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Summer Sunday Supper

Summer out on the island can be pretty heavenly, and we love to share the experience with our friends. Sunday is when we entertain primarily at WestWard. Folks arrive by ferry at 2. Drinks when they arrive along with an assortment of nibbles. It is a lovely way to catch up and relax all at the same time. If the tide is out, a beach walk might happen too. A toast to Bastille Day was in order. The red, white and blue that is the color story at the house right on the mark in honor of the day.

Then Mister Sive heads to the grill to begin preparing the meal. This past Sunday he made fresh pesto before guests arrived. Then he grilled shrimp, salmon and sausages to have atop pesto pasta. I sliced up a big platter of tomatoes, salted them to bring out their juices, then they received a generous amount of aged balsamic. Then right before we sat for the meal I crumbled tons of fresh made on the island goat feta atop the whole thing. The bowls of Rainier cherries on the table could be enjoyed throughout the meal. Dessert was a browned butter olive oil cake our friend Erika had made.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

We have begun work on our new shop website. Incredibly exciting and a tad stressful as it is a busy task filled road until it launches by November 1st. My goal is to have 2500+ goods on the site. This week I began shooting said goods. Here are My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

Pike Place Market Lily Love

Happy Flower Friday all! The flower stalls at the Pike Place Market are brimming with tons of divinely scented lilies at the moment. Always tough to decide which to bring home. Sending you love and a happy July week-end!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 209

To spice things up when wanting to set a creative table, chose one color and run with it. From the flowers to the dinnerware to the linens, use the hue in many forms. Have fun with playing with it all!



 

 

Blue Hydrangea

Flower Friday comes to you from WestWard where we are spending the week. Summer means hydrangea! I love massing a bundle together tightly for the simplest of arrangements. The leaves are so pretty too. Those I float in low bowls for a little natural hit of glorious green.



 

 

Peonies and Tulips

The white peonies from supper the other night were in the final stages of their dance, shedding petals as we were dining. These hot hot pink lovelies caught my eye instantly yesterday. Each day the flower stalls at the Market get thinner and thinner of buckets filled with peony. We are enjoying every chance we get and reveling in their sublime beauty. Here grocery store hothouse tulips saddle up next to them keeping them company. Above supper last night and below breakfast early this morning. Interesting how the light in the room makes the color vary tremendously taken with the camera on my iPhone. A happy Flower Friday everyone!



 

 

A Gift Sparks a Table Setting

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to spark creativity. Be it to paint on a canvas, create a stylish room or set a comfortable table. My friend Kathy drove up from Portland the other day. She brought us the most lovely gift of Italian horn handled flatware from her collection. She knew of our fondness for horn as she has seen me set tables using it over the years. It was the driving force for the table setting last night for supper–I could not wait to cook a meal so we could use it. Celebrating/using/enjoying gifts we receive is of great importance to both of us. So much so for me, it is the business I am in! It honors and pays homage to the giver. The knife and fork set the tone for the table. New square placemats we carry at Watson Kennedy I have been eyeing had to come home with me for this table. English silver salt & pepper shakers, French napkins and horn napkin rings, as well as my favorite dotted glasses, all from WK, got pulled into the mix. Then it was a simple Wednesday night meal at the table with Bailey curled up on her blanket on the floor between us.



 

 

Display Case Day

Display is pretty much a constant at the shops, with each day things getting straightened, added to, and refreshed. Others days mean full on re-do of entire areas, or in the case yesterday, changing up display cases entirely. My friend Kathy drive up from Portland with a carload of vintage goods for me from her collections. The above William Yeoward crystal pieces so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I have long admired both the man and his work and was incredibly sad to hear of his passing a few days ago. This case is an homage to him.

Preppy goods are always near & dear to my heart. This case a nod to my friend Lisa Birnbach and her Official Preppy Handbook. Think tennis racket corkscrews and golf putter bottle openers. The below a gathering of John Derian works honoring his whimsical decoupage pieces. They always look so great massed together telling a visual story. Cases do just that.



 

 

the SHOPKEEPERS, Watson Kennedy

Honored to be chosen for the list of shops from around the globe which are highlighted on the SHOPKEEPERS click here. With a tag line of, Featuring The World’s Best Shops, I of course am over the moon to be added to the list. The site is a fabulous resource when traveling.

“Strolling through a town or a neighborhood, stopping for coffee and visiting shops unique to that destination. How sad would our villages, towns, and cities be without independent shops to add variety and individuality to our travels? I believe that independent shops are an integral part of our lives, whether local or faraway, they add vibrancy and community.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 207

At this abundant flowery time of year, if you have a garden overflowing, sharing is always a great idea. Friends without yards can be the happy recipients. Blooms make the best ‘just because’ gifts.