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More of the Fab Kips Bay

20120531-065209.jpg I thought the Kips Bay Decorator Show House warranted a 2 day tour, as there is just so much beauty & detail to soak in. Here is more of all that good stuff.











20120531-071435.jpg Special thanks to the kind folks at Kips Bay for letting us take photos so we could all share how special the 2 homes turned out. To the host of designers who created such magical spaces, it was a delight to meet so many of you and chat a bit. Bunny Williams, Brian McCarthy, David Kleinberg, Thom Filicia, Charlotte Moss, Jamie Drake, Bryant Keller, Alexa Hampton, Todd Alexander Romano and many more thank you so much for all the design inspiration!



Kips Bay Show House

20120530-070703.jpg As promised last week, I thought a post about the 40th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House would be a fun mid-week visual tour. I am still buzzing from all the exciting things we did, and all the cool folks I met at the Blogfest on Design that I attended last week in New York. It all started off at the Kips Bay House. The 2 penthouses were at The Aldyn on Riverside Boulevard, overlooking The Hudson River. Since I was a young kid interested in design, I have read about Kips Bay, so it was such a treat to go, and meet many of the designers who put the rooms together. As in most show houses, ideas abound. Here is what caught my attention and my eye.










More tomorrow…



Vintage Knives

20120529-081714.jpg One thing I am always on the hunt for when out & about shopping is vintage knives. A mixed assortment of bone, mother of pearl, Bakelite, horn–any or all catch my eye. I found quite a few on this last buying adventure. I like to put out a variety of them when we serve cheese. They are also grand next to spreads, as well. The vintage knives are also quite nifty as letter openers too. The vintage beauty gracing your desk while not in use. At the Watson Kennedy shops we often times display them standing upright in clear glassware, so you can admire the variety and gloriousness of the handles.




Porch Living

20120528-080042.jpg I thought the book ‘Porch Living’ seemed like the right fit for a Memorial Day post, and a kick-off to Summer.

20120528-080311.jpg Written by James T. Farmer III, a Southern gentleman with a landscape & interiors background, he captures the essence of a relaxed porch living style.


20120528-081719.jpg He shows stylish ways to make the porch a very livable space, by setting up the room much as you would a sitting area in your living room.



20120528-082159.jpg It is also filled with many sumptuous table settings, as no porch would be complete without room to dine and savor a beverage. As well as dream away a breezy, Summer afternoon.



A Swedish Proverb

20120527-091233.jpg A little Swedish wisdom to ponder as we begin our Sunday.

A happy Memorial Day week-end to all!



The Meaning of Roses

20120526-055157.jpg Yellow roses to be exact. 3 varieties of 700 yellow roses to be even more exact. My day yesterday was filled with them. You all know I was heaven. Any day I can be messing around with flowers is a very good day. Thank goodness she chose roses over tulips, as the 90 degree Midwest weather would have just eaten up my beloved tulip. The roses on the other hand–they are a hearty stock. This is the wedding of my brother’s daughter, Sarah. She is the first of his 4 children to be married. She takes after her Uncle, and is quite organized, a list maker, knows what she likes, and is a ‘make it happen’ soul. She scoffed at the idea of a wedding planner, and has organized this wedding down to the last minute detail. We have been texting each other for the last year, going over tons of the details. I offered to do the flowers for her, and that is where the yellow rose story comes in. I am of the mindset that sticking with one type of flower really makes a strong visual impact, and is much less complicated to work with if you are not engaging the services of a florist or floral designer. She liked the idea, so roses it would be. She chose 3 varieties, had them delivered early, and they have opened to near perfection. I wanted it to feel like we just walked out to the garden and clipped them on a warm day. Choosing a few varieties in the same color also adds a bit of visual interest, as they all open a bit differently. A quick Google and I was happy to see that they represent joy, gladness, and the promise of a new beginning. Right on mark for the day.



The New Traditionalists

20120525-082001.jpg Throwing a good party is an art form. And I am talking a good party, not an average party. The closing event for the Blogfest on Design I attend the past few days in New York, was in the showroom of The New Traditionalists. These gents know how to throw a party. Smartly dressed folks, swell drinks, hearty food, just the right music–and the stage was set for a festive evening. It has been the only party I have ever attended that served fried chicken presented on oversized wood cutting boards. Creative indeed. The party took place around all the beautiful pieces they create, that are designed in New York and manufactured in New England. The parting treat was a muslin bag which included matches (which you know I love) as well as a handkerchief. The spot-on finishing touch to a pretty darn perfect party.




TKW Blog Celebrates One Year Today!

20120524-054327.jpg Oh my stars, the whirlwind week in New York comes to a close early this morning, as we head to Chicago for our niece’s wedding week-end.

It has been a year to the day that I began this blog. It has brought me such joy–to begin each day writing a post about all the things in life that bring me happiness & a smile to my face. I thank each of you who join me. I look so forward to many more years of traveling this journey of life with all of you.

Sending many thanks and much, much love, TKW



A Full Day of Design

20120523-074759.jpg It is another early start this morning with a full day & evening on this last day of the Blogfest on Design. I will write a lengthier posts about the events next week, so please excuse the brevity. The day yesterday began at the Hearst building, with meeting the editors of the above 3 publications. It was a lovely event. The peonies are just bursting in the above vase.

20120523-075234.jpg It was then onto the Elle Decor show house, which was incredibly visual and creative.

20120523-075341.jpg Then we were off to a yummy lunch in the Kravet showroom in the D&D Building. It is the Decoration and Design center for New York. We were then treated to a marvelous presentation by the talented Alexa Hampton. She and I chatted before she spoke. What a lovely, lovely gal.

20120523-075844.jpg After perusing design showrooms, with one of my favorite being Brunschwig & Fils, we were on to Baccarat and a glass of champagne with a view of the city. It was such a fun day!



Blogfest on Design

20120522-062318.jpg It was a very exciting late afternoon as the Blogfest on Design event began. Margaret Russell of Architectural Digest welcomed us to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, and stressed how much she and her magazine rely on design blogs for information, ideas & inspiration. We toured the 2 amazing penthouses, that were stunningly put together by some of New York’s top designers.

20120522-062956.jpg I took tons of photos to share, but am up early for an all-day event, so will post a lengthy Kips Bay update next week when we are back in Seattle. But I did want to share my favorite part. A room was done in homage to the late Albert Hadley, whom I hold in the highest regard. The silver frame holding his photo on a side table, was just the perfect touch.

20120522-063411.jpg Being a famous lover of gin, no wonder I adored him so much, an all-gin bar was set on a console. That brought a huge smile to my face.

20120522-063617.jpg And the parting gift from Margaret Russell was this “Don’t Forget” pad that Mister Hadley was so well known for using. It could not of been a better touch.

20120522-063844.jpg It is also TPS’s 50th birthday today! He is spending the day with his parents in Montclair, then we are having dinner, just the 2 of us, with Bailey, of course, tonight. A perfect birthday day.