Scouted: Walnut and Bronze Chest of Drawers


Clean lines and warm hues converge in this stunning chest available from De Sousa Hughes. Measuring 48″ W x 20″ D x 32.75″ H, it will serve any storage needs while also making a statement. Call now and claim this elegant piece for your bedroom.

De Sousa Hughes  // San Francisco, CA  //  415.626.6883



Michele Gelman’s Healthy Salmon with Fresh Herbs

tsg-salmon-recipe4 Throughout the summer, we seek out simple, healthy recipes that highlight fresh flavors and allow us to take advantage of the abundance of herbs available in our backyards. Salmon is one of our favorite ingredients, so when we discovered Michele Gelman’s recipe for Salmon with Fresh Herbs, we had to try it. A holistic health educator, coach, speaker, and the founder of Michele Gelman Wellness, Gelman is also a gardener and cook whose motto, mens sana, copore sano, terra sana, captures her vision of wellness: a healthy mind in a healthy body in a healthy earth. She works with clients to develop individualized lifestyle and diet plans to help them achieve wellness, and has gained a following thanks to her popular cleanse programs.

We made this recipe over the weekend, and can attest that it is light, fresh, and delicious. (And we felt great afterwards, having recently learned about the health benefits of eating fish from Michele!).

tsg-salmon-recipe2 Ingredients:

Yields approximately 5 servings
1 salmon fillet, approximately 2 lbs
5-6 cloves of garlic (about 2 Tbsp) minced very fine
2 large shallots (about 5 Tbsp) minced very fine
2 Tbsp olive oil
5 Tbsp chopped herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, and parsley (or any combination of those)
1 ½ Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mince the shallots and garlic. I n a skillet, combine the minced shallots, garlic, and olive oil and cook over very low heat for about 45 minutes until translucent (you may need to add a little water or extra olive oil if it becomes dry).
3. While the shallots and garlic are cooking, chop the herbs and sun-dried tomatoes.
4. Place the salmon on a piece of parchment paper, then place the parchment paper on a wide piece of foil that is about 3 inches longer than the piece of fish on each end. (The parchment is used to keep the salmon from absorbing aluminum—plus it looks pretty).
5. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, then spread the shallots and garlic, which will be almost like a paste, over the salmon. Sprinkle on the herbs and sun dried tomatoes. Optional: add a few dollops of crème fraiche if you tolerate dairy.
6. Wrap the salmon up to create a packet, leaving space for steam, and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and slide the parchment paper onto a platter and fold down the edges. Garnish with herbs.

tsg-salmon-recipe6 Gelman recommends serving the salmon with cauliflower florets smothered in olive oil, ground cumin, salt, and pepper either baked on the top rack of the oven at 425 degrees until crispy or grilled outside and a simple Boston lettuce salad with an olive oil and lemon dressing with chives and black pepper. For a lovely presentation, she arranges the lettuce in a bowl with the big leaves on the outside and the tender little ones in the middle so it looks like a rose, drizzles the leaves with the dressing, and sprinkles finely chopped chives and fresh ground pepper on top. A meal that’s healthy, tasty, and dressed to impress? Yes, please.

Michele Gelman Wellness // Chicago, IL // 312.255.8633


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SCOUTED: Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy

2014.06.00 Coup D'etat - Tea Caddy We cannot imagine a more wonderful place in which to house our tea than this tortoise shell caddy. Measuring 5.5″ L x 7.25 W x 7.75″ H, the mini Georgian mansion with inlaid bone windows is truly a tea caddy fit for a queen.

Coup D’etat // San Francisco, CA // 415.241.9300


Cozy Retreats

tsg-nooks-linstead Just as important as having the perfect space in which to gather is having a quiet, contained place in which to relax and regroup. After all, everyone needs a nook where they can sneak off to read a few chapters, take a much-needed rest, or have an intimate chat. For us, the ideal spot is embodied by the above vignette from the portfolio of Silicon Valley-based Ken Linstead Architects: semi-secluded, simple, and soaked in natural light. Who wouldn’t want to recline on that white chaise for an hour or two?

tsg-nooks-1 This Nicole Hollis-designed space is cozy, creamy perfection. The neutral palette is so calming, and we can only imagine how happy we’d be sipping a cup of coffee while reclining against the oversized pillows and planning the rest of our day in peace and quiet.

tsg-nooks-bochner-(1) Having a window seat in the bedroom where you can sit back and spend a few minutes flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine while taking in some fresh air is such a treat. With simple sconces, soft colors, and plenty of sunlight, the spot above, which was designed by Savannah’s Mary Jo Bochner, would be a lovely place to have a moment of zen.

tsg-nooks-heather-safferstone-of-steponkus-dc Not all nooks are designed with solitude in mind, of course. Heather Safferstone of Washington, D.C.-based Sally Steponkus Interiors shows how a cozy space can comfortably coexist with a more social setting. The window seat would be a welcoming retreat, yet can also serve as comfortable seating for friends who come over for a drink or be quickly made up to accommodate an overnight guest. The deep drawers for storage underneath easily make this one of the most multi-functional areas to be found in any abode.

tsg-nooks-Butler-Armsden-Fam-Home-Sea-Cliff-window-seat Butler Armsden’s window seat set in a circular room takes advantage of stunning views and plenty of sunlight, yet thanks to the bright, multi-colored woven rug and pillows it would be a cheerful place to pass the time even on the cloudiest day.

tsg-nooks-sutro San Francisco-based Sutro Architects shows how a small, unconventional space can be transformed into a mini oasis. This nook makes curling up in a corner seem so appealing.

tsg-nooks-macfeedesign This cozy spot by San Francisco’s Catherine MacFee Interior Design combines natural elements and a laid-back vibe to create the ideal location for an afternoon nap. Now please excuse us while we track down the perfect indoor hammock.


Scouted: Mercury Glass Hurricanes

SCOUTED-MercuryGlassHurricanes Whether displayed indoors or out, and regardless of the time of day, these mercury glass hurricanes will light up any space. With their shiny reflective surface, the spheres are ideal for adding a modern touch to an area during daylight hours, and come nightfall will cast a warm, welcoming glow. Two sizes are shown, 8″ diameter and 11″ diameter, and each hurricane has a handle that can be used to hang or carry the orb attached to silver ring at neck.

Acres Home & Garden  //  Silicon Valley, CA  //  707.967.1142