31 December, 2012
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
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
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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Posted by Scot Meacham Wood at 9:22 AM
21 December, 2012
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 . . .
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 |
Cheers and happy Christmas,
20 December, 2012
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.)