“My life and livelihood blend,” says Paul Scott Silvera, whose ongoing aesthetic pursuits overlap among his own spaces, his interior design work and his shop, Scout at Quarters D. “I am Scout, and I’m constantly looking for new colors, textures and products either for my home or my business.” A sailor, surfer and fifth-generation San Diegan, Silvera is inspired by his hometown’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle and drawn to its history as well. The latter is affirmed by the location of his store—a 1923 former naval commander’s home within Point Loma’s Liberty Station. “It’s the perfect frame to showcase our well-edited collection,” says Silvera, who merchandises the rooms in a signature layered style that resonates with “beach natives and East Coast transplants” alike. Think Miles Talbott upholstered pieces and Aidan Gray case goods shown alongside one-of-a-kind vintage finds and old architectural elements. To keep things fresh, Silvera embarks on regular scouting trips to Western Europe, Argentina and the Plains states. “I’m always on the lookout for the perfect artifact,” he says.
LX: I got started:
PS: My professional background was in corporate event planning, and my education was in art history. Combined, those components gave me an eye for detail, design and use of space.
LX: Design icon:
PS: Coco Chanel, who successfully built a brand based on clean, easy-to-live-in products that embraced a particular lifestyle.
LX: Personal style:
PS: Unabashedly preppy with a dash of Brooks Brothers. Shorts in any season.
LX: Dream dinner party guests:
PS: Eleanor Roosevelt, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and my grandmother.
LX: I’m reading:
PS: Jack Be Nimble, by former Old Globe theater artistic director Jack O’Brien. I worked summers at the Globe as a teen and even walked Jack’s dog.
LX: Favorite city:
PS: New York is it for me. I love The Sherry- Netherland, which captures the essence of what I imagine it was like to live in New York in the ’30s.