Several folks have stopped me at the shops and asked if I would post a few more Hawthorne images. So sweet that they are enjoying the process of the house coming to life after each visit. I had been planning on writing/posting more, but then I get right back into the swing of things when we return to Seattle and it gets delayed. It has been such a fun journey to see the rooms come together. While we feel no rooms are really ever ‘done’ as a home is ever evolving, we do feel like we are getting closer and closer each stay to having the house finished for the moment. We really wanted to live in the rooms awhile to see how they functioned and flowed. We have a few more pieces of furniture in the works as well as on the wish list, but for the most part, our sweet farmhouse in the Hudson Valley is at the ready to welcome us and our guests back with open arms and envelope us once again. Here is a quick spin around the rooms.
It all starts when something catches your eye. These dahlias on Saturday almost had a painterly quality to them. Sort of like the bits of red had been spattered on to them. They would be the centerpiece to our Sunday supper dining table.
Out came the tablecloth with the red stripes that would play off of those amazing flecks on the blooms. Simple clear drinking glasses would do the trick as I really wanted the flowers to be super low. 2 reasons really. The family we had to dinner had young kids, and I really wanted for them to be able to see everyone at the table. Secondly, there is just something special about glancing down upon a bloom and really being able to take it all in. Each one of these flowers were so unique in their own way, I really wanted each to shine. With the table all set, we were ready to welcome guests for an island afternoon & supper.
There is so much cool looking produce out there now at this abundant time of year. Incorporate some of that pretty stuff into your next table setting or cheese board. It can take the place of flowers and when all is said and done, roast it up for a healthy snack/meal.
Always a bit of a happy dance when big stacks of the new Anthology arrive. Print and pattern are the focus of this issue. Think wallpaper, curtains, fabrics all awash in a pattern of some sort. Color galore. Fun page after page. The perfect beach or back porch read.
Excited to report that the fabulous ceramic goat pitchers from England made the voyage to Seattle and are now enjoying a life on the shelves at Watson Kennedy until they find their permanent homes. We bought one of these when I did a book signing last October at Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, New York. The owners were so gracious and shared with me the artisans in England who make these. I have posted images of the goat pitcher on our kitchen counter at Hawthorne on Instagram and have received oodles of inquires. Happy to now have them as part of our offerings at WK. Two sizes, $30 for the small and $36 for the big. Such a whimsical pitcher to have out to serve milk with coffee or to pour syrup from. Give us a call at 800.991.9361 if one speaks to you. A bit of the English countryside awaits. Fun to have them set about the First Avenue shop. Kind of like the little ones are watching after things.
Wine Wednesday is all about rosé these next few posts as we are knee deep into Summer and pink seems to be the prevailing color. Rosé is now so popular that many small producers are selling out way before they used to, with many favorites already gone and impossible to find even though it is July. Not long ago those same bottles would have been marked-down in September. It is so fun seeing so many folks enjoying pink. It is just festive. Which leads me to Saint-Felix. Most times I am drawn to French rosé. I just am. There are many, many lovely US producers of rosé, but in a pinch when I am grabbing for a bottle we have not tried, I will veer towards French. That is where this bottle comes in. I was in a hurry out on the island, with TPS & Bailey waiting in the car, and I was just running in to pick up a few quick things for guests coming just for drinks. A few of my tried & true were out, so this Saint-Felix looked interesting, was a tad darker than I usually choose, but in the basket it went. It was a lovely surprise. Stood up to the cheeses we served it with. Has a yummy watermelon note to it. At 10 to 12 bucks a bottle, it is perfect for a party or large gathering. Always fun to try something new. Look for a few more rosé posts in the coming weeks as the season heats up. Happy Wednesday everybody!
There are not lots of Z words that are descriptors. Zesty popped into my head, and seemed somewhat appropriate. I have never seen zinnias quite this color. Stunning. The light hitting them just perfectly. Made my day. Hope they make yours. Zesty it is!
Returning back to the shops from being away, I always take a quick spin around to see how things are looking, what is new that has come in, what has sold, what we need more of, what needs to be moved around. The first few days back my mind is always racing with ideas. I think of spaces like plants or flowers in a way. They need to be cared for, looked after, watered, fed, and they will blossom. The shops are very much the same. Spaces have energy. That energy needs to be fueled. I am always looking for ways to keep things fresh & visually interesting. One of the biggest compliments we receive in the shops is when someone says they “feel good” when in the spaces–then I know we are doing it right. This is a big, overall goal, we are always looking to maintain. This is what caught my well-rested eyes after having come back from vacation.
I just could not pass it up. We are big fans of the blueberry. My favorite organic farmer at the Market had these heaping bags yesterday. One came out to the island with us last eve. My mind is swirling with the possibilities–crostata, crisp, over oatmeal, muffins. What are some of your favorite ways to use blueberries?
A lovely Sunday to you all,