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Hydrangea & Geranium Set the Scene

The gift of hydrangea was the driving force behind our Sunday supper table. The big tub of geraniums that was a gift from the Country Living shoot months ago going crazy with all this sunshine. Together they set the scene for the meal. This was the 18th year in a row we celebrated Summer with a group of dear friends on the last Sunday of July. We love a tradition. All sorts of blue was pulled to incorporate on the table. The recycled metal whale we sell at WK the centerpiece. Which meant the hand painted whale glasses that were also a gift were called into action. The British blue banded dinner plates with the French monogrammed W salad plate atop always makes me smile because it combines so many things near & dear to my heart–England, France, blue, monograms. A bit of tan from the bamboo handled flatware adding a bit of additional color. It was a hot, hot day so I liked the idea of no tablecloth and the cool of the zinc tabletop exposed. Then Mister Sive was at the grill doing his magic. An easy G&T station set up so folks could help themselves. Then we were off and running with a gathering to celebrate the season!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 160

Stylish dish towels become even more stylish oversized napkins when enjoying your meal at the beach, on the deck, or on the boat. The size allows it to cover your entire lap so spills or drips are caught. Plus the beautiful patterns add tons of extra zip to your table or picnic blanket.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

3 Days of Display + The King 5 Evening Link

Good early morning all on this July Saturday. It has been a jam packed few days of doing display at the First & Spring shop, which makes me crazy happy. If I can devote my mind and energy to re-working displays a sort of zen comes over me. That zen also involves not reaching for my phone, as I had to laugh, this was the only photo I snapped. I took it moments before turning on the alarm and heading out the door last night. This post is two-fold, as it really is a reminder to all of us that a creative, non-distracted mind allows for the creative juices to flow. Be that a move around of furniture in your living room, rehanging artwork, really any task around the house. You get to envelop the moment. That all said, I promise to do a post later in the week of some of the vignettes I shoot in the coming days. Also promised, the link to the King 5 Evening episode that aired the other day featuring WestWard and WK. Lots of design ideas for small space living. Plus Bailey on a beach walk and TPS hopping up onto the outside sleeping porch to enjoy a read–two of my personal favorite parts. Enjoy! From sunny and warm, warm, warm Seattle, T2+B



 

 

Pretty in Pink

They are just so darn good! The pink-y dahlias get a second shout-out this week as they are dreamy beyond words. Seattle has heated up this week which means a profusion of dahlias are showing up at stall after stall at the Pike Place Market. I get a little lightheaded from all the beauty as I meander. Happy Flower Friday all. X, T



 

 

Italian Linen Hand-Embroidered Monogrammed Tissue Box Covers

I am always looking for ways to elevate the ordinary to make it extraordinary. Be it life or goods for the shops, finding something that turns a plain something into a fabulous object/moment, that always rates high on my list. So when I found these Italian linen tissue box covers, and they included a monogram, you can sure bet I was pretty darn happy. Why do paper tissue boxes have to be so unattractive? Rarely have I ever seen one that we would ever want to leave out. These spiffy covers do the trick and turn those boxes into a thing of stylish beauty. We now carry a slew of them at both shops in tons of designs, with the monogram being a personal favorite.



 

 

A Big Bowl of Cherries

As cherry season begins to wind down, enjoy them every chance you can. Simple can be best, as a big bowl presented as dessert with small bowls alongside for stems & pits, can be the perfect finish to a meal. I am often reminded of the simplicity and sublimeness of the bowl of tangerines and dates served at Chez Panisse with my friend Mimi. Beautiful perfectly ripe in season fruit served just as it is can be one of the very best desserts.



 

 

Singing For Their Supper, Dinner Plate Dahlias

The dinner plate dahlias are aptly named as they really can be that large, which just gives you more fluttery beauty. They stopped me in my tracks when I saw them this Saturday at one of my favorite flower stalls at the Market. You certainly don’t need many to fill up a container. First stop, the shop for the day for all to enjoy in a pink display. Then they got packed up and headed to The Gainsborough finding a home in a vintage tennis trophy for us to enjoy for the week.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 159

Think outside the box when it comes to planters. The hardware store can provide plenty of inspiration, as well as tag sales, flea markets and antique malls. You are only limited by your imagination. Drill or hammer in a few holes for the water to drain, and off you go with a new creative container.



 

 

A Sunday Thought