The windows received a little pre-Labor Day refresh. The sun beats down so intensely on them during the Summer months, it is really challenging to put much product in them for fear of fading & such. It was fun to fill them up with lots of product this go-round as we head into Autumn. The sunny Friday casting a lovely shadow of the Watson Kennedy sign from the front window onto the display.
The latest edition of ‘Vintage Magazine’ landed at both shops while we were away. Always fun to come back and see all of the new things that have arrived. This is really more a small work of art than just a magazine. The paper, the binding, the lay-out, all make for this to be a saved & collected item. This issue the cover was created by ever clever Chip Kidd.
The designing life of Elsie de Wolfe is a glimpse into the world of the design legend. I have always found her utterly fascinating. This article fueled that even further. There is also very cleverly written piece by Lisa Birnbach about living with books that brought a smile to my face, which her writing always does to me.
Yesterday morning was spent at the dining room table completing edits I had received from my editor for my book. This whole process has been so incredibly interesting–the system/process/routine of creating a book. I needed a few breaks from looking at the pages, so I snapped a few shots of things I really like. This got me thinking of vignettes. And display. Really an essential part of the book. It got me thinking about home and the objects that make up a home, and what those mean to me.
Filled up with things that bring us happiness/joy/energy/peace/insert what words first come to mind for you. They are just “things” but they tell our story. They have meaning to us. All put together, they make up our home.
I wrote the other day about buying broken sets of dinnerware and what value you can find. The same is very true for silverware and cutlery. The above vintage bamboo handled set was a recent find that I am still glowing over. The entire vintage grouping was a fraction of the cost of what a new set would be. Often times the lot will be missing a piece or 2, which brings down the price of the set considerably. A few missing pieces from a large grouping can mean a serious deal in the end. In this case, we were thrilled to have 6 place settings and were fine with it not being a complete 8.
We arrived back to Seattle late last night to the arrival of a big stack of magazines that came while we were away. This makes me very happy. I love magazines. Always have. Just something about getting lost in the pages. Dreaming. I also think they help me to stay current on design, food and a whole host of other topics. There is just something about settling in with a new issue of a favorite magazine that can be so relaxing and revitalizing at the same time. Print is by no means dead. It is very alive and thriving. I was so excited to read thru the September issue of Vogue on the plane, I bought it at the airport–all 902 pages of it. Of course it was the first magazine I spotted in the stack when we arrived home. The issue is so heavy, I can use the pair of matching magazines as weights.
Happy Tuesday all. From sunny Seattle, Ted
We head back to Seattle tonight. It has been a glorious trip of being at Hawthorne and being in the city. A combination I quite love. We had a stretch of days where we could continue to dream & scheme, measure and chat about how we want the house to be. We are ‘list’ people. Many things were crossed off, many more were added. Filling a home takes time and we are determined to enjoy the process, not let it stress us out. Plus, homes that really speak to me always are quite layered. Things have been collected over time. Objects have stories. Here is the beginning of ours.
The above headboard was given a high gloss black treatment. We bought an antique daybed from the gentleman we bought the house from. Instead of using it as a daybed, we turned it into 2 headboards for twin beds in the guest room. I am quite happy how they turned out.
Happy start of the week all!
We had such a fun day yesterday vintage shopping for the house and for the shops. Hudson is an incredible town filled with vintage galore, so we knew it would be an easy afternoon of finding lots of treasures. My tip for when you are out looking at antique shops, flea markets & tag sales is you are most often times going to get a screaming deal if you buy sets of things that are not complete. Yesterday we scored this amazing English ironstone set of plates, bowls, tea cups and serving pieces for a fraction of the price because the set was broken up. We were really on the hunt for plates, so when I spotted the grouping my eyes went right to those. Since the set was not complete, it becomes much less desirable to most, but by my way of thinking a winner–an incredible deal at under $100. We love having different sets of things so we can change up what we are using often. The serving bowls used as soon as we got back home filled with a treat to have with our cocktail on the back porch.
I have to admit, I really don’t know much about plums. I want to call upon the expertise of my fabulous & talented readers on this one. How do you best like to prepare and eat plums? In a tart, with a particular cheese? We have a gorgeous plum tree on our property here in New York that is just bursting with the fruit. It is so spectacularly beautiful to see the branches just loaded and sagging with all the plums. To sweeten this ask, I will send a little Watson Kennedy ‘merci’ parcel for the suggestion that we find most intriguing and tasty. I would love to hear any and all plum-y ideas you have. Many thanks!
Happy Saturday to you all. From sunny Columbia County, Ted
Back at Hawthorne from the city. Took the train. It travels right up alongside the Hudson River and is just spectacular. A few days of rest before we head back to Seattle. I have really been enjoying the varying shades of white in many forms that the house has to offer. The master bedroom a warm yet still energizing white. The amount of natural light throughout the day changes the color considerably. The vintage rocking chair the perfect slightly beat-up shade of white.