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Members Kristin Rowell of Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects in the News!

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Scout is proud to announce that the beautiful work of two of our members has been featured in an article in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. Interior designer Kristin Rowell of Scavullo Design and architect Ken Linsteadt collaborated on a vacation home perched in the rolling hills outside of Carmel.

Located in the Santa Lucia Preserve, this minimalist-modern, farmhouse style home was commissioned by a family from Texas who were looking for a place where they could truly relax and take in the California state of mind. The palette, composed of blue and metallic accents chosen by Kristin, is at once laid-back and glamorous. “It feels timeless and soothing,” Kristin says of the muted style.

While creating a green building wasn’t the family’s main priority, it became “an intuitive part of the design,” according to Ken. In fact, recycled materials, solar energy, reclaimed wood from a local barn and even recycled denim insulation make up this streamlined yet organic coastal California home.

Congratulations Kristin Rowell and Ken Linsteadt on your work being featured in Luxe Interiors + Design!

Kristin Rowell of Scavullo Design

Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Scavullo Design and Ken Linsteadt Architects

Photos by Paul Dyer for Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. 


Why You Need Nosh Now


Click on over to the website for Nosh Boutique Catering, and the first thing you’ll think of is “that food is so cool.” Images of mini burgers, s’mores and milk and cookies mix with traditional place settings and wine glasses accompanying delectably prepared beef and fish—and all with finishing touches worthy of appearing in an art gallery.

Executive Chef Kristin Jenkins abides by the motto, “Entertaining with elegant simplicity,” and it’s a motto that ensures Nosh Boutique Catering clients are always well satisfied. Take a look at the reviews and you’ll see why Nosh is in high demand throughout the Bay Area. One major rave is about the quality and presentation of the food prepared. Fans say it’s amazing, fabulous, wonderful, perfect, delicious…and the long list of shining adjectives marches on.

Now isn’t that exactly what you want to hear from guests at your next dinner party?


Nosh Boutique Catering

Kristin Jenkins, Executive Chef





The Five C’s of Diamond Hunting


Anyone who’s ever been in the market for a rock knows that there are four C’s when it comes to diamond selection. Cut, color, carat and clarity. But according to Joseph N. Wineroth III (Joel), proprietor of the fine jewelry boutique L.A. Giacobbi & Co., there is a fifth C, which may indeed be the most important C of all: Confidence. As Joel says, “Do you have confidence in the person who is teaching or telling you about the four C’s that he knows what he’s doing and telling you the truth?”

If it all boils down to confidence, rest assured that you’re getting the best of all five C’s at L.A. Giacobbi & Co. on Maiden Lane in San Francisco. You can trust Joel—he’s lived and breathed diamonds most of his adult life. He’s studied diamonds, he’s apprenticed in Antwerp—the world capital of diamonds, and he’s worked in the diamond business since 1975 when his time at L.A. Giacobbi & Co. began. Since then, his knowledge of bling and baubles has exponentially expanded and he’s now the owner of the venerable jeweler.

Don’t forget: When shopping for diamonds, don’t worry about A and B, as you’ve learned it’s all about the C’s.

L.A. Giacobbi & Co.

Joseph N. Wineroth III (Joel), Proprietor




The Three P’s: Palladium, Patina, Pennyweight

Palladium, Patina, Pennyweight, Napa Valley

Here’s a question for you. What do Palladium Fine Jewelry, Patina Estate and Fine Jewelry and Pennyweight Fine Stationery, Writing Instruments and Gifts have in common? Well, first of all, they all start with the letter P, but more importantly, they are all stores owned by Marcus Robbins and Wayne Armstrong.

The diamond-wielding duo has over 40 years of experience in the jewelry business and this panache certainly shows. Take their store, Palladium Fine Jewelry for instance. Opened in 1998, Palladium has taken the engagement ring business in St. Helena by storm. Marcus and Wayne have a penchant for vintage style, and Palladium has become known for its handcrafted platinum and diamond engagement rings forged in the distinctive art deco style of the 1920s.

While Palladium offers new jewelry meant to look old, Patina Estate and Fine Jewelry offers clients actual rare and vintage pieces and also offers appraisal services.

The third shop, Pennyweight, is the odd store out, not offering jewelry but a little bit of everything else—stationery, writing instruments and gifts.

We forgot one more thing that Palladium, Patina and Pennyweight have in common— they all come highly approved by The Scout Guide.

Palladium, Patina, Pennyweight

Marcus Robbins and Wayne Armstrong





Your Parking, Their Pleasure

Peninsula Parking

Do you remember the parking scene in the movie Father of the Bride? At the lavish home wedding reception of Steve’s Martin’s daughter, somehow the parking situation had been overlooked and the father and under age brother of the bride end up as the evening’s chauffeurs missing out on the evening’s festivities.

Don’t let this dreadful situation happen to you at your next event. That would be a silly mistake considering you have Rae Ann Reichmuth’s Peninsula Parking to assist you. The company started solely in San Francisco in 1997 but has since expanded to solve parking issues in all corners of the Bay Area. Rae Ann claims that the company’s success stems from the fact that she and her team of highly trained and professional staff do extensive research and assessment of each client’s parking requirements to ensure that needs are not only met, but exceeded every time.

So when you’re hosting your holiday fete replete with dinner, dancing and gallons of champagne for 50 of your closest friends, make sure Rae Ann and her team are on your invitation list too.


Peninsula Parking

Rae Ann Reichmuth, CEO





Brand Master: David Schuemann, CF Napa Brand Design

CF Napa Brand Design

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But let’s face it: We just do. And it’s not only books that we scrutinize—the same can be said for practically everything. Whether right or wrong, it’s often the more aesthetically pleasing item that we find ourselves selecting again and again. A bottle of wine is no exception. A visually engaging label inherently draws people in, and this is precisely what David Schuemann, Owner and Creative Director at CF Napa Brand Design banks on.

CF Napa is a boutique branding company focusing exclusively on the wine, beer and spirits industry. As the head of a multiple-award winning design firm, Schuemann is continually at the forefront of creative marketing and specializes in creating the elusive brand essence for his clients. In his visually stunning coffee table book, “99 Bottles of Wine: The Making of the Contemporary Wine Label” (published by Val de Grâce in 2013 and available on Amazon), Schuemann offers a behind-the-scenes look at the innovative design of some of the world’s most preeminent wine labels.

In addition to running a world-class company and penning books about wine and branding, Schuemann has been asked to speak about his expertise at wine industry events, conferences and symposiums worldwide. The Scout Guide recently caught up with this busy entrepreneur to find out what makes him tick.

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: The free wine of course! Actually, I love helping brands reach their true potential. I’m an entrepreneur at heart and helping start-ups get off on the right footing is really rewarding. Similarly, I love the challenge of helping established brands push through barriers in order to succeed in the marketplace.

Q: What are your top three favorite wine destinations?

A: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Maipo, Chilé and Tuscany, Italy.

Q: What are you reading?

A: I am voracious reader. I just finished up Unconscious Branding by Douglas Van Praet, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan. I am now reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

Q: Favorite local restaurant and favorite dish there?

A: For me this is a bit like asking me to choose my favorite child, but I always find myself back at Bouchon in Yountville. I always start with the oysters of the day and salmon rillettes to share and then the mussels with pommes frites!

CF Napa Brand Design

David Schuemann




A few labels created by CF Napa: 

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