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Blue Love

Blue is a hue I find myself reaching for time and again. It was not really a color we used lots of at home or in the shops much in the past, but that has changed quite a bit. We now have lots of goods set about in vignettes at the stores and we use it more and more out on the island. Below are some images with blue taking top billing.



 

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We watched Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last night on pay per view. I can’t tell you how touched we both were by this film. Wow, just wow. I had heard from so many people over the last few months how much they enjoyed it, but it really was next level–I had tears through most of it. Growing up I had certainly seen bits & pieces of his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It resonated with me then, but this documentary digs deep into the real meaning of his message. Love. Love yourself and love others. Given the political climate and the great divide, this film could not have come at a more perfect time. I think it might be a final gift to all of us from Fred Rogers. It is a message I believe with my entire being. It seems so simple and so basic. Love your neighbor.



 

 

A Princess Diana Sunday Thought



 

 

HOME

Saturday I worked the Market shop, snapping this assembled grouping, as home was on my mind. It was one of the the most consistently rainy days I can remember, and it had me thinking of the comforts of HOME. How it can be stormy outside but the comfort of our home, even the idea of it (since I was at the shop, which was also pretty darn cozy on that rainy day) can be so enveloping. Be it a home small or large, grand or simple, it is filled with things that remind us of our past, make us feel cared for, and energizes us for the new day ahead. 



 

 

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



 

 

New Traditions

We finished celebrating our 20th Holiday season at Watson Kennedy on Sunday eve. The above capture by a lovely customer in to do a bit of last minute gift shopping with her visiting mom from California. The minute Bailey heard the word ‘photo’ she was up off her blanket barking to be included in the shot. We hopped on a plane to New York early the next day, Christmas morning, to fly to New York and head to Hawthorne. We thought with the passing of the 20 year milestone a new tradition of coming to the Hudson Valley to celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas might be a fun treat. That is the thing about traditions, we make them our own. Or should. So it will be our take on celebrating the Holidays. Up first, family arriving shortly for Boxing Day supper. We carried with us, packed on ice, a big salmon to make for the meal. We always love the idea of a bit of Pacific Northwest along with us at Hawthorne. Caretaker Bill set up a green lit tree for us so it was the first thing we saw when we pulled into the long driveway after a full day of travel. I hope you have been having the loveliest Holiday in the manner you like to celebrate it best. Cheers to traditions, old and new!



 

 

Merry Christmas!



 

 

Candlelight

can·dle·lightˈ kandlˌlīt/ noun

dim light provided by a candle or candles. “we dined by candlelight”

No matter how you define it, the flicker of candlelight, such a glorious thing. Year round really, but this time of year especially, candles being lit flickering about adds an instant warmth & intimacy to a room/table. 

Be it a smattering of votive candles, tapers or a scented variety in a glass container, they instantly add a specialness to the every day.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 128

Studding an orange with cloves is an easy way to quickly get a dining table or room in the Holiday spirit. Just a few in a bowl or tucked here & there will make your table/room look and smell quite lovely.