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Ted’s Tip No. 147

Vintage glass bottles as vessels scattered together can turn an ordinary bunch of blooms into something visually appealing where the single stem of the flower becomes the star.



 

 

A Sunday Thought 



 

 

Katie Leamon Marbleized Journals

Stunningly beautiful marbleized blank journals from Katie Leamon in England just arrived at the shops. We sell a crazy number of journals, and are always on the hunt for more. The patterns on these stopped me in my tracks they were so eye-catching. The paper super thick, perfect for a thought or creation. A welcome addition to a valise, desk or stylish coffee table for when you want to jot a note.



 

 

A Big Galvanized Bucket of Geraniums 

Flower Friday brings us an overflowing bucket of white geraniums. As the photo shoot came to a close last evening, and we packed up to leave, these made me so gleeful as I looked back while heading up the staircase to the car. Many flowers & plants get purchased for the shoot, as you are not sure how and where they will fit in. I am happy to report that we used every single bloom and pot in some shot. The geraniums proved tricky, as there were quite a few pots of them. I woke up yesterday morning and my mind raced right to an oversized galvanized bucket we had up in the shed. It would be the perfect vessel for all of them to snuggle up next to one another. They completed the shot of the dining table just perfectly. Can’t wait for you all to see it when the magazine comes out. A lovely, lovely week-end to each and everyone of you dear readers around the globe. Sending much, much love, Ted



 

 

Royal Wedding Tea

Just In, Royal Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons at Watson Kennedy. It is getting close to being that time again. For all of us who will be getting up in the wee hours to watch the festivities to all of you hosting a fete in honor of the nuptials, a little tea might be in order. They would make pretty swell gifts to give guests, and the tin would make one nifty little vase filled with a tight bundle of blooms.



 

 

Prep Days

The last few days have been a buzz of activity at our beloved WestWard. Country Living magazine asked if they could shoot our place with an entertaining bent, since they know how much we like hosting a dinner party. So it has been a cleaning, planting, playing with flowers few days to get everything ready. Prep days. In a few hours a group of talented folks from around the country will descend on our beach place for a 2 day shoot. The entire process of a photo shoot is quite something else. The level of detail, the smallest detail, is of great consideration–which if you are a regular reader of my blog, is a concept near & dear to my heart. It will be such fun! I call WestWard ‘the little house that could’ as this will be the 6th time it has been featured in a publication or design show. It is just filled with things we love, our #1 design advice, always. Extra added bonus, fingers crossed, the weather forecast is for 2 days of sun! More details to follow in the coming months…



 

 

The Golden Hour

That bit of time when the sun stops shining and it still is not dark. When things become a little golden. Golden in both color as well as the spirit of the moment. The minutes move a tad slower during that time. When it happens in conjunction with guests arriving, it seems to signal a magical eve awaits.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 146

A house (which to me means your dwelling, be it a dorm room to a palazzo) filled with the things you love, will always equal a home.



 

 

Using What You Have

In a pinch, if you are not finding flowers to your liking, walk around your yard, your neighborhood or even just your own home–snip from plants, pull a few cool looking branches, cluster a bunch of ferns. Even a melon from the fridge adds to the mix. Using what you have around can be incredibly satisfying and gets your creative juices flowing to create a stylish tableau.



 

 

A Saturday Thought