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Dancing Tulips & Geraniums

Flower Friday is a combination of tulips from Alm Hill Gardens on the dining table and paper geraniums from Livia Cetti that we sell at WK seeming to grow out of the shutters at The Gainsborough. The combo making for a happy situation happening at the apartment. While rain has been on the menu in Seattle and oh my gosh, snow in other parts of the country, I am determined to make it feel like Spring inside. Flowers can do just that! A lovely, lovely week-end ahead for all of you in your corner of the world. X, T



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.



Flowers & Mom

Thought it fitting that on May Day one of the front windows was transformed into an ode to flowers as well as upcoming Mother’s Day.

With musical roses strewn about the goods, the window started to take shape. The Livia Cetti potted paper geranium center stage along with a dreamy Hugo Guinness stems of geraniums linoleum cut print. Two happy Mindy Carpenter flower bouquets flanking the duo pulled the whole thing together. Then lots and lots of treat ideas for mom. 



Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums 

We hit the ground running as we returned to Seattle late Wednesday eve and I headed to the First & Spring shop early to begin dismantling the Holiday windows and create new ones for the upcoming holiday of love. We always put out Valentine goods as soon as possible in the new year as I really like promoting the whole idea of celebrating friendship & love and this heart holiday has been a personal favorite since I was a child. Which brings me to our Flower Friday pick of the week, the stunning paper geraniums we carry from uber talented New York artist, Livia Cetti. Another round of her work arrived in December and it is a happy day when the delivery driver brings in that perfectly packed box of goodness. A few potted geraniums arrived in this order as well as a large variety of other single stem blooms–like dahlias, garden roses & peonies. Her work creating these flowers is quite something. But the geraniums speak to me in a big way as you know of my fondness for them. They brought the whole window together the moment we started adding them to the display.



A Candle, A Clematis, A Salt Cellar

Still new goodies arriving/being put out on the floor each day, which helps tremendously when a section of something sells out. Ahhhh, the retail puzzle. This time of year is when it is most complex as it happens often, and you must act quickly to fill empty spots when they occur. Yesterday was no exception, where candle stock was refreshed, new Livia Cetti paper flowers arrived, and vintage salt cellars we found at Brimfield in September were unearthed. Keeping shop displays looking fresh is an ongoing task, one we relish and enjoy immensely–all part of the mix, all part of the puzzle.



Our Beloved Hawthorne At Home on

Over the moon pleased to announce that the At Home video with Susanna Salk on the Quintessence blog by Stacey Bewkes is now up. Head on over and check it out if you please. It is such a lovely reminder of an incredibly gorgeous October Hudson Valley day.  It snowed a bit this morning in Seattle so it was fun to see the video where it was so sunny and the leaves falling about from the trees.  I think you might remember me writing about this a few months back. It had been pretty cool most of our stay and a bit rainy.  I was crossing my fingers big time for a pretty day as I was setting the long picnic table outside the back porch for a meal.  Well, I got what I was hoping for in spades.  It was a gloriously sunny day.  Actually hot, as it hit 82 degrees.  I mention this as my shirt remained untucked throughout the video as I was running a tad warm.  Also funny Bailey sidenote. TPS was away the day this was shot, visiting his brothers. Bailey would not stop barking in several of the shots so I held her a bunch, hence me holding her to keep her quiet.  Just funny little behind the scenes details–I could not be happier with how it all turned out. Stacey & Susanna are real pros and put it all together so wonderfully from start to finish of this entire project.  Cheers to them! Thanks to Benjamin Moore paints for sponsoring all the greens throughout the house on the walls. Juliska for all those beyond gorgeous plates and glassware on the outside table and to Dunes and Duchess for getting the 2 big green candelabras made for us so quickly and so beautifully.  Cheers to the Hudson Valley!

Click here to watch the Hawthorne house tour video.



Livia Cetti Geraniums

Flower Friday is not about a live bloom but rather the equisite paper flowers by artist Livia Cetti.  Another round of artfully packed stems arrived the other day at the Home store, with the geraniums making my heart sing when all placed together in a duo of glass vessels. After these shots set amongst all the vintage hotel silver, they were placed around the shop as single stems to be enjoyed by all at every little turn.  



A Hawthorne Geranium

Flower Friday is a tad different today because it is not about a live flower or plant, but rather an exquisite paper plant.  I have written in the past of the artistry of New York artist, Livia Cetti.  Her work and the detail it entails is really quite something.  A new addition showed up at the house yesterday, finding a place of honor on the front table in the living room.  Live plants to have for the long haul here inside are not really in the cards, as watering them while we are away is an issue. This is where one of her paper flowers or plants comes into play.  We carry a variety of her work at the shops, so I am surrounded by the beauty daily when in Seattle. Fun to have her spirited work at Hawthorne where it has found a happy home amongst all the green.

A lovely, lovely Friday to you as we ease into the week-end…  Ted2+B



The Floral Artistry of Livia Cetti

20150612-073309.jpg I get excited when new things arrive at the shops. You have probably guessed/noticed this from previous posts. Just how I am built. Well, yesterday boxes arrived and I was so excited I could barely contain myself. The work of New York based artist/stylist Livia Cetti is something I have long admired. We have a few of her pieces at Hawthorne and they are some of my very favorite things. She is a master when it comes to creating works of art out of tissue paper and making flowers out of them. These one of a kind handmade flowers are crafted with hand-dyed tissue paper. Our first order arrived at the Home shop, with another coming soon to the 86 Pine shop. Pure happiness created with tissue paper. Style and simplicity.






20150612-074330.jpg Yes, one came home immediately. OK, actually two. One of the geraniums is now living in the kitchen. The above yellow peony living in our bedroom so I can see it the moment I wake up. Her stuff is magical I tell you.

Happy Friday everyone!