Pattern Play :: The Tartan World of Scot Meacham Wood

I have a confession. I carry a secret longing to live in the rarefied world depicted by vintage issues of Town & Country Magazine. A picture perfect life splayed across glossy pages with “old-money” patina complete with ancestral portraits, African mahogany paneled walls and Chesterfield sofas. Rooms richly layered in well-mannered tartans, classic tattersalls steeped in generations of family tradition.

It’s an aesthetic that has been thoughtfully recreated in the Scot Meacham Wood’s textile and home furnishing line. I’ve known Scot for years through the world of blogging, and he’s a man who lives his brand. A dashing bon-vivant often dressed in the signature attire of a well-heeled gentleman from tartan patterned ties to boldly checked waistcoats. His line of textiles exudes the same timeless and effortless allure with a refreshing twist.

“Inspiration comes from almost anything and I find it almost everywhere; the color palette on a magazine cover, travel and art galleries, classic baronial furniture pieces. Getting away from one’s ‘known environment’ helps shake away ‘the norm.” – Scot Meacham Wood

I caught up with Scot for an interview a few months ago and I wanted to share it with you. If you haven’t yet seen his collection, we’re sharing some stunning imagery showcasing this richly luxurious collection of textiles & accessories from Scot Meacham Wood Home.

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Image/ Thayer Gowdy Photography

Vicki Gladle Bolick: How would you describe your new line of textiles & home furnishings?

Scot Meacham Wood: I’ve always had a deep and abiding passion for textiles.  In fact, gathering textiles tends to be the inspiration point for almost all of our projects here at SMW Design – so clearly a textile collection would be the first part of our first brand extension!  My love of tartans is fairly well documented and it seemed the perfect place to start.  My other passion is history – so partnering with a historic mill in Scotland was paramount!  I love that we’ve been able to bring many classic historic clan tartans back to the marketplace – as well as the opportunity to create custom SMW Home tartans to keep the history of tartans moving well into the future.

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Decorative Pillows

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: What initially attracted you to textiles as an expansion of your brand?

SMW: I’ve always been a bit of a textile fanatic – so it certainly seemed like the best place to begin expanding the business past the boundaries of SMW Design well into the fresh territory of SMW Home.  It also gave me a much-needed opportunity to get back to my retail roots.  We clearly wanted to not only craft a ‘to-the-trade’ textile collection – but, also curate goods that would available directly to the public.  After so many years working on all sides of the retail business with Ralph Lauren, it’s been so gratifying to back in ‘the biz!’  Our new collections of vintage barware and antique decorative boxes are a perfect example!

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Vintage Barware

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: What or who inspires your imagination?

SMW: My inspirations come from almost anything and I find it almost everywhere; the color palette on a magazine cover, travel and art galleries, classic baronial furniture pieces.  I think travel is the best solution for me.  Getting away from one’s ‘known environment’ helps shake away ‘the norm.’

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Inverness Sofa

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: I love that the collection is so rich in heritage, yet with distinctly modern sensibilities. What was your inspiration?

SMW: I’ve always had such a passion for Scottish history and highland textiles, and really wanted to put my own personal stamp on the whole ‘tartan world.’  I wanted to celebrate the great historic nature of tartans – but, also bring something fresh and interesting!

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Inverness Sofa and Fife Cocktail Ottoman

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: Do you have particular colors or textures that you enjoy working with?

SMW: I find that I’m often drawn to a classic woodland palette – clear blues, deep bark-ish browns, and rich greens.  If not that, I’m been working on a few recent projects that have been just flooded with bright, saturated hues.

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Mayfair Headboard

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: What is one thing that Scot Meacham Wood can’t live without?

SMW: Most likely – my collection of Stubbs & Wootton slippers!

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Textile Collection (1)

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB:  What trends in the world of textiles have gotten you excited lately?

SMW: I’m loving the great number of designers – much like myself – creating their own collections.  I love finding a little capsule collection of fabrics from any number of friends and colleagues!

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Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: Are there any trends that you are happy to say goodbye to?

SMW: Greige.

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Vintage Roulette Wheel (1)

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you use often?

SMW: “It’s all about presentation.”  Or “That would be really lovely with nailhead!”

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Mayfair Headboard

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

VGB: You have accomplished so much in your career,  so tell us what’s next in the world of Scot Meacham Wood?

SMW: I would love to see SMW Home continue to expand into an even larger lifestyle collection.  There’s SO much swirling around in my brain all the time – I’m excited to see more and more of it come to fruition.

Ace of Space - Scot Meacham Wood Home - Pillow Detail

Photo/ Nicolas Smith

And we can’t wait Scot, so bring on the Tartans!

You can see more of Scot’s collections by clicking the link here Scot Meacham Wood or at select retailers such as Steve McKenzie’s in Atlanta.

Until next time!

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