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An Early Sunday Morning Happy Thought



 

 

French Bath Mitts at WK

I soooooo love these, Just In, French bath mitts. An old vendor of ours stopped carrying them and we were without for awhile, which had me so bummed as we have carried mitts since we first opened our doors. Le Jacquard Francais, the famed linen company in France to the rescue! Used in place of a washcloth, they have become a Watson Kennedy classic. Paired with a bar of soap, they make a chic & useful gift–a combo I quite like. Happy to have them once again grace our shelves and vignettes.






 

 

Poetic Peonies 

Flower Friday brings us these sublime peonies on the breakfast table of our friend Elizabeth’s lovely, lovely home in Rye. They greeted me as I sat for homemade biscuits with jam on Sunday morning before I headed into the city to walk the National Stationery Show. She knew I needed to be well-fed for my busy day ahead. The peonies feeding my soul all along the way, too. Thought you would all enjoy their magic…



 

 

7 Years of the TKW Daily Blog Posts

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the beginning of my daily blog posts. What began as a simple idea to share thoughts & ideas has become over the years one of the more meaningful parts of my day. The folks it has connected me to around the globe is like nothing I could have imagined on that first day when I typed “Here we go!” as the heading for my post. My main idea then as it is now, is to share ideas from my day so that it sparks creativity in yours, which in turn gets my creativity churning. I have written in the past about it being like a circle, a circle that feeds us all. I am often thanked by way of conversations, e-mails and notes for the posts, but it is as much about me thanking you. Thank YOU for following along as that is a gift to me–when I hear from you about stopping to smell a bloom, or setting a stylish table, or trying a recipe, or just taking a moment to take it all in and see the glorious details that fill all of our lives, each and every day. Sending you much, much love & gratitude from the Hudson Valley, Ted



 

 

2014 Château Bel-Air Lussac Saint-Emilion 

Wine Wednesday brings us this 2014 Château Bel-Air Lussac Saint-Emilion brought in to the US from my friends at Peloton Imports in Seattle & Napa. We had this bottle with our first supper back to Hawthorne last week along with food from one of our favorite places in the hood, Local 111. Being in the country, by the time it takes us to drive to pick the food up, our order is ready. This wine drinks like a much more expensive version. The folks at Peloton do this so well, finding producers who create exceptional wines at exceptional value. Plus, they ship! You don’t have to buy 6 bottles, but if you do, shipping is only a penny for 6 or more bottles. They are one of my go-to sources for when we are planning a party up here and I want wine delivered. 

Now about this amazing wine: Château Bel-Air is in the heart of the Lussac Saint-Emilion appellation. The 50-acre estate has been in the Roi family for more than a century, and it is today run by Jean-Noël Roi. The estate makes several Merlot-based wines, and the flagship wine is the Cuvée Jean Gabriel, made from vines that are an average of 30 years old. Cuvée Jean Gabriel is a relatively new wine for the estate, debuting with the 1998 vintage. It is 50 percent Merlot and 50 percent Cabernet Franc and it is an homage to one of the past patriarchs of the family, Jean Gabriel Roi. It was made with help from consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt. About 12,000 bottles of Cuvée Jean Gabriel are made annually. 

Click Peloton Imports to check out this bottle and oh so many more. Happy Wednesday from the Hudson Valley!



 

 

On the Menu, a Heavy Dose of Greens, Please

Each Hawthorne visit, a few new goodies from the shop make their way into our suitcase. That helps add that layered ‘collected over time’ look & feel we both like so much. This trip it was the trellis placemats and the large gingham napkins I kept eyeing every time I walked by the display at the First & Spring shop.

The green ribbon orb a gift from our friend, the artist Denise Fiedler, also made its way cross country in our bag. White lilacs from caretaker Bill’s property that he brought over the day after we arrived as he knows how much I like them. Then a variety of other green things pulled from the cabinets and dinner for two was served.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 150

Revel in the simple–the small every day things. Find joy in all the beauty that surrounds us in many ways. We just have to see it…



 

 

A Sunday Quote On The Power of Love 



 

 

A Hanging Flower Basket, Another Way

There it was, looking all pretty and so full of flowers it was just bursting at the seams. Well, make that bursting out of the pot. Only challenge is I was not looking for a hanging basket of blooms, but rather a big pot of flowers for one of the galvanized buckets we found at Brimfield last year. Out came the wire cutters and away went the strands that formed the hook. A pot from the kitchen turned upside down went in the middle of the bucket to give some extra height to the flowers. We were off and running. These should be perfect for all the alfresco meals we will have this stay. 



 

 

Crazy for Lilacs 

When we drove up to the house the other evening, the first thing that caught my eye was the overflowing lilac bush. Caretaker Bill had sent me a photo days before of it, but seeing it in person had me almost weepy it was so abundant. I hopped out of bed early yesterday morning with the excitement of filling up the house with them. TPS went to work cutting bunches & bunches and soon the heady scent filled not only the spaces, but my heart. Here are a few spots they landed. Happy Flower Friday all!