As stylist and co-owner of Pavo Salon, Scot Robinson has built a reputation for creating beautiful hair in an environment that gives attention to design and hospitality. It’s not surprising his own home does just the same.
In the comfort of his home, we introduce a more personal side of Scot before introducing his professional side. Here, we’ll see just how easily his sense of style carries through many aspects of his life.
“Style is a great way of saying who you are without speaking. I would like to say that mine says classic, bold, confident, comfortable, and relaxed. Whether it is selecting art, a piece of furniture or choosing something to wear, these characteristics always seem to show,” he says.
With his dogs Toby and Marlie, we tour his mid-century modern home, which has already hosted a small wedding and previous photo shoots. Livability was evidently the top priority in the design of the home, inside and out. A well-manicured courtyard extends along the living spaces, both visually connected with a nice span of glass.
“I love house projects! I very much enjoy my yard. I'm always wanting to change something,” Scot professes.
Scot took on much of the interior design himself, though calling on Chris Crawford of CKC Design to completely renovate the master bath. Custom built in 1957, the home went through a thoughtful restoration and reflects both a modern and classic style.
When it comes to time away from home, Scot couldn’t pin point a so-called typical work day, especially since he and co-owner Shawn McGhee recently opened their second salon location in Midtown.
“There is nothing typical about any of my work days. It can be as simple as just standing behind the chair and getting to create beautiful hair or I can be in the office with my team working on what’s next. One thing you can count on is that I'm always moving,” Scot explains.
Another thing Scot is certain about is his choice to style hair, an interest that began very early on.
“As far back as I can remember, I was always fascinated by hair. I'm not sure if I always knew it would be my career but I knew it was something that came very natural to me. I chose not to go off to college after high school. I was 17 and not quite ready. I played for about a year, and my parents weren't very happy with my choices. They were cutting me off and telling me I had to enroll in school immediately. Forced to make a decision, I knew that if I was going to spend my life working, I was going to do something fun and exciting. Hair was an art form for me and it certainly has been entertaining and exciting.
The great thing about choosing this industry is you can create exactly what you want. I would have to say that it has been very rewarding in a lot of different ways. I've never second guessed my decision,” he explains.
Scot is a Memphis native who spent some time in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, right out of high school. His eventual return to Memphis was a welcomed return. He took ownership of his own salon in 1994, and in 2000, Pavo Salon was born when fellow stylist Shawn McGhee became co-owner.
“Memphis has been very good to me!" Scot exclaims.
"Memphis can certainly get a bad rap sometimes, but the most amazing thing about Memphis is that it is genuine. We have such strong communities and that is very important to me. We have so many talented and successful people that have come out of Memphis and layers of all types of art. Why wouldn't I want to be a part of that?! I can only hope that I am leaving some type of mark!”
Stay tuned for the second part of this feature where we will visit Scot in the new location of Pavo in Midtown to see his work and the newly renovated space.
Diesel jeans, which can be found locally at Baer’s Den. Shirt, H&M. Boots, Cole Haan
Art by Ken Lecco and David Mah. Venice Tile: source for all tile. Ray Baudoin Interior Design: furniture and wallpaper. Mitchell Gold: lighting as well as some furniture.