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Leaf Loveliness

It is that time of year again. The sunny days creating foliage that is just crazy good. TPS clipped back all the leggy scented geraniums yesterday, giving me a vase full of loveliness to take back to town. This is when single stem vases come to the rescue. Each clipping is so darn pretty I want it to shine solo. By dotting then around the apartment we will get a visual hit of beauty at every turn. My idea for this post is not so much about geraniums but about any leafy stems you like that you want to highlight. They last a super long time and can give flowers a run for their money.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 203

With peony season upon us, let those singular beauties shine. Sprinkle them around your home in single stem vases for little hits of happiness here & there.



 

 

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



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 170

Before frost sets in, clip back some of your favorite stems. They will be a fresh hit of green on the upcoming chilly days.



 

 

A Collection of Vintage Bottles

A collection can be really anything. My main thought with a collection is that is makes the collector happy. There is the thrill of the hunt, then there is the elation of living with your finds. Integrating them into your life. Certainly a collection can just live on a shelf and be enjoyed visually. But I like to use our collections in our day to day. This Hawthorne stay we have been loving using some of the vintage bottles we have collected over the years. Some are French, some from England and many snatched up on trips throughout the US over the years. They most always are quite thick and I am most happy when they are embossed with letters. Often they have the place where they are made, as well as the name of the maker. Our love of letters & fonts comes out in this collection. Putting them into action is the most fun part. A bloom, a stem of leaves, herbs–they all get top billing. This stay I lined them up behind the kitchen sink and used things from around the property. Little hits of color to catch the eye as you wash up dishes or cook away.



 

 

A Singular Sensation 

Sometimes you need just one to stop you in your tracks. As the tulip season marches along, this singular sensation and the beauty it possesses was all that was needed to spruce up this spot in the bookcase. Absolutely, I swoon over an overflowing vase of blooms. But sometimes one just does the trick. Happy Flower Friday all. A lovely May week-end awaits!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 144

Sometimes one single magnificent bloom is all you need to light up a room.



 

 

When Just One Will Do

Flower Friday is just one spectacular bloom that seemed to last forever. Placed in front of a mirror in one of the bookcases, it did double duty in the beautiful department. Each day the color seemed to change just a tad, opening up just a bit more, loving all the individual attention it was getting. Lighting the candle each eve when we returned, it seemed to greet us and welcome us home.



 

 

Dancing Dahlias

Flower Friday has me savoring every last dahlia as the season begins to wrap up. A bunch of simple fluttery white caught my eye, each living in a single stem vase at the end of the dining table. Their dance enjoyed with each meal and each time we walked by the table. 



 

 

Sometimes, All You Need Is One

The light streaming through the shutters ever so beautifully seeming to light up the fluttery single stem tulip from the inside out.