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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.



 

 

WestWard in Country Living

Out now, in the July/August issue of Country Living magazine is our beloved WestWard on Vashon Island. We call it the little house that could, as this is the 6th time our sweet week-end abode has been published. Which always takes us back and laugh a bit, as we had Mister Sive’s birthday party there right after we bought it, now close to 20 years ago. It was before we did any work and showed it some major love. The place was empty. I think our friends thought we were out of our minds! We just knew from the moment we walked down the path what magic was in store. It has all been such a fun journey. The photoshoot was a blast and the spread turned out quite lovely. It was a few beautifully sunny days right after a bunch of rainy days. We are selling copies of this issue at the shops and this publication sells at most newsstands & grocery stores. Enjoy!

*The biggest challenge anytime something is written in a publication, is you are not given the chance to read it and make any corrections before it is published. You have the interview and just hope you are quoted properly and that what you said was taken in context. Most often you read design articles and it focuses on one person, even when it is a couple who owns and lives in the house. This article is very well done, but many times it says that I made a decision or I chose a certain something. For anyone that knows us well, they know all our decisions about home are a ‘we’ and always have been. Creativity flows quite freely in our household–it is one of the greatest joys we have shared over the last 30 years as a couple.



 

 

POLLARD 2016 Cabernet Franc

Wine Wednesday brings us this crazy good Cabernet Franc by our friend Robin Pollard. You might recognize her name from me writing about her and the coffee she roasts and blends for Watson Kennedy. She invited us over recently for a taste of her new wine on a lovely Vashon Sunday afternoon. Oh my, we were smitten with this new vintage. While her home is on the island, Pollard Vineyard is a ten acre site located in the Upper Yakima Valley of Washington State. Truly an exceptional part of the world for a vineyard. This is just her second bottling, her first I wrote about awhile back. I know many of you have asked me where to buy the wines I write about, and sadly, they are not always available in your area. Robin does ship this fabulous wine, if you are at all interested. Click here. We love supporting small businesses, and when that is a talented hard working friend–we say cheers to that!



 

 

Peonies & Tulips

They took center stage. The peonies and the tulips snuggling right up next to one another. From there, the rest of the table was super easy to set. Red became the color story and we were off and running with a table for deux. These were the first peonies of the season for us, the lone bucket at one of my favorite flower stalls at the Market a happy sight. They sat perky at the shop on Saturday for all to enjoy, made the ferry trip over, made the ferry trip back, and are now in the city on the dining table to be enjoyed like crazy this week. A peony might seem dainty, but quite the opposite. 



 

 

Italian Parsley In A Pinch

It is rare I am not inspired by the flowers when I make a quick dash in to do a little grocery shopping. But it was the case this week-end, so the Italian parsley we already had sitting on the counter at the house was called into action for this heavily blue table setting. The lacy greens adding a nice color balance. Add an assortment of shells from past beach walks and we were on our way to Sunday supper at WestWard.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 136

Objects from travels as well as things that are gifts from friends are a reminder of your past. Surrounding yourself with them in your home creates a layered feel that becomes a look back into your history as your eye glances over them.