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A Tomato Sandwich and a Glass of Rosé

That time of year again, and oh what a grand time of year it is. Tomato season! I can eat them daily and many times we do in so many ways. But the simplest is a tomato sandwich, on toasted bread, slathered in mayo with a heavy hand when salting the tomato. Heaven. Add a glass of rosé and a good book, and it might be one of my favorite August activities without breaking a sweat.



 

 

Finding Treasures at the Show

Wow, just wow. Have found soooooo much good stuff and I have another whole day to go. Look for all sorts of treasures coming our way to Watson Kennedy in the coming months. From new handsome lamps, to English candles, to French bath products, to plaid oversized scarves that double as a throw, to tins of toffee, to cutting boards shaped like footballs–to name just a few. It is all in the mix!



 

 

Limelight Hydrangea Love

Flower Friday brings us a bouquet of limelight hydrangea from in front of the house. Little did the former owner Scott know when he planted them that the green would fit right into our color scheme oh so many years later. I am like a kid in a candy store having the bushes in full bloom when we are here. TPS cuts them for me, I cut them. They are scattered all about the house in every room. This bundle wins the prize on this sunny morning. I am resting up for the big buying show in the city that begins Sunday. Sending tons of August love to you all from the Hudson Valley! T2+B



 

 

Dining Al Fresco

If you are a regular blog post reader of mine, you know dining outside is a big deal to us. Just something about breaking bread under the sun or moon that tugs at my heart strings. Sharing a meal with those you love rates pretty high on my list, indoors or out, but feeling the wind or hearing the waves bumps up the specialness. Whether it be a simple or grand table, or a blanket, or a park bench, enjoy a lunch or drinks or supper in the great outdoors on one of these beautiful days. It does the soul good.



 

 

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.



 

 

A Single Peony Farewell

We head back to Seattle later today and the peonies in front of the house are moments away from exploding open. I cut a bunch to fly back with us like we did last year in hopes they make the journey unscathed. The one I posted yesterday is the one above. It opened up the other morning for us. The diva of the peony show, getting all the attention and we are loving every minute of it. Merci for following along on this stay. July is our 5th year at Hawthorne. It has been such a treat having many of you readers see the house blossom over those years. A home evolves. Just like we all do. Back in August for all that sultry heat… XO, T2+B



 

 

A Few Bundles of Roses

Flower Friday this week are a few bundles of grocery store roses that are doing the trick, in a pinch. We are hosting a graduation party today and wanted to spiff up the dining table. This vessel will get moved later to said table. The lilacs with all of the heat are no longer and the peonies are yet to pop. One flower you are almost always certain to count on when at the grocery store or corner bodega are roses. Hearty by nature, massed together, they make for a simple abundant arrangement that will last a good long while.



 

 

The Table Is Set

A busy week awaits with a mix of family & friends, dinners and graduation party. Getting the table set in the morning when the house is quiet always helps relax me and takes the stress away from having to do it later in the day when the task list is longer and we are scurrying around before guests arrive. This table is layered with new treats from this stay. CoCo in Portland sent the most glorious majolica plates as a ‘just because’ gift the other day that set the tone right out the gate. The faux bois planter the latest find from my Trade Secrets outing in CT last week-end, and a French green ceramic candlestick from KRB when we were in the city helps light the way. Little pots of scented geranium with the sweetest pink blooms dropped into buckets added a bit of contrasting color. Ferns, Italian parsley and mint add a bit more natural green. Then all that is needed to complete the table before the first knock on the door is to light the candles and away we go.



 

 

Poetic Peonies 

Flower Friday brings us these sublime peonies on the breakfast table of our friend Elizabeth’s lovely, lovely home in Rye. They greeted me as I sat for homemade biscuits with jam on Sunday morning before I headed into the city to walk the National Stationery Show. She knew I needed to be well-fed for my busy day ahead. The peonies feeding my soul all along the way, too. Thought you would all enjoy their magic…



 

 

A Hanging Flower Basket, Another Way

There it was, looking all pretty and so full of flowers it was just bursting at the seams. Well, make that bursting out of the pot. Only challenge is I was not looking for a hanging basket of blooms, but rather a big pot of flowers for one of the galvanized buckets we found at Brimfield last year. Out came the wire cutters and away went the strands that formed the hook. A pot from the kitchen turned upside down went in the middle of the bucket to give some extra height to the flowers. We were off and running. These should be perfect for all the alfresco meals we will have this stay.