layer it On

 

Bedding ensemble: Suite Dreams

Bedding ensemble: Suite Dreams

A layered bed makes the transition from summer to fall a breeze.  Add a throw or coverlet to quickly adjust the temperature at night.  Kendall Jackson Quick of Suite Dreams recently spoke to TSG about How to Dress your Bed for Summer  (No. 58) which has great foundation tips to build on for Fall.

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3. Dress to Impress

 

Powder Room: Mary Evelyn McKee Interiors

Mary Evelyn McKee knows how to dress a room and we are loving the statement wallpaper she used to dress the walls of this powder bath.

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4.  Wrap to Accentuate

 

Bianco Carrara Marble Island: Fragments Stone

The beauty of this Bianco Carrara marble is tripled by the way Fragments created this substantial island.  Why only enjoy the look and feel of marble from above?

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5.  Slip into Style

 

Custom Leather Slipcovered Dining Chairs: Hannon Douglas

How do you replicate the comfort of your favorite leather chair into a dining chair?  Have Hannon Douglas Interiors create custom leather slipcovered chairs for you.  Your guests will not want to leave once they settle into one of these luxe seats.

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6.  Revive with Color & Pattern

 

Custom Cuckoo Turquoise drapes: Cotton + Quill

Custom Cuckoo Turquoise drapes: Cotton + Quill

Turn what’s old into something new and fresh by adding color and pattern.  Mary Catherine Folmar of Cotton & Quill recently revitalized this 1915 bungalow to give it the love it deserves.

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7.  Comfort is Beauty

 

Porch: ArchitectureWorks

Porch: ArchitectureWorks

Resolve to spend more time outdoors this Fall enjoying nature by a warm fire.  This outdoor space designed by ArchitectureWorks is perfect for quite nights at home as well as a great place to spend time with friends.

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Fall will be here before we know it so start planning now to get your home COVERED in time.

Shop LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

 

Laurel

 

 

 

 

 

Aug
19
2014

Olive Divine

Recently we talked about how Navy is the New Black but did you know that Olive is the New Gray?  Like gray it goes with every color in the spectrum but unlike some shades of gray which can be cool this hue is completely warm.  Take a look at our favorite Olive toned products and projects from The Scout Guide Birmingham, Vol. 2 members.

“In the olive grove, a wise man at the feet and a wild man at the head.” - Italian Proverb

 

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Laura Kathryn is getting in new Fall merchandise daily and we love these new neutrals that can easily be worn now.

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Back to school is in full swing so stop by Full Circle for this ultra cool onesie and Swaddle for lunchtime essentials.

“Fall was coming fast, but there, among the olive trees, summer was still suspended in the gray-green of the leaves.”  - Courtney Miller Santo, The Roots of the Olive Tree

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These beautiful pieces remind us of the natural twists of the olive tree, a strong & vibrant plant.  Craven oval platter from Table Matters. A 4.2 x 13.10 antique Turkish Donegal in olive, yellow & gray tones from Eighteenth Street Orientals.  A succulent box from Wildflower Designs.

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Olive looks lovely when mixed with cool tones like blue and silver so don’t be afraid to mix and mingle.  Gigi II fabric in Kiwi by Cotton & Quill and modern place setting with Alison Evans Ceramics salad plate from Table Matters  is ready to entertain.

 

“Provence is a painter’s paradise, and its tree, the olive, the painter’s own tree.”  - Aldous Huxley, Essays: The Olive Tree The Tree of Life

 

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Embrace the outdoors with Olive as inspiration.  M. Lavender knows how to keep a girl casual & cool which is why we love this piece.  Explore in this 1989 Land Rover Range Rover from RMR 4×4 in Eastnor Green.  Locally made artwork from Full Circle.  

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  Beauty and nature come together on this family farm in Chelsea, AL for Mackenzie Dreher’s June wedding by Mariee Ami.  Photography: Rob Ingram. Paper suite and table cards: Mariée Ami’s Mary Baugh.  Garland and chandelier adornment: Buffy Hargett.  Caterer: A Stone’s Throw. Bride’s cake: Barb Sullivan.

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This beautiful hand made ceramic bowl from Suite Dreams is art for the vanity.  Art in motion is this labradorite necklace from Full Circle with an iridescent array of colors due to the labradorescence of the stone which can appear gray, blue, green, yellow, red and orange depending on the light.

“I LIKE THEM ALL, BUT ESPECIALLY THE OLIVE. FOR WHAT IT SYMBOLIZES, FIRST OF ALL — PEACE WITH ITS LEAVES AND JOY WITH ITS GOLDEN OIL.” - ALDOUS HUXLEY, ESSAYS: THE OLIVE TREE THE TREE OF LIFE

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A classic European asthetic fills this space with warmth and elegance as seen in the thoughtful details from Mary Evelyn Interiors.

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What’s old is new again.  This 4 x 5.11 turn of the century Antique Persian Shirvan rug from Paige Albright Orientals is keeping up nicely with the times.  Juliska’s antique inspired glassware from Table Matters is for today and tomorrow.

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Olive is having a moment at Etc with outerwear, tops and handbags, making us feel Fall ready.  These Jerome Dreyfuss bags are all so fabulous, it’s too hard to decide which one is our favorite, so we will let you pick!

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Take it from us it is time to Fall into Olive.   Shop LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

Laurel

Aug
12
2014

Back to School

It’s time to head Back to School!  Whether you are apart of the school crowd or not, we are all in need of a fresh start.  The Scout Guide Birmingham is here to help you further your education by bringing you the best of LOCAL.  Check out a few of our SCOUTED finds for students as well as a list of educated pros who can help you finish a project at home or guide you toward a lesson in living.

IT’S basic ELEMENTARY

 

Swaddle

Swaddle knows kids and kids love school buses!  This ride on bus by Plan Toys and durable bus by Green Toys makes back to school fun for the little ones.

 

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The cutest backpacks and lunch bags are at Swaddle.  They have over 15 different designs to choose from and they are just as cute as this fox and hedgehog from Skip Hop.

 

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Start the year off right with these eco-friendly products from Full Circle.  The adorable snack pouch by Down Home Amy and Peg and Awl lunch bags are great for the whole family.

PICTURE DAY perfect

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Book now for fresh cut from Tonya Jones SalonSpa, you will look and feel smarter when you leave.

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Take charge of school pictures by booking a session with Beth Hontzas Photograhy for a photo you will cherish forever (and you will want to share).

home SCHOOL HELP

Now that summer vacations are over it is time to get serious about the projects you have been putting off.  Reach out to one of our highly recommended home specialist to help you with your plans.  Hiring a pro is like being apart of a winning team; a clear vision, support in making decisions and no costly mistakes.

 

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Fragments
a natural stone market
3012 4th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
205-458-0002

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Hannon Douglas Interiors
3915 8th Court South
Birmingham, Alabama 35222
info@hannondouglas.com

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Mary Evelyn Interiors
2210 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
205-879-7544

 

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ArchitectureWorks
130 Nineteenth Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
205 320-0880

 

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Fry-Jones Construction
12 Office Park Circle
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
205-966-0617

 

GRADUATE design STUDIES

If you are ready to take on a few home updates on your own, try these design spots for inspiration and the tools you need to finish what you started.

 

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Eighteenth Street Orientals
1808 29th Avenue South
Homewood, Alabama 35209
205-870-3838

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Brandino Brass
Custom Hardware & Fixtures
2824 Central Avenue
Homewood, Alabama 35209
205-978-8900

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Cotton & Quill
Custom Linens
3641 Robin Circle
Birmingham, Alabama 35213
256-874-4592

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Paige Albright Orientals
2814 Petticoat Ln
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
205-877-3232

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Suite Dreams
2409 Montevallo Road
Mountain Brook Village
205-414-1922

 

HANDS ON learning

 You don’t have to be in the classroom to learn, so get out and try something new this school year.  Here are a few things we suggest:

 

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Wildflower Designs
Flower School
217 Country Club Park, #303
Birmingham, AL 35213-4237
205-322-1311

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Black Jack Farms
Hunter/Jumper Training and Boarding
2420 Burns Lane
Irondale, Alabama 35210
205-956-8532

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Gardens & Education
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
205-414-3950

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm
701 25th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-322-0542

  

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RMR 4X4
Range Rover Specialists
2900 4th avenue south
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
205-337-1100

 

Be SMART and tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

Laurel

 

 

 

 

 

Aug
5
2014

A House into a Home

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“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.  

3768 CRESTBROOK RD | MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL 35223

$349,000

A WARM WELCOME

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

WIDE OPEN SPACES

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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.

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

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

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A large shady backyard perfect for playing or relaxing.

 CLEAN & SIMPLE

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

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

 A ROOM OF YOUR OWN

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A serene bedroom overlooking the front of the house.

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A quiet retreat with views of the evergreen backyard.

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

Drive Into Your New Home

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

AND THERE’S MORE…

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.

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

Judy Horton

Ray & Poynor Properties

205.223.9620
Live LOCAL and tell them SCOUT sent you!
Jul
31
2014

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.

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SummerCruditeSalad

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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Ingredients

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

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Directions

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!

 

Laurel

Jul
29
2014

Six Steps to Selling Your Home

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Step 1: The Visit

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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.

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Step 2: The Plan

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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!

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Step 3: The Showing

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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.

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Step 4: The Network

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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.

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Step 5: The Offer

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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

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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

205.238.8154

Laurel

Jul
23
2014