Over the moon pleased to announce that the At Home video with Susanna Salk on the Quintessence blog by Stacey Bewkes is now up. Head on over and check it out if you please. It is such a lovely reminder of an incredibly gorgeous October Hudson Valley day. It snowed a bit this morning in Seattle so it was fun to see the video where it was so sunny and the leaves falling about from the trees. I think you might remember me writing about this a few months back. It had been pretty cool most of our stay and a bit rainy. I was crossing my fingers big time for a pretty day as I was setting the long picnic table outside the back porch for a meal. Well, I got what I was hoping for in spades. It was a gloriously sunny day. Actually hot, as it hit 82 degrees. I mention this as my shirt remained untucked throughout the video as I was running a tad warm. Also funny Bailey sidenote. TPS was away the day this was shot, visiting his brothers. Bailey would not stop barking in several of the shots so I held her a bunch, hence me holding her to keep her quiet. Just funny little behind the scenes details–I could not be happier with how it all turned out. Stacey & Susanna are real pros and put it all together so wonderfully from start to finish of this entire project. Cheers to them! Thanks to Benjamin Moore paints for sponsoring all the greens throughout the house on the walls. Juliska for all those beyond gorgeous plates and glassware on the outside table and to Dunes and Duchess for getting the 2 big green candelabras made for us so quickly and so beautifully. Cheers to the Hudson Valley!
Click here to watch the Hawthorne house tour video.
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.
Today a fun day awaits, as Stacey Bewkes from the video series & blog Quintessence along with author Susanna Salk are coming to Hawthorne to film a segment for an upcoming video as well as photograph the house. The above & below the beginning stages of the table I am setting out back. The leaves creating a carpet that I so love. A country supper of roasted chickens stuffed with herbed chèvre along with an assortment of root vegetables is on the menu. I will post more later this week, but thought I would give you a look at the start of the table. It is supposed to be 80 degrees today, so a crisp Hudson Valley day it will not be. Warm or chilly, it will be a blast. Happy Tuesday all!
It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff the newest book by Susanna Salk is out this week. I say cheers to the stylish small stuff! All the little extras in our homes are truly what make a house a home. A favorite piece of pottery bought on a trip to Italy, seashells gathered on memorable beach walks, artwork snatched up at an art school auction–all little things that bring meaning into our spaces and our hearts. This book is filled with page after page of design inspiration to delight & encourage us all to find joy in the little things. Susanna has amassed a roster of some of my favorite design folks (Alessandra Branca, John Derian, India Hicks, Bunny Williams, Ken Fulk, Tilton Fenwick, Howard Slatkin, Charlotte Moss) who have opened up their homes to show us rooms/vignettes that inspire them. I am always most interested to see their own homes as it is so personal and often distills the very essence of their style. I was delighted when Susanna asked me at my New York book signing party for Style & Simplicity if she could highlight our kitchen at The Gainsborough for her book. Filled with green, green, green we are honored to see it on the pages in such esteemed company. This is most certainly a great gift book, but one you will definitely want to keep for yourself too. She has graciously sent me signed bookplates so each copy we sell with have a little extra special bonus. We are more than happy to wrap as a gift, just ask. A true gem filled with oodles of fresh ideas.
I have had the great pleasure of meeting the prolific design book author Susanna Salk, and I am happy to report that her eighth book Decorate Fearlessly! is another serious visual winner. Just like all of her other books. She just gets it. Page after page of inspiration. To me a good design book inspires. Even if much of the design is not your style, you should still walk away with your head spinning with new possibilities to incorporate into your own personal style. Susanna’s books do just that. This one in particular is about glorious color. And lots of it! From Todd Oldham to Ashley Hicks to Amanda Nisbet (a Watson Kennedy customer) to Miles Redd–look into their personal spaces filled with tasteful riotous color. Susanna has been so kind to send me signed bookplates, so each copy will be signed. That extra special touch you know we always love. Perfectly timed to go with all this grand color that Spring is offering us.
“C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon” the latest book by stylish Susanna Salk, is a look at the magical world of C.Z. I say magical, because I have know of C.Z. Guest since I was a kid growing up in the Midwest, and any time I would read about her, the rarified air she moved in seemed magical to me at the time. Perfect homes, perfect clothes, perfect trips. The book she wrote in 1976 “First Garden: An Illustrated Garden Primer” which was illustrated by Cecil Beaton, with the introduction by Truman Capote, was a gift to me in my youth by a family friend. That cemented my love of all things C.Z. Even at the age of 12 I had a keen appreciation for living well. Of course, as I have progressed in age, I know that nothing is ever quite perfect (which is what makes life much more interesting) and I am sure she had flaws. They just were rarely seen. This book is a look at the magical stuff which is pretty darn lovely. I had the pleasure of meeting the author this Spring when I attended an event in Los Angeles. She has composed and captured a wonderful trip through the life of C.Z. Susanna has also been so kind to send me signed bookplates, so each of the copies we sell at Watson Kennedy will be signed by her. You all know, this is a special touch I love to add if possible. This is just a cool book to have set out on the coffee table for when you want to take a special trip into the world of an American style icon.