31 January, 2011

"Meanwhile, Back at Downton Abbey . . . "


Did everyone watch "Downton Abbey" last night?  I've been fairly obsessed with this amazing new program fresh out of England.  Written by the fantastic Julian Fellowes (screenwriter of Gosford Park) and staring practically every actor and actress in Great Britain.  Amazing story.  Stunning costumes.  And major design porn with the interior filming at Highclere Castle.

If you've not been watching (firstly, shame on you!) here's a link to order the complete first series on DVD - There's bound to be spoilers in the comments - so avoid them if you want to watch it unspoiled.

WHO will Mary Crawley finally marry?!?!?!?!

The daughters - Sybil, Mary, and Edith.

'O'Brien' - Lady Cora's mischievous maid.  
Dan Stevens as the charming Matthew Crawley.
Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville as 'Carson' and 'the Earl of Grantham'

The national treasure Maggie Smith
And seriously,  there should be shrines built at regular intervals along each highway and byway across the width and breadth of the Earth to stop in and praise the planetary wonder that goes by the name "Maggie Smith"
here's a look behind the scenes . . .

Thoughts?  Comments?  Your favourite line from Maggie Smith ?

30 January, 2011

"Love, a Story . . . "

Fashion designer, Michael Bastian


Just needed some sunshine today.  And who better than the amazing Michael Bastian, and his new collection for Gant, to bring a moment of bright insouciance on a chilly Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy . . .


28 January, 2011

"Where is James Living . . . "


For those of you who might not be regular readers of New York Social Diary, my good friend (and the creative force behind the blog What is James Wearing) James Andrew's home is featured this weekend.  I've included a few of the photos - but, you should really check out the entire interview HERE!

Congratulations on the great interview James!  And on your amazing home too!


all images from New York Social Diary (photography by Jeffrey Hirsch)

27 January, 2011

"Shopping in SOHO . . . "

From Michele Varian, New York


While out shopping last weekend in New York - I ran across these wonderful serving trays at Michele Varian's shop in SOHO.  I just loved the combination of classic style - but, with the fantastic whimsy of the illustrations.

The "Pia" Tray
 "Designed to be functional and lifestyle design driven, this magical and fantasy 
inspired tray can be used in a practical function for a most memorable 
tea party or as a beautiful wall decoration. Created from high pressure 
laminate over pressed wood and paper board. 
Measures: 25" in length x 17" in width."

The "Bernardo" Tray

Hop over and have a look at the complete collection,

26 January, 2011

"More Cream than Coffee . . . "


It's a new year (well, it's been a new year for several weeks now, but as previously mentioned in this same space, I've been kinda busy - as in totally busy.)  And one of my favourite aspects of the new year is the new business that always seems to greet me as January begins.  Something fresh.  Something bright and clean.  Something like coffee - but, with a lot of cream.  Heavy cream.

Barbara Barry, for Metropolitan Home

So most of my days are filled with combing through new tile samples, carpet samples, and (my favourite) tons of textile swatches.   Searching through lighting catalogs.  Shopping for bathroom fixtures.   Always focused on my task.  Always on the look-out for something unexpected.

Polished Chrome.




Linen Velvet.

Wool Gaberdine.



Ralph Lauren, 72nd Ave at Madison Ave, New York
Oscar de la Renta, Spring 2011
Robert Passal Interior Design

Katharine Pooley Interior Design, London
Chris Pine, from GQ
Scot Meacham Wood Design, San Francisco

Michael Smith Design
Ralph Lauren, 72nd Ave at Madison Ave, New York
Katharine Pooley Interior Design, London

And the beat goes on . . .

25 January, 2011

"And the Oscar goes to . . . "


Front Runners?  Favourites?   Thoughts?   Predictions?  

Actor in a Leading Role

  •                                    Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  •                                    Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

  •                                    Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  •                                  Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

  •                                “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

  •                                    “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception” 
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King's Speech” 
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit” 
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


  •                                  “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

  •                                “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres


  •                                   “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Picture

  •                            “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

21 January, 2011

"Only the Shadow Knows . . . "


In some ways it's as inevitable as packing up Christmas ornaments.  In many ways it's as dreaded as Tax Day or a dentist appointment .  Do you understand this emotion?

Under the glare of florescent lights?

With the turn of a key in a rarely used lock?

"I wonder what's in my storage unit?"

I'm fascinated by this 'off-site' closet for all those various objects that don't have a regular place in my home.  Holiday decorations.  Odd bits left over from design projects.  Fabric.  Artwork.  Furniture.

I'm feeling a sale coming on.


19 January, 2011

"Who is This Man . . . "


Sometimes the internet brings you beauty.  Sometimes the internet brings you inspiration.  Sometimes the internet brings you a little mystery. A mystery wrapped in inspiration, and smothered in beauty.


13 January, 2011

"Let's Walk Home Through the Park . . . "


Just wanted to share a few pictures from our first day in New York.  There's nothing like a long walk through Central Park - with a few inches of fresh snow on the ground . . . This city always look so magical . . . .

enjoy . . . .

The temporarily useless park benches . . . adding a sculptural element to the scene . . .

This just reminded me of "The Chronicles of Naria" . . . lol . . .  

The statue of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns  


all photos, Scot Meacham Wood for "The Adventures of Tartanscot" 

11 January, 2011

"Don't Be Anti-Social . . . "


Mark your calendars!  I'm pleased to announce that I'll be leading a seminar on social media - and its impact on interior design - next month during Design San Francisco.  Design San Francisco is a three day event, February 2 - 4, and its goal "is to inspire you with all manner of creative possibilities, provocative ideas and valuable intelligence on what’s happening locally and globally." You can click HERE for more details and a schedule for the entire event.  

Come by. Have a seat.  Be part of the conversation - or at the very least 'don't be anti-social' - stop in and say, 'HI!'

Here are the details:

"Don’t Be Anti-Social…"

"Come join local San Francisco based designer, Scot Meacham Wood for a lively discussion on the benefits of using social media to promote your interior design business. From your website to your social media sites to your blog, online is vital to your marketing success. Scott will share with humor and insight how he successfully integrates this all into his design firm SMW Design."

RSVP to reserve a seat, space limited.
Light Afternoon tea will be served.

Walker Zanger Showroom

101 Henry Adams Street, Suite 412
San Francisco, CA


Related Posts with Thumbnails