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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.



 

 

Ted2 Equals 30 

Monday is typically reserved for a Ted’s Tip but I did not think you would mind me putting that off until tomorrow, because today is our 30th anniversary! Just writing that makes me shake my head a bit, as that seems like a long time. Oh my. We were so young! A few years out of college, but when you know it is right, you just know. You feel it in your bones, your brain, your heart. We are going to spend a quiet day just us two (and Bailey too) at Hawthorne, making a special meal together tonight. During one of my ‘wrapping’ sessions with a customer this past Holiday, I mentioned our upcoming anniversary. She was younger and the idea of 30 years together was mind boggling, which she mentioned in a very cute and sweet way. She asked me our secret. I told her it was not really a secret at all. Love each other. Respect each other. Be each other’s biggest champion. Savor the moments. Learn from the bad and move on. Revel in the good. Make each other better. Laugh together. Laugh more. Each year we have given each other a piece of art for an anniversary present. It has been hugely meaningful to watch that collection grow. It represents us. This year we decided to buy a matching pair of vintage stone lions (him giving one to me, me giving one to him) to watch over the house. We fell in love with them at an antique shop on Warren Street in Hudson in September. Writing this I think the symbolism of their strength together watching over one another sums it up. Never in a million years when we first met did we think we would be allowed to be legally married, and of course are elated that we were able to several years ago. But today will always be the day we celebrate the beginning.



 

 

The Best Nine of 2017

Well, well, well, I know I have hit my holiday relaxation mode stride when I don’t know what day it is! My salmon cake Wine & Dine Wednesday came a day early, apologies. Yesterday morning when I wrote that I must have been certain that it was Wednesday. I woke up early this morning and just started laughing to myself as it was the first thought in my head as soon as I opened my eyes. Gotta say, I am digging our ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ in a pretty big way. Hugely restorative after a crazy busy shopkeeper season. Hawthorne is always so good for the soul. 

Which leads me to the post today, on the real WEDNESDAY… Instagram. I have said it before, but will say again, how much I love it. IG is hugely visual and creative and I find it majorly inspirational. It is a fun, creative addition to the daily blog post, and I know many of my blog readers also follow along on Instagram. It is my social media of choice, and I am able, if I want, to link my post right to the Watson Kennedy Twitter and Facebook accounts, so it is super efficient. The above my most popular images from last year. If you don’t already, follow along, the account is watsonkennedy and much like the blog, I try and mix things up a bit with images of flowers, tables, shop vignettes & goods, design, quotes, and a few images from other folks I find truly inspirational. Happy Wednesday everyone! X