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A Green, Green Shop Table

Yesterday was a full day of display, along with redoing the dining table vignette at the back of the Home store. How surprising, green has been on my mind! With the official start of Spring next week as well as St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I just decided to run with it. Oh, and those geranium places. They had quite a bit to do with it, as I have been dying to play with them since they came in. The green dotted tablecloth is actually a big roll of wrapping paper I adore. Once that was put into place everything else came together. The potted Livia Cetti geranium just had to be the centerpiece. Dinner is served!



 

 

Here’s Looking At You

Over the years we have been drawn to and collected many paintings of faces, grouping them all in our guest bedroom at The Gainsborough. Portraits have a ‘moment in time’ feel. Even though they are painted by a variety of artists, there is a similarity that makes them a collective whole. They are always on my wish list when out vintage shopping for the stores. You just never know when you might turn a corner and be looked upon by the newest member of the collection.



 

 

Blooming Hyacinth Bulbs

Flower Friday brings us a forced hyacinth bulb that sent us off with a flourish the other day from Hawthorne as we headed to Seattle. Access to flowers in the country is not the easiest, so I get creative as all get out at the grocery store. At this stage in the game, I really relish the challenge of keeping the house in blooms while we are there. Flowers are like food to me. They feed my soul, being constant inspiration while bringing tons of joy. I was over the moon when I spotted these clear bulb vases already filled with a bulb. To me seeing the roots can be equally beautiful to the blooms. So in this case, the clear container could not have been more perfect. First we had them on the dining table, then I dotted the blooms around the house. Bits of the Spring ahead on those chilly, chilly Hudson Valley days. Have a lovely January weekend everyone!



 

 

Paperwhites, Hyacinth Bulbs, Hydrangea and Carnations

Flower Friday is our flower laden supper table last night. We made our way back to Hawthorne and are determined to find joy in all the little things. While still in a haze, you all know how happy it makes me to set a fun table. While thoughts and stories about my mom are ever present, we are determined to savor the last of our Twelve Days of Christmas celebrations. So the house was filled with the scent of garlic and saffron last night. Geranium leaf placemats from the shop have been a fun addition. Then it was about layering all sorts of grocery store flower finds along with pots of paperwhites caretaker Bill picked up for us before we arrived on Christmas Day. The blooms starting to open, releasing their heavenly scent. Then lighting some taper candles and the table was set.



 

 

Carnation Love

Flower Friday brings us a big bundled bunch of gloriously green carnations. We did a big grocery shop yesterday and there they were in all their ruffly glory at the Price Chopper in Chatham. So good I just could not pass them up. I have mentioned before finding flowers in the country can be a challenge, so grocery flower departments often come to the rescue. Options can be slim, but I always look for one type of bloom that looks healthy and pick out a profusion of them. Have a lovely last week-end of the year everyone!



 

 

A Boxing Day Table For 14

Our new tradition of flying to Hawthorne on Christmas Day also includes hosting a Boxing Day supper the next day. This year it was a family affair with folks coming from Montclair, Albany and Troy. Simple potted paperwhites would be the centerpiece of the table. When we bought the metal topped dining table when we first got the house, we actually bought 2. The legs fold so we keep the spare in the basement. It is quite nifty because it saddles up ever so nicely as a pair, giving us lots of extra seating to accommodate more guests. We used 2 fern laden matching tablecloths so the tables became a cohesive whole. Then it was a smattering of glassybaby vessels along with the pair of jaunty green Dunes & Duchess candelabras and we were off and running. Citrus with thyme salmon, cauliflower and broccoli purée, along with Parmesan smashed Yukon gold potatoes was the meal. Tons of chatting, lots of laughs, deep discussions and a good deal of wine. A pretty swell evening to kick-off our stay.



 

 

Inspiration In Red and Green

This time of year I especially love red and green together. Or separately. Does not matter. But when combined they do have a jolly-ness to them. The hues in many forms are the inspiration for the post today.



 

 

Right Before Guests Arrive

I snapped a few shots right before guests arrived. An early country supper as the sun goes down and the flicker of the candlelight dances about the dining room. A full week-end of entertaining ahead. Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since we started calling this house our home. Time flies. Enjoy and savor every moment of it…



 

 

Shadows and Light

I clicked the photo this morning as we were both up early, the light creating all sorts of shadows. We arrived later than usual last night, as windy weather created havoc for the Newark airport and our flight was delayed leaving and then we spent a good while circling before being cleared to land. Even with the late arrival at the house we were/always are both so excited we stay up super late getting things just how we like them and then get up super early the next morning to be swathed in the comfort of the house. Lots of Hudson Valley autumnal posts ahead. X, T2+B



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 163

Simple coat hooks can be used to hang your dishtowels in a row so you have them right at your fingertips. Plus having them out & about allows you to enjoy the colors and pretty patterns.