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A Sunday F. Scott Fitzgerald Fall Thought



 

 

Spiffy Waxed Bags at Watson Kennedy

Just In, two new bags that I am over the moon to share. I have always loved a waxed bag. They have an instant patina, getting better and better with more use. Quite the opposite with many other bags that start looking tattered over time. A generous sized week-end bag that will turn heads as you walk to your gate. Along with an everyday tote that holds all sorts of things as you go about your day looking spiffy with it by your side.



 

 

Livia Cetti Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us the magical paper flower creations of artist Livia Cetti. I had been a fan long before we started carrying her work at Watson Kennedy. Her potted geranium one of the first things we bought for Hawthorne. Her single stem geraniums hold a special place in my heart, so they are the first thing that came to mind when wanting to play with the window behind the dining table at The Gainsborough. I liked the idea that they were growing up through the shutters. We could not have been happier with the outcome. Flower power all the way! Above a shot from the cocktail party we hosted a few weeks ago and below a simple week-day supper we enjoyed with a friend visiting from Charleston the other day.



 

 

The Gift of Art

This past week we were given two very personal and incredibly special pieces of art. Both by the artists who created them. Which got me thinking about giving art as a gift. Being on the receiving end, I can speak of how meaningful each work was to both of us. Over the years we have given art to friends as gifts (with the shoe on the other foot, so to speak) which was equally gratifying. Art stirs the soul. It makes you think. I brings back memories. It inspires. Art in any form truly is a beautiful gift.

Our friend Mindy Carpenter created the above for our upcoming 20th anniversary in November of Watson Kennedy retail. The below by Vashon Island artist and new friend Don Olson. He met Bailey at a Sunday supper we hosted at WestWard and asked if he could do a painting of her for us. It captures her essence perfectly and will be beloved in our home, always.



 

 

The Golden Hour

Autumn brings many delights, with one of my very favorites being the diffused light in the early eve. I think of it as the golden hour. The light bouncing about doing its new season dance.



 

 

Basil Green Goddess Dip

For a cocktail party we hosted the other week in town, I whipped up one of my favorite Barefoot Contessa recipes. Ina makes it as a salad dressing. I change it up ever so slightly making it a tad firmer, which makes it a great dip for roasted vegetables and potatoes. Both hearty, which we really quite like when serving drinks. Most guests come right from work so something substantial to curve the hunger crave before they head out to dinner after the cocktail party. The basil in the dip just makes the whole thing sing.

For the dip: 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup chopped scallions, 2 cup chopped basil leaves, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons chopped garlic, 2 teaspoons anchovy paste, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 cup sour cream

Add to a food processor, pulse until all is incorporated being careful to not overdue as that is what makes it more dip than dressing. Refrigerate for at least an hour which will also help to firm things up. SO good!

While that is in the fridge roast big sheet pans full of florets of cauliflower & broccoli and small whole new potatoes. Liberally coat with extra virgin olive oil and salt. Put into a 400 degree oven. Shake pan and move things around often until they start to become a bit browned, then pull out. The potatoes will generally stay in longer. Sometimes the really little potatoes will cook just as fast. Enjoy!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 168

Mirrors, both large and small, make great additions to your home, wherever you place them. They bounce light around while adding different perspectives to spaces. Plus the frames add a hit of visual interest too.



 

 

A Green Sunday Thought



 

 

I’ll Take, Lamps, For the Win

The lamps I found at the show in New York in August were the winning element that started this window yesterday. I am so taken with their textural simplicity. They flank a new Hugo Guinness piece we just got back from the framer. From there the layering begins. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I walk around the shop pulling goods, place them, and then do it all over again until the window is complete. Sort of like a puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, so you try another. Window design is part fantasy as well as highlighting items that tell the visual story you have in mind. The many folks who will walk by it each day and maybe one thing with catch their eye. I inhabit a bit of each window. A little piece of my personality or style comes through to tell a story. It is then up to each person who views it to find a piece of it that resonates with them.



 

 

The Moving Pot of Orchids

Flower Friday brings us the moving pot of orchids, the same I posted on Monday. My thought here is always feel free to move around your flowers to best suit your needs for the moment. Have those blooms bringing you joy at every turn. For our guests at the cocktail party last Friday, these lit up the bathroom. For a simple meal the other eve, I moved them to the dining table. Different setting, high enjoyment factor for both.