Saturday, April 3, 2010

Chatting with Scot Meacham Wood



Many of you know of Interior Designer Scot Wood as Tartanscot from his well known and beautifully executed blog of the same name; others know him for his elegant eye for design and love of all things Tartan.
This week we sit down with Scot to learn a little more about the Southern Gentleman behind the design, what inspires him, his approach, his theory and were even treated to an, a Capella serenade (which will make you melt- is it time to have a design blogger stage show? Soundtrack? )
Scot's diminutive San Francisco apartment, transformed into a space large in elegance and design.
The beautiful Hampton's home Scot worked on, via San Francisco and with only a few days, on site, to install.

to see more of Scot's work please visit his website: www. smwdesign.com


23 comments:

LadyeLisa said...

Thank you for this delightful interview. It felt like sitting in on a great conversation and you each asked the next question on my mind. Lovely!

My Notting Hill said...

Truly, that is my favorite podcast of all! Love to hear about Scot's path to design and found his last comments on creating a home surrounded by things of personal meaning so reassuring. And, being serenaded at the end - not sure that can ever be topped. Hats off to all four of you. Michele

Karena said...

Thank you for such a great interview with one of my favorite designer guys!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I can truly identify with Scot being a military brat! We moved around a lot, too, I can see where he lot of exposure to many things, we never lived in Korea though! Love Scot's work, and he is refeshingly genuine. Thank you for the interview!

Debra Phillips said...

how enjoyable to listen to someone you "know" from afar.

having greatly admired scot's design sense, i thoroughly enjoyed this in-depth conversation. if possible i admire him even more knowing his beliefs and mores in approaching a design, particularly his collaborative efforts and relationships with his clients. what lucky clients indeed!

debra

GrannySmithGreen said...

Love it, love it! I'm so thrilled that TSR featured my friend and super blog buddy, Scot! He is the real deal--genuine and super talented!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Great roundtable! Scot is such a nice person, in addition to being a fabulous designer! Love the serenade at the end...what a nice way to end the podcast.

Anonymous said...

I certainly don't mean this snarky but it would be so nice if you girls would not interrupt your guest so much...and relate everything back to yourself. We love to hear your views, but not when you are interviewing someone else. I would love for you to have the opportunity to ask a million more questions and then let the man answer.

beachbungalow8 said...

anon, i generally don't respond to anon comments, but this one is a respectable critique. So: words of advice have been duly noted.

None of us are actually 'interviewers' or 'Journalists' in real life, i.e. we have never been schooled in the 'art of'. We also, aren't actually sitting at a table {no....really?} so we can't see each other's cues. This makes it hard to know when one person is finished with their thought.

I think we're hopefully learning and developing, as we go along.

Thank you for your honest and polite two cents.

Megan

Pigtown-Design said...

WOW! Scot almost had me in tears at the end with his lovely serenade of y'all. I hope to have the chance to meet him someday!

Cote de Texas said...

I agree with Megan - we have NO visual clues to know when someone is going to ask a question or say something. we try very hard not to interrupt, etc. but without those visual clues/cues it's almost impossible. i never realized before how much sight plays into conversation. interesting... also - remember we are editing. sometimes linda cuts out dead space to shorten the length. as many times as it seems like we are butting in, there is silence as someone tries to think of something to say. we just edit that out. and trust me, the interviewee doesn't come on and talk non stop for one hour. they respond to questions we ask or the natural flow of conversation - just like in real life.

Linda Merrill said...

Joni is right - I do edit out silences and often, in order to edit out ums and awkward sounding pauses, I bump things into each other. As for us relating things back to ourselves, well, we consider these pieces conversations, not 3 on 1 interviews. And in true conversation style, it's a give and take. But, thanks Anon, for your feedback, always good to know how things come across. After I spend 3-4 hours editing and uploading the podcasts, I don't listen again.

Kerry said...

Awwww! (That's exactly what I was saying, too, Linda). What a wonderful guy. Reminded me very much, of Grant. I'm loving the men -- Stephen, Grant and Scot -- all three so humble and kind. Terriffic interview you three. Thank you!

Antonster said...

Well I had the most surreal experience while listening to this interview Scot walked into my workroom studio. I have known Scot for about 20 years from his early days at POLO to his establishing his own ID Business. And I must say what you hear in this interview is the true Scot, no put on, no pretention, this is the real Scot. It's the way he speaks of his clients and how he feels about his craft. Like he said in his interview “it is a collaboration effort”, and not to sound self serving (well too self serving) he is humanly aware that it takes a collaboration of great workrooms a real reciprocity to accomplish his vision. And one of the best aspects of what Scot does for his clients is something that cannot be taught. While not wanting to appear to be what he is not the one thing about Scot that is consistent is how sure he is of himself and of his design aesthetic, this type of confidence is what best describes the fearless way he approaches his work. Note the over scale art work in his own Apartment (woman riding horse) behind the Aberdeen settle in Hound’s-tooth, Brilliant! Most designers would not be so daring in the scale of the space. This is good reason why his clients feel confident that he can fulfill what he says he is going to accomplish in their homes. I have met and spoken with many of his clients and can vouch for their opinion of his ability to transform their homes into an environment of warmth and comfort, one that they truly love and a soft place for them to land after a long days work. If I could foresee the future I would be looking to the past, by looking at Scot’s past I see only good things for this designers future, each year that passes only seems to enhance his creative ability and talents. And lord knows San Francisco needs a new big name to replace some of the greats that have graced our soil, Billy Gaylord, Michael Taylor, Val Arnold, Tony Hail, John Dickinson.

Kat Gordon said...

Listened to this great podcast while doing my Easter baking. I have long admired how great design seems to be in Scot's DNA. Case in point: the couch he uncovered from a client's storage and immediately knew it needed a twin. The pictures on his website make my knees weak.

Tina Ramer said...

This was the best interview ever! I love Ralph Lauren and I love Scot! Can't wait to see his redo!

Terry said...

Bravo again.

This is my favorite quote (and a very familiar one from our designer friend)

"I found a great table..."

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Finally had a chance to listen to this cast. The hour just flew by. Megan, I can completely understand how you two have spent hours chatting!!!

What a talented, charismatic, unpretentious human being. I already love his blog and now love him too! I know...gush...can't help it...so no apology.

It was immensely comforting to know others, including you gals, work in a more fluid and organic fashion....sometimes I feel so "odd" with everything I read and hear!

I can not wait to see his updated space as turquoise/aqua has always been in my life and imagine always will be.

Karen said...

Love the round table. You women and your guests are very interesting. The criticism is just an opinion and I disagree because you three are as fascinating to me as is each guest. I have enjoyed getting to know you all better through every podcast. Your thoughts and comments are what I want to hear. You are the hosts to drive the conversation otherwise it would be a monologue. Please do relate things back to your experiences & preferences. I love to hear your views when you are interviewing someone else. That is why it is called a round table! See definition…….
Main Entry: round ta•ble
Pronunciation: \ˈrau̇n(d)-ˌtā-bəl\
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 a capitalized R&T : the large circular table of King Arthur and his knights b : the knights of King Arthur
2usually round•ta•ble : a conference for discussion or deliberation by several participants; also : the participants in such a conference

Karen Davis said...

Great interview and great interviewing as always. I get so much out your discussions. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great designer capable of delivering more than the one look so often seen in magazines and on blogs. You have to be talented to do that and Scot is all that with a great voice too. I wonder if he sings to his clients with his projects are finished?

Jürgen said...

wunderful pictures and great ideas, i like it very much thank you regards jürgen

iNSIDE_iDEAS said...

A most informative & entertaining pod cast...one of your best, ladies!