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A Plum Still Life

The plums at the first farm stand we stopped at kind of blew me away they were so beautiful. I knew they would be grand sitting in a glass bowl on the counter for all to enjoy before becoming part of a chicken dish where they will get baked alongside green olives. Funny story about the bowl. I bought it during our May stay a few months ago at my beloved Red Chair on Warren in Hudson. I had eyed it before and that was the time to make it ours. Home it came and I was so excited. Quickly upon arriving at the house it got unpacked and went right into the sink to wash. It was actually a pedestal bowl, and within seconds I accidentally hit the bottom of the pedestal against the wall of the sink and snap! Off it went. Hugely lucky it was a clean break and the bowl portion was unscathed. Our ‘use it and love it and if it breaks so be it’ policy went into play within moments.



 

 

Anatomy of a Display

Putting together a shop display is really very similar to how I would arrange things at home. Color becomes the driving force. The above a table I put together the other day where the inspiration was the color of a tin of snack mix seasoned with Old Bay, that was in the vignette. The colors of red, yellow, navy and tan instantly got my mind racing. I pulled tons of product with those colors and started layering the table. The same concept would hold true if you were arranging a bookshelf or setting a table. Even choosing furniture for a room. Be inspired by color and then layer, layer, layer.



 

 

A Summery Table in Red

The color red became the overall theme in this summery shop table. Cozying up to lots of product with white in it, as well as wicker & seagrass. The watermelon plates a particular favorite, as they are a yummy symbol of the season. The black dotted wrapping paper, another absolute favorite, became a runner in a pinch. The dots reminding me of watermelon seeds. Then it was all sorts of fun stuff in those color stories that got added to the mix.



 

 

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.