31 December, 2012

"Kiss Me at Midnight . . . "


I don't know about the rest of y'all . . . but, I haven't had a clear idea of what day it is for the last week and a half.  With an oddly placed "Tuesday" Christmas/New Years this year - and our holiday travel schedule - I've been in a complete calendar muddle.

But, I've checked my schedule twice.  And I'm quite certain that tonight is New Year's Eve.  So to make up for a few days away from the blog . . . I offer a parade of Hollywood snogging to ring in the new year.

I've purposely left the images un-captioned.  Can you name all of them?


23 December, 2012

"Holiday Inspirations, Red and Green . . . "


Let's just spend a little bit our time during this last busy weekend - to just roll around in the perfect combination of red and green.  Because these colours exist on competing sides of the colour wheel - they provide the perfect compliment for each other.

So as we wrap up our last weekend of the holiday season . . .

SMW Design.  Lake Tahoe, CA

from Oscar de la Renta

From SMW Design, Holiday 2009

SMW Design.  Mountain View, CA

From SMW Design, Holiday 2011


(images from here)

22 December, 2012

"My First Real Christmas Tree . . . "


You have all been so kind to share your homes with me over the course of our contest . . . but, there was one story that really touched my heart . . . and with permission . . . I thought I'd share it . . .

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Hi Scot,

Love your work and your blog. Attached is my entry for your contest in the Christmas Tree category. I'll tell you a little bit about the tree: 

This is actually my first real Christmas tree (on my own, as an adult), so I really wanted to make it special. I live in a small one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, so I only had room for a 4.5' tabletop tree. 

I found this great fuzzy flanel ribbon in a red cabin check, and instantly knew I had to do a rustic cabin Christmas theme. I put on our traditional ornaments, used pinecones and paper birds, and I also hand-knit mini stockings and caps with authentic Shetland wool. Come Christmas, I plan to give away many of the hand-knit ornaments as gifts.

Nick and Ted

Completely lovely.  Completely inspiring.

Thanks for playing,

21 December, 2012

"And the Winners Are . . . "


Well, after weeks and weeks of watching your amazing holiday images come through every morning in my email.  And several days of deliberation from our esteemed panel of judges . . . 

I'm proud to announce the winners or the 3rd Annual Tartanscot Holiday Decorating Contest:

So . . . . here goes . . . .


In the "Best Christmas Tree" Category -

First Place goes to . . . 

Steve Fuller, Massachusetts 
And Steve will be receiving . . . .
A beautiful Stag Head Pillow - from Tobi Fairley Home
And in 2nd place . . . 

Jane Peak, Ohio

Jane will be receiving . . . 
A Set of Four Holiday Votive candles from Ralph Lauren 


In the "Best Dining Table" category -

the 1st place winner is . . . 
Delores Arabian, California

Delores is be receiving a copy of . . .  
The Collected Tabletop, by Kathryn Greeley 
And in Second place . . . 

Carol Beck, Massachusetts

Carol will be receiving . . .  
A Set of Four Holiday Votive candles from Ralph Lauren 

In the "Best Entry/Front Door"category -

The winner is . . . 

Gary Pitcock, Connecticut 

And Gary will be receiving . . . 
A collection of Christmas Tree ornaments from Gumps of San Francisco

And in 2nd Place . . . .
Mitch Tannehill, New Jersey 
Mitch will be receiving . . .
A Set of Four Holiday Votive candles from Ralph Lauren 
Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures . . . for everyone who came by to see the new entries each day . . . to each of our judges this year - Tobi, Michael, Ronda, Grant, Kathryn, and Megan . . . to Gumps, Ralph Lauren, Tobi Fairley Design, and Kathryn Greeley for the donation of the prizes . . . and for everyone who finds as much delight in holiday decorating as I do.

Cheers and happy Christmas,

20 December, 2012

"Prestonfield House, Edinburgh . . . "


While I was in Scotland a few weeks back - I had the great pleasure of spending a few nights at the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.  To say that it was delightful is an understatement of indescribable proportions.  For someone like myself - who loves a dark, mysterious residence - this place is AMAZING.

The first lobby is flanked by two enormous Christmas trees - spilling over and creating the most magical entrance that I could imagine.  The deep oxblood walls only added to its sexy, Gothic charm. 

Because of its conversion from a proper private home - there isn't really anything that one might refer to as a lobby.  Instead, one finds this delightful collection of smaller drawing rooms - each with its own decorative motif - where one can meet for pre-dinner drinks or sit and chat by the fireplace.  

One of the smaller private dining rooms - awash with tartans and velvet - perfectly dressed for the holiday season.  

Another of the small drawing rooms just off the main entrance.  

And another of the private dining rooms.  And even in the bright morning light - the space still feels moody and intimate.   

I loved this little niche - which I passed on my way to my room each night.  

And every room seemed to be bursting with holiday decor.  Trees.  Garlands.  Candles.  Nothing extreme - but, beautifully thought out . . . and just a pitch-perfect addition to an already amazing space. 

And the rooms are spectacular.  Toile and silk velvet by the mile. 


(all photography either Scot Meacham Wood for tartanscot, or from the Prestonfield Hotel website.)
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