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Paperwhites & Amaryllis

Flower Friday brings us the amaryllis that has just started to open and dancing paperwhites with their gloriously heading scent filling up the apartment. Cheers to a lovely week-end before Christmas!



 

 

Happy Flower Friday

Flower Friday is a big bundle of white tulips as Winter approaches with an eye on Spring. Have a lovely, lovely week-end everyone in your part of the world!



 

 

Table For Two

On a rainy, blustery evening the table was set for two. Take-out was on the menu. But why not set the table and elevate the experience, right? Honor the meal, as I like to say. The lilies were a screaming deal at the grocery store, filling up a glass compote dating back to my showroom days. Then a bunch of candles got lit and we were off and running. Or dining in this case. We have a new place right around the corner called Neon Taco that makes these killer ribs. Their rice & beans along with a cabbage slaw we whipped up and dinner was served.



 

 

Happy {Flower Friday}

‘Tis the season for all sorts of lovelies showing up at grocery store flower sections as well as nursery & garden centers–amaryllis, paperwhites, topiaries, tulips. This Flower Friday brings you an assortment of them on the dining table in town, along with a hydrangea bloom that has dried so beautifully it still looks like it was just plucked off of a bush. We have opted to not have a tree at the apartment as we will have one at Hawthorne when we arrive there Christmas Day. The potted plants and blooms will bring the festive-ness of the season, along with tons of candlelight. Have a grand week-end everyone!



 

 

A Wreath, Two Ways

Wreaths can come in many forms and sizes. This festive time of year it is fun to see so many options available when out & about. We were given a stunningly beautiful oversized leaf wreath made by and given to us by our friend Catherine. It greets us in town when we first get home. In our back hallway a driftwood wreath becomes an impromptu frame for a painting, enjoyed throughout the year, usually on the front door.



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums

Bundles of single stems and potted paper geraniums by Livia Cetti from New York arrived at the shops recently. Her work is exquisite, the detail work of the painting of the leaves quite something. The petal of the blooms hard to tell they are not real. I knew some would have to come home with me. We have been so smitten with the jasmine that has been growing through a small crack in our living room window I wanted to recreate it in a few other windows in the apartment. The geranium stems would be just the ticket. The potted plant on the bar in the kitchen finding a happy home as a real one would not get enough sun. No watering required! Livia’s work makes me supremely happy. Whether a single stem or many, they can’t help but make you smile. Both shops have a lovely variety.



 

 

Scented Geraniums, An Orchid & Mint

Flower Friday brings a dining table tableau. TPS cut back all our geraniums and herbs out on the island this week-end, they then made the ferry crossing into town. The apartment dotted with them all over the place, but the big clear compote just had to get the lion’s share of the scented geraniums. I wish the screen were a scratch & sniff. Can’t begin to tell you how deliriously happy that overflowing vessel makes me. Adding to that a bundle of mint and a grocery store orchid. Have a lovely, lovely week-end all!



 

 

Season Ending Dahlia Love

Flower Friday is a look back on some of the spectacular dahlias from this last few months. The season starts quite early in Seattle and seems to go and go. The buckets on my Saturday morning Market stroll becoming less and less. Such happy blooms they are, frilly and full of life. They might be the ultimate single stem vase flower, as most times a single bloom is all you need to knock your socks off. A big container of them all massed together, heaven.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 169

A well-stocked fridge and cupboard can produce a quick appetizer board in a pinch. Nuts, crackers, olives, jams, butter, salt–all can be called into action. Just add a piece of your favorite cheese and a bunch of radishes and away you go.



 

 

Livia Cetti Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us the magical paper flower creations of artist Livia Cetti. I had been a fan long before we started carrying her work at Watson Kennedy. Her potted geranium one of the first things we bought for Hawthorne. Her single stem geraniums hold a special place in my heart, so they are the first thing that came to mind when wanting to play with the window behind the dining table at The Gainsborough. I liked the idea that they were growing up through the shutters. We could not have been happier with the outcome. Flower power all the way! Above a shot from the cocktail party we hosted a few weeks ago and below a simple week-day supper we enjoyed with a friend visiting from Charleston the other day.