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Lilac Love

This Flower Friday brings Hawthorne lilacs that have just started to bloom. When we first got here it was rainy and cold and the blooms looked nowhere ready to bloom. Ah, nature. You can’t rush these things. Then the sun and hot weather presented themselves this second week doing their magic on all the flowers. Viola! Could not be happier these came for a dance before we depart later today. I still am getting used to the idea of just going out to snip away, coming back with a bundle. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have. Happy almost Memorial Day week-end! From the Hudson Valley and soon to be Seattle. T2+B



 

 

A Stay at Hawthorne

We head back to Seattle tomorrow rested & revived from our stay at Hawthorne. As we inch towards Summmaaaa, keep in mind a stay here through Airbnb. It has been such a treat this past year to hear how our guests have enjoyed it–many booking again this year and making it a tradition, which we so love. The Hudson Valley so rich in history with an endless list of things to see & do. And then you get to come back to the house and snuggle in. Light a fire and read on the back porch. Stroll the 11 acres and wander. Sit by the pond. Cook a fabulous meal from farm stand treats you have picked up along the way. Dine out on the picnic table under the stars. Click here for the listing. Certainly contact me if you have any additional questions, I am more than happy to assist.

Happy Thursday everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 202

Sometimes you just need to unplug, unwind, do nothing but look at the sky.



 

 

A Single Extraordinary Tulip

Flower Friday is a single bloom. But oh what impact that single bloom can have. I was lucky to get my hands on a bundle of white Mount Tacoma tulips at the wholesale grower on Tuesday for the Airbnb shoot on Wednesday. I dotted them around the house in vintage single stem containers. Each adding so much to the space they graced. This one in the upstairs bathroom winning the prize. Hope you enjoy the simplicity of it as much as we did.

Hope your week-end is grand! I am off to Trade Secrets in CT tomorrow with my friend Elizabeth. It has become our tradition. It is the Bunny Williams event filled with sublime plants and antiques and is always such a huge treat. Then into the city on Sunday for the stationery show. Monday is my annual pilgrimage to the Kips Bay designer show house and then back up to Hawthorne. X, T



 

 

Hawthorne Airbnb Plus

Airbnb is introducing a new program called, Plus, with design a major factor. We are honored that Hawthorne has been chosen to be part of it. From their site, “Plus is a selection of only the highest quality homes with hosts known for great reviews and attention to detail.” They came and shot the house yesterday. I always love a photo shoot! Our experience with the guests that have rented out the house has been hugely satisfying and meaningful to us. Only being at the house several months a year, we love the idea of others being able to enjoy the specialness of the house & property. Sharing the experience of being here is of great importance to us. Small details bring both of us great joy, and the farmhouse is layer after layer of them. From the soap you wash your hands with, to the linens you use for your meal, to the extra virgin olive oil you use to make a vinaigrette, to the blanket you throw over your legs when you curl up by the fire to read a book, to the artwork on the walls ready to inspire you–all are part of the experience of staying at Hawthorne. I snapped a few photos yesterday while the photographer was shooting away.

If you have never been to the Hudson Valley or have plans to do so, keep Hawthorne in mind. Many of our guests have been blog readers, customers of Watson Kennedy or those who follow along on Instagram. We love sharing our home with those who enjoy all the details and love we have poured into it. Click here for the link.

Happy Thursday all! I hope life is grand in your part of the world.



 

 

Living With Art

Art is such a personal thing. A piece might resonate with you yet do nothing for the next person. That is entirely ok, but I think that is what slows down or in some cases paralyzes a person from buying art. Connecting with a piece of art should be all about you. Or you and your partner/spouse. Take everyone else out of the equation. It will relieve a huge amount of the stress over purchasing a work of art. Then you open your mind to what truly stirs your soul.



 

 

Hardwood Floor Love

This Hawthorne stay has all sorts of facets to it, from R&R to vintage buying for the shops, to a quick city trip for the stationery show, to chipping away on decisions for Little Hawthorne. Top of the list this visit is figuring out what color to have the floors stained. Under super thick shag wall to wall carpeting from what we are guessing was from the 70’s were beautiful hardwood floors. We are major fans of hardwood floors. Whether stained or painted, they are what we have had in our homes since we first met. There is just something about the grains and color variation we both love. Needless to say, we were pretty over the moon when it was figured out these were under all that carpeting. Having the floors refinished will bring them back to life, creating a fine canvas for the rest of the work ahead.



 

 

This and That

Reporting on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Above, check out the travel magazine Virtuoso Life. A Watson Kennedy shout-out in the latest issue. Below, a ‘Top 20 Home Tours of All Time’ over on the Design Sponge blog where Hawthorne nabbed a spot. And finally, after 5 days in bed finally up & about and feeling human again (a saying my dad always used to say) and heading into the shops today. I can’t wait! Thank you for all the kind get well wishes this week. Happy start of Spring!!!



 

 

Reuben Dutch Baby

On this Wine & Dine Wednesday first day of Spring a hearty Reuben Dutch Baby I made at Hawthorne week before last for my hubby. He had just driven back from the city seeing his mom and I wanted to make him a special treat. He loves a Reuben! This recipe is from Bon Appétit magazine, which I read on the airplane going to New York and it stuck with me, so I thought I would give it a go. It did not disappoint and was crazy filling.

4 large eggs, ½ cup milk, room temperature, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 4 ounces coarsely grated Swiss cheese (preferably Jarlsberg), 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami, sauerkraut, salt & pepper

Place a 10″ cast-iron skillet in oven, preheat to 425°. Whisk eggs, milk, and 1 tsp. mustard in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, gradually add flour, whisking until smooth. Season with salt. Stir in half of cheese and ½ tsp. pepper.

Carefully remove preheated skillet from oven and add butter, swirl skillet to coat. Drape half of pastrami into skillet (it’s okay if it bends and folds over itself); season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over. Return skillet to oven and bake until Dutch baby is puffed and golden brown, 12–15 minutes.

Remove skillet from oven and heat broiler. Drape remaining pastrami over Dutch baby; top with remaining 2 oz. cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.

Top with sauerkraut and mustard before serving.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 193

A big cheese platter can be awesome but also overwhelming, both for the host and guests. Try individual platters for your next gathering. Combine cheeses with jams, honey and candied ginger as well as a variety of crackers & bread for a simple and oh so tasty cheese spread.