23 December, 2016
30 November, 2016
I excited to share the news that we have fresh - and delightfully scented - SMW Home Signature Candles back in stock. Y'all were so excited about having them as part of your holiday that you caught us off-guard! But, never fear - they're here and ready for shipment asap.
23 November, 2016
And happy (almost) holiday season! If you have shopping plans as part of your holiday weekend, I wanted to give you a chance to shop early with our SMW Home Blackwatch Friday Sale for gifts for family and friends - as well as a treasure for your own wee castle.
Starting today, use the code - BLACKWATCHFRIDAY - during checkout and receive 20% off our extensive selection of decorative pillows, tartan throws, table service, and our collection of gifts for your four-footed family members.
Shop early for best selection - and enjoy a little extra holiday joy on us!
22 November, 2016
So excited to share my recent chat with the fine folks at Pottery Barn celebrating my long-standing - and well-documented - love of all things tartan and plaid.
Hop over to their blog today - and find a host of ideas (about hosting!) and getting your home ready for the holidays.
I've given advice on entertaining - as well as decorating - to help get you from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve . . . all with a generous helping of Scottish-inspired textiles.
07 November, 2016
Invite SMW Home over for tea - with our "Tea for Two Give-Away" - you can enter HERE - and win a pair of our iconic SMW Home mugs, a tin of Harney & Sons Scottish Morn Tea, and a vintage Scottisg tea towel.
Enter now - through Friday evening at midnight - winner will be announced next week!
31 October, 2016
If you are a regular customer with SMW Home - I'm sure you've chatted with Alyssa! I swear - she is the one keeping everything running smoothly! I thought I'd her share a few tidbits about the origins of Halloween today on the blog. October 31st is practically a city-wide holiday here in San Francisco - a town which never passes up a good reason to get dressed in a costume. Trust me - I run the 7 mile "Bay to Breakers" event several times only to be passed (or pass) folks in all manner of costume!
Take it away Alyssa . . .
Alyssa Here from Team Tartan!
We can’t help but feel festive when Autumn rolls around, the smell of spices mixed with seasonal fruits, the image of raked leaves, and the memories we have of carefree holidays - namely Halloween. While most of us know that Halloween was born out of a Pagan holiday, few know how many commonalities there are between 9th century Samhain and what we celebrate today as “All Hallows’ Eve.” We did a little digging and found that Samhain was born out of the British Isles, namely Scotland and Ireland - naturally, we had to learn more. We invite you to settle into our roundup of five lesser known facts about this autumn harvest holiday.
1. Gaelic Phonetics can be Tricky
If you know anything about Gaelic, you know to throw traditional English pronunciation right out the window. Rather than sam-hane, the Celts pronounce it sah-win or sow-in.
2. The Grandfather to Halloween?
More like distant relatives. Although both holidays share a common theme of celebrating the dead, the overarching tone of these holidays reveal notable differences. Where Halloween has evolved into a publicly celebrated secular folk holiday involving playful themes of costumes, fantasy, and trick-or-treating, Samhain continues to be religious in focus. While some practices include a merry-making, Samhain is an overall serious time to reflect and memorialize the dead in private.
3. Burn Baby Burn, Pagan Inferno!
Everyone has a ritual they love to do. Pagans love to celebrate with fire for Samhain. Spark a flame in the fireplace, cauldron or bonfire outside. Jot down a forever habit you wish to disembark from and throw it into the Samhain flames. Imagine the release and yourself adopting a new, better way of life, as you move clockwise around the fire.
4.No Ouija Board Needed
Samhain is a time when we honor our ancestors. It is the perfect time to celebrate the memory of a lost loved one and perhaps host their spirit. As crops dry up and a chill fills the air, Pagans believe the veil is thin between the living and the dead on the 31st. We might even be privileged enough for them to come back and communicate with us through the veil. Often to offer some advice, guidance, and protection for the coming year.
5. Harvest Decor
Samhain's long association with death and the Dead reflects Nature's rhythms. In many places, Samhain coincides with the end of the growing season. Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. As temperatures drop and the harvest season comes to a close, celebrants of Samhain believed that the death was literally in the air.The spirit of Samhain’s themes of both death and renewal can be seen in modern autumn decor. As the season changes and leaves fall from their branches, we begin to bring sturdy pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and dried cornstalks into the home. We don autumnal wreaths on our front doors, and we bring warmth to our homes with the glow of seasonal candles.
Thank for all the cool information! I hope you're having a safe - and scary! - Halloween tonight!
27 October, 2016
I'm just pleased as punch to announce SMW Home's first online catalogue for Autumn 2016. We've brought together a world of treasures from England, Scotland, and here in the states to bring a bit of the highland spirit to your own wee castle!
as well as gifts for your four-footed family members!
As many of you already know - I have a passion for antique china! I'm delighted to offer this
amazing collection of vintage Palissey "Game Series" china - perfect for holiday entertaining.
Take a few minutes and relax in the world of SMW Home - we're getting you perfectly ready for a perfect holiday season!
06 September, 2016
I thought I'd have a bit a fun today and turn my usual blog posting over to Rita - one of the long-time team members at SMW Headquarters! When I asked her what she's like to write about - the answer was quick and definitive -
Rita here, from Team Tartan!
I’ve been working here at SMW for a couple years now and in that time I’ve learned a lot about the rich, cultural history of Scotland. Scot and I thought it would be fun if I shared with you a bit about one of my favorite topics, kilts! Below are some of my favorite lesser-known facts about kilts.
1) Kilts: The Original Swiss Army Knife
A kilt, a blanket, a scarf, even a tent! The original kilt was just about as utilitarian as it gets. With a bi-fold over the belt, the top half was often worn over the shoulders for added warmth.
2) No pockets? No problem!
Because kilts aren’t equipped with pockets, sporrans serve as a wallet that have the added functionality of keeping the front flap of your kilt safely in place.
3) Kilt pin safety
The nature and weight of wool means that it has little to no give, so pinning the top layer to the bottom will risk tearing these tartan treasures. The kilt pin is meant to be pinned only to the outer flap of the kilt to add weight. Typically they’re pinned between mid-thigh and upper knee.
4) Pleats must be precise.
Probably the most fascinating thing I learned is that the pleating technique is done just so that the tartan pattern has uniformity with the flat pieces. The result is both impressive and beautiful.
5) Keeping those pleats in place can get tricky.
Sitting is the easiest way to mess up the beautiful pleating. So in order to keep the tartan from wrinkling, Scot recommends the “sweep and scoot” method when sitting down. Carefully sweep the pleats flat to your bum as you sit on the edge of a chair and scoot back.
6) The Gentlemen's Commando.
Traditionally, wearing a kilt means going sans underwear. But with a little care, you can keep to tradition while also keeping things PG. Kilts are incredibly heavy, so unless it’s particularly windy, you’re not likely to encounter andy Marilyn moments. However the added weight of a sporran and kilt pin serve as an extra measure for keeping things under wraps (pun intended).
Thanks for the great information Rita!
30 August, 2016
It's often said that "God is in the details." Strangely enough, it's also often said that "The Devil is in the details." So clearly, no matter what direction your moral compass is pointed - 'the details' are going to be incredibly important. In design, it's always 'the details' that truly brings a space to life - and can elevate even the most mundane aspects of your home into something unique. Here at Scot Meacham Wood Home, we love creating the perfect accessory for your home - down to the perfect decorative pillow.
To customize your own castle, choose from any one of our over 50 textiles and we'll gladly design custom pillows for you. Monogramming is available as well.
Don't see your clan tartan on our website?
Whether you're a MacDougall or a MacFayden, SMW Home is happy to help source your family tartan for you - and bring a bit of your own Scottish heritage to your home.
Your four legged family member can be a part of your family clan too with SMW Home's Custom Tartan Dog Beds!
For all custom tartan sourcing and custom pillow orders,
simply inquire at - sales@ScotMeachamWoodHome.com
28 August, 2016
I can still remember seeing this issue on the newsstand in 1987 while I was living in Colorado. It's a glorious example of its time - of the style - and of the gloriously talented Kevin Kline.
16 August, 2016
I know things have been the tiniest bit quiet around here . . . but, I can assure you that we've been super busy here at 'tartan central!' So - after weeks and weeks of painting, wallpapering, and general errands - I'm completely pleased to present . . .
We've been gathering antiques and treasures from far and wide - and we've put together a charming collection of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces pared with our classic tartans to create something completely new and exciting. I love this charming mixture of chinoiserie, gracious antiques, with a modern hint of chrome.
We're also delighted to offer an expanded selection of vintage and antique china, table service, and barware. Imported from England and Scotland - as well as a few well-chosen pieces of American service - we'll help get your table dressed for guests - or a simple family dinner.
So please stop by and have a look around. We're serving tea and biscuits on Thursday afternoons - so bring friends by and let's toast to Fall at SMW Home.
Scot Meacham Wood Home
is located deep in the heart of the
San Francisco Design District
at 101 Henry Adams #429
09 August, 2016
As Summer begin to lean into Fall . . . we're clearing the stockrooms here at Scot Meacham Wood Home! Take a look through our glorious collection of pillows, barware, and cocktail glasses - but, hurry. Fall is coming . . . and our sale ends on Sunday!
01 July, 2016
Be sure and take advantage of our Summer Sale at SMW HOME. We're offering savings of up to 30% on a wide selection of decorative pillows and vintage barware.
Here are just a few . . .
Happy 4th of July!
28 June, 2016
As the month of June begins to slowly wind down - so does our Pop-Up Shop on Sacramento Street! Shop in-store and online through our jaunty collection of decorative pillows and vintage barware all at up to 30% off.
We start packing this week - and honestly - I'd rather send them to you!
Hope you're all having a great summer!
25 June, 2016
Since I posted a little 'before & after' tale for y'all earlier in the week - I thought I'd share some other memories from my time in the Hamptons last summer for the Hampton Showcase House sponsored by Traditional Home. As one might image - a great many of the designers who you think might be friends - are, in fact, great friends! The sad part is that we rarely have the opportunity to see each other as we're often separated by incredible distance. But - at a design showcase house - we get to hang out once again.
I want to share the work of two good friends . . . great designers . . . and fellow Hampton Showcase House participants.
I was in Los Angeles early last Spring - and on my way to the gala opening of the Legends of La Cienega - when I stopped by another hotel to pick up the ever talented and sassy Denise McGaha. She was visiting from Dallas - and, as always - she hopped into my cab and we were chatting away as though we had never been apart. We were both giddy. I had a secret. But, I didn't know if I should give it away. Finally, I had to say something. "Denise! I just found out that I'm going to be in the Hampton Showcase House!" To which she replied - "What!?!?!?!?!? I'M going to be in the Hampton Showcase House TOO!"
We immediately began to plot. We should travel at the same time. We could share the car and hotel expenses. We should use the same painter. And movers. And delivery dates.
Neither of us knew what we were going to do at the house - but, we already had a partner in crime! Hot damn.
As the install date grew ever closer - I started to really dig through our advance information to see who else was going to be there. Installing showcase rooms can be a bit (or incredibly!) stressful - so it's always reassuring to know that there will be some fun folks there too. And "fun folks" describes Brian Patrick Flynn perfectly. Incredibly tall. Incredibly Southern. Incredibly talented. I couldn't wait to see what Brian was going to create for his room.
Denise took what had been a cavernous guest bedroom and created a most chic, modern twist on the classic Hamptons style. All the expected elements are here; tortoise, leather, rattan, linen, lacquer, and a gallery wall worthy of an English manor. But, the entire space feels so fresh and modern! The green tortoise-shell wallpaper wraps the room like a lush, garden hedge - and creates the most dramatic background for a perfect collection of sleek furniture and accessories. Denise added in a little bit of shimmer with some metallic-infused textiles - and the room was flawless.
Brian, was plotting to bring something fresh and bold and looked to the colour wheel for something . . . well something fresh and bold. Seriously, the rooms practically pulsed with colour. But, the balance was perfect. Boldly painted trim and grasscloth in fuschia yeilded to simple jute floor coverings and fresh white-painted furniture. Oversized accessories also kept everything 'in balance' with the bright palette. And a little faux-Zebra never hurt the style of a room!
And thus - here we are (photographed by another great friend Allison!) at a glorious dinner just after the opening gala for the house last summer. I know that I'm EXHAUSTED. And I can assume that Denise and Brian are as well. But, Lord - we must have talked until after midnight. Exhaustion be damned. Who knew when we'd have a chance to see each other and hang out together again.
You can see the entire 2015 Hampton Showcase House in the latest issue of Traditional Home Magazine.
23 June, 2016
Where has the year gone ?!?!??!?!
Cast your mind back to late May of 2015 - and try to imagine me showing up in New York (on practically no sleep) to review the rooms in the Traditional Home Hampton Showcase House - and make some VERY important decisions about spaces and design ideas.
This is what I saw on my first visit to the house.
I looked at several rooms as options for our participation
in the house - but, I LOVED the light in this little Mud Room.
But, what should we DO with it . . .
We decided on an Adirondack starting point for the space.
That certainly felt perfect for a room in the Hamptons -
but, I wanted to give it a more individual point of view.
I didn't want a room filled with vintage props and
musty lake-side textiles.
I wanted it to feel modern. Sexy. Sporty.
|The beautiful rendering by Jane Gianarelli|
We started with a colour idea -
combining a brilliant red, a clear green, and a citron yellow.
I've loved the "President's Chair" from Palecek forever -
and found that they had a new hi-gloss paint finish to help bring
the room into the present.
My next stop was at Arthaus Gallery here in San Francisco.
I had seen these dreamy black-and-white paintings by Jhina
Alverado of lakeside swimmers - but, with a perfect,
modern edge to them. And then I found a glorious
Patter Hellstrom abstract piece that *really*
started my mind to spinning.
Some quick textile shopping -
including a planned debut of a few
textiles from SMW Home -
and things seemed to be coming together.
All I had to do was make some final decisions - and ship everything across the US.
Soon everything - including me! - was Hamptons bound . . .
Hilariously - the movers arrived before we did!
So this is what I walked into after my red-eye
flight to NY - and the long drive up at Sag Harbor.
Everything seemed to be here.
Ok. let's see how this all fits together . . . .
Drapes up. Furniture placed. Getting ready to
get that artwork up off the floor and on the walls.
Since the room didn't have wiring for a central light fixture,
I had the idea of hanging a kayak in the middle of the room - just
to give the space a center-point.
Let me tell you, getting the kayak up was an adventure all unto itself.
Somewhere in my mind - I decided that I could get it
installed without any assistance.
Silly designer . . . lol.
But the best part of working in a showcase house - if
a problem comes up - the project is practically
crawling with contractors and workmen - lol.
And these fine gentlemen just grabbed
the bull (or the kayak) by the horns
and within 20 minutes is was perfect.
I loved this great built-in seating!
So all we needed to do was get it dressed
and ready to be stylish and functional.
A 7 foot long custom cushion in our new SMW HOME Drew Tartan -
as well as artwork and pillows helped bring it all to life!
That's actually my own Patagonia jacket - and tartan bucket hat -
that was immediately converted from travel wardrobe to design prop!
'Cause you've got to get it all done!
Here's the main wall - from my first visit to the house . . .
. . . and now it's all decked out in its modern Adirondack finery
and the amazing artwork from Arthaus!
I want to thank the entire team at Traditional Home (the complete Showcase House is in this month's glorious issue!) for their ongoing support of showcases houses across the country!
progress photography by SMW
final photography by Marco Ricca