Bits & Pieces

February 7, 2014

20140207-081726.jpg We are awaiting the arrival of a large crate of things we had shipped from Seattle to Ghent. Was to have arrived Wednesday, then Thursday, now today. The snow has played a bit of a trick on deliveries. Fingers crossed. We are both so excited to have some of our existing ‘things’ here, and really feel like it will be the big layer that starts making our farmhouse into our home away from home. I/we find such comfort in our books, artwork and various other pieces that having them at Hawthorne will really make this whole experience even more real. We still sometimes feel like we are in a bit of a dream, as this is something we thought about/dreamed about/worked towards, for more than 20+ years. I thought I would share some of the things we brought with us on the plane, had shipped here directly, or have found on this visit. The above L.L. Bean bag is always stuffed with stuff on each plane ride. Things we bring with us and then things we find for the shops that fly back to Seattle with us. I sometimes call myself a professional schlepper.

20140207-082913.jpg We spotted this hay trolley at a shop in Hudson in October. Such a cool sculptural industrial piece. TPS had Bill pick it up for us and it was here waiting as a surprise.

20140207-083147.jpg The ficus trees and the vintage ginger jar lamps I wrote about last week but wanted to include again, as they have been so thoroughly enjoyed on the sun porch this trip.

20140207-083334.jpg We bought these Hermes hand towels on a trip to France and were waiting for just the right time/spot for them. The only non-green centric room is the guest bathroom that has white small tiles on the floor with blue round tiles set about. These finally found a home.


20140207-083744.jpg Bailey has rarely found a rug she does not like to nap on. One Kings Lane has been an amazing source for finding rugs for Hawthorne. We have scattered them here and there for pops of color & pattern, while also creating warm underfoot.

20140207-084026.jpg I bring a different shade of green Glassybaby each trip. I like the idea of adding to the collection each visit. A little Seattle at Hawthorne!

20140207-084232.jpg We have found some really handsome vintage mirrors. This one is going to live in the living room. We think.

20140207-084408.jpg A happy accident. I bought this from One Kings Lane. A larger size was sent. Bailey took right to it. All snuggled up with her Lamb Chop toy that was a gift from Auntie Pam. This bed ends up working perfectly in the guest room for when guests bring their pooch. Our friend Cara visited last week and Stella settled right into the bed.

20140207-084837.jpg Having the hardest time finding the ‘just right’ side tables for each twin bed in the guest room. These green French chairs from One Kings Lane will have to do for the moment.


20140207-085159.jpg The top English, the bottom French plates were scored while shopping with our friends Camilla & Peg, who came for a visit from Seattle, at shops in Hudson last Saturday.

20140207-085440.jpg The egg tray, which we sell a very similar one at Watson Kennedy, I picked up on that same Hudson shopping excursion. We do our darndest to support the local shops we enjoy. At this early hour and without my coffee kicking in, I am completely spacing the name of this fab kitchen shop. I will write about it on another visit for sure.

20140207-085842.jpg Our friend Cara brought many special gifts, but this 100 year old chair from her cabin in Southold where we have spent so many memorable days, is a lovely reminder of those times. At some point we will have the seat worked on, but we think it is kind of dreamy, and old, and crusty, and perfect just the way it is. Kind of like our memories of the cabin on Peconic Bay that we hold so dear.

20140207-090330.jpg All the above helping to fill up our 1920 farmhouse with things we love and make each time here memorable.