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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



 

 

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.



 

 

The Table Is Set

A busy week awaits with a mix of family & friends, dinners and graduation party. Getting the table set in the morning when the house is quiet always helps relax me and takes the stress away from having to do it later in the day when the task list is longer and we are scurrying around before guests arrive. This table is layered with new treats from this stay. CoCo in Portland sent the most glorious majolica plates as a ‘just because’ gift the other day that set the tone right out the gate. The faux bois planter the latest find from my Trade Secrets outing in CT last week-end, and a French green ceramic candlestick from KRB when we were in the city helps light the way. Little pots of scented geranium with the sweetest pink blooms dropped into buckets added a bit of contrasting color. Ferns, Italian parsley and mint add a bit more natural green. Then all that is needed to complete the table before the first knock on the door is to light the candles and away we go.



 

 

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!







 

 

A Bit More Hawthorne 

I have had a few readers who are WK customers stop me since we returned to Seattle saying they wanted to see more Hawthorne photos. Funny, as I sometimes question whether I run the risk of boring you all with images from there. So the post today is for all of you who wanted to see more. The above just sent to us yesterday from caretaker Bill after a fresh snowfall. The below images things I snapped while we were there–table settings, family visits, what I was reading on the stay, flowers, outside activities, a bit of what we were cooking/baking/serving, and a few room shots as the house continues to get that layered feel we like so much, that really is only accomplished over time with collecting things you love to make a house a home.














 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 131

Dried blooms, such as hydrangea, serve as a reminder of the past sunny Summer on the chilly days of January. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 129

An entryway table can be set with the scents of the season, using the singular elements in bowls and on platters for a visual ‘pop’ of color & scent for when your guests first arrive.



 

 

New Traditions

We finished celebrating our 20th Holiday season at Watson Kennedy on Sunday eve. The above capture by a lovely customer in to do a bit of last minute gift shopping with her visiting mom from California. The minute Bailey heard the word ‘photo’ she was up off her blanket barking to be included in the shot. We hopped on a plane to New York early the next day, Christmas morning, to fly to New York and head to Hawthorne. We thought with the passing of the 20 year milestone a new tradition of coming to the Hudson Valley to celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas might be a fun treat. That is the thing about traditions, we make them our own. Or should. So it will be our take on celebrating the Holidays. Up first, family arriving shortly for Boxing Day supper. We carried with us, packed on ice, a big salmon to make for the meal. We always love the idea of a bit of Pacific Northwest along with us at Hawthorne. Caretaker Bill set up a green lit tree for us so it was the first thing we saw when we pulled into the long driveway after a full day of travel. I hope you have been having the loveliest Holiday in the manner you like to celebrate it best. Cheers to traditions, old and new!



 

 

Merry Christmas!