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Zinnias with Carrot Greens

Flower Friday brings a colorful bunch of zinnias mixed in with the greens of carrot tops. I am a big fan of mixing zinnias with overflowing late Summer herbs, such as rosemary. It speaks of the season to me and I quite like the contrast between the two. But I was having no luck finding rosemary at the farmers market on Saturday. I walked by a booth and one of the women working was helping a customer with a big bunch of carrots. She asked her if she wanted the long luscious carrot top greens or if she should snap them off. The customer passed on the greens and I swooped in and said, “I’ll take those if you are just going to toss them” and she kindly passed me the bundle. Done! These would work swimmingly in place of the rosemary. The leaves such a vibrant green and just so darn pretty. They got tucked here & there in the vase and the zinnias placed in around all that green goodness.



 

 

New Sid Dickens at WK

Just In, the latest memory block tiles by Vancouver, B.C. artist Sid Dickens. During the course of the year he adds to the collection and retires others. Above some of his latest that arrived the other day. We have carried his work since day one. I love how versatile the pieces can be. One or many. Prop one up in a bookcase, lay one flat on a coffee table, choose a grouping to go up on the wall.



 

 

The Front Sunporch at Hawthorne

The front sunporch at Hawthorne was a major selling point when we bought the house, oh my gosh, now 6 years ago. Walking into it that first time, I felt transported. My heart rate felt like it dropped by several beats as I instantly felt more relaxed once crossing the threshold. Scott, the previous owner had completely redone the space, finding old windows to wrap around the room and engulf it in sunlight. We gave it all a fresh coat of paint and furnished it with a comfy down-filled sofa and ottoman on one end. An assortment of chairs over the last few years has filled the other end. Recently we found a green wicker set that completely fits the space to a T, or make that an H! Matching consoles on each side of the French doors that take you into the living room we made identical–with a lamp, candelabra and papier-mâché ficus tree. We love this room year round, but on a hot humid August Hudson Valley Summer day, it is one of my very favorite places to be.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 214

As Summer progresses look for amazing deals on flowering plants, like these geraniums, at garden centers and farmers market stalls. The vendors are clearing their stock, always happy to have you take them off their hands to enjoy the heck out of them. They add an instant jolt of happiness as they are flowering and are as sweet as can be.



 

 

A Front Door

Lots and lots of work happened at Little Hawthorne since our last stay. After breakfast yesterday morning we walked over to check out all the progress. To say we are over the moon would be a slight understatement. It is turning out just as we had planned. The sweet little house is getting spiffed up. I was so tuckered out from doing the show in the city for a few days I only clicked the below photo. Will create a post next week and show you the progress. But I wanted to show you how we had the front porch and door redone to somewhat mimic that of the other house. Our overall goal has been to try and make both houses seem like family, that there is a relation between the two. That the property and houses mesh and make sense together. The front door and entry was our starting point as they are so often a focal point and first impression as you enter into a home.



 

 

NY NOW & Shoppe Object

This was the view looking out of the oversized windows at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side yesterday morning at Shoppe Object, the first show I walked on the beginning of this buying trip in New York. It is a spin-off of the big show at Javitz. Found some fun things then hopped in a cab with my friend CoCo (who is here buying for her store in Portland too) and headed to the convention center for the beginning of a long, busy, eyes & head super full of visuals for the day. I did not click away much as I was pretty in the zone. A bit of the zen of buying. Found so much goodness. For me it is all like a puzzle. How will what I buy new fit with what we already have? How will I display it? Does it tell a story? Does it make my heart sing? All of this is swirling around my head as my eyes are landing on product. Is this something we will buy just once or will it become a perennial WK classic? What ship date should it arrive? Do I buy lots of it right out of the gate or try a little to see how it does? Is this seasonal or will we stock it year round? All shopkeepers have their own method. I certainly have mine. I love the process. It is the thrill of the hunt, looking for special needles in the vast haystacks, putting it all together to create a story–both emotional and visual. Tremendous thought, love and care goes into each and every decision, each and every purchase. By the end of the day I am pretty whupped, but invigorated at the same time. Another full day awaits at the show today. As always, merci for following along!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I keep clicking away. The list grows for new things going to be added to the updated website. You all are getting a sneak peek all along the way…



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I use an app called Pic Stitch to create groupings for Instagram. So I thought today that same grouping would be My Favorite Things Today. I am spending part of each of my days at the shops snapping away goods for the updated WK website. Our goal is a launch on November 1st. Many, many little details & tasks to be completed before then. Always a delight to have you along for the journey… X, T



 

 

Sunday Supper and Dancing Dahlias

The white dahlias looked too good to pass up at the Market, so they set the theme for the Sunday supper table last week-end. They danced down the middle of the table in low clear drinking glasses. I cut the stems super short so the heads sat right on the rim. It can make a simple bundle of blooms much more significant. To me they become the focal point of the table. If they were massed together in a vase in the middle, they would be less prominent. These beauties needed to sing! Or dance! Or maybe both. Then it was about pulling a bunch of blue things to pull the table together.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The next few months as I shoot goods for the new WK website will be pretty product steady on the blog as I like to keep you all in the loop. With other social media channels like Instagram or our Edition e-mailed newsletters, I know folks get to see merchandise posts on a fairly consistent basis. It is a bit of a juggle but my goal is to keep everything and everyone who is interested up to date. While the blog posts have always meant to be much more than just what is going on at the shops, I do know there are those that follow along as they like to see ‘what’s new’ on the shelves. Which brings me to My Favorite Things Today.