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.
Be careful of what you ask for, is something I can hear my dad say often. I had hoped for good weather for the photo/video shoot yesterday and received it in spades. My oh my, 82 degrees and stunning. The funny part is I had brought one of my all-time favorite shirts to wear, a flannel Burberry with bits of green running through it. To pull out the green of my slip-ons that pulled the whole ‘Ghent Green’ look of the house together. Please know I am laughing myself silly thinking/typing this. Minute details are what make me happiest. But a flannel shirt in 80+ degree weather was just not going to cut it. So I quickly pulled out one of the few long sleeved shirts I had pressed and away we went. I felt a tad, ok a lot, sweaty, the entire shoot. Between running around making sure things were photo ready and cooking up a storm, I was not as ‘pressed’ as I like to be. That aside, it was just a blast from start to finish. Stacey & Susanna are pros and had the entire shoot mapped out within minutes of walking around the house. Oh, one other very funny detail that must be mentioned before the video comes out which added to my sweaty-ness. Mister Sive was away spending a few days with his brothers at the Sive family farm in The Catskills. So I was flying solo, with watching Bailey and making sure she did not dart out an open door or get underfoot. Well, she most certainly did not. She would not leave my side and chose to bark if I did not pick her up. SO, not only was I a tad sweaty, ok a lot, I was also holding a dog in most of the shots. Again, I am laughing so hard tears are streaming down my face from the memory. A middle-aged gay man holding his small dog while showing you the details of how to use double stick tape to make a nifty art installation. I write this all to share some of the behind the scenes details that usually never get shared when you read/see things on people’s homes. Truly, it all could not have been more fun and I know it all turned out swell–it is just fun to share a few funny life elements that go into a photo shoot or making of a video. Stacey’s post and the video will be up at the end of November. I will write again about it all then to give you a heads up when it is running. These photos of the picnic table I set out back–with the leaves falling about as I set each spot. The whole experience was just magical, non-Burberry shirt and all.
Today a fun day awaits, as Stacey Bewkes from the video series & blog Quintessence along with author Susanna Salk are coming to Hawthorne to film a segment for an upcoming video as well as photograph the house. The above & below the beginning stages of the table I am setting out back. The leaves creating a carpet that I so love. A country supper of roasted chickens stuffed with herbed chèvre along with an assortment of root vegetables is on the menu. I will post more later this week, but thought I would give you a look at the start of the table. It is supposed to be 80 degrees today, so a crisp Hudson Valley day it will not be. Warm or chilly, it will be a blast. Happy Tuesday all!
I spent yesterday at the 86 Pine Street shop, so I snapped away at a few things that caught my eye as the sun streamed in through the oversized window that faces out to the Market and the water. Often it is images I am capturing down at the other shop as the big First Avenue & Spring Street windows let in an incredible amount of light which is ideal for picture taking. But the beautifully sunny day had the light dancing about so I hopped right to it. More bath-centric–towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and bath gels became my favorite of the moment. With vetiver being the winning scent. I had the door open the entire day, the sound of the fountain gurgling away and folks milling about in the background, the natural music of our beloved Inn courtyard.
We were given these divine and oh so dreamy ranunculus by a guest who came to dinner on Friday eve. They were part of a larger arrangement but the other parts of it did not make it through the week-end, so when we arrived last night from the island, a little flower doctoring was in order. Small arrangements to me really sing when they are made up of one type of flower. The grouping becomes a collective whole. If there is color variation among the blooms, that can add some exquisite visual variety. I chose a small Jukiska vessel that would elevate the ranunculus so they almost seemed like they were standing up on their toes dancing. The fluttery petals doing their magic, making my heart sing as I found a spot on the dining table next to a pot of rosemary. The hearty green of the plant playing off of the color variations of the ranunculus.
Bit by bit, and piece by piece, we add things to our home that makes them unique, personal. Our own. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a collector, we all really are. For our home is one big collection of things that tell our story. Being in the biz of “things” I am constantly/daily seeing, looking, buying goods for the shops and website. My motto for buying has always been that I have to love something so much that I would be happy to have it in our own home. So at times, it can be quite tough not taking everything home. But every once in awhile something just speaks to me even louder than usual. I came across these napkin rings a few weeks ago and just knew they were ours. Wood banded with sterling silver and tiny little crests with the numbers 1 thru 6 on them. I think we are really just custodians of things for the time we have them. I could just tell these had lived a good life–and we will do our best to make sure they continue to do just that.
We are having cookbook author extraordinaire Dorie Greenspan and her husband over for dinner this evening after her book signing at the shop. I really wanted to set a fun, creative table for her. My tip this week is how new placemats & napkin rings can give your table settings a fresh new look. They are also items that are some of the least expensive things to buy in the tabletop arena. Giving your table a refresh that is as easy as 1, 2, 3. And in this case, add a 4.
There are still spots available for Dorie’s book signing this eve. It starts at 5 going until 7 o’clock. We would love to have you join in the fun. Complimentary sparking wine, cider, and Mariage Freres tea will be served. Her new book is all about simple French desserts that you can whip up at home. Perfect as we head into the Holiday season.
When the world hands you glorious beet greens, use them. Ted found wonderful beets at Island Meadow, one of our favorite organic farms out on the island. He made the beets for dinner but the greens came back with us to Seattle. Snip, snip and the greens were in a vase on the ottoman in town to be enjoyed this week. While amazing to sauté up, beet greens are incredibly visual. The ruby spine set against the green greens quite something.
December is a bit of a blur and at this point a distant memory. So much product came in, I missed seeing these lovelies for about a week initially, and then kept meaning to write about them but it just did not happen. These are exquisite. Just exquisite. The type of plates you could leave in a stack on the counter and never want to put away. The last week I just keep walking by them in the displays and stopping and staring. Cocktail sized so they work with mixing & matching with what you have. Juliska always does beautiful stuff, but these go to the head of the class.
The vintage French key I wrote about the other day got me thinking about how I like to set a table. Sometimes, it is just one thing that gets my mind racing about what to put onto the dining table in addition to plates, silverware and stemware. The key was the starting point to this table setting.
A simple dinner for 4. We almost always leave the 150+ year old French fruitwood dining table bare, as we like the look of the natural wood and all the love it has received over the years. The vignette in the center of the table would be nice and low. Since the key was French, I just starting adding other French objects that had meaning, were a similar tone, or I just thought worked with it. The peonies had a hint of red in them, so the red Tiffany bowl would tie that together.
The vintage red-lidded apothecary jars would again bring red to the table, while also working with the vibe of the key and the other things in the middle of the table.
I separated the 2 big bunches of fresh mint I had bought at the Market last week-end, and had them at each end of the table in clear Juliska vases for a little height.
And then those glorious white peonies. They were so big, 3 stems did the trick in each of the vases. The small flecks of red bringing all the red together. But it was that single key that was the ‘key’ element that started it all. You just can’t go wrong with setting a table if you fill it with things you love.