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We’re excited to profile Southerly Media, the new, boutique publishing label responsible for the recent release of Florists to the Field, a gorgeous book featuring the work of Garden District’s Greg Campbell and Erick New.  

Southerly was founded by Greg Baudoin and Christian Owen in 2016 to create beautiful books that would be as much decorative objet d’art as they are a compelling read.  The combination of a former lifestyle magazine editor and an interior designer has been a good formula for achieving these goals.  Today, we catch up with Southerly and learn a bit more about their exciting venture.  

TSG:  What was the inspiration behind your tagline “a sophisticated look at the ideas, places, passions, and lifestyles of people who proudly call the South home?”

Southerly: We aim for all of our products to embody those words.  We think it’s fun to read about the sophisticated, finer things of life…which may not necessarily be luxurious, but always interesting!  We also seek to create people-centered content, because everyone has a story worth telling.  We’re also inspired by place, and not in the sense of a travel guide, but in finding the deeper story of that place and always connecting back to the South.  And finally, we aim to be positive—with so much negative information and news spiraling about, we want to tell the uplifting stories of places and people based in the South who are simply putting their heads down and working hard to create a more beautiful place to live.

TSG: How did the idea of Florists to the Field begin?  Can you give us some insight into the conceptual phase of the project?

Southerly: Garden District put their trust in us to create a book as beautiful as the floral design work they are known for.  As a team, the project evolved into a story not only about them, but also about the flower farms they work with across the US and abroad.

TSG: Speaking of the team, who were the collaborators for the Florists to the Field project?

Southerly:
Florists to the Field Production Team:
Floral Design: Greg Campbell & Erick New - Garden District
Written by: Christian Owen
Forward: Chef Elizabeth Heiskell
Photography by: Sarah Bell - Sélavie Photography
Stylist: Greg Baudoin - Greg Baudoin Interior Design
Published by: Southerly Media
Book Design: Robertson Design
Printed in the USA: Four Colour Print Group

TSG: Who do you envision being the target audience for the book?

Southerly: Anyone interested in the business of flowers would, of course, appreciate this book.  But also, it’s perfect for someone who simply appreciates beautiful photography in a book that would look lovely on a table in any room of the house.

(Scouted Tip: TSG team also recommends the book as a gift for a special friend!)

TSG: What types of publications and collaborations can we expect in the future from Southerly?

Southerly: Southerly is looking forward to releasing books that relate to topics such as interior design, architecture, beautiful landscapes, floral and decorative arts, and of course, any other Southern-based material.

TSG: Are there any upcoming events we can share with our audience?

Southerly: In Memphis, there will be a booksigning of Florists to the Field at Novel bookstore on Saturday May 12.  Also, Garden District will be at the “ask the experts” table at the Botanical Bars event at the Memphis Botanic Garden on May 31.  We’re also participating in other events around the Southeast, so for more information on those, click HERE.

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On April 26th 2018, 20Twelve hosted the first book signing for the highly anticipated release of “Florists to the Field.”  The floral design featured in the book is the brainchild of Memphis’ own Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of Garden District.

Florists to the Field is one of this floral design team’s most ambitious endeavors to date and a worthwhile testimony to their work—avant-garde resourcefulness that employs flowers to complement settings, mirror emotions, and enrich lives. Join Greg and Erick on their Florists to the Field excursion. From the Deep South to the West Coast, through the Midwest and across the ocean to Holland, these are the places where they find inspiration.”

Memphians showed up en masse to be the first to get their hands on this gorgeous publication, many purchasing multiples to gift to special friends and family.  20Twelve’s space was even more beautiful and aromatic than usual with the addition of dramatic floral installations.  Guests enjoyed upbeat music, delicious cocktails, and bites from Acre as they leafed through the book and browsed the boutique.  

All in all, it was a chic evening of celebration for all who made the book possible!
Florists to the Field Production Team:
Floral Design: Greg Campbell & Erick New - Garden District
Written by: Christian Owen
Forward: Chef Elizabeth Heiskell
Photography by: Sarah Bell - Sélavie Photography
Stylist: Greg Baudoin - Greg Baudoin Interior Design
Published by: Southerly Media
Book Design: Robertson Design
Printed in the USA: Four Colour Print Group

Don’t miss an upcoming book signing with Greg and Erick at Novel bookstore in Laurelwood (387 Perkins Extd) this Saturday March 12 2:00-4:00pm. 

“Florists to the Field” can be purchased HERE

Special thanks to Sarah Rossi for event images.  

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From full scale installations to smaller room makeovers, Rhea Crenshaw is a well established name in the Memphis design community.  In addition to being a full service design firm, in-the-know Memphians love HOUSE, the retail shop full of unique furnishings and accents that shares space with another Crenshaw endeavor, Blue Moon Bedding.  

This year, Rhea Crenshaw Interiors designed a vignette for the ArtsMemphis annual fundraiser, Art by Design.  The Scout Guide Memphis loved their space so much, we had to catch up with the mother-daughter duo and learn a bit more about their design and the inspiration behind it!

TSG: Have you participated in Art by Design before and why did you choose to be a part of the ArtsMemphis event this year?

RCI: This was actually our first year to design a vignette, but only because in years past, we’ve had conflicts that prevented our participation.  We absolutely love ArtsMemphis and what they do for the arts in our city and it’s an honor to be a part of this creative community.  And the fact that the event’s proceeds support a fantastic cause made it easy for us to say “Yes!” 

TSG: What was the inspiration behind your Art by Design vignette?  Did you design the space with an “imaginary client” in mind?

RCI: We were inspired to design for the modern woman and all of the roles that she embodies: wife, mother, volunteer, organizer, creator, career woman…and the list goes on and on!  This space pays homage to her ability to seamlessly manage all of those roles and the room functions as the ultimate command center for her busy life.  For all that’s required of women today, it’s a dream to have a space that’s truly HERS–a place that’s nurturing, a place to regroup, and a place to be reenergized so that she’s able to fulfill her promises and meet the expectations of others. 

TSG: What are some of your favorite elements in the room?

RCI: It is impossible to pick just one…we love every detail!  From the high gloss Tuscan red walls to the Antique Trunks, each item was thoughtfully chosen to intentionally blend both function and design.  

TSG:  We love the artwork you chose for the space.  Can you provide some more information about the pieces that you chose to feature and why?  

RCI: We carefully chose each piece of art on one of our many buying trips.  The large piece above the daybed entitled “Abstract 6″ is from Brad Huntzinger, a San Francisco Bay area designer.  Brad, along with collaborator Kate McIntyre, are the creative team behind the product line, Oly, which embodies a classic yet fresh, sophisticated vibe that we love.  The glass artwork above the writing desk is by Chad Kilgore of Counter Culture, a Kansas artist who creates one-of-a-kind pieces with a vintage aesthetic.  The pink/peach painted flowers above book shelf are from local Memphis artist, Pam McDonnell, who was recently featured in a show at Crosstown Arts entitled “Material Equivalence.”

TSG: Are any of the items still available for sale if someone were interested in purchasing?
RCI: Yes most are available at HOUSE (632 South Perkins Road, Memphis, TN, 38117) 

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Now in it’s 7th year, Memphis Fashion Week is one of our favorite events of the year!  The mission of MFW is to cultivate and celebrate local fashion.  And since there’s nothing we love more than supporting LOCAL, we’re  especially excited to be a sponsor of this can’t-miss event.

Proceeds from the week’s events benefit the Memphis Fashion Design Network which works to support and cultivate designers and artists in the fashion industry.  Key elements of MFDN are education, workforce development, and manufacturing and fashion design infrastructure.  

This year’s highlights include a luncheon with headlining designer Rachel Roy, runway shows at Graceland, and an Emerging Designer showcase at the Memphis College of Art.  

For more information about events click HERE
To purchase tickets, click HERE…(and they sell out quick!)

One of the biggest questions everyone wants to know is “what to wear to these fabulous fashion events?”  To answer just that, Scout Guide Memphis teamed up with the super stylish blogger gals of Bluff City Lights along with some of our favorite boutiques in the Laurelwood Shopping Center to style a “sneak peek” of some of the pieces, designed and created by emerging Memphis designers, that you’ll see going down the runway on Saturday April 14th!


PRETTY IN PINK MEGAN

“I started out with my grey ribbon dress from EMDP designer Jayla Slater and wanted to pair it with a Moto jacket to make it a little more edgy.  I went to one of my favorite stores in Memphis, Joseph, and immediately picked out a pair of black patent leather Louboutins that would go perfectly with the skirt.  I then paired it with a gold Yigal Azrouel leather jacket and a Gucci fanny pack purse because I am obsessed with fanny packs right now.  My outfit perfectly represents my style of being girly with an edge.”

Megan styled her Jayla Slater skirt with items from Joseph: a Yigal Azrouel jacket, a Gucci bag, and Louboutin shoes and from Kittie Kyle: earrings.  


CITY CHIC LIVING

“I chose cream and blush hues to compliment designer Mary Ambrose’s taupe top and add a little color into the look! Taupe usually washes out my skin tone but the top was absolutely beautiful and I was dying to get it on. The blush shades, cream pants, and gold earrings really popped a little color into my complexion showcasing this beautiful designer piece. I am obsessed with this designer’s classic yet statement designs. She is a must have for any fashionista’s wardrobe!”

Alex styled her Mary Ambrose top with pieces from Sachi: 7 for all Mankind jeans, Tom’s glasses, and Steve Madden shoes and earrings. 


COLLINS TOUHY SMITH

“I’ve been feeling the western vibes this spring. It could be because I’ve been planning my late summer travel blogging trips to places like Marfa and Joshua Tree, those desert sunsets are calling my name. When I saw the jean bolero by by EMDP designer Katarina Guenther, I knew I wanted to pair it with something fab. I thought dressing it up would be a fun twist so I chose an amazing flowy multi layer chiffon blue paisley print dress. The print sort of reminded me of a bandana in keeping with the western theme. I cinched the whole look together with a thick camel colored leather belt. My favorite part however might have been the blue velvet Prada heels! I added a pop of color with my purse and earrings to finish the look off!”

Collins styled her Katarina Guenther jacket with pieces from Joseph: Tory Burch purse, Prada shoes, and Lele Sadoughi earrings and from Kittie Kyle: dress and belt.

LIVING LE REVE
“I chose to wear a kimono wrap designed by Meredith Olinger, one of this years 2018 Emerging Designers. Since the kimono consists of a lot of fabric and I am not able to accentuate my waist, I wanted to wear something solid and fitted, leaving the focus on the kimono. My Sympli navy dress and Eri Shalla straw bag is from Kittie Kyle. I love how my yellow Lele Sadoughi earrings from Joseph add a strong contrasting element to the look while making it feel like spring. My Aquazzura shoes, also from Joseph, help elongate my body which is needed with the long kimono and the bracelets, from Joseph, add some ethnicity which ties in the handbag and feel of the kimono. The wrap belt is hand made by the emerging designer and complements the outfit perfectly.”

Mary styled her Meredith Olinger kimono with pieces from Kittie Kyle (a Sympli dress and Eri Shalla bag) and from Joseph’s (Lele Sadoughi earrings and Aquazzura heels)

If you see something that love, make sure to attend a new MFW event: Fashion Night Out!  Meet headlining designer Rachel Roy as well as featured designers and be the first to shop the looks you’ll see on the runway.  Drinks and appetizers included in the ticket price AND Receive $20 in MFW bucks to shop the trunk shows! 


SPECIAL THANKS to Memphis Fashion Week, the 2018 EMDP designers, Bluff City Lights, Liquid Photography and the shops of Laurelwood: Joseph’s, Sachi, and Kittie Kyle.  

LIVE, LOVE, LOCAL!

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Today, The Scout Guide Memphis is excited to chat with Memphis’ very own art consultant, Anna Wunderlich.  In her own words, she’s a “cross between a matchmaker, curator, and a huntress,” working to partner with her clients on a personal level, lending them her eye, access, and experience.  Whether it’s finding the perfect pieces, working to build a collection, or something in between, this one-of-a-kind tastemarker and arts supporter is on the move!

TSG: Can you give us an idea of what the average day might look like for you?  
AW:
There really is no such thing as an average day…lots of variety! I could be at a studio visiting with an artist working on a commission, previewing a show at a gallery, rearranging a client’s existing collection in order to have a fresh view to possibly make room for a new purchase, or on a site visit with a designer to see a project space for potential art. My days are filled with lots and lots of looking at art, of all kinds, in order to continuously stay abreast for works that could potentially be matched with a client. This includes local visits as well as traveling out of town visiting galleries and artists that I have built relationships with over the years.  

TSG: Do you work alongside interior designers, and what might that collaboration look like?
AW:
Yes, I am frequently brought in to collaborate with designers, many times from the conception to completion of a project.  I love interior design and, although I am not a fan of art matching a couch, I think that the way a room or space is pulled together is a combination of many elements: color, scale, energy, and presence affect the composition of a room and art plays a major role.

TSG: For someone who has never purchased fine art, do you have some recommendations?  
AW:
Buy what you love. Buy original art. Buy something that you want to look at again and again. Also, Im a big fan of a high-low mix. Why not have fine art mixed with a flea market find?  

TSG: Where are some of your favorite places, locally, to purchase art?  
AW:
I am at David Lusk Gallery just about every week. L Ross Gallery is another spot I frequent. I also try and visit smaller pop-up shows at artist studios or other show spaces such as Flicker Street Studio.

TSG: Who are currently some of your favorite local artists?  
AW:
If the walls of my home answered that question…I have 3 paintings by Jared Small, a number of woodcuts and sculpture by Ted Feairs, a few Carroll Cloar drawings, and two shelves full of my grandmother’s (Joyce Gingold) nude sculptures.

TSG: Your formal training is in art history and art education and you also are an accomplished artist yourself — what does your studio practice look like in this specific phase of life?  

AW: My studio practice is on hold for now while my family and art business keep me on the go. I am always client focused, and the context of being an artist is a value-add in the art consultant space. That said, I will always be an artist first. The quiet and focused studio time is harder to carve out.  One day…one day!


TSG: You travel frequently — what are some of your favorite art events, galleries, or exhibits you’ve seen recently?
AW:
Whenever I travel, I visit galleries that interest me so that I can see things up-close and personal before making client recommendations. I love going to New York—it always gets my blood pumping!  I could get lost in and out of every gallery in Chelsea, having one new creative experience after another. This past trip, I enjoyed visiting a new boutique hotel, The Whitby, by Kit Kemp that had the best art curation and installation throughout—inspiration everywhere!  On a recent trip to Charleston, I wanted to go on a different architectural tour each day to soak in art history; I highly recommend it (Historic Charleston Preservation)!

TSG: You recently had a part in the art curation of a Vesta home show — can you tell us a little bit about that project and the process?  
AW:
Sean Anderson had a complete vision for the design of his home, but the art was a large part of the story.  Neutrals, texture, and scale with a mix of mediums became the guiding idea in the art that Sean and I selected.  A home show is a particularly fast paced environment; it’s like setting the stage for an opening night, but with no dress rehearsal!  So many people are working together all at once. I learned more than I expected about the building process. We had so much fun running all around that house that it didn’t feel like work at all.   (Read more about the show home here.)

TSG: You also recently curated the Pam McDonnell art show in the new gallery space at Crosstown.  Can you tell us a little bit about the show and your role in it?
AW:
Pam and I have worked together for years, originally alongside each other as artists when I put a small group show together, including myself.  Since then, we worked in the same studio until my studio practice came to a halt.  I have continued to visit Pam in her studio and offer my critique as she experiments and makes new work.  For Material Equivalence, over the course of a year, I worked with Pam to select works to be exhibited and handled the installation and sales. I don’t directly represent artists; this was a specific project collaboration. We were very excited to have the opportunity to show her work in such an amazing space (Crosstown Arts)! The show is up until March 11. 

TSG: What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday in Memphis?
AW:
I spend most Saturdays watching my kids participate in sports activities, so of course that’s my favorite way to spend a Saturday, but on a bye week…you would definitely find me at a current cultural event. I particularly enjoy the Decorative Arts Trust speaker series. 

TSG: Do you have any upcoming events that we can share with our Scout Guide audience?
AW:
Very excited about Art By Design April 5-8, an ArtsMemphis event where over 15 interior design teams will create custom vignettes within a chic gallery showroom space. I am part of the steering committee and my role is to share the works of the ArtsMemphis grant awarded artists with the designers so that they may incorporate selected pieces within their vignette.  I love instagram as a visual journal to highlight some of the art installs and experiences, so follow me and my art adventures. (@annawunderlich)

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Is there anything better than a fresh, clean slate? Around the start of the New Year, many of us pause to reflect on the prior year and make resolutions for the new. And while it might be first instinct for those resolutions to center around physical fitness, it’s equally important to consider financial fitness in the upcoming year as well! So, we reached out to a couple of our TSG Volume 4 financial firms for some tips and considerations for both businesses and individuals in 2018.  

Thanks to Frazee Ivy Davis and Waddell and Associates for being invaluable resources in navigating the financial landscape!

Frazee Ivy Davis is a full-service team of CPAs and accountants who are dedicated to giving you financial clarity. They provide complete accounting and advisory services for private companies, families, individuals, executives, and their legal and financial advisors. Their clients rely on them for practical knowledge and ideas about tax planning, accounting, auditing, valuation, exit planning, business deals, and financial controversies.

“We focus on the important financial matters that affect your business, your family, your investments and your livelihood.”

Four tips from Alex Ivy, CPA, ABV, CFA®, ASA, CExP®

1. Prepare for known tax unknowns. We know that Congress revamped some of our tax deductions and taxes on business profit in 2018.  What’s up with that?  Consult with an advisor to stay organized and reduce your risk of tax leakage

2. Contribute to a retirement plan. With a qualified plan, employers can deduct contributions. Employees can dodge tax by volunteering to put some current income out of reach. Get a tax deduction for saving, and add an ingredient to your future peace of mind.

3. Bonus your staff.  Don’t plunder your cash flow, but don’t neglect to love your staff. A bonus is tax deductible.  But new law has nixed business-entertainment deductions, so find another way to love your customers

4. Map an exit plan. For business owners: What do you have? What do you want? Will you transfer it? To whom? When? Your goals are the foundation of planning. Can you communicate yours clearly? You’ll need to tackle some delicate issues. Start the process while time is your ally.

Waddell and Associates is a wealth strategist firm that exists to improve life by providing clarity to remove fear.  

“We understand the struggle and sacrifice it takes to amass wealth. We understand the complications that wealth invites. We understand the fear and confusion that plague the big life decisions of building families, educating children, starting and divesting businesses, transitioning into retirement, processing divorce, designing estates, and more. We understand these issues. We have faced them ourselves. We built this firm to help. We built this firm to provide you comfort. We do a lot of calculations at W&A, but everything we do starts with the heart.”

Kathy Williams, CFP®, CDFA™ has this 2018 tax-related recommendation:

“The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in late December will significantly affect individual tax returns beginning with the 2018 tax year. The Tax Policy Center estimates that two thirds of those currently filing Schedule A to itemize deductions will instead move to the standard deduction, which roughly doubled under the Act. With this in mind, be cognizant of unexpected expenses incurred during the year that might put you back into the “itemizer” category. If this happens, it would be a good idea to check with your tax planner and see if making extra charitable donations or prepayment of certain expenses would be beneficial for you.”





We do not provide tax advice, and are required by IRS Circular 230 to inform you that any statements contained here are NOT intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by you or any other taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed by Federal Tax Law.

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On November 16th, The Scout Guide Memphis co-hosted a preview party at “The Retreat,” a showhouse that was one of six homes featured as part of the 2017 Vesta Home Show.  Longtime Scout Guide member, Sean Anderson, designed the interiors of this gorgeous home — from the building finishes and impressive fine art installations all the way down to the smallest accesories.  And it was evident how much care and attention was lavished upon this house: photo-ready vignettes and layered furnishings delighted at every turn.  

We were especially thrilled that for this project and cocktail event, Sean collaborated with nearly 20% of The Scout Guide Volume 4 members!  For the home itself, Sean secured some of the furnishings from Stash Home and Hey Rube by Becca Gaines.  Anna Wunderlich, art consultant, assisted Sean in curating the unique fine art throughout the home and especially in the office, which was styled as a gallery space.  Other paintings and sculpture were selected from the David Lusk Gallery, including an installation by Catherine Erb.   Carmen Bond, owner of Social, also contributed some lovely accessories to complete the house decor.  

For the event, Guardian Concierge was on hand to shuttle guests to the home, while Sarah Rossi of Selavie Photography captured lovely images of the home and party-goers.  It was a chilly night, but guests warmed themselves around the outdoor fireplace while enjoying yummy bites by Elizabeth Heiskell Catering and a specialty cocktail from Cara Greenstein of Caramelized.  

Sean describes his style as “a blend of fresh and functional, classic and contemporary, a just­‐right mix of old and new that is forever timeless.”  His obsession over the smallest details results in a finished product that is truly flawless.  

The home itself was contructed by The Longtown Company: “The Retreat is a warm and moody brick home, designed for relaxed entertaining and peaceful living.  A light-filled foyer invites you through the stairhall, into a gracious living room that is open to the kitchen and informal dining.  A wet bar connects back to the dramatic formal dining room.  Floor to ceiling windows draw your focus to the backyard oasis (by Gurley Azalea Garden). The house wraps around and contains the elegant pool courtyard.  Wood planked walls add organic warmth to the monochromatic interiors as it carries you along the main gallery to the master suite.  The stately study features a full bath and storage closet. There is also a generous home office/craft room, and secluded guest suite on the ground floor.  Upstairs there is a large media lounge with bath and bar areas.  The upper landing leads to two more guest bedrooms, each with private baths and substantial closets.”

The Scout Guide Memphis loved visiting with our TSGMemphis community, both new and old, in such a stunning and delightful space and contratulations to all of the 2017 VESTA participants.  

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Scout Guide is excited to catch up and learn a little bit more about Splinter Creek, Mississippis’s newest luxury development and what makes it so special and unique.  Nestled into the hills of north Mississippi, Splinter Creek features 26 lakeside homesites that blend seamlessly into 650 acres of rolling pine forest.


This Friday, November 17th from 2-5pm, be one of the first to tour the exquisite model home during their Open House event (484 County Road 343 Taylor, MS 38673).

TSG: First off, what can guests expect during the Open House?  Should people attend even if they aren’t currently in the market for property?

SC: The model house will be open, of course, and we’ll also have music, food by John Currence, cocktails, and (weather permitting) a bonfire with s'mores and hot cocoa and corn hole set up at our Community Porch. We encourage everyone to come, even if they’re just curious and want to experience the property or see what’s going on in their community.

TSG: Tell us a little bit about the history of “Splinter Creek”—how did it come about?

SC: Splinter Creek’s owners originally purchased the property as a timber investment. When their first harvest unveiled the beauty and character of the land, the couple exchanged their initial plans for time spent exploring the forests and meadows of Splinter Creek, and have spent more than a decade building an intimate connection with the land. After building their own waterfront residence, their experience led them to seek out a unique set of collaborators who could realize a greater vision to restore and enhance the property through nature and design for family, friends and all.

TSG: What sets Splinter Creek apart? 

SC: Splinter Creek is more of a lifestyle than a development. It’s a place for people who care about the outdoors, both in terms of conservation and in the sense that they enjoy being outside. Hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, gardening and just relaxing on the docks are all things Splinter Creek residents and neighbors enjoy.


TSG: Can you talk a little more about how the values of "sensitive and sustainable design” informs the development?

SC:The property as a whole was created with nature in mind. Boundaries between lots are marked by natural creeks, ravines, and trees rather than by manmade measurements, fences, and barriers. Individual homesites offer privacy and seclusion, yet flow seamlessly into shared natural areas. Overall, we encourage residents to build lightly with the land. For us that means houses that aren’t too large and that blend into the landscape so that they enhance the natural beauty of the land.

TSG: The modern home design is striking and beautiful, but also unusual in Mississippi–what was the inspiration behind the design? 

SC: Both the Lake Flato-designed Boathouse and the Lang Architecture-designed model house at Splinter Creek showcase and are the epitome of the owner’s passion for modern-contemporary design. It’s the culmination of many years of dreaming, planning and drawing out the kind of they envisioned spending time together as a family. For them, that meant being surrounded by things they’re inspired by, which is nature. So the homes at Splinter Creek reflect that love and appreciation of the great outdoors in a beautiful design. All of the homesites are situated to take advantage of the lakes and lake views.

TSG: Do you anticipate the development being primary residences or weekend escapes?

SC: A mix of both. We see full-time families living there as well as people who use Splinter Creek as a weekend escape.

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Today, we’re beyond excited to catch up with Scout Guide member, Elizabeth Heiskell, and celebrate the release of her newest project, a gorgeous cookbook entitled, “What Can I Bring— Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up.”

Featuring over 100 recipes, Heiskell’s book puts a fresh spin on classic Southern dishes by organizing the recipes into circumstances in which they’re most appropriate to share, such as “Potluck,” “Under the Weather,” and “Moving Day.”  In doing so, she helps modern cooks answer the age-old conundrum: “What can I bring?”

“Besides,” Heiskell slyly notes, “if you haven’t asked the question and arrive empty-handed…well, then you just weren’t raised very well!”

“What Can I Bring” is based on the premise that food is a vehicle for providing comfort, while also expressing an attitude of graciousness and gratitude. The central question of the book resonates personally with Heiskell.

“One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is giving your time by preparing something from your kitchen; it has such an impact on the recipient.” Of course, Heiskell also noted with a laugh, when you’ve been invited to a fabulous cocktail party, stunning vacation home, or peaceful hunting camp, it’s also in your best interest to be a lovely guest to hopefully secure that elusive return invite!

While Heiskell is known for championing the cause of farm-to-table and seasonal, organic food, she’s also not afraid to utilize shortcuts and create recipes that are unpretentious and fuss-free.  For example, several of her baked goods call for boxed cake mix. While the food purists might consider it sacrilege, Heiskell insists that the goal of the book is to get into the kitchen and…actually cook.  And shaving off a couple of the more cumbersome steps in a recipe can make a significant difference, as those with hectic lives and schedules will attest. She also noted that in many situations — such as the arrival of a new baby — there may be very little advance planning, so having a repertoire of approachable, yet beautiful recipes is invaluable. The book is also packed with real-world advice, such as tips for prepping dishes in advance and strategies for transporting dishes (which anyone that’s ever tragically had a car floorboard covered in pot-roast juice will appreciate!).

When asked about the process of authoring such an extensive cookbook, Heiskell explained it took about a year and a half, from concept to completion. The concept for the book originated from a column in Southern Living magazine, and while Heiskell initially didn’t consider herself to be a writer, after perusing the first draft of her 100% handwritten manuscript, her editorial team was pleasantly surprised by how her unique voice infuses an extra dose of warmth and Mississippi Delta personality into each page.

Each of the recipes in the book was tested, beautifully styled, and photographed by the Southern Living team. The lifestyle images in the book were shot in some of Heiskell’s favorite places throughout Mississippi, like Taylor Grocery as well as the homes of some dear friends and family.  Even for the cooking-adverse, the beautiful photography and impeccably styled pages, combined with funny anecdotes, make this release worthy of coffee table real-estate!  

In addition to being a newly-minted author, Heiskell is a regular TODAY show contributor, an experienced caterer of 25+ years, creator of The Debutante Farmer products (featuring pickles, jams, and the ever popular Bloody Mary mix), and also “Mom” to three high-school and college-age girls (who themselves appear in the book with their friends).

Scout Guide is also excited to note that this book was the number #1 pre-release in cookbooks on Amazon!  Congratulations Elizabeth…and we can’t wait to start cooking!

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Have you recently caught yourself daydreaming about sunsets along white sandy beaches or falling asleep to the sound of waves?  Nope, that’s not just recent summertime nostalgia creeping in—it might be a sign that you need a fall getaway!

Experiencing Florida’s Gulf Coast during the fall months is one of the local’s best kept secrets—October at the beach provides all the benefits of summertime…but with slightly-less-sweaty temperatures and fewer crowds.

With it’s sweeping Gulf views and elegant charm, Destin’s newest beachfront resort, The Henderson, is the perfect place for an escape.   The Henderson manages to perfectly combine quaint wood-shingled charm with the well-appointed luxurious amenities for which Salamander resorts are known.  Located adjacent to 200 acres of nature preserve, the resort provides a feeling of being “away from it all,” but is actually conveniently located to many Destin-area attractions.  Spend your time biking, paddle boarding or dining at the resort’s signature restaurant, Primrose.  Whether you choose to get out and about, or relax on property, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.  

Here’s our favorite scouted picks for your fall beach getaway itinerary:

For Him—Tell us your best fish story:
The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a time-honored tradition now in it’s 69th year.  It lasts the entire month of October and any fisherman can participate as long as you fish aboard a rodeo-registered boat.  Be sure to have your friends and family on hand for the daily big weigh-ins!  Also, if you want an authentic “dock-to-table” experience, each Saturday at 2:00pm, the Henderson’s culinary team will demonstrate how to properly filet a fish…and provide a complimentary appetizer with your dinner reservations.  

For Her—Indulge with a Caviar Facial:
The Henderson Spa is a destination unto itself—think 11 treatment rooms, an experiential shower, whirlpool, steam room, and an adults-only pool and cabanas.  Don’t want to be left out of the fishing rodeo action?  The Henderson Spa is offering a complimentary NuFace Wonder Brow add-on treatment when you book a Caviar facial.  The anti-aging Caviar facial promises “a decadent, luxurious facial designed to firm, tone, refine and deeply hydrate the skin with protein-rich Caviar and powerful antioxidants. Results of this facial are immediate, leaving skin looking supple, healthy and luminescent.”

For the Kiddos—Poppy’s Kids Club:
If Mom and Dad need a little bit of solo R&R time, your kids (ages 4-11) will love spending the day with their friends playing in the pool, going on scavenger hunts for buried treasure, or leaning about wildlife and the local ecosystem.  
Learn more about resort and beach activities here.

In addition to all of the unique activities offered at the resort, fall festivals and events are happening throughout Destin and 30-A are like the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival October 13-14 and the Gulf Place Third Thursday Wine Walkabout Oct 19.

As an added bonus, The Henderson is offering a 20% discount off of all rooms booked during the month of October…so, happy vacationing!

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