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A Big Glorious Bunch of Hydrangea

The big bucket of limelight hydrangea on the back porch turning all sorts of glorious autumnal shades bidding us farewell until Christmas Day. Our October stay always a delight. We feel immersed in the change of season and revel in it each day. We head back to Seattle hitting the ground running. A busy, busy season awaits! All sorts of fun stuff planned. Stay tuned.

From Hawthorne. XX, T2+B



 

 

Little Hawthorne

Each day Little Hawthorne gets closer & closer to finishing its refresh. I must say, seeing it almost completed, I have fallen in love with it. The old soul of the house is starting to show itself, which is always a good thing in my book. The refinished hardwood floors gloriously telling a story. The light in the rooms shining from the beautiful paint job throughout emphasizing the lovely proportions. The new crushed stone patio singing in the back of the house with the tall trees swaying about. We will be hosting an Open House this Sunday from 1 to 3 for potential renters. We love the idea of someone being our neighbor and loving the valley and house as much as we do. Be it a full-time home for someone or a weekend place throughout the year for someone from the city. E-mail me at TedKennedyWatson@WatsonKennedy.com for more details about terms and pricing. I can’t help but hum, while changing the words ever so slightly, “Won’t you please, won’t you please, please won’t you be our neighbor.”



 

 

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.



 

 

Bartlett House Beauties

Snapped this on our way up the stairs to enjoy breakfast at Bartlett House yesterday morning. They have the prettiest little garden where you park your car and walk up to the restaurant. We sat outside on the covered porch which enabled us to enjoy all the blooms while we savored our meal. Sending tons of love from the Hudson Valley on this Flower Friday. Hope this August week-end is lovely for you in every way. X, T



 

 

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.



 

 

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.



 

 

The View From Little Hawthorne

I snapped this photo from the driveway of Little Hawthorne this frigid and oh so glorious Hudson Valley morning after we were meeting with a contractor. The meaning of this trip is to get the wheels churning on all sorts of ideas swimming around our heads. We have a bunch of meetings set up with folks who specialize in all sorts of creative endeavors, be it farming to building. It is also a stay to have this all really sink in. We finalized and bought this house and land while we were in Seattle, so it did not really feel real until we were here and inside the house and walking the land. This is a much different story than almost six years ago when we bought Hawthorne–the house had been meticulously restored. Little Hawthorne is a project just waiting for us to make up our minds on a host of ideas and then switch the ‘on’ button. We are making sure to go about this methodically and to savor the process. It is so easy to jump into things and not be fully present along the way. We want to enjoy the heck out of this journey. The next chapter begins…



 

 

Autumn In New York

As the song goes, “Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?” As we bid adieu to our beloved Hawthorne until we arrive back on Christmas Day, this stay was relaxing and revivifying all at the same time. The carpet of leaves surrounding the house got thicker & thicker each day. It was about resting up for the busy shopkeeper season that is upon us. But we also squeezed in a good amount of entertaining both family and friends. The days were cool and the leaves changed colors a bit each day. It was all we had hoped it would be and then some. Thanks always for following along.



 

 

Corn Dutch Baby

This Wine & Dine Wednesday brings a savory fresh corn right off the cob Dutch baby. I have written in the past about making a sweet version of this with blueberries and syrup. The corn has been crazy good and plentiful this Hudson Valley stay so I thought, why not? I studded it with a few spoonful dollops of a soft cheese right when it came out of the oven to make it even more savory, but is not necessary as it is pretty darn tasty just as it is. Sauté the corn after you take it off the cob in butter with a good deal of salt so it is nicely seasoned.

A black cast iron pan/skillet from 8 to 12 inches is best, but I have also make one in a non-stick pan and it worked swell. Turn on the oven to heat up to a hot 425 degrees while you mix up this batter. In a good sized bowl add a half of a cup of flour, half of a cup of whole milk, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and an 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt. Mix all together. Don’t worry, fine if a tad lumpy. Set aside.

Then add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the pan/skillet which is on the stovetop on medium high heat. Let the butter melt being sure it is covering the entire interior surface of the bottom of the skillet. Then add the mixture to that. Working quickly, scatter the fresh sautéed corn to the mixture. It is now ready to go into the now quite hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Check at 15 and if it not inflated and brown edged, cook a bit longer. It is the prettiest, puffiest darn thing right when it comes out of the oven (which makes it soufflé like) but will deflated quite quickly (which makes it pancake like) while still so yummy looking. Cut in half or quarters and serve immediately. Enjoy!