- The Scout Guide -

Inspiration and Decoration

Each year I look forward to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Antiques at the Gardens! Kicking things off with the annual gala on Thursday night, and continuing through Sunday, this event is a wonderful display of the taste and talent of our city! I am especially excited to hear the legendary Mario Buatta speak on Friday morning as the latest in the long line of fabulous Red Diamond Sponsored Lecture Series speakers. “Following the presentation, join Mario Buatta at Leaf & Petal at The Gardens for light bites and book signing of his latest book, Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration. Reception sponsored by ADAC.” And stock up on other inspirational reads as well, as they have a fabulous selection of titles on all things home and garden! Be sure to follow us on instagram for peeks of the gala, lecture and tastemaker booths!

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Don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!!



Football Fashion and Entertaining

Loving the cool crisp air lately? So are we, and we know it means weekends spent cheering on our favorite teams either in the stadium or in our living rooms.

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We asked style coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme to style a few game day outfits at M.Lavender this week. Cozy layers, colorful denim, a little plaid and the right accessories will have you looking great this game day!

SFatMLav Entertaining a crowd at home? A stylish bar will impress¬† your guests and keep them cheering. We love this demilune distressed wooden console from Leaf n Petal at the Gardens…it can display family photos during the week, but switch personalities on the weekend making a great bar! Add a few of these gorgeous food slabs for small bites and you are set.


A rolling bar cart or a fabulous gilded console make a fantastic set up for festive libations. Add these gold trimmed glasses and shakers and your guests will never want to leave. Wooden slab serving boards are perfect for small sandwiches, cheeses or crackers and dips. Table Matters has all the bar ware you will need for the perfect game day event.


Shop local this fall and tell them SCOUT sent you!


Elle Birmingham

You may know have noticed that a Church Street storefront got a facelift recently, and if you panicked that your favorite shop Laura Kathryn had disappeared don’t worry!! Leslie Pittman is still choosing the most fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories…just under a new name – elle.


When Leslie purchased Laura Kathryn 6 years ago she considered changing the name, but in the midst of economic uncertainty the timing just wasn’t right. Despite having a vision of new brand “elle” (scripty font and all) in her minds’ eye all along, she held out on the change waiting for just the right moment to relaunch an already fabulous shop. Maintaining the brands and styles she’s known for, she has also added new lines at varying price points. New and returning visitors to the shop will be delighted with what they find and with the great attention they’ll receive from Leslie and Becca. Stop by and see the changes… you’ll be happy you did!


Grand Opening Celebration Thursday October 2nd 6-9pm…discounts, drinks and a DJ…need we say more?


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Classic Camel

Our furry friend the camel may not be the most refined or classic looking creature, but we thank him for providing inspiration for one of our favorite neutrals. Camel has long been a relied upon hue in the worlds of fashion and interiors. Its’ variety of shades from rich caramel to a dusty muted sand are often found in nature, making it the perfect balance and compliment to almost any color. Whether pastels, jewel tones, grey or basic black, there is hardly another color that camel cannot play nicely with….which of course makes it one of our favorites!

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Local camel finds this week include…

camel 2 Lusciously rich camel/caramel shams from Suite Dreams are a perfect compliment to ticking stripes and quilting. A graphic woven rug in our favorite neutrals camel and black is always an ideal base, from 18th Street Orientals. A gloomy day might be welcome if it means pulling on this cozy camel sweater with suede elbow patches from Etc... And bringing in new pillows for fall is going to be even more satisfying with this organic printed pillow with a lush velvety back from Jojo Home.

Looking to liven up your camel? Some of our favorite camel color pairings for fall…

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As the temps drop (soon hopefully), get cozy with camel. Shop local and tell them SCOUT sent you!




The Scout Guide Birmingham Volume 3 celebrated our launch last week at Dram Whiskey Bar. It was a fun evening despite a last minute move from the patio to the upper terrace due to a surprise storm. The food and drink by Avo & Dram were spectacular, especially the signature cocktail with Absolut Acai, and fresh blackberry. Our flowers by the amazing Sybil Sylvester of Wildflower Designs were the perfect compliment to the Volume 3 cover colors. Favor bags bearing our “LIVE, LOVE, LOCAL” motto were acquired through the Mariee Ami events team, and included copies of the guide, specialty oils from Olio Oils and Balsamics, and fresh jams adorned with hydrangea blossoms from Leaf n Petal. We are so thrilled to be bringing the best of Birmingham’s local businesses to you in Volume 3! Pick one up, support local, and tell them SCOUT sent you!

Launch V3-2 Launch V3-1 Courtney

Photos by Eden Long




Scout is Out: Volume 3