29 June, 2011

"Yes. Please. Thank You . . . "



Greetings,

After a long, and aggressively dreary day here in San Francisco on Tuesday - I thought we could all use a little something to brighten our Wednesday.  So I offer to you - the vacation home of Oscar de la Renta in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  You're welcome.

Cheers,
Scot

28 June, 2011

"The Lilac Party . . . "

SMW Design.  (photography by Nicolas Smith)

Greetings,

The new office is moving along quite nicely - and I'll post images of the new space once I'm a bit more settled into it.  But, with all the excitement of sorting and culling through 10 years of assorted pictures and memories - I came across these fun pictures - getting ready for a party at my house.  A little gathering from last summer.    


SMW Design (photography by Nicolas Smith)

My vintage china.  My ongoing collection of antique silver flatware.  With a centerpiece of flowers, ferns, and herbs.   And, frankly, I don't even remember what I served - lol.  But, I do remember several hours of great conversation gathered around my dining table.

Cheers,
Scot

26 June, 2011

"Sunday Runway, In Praise of Gingham . . . "


Greetings,

I've had a kinda busy weekend.  Because as a new season finally begins - a vast section of my closet begins a brisk transition from tartan - to gingham.

Here's a bit of inspiration for you - just in case you're adapting your own wardrobes to our new summer weather - Praise summer . . .










Cheers,
Scot

23 June, 2011

"Company . . . "


Greetings,

And now for something completely different.  But, I wanted to give a quick moment of attention to an amazing film I saw the other night.  "Company" is the potent Sondheim musical examining the highs and lows of married life - from the perspective of the eternally single 'Bobby.'  And was recently revived in a limited run in New York - with an amazing all-star cast.

But, why would I be telling you about this?!?!?!?  Well, simply, they filmed the stage presentation and have produced a film of the show.  And seriously, it's beautifully filmed.  We saw it just the other night and loved it!

So - check through the list of showtimes around the country HERE - and take an evening to revel in a delightful night with Sondheim.  And Neil Patrick Harris.  And Patti LuPone.  And Martha Plimpton (who is sublime!).  And Christina Hendricks.  And Stephen Cobert.

Here's a litle peek -



Pass the popcorn,
Scot

21 June, 2011

"Pass. Tell. Pink . . . "



Greetings,

We're having a shockingly bright, cheery couple of days here in San Francisco this week.  The flowers are blooming.  The skies are clear and a perfect bright blue.   And I'm fascinated with these cheery, bright interiors . . .

SMW Design, East Hampton, NY
(photography by Scot Meacham Wood)
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, for Architectural Digest 
(photography by Roger Davies)
The Home of LA Designer Joe Nye, for House Beautiful
(photography by Roger Davies)

Larry Laslo Designs
The Home of Lindsey Buckingham, from Elle Decor 
(photographed by Simon Upton)

Jamie Drake, New York, NY

Cheers,
Scot


19 June, 2011

"Sunday Runway, Patrick Grant . . . "

Patrick Grant

Greetings,

Just for your wardrobe entertainment.  This is kind of amazing.  And inspiring.


Cheers,
Scot

18 June, 2011

"Happy Father's Day . . . "


Greetings,

Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the guys this weekend.  How are you planning to celebrate Dad's special day?

Cheers,
Scot

16 June, 2011

"Giddy Up . . . "

SMW Design, Atherton CA
(photography by Eric Tagan Hooten)

Greetings,

I received an email last week - asking if I would be available to design the interiors of a home - but, not just any ol' home.  But, a horse farm.  

Would I like to come out and have a look at the property?  Why, yes.  I'd love to.  


The Badgley Mischka home, from Elle Decor
(photography by Roger Davies)
Badgley Mischka Home, from Elle Decor  (photography by Roger Davies)

Prince Harry, ready for an afternoon of riding

From Ralph Lauren Paints

SMW Design, Atherton, CA (photography by Eric Tagan Hooten)



Cheers,
Scot

14 June, 2011

"Anatomy of an Entrance . . . "

SMW Design, East Hampton, NY.

Greetings,  

For those of you who might not know, I'm in the process of moving my office into a larger space - and expanding the staff a little bit.  That's the good news.  The bad news is I'm moving my office into a larger space and having to go through what seems like billions of pieces of paper in the process.  Invoices.  Receipts.  Workroom orders.  Pizza delivery menus.  You can well imagine!

The fun part is that I'm finding all manner of pictures and hand-scribbled notes from past projects - including this little progression of the entrance to one of our projects in the Hamptons . . .

Here's what we started with.  Beautiful architecture.
A paint colour that we needed to tweak a tiny bit.  And a few pieces of existing artwork.

Here's what I envisioned.  We would re-use an existing console that the homeowner already owned - but flank it with a pair of beautiful arm chairs to expand the presentation.   Re-use some of the existing artwork.  Add a large gold gilt mirror.  And then, prop out the surface of the console with something lovely - but pieces that didn't need a great deal of maintenance.  


Fast forwards a few months and . . . 

Here's how it turned out.  We  just added flowers and decorative pillows - and the space feels perfect.   A play of dark and light.   Antique and modern.  Formal and casual.  

And the mirror-polished herringbone floors don't hurt either . . . lol . . . but, with sensible sisal carpets at the entrances to keep and sand out.



Cheers,
Scot

12 June, 2011

"Sunday Runway, Michael Bastian . . . "


Greetings,

Well, it just kinda seemed appropriate for the newest posting in our fashion-themed Sundays to focus some attention on my friend Michael Bastian.  Last Monday evening, Michael Bastian was awarded the "Menswear Designer of the Year" from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) - and I couldn't be more pleased and delighted.

Here are some of my favourite images of Michael's work - he's taken the idea of classic American sportswear and given it a style and attitude like few before him.

Michael Bastian, Spring 2011

Darren Criss, in Michael Bastian, from GQ


Michael Bastian Lacrosse Sweater, Fall 2010

Michael Bastian, Spring 2011

Michael Bastian, Fall 2009

Michael Bastian, Fall 2009

Michael's New York Apartment

Michael's New York Apartment


Cheers,
Scot
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