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A Tabletop Tableau 

I missed Flower Friday last week with all that has been grooving & shaking at the shops, so thought we could start our week off with a bloom.  Tulips have started showing up already at the grocery store, and I could not be happier.  This single stem doing a little dance to check out the silver bowl of vintage mercury glass ornaments.  They have made happy mates on the dining table for the week.  



 

 

Double Stick Tape As Your Friend

I had found these old, falling apart books with these cool images of birds & botanicals at a thrift store ages ago and had thought they would be fun at Hawthorne in some way.  This is where double stick tape, a staple in my design/display arsenal always comes in handy. Framing this many would have been a bloody fortune and we were not 100% sure we would want to use them in these spots forever.  I know some folks wince at using pages from old books, but the joy in using/seeing them to me far outweighs them falling out of the book stuck in a drawer not being enjoyed.  A quick artful yet random scattering of the images and a sort of ‘wallpaper’ wall is created.  Cheers to double stick tape!



 

 

Vintage Cufflinks at Watson Kennedy 

During our travels we love to find and add vintage cufflinks to our assortment at the shops.  Appealing to both men & women, they are the finishing touch to an outfit that just spiffs it up immeasurably.

Often they are composed of vintage coins.  Other times buttons, or watch faces, even dice. They can be a tad ‘Old-School’ which I quite like.  Making memorable gifts for many occasions, or just because.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 77

Use small vintage plates or bowls that are no longer part of a larger set, as little dishes to hold a variety of things–like cherry tomatoes with sea salt, change from your pocket, or your keys. They can be incredibly beautiful so prolong their life and enjoy these solo gems.



 

 

A Season Ending Supper Table

This is a story of tradition, a table setting and saying farewell to our lovely, lovely Summer.

The dahlias just so perfect from the Market on Saturday I about shed a tear as they were being wrapped up.  They would be just the right colors as we say good-bye to Summmaaa and welcome in Autumn.  The red bowls a Christmas gift from last year that we have used time and again and adore.


Then the red Laguoile silverware, napkins in a vintage Lucite ring, a heavy French wine glass had the table set and ready for the fun stuff.


Part of my collection of number 11 pool balls would be called into action as well as dominos and a matchstriker plus 11 plates from the shops from ages ago along with a few other random red things.  All stuff that makes us happy plus it pulls from the colors of the dahlias so it brings it all together.  We were set to have our season ending meal with dearest of friends who we have a 10+ year tradition of sharing an alfresco supper with at WestWard during the sunny season.



 

 

Surprise Balls Are Back!

Happy to report that a big box of surprise balls arrived the other day.  We were without them for awhile and I really missed them.  These really are just joyous little things.  The lovely woman who made them for me had all sorts of cool stuff she added herself + I sent her a bunch of vintage ephemera from the shops, so they are filled with goodness.  Each includes a shiny new penny for good luck too.  Whether a party favor, place setting treat, or just a fun little gift, these surprise balls are equally sweet for any age.  We sell them as much to adults as we do kids.  Happy to create custom versions too, if you are ever in the market for truly one of a kind treats for a festive party or large gathering.
Happy Saturday everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 70

White plates, both vintage & new, make it simple to start a collection as they are readily available at flea markets, antique malls and tag sales.  The simplicity and slight variation of designs mix together easily, so you can host a dinner or gathering in a snap.  



 

 

A New Shipment of Hotel Silver Has Arrived

A new shipment of vintage English hotel silver bowls arrived the other day. From the 1940’s to 60’s, these pieces have lived quite a life already. They have been given a second life while being re-silvered and look awesome with a fresh coat. This makes them food-safe, so they are meant to used & enjoyed. Perfectly chic filled with a host of things like nuts and dips and crackers for the cocktail hour. Lovely with a flower floating in it. And my true test of an object is they look divine with nothing in them at all gracing a coffee table or kitchen counter. For information on any of the pieces, always feel free to give us a ring at the shop at 800.991.9361 or shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com

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A Table for Two, or Many

20160531-055105.jpg Our ritual of bringing the dining table outside for the warm months happened yesterday. Out comes a little table we have up in the shed that replaces it inside and the long zinc model becomes al fresco central. I write about this as outside dining is such a lovely thing in my book. We are always looking for ways to enjoy a meal in the sun or as the sun goes down, be it a picnic or full-on, table set meal. Rather than have a table outside part of the year in the rain, we like the idea that it is our ‘everyday’ dining table. Where is this post going, you ask? It really is just a reminder to us all to grab a spot in the breeze and take a few moments, many really, and enjoy the heck out of a meal outside. There are lots of ways to do it, I just thought I would share ours that we enjoy so much. That table for two last eve will be filled with many friends this Summer sharing a meal, creating wonderful memories.

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The first batch of notes/letters arrived on Saturday. Major happiness. I sat in my favorite chair by the fire at WestWard last night after dinner and read through them. You have no idea–well, that is silly, I think you probably do–how much I enjoyed reading them. From Arizona, to Kansas, Florida, D.C. and many points in between, what a joy. Loved it! Keep them coming. Thank you SO much!!!



 

 

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.