September Loves

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Enjoy the start of fall, shop LOCAL, and tell them SCOUT sent you!
Courtney

 

Sep
2
2014

Wedding Gift Style

As Summer comes to a close you might be thinking back to how much fun you have had and where you have been.  If you are like us we spent some time celebrating with our favorite brides over the past few months.  Each wedding was perfect and special just like the happy couple but we have to admit we may have missed a wedding gift or two along the way.  As a reminder for ourselves and the TSG community we got together with Table Matters, the wedding gift experts, and Ivory & White, the bridal gown experts for a little help on how to pick the perfect gift.  Registry or not these must have gifts will guide you to an easy, stress-free purchase and let’s be honest who doesn’t love receiving a gift even if it is fashionably late!

 

For the modern bride that enjoys the energy of the city but can relate to the quietness of the country.  These organic pieces have a softness; in the curves of the wood and the lace details of the porcelain giving them a one of a kind look.

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Katie May gown: Ivory & White; Acaciaware by Pacific Merchants: Table Matters

 

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Inbal Dror gown: Ivory & White; Craven vase: Table Matters

 

For the romantic bride that loves to layer elegant touches throughout her life.  Pieces with unique details in delicate shapes are icing on the cake!

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Monique Lhuillier gown: Ivory & White; Copper trays: Table Matters

 

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Lela Rose gown: Ivory & White; Arte Italica pitcher: Table Matters

 

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Inbal Dror: Ivory & White; Match, Gien & Juliska Dinnerware: Table Matters

 

For the bride who is not afraid to be bold as displayed in the way she carries herself and the company she keeps.  Her style is classic and sophisticated with colorful patterns and elegant pieces being her favorites.

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Legends Romona Keveza: Ivory & White; Elizabeth by William Yeoward: Table Matters

 

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Monique Lhuillier gown: Ivory & White; Field of Flowers tray by Juliska: Table Matters

 

 

Shop LOCAL & tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

 

Laurel

 

Aug
26
2014

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

 

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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