19 December, 2019

"And the Winner Is . . . "


I cannot begin to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity in sending in so many beautiful pictures of their homes this Christmas season.  I've had a chance to share some of them here - but frankly - it was amazingly overwhelming.  

But, I suspect you've come here to find out the winners . . . 

So . . . away we go . . .

Front Door

Brian Branton - from Alexandria, Virginia 

You can follow Brian's beautiful home
on Instagram - HERE

Dining Room

Tommy Bader - from Rye, New York

Please feel free to follow Tommy Bader HERE.

Christmas Tree

This year . . . we had our very first 'tie' in any category!  
So, I'm pleased to announce TWO winners . . . 

 Shirley Stankus - from Chapel Hill, NC

And you should follow Shirley in Instagram HERE.

And -
Brian Branton, from Alexandria, Virginia 

Congratulations to everyone!  And a special thank you to our celebrity judging committee . . . Shay Geyer, Benjamin Reynaert, Michael Devine, Sophie Donelson, and Danielle Rollins.  

Happy Christmas y'all . . . 

12 December, 2019

"More Amazing Entries . . . "

 Alice Cooper, North Carolina


I have a few more entries in our SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest to share with you . . . they are coming in quite quickly now - as the contest ends this weekend.  Check here for more details on how to enter your own home -

Sean Farmer, Georgia

 Jan Colvin, Kansas

Marcie Millholland

 Kathy Byrne, Colorado

Leon Matterson-Watts, Utah


11 December, 2019

“Christmas Dinner for Two . . . “

One of Drew's collection of vintage London Owl Company 
owls does duty - guarding the dessert service! 


Each and every year I want our holiday celebration (and decorations) to feel new and fabulous.  This year . . . I kind of created a back-story.  Since the room where we have the tree is somewhat formal . . . and wanted the decorations to feel especially wild and 'fresh-from-the-forest.'  

Our tree (though purchased at one of our local tree-lots just by the house!) was filled with over-sized pinecones and numerous vining berries and five or six kinds of evergreen branches.  Very of early in the planning stages, I decided not to put *any* ornaments in the tree.  If I couldn't find it in the woods - I did't want to use it.

For the table . . . it was another mixture of old and new.  I truly wanted to use pieces from my Mother's collection of Rose Medallion China (which she collected her entire life!) and a few vintage pieces of my Blackwatch china mixed in.  Pinks and amethysts and Grandmother's sterling certainly gave our dinner table a particular family glow!

I also wanted to debut one of my new textiles - Staveley Park Trellis - this year.  It was inspired by Mother's china pattern - and certainly brought a fresh point of view to the room!  

I hope you're having a incredible season . . . and thank you for taking a few moment to share mine.

Happy Christmas,

09 December, 2019

“Trees, and Tables, and Doors . . . Oh, My . . . “

Laura Gabriel, Colorado 


Our SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest is in full swing - thank you all for the lovely images of your homes!  I'll try to get more pictures posted this week!  

Here are a few from over just the past couple of days!  Our Celebrity Panel of Judges is certainly going to have to tough time picking the winners!

Leon Matterson-Watts, Utah 

 Loretta Turner, Texas

Loretta Turner, Texas 

Marlis Bennett, Texas 

Ron Carrier, Louisiana

Happy Christmas,

03 December, 2019

"SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest - First Entries . . . "

 Paula Angermeier in South Carolina


The holiday season is off to a rollicking good start with the first entrants to our SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest.  You can learn how to enter the contest yourself - HERE - and we will continue to post entries over the next few weeks . . . so watch this space for some delightful inspiration!
 Crystal Detamore in Virginia

 Jonathan Tait in Louisiana

 Jonathan Tait in Louisiana

Ok y'all . . . let's keep these entries coming . . .


23 November, 2019

"Introducing the 'SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest' Celebrity Judges . . . "


Just in case you missed the news earlier in the week - I'm excited to announce that we are bringing the SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest back by popular demand!  Check HERE for all the details of how to enter the contest in any (or all!) of our three categories; Front Door, Christmas Tree, and Dining Table.  

But, what's a contest without a distinguished panel of celebrity judges . . . so without further ado . . . let's meet the team!

Danielle Rollins  

Danielle Rollins is the burgeoning all-American lifestyle brand created on Danielle’s effortlessly elegant personal style and inherently great taste. As an internationally known tastemaker and trendsetter, interior and clothing designer, author and online influencer, she is recognized for her gracious living and stylish entertaining.  Danielle will bring her glamorous southern style to our panel of judges.

Michael Devine

Michael Devine is a noted textile designer, author of An Invitation to the Garden and lecturer on the l’art de vivre. Since launching his bespoke hand printed fabric collection in 2002, Michael Devine Ltd. has expanded to include hand painted dinnerware, home accessories and interior design.  When Michael is not designing, he can be found pursuing one of his favorite past times gardening, cooking, entertaining friends or dreaming of Paris.  Michael brings a glorious 'old-world' point-of-view to our panel.

Sophie Donelson

Sophie Donelson's work in the publishing field always seeks to celebrate the connection between people and their homes.  She previously served as editor in chief of House Beautiful, America’s longest-published home decor magazine where she inspired a new generation of design lovers to embrace color and happiness at home.  Sophie's clear, editorial eye will be an excellent addition to our panel. 

Shay Geyer

Noted Dallas interior designer Shay Geyer is inspired by fashion, traveling, the arts, family and friends. She approaches each day as a learning opportunity and a way to enrich her life as a designer. Her passion for interiors and interior products makes creating beautiful and luxury spaces for clients her true dream career. Mostly known for her use of color, pattern and texture – clients rave about her ability to transform a house into a welcoming happy home.  Shay's love of color and dramatic spaces will be a welcome addition to our panel.

Benjamin Reynaert

Benjamin Reynaert is currently senior style + market director at Architectural Digest’s AD PRO and continues to hone his passion for storytelling and content packaging strategies across print, digital and social platforms.  Drawing on a decade of experience looking critically at architecture, interiors, bookbinding, fine objects and furniture, Benjamin brings together color, material and decorative elements to make beautiful lasting imagery and spaces.  Benjamin brings his signature New York-style to our panel.

I certainly want to welcome each of our panelist to the contest - and I hope you will follow along (and follow them!) as we celebrate the season!


19 November, 2019

"The SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest . . . "


Well . . . I am completely excited to announce that 2019 marks the glorious return of the SMW Home "Holiday Decorating Contest!"  We're excited to have you share your gloriously decorated front doors . . . your beautifully detailed holiday tables . . . and gather around your Christmas tree for some much needed fellowship.  

This contest was a much-loved aspect of my holidays a few years back - and I'm excited to have it return.  We'll be sharing images from homes all over the world - if past years are any sort of prognosticator.  So let's get those creative juices going . . .

  Our Three Categories . . .

1)  Christmas Tree (lights. ornaments. creativity)

2)  Dining Room (it's one of the best times of the year to entertain - so let's celebrate your glorious dining table!

3)  Front Door (wreaths and garland and lights, oh my!) 

How to enter . . . 

1)  Decorate your home with joyous abandon and holoday style. 

2)  Take clear digital photos.

3)  Email your images (along with your name and city of residence) to Sales@ScotMeachamWoodHome.com
We will be announcing our glamorous panel of Celebrity Judges in the next few days . . . but, I wanted to give everyone some time to begin plotting your most beautiful holiday ever! 

the small print . . .



Contest begins on Monday, November 25th and ends at 11:59

p.m., P.T. on Monday, December 16, 2019. Winners 

will be announced on Friday, December 20, 2019.


The contest is open to both interior designers and 

design enthusiasts who want an opportunity to showcase
their work in the 'SMW Home Holiday Decorating Contest'.


Submit clear photographs (up to a maximum of four photos per category)

of each room designed by you to our email address -  Sales@ScotMeachamWoodHome.com. It

can be either your own personal home or a home designed by you for a

client, just as long as it is your own work.

Photograph from every angle, including close-ups and special details. 

Images should be no larger than 2MB and in jpg format. 

Please also provide your full name and address.

Cheers - and good luck to everyone . . . 


12 November, 2019

"Very Ralph . . . "


Ok y'all.  We're just under 12 hours away from the debut of the new HBO documentary "Very Ralph" - which 'drops' tonight, November 12th at 9pm.  Check with your cable provider for all the details.

It's certain to be an inspirational 2 hours!


07 November, 2019

"The Crown . . . "


With the time change over this last weekend, the most important details is to now remember that we're an hour further away from the first episode of "The Crown" - coming on November 17th.

This first episode of the third season is going to represent a paradigm shift for the series.  As was announced years ago before the first episode of the first season aired, the plan has always been to have a significant time jump between seasons 2 and 3 (and again between seasons 4 and 5) which would necessitate a complete re-casting of the show!  So we have an entirely new collection of delicious British actors awash with corgis and velvet ceremonial robes!  If it helps, just pretend that all the members of the royal family are like James Bond.  We get a fresh one of those fairly regularly too!

Let's see who is up first;

Olivia Colman (as HM Queen Elizabeth) 

Olivia is making a habit of portraying members of the royal family.  She just won her first Oscar last season for her manically unhinged Queen Anne in "The Favourite."  But she's been around forever - I first became aware of her from the early days of Matt Smith in "Doctor Who!"  But - her biggest break was being cast as the downtrodden detective on "Broadchurch." Once it was announced that she was taking over the role from Claire Foy, I was completely excited.  She's going to be amazing!

Tobias Menzies (as HRH Prince Philip)

Yes, Black Jack Randall is going to portray HRH Prince Philip.  Tobias, like many of his fellow British actors, has been kicking around for years and years.  I'm excited to see what he might bring to the role of Her Majesty's husband!

Helena Bonham Carter (as HRH Princess Margaret)

We're getting into the good stuff with Princess Margaret!  At this point, she's still married to Tony Armstrong-Jones (though their relationship was endlessly stormy and dramatic!)  Helena has been a long-standing member of the British acting community . . . as far back as "A Room with a View" when she was the very definition of an English ingenue.  She's definitely going to bring a good deal of 'edge' to a very sassy role.

Josh O'Connor (as HRH Prince Charles)

If you've been distressed since the last episode of "The Durrells of Corfu" aired last week - you're in luck!  Lawrence Durrell is now Prince Charles.  I've seen a bit of Josh's work over the last few years - and he looks to be a perfect casting for a young Charles.  We'll get Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales in this season - and what looks like the beginning of his relationship with Camilla.  

What part of the story are YOU most looking forward to?


05 November, 2019

"Thank You One Kings Lane . . . "


It's almost that time of year when we all break out the good china!  Thank you to One Kings Lane for including us in their "Complete Guide to Holiday Entertaining!


01 November, 2019

"Irreplaceable . . . "


One of the highlights of last week's adventures in High Point North Carolina took a decidedly tabletop point of view!  Replacements had been gracious enough to provide the table service for our Dining Room at the Junior League Showcase House - and we were offered a private tour of their facility in Greensboro to see where all the magic happens . . .

So . . . away we go . . .  

Ok y'all.  This is one aisle.  In one warehouse.  And we kept making Indiana Jones jokes for almost the entire time we were there.  I did honestly ask if there was a monorail system to help get everyone around . . . lol.  

Alas no.  But, I was awestruck none the less!  As a huge proponent of dressing one's table to its best advantage - this was a marvelous experience.  China from the 50's.  And the 1850's.  All stacked and organized and ready to ship to your table for the holidays!

Of course, there was an 'exit through the gift shop' . . . and I stumbled across some Spode pieces that I had never even seen before.  Some serious shopping is clearly going to be in my immediate future! 

 If you have specific queries - they have a fully-staffed call center to help find what you're looking for!  Just give them a call and let them know what you need! 

And then off they go . . . just on the left past the Ark of the Covenent . . . and off it will ship to your own table.  Indiana Jones will be billed separately. 


05 October, 2019

"A Bankside Picnic . . . "


Is there anything as deliciously romantic as a hearty picnic on the grassy banks by the river?  We think not!  It seemed to be the perfect way of celebrating the new chill in the air . . . 

And, of course, you're invited . . .    

 glorious place to rest and enjoy the fruits (and berries)
of our picnic!

A vintage pitcher and glasses holds a bracing selection
of ales and lemonades.

First things first - our new Beryl Park Tartan Throw
(freshly arrived from Scotland) was a perfect layer
to begin spreading the bounty of our picnic.

Our classic Stag Head DOF glasses held a variety of
Scotches for a late afternoon scotch tasting.

All in all . . . a marvelous afternoon!


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