21 June, 2017

"The Tartanware Has Arrived . . . "

We here are Scot Meacham Wood Home are delighted to announce a new shipment of Victorian Tartanware Boxes has arrived at SMW Home.  These wee treasures dating from over 150 years ago have always delighted me.  They are the perfect mixture of Scottish history, the decorative arts, and a time-capsule of the Victorian lifestyle.  One of the best-known creators of these tartanware mementos, W&A Smith began custom-painting papers with clan tartans and then varnishing the sheets onto Mauchline wood boxes - creating the well-known Tartanware Boxes we know today.  In true Victorian fashion, these mementos celebrated the classic 19th-century lifestyle.  There were tartanware containers hiding a tiny compass, small boxes to carry one's snuff , and endless variations on stamp and pill boxes. Because the Victorian loved games - cribbage boards and playing card boxes were also very chic! 
Hop over to Scot Meacham Wood Home and explore the entire collection!



02 May, 2017

"The Derby is Coming . . . "


Derby Day is just around the corner (or about to enter the home stretch - depending on the metaphor!) and I want to make sure that you and your bar are ready to entertain.

We have a glorious collection of vintage barware at SMW Home - all ready to make you a first-place winner with all of your friends.

Check out our selection of barware, bar tools, and cocktail shakers - as well as our charming new Julep Cups - all from SMW Home.  



27 April, 2017

"The Italians are Coming . . . "

We like to keep things fresh and exciting here at Scot Meacham Wood Home - and bring a fresh point of view to all the things that we love.  So it is with great pride that I introduce you to our new collection "The Italian Tartans" - milled in Italy.  Now, you might not immediately think of Mediterranean when you think of classic Highland tartans - and that's what we LOVE about this new collection.  I wanted to find a slightly different colour palette - and keep expanding our collection in fresh and exciting ways.

Have a look at our new collection of custom Italian tartans and solids.  Made in Italy from a mixture of 100% new and recycled wool. 

10 February, 2017

"A Tale of Waffles and Tartans . . . "


When Drew and I were back in Mississippi visiting my mother in the hospital several years ago, our red-eye flight mixed with the long drive to my folk's house meant we were stopping at a Waffle House along the interstate for some much-needed food.  When we were just about to dig into some of their famous waffles, a large group of hunters came in - also in need of some breakfast.  There was something fascinating about the mixture of olive & black camouflage and the orange safety vests that really intrigued me.  I made a mental note and finished breakfast.

This scene came back to me when I was working on my collection of custom designed tartans for SMW Home I began by mixing a murky olive, black, and bright, caution orange together . . . then, I added in a few hints of clear blue and a pinky, rose that recalled the morning sky.  Thus, Winston Tartan was born.  Certainly a more modern mix of colours for a tartan - but, all in a very classic Highland style. 
The name, Winston Tartan, also has a bit of a story too - it's named after the county where I grew up.  A gentleman named Louis Winston, a native of Virginia, moved to the Mississippi  territory before it was even a state.  He became a noticeable lawyer and the colonel of a regiment of  militia and became a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1821 until his death in 1824.  Both Winston County and its county seat, Louisville, were named for him.  Winston County, Alabama, was named for his kinsman John A. Winston, who served a Governor of Alabama from 1853 to 1857.

03 January, 2017

"Design Inspiration - Big Ruth Paisley . . . "

my grandmother - "Big Ruth"


I want to first tell you how hard it can be to design a textile collection.  But, you should also understand how incredibly challenging it can also be to name all of them - lol.  During my visit to Scotland, as I put the finishing touches on the SMW Home textile collection, I spent one final night in Edinburgh before flying back to the states the next morning.  That last evening I spent most of my evening scribbling down possible names for each of the textiles in the collection.  Obviously the clan tartans are named for the clans - but, there was so much more to deal with -

So let me tell you a bit about 'Big Ruth' . . .

My maternal grandmother was named "Ruth."  
But, so is my first cousin.  
So all of my life we have had 'Big Ruth' and 'Little Ruth.'  
My grandmother - or Big Ruth - was an endlessly chic hostess in the city in Alabama where she lived.
Always known for her stylish tweed suits and collection of fur 
coats - I know she cut quite a figure all of her life.

So this over-sized wool paisley from our collection seemed the perfect fit for her!  
The bold scale certainly matched her personality - and I 
think she would have loved the classic colours of each shade.  
Bold.  Chic.  Stylish.  Just like Grandmother Big Ruth. 
I've had fun telling some of the back-stories of some of our textiles - you can also find out more about Ryder, Radecliffe, and Sebastian. Stay tuned for more tales and inspirations for our textiles collection at SWW Home.

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