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You Know When You Know

My advice always when it comes to buying furniture or art, is to wait until you find just the right piece. You just know it when you see it. It feels right. It stirs something in your soul. Then your home is filled with things that tickle you at every turn. Wherever you eye lands, there is a memory. Visually it creates happiness and contentment. I promise, it will be worth the wait. Case in point. We have longed for a dresser in our bedroom at Hawthorne. Nothing over the years we saw excited us. Until it did. The minute I spotted it the other day, I knew. I just knew. Measurements were taken and the following day TPS came with me to look at it too, and he just knew. Ring us up, please! The piece perfect for the space and works just right with everything else in the room. I can’t stop looking at it. The wait was long, but oh so worth it. You know when you know.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 214

As Summer progresses look for amazing deals on flowering plants, like these geraniums, at garden centers and farmers market stalls. The vendors are clearing their stock, always happy to have you take them off their hands to enjoy the heck out of them. They add an instant jolt of happiness as they are flowering and are as sweet as can be.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 212

Often grocery store floral departments can have awesome deals on orchids. They usually last for months and months, breathing a happy hit of flowery life into any corner of your home they grace.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 211

As glorious dahlia season begins, keep in mind, the simpler the better with these gems. Sometimes one can be so big and beautiful that it is all that is needed and a single stem vase is the way to roll. Or bunch a grouping of one vibrant variety/color together to create a showstopper.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 210

Take time to dream. At any age, it is good for the soul to set a goal and see where the road to achieving it takes you. It might be right to your intended destination, or not. But the journey will teach you so much all along the way.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 209

To spice things up when wanting to set a creative table, chose one color and run with it. From the flowers to the dinnerware to the linens, use the hue in many forms. Have fun with playing with it all!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 208

Stop and small the flowers. Truly. For real, stop and smell those roses and peonies and sweet peas. Time will stand still for that moment. It is a natural reset. Good for the soul, the mind, the body AND the nose.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 207

At this abundant flowery time of year, if you have a garden overflowing, sharing is always a great idea. Friends without yards can be the happy recipients. Blooms make the best ‘just because’ gifts.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 206

When you make your next caprese salad, swap out the basil for mint. Just a fun, easy change that adds a bit of minty sweetness to the mix.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 205

A simple bloom or blooms are always welcome in the bathroom. Lovely to have your eyes land on them in the morning as you get ready for your day. Then again at the end of the day when you are getting yourself ready for bed. The joy of surrounding yourself with beauty during your daily rituals.