I received an incredibly creative piece of correspondence awhile back, where the envelope was as stylish and well thought out as what was inside. I enjoyed it so much, I pinned it up at the shop on a wall where we keep such prized items & ephemera. It got me thinking about addressing envelopes. If we are going to take the thoughtful time to handwrite a note/card, add a flourish or doodle, if your penmanship is stellar, make the name and address larger than usual to fill up the front of the envelope. Use a cool inked pen if you have one handy, use a stamp that you think the recipient will like. It is a chance to get creative. It is also a chance to add one final jaunty flourish to make the person opening the envelope feel thought of, loved.
Style really can be injected into just about anything–food, clothing, personality, and in this case, interiors. In the February of Architectural Digest, one such room heads to the top of the heap. No wonder it made the cover! It is in the Red Hook, New York (which is not terribly far from Hawthorne, and it is where we buy Bailey’s food) country home of Pieter Estersohn, photographer extraordinaire. While the entire Greek Revival house is pretty off the charts, the room that just makes it all sing is the art filled gallery/studio that doubles as guest quarters. Floor to ceiling artwork by his grandfather, mother, son and himself is on view. My number one design credo is that a home should be filled with only things you truly love. This home, and in particular, this room has it in spades. If you can get your hands on this issue (while standing at the grocery store check-out line, waiting at the dentist office, or if you subscribe) most certainly check it our for a hit of design happiness.
Up & out early today heading to San Francisco for a few days of buying at the Fancy Food Show. I will report back on my finds and happenings of a city near and dear to my heart.
A lovely start of the week to you,
OK, I promise this is it. I promise. Last day of a stream of images. Funny how quickly they add up. Was fun looking through images over the past years to choose. I give you ‘Day 3’ of a look back. Tomorrow it is full steam ahead. I have a bunch of things to write about from this last trip back East. We sat on the runway last night for 2 hours, waiting for thunderstorms to pass. Which is always just fine and dandy with me. Always better on the ground than in the sky when it comes to thunder is my feeling with all that. Looked through images of the last weeks with a few fun posts coming your way. We arrived to Seattle safe & sound. Bailey sound asleep pressed up right next to me while I write this–her preferred sleeping position. She is such a good traveller. We arrived back to stellar weather. Can’t wait to see the peonies are the Market later today! Our peonies at Hawthorne a good week or two from bursting open. I digress. Here we go.
I think you know this, but just in case you do not, all the images on my blog I take with my iPhone. I also write my blog from my iPhone, using the WordPress app. This is by no means an ad for iPhones, but more a bit of an explanation. We have an amazing IT person who knows me quite well. He knew there would be no way I would do a blog if I had to log into the shop computer once I got to work. Plus, he knows we travel and are not always in the same place each day. Again, he knows us well. He set everything up for me on my phone so I could write my posts with ease from anywhere. He was spot on. For the last 4 years, each morning, I create a post the moment I wake up. That was what I was referring to yesterday when I said one foot in front of the other. I usually look to the photos I have taken for visual inspiration on what the post for the day will be. That is why a look back at images from the past years has such meaning to me, as they are the catalyst for each post. Here is a continued look back, as we move towards year 5.
The 4th anniversary/birthday, still never quite sure which it is, of my daily blog post really is about a combination of many factors. Putting one foot in front of another. Starting something. Doing something each day that makes you happy. Add them all together and something is created. I derive great pleasure out of all of this. That is a motivating factor for me in all aspects of my life. I love sharing, telling stories and making people happy. That I get to do it each day is such a privilege to me. For that I thank you. To reading about the experience of us getting married in a little garden overlooking the Hudson, sharing in the loss of one of our closest friends, being part of my whole book journey, the buying of Hawthorne and watching that evolution–to name just a few, all the while we have felt your love & support along the way. I have met and had some incredible conversations/interactions with many of you over these 4 years. Some of you have travelled half way around the globe and I was fortunate to get to meet you. Others pop into the shop from a block away to share your thoughts on one of my displays, quotes, recipes, or just to chat. I am honored. Merci to you all for following along. It really has been such a blast and I look forward to it continuing to be fun and bring us all a smile for many years to come. A quick look back on the last few years with some of my favorite images.