This Flower Friday brought to you from the John Derian booth at the show earlier this week. Truly, dreamy, right? Walking the aisles of the Javitz Center for a few days looking for shop goods is wonderful and challenging all at the same time. One must look at a bunch of ‘not great’ (ok, sometimes really awful) to find the gems, so when I stumbled into John’s booth to write my order, my heart skipped an extra beat when I spotted these roses in a display. A respite of floral beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did/do.
The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.
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.
Boy oh boy, was I excited when I spotted these in New York in August and I was even more thrilled once we started unpacking them a few weeks ago at the shop. Mistletoe green and Vreeland red Louis Sherry iconic tins filled with super yummy truffles, what is not to like? For years I have spotted vintage tins at flea markets when out & about looking for goods for the stores–they make such a great keepsake. The company has been revived and once again these luscious tins can be enjoyed by all. Each box is filled with a mixture of a dozen milk and dark chocolate truffles, so they make just the swellest host/hostess gift this festive season or will be much loved as a stocking stuffer, gift under the tree or thoughtful treat given.
A lovely Sunday to you all! Hope your day is filled with all you want it to be… T
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.
The season may be short but it is oh so sweet, for the diminutive Seckel pear. Autumn is in full swing when I start to see these sweet little gems pop up. In a big bowl, on a platter, or just scattered about a table–their beautiful variation of colors & size make for a lovely reminder of the season.
Flower Friday is not about a bloom but rather the symphony of leaves that have been blowing in the wind, accumulating a beautifully crazy amount in the back of the house. The variation of color inspiring on every level.
A roasted chicken and an assortment of root vegetables was on the menu last night, a recreation of what was on the menu yesterday for the shoot. It looks like I was cooking for a party, but it was just us two. These make great left-overs–reheated for breakfast with eggs, diced smaller and added to salads for lunch, purée into making soups. So I like to make a big batch, plus we love to leave a yummy meal or two in the fridge when we depart for fab caretaker Bill.
Truly, could not be simpler. Get the oven heated to 400 while you cut up things. I quarter most and some I leave whole, like the carrots. Liberal use of extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper over all. Then with clean hands really get into it by moving it all around and make sure every part is covered in oil, as this will help cook and not burn things, and give a tasty caramelized flavor to all. Done. Into that hot oven for half an hour, then turn all, put back in for another 15, check and pull out what is done, and continue cooking until all are to your liking.
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.