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A Sunday Thought 



Looking For Inspiration Everywhere

Ahhhhhh, a blank slate. As Summer turned to Autumn it seemed like the perfect time to change things up and refresh the big front windows at the First & Spring shop. Gotta say, these full-on design days make me supremely happy and we had a blast changing these up. Heather prepped the walls and did fresh coats of paint the day before after a group of us disassembled the prior windows. A yummy, yummy red and a nod to my Veuve love of orange and we were on our way!

Often it is one thing that starts the creative juices flowing. For this window, the large rolled print with the birds scattered about was it. From there the bird themed window took flight. Incredibly happy with the vermillion shade of red, as it makes all the rest of the display pop. It will be quite fun doing a Holiday window with this red later on down the road.

The paper mâché giraffe and the Julia Child quote were the first things pulled for this window to get us started. From there we just add and add telling a bit of a story and not telling a story. Long ago I left behind the notion that everything in a display had to “make sense” and that has really freed me up to create, I think, more creative displays. The color taken from the label of a bottle of my beloved Veuve Clicquot champagne. Inspired by the yolk of a French Bresse chicken egg, it proves that we should be looking absolutely everywhere for inspiration. Doing the windows inevitably means a few displays get re-worked which means they are full, full days. But what satisfying days they are, spent with people I love, adore, respect and have a ton of fun with. There might have even been a few laughs. OK, yes, there were tons of laughs…

Hope you all have just the swellest week-end! T



A Summmaaaa of Blooms

As the sunny season wraps up today, Flower Friday is all about the blooms we enjoyed along the way. From the very last of the peony as Spring faded away to the bold yellowy reds of the season ending dahlias, and all sorts of goodness in between. Whether singularly or in abundance, this Summer was a stellar flower time for all to enjoy.



A Bird-y Woods-y Table

Setting a table can often come down to one initial element that you want to use, then you build off of that. In the case of this dining table at the shop, it was to use a large bird scarf we just got in as an overlay like a tablecloth. I liked the sheerness of it, making the dark table underneath stand out a bit. My point with all of this is to get everyone thinking outside the box when setting a table. Pieces of fabric, dishtowels, scarves–all can be employed and called into action to set a fun table. Plus boxes have started to arrive with vintage goods we found at Brimfield a few weeks ago. I just had to get several things worked into this display. I was itching to use them the moment they were unpacked. This is a bird-y, woods-y table filled with mismatched silver, ferns, and beautiful brass candlesticks to pull it all together.



WestWard Tuna Salad Salad

This Wine & Dine Wednesday Mister Sive is sharing one of my all-time favorite lunches he makes for us often because I like it so darn much. It is healthy & hearty, which is always a winner in my book.

As I’ve noted before, I love the creative challenge of preparing a meal from whatever is at hand. The following dish was a WestWard #MondayIsOurSunday creation a few years back, that has since become an oft requested lunch from my hubby. It’s a fun mixture of tastes and textures. The following is a good amount for two hungry Teds; adjust as your stomachs desire!

Cut a head of Napa cabbage longitudinally from top to bottom, then slice into 1/4 inch or thinner strips. Place in a salad bowl.

Peel a small cucumber. Slice in half down the length, scoop out the seeds, and slice into 1/4 inch pieces, and add to the cabbage.

Open a can of high quality tuna packed in olive oil, and pour ¼ cup or more of the oil into the salad.

Add ¼ cup of mayo and a few good dashes of balsamic.

Add ½ of the tuna, and toss gently until well distributed.

Split the salad into individual bowls.

Add to each bowl: the remaining tuna, lightly broken into chunks; 6 to 8 cherry tomatoes, halved; and a handful of pitted olives. 

Serve with some parmesan toast for a yummy lunch!



Inspiration in Red 

Whether it be a flower, goods from the shops, a table setting, you name it–my eye has been drawn to red this past week. I find it energizing as well as comforting, the warmth of the hue goes right to my heart.



Ted’s Tip No. 115

When preparing to set a table, group all the things you want to use together first. This way you can see what works and what does not. Sort of like laying out your clothes in the morning to get dressed. Just with lots more components. Have fun!



An Enchanted Sunday Thought



Hawthorne, on Airbnb 

I snapped this photo of Hawthorne right as we were loading up the car to head to the airport the other day. It was a magical month seeing/feeling the hot of August turn into the cool color changing time that September brings in the Hudson Valley. It has now been 4 years since we bought the property–each time we are back we fall in love more and more with our house.

We are often asked, “When you’re not there, do you rent out Hawthorne?” We are happy to report it just went up on Airbnb. By nature we are people who derive huge pleasure in sharing. The house is ready for others to start making their fond memories. For a few days, a week or a month. Click here to see it and book through Airbnb or you can also contact me directly at 206.617.9678



The Hydrangea in September 

One of the flower filled fun parts of our extended stay was watching the hydrangea start to turn colors. As almost on cue, the calendar flipped to September and they started developing a sort of berry hue to some of them. A chilly eve here and there and in the morning the color would spread and get a bit deeper. It was really cool to watch. They are our Flower Friday blooms of the week.