We arrived to Seattle late, late Monday eve, the memory of all that glorious snow staying with us this week. Thought I would share some of those captures as well as quiet moments when I snapped away in the house as the snow fell outside.
For a relaxing or for a romantic eve, try lighting a variety of candles. Votives, tapers, tealights, as well as a scented candle in a container. Either have all the lamps off or on the lowest setting. You will instantly find your heart rate dropping a few beats as the mood you have set is incredibly inviting as well as relaxing. Turn on jazz or classical music. Enjoy a meal or just enjoy the beauty you have created.
Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it. I am smiling from ear to ear typing that as it was something I heard my father say time and again. It is so true! Last year our Winter trip to Hawthorne had little to no snow involved. This year we had hoped for, and have received in spades, oodles and there is still more to come. We both love it, but for very different reasons. Mister Sive loves being out in it. The above capture him snowshoeing out the back door up into the meadow behind the house. I love being surrounded by it. If I can be by the fire or in my favorite spot reading while the snow is coming down outside, I am in heaven. For both of us, the cold & snow are big reminders of our childhood and youth–him in New York and me in the Midwest. We were so bummed to have missed the snow the other day in Seattle, but all this snow here is keeping us quite happy. Below, the moon over the Hawthorne Valley last eve, just something else.
The grocery store floral section had the sweetest hyacinth bulbs started in clear containers that found their way to our dining table. The beauty of the roots captivating me as much as the bloom. I think there might be a metaphor for life rolling around that thought. To see it all and to appreciate it all. Cheers to that on this crazy snowy Hudson Valley day!
Setting a table often, while also adding a bit of variety to mix things up is always high on my list. For this table out came a few treats that were gifts from friends as well as a some natural elements to add a freshness to the table. Vintage green glasses from CoCo and bark encrusted napkin rings from Peg & Camilla add a personal element. The bamboo handled silverware and hand woven water hyacinth placemats lend an earthy touch. Then we were all set for guests to arrive!
Mister Sive has the post today. He has been cooking up a storm this past week and I am loving every minute of it and loving every bite. Thanks Olivia for this tasty dish idea–soooooo good! We are up & out early headed to the city where I will be buying at the show for a few days. A fun/visual/busy time awaits!
All cooks have a few quick sure things, those dishes that we turn to that are both simple and comforting. The following comes via our fabulous Miss Olivia, a long time Watson Kennedy family member, who is full of stories of her large Italian family, and from whom we learned this delicious, super easy meal.
We’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and this quiet, wintry week at Hawthorne was the perfect time. Olivia suggested oregano, but the thyme at the market was looking particularly luscious, so I used that and quite enjoyed the result. This dish is all about prepping first for quick cooking and assembly! Of course, vary the following proportions to your own taste.
1 pound linguine
1 15 oz. can of sardines in tomato sauce; put all the liquid and fish into a bowl, and gently break up the fish
3 tablespoons good tasty olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, sliced whole and very thin
5 healthy sprigs of thyme, a tablespoon or more after peeling the leaves from the stems and chopping lightly
½ cup of grated parmesan
Put a pot of water on to boil. About 2 minutes before the pasta is fully cooked, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Cook the garlic—this will happen fast—and take the garlic out of the oil. Place the thyme in the oil, and turn off the heat. The thyme will lightly cook and infuse the already garlic infused oil. By now you’ve probably drained the pasta; toss that first with the oil, garlic and thyme; then with the sardines and tomato sauce; finish with the grated cheese. Serve in pasta bowls with a fresh twist of salt and pepper. Enjoy!
We arrived Sunday evening. Oh how I had missed this place. The drive up the long driveway seeing the lamps illuminating the front sun porch that Bill turns on for us so the place is not dark when we arrive makes my heart sing.
The feeling of instant relaxation hits us. Our shoulders loosen up, we inhale the country air. It is a full day of travel but worth every moment. This stay is almost all holiday. Just a few days in the middle of the trip into the city buying at the show, which by now you know I love, along with the town & country contrast. And lots of rest, reading, cooking, napping, hosting family & friends. With a bit of vintage shopping for the shops for good measure. And snow! There was a good amount when we arrived and it has snowed even more the first few days. Heaven. We are taking a respite from news and enjoying the quiet. The stillness. I snapped a few images, with more to come. Oh so good to be back. Lovely to have you along.
Over the moon pleased to announce that the At Home video with Susanna Salk on the Quintessence blog by Stacey Bewkes is now up. Head on over and check it out if you please. It is such a lovely reminder of an incredibly gorgeous October Hudson Valley day. It snowed a bit this morning in Seattle so it was fun to see the video where it was so sunny and the leaves falling about from the trees. I think you might remember me writing about this a few months back. It had been pretty cool most of our stay and a bit rainy. I was crossing my fingers big time for a pretty day as I was setting the long picnic table outside the back porch for a meal. Well, I got what I was hoping for in spades. It was a gloriously sunny day. Actually hot, as it hit 82 degrees. I mention this as my shirt remained untucked throughout the video as I was running a tad warm. Also funny Bailey sidenote. TPS was away the day this was shot, visiting his brothers. Bailey would not stop barking in several of the shots so I held her a bunch, hence me holding her to keep her quiet. Just funny little behind the scenes details–I could not be happier with how it all turned out. Stacey & Susanna are real pros and put it all together so wonderfully from start to finish of this entire project. Cheers to them! Thanks to Benjamin Moore paints for sponsoring all the greens throughout the house on the walls. Juliska for all those beyond gorgeous plates and glassware on the outside table and to Dunes and Duchess for getting the 2 big green candelabras made for us so quickly and so beautifully. Cheers to the Hudson Valley!
Click here to watch the Hawthorne house tour video.
I was again honored when the folks at Pottery Barn asked me to put together & shoot an Autumnal country lunch at Hawthorne. The piece was introduced this week-end. Click here.
The weather was just extraordinary on our stay, and the day I shot this table was no exception. The leaves falling around me as I clicked away. A super simple butternut squash soup was part of the menu. It just felt right for the time of year. The PB pumpkin bowls just perfect. Kale was the centerpiece. Floating lilies in handled hurricanes were a hit as the wind blew so there were no worries the blooms would blow over. The extra long white picnic that was a gift from friends who had a grouping of them made for their wedding, has been such a joy at the back of the house. Bailey scurrying about as I snapped away. All the goods sent by Pottery Barn (which is every item on the table short of the wine–was such a treat for me to gather & create the setting from their website) worked to set a lovely, inviting Autumnal table. Such a fun day, such a fun memory. Hope you enjoy…
We always hit the ground running when we return to Seattle from the Hudson Valley, so it is fun to look back and remember the stay. The above image from a few Octobers ago (before the front door was painted green) as I forgot to snap a photo right when we got there of the trees surrounding the house. By the time we left, the trees on both the right and the left of the house in this capture (the yellowish, reddish) were pretty much emptied of leaves. The whole dance that occurs over the 2 weeks of them changing color and then dropping is pretty poetic. Fall color is the major theme, always, for our October visits. Family, friends, dinners, a photo shoot or two, vintage buying, meetings in the city and a whole lot of resting up & re-energizing was on the agenda. The house embracing us with loving arms, like it always does. This is our 4th October stay, and over that short amount of time, the place & the house, has found a very special place in our hearts.