Fun News to Begin the New Year

You all have been such a lovely part of our Hawthorne story, from the very beginning. Yesterday a new chapter begins. Our 1920 farmhouse was originally part of a farm way back when. The neighbor next door actually grew up in our house, then living in the house next door to us. We got to know her and her husband and were quite fond of them. In the last few years, they both passed. Hawthorne was on a small parcel of land right in the middle of what was the original farm. Our fun news is we bought the rest of the land (10 acres, along with our 1, making it a magic 11, a number you know near & dear to my heart) along with their house. We are pretty over the moon and dreaming of all the possibilities. I am daydreaming flower farm, while Mister Sive an orchard. The above photo, which I shot for Pottery Barn a few years back, you can see the outline of the fence, next to the pond. Oh yes, we now have a glorious pond! We are dubbing the new house, Little Hawthorne. Built in the 50’s, it is as solid as a rock and we are psyched about fixing it up. It will be a charming guest house, as well as be part of the Airbnb family when we are not there. Cheers to the next chapter of Hawthorne! Thanks for following along. X, T2+B



 

 

Fluttery Orange Parrot Tulips For The Win

The entry hall could not have been happier. The first of the season orange parrot tulips just shouting at me from the buckets at the Alm Hill Gardens stall at the Market last Saturday morning. Pick me, pick me! But, of course, they knew I would. Happy Flower Friday all. Hope your weekend is grand.



 

 

A Valentine Table

And just like that, any remaining Holiday goods go away and Valentine appears. Today the windows get a re-do. The plaid red & green becomes pink & green. My preppy is showing again! Things are looking quite pink and red around here. Always fun, a few non-stop display days to give everything a refresh. Rainy outside but sunny inside. Happy Thursday everyone!



 

 

Honoring The Meal

Setting the table and taking time to savor the meal, honors the ritual. If even take-out is on the menu–in this case it was pizza being delivered. The white tulips a gift from John at WK in honor of my mom, which was so kind, they became the start of the theme. A vintage Wedgwood vessel would hold them setting the creamy white tone for the rest of the table. Votive candles were lit and we were off and running.



 

 

Valentine Collage Workshop with Denise Fiedler at WK

SO excited to announce once again we will be offering, Valentine Collage Workshops with acclaimed artist Denise Fiedler of paste from San Francisco {Saturday, the 9th of February} Two workshops this year, either 10 to 12:30 or 2 to 4:30. We added a second as we sold out so quickly last year.

Learn the basics of collage technique, where you will design and make valentines cards! Bring any photographs you may want to include. For those who joined us last year, lots of fun new stuff to learn too!

Space is limited to the first 40 folks who sign up and pay by contacting Ted directly at 206.617.9678. Spots are coveted so if this is of interest, call to reserve your spot. Price is $95 which includes all supplies for the workshop. You will also receive a 25% discount on your Watson Kennedy shopping that day.

It is also our Valentine Open House too, so come for a glass of bubbly after the workshop. Hope you can join us for the creativity & fun!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 184

Vintage platters are a swell thing to collect. Utilitarian as all get out, they can be used in a host of ways. They stack neatly as not to take up lots of room, plus they are pleasing to the eye.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

The Gloriousness of a Handwritten Note

Thursday, our first day back to Seattle, I spent part of the day at my desk in the shop office going through mail. The above gem made my day. Little beats a handwritten note. So my thought for all of us this weekend is to make someone’s day. Sit for a few minutes, or maybe more, and hand write someone you know a note. I love the idea thinking all of us will be doing this mannerly, kind gesture as a collective group. Cheers to thoughtfulness & kindness!



 

 

Blooming Hyacinth Bulbs

Flower Friday brings us a forced hyacinth bulb that sent us off with a flourish the other day from Hawthorne as we headed to Seattle. Access to flowers in the country is not the easiest, so I get creative as all get out at the grocery store. At this stage in the game, I really relish the challenge of keeping the house in blooms while we are there. Flowers are like food to me. They feed my soul, being constant inspiration while bringing tons of joy. I was over the moon when I spotted these clear bulb vases already filled with a bulb. To me seeing the roots can be equally beautiful to the blooms. So in this case, the clear container could not have been more perfect. First we had them on the dining table, then I dotted the blooms around the house. Bits of the Spring ahead on those chilly, chilly Hudson Valley days. Have a lovely January weekend everyone!



 

 

An Anniversary and A Painting

The portraits by our friend, photographer Richard Beaven for a show in honor of the bicentennial of Ghent, New York. 275 residents were chosen to be part of the exhibit called All of Us, shot in their home environs. Thought it fitting to post these as Tuesday was our 31st anniversary. Just typing that makes me think, “Who are those people?!” Time really does whiz by. All kidding aside, we feel incredibly fortunate and always celebrate the day looking back on the years. As well as give each other a piece of art. I have written much about this over the years but for those new readers, this has been our tradition since anniversary number one. It is a collection among our many collections that brings us the most happiness. The art surrounds our lives each day and we are able to enjoy the works at random moments. To me, that is the thing about collected treasured objects, they tell your story. They are a reminder of your past. The below my gift to TPS, a painting by Connecticut artist Karen Kellogg. We sell her work at Watson Kennedy. Last year I was able to go to her studio and spotted this piece the moment I walked in. It had Hawthorne written all over it!