All About Vintage

We started a several month long project yesterday of cataloging all of the vintage goods in our inventory. Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of things so we thought it wise to have images of all the gems from around the globe. Sterling silver, Baccarat crystal, English hotel silver and brass were the beginning points. Each item getting cleaned, polished, re-numbered and lastly photographed. Look for more & more added to our website in the coming months. Above and below some of My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

The Case of the Traveling Peonies

They made it! The peonies I plucked right as we were leaving Hawthorne made the cross country flight and are being enjoyed on the dining table at The Gainsborough as I type. They are our Flower Friday blooms of the week. Boy were those little guys ready for a fresh cut and a big drink, but other than that, they were serious troopers. I cut them and instantly wrapped the bottoms of the stems in a wet paper towel, then wrapped them tightly in a ziplock bag so the stems stayed surrounded by the moisture. I carried them in my L.L. Bean bag on the plane and they sat perky in the middle seat for the flight. Our meals at the table a fluttery symphony of color & scent.



 

 

Rest In Peace, Kate Spade

Kate Spade has been on my mind weighing heavily on my heart since first reading of the news of her death while waiting to board our plane the other day back to Seattle. Like so many of us, I had never met her but was completely taken with her absolutely brilliant unique style the moment she hit the design scene, now many, many years ago. We were the same age and were both born in Kansas City. We have sold her books at the shops the moment she began as a lifestyle author, always feeling a kinship with this lovely woman. When it was reported she had committed suicide, I was devastated. Both TPS & I have had family members with mental illness commit suicide. I read an article yesterday that quoted her sister, saying for years they wanted her to seek help but she resisted out of fear that people would find out. This broke my heart even further. There should be absolutely no shame involved with mental illness. We as a society need to talk about this more and remove the stigma associated with it. There are so many avenues for help, but they must be sought out. A person should not feel alone, but rather embraced by family, friends and professionals who can help. The below peonies at the Market spoke to me of her. I know she would have loved them. Rest In Peace, Kate.



 

 

Our Spring/Summer Order of Mariage Frères Has Arrived!

Always a happy day when our shipment of Mariage Frères tea arrives from Paris. To have the shelves nice and full and freshly restocked makes our tea drinking customers quite happy. We carry the iconic black tins filled with loose tea, as well as the boxes of muslin tea bags. With over 16 varieties, there is always one to please. We ship this daily, so please give the shop a ring to place an order at 206.652.8350. You may also shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com with questions on our stock or to place an order.



 

 

A Single Peony Farewell

We head back to Seattle later today and the peonies in front of the house are moments away from exploding open. I cut a bunch to fly back with us like we did last year in hopes they make the journey unscathed. The one I posted yesterday is the one above. It opened up the other morning for us. The diva of the peony show, getting all the attention and we are loving every minute of it. Merci for following along on this stay. July is our 5th year at Hawthorne. It has been such a treat having many of you readers see the house blossom over those years. A home evolves. Just like we all do. Back in August for all that sultry heat… XO, T2+B



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 152

The leaves on many flowers can be just as beautiful as the blooms. A bowl full of hydrangea leaves grouped together in a low bowl with water stand tall shining brightly next to the brilliance of the peony.



 

 

A Sunday Thought

I don’t know where I first saw this but I thought it profound. Gentlemen reading, insert he. I did. This is for all of us.



 

 

A Collection of Vintage Bottles

A collection can be really anything. My main thought with a collection is that is makes the collector happy. There is the thrill of the hunt, then there is the elation of living with your finds. Integrating them into your life. Certainly a collection can just live on a shelf and be enjoyed visually. But I like to use our collections in our day to day. This Hawthorne stay we have been loving using some of the vintage bottles we have collected over the years. Some are French, some from England and many snatched up on trips throughout the US over the years. They most always are quite thick and I am most happy when they are embossed with letters. Often they have the place where they are made, as well as the name of the maker. Our love of letters & fonts comes out in this collection. Putting them into action is the most fun part. A bloom, a stem of leaves, herbs–they all get top billing. This stay I lined them up behind the kitchen sink and used things from around the property. Little hits of color to catch the eye as you wash up dishes or cook away.



 

 

A Few Bundles of Roses

Flower Friday this week are a few bundles of grocery store roses that are doing the trick, in a pinch. We are hosting a graduation party today and wanted to spiff up the dining table. This vessel will get moved later to said table. The lilacs with all of the heat are no longer and the peonies are yet to pop. One flower you are almost always certain to count on when at the grocery store or corner bodega are roses. Hearty by nature, massed together, they make for a simple abundant arrangement that will last a good long while.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

My Favorite Things Today is an assortment of goods that have arrived while I have been away. The WK family is super on top of keeping me up to date on new arrivals and products in shop vignettes. I might be at Hawthorne, but a part of me is always planning & thinking about Watson Kennedy. Whether near or far, it is close to my heart, and I feel so fortunate that when we are away, it is all looked after in the most loving way and in the very best hands. Here are some of the images sent my way that are now sent your way!