01 Aug Store Tour: Shopping for Garden, Home (and Host!) at Scout in Point Loma
You know that feeling…that feeling you get…when you give someone the host/ess gift of the century? Pure euphoria.
Finding something thoughtful, clever and useful to give to another person — or yourself, or your home — takes legwork. And with warm-weather entertaining at its peak, I have to admit that my RSVPs of “What can we bring?!” have been taking on an increasingly flustered tone. (Inside my head.)
Luckily there’s Scout, a shop here in S.D. filled with stellar design for indoors and out, and gifts aplenty. You’ll find it at Liberty Station in Point Loma, an arts/culture nexus built on the former site of the Naval Training Station commissioned in 1923.
Scout itself is housed in Officer’s Quarters D, formerly the residence of a naval commander. In addition to its 4,000-square-foot retail gallery, the shop, which opened in 2012, also cultivates a colorful garden — an acre alive with the likes of olive trees, white iceberg roses, fig, acanthus, sticks on fire, deep purple echeveria and Cleveland sage.
Setting and sensibility are beautifully matched here. Covetable antiques harmonize with dazzling outdoor rugs by Dash & Albert, Kusmi Tea from Paris (but “scouted” in Berlin), winsome stationery from Austin Press, and paint and wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. This is where the historic mingles with the (dare we say) hip, in all sorts of stimulating ways.
“I saw a hole in the market for home furnishings and gifts that had a layered look and successfully mixed old and new,” says owner Paul Scott Silvera, an interior designer and color and home staging consultant. “Scout started as a concept for going out and finding great things to mix with ‘off-the-shelf’ new things to make the picture more complete and tell a story.”
Scout also recently launched its Gardenist service, which provides flora for events and by subscription. The love of plants runs deep; Paul, a dashing fifth-generation San Diegan, grew up tending them. “My grandmother taught me gardening,” he says. “It was never ‘working in the garden,’ it was always gardening. It was always a pleasure. Nobody was better at raising nasturtiums and geraniums than me.”
As far as what you can take home, in addition to new objects and accessories, “we have antiques, we have vintage, we do custom furniture,” Paul says.
Explore the retail space and garden with us, below!