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A Table For 6, A Table For 2

As Summmmaaaaa begins to slip away we are taking every opportunity possible to dine outside on the deck at WestWard. Sunday supper was a meal with visiting family. Last night, just the two of us on the Adirondack chairs. The dahlias, of course taking center stage at both. These are the times I will lock away in my memory come January when the rains start getting to me a bit. Those long sunny evenings languishing at the table, soaking it all in…



 

 

A Table in Blues

Today’s thought on setting a table is to choose just one color and then run with it. Blue was of course the color for the table above, with slight variations in the hue. It makes pulling items from your shelves easy, as you are staying with one tone. Then set away!



 

 

A Bucket of Hydrangea

Receiving flowers, in any form, is always a special thing. But I was the lucky recipient of a bucket of them to play with, a gift from Erika, as she knew how much I would like/love arranging them around the house and on the dining table. She was so right! A WK family member, she knows me well. She grows tons of varieties in her yard, so the bucket had all sorts of different blooms for me to get me creative juices flowing. They are our Flower Friday blooms.



 

 

Hydrangea & Geranium Set the Scene

The gift of hydrangea was the driving force behind our Sunday supper table. The big tub of geraniums that was a gift from the Country Living shoot months ago going crazy with all this sunshine. Together they set the scene for the meal. This was the 18th year in a row we celebrated Summer with a group of dear friends on the last Sunday of July. We love a tradition. All sorts of blue was pulled to incorporate on the table. The recycled metal whale we sell at WK the centerpiece. Which meant the hand painted whale glasses that were also a gift were called into action. The British blue banded dinner plates with the French monogrammed W salad plate atop always makes me smile because it combines so many things near & dear to my heart–England, France, blue, monograms. A bit of tan from the bamboo handled flatware adding a bit of additional color. It was a hot, hot day so I liked the idea of no tablecloth and the cool of the zinc tabletop exposed. Then Mister Sive was at the grill doing his magic. An easy G&T station set up so folks could help themselves. Then we were off and running with a gathering to celebrate the season!



 

 

3 Days of Display + The King 5 Evening Link

Good early morning all on this July Saturday. It has been a jam packed few days of doing display at the First & Spring shop, which makes me crazy happy. If I can devote my mind and energy to re-working displays a sort of zen comes over me. That zen also involves not reaching for my phone, as I had to laugh, this was the only photo I snapped. I took it moments before turning on the alarm and heading out the door last night. This post is two-fold, as it really is a reminder to all of us that a creative, non-distracted mind allows for the creative juices to flow. Be that a move around of furniture in your living room, rehanging artwork, really any task around the house. You get to envelop the moment. That all said, I promise to do a post later in the week of some of the vignettes I shoot in the coming days. Also promised, the link to the King 5 Evening episode that aired the other day featuring WestWard and WK. Lots of design ideas for small space living. Plus Bailey on a beach walk and TPS hopping up onto the outside sleeping porch to enjoy a read–two of my personal favorite parts. Enjoy! From sunny and warm, warm, warm Seattle, T2+B



 

 

A Book and a Bug

Our Monday is spent how many folks spend their Sunday, relaxing and reading and cooking. Our week-end is Sunday/Monday, so a chill day was on the schedule. I had started the Alice Waters book in New York at the beginning of the year but then left it on my bedside table at Hawthorne. It stayed there until May until making its way to the island. I love a leisurely read where I savor the pages and only read a few at a time. This is one of those reads for me. What a fascinating life she has led. I highly recommend this book. Bailey, one of whose many nicknames is ‘Bug’ snuggled up on her pillow looking out at the birds and the water in between naps. I did much the same, dozing after I read a bit. We must all recharge, both two and four-legged beings. It is so good for the soul. To have nothing on the schedule and let your mind and your body relax and wonder.



 

 

Independence Day

Sending much love to you all on this 4th of July, from the beach on Colvos Passage, nestled into the hillside at WestWard. Cheers to Independence! Ted2+B



 

 

Of Hydrangea and Whales

The Sunday supper table was prompted by hydrangea that was a gift from our friend Catherine and whale glasses hand painted by the artist Margot Larkin for us. Often when setting a table, one or two things become the theme or driving force and then everything else falls into place. Paper placements picked up at Bell’occhio in San Francisco on my last trip that have maps of France with cheeses from each region were called into action as well as a recycled metal whale we sell like crazy at the shops. Blue also became a theme so the splatter plates picked up at Ikea for a song finishing things off. Then paella dinner was served!



 

 

Pollard Coffee in Wine Spectator

Check out the latest Wine Spectator for a fabulous article about Robin Pollard who roasts and blends our Watson Kennedy Pollard Coffee for us. Robin comes from a wine background, as she was the director of the Washington Wine Commission. She approaches her coffee with the same passion, palate and expertise as a vintner.

Her home and roasting facility is on our beloved Vashon Island. I have also written about Robin and the sublime wines she produces from her vineyard for a few Wine Wednesday posts. Her coffee is truly artisanal, as she roasts, blends and bags our coffee herself. She even hand delivered our latest batch the other day. Our blend has become much loved, with us shipping it quite often to folks who want to drink only the very finest coffee. Click here to link to our website if interested.

Have the BEST week-end! X, TKW



 

 

Of Fish and Whales

The fish napkins we have had forever and the whale glasses that were a gift from artist Margot Larkin, the driving force for this sunny blue table setting. The island day so pretty it was one for the books.

The white peonies and the overflowing bucket of French lavender adding a bit of flowery-ness and off we went for a table for two. The sun creating all sorts of shadows, but worth every ray of goodness.