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Ted’s Tip No. 156

Take a moment, or more, each day to reflect, give thanks, meditate, say a prayer, think, ponder–whichever you chose. Time will slow, savor it.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 155

Beauty abounds and can often be found in unexpected places. The grandness of old architectural elements just needs to be noticed to be appreciated. Think of all the history those buildings have lived through. Looking up, looking down, looking all around.



 

 

Enveloped in Green

After a many hour delay spent hanging out in the Milwaukee Airport we had a smooth flight to New York and a rainy ride up to Hawthorne arriving late last night. The greens of the house enveloping us with a big hug. Lots of fun stuff on the docket this stay. The above image of parsley from the Hawthorne Valley Farm. Seemed pretty fitting & perfect in every way. Oh, and the lilacs are looking pretty darn swell! Sending love from the Hudson Valley, T2+B



 

 

The Golden Hour

That bit of time when the sun stops shining and it still is not dark. When things become a little golden. Golden in both color as well as the spirit of the moment. The minutes move a tad slower during that time. When it happens in conjunction with guests arriving, it seems to signal a magical eve awaits.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 146

A house (which to me means your dwelling, be it a dorm room to a palazzo) filled with the things you love, will always equal a home.



 

 

Using What You Have

In a pinch, if you are not finding flowers to your liking, walk around your yard, your neighborhood or even just your own home–snip from plants, pull a few cool looking branches, cluster a bunch of ferns. Even a melon from the fridge adds to the mix. Using what you have around can be incredibly satisfying and gets your creative juices flowing to create a stylish tableau.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 142

Get to know the hard working folks you buy your flowers from–add to that your butcher, fishmonger, and on and on. It sweetens your shopping routines and makes the process so much more civilized. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 137

During these chilly months, a big platter of citrus out on the table brings the sunshine in.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 136

Objects from travels as well as things that are gifts from friends are a reminder of your past. Surrounding yourself with them in your home creates a layered feel that becomes a look back into your history as your eye glances over them.



 

 

The Gift of Food

Must be since I am in San Francisco walking The Fancy Food Show that my mind is centered on food. My thoughts these past days have been on homecooked food and what a special gift that it makes. In our fast-paced often manner free world, giving and receiving something homemade can be one of the most thoughtful gifts. Yesterday when I was walking Bailey before I headed to the airport I ran into a gentleman from our building holding a lidded skillet that he was taking to a friend of his in the building across the street who was not feeling well. The gesture made my day like I am sure it did the lucky recipient. Never underestimate the powerful meaning of love/good manners/loveliness of the gift of soul enriching food.