- The Scout Guide -

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


1. Serve you sweetie breakfast in bed on these gorgeous pink plates from Table Matters.

2. Precious boxes for storing keepsakes, and notepads for keeping up with long to-do lists are always appreciated. Find these at Suite Dreams.

3. Heather Moore diamond bars are a perfect for anyone special lady in your life…wife, friend, sister, mother… find them at Etc.

4. A heart your love can keep on their dresser or desk as a reminder of you is a perfect token of love. Find these lovely (and heavy) granite hearts at Leaf n Petal at the Gardens.

5. Swaddle your littlest love in a soft Aden and Anais  sleep sack adorned with hearts.

6. The man in your life will love the Panerai watches from Barton-Clay jewelers. So many styles to choose from, there will be one to suit your best guy.

7. This Valentine’s Day you can whip up something in the kitchen with your little loves. Find the perfect red velvet cupcake mix at Swoop! And don’t forget to spend time making up silly stories with valentine Mad Libs…you are never too old!

Show the LOVE this Valentine’s Day and shop local for your special someone! Tell them SCOUT sent you!


February Loves


1. A thoughtful bouquet is appreciated on Valentine’s Day or any day. Wildflower Designs can create one for your special someone.

2. Tudor details are all over Birmingham. Find your Tudor dream home with the help of Brian Boehm at Realty South.

3. Chic Umbrellas make the dreary days of winter a little more bearable. A classic stripe will complement any outfit!

4. Love notes may come more frequently through via email or text these days, but never underestimate the power of a handwritten love letter.

5. Get graphic and go bold with the help of Mary Evelyn Interiors, you can be sure to add just the right amount of Pop!

6. Find the perfect shade of pink  for your skin tone at Tonya Jones Salon.

7. Beets may just be the perfect root veggie! They are rich in nutrients we need, blend well in salads, make a great side dish, or add punch to your juice blend this winter! Look for them on the menu at your favorite LOCAL restaurants this month!

Here’s to the month of LOVE! Spread lots of it to your favorite LOCAL shops and tell them SCOUT sent you!


Finding the One

Finding the one can happen in a variety of ways… it can be love at first sight, you may date for a while before making a commitment. Perhaps you see the One online or from afar and spend months dreaming of the possibility. Then you actually try it on…and YES…it’s flattering in all the right places, and has just the “wow” factor you were looking for. Oh wait, did you think we were talking about the perfect man? I suppose that might come first, but once you have found your perfect match for life, you must find your perfect match for the wedding! The dress that will have all jaws dropping as you walk down the aisle, and the dress that will have you feeling possibly the most beautiful you’ve ever felt in your life.


Finding a dress like that is a tall order. It can cause anxiety and have you wondering if you’re going to experience “the feeling”, that aha moment of clarity. In truth, your dress – like love – may hit you like a ton of bricks, it may grow on you, or even surprise you. You may fall in love with the dress you always envisioned, or with the dress you never expected. Finding the One requires an open heart and mind, trusting your instincts and professional advice from women who know wedding dresses!

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Book a date with the experienced and talented staff at Carriage House Weddings, and you’ll have the opportunity to try dresses from this list of  fabulous designers:

Jenny Packham
Olia Zavozina
Augusta Jones
Kelly Faetanini
Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids



Make your appointment today, and don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!



January Loves


1. One-of-a-kind finds are always abounding at Circa Antiques and Interiors. They always have new containers arriving with market finds from Paris, and we swoon over every single piece!

2. Cozy sweaters are a must this time of year! Find adorable styles for kids at Swoop, for babies at Swaddle, and for moms at M. Lavender and Elle!

3. Winter doesn’t have to be so bleak with gorgeous blooms in rich hues like ranunculus, berries, amaryllis, citrus fruits and evergreens. Wildflower Designs can brighten your days or someone else’s with a stunning arrangement of winter blooms.

4. January is perhaps a good time to go back to the classics. Pearls from Barton-Clay Jewelers are always chic.

5. Brighten your table on these cold and grey winter nights with linens in an array of colors and patterns from Table Matters.

6. Brunch is always a good idea, and the brunch menu at Avo will not disappoint. Gather your friends and family for a hearty meal on a cold Sunday.

7. There’s nothing like starting the year out with a fresh face. Men, it’s time to treat yourself to a haircut and proper shave by a professional at Butler’s Grooming Club. While you’re there, enjoy a beer and a game of pool with friends.

And remember to tell them SCOUT sent you!


New Year, New Attitude

Sometimes we need an outward change that will reflect our new inner attitude, and what better way than a great haircut to do that? The stylists at Tonya Jones Salonspa are experienced at any creating any style, and can also help you figure out exactly what it is you are looking for. Here is a round up of some of our favorite hair styles for the new year.

Modern Brigitte Bardot
long, slightly messy, with bangs

long messy bangs

Audrey Inspired Pixie
loose and layered

pixie Collage The Bob
with short bangs or parted down the middle

bob collage Ombre
as if you’re holding onto those last glorious days of summer at the beach

ombrecollage However you feel like facing 2015, Tonya Jones‘ stylists can make it happen!

Make your appointment and don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!


Flashback Friday – Holiday Inspiration

Flashback to this amazing home decorated for the holidays by Sybil Sylvester…enjoy!!

It is the day after Christmas and perhaps you are enjoying a roaring fire, your Christmas tree, and a new book from Santa. Or maybe you are hunting the holiday sales at your favorite LOCAL businesses.  Regardless, it’s likely that you may already be pondering next year’s holiday look…what will you do differently, what new ornaments and decorations will you add to your collection? Well here is some inspiration for next years decorating courtesy of Sybil Sylvester and Wildflower Designs. Sybil decorated this home for the IPC Holiday Homes Tour and it was nothing short of divine! My favorite feature was the use of succulents and live orchids in all of the garlands and trees…absolutely gorgeous! Pin these images, and keep them for next year!

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IPC front door

IPC banister up

IPC Banister top down

IPC Banister detail

IPC entry tree

IPC back stair tree

IPC back stair tree detail

IPC deer

IPC alabama bust

IPC Branches and Fruit

IPC Den wide

IPC DR detail

IPC DR full

IPC daughters chair

IPC Sybil

IPC Back open door

Back Door Here’s to Creativity in the New Year!!