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McConnell House

The McConnell House is a private event venue located in Historic Downtown Franklin.  This recently renovated space hosts weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, cooking demos, corporate and social lunches and parties. McConnell House With Scouted Ribbon The McConnell House is the vision of Tennessee native Jason McConnell.  After graduating from Ole Miss and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY McConnell moved back to Tennessee opening the Red Pony Restaurant in 2006, Sol Restaurant 2007, 55 South 2010, and McConnell House in 2011. McConnell is also the Co-Founder and Culinary Director of Seed Hospitality making quite the culinary mark on middle Tennessee.


Troy Room 1 This charming space features exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors, great natural lighting, and fireplaces creating a cozy and intimate feel.


10625103_783554731696602_5288849289363706595_n Call the McConnell House today to book your holiday party or wedding before the dates are filled.               p-615.595.6070





Nashvillian and designer Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design transformed her Kiawah Island, South Carolina, beach house into family-friendly hangout with fresh, white paint and plenty of tone-on-tone textures.   Her beach house as seen below was published in the June 2014 edition of Southern Living Magazine.

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-5 “When you’re working in such a limited color range, patina and texture become very important design elements,” Whitson says. In the dining room I started with an antique French walnut trestle table then added rattan chairs and anchored the room with a white cowhide rug.  Choosing a cowhide rather than an Oriental keeps the feel of the room much less formal and adds great texture to the space.

Picture 5 The kitchen (pictured below) is housed in the home’s grand turret. “That circular counter made a believer out of me in white Corian,” says Jeannette, who simply refreshed the room with a new coat of  China White paint.  The same color also used in the living room.   The kitchen’s clean lines are highlighted by white china and flatware, great sunlight and a mix of old and new silver.

-6 Interiors Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn.

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You may purchase Jeannette’s antique finds from her latest trip to France here: 1stdibs.com



Ironware International

Picture 10 In 1988, Karin Eaton founded Ironware International to develop an American market for the original works of the Atelier Picard in Normandy, France. Twenty-six years later, the beauty, quality and integrity of these pieces reflect the skill and tradition of the three generations of this family of blacksmiths.

Picture 1 In Ironware’s sophisticated Nashville finishing studio, skilled artisans hand apply a range of patinas that compliment this vibrant work. Using leather, hand-blown glass, stone, upholstery and caste bronze, our design innovations create a fresh look from this ancient craft.

Picture 11 With over 600 original designs, architects and designers look to Ironware to meet the specifications of their unique projects. Because each piece is entirely handmade, we are able to offer customizations that fit our clients’ needs.

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Picture 12 To learn more about the story, watch the video below!

2421 Cruzen Street, Nashville, TN 37211







Peter Nappi

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In 1904, Peter Nappi emigrated from southern Italy to the United States, bringing with him a family tradition in shoemaking dating back more than a century. His attention to detail and dedication to both his craft and family inspired his grandson to revive his legacy, officially establishing the Peter Nappi brand in 2011.

Designed in Nashville and handmade in Tuscany, Peter Nappi premium leather footwear and goods are a distinctive blend of Italian heritage and American personality.  Our pieces are meant to be both loved and lived in, wearing beautifully with time and age as they take on the signs of a life well travelled.

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The Peter Nappi showroom, built in the shell of a former industrial boiler room, is home to their line of handmade Italian leather boots, shoes, bags, and goods, as well as a carefully edited selection of European vintage finds for the home.

This large and industrial warehouse welcomes guests to take their time and explore the space.  Owners Phillip and Dana Nappi regularly host friends and family for events filled with food, drinks, and incredible music by the talented musicians of Nashville.

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1308 Adams Street, Nashville, TN 37208







A Fairytale Fern and White Linen Luncheon

Summer is the time for relaxed white linens, fresh cucumber water and new growth that breathes life into the long hot days of the season. What better time to bring the outdoors in than to host an elegant and chic ladies luncheon?

Nashvillian Katie Jacobs, creator of StylingMyEveryday.com, shows us how to pull off a relaxed all white affair where ferns and friends take center stage.


Ferns are the new succulents. They’re not just a great accent outdoors but we’re also seeing them in weddings and home decor. Just like succulents, ferns come in hundreds of different varieties—from the feather-like maiden hair fern to the whimsical brown curly-cue fiddlehead fern. I planted my ferns in a collection of antique white pitchers that cascaded down a long linen-covered farm table so, it seems as though the wooded trails of a fairy tale have been brought indoors.


In lieu of traditional plates, use wooden paddles to serve soup and sandwiches with petite white macaroons. Place crystal candle sticks with white tapers peaking through the lush fern centerpieces and serve champagne in etched-crystal flutes. Attach watercolored and hand-calligraphed personalized place cards to fern branches and drape them across each place setting.


It’s always important that the food coordinate with the theme and decor of the event. This luncheon’s menu featured Zucchini Soup with Crème Fraîche and Cilantro, Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Lemon and Dill, Vanilla Bean Macaroons and Homemade Coconut Cake.  This menu tastes delicious and perfectly mimics the green and white decor.  For refreshments we served Cucumber Water, Fresh Green Tea with Mint and of course Champagne. You can find the recipes from today’s luncheon at StylingMyEveryday.com.


When hosting a party like this at your own home, don’t be afraid to rearrange your room to achieve the desired look. Switch out your artwork or have something new commissioned to take your party to the next level.  Change up your seating by adding a bench, don’t worry about silverware and glasses matching perfectly and plant ferns in white containers that you already have—pitchers and colanders make for interesting and unexpected centerpieces.


SHOP the PARTY at some of our favorite SCOUT GUIDE LOCATIONS:

1. Casafina Forum White Salad/Dessert Plate ($16), The Registry
2. Clear hand-etched hurricanes ($325 for the pair), Digs Interiors
3. Calligraphy by Abi McGinnis of Abigail T. Calligraphy, Painting by Katie Jacobs of StylingMyEveryday.com 
4. Montes Doggett Fruit Bowl ($175), Digs Interiors
5. Astier de Villatte platter ($205), The Iron Gate
6. Juliska and Simon Pearce glass pitchers, The Registry. Hand-blown Glass Carafe ($150), Digs Interiors.
7. Simon Pearce small glass bowls ($32 each). The Registry
9. Simon Pearce Woodbury wine glass ($65), flute ($58) and double old fashioned ($58), The Registry
10. Crystal Candlesticks
12. Vanilla Bean Macaroons, The Painted Cupcake
13. Pom Pom at Home Olivier linen tablecloth ($255) and napkins ($90 for 4), The Iron Gate
14. Handcrafted wooden bench, The Barn Door Co.

Meet the Stylist
Katie Jacobs is a graphic designer, photographer and stylist. She is the art director and creator of stylingmyeveryday.com, a food and lifestyle blog with a focus on styling, entertaining and DIY. This Nashville native has a passion for all things local, a huge sweet tooth and a love for styling her everyday.

Styling by Katie Jacobs, StylingMyEveryday.com
Photography by Amy Cherry, AmyNicolePhoto.com

Thank you Katie for sharing your beautifully styled luncheon and for living and loving local like we at SCOUT do.



The Iron Gate

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Iron Gate owner, Rozanne Jackson, and her trusted team have built a reputation for creating spaces that are beyond simply unique. Jackson hopes her clients feel immediately familiar and comfortable with newly created spaces right when they enter them. “I feel that a well appointed space should not feel decorated. Rather, it should feel like you’ve already been there many times when you first walk in,” said Jackson.

The Iron Gate offers a full-service design and styling team that takes the time to discover exactly what you hope to achieve and works to make your visions come to life.

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The Iron Gate retail store is located is at 338 Main Street in Downtown Franklin. The Iron Gate retail store features a range of treasures gathered from around the world.  The store keeps customers satisfied knowing they’ll encounter some new curiosity each visit.  In the store you can find furniture, lighting and home decor in addition to a wide selection of premium brand candles, French milled soaps, fine bed linens, and seasonal decorations.

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A huge congrats to Rozanne Jackson, winner of the ADAC – Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and VERANDA Magazine‘s Southeast Designer of the Year award. Below she is accepting her award alongside Katie Brockman, Associate Publisher of Veranda Magazine; Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture; Clint Smith, Veranda Magazine’s Editor in Chief; and Katie Belveal, ADAC General Manager.


 To view additonal design jobs or find out more information about THE IRON GATE you may call 615.791.7511 or visit THEIRONGATEONLINE.NET.

 Remember to tell them SCOUT Sent YOU!