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The Gloriousness That Is The Camellia

Flower Friday, brings us these awesome camellia that were brought by dinner guests last Friday. The ruffly blooms still going strong a week later. The petals so white and paper thin against the super green leaves that are as hearty as all get out–loving that contrast. A simple Barbara Eigen vase their home set against the green wall. I smile every time I walk past them. A lovely, lovely week-end to you all. X, T



Green & Blue 

They always stop me in my tracks. The above tulips with the big green streaks, just stunning. There was one bucket of them at the Alm Hills Gardens stall in the Market on Saturday morning, so I snatched up the better part of them for our week-end out on the island.

Things tend to be pretty red, white and blue out there, but this time green took the front seat. I have always been a lover of blue and green together. Think the sky and grass and off we go. I pulled a bunch of blue plates, bowls, silverware and glassybaby and we were set. The combo has a freshness to it. As the rain pours down outside as I type, I will longingly think of this as a Springtime combination. With a little sunshine tossed in too!



Inspiration in Green

With the arrival of Spring, I find myself craving green even more than usual. The varying vibrant full of life hue brings a jolt of energy after a long season of cold, snow and rain. For many of you back East hit with snow again, oh my, I hope this post brings thoughts of the burst of green buds and all the good green stuff, real soon.



Inspiration in Green

Spring right around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day coming up, green is front and center on my mind. The above image sent to me by a customer/blog reader and it just made my day. So many glorious shades of green! 



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.



Same Table, Two Nights 

Hosting and entertaining family & friends on our Hawthorne stay is always the highlight of the visit. Hard to beat sharing a home cooked meal at your dining table, where the conversations and laughs flow freely. We had back to back suppers these past two evenings. I wanted to keep it pretty simple, so the table setting changed using mostly what was already there, swapping out a few things like the tablecloth to create a new look in a matter of minutes. 



Wintery White Tulips

We made a day trip on Wednesday to visit with Ted’s mom. We beat this big storm by a day, which was lucky as it is lovely being cocooned in the house surrounded by all this snow. I always liken it to being inside a snow globe. I made a quick dash into the Whole Foods on the way out of Montclair and they had buckets of these happy, happy tulips. They made the journey with us north, and will be perfect for the dinner party we are hosting this eve. I am so often drawn to the white ones at the beginning of the tulip season, hothouse and field, as I love their simplicity. Plus, in this case, they do work pretty swell with all the Hawthorne green. The stems were quite long and I really wanted to use the big vintage vessel that I found a few trips back in Connecticut. So I just cleaned the stems up and laid them long ways so they rested on the lip. Once the tulips started drinking the water they naturally perked up and started to curl upwards to the light. They are our Flower Friday blooms of the week.



A Bit of Hawthorne 

This last week has been primarily about rest as the retail marathon really takes it out of us. Being at Hawthorne during this time is a new tradition for us, one we are embracing and quite liking. The snow and cold our favorite this time of year, and Santa did not disappoint in the least. It snowed again yesterday and tonight it is supposed to get down to -7 degrees.

Part of being a shopkeeper is your energy for the season is given to the shops and our awesome customers. By the end of the long day it leaves very little time/energy for one’s own celebrating of the season. This is by no means a complaint, just our reality, and I relish giving all my energy at the time to others. So the idea of us celebrating The Twelve Days of Christmas started really resonating with us a few years back. 

As I mentioned the other day, traditions are meant to become one’s own. We are not going by any guide book when it comes to this new tradition of celebrating, but rather being open to being fluid to how we embrace it. Time spent with family, friends, cooking, napping, reading, reflecting and giving thanks have all become part of the mix.

As is lighting tons of candles each evening. The green glassybaby working swell in the front sunporch windows. We had sent Bill 4 packs of small green lights to put on the tree but with the snow and Christmas, the postal service was delayed and they did not make it in time so he was resourceful and found 3 sets for the tree. 

The parcel we sent finally arrived and I added those too, so our sweet little tree has 700 green bulbs shining as a sort of Hawthorne beacon of light. We will start a fire on the back porch early today to get the room nice and toasty so we can be back there ringing in the New Year. I hope you are celebrating it this eve in whatever simple or grand fashion you like best. I want to thank you so much for following along and wish for all of you only good things in the upcoming year. Much, much love from the Hudson Valley, T2+B



A Candle, A Clematis, A Salt Cellar

Still new goodies arriving/being put out on the floor each day, which helps tremendously when a section of something sells out. Ahhhh, the retail puzzle. This time of year is when it is most complex as it happens often, and you must act quickly to fill empty spots when they occur. Yesterday was no exception, where candle stock was refreshed, new Livia Cetti paper flowers arrived, and vintage salt cellars we found at Brimfield in September were unearthed. Keeping shop displays looking fresh is an ongoing task, one we relish and enjoy immensely–all part of the mix, all part of the puzzle.



The Paperwhite Dance

It is a foggy Seattle morning outside, but the kitchen inside is feeling pretty sunny with the paperwhites doing their dance. I look forward to these blooms/moment all year which fill me with such glee. Happy Flower Friday everyone!