21 September, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Back at Square One . . . . "


November.  1987.  I still remember coming back from my post office box in Breckenridge, Co and seeing this image for the first time.  Kevin Kline.  Polo/Ralph Lauren.  GQ cover.   And a flawless Fall transition ensemble.

We've chatted in the past about interior design images that stick in my memory . . . but, what about fashion? 

It's always good to check in on old friends . . . and fashion that still rings true and stylish.



14 September, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 . . . "


Last week was busy on several differing fronts around here . . . but, one should never be too busy to be inspired.  As usual, one of my favourite shows from New York Fashion Week was late on the schedule - but, well worth the wait.

Ralph Lauren . . . for Spring 2015.  Revisiting a safari motif and inspiration . . . but, new and pieces that feel VERY wearable.  Great suits.  Great marque pieces.  Marvelous accessories.

Take a look at a few of my favourites . . .


11 September, 2014

"Influencing Design . . . "


It's kinda been one of those weeks when I've been all over the country - on the road with clients . . . and also showing up all over the internet as well . . . lol.

After yesterday's little dust-up about online commenting, let's turn our attention back to more exciting thoughts.  Like fashion!  Quintessence has put together the first in a series of videos about their favourite designers and wardrobes.  With an interesting discussion about the intersection between fashion and design - and how our personal style is influenced by - and influences - our design portfolios.

Take a look . . . here.

A big "thanks!" as always to the powerhouse team of Stacey and Susanna and the daily inspirations they provide on Quintessence.


10 September, 2014

"Bringing Civility to the Internet . . . "


You can read more about it . . . here.


09 September, 2014

"Todd Snyder, Spring 2015 . . . "


Even in the midst of a busy week here in the office . . . I've been taking a wee break each day to peruse through the latest happenings during New York Fashion Week.  I think my favourite from over this last weekend was this chic, stylish show from Todd Snyder.  I'm LOVING the simplicity of it - and the classic tailoring of even the most basic elements in the show.

Take a look . . .


(images from Style.com - photography by Livio Valerio)

05 September, 2014

"Friday Flashback . . . "

Scot Meacham Wood Design,  photography by
Thayer Allison Gowdy for House Beautiful 


It all started on June 28th, 2013.  It had been a quiet Friday afternoon here in the office.  I'd run out to a quick lunch with my friend David (who works nearby) and was settling in for a simple wind-up from a slightly hectic week.

Then I noticed that there was a phone message.

So I grabbed a pen and rustled up a piece of paper.  


"You have one un-heard message."

"press 1, to hear messages."


"Scot.  Hey, it's Doretta from House Beautiful.  We were reviewing 
projects for the Dec/Jan issue, and we'd like to 
shoot your apartment as part of the editorial spread.  
Call me when you get a second and let's look at calendars!'

Um.  Ok.  

Called my Mom.

Called my boyfriend.

Called my PR agent. 

Then I sat down and tried to breathe.  

So after chatting with New York and comparing calendars . . . . exactly one year ago today . . . on an bright, sunny Friday morning in early September . . . Doretta, the editor from House Beautiful, and the photo crew (headed up the sublime Thayer Allison Gowdy!)  showed up for two day photo shoot - full of hilarity and magic.  Balancing light values.  Shuffling accessories around.  Capturing moments on film of my own home that I had never seen before. 

Here's a little background . . . 

From the beginning - we had a laptop set-up so we could preview images a full
size . . . and start framing out pages as we were shooting . . . .

I grabbed my iPhone for a few shots of the process.
I've often noted, I have one of the "smallest kitchen in America."
Well, you should be seen me, Doretta, Thayer, Thayer's 1st assistant, 
and her 2nd assistant - ALL piled in the kitchen working to get the best image.
There was a stack of red tartan plates and a fawn-shaped butter dish that we must have
moved 20 times . . . lol. 

This ended up being one of my favourite images of the house.  As many of you know, my china and table service collection is sort of . . . um, I don't know . . . vast.  But, I love the mixture of artwork in here - from the early 1900's McIan tartan prints - to my "Henry V" poster from the RSC - that I got in London in 2003.

Onward to the bedroom . . . 
Lordy - we fussed and fussed and fussed with this image . . . and never could quite get it to do anything . . . . so . . . .

After shifting the camera and opening up the image.
Magically.  This happened.  

At one point on that first day . . . Doretta was nosing around the apartment . . . opened a doorway down near the entrance to house and exclaimed, "Oh, this is MARVELOUS.  Bring the camera."

I quickly zipped over to the vanity . . . and gave things a quick re-org - just so it looked a bit more Kiehls face products and a bit less Crest toothpaste.  And, we found this great shot!

I'll continue to share some of these images over the next few weeks . . . but, today clearly required recognition.


31 August, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Rowing Blazers . . . "

Will Satch, Shiplake College Boat Club 

Ok clearly - this is kinda right in the middle of the wheelhouse.  Rowing Blazers, the new book from Jack Carlson, debuts on September 2nd.  I received an advance copy this week - and can assure that it is EVERYTHING one would hope it would be.  Great photography.  Great style.  And great history.

Take a look . . .

"Classic American style was born in British boathouses, where the very first 
blazers were fashioned for college rowing clubs. This book, created by champion 
rower Jack Carlson, offers an insider’s guide to the elaborately striped, piped, 
trimmed, and badged garments, as well as the stories, elite athletes, historic clubs, 
and races associated with them. Featuring lush photographs by “prep” 
guru F.E. Castleberry, Rowing Blazers is a definitive visual feast, transporting 
readers to the highly atmospheric boathouses, campuses, and team rooms of clubs 
around the world. For anyone who has raced the rivers or lined the banks, this 
handsome ode to the eye-catching, evocative rowing blazer is a must."

Constantine Louloudis, Eton College Boat Club

Colin Smith, Oxford University Boat Club

Paul Bennett, Max Gander, Ollie Cook, Jamie Cook, and Rory Buffachi - University of London Boat Club 

The author - Jack Carlson. 

Rowing Blazers, by Jack Carlson

29 August, 2014

"Coming Attractions . . . "

Steve Finn Photography
Greetings all!

Yes.  After a hectic and productive couple of weeks . . . I'm back in the saddle here at Tartanscot.  Swing back by this weekend - I've got a whole lotta fabulous to share with you for this week's "Sunday Runway" post.

Until then,

(image from HERE.)

27 July, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Michael Bastian Spring 2015 . . . "


To even the most casual reader of my little design/fashion blog - my admiration for menswear designer Michael Bastian is well documented.  I have a few picks from his upcoming collection for Spring of 2015 - inspired by the American Southwest.

Take a look - and let me know your favourite!

Enjoy -


images from here. photography by Noah Johnson.

18 July, 2014

"SMW Design in HB for July/Aug . . . "

Scot Meacham Wood Design in the July/Aug issue of House Beautiful


We are completely delighted around here at the SMW Design office to see this darling picture from my own home included in House Beautiful's "Show Us Your Cocktail Table" editorial in the July/Aug issue.

"Our tiny house calls for flexibility.  These two small, nickel-plated, 
faux-bamboo table from the 1940's for the room perfectly - but can be 
moved easily if we're having a party and need more space." 

The rest of the issue is kinda AMAZING with beautiful projects from both Peter Dunham and Nick Olsen.

Nick Olsen in the July/Aug House Beautiful
Peter Dunham in the July/Aug House Beautiful 
Keep an eye out for the new issue - featuring fantastic "small spaces" from around the country - with Peter Dunham's place on the cover . . .

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