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A Table For Two, West Coast Version

We are drawn to water and dining outside. Last week it was at the long picnic table across from the pond, last night it was at the zinc topped table on the deck looking out to Colvos Passage. This time of year we grab any chance we can to dine alfresco. It was interesting as someone posted on social media how lovely that we still set the table when it is just the two of us. Oh my yes, we must honor the meal! Always. I even set the table when we have a quick breakfast of oatmeal. A lovely napkin, flowers, a few objects–they all elevate the experience. Even if it is the simplest of meals. Truly can’t recommend it enough. On the menu, catfish that I topped with warm chèvre & olives. Bailey snoozing away on her pillow next to us. By the time we had supper the boat traffic had slowed to just a few so the water was quite calm. The red geraniums dictated the theme for the table. As a purist, this by no means was the end of Summer. We still have three weeks of it left and we are going to enjoy every drop of it.

Sending many safe thoughts to any of my readers in the path of hurricane Dorian. We are thinking of you…



 

 

Happy Geraniums

On this the last week-end of August as we head to Labor Day, Flower Friday is a happy pair of geraniums that greeted us as we returned to Seattle Wednesday eve. Flowers and plants are like water to me, I need them to survive. They nourish my soul. A big thanks to Steven who has so beautifully taken care of our city home for close to 20 years. Such a huge treat to return having everything so spiffy. The flowering geraniums made my heart sing. I just had to share. Have a lovely few days everyone! X, Ted



 

 

A Table For Two

Actually make that a table for three, as Bailey slept on a blanket curled up next to me on the bench. But you get the picture. We are grabbing every chance we can to dine outside, savoring every moment of this divine season called Summer. We had a busy week-end of entertaining so it was relaxing having the meal outside be just us, having leftovers. Yep, even leftovers deserve setting a table. The view to the pond cleared up since we acquired the property along with Little Hawthorne. It sits in a wetlands area that we are going to foster naturally, allowing all sorts of divine creatures to thrive. It is a view we have longed for and take every chance we can to enjoy. The crickets, cicadas and an occasional frog the music for the evening. The big galvanized bucket we found a pair of at Brimfield awhile back. Completely forgot we had bought these big pots of geraniums on our last stay, so they were a pleasant surprise to me when we arrived. The pink blooms adding to all that green happiness as the sun set and the flicker of the candles set the relaxing tone as the eve slipped away.



 

 

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.



 

 

Pots of Geraniums

The marine layer yesterday early morning over Colvos Passage was pretty magical. The red geraniums seeming even more ‘red’ if that is even possible. They just had to be our Flower Friday blooms this week. Have a lovely, lovely first June week-end everyone! X, T



 

 

Red Geraniums Set The Tone

The Sunday supper table was all awash in red. Our geranium collection grows, as TPS keeps planting away. Our friend Peg gave us this cool vintage white kitchen pot for Christmas. Beyond usage for cooking, I know she knew we would give it new life. I punctured holes in the bottom for water drainage and off we went. It became the the main feature of the table, really setting the tone. Then it was pulling all sorts of red things to pull it all together. The super long cutting board adding a bit of earthy light brown, playing nicely with the bamboo handles of the silverware. Steak and scallops were on the menu. I found a new red we quite liked that I will write about tomorrow. Then it was lighting a few candles and were set.



 

 

Tulips and a Geranium

Flower Friday brings fluttery creamy tulips with bold hits of green running about. They were in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Along with a leggy scented geranium that was a lovely gift. They brighten up the end of the dining table. Have an exquisite first week-end of Spring everyone!



 

 

Geranium Plates by Bordallo Pinheiro

Just In, whimsically beautiful geranium leaf plates at Watson Kennedy. Pleased as punch to announce the arrival of our latest order of Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal. Since 1884, they have been creating cherished heirloom quality tableware to be enjoyed through the generations. We have carried bits & pieces over the years but my fondness and admiration has grown as we use it in our own homes and love it so much. So look for more and more than of it showing up on our shop shelves and vignettes in the coming months.



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums

Bundles of single stems and potted paper geraniums by Livia Cetti from New York arrived at the shops recently. Her work is exquisite, the detail work of the painting of the leaves quite something. The petal of the blooms hard to tell they are not real. I knew some would have to come home with me. We have been so smitten with the jasmine that has been growing through a small crack in our living room window I wanted to recreate it in a few other windows in the apartment. The geranium stems would be just the ticket. The potted plant on the bar in the kitchen finding a happy home as a real one would not get enough sun. No watering required! Livia’s work makes me supremely happy. Whether a single stem or many, they can’t help but make you smile. Both shops have a lovely variety.



 

 

Livia Cetti Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us the magical paper flower creations of artist Livia Cetti. I had been a fan long before we started carrying her work at Watson Kennedy. Her potted geranium one of the first things we bought for Hawthorne. Her single stem geraniums hold a special place in my heart, so they are the first thing that came to mind when wanting to play with the window behind the dining table at The Gainsborough. I liked the idea that they were growing up through the shutters. We could not have been happier with the outcome. Flower power all the way! Above a shot from the cocktail party we hosted a few weeks ago and below a simple week-day supper we enjoyed with a friend visiting from Charleston the other day.