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Ted’s Tip No. 148

While you are waiting for your produce to ripen, in this case the melon, have it be part of your kitchen tableau. That way you get to enjoy the beauty of it all the way up until the time it is ripe and ready to eat.



 

 

Orchids & Tulips

Flower Friday brings a grocery store orchid and a bunch of Market tulips. The above a 5 stem orchid the fab floral buyer at QFC had set aside for herself but so graciously said I should have when I asked her if they had any small pots of orchids left–a gift in many ways. She knew how much I would adore it. The below a compote full of orange parrot tulips that caught my eye as I looked through the stellar assortment of Market tulips out right now in all the flower stalls. Their ruffly beauty gets me every time. The stems doing a lovely swirl-y dance. Both of them have brought so much joy as we walk by them this week.



 

 

Flowering Herbs

Herbs can produce some pretty awesome flowers. We have a bunch of herb pots out on the island that just go nutty during the warm months. The above stellar bloom from some sage that greeted us on Sunday morning when we arrived. TPS snipped it for me and it found a place of honor on the table. As Matisse said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”



 

 

A Natural Beach-y Window

It was a sunny, sunny Seattle day yesterday with the beach being on the mind of many. The window Heather & I put together on Thursday a nod to Summer. Often one item can spark the direction of where a display will head. Many times for the windows, a lamp becomes the driving force. In this case, the quite large robe lamp was it. From there, we just start pulling and placing things that compliment it, which starts telling a bit of a visual story. Much in the same way decorating a room would evolve, with one piece of furniture often dictating the direction the rest of the pieces will follow. The sun shining so bright it causes a reflection of the ‘Watson Kennedy’ onto the back wall, almost like a watermark. The large vessel that is truly one of my favorite things at the shop, finally getting to take center stage. The natural sea sponges placed here & there a nod to the theme and tone of the rest of the goods.



 

 

Still Going Strong

Flower Friday are the peony I hand carried, actually make that L.L. Bean bag carried, back from New York. I placed them here & there in single stem vessels so we could be greeted by fluttery goodness in various spots as we walked through the rooms. The joy they have brought, downright amazing. I shot these earlier in the week, but they are still going strong. Almost 2 weeks. Crazy! Caretaker Bill sent us a photo from the house with the bush a riot of dancing blooms. Was so bummed to have missed them do their thing, but these are making up for it. In spades. Hope you like…





 

 

Hawthorne Revisited 

Time just seems to fly by and we always hit the ground running when we return to Seattle, I like to do a post a week or so after to remember some of the moments of the stay. The petite farmhouse (which is how it was billed in the listing when we bought it, which still makes us laugh as it is by far the largest home we have ever had the pleasure/honor to own) in the Hudson Valley feels more like our home more and more each visit, which is exactly what we were going for. More an extension of our daily lives where we ‘live’ part of the time, more than just a vacation house, where we feel connected the moment we arrive. When we are there, Seattle is still very much a part of us, and when we are in Seattle, we most certainly feel a connection to New York. I have said it many times before, we feel incredibly fortunate for this experience and don’t take it for granted for a second. I am also, pleased as punch to have you all along on this journey. Here are a few moments/shots of how the house is shaping up.  











 

 

Move It Around

Next time you have a few minutes and you want to freshen up a shelf or two in your home, try grouping your vignette by color, shape or texture. Or some variation of those three. You will be amazed at how you see your things in a whole new light. 



 

 

Day One, of a Spring ‘Refresh’

The sun was shining so beautifully through the big front windows as I turned off the lights last night after Day One of a major Spring ‘refresh’ I just had to click-away a few images.

The shops, much like home, can always benefit from a little mix-up of things to add freshness & spice vignettes up a little.

By moving things around, your eye lands on new focal points. The old becomes new.

You end up cleaning a bit, which spruces everything up, which in turn re-energizes an entire display.

Plus it is just downright fun! Oodles of hard work, but oh so satisfying. 5 of us moved things around, got sweaty, laughed, helped customers, answered the phone, fulfilled web orders, moved more stuff around, helped more customers, cleaned a bit, chatted, and moved more around. A full, full day. One down, with three more to go…



 

 

Magical Climbing & Dancing Jasmine

It began many, many months ago when the tiniest bit of vine came through the slightest little opening in the window and attached & wound itself to the shutter inside.  Then the magic continued.  It has been an absolute joy to watch the dance this vine, now two, has done.  When we arrived back to Seattle late Monday eve, we were treated to an even further show as it has begun to move to the middle shutters.  It is crazy how much it grew the 2 weeks we were in New York.  The slightest scent filling the living room, which is just heavenly.  Thought the magical dancing jasmine could be the Flower Friday bloom of the week as we are just charmed by it.  



 

 

The Trade Secrets Goods in Action

20160523-080055.jpg Turning a house into a home is a process. In my mind, it takes times to create layers. Those layers are what tell the story of the life you have lived/are living in that home. Filling spaces with objects of meaning is a continuing process. Sort of like putting together a puzzle. An ongoing puzzle that gets more interesting as it is being worked on. The pieces I picked up for us in Connecticut the other week-end are things I will always look back on with the memory of that place, time and experience. They have become pieces in our Hawthorne puzzle that have many uses, as well as look swell just lounging.

20160523-080801.jpg Case in point, the glass battery jar. It will live for now on top of the shelf in the dining room being flanked by the marble urns also picked up that day. But the jar was called into action on the dining table when the lilacs bloomed this week in the front yard.

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20160523-081151.jpg The big handled bucket will live on the back porch for the moment adding a sculptural element to the room. It was filled with ice and wine bottles for the birthday party we hosted the other week-end. We will end up using this for a ton of things over time.

20160523-081402.jpg And lastly the English watering can. We put it to good use each day to water the plants we enjoyed inside on this stay, which TPS planted yesterday. The watering can just looking cool all in its own when not in use right outside next to the picnic table. All things we will use in many ways, adding a new layer to the experience of being at Hawthorne.