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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.”



 

 

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.



 

 

A Green Door

Work on Little Hawthorne is progressing each day. Things will look quite a bit different when we arrive in August than they did when we left at the end of May. We get lots of updates from caretaker Bill each week. Our niece Aisling who is studying to get her masters degree has stepped in to help with the exterior painting–a fun summer diversion from school. It is hugely meaningful to have family help on this project while we are away. The main goal has been to try and make the house look like it ‘belongs’ to/with the other house. Not twins but brothers born 30+ years apart. That your eye will look at them both and they relate to one another. First item on the very long list was a new door. We then had it painted the same vibrant green of the door at Hawthorne. Next up was taking down the metal railings that were super dated and we had identical wood railings built to match the other house. Dark green painted steps that are at Hawthorne now mimic those. Lastly, the light fixture will go and a galvanized version like we have at Hawthorne will replace it. Bit by bit, it is all coming together. Looking forward to showing you the inside once we are back. The transformation has been so fun to watch by way of photos. We can’t wait to get back and see it with our own eyes!



 

 

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.



 

 

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…



 

 

Fun News to Begin the New Year

You all have been such a lovely part of our Hawthorne story, from the very beginning. Yesterday a new chapter begins. Our 1920 farmhouse was originally part of a farm way back when. The neighbor next door actually grew up in our house, then living in the house next door to us. We got to know her and her husband and were quite fond of them. In the last few years, they both passed. Hawthorne was on a small parcel of land right in the middle of what was the original farm. Our fun news is we bought the rest of the land (10 acres, along with our 1, making it a magic 11, a number you know near & dear to my heart) along with their house. We are pretty over the moon and dreaming of all the possibilities. I am daydreaming flower farm, while Mister Sive an orchard. The above photo, which I shot for Pottery Barn a few years back, you can see the outline of the fence, next to the pond. Oh yes, we now have a glorious pond! We are dubbing the new house, Little Hawthorne. Built in the 50’s, it is as solid as a rock and we are psyched about fixing it up. It will be a charming guest house, as well as be part of the Airbnb family when we are not there. Cheers to the next chapter of Hawthorne! Thanks for following along. X, T2+B