28 June, 2016

"Pop-Up Shop SALE . . . "


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

"Pink and Green . . . "


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

"Camp Citron - Before and After . . . "


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.  
Kayak?  check.  
Armchairs? check.  
Artwork? check.  
Props?  check.

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

22 June, 2016

"Going to the Dogs . . . "

Even little Buster is feeling 10 feet tall -
in his SMW Home Tartan Dog Collar!


One of the best parts about our Pop-Up Shop here in San Francisco is the endless parade of dogs that stop in to see me.  San Francisco has always been known as being to VERY dog-friendly city - and I can assure you that it's true!  Ollie and Redford and Buster and all of my four-legged neighborhood friends stop in for a drink of water or a dog treat! 

And they're not just friends - they're customers too!

Have a look . . .

(we also have dog bowls in toile too!)

- jauntily modeled by Redford during his visit to the store last weekend!

We also have the collars in small too
If you're in the neighborhood - stop by and say hi (puppies included!) 3255 Sacramento Street!  Or you can always shop for your puppies online at ScotMeachamWoodHome!  
Good boy!

17 June, 2016

"Traditional Home Instagram Takeover Weekend . . . "


I want to invite you to join me over on Instgram this weekend as I takeover Traditional Home's IG feed!  I'll be sharing a bit of my new Pop-Up Shop - as well as images of my beloved San Francisco.

Follow along and enjoy the views - and mostly likely some shoes!

Starting this afternoon - Friday - through Sunday!


15 June, 2016

"Announcing SMW Home Custom Slippers . . . "


I am SO excited about our new collaboration with the marvelous purveyor of slippers - Stubbs & Wootton of Palm Beach.  We've taken their classic men's and women's slipper and imagined them in a parade of SMW Home textiles.  Choose from a jaunty assortment of tartans, tattersalls, and paisleys.  All orders are custom-made and will ship in 4 to 6 weeks from date of order.  We're including everyone here - with slippers for both men and women!  

as displayed here in our 
SMW HOME Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco.
 Classic and stately Big Ruth Paisley in Midnight Blue
 Jaunty and brash Drew Tartan
 Subtle and woodsy Scudder Tattersall
 Regal and preppy Radecliffe Tartan

Skip on over to SMW HOME - and take a peruse through the entire collection.  If you're in the Bay area - Join me next Thursday evening from 5 to 7 for a Trunk Show at our Pop-Up Shop at 3325 Sacramento Street in Pacific Heights.

A HUGE thank you to the entire team at Stubbs & Wootton for their amazing support and encouragement.  This is truly a dream come true for me.  


04 June, 2016

"SMW Home's Pop-Up Shop is Open . . . "


If you're in the San Francisco area during June - stop by our jaunty SMW HOME Pop-Up Shop at 3255 Sacramento Street and say "Hey!" . . . .

We have a marvelous collection of home accessories, a tartan and toile decorative pillows, vintage barware, treasures for your puppy, and a curated offering of antiques and artwork.

If you're not able to come by and see us, you can always shop our complete collection online - at our recently expanded website!

We'll be highlighting much of our new product over the next few weeks here on the blog . . . 


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