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A Gift Sparks a Table Setting

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to spark creativity. Be it to paint on a canvas, create a stylish room or set a comfortable table. My friend Kathy drove up from Portland the other day. She brought us the most lovely gift of Italian horn handled flatware from her collection. She knew of our fondness for horn as she has seen me set tables using it over the years. It was the driving force for the table setting last night for supper–I could not wait to cook a meal so we could use it. Celebrating/using/enjoying gifts we receive is of great importance to both of us. So much so for me, it is the business I am in! It honors and pays homage to the giver. The knife and fork set the tone for the table. New square placemats we carry at Watson Kennedy I have been eyeing had to come home with me for this table. English silver salt & pepper shakers, French napkins and horn napkin rings, as well as my favorite dotted glasses, all from WK, got pulled into the mix. Then it was a simple Wednesday night meal at the table with Bailey curled up on her blanket on the floor between us.



 

 

A Candlelit Breakfast

Adjusting to time zones from traveling can be a challenge, for both two and four legged creatures. Since our last Hawthorne stay, Bailey is up at the stroke of 5 each morning now that we are back in Seattle. I am generally an early riser, but lately I absolutely am. This morning the light from the sunrise was so pretty filtering through the shutters. While still quite not light yet, I decided to light the candles for an early candlelit breakfast. TPS still asleep so it was a table for one. Bailey fast asleep on her Burberry blanket at my feet. An early morning walk and breakfast always puts her in a sleepy mood the moment we get back to the apartment. In honor of Flower Friday the peony I bought yesterday at the grocery store just in the initial phase of starting to do their magical thing. This light pink variety with dark streaks of pink to almost red on the underside a favorite. This is the first in the season they have made their way onto our table. These will be even more amazing when they fully open. Happy start of the week-end to you!



 

 

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.



 

 

Quail Eggs & Dancing Tulips

Easter Sunday was a gloriously sunny day in Seattle. Lucky us! It was a 4 o’clock start time for guests to arrive for Champagne and then supper at 5. Mister Sive loves cooking lamb, so a leg of lamb was on the menu along with scalloped potatoes and his famous beet purée. I got us started with a Bibb lettuce salad with a citrus hazelnut vinaigrette alongside roasted asparagus.

With the sun shining through creating all sorts of cool patterns on the floor I set about setting the table. But not before TPS took an iron to the wrinkly Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth. We rarely use a tablecloth as we both quite like the exposed wood of the old French table, but every once in awhile we like mixing it up a bit and we both love the subtle overall pattern on this beauty.

Then it was a simple smattering of tulips from the Market in vintage single stem bottles that you know I love to do. It allows the flowers to take center stage. These pink and green variety just spoke to me of Easter. Then quail eggs set about the long table. Each one little works of art. An old silver rimmed china set we found when we first met was pulled out as it works nicely with the tablecloth. Our friend Kate made the most divine flower laden coconut cream cake. It tasted as fab as it looked. As daylight drifted away the votive candles created a warm flicker. Laughter and stories and love and friendship filled the air. Nothing better really.



 

 

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



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 196

Here is a fun idea. When you are the guest at a friend’s home, pick up supper for them right before you depart. It will be a lovely ‘Thank You’ and will the perfect parting gift.



 

 

Simple Grocery Store Orchids For The Win

Flower Friday are a pair of white orchid plants snapped up at our neighborhood grocery story for 9 bucks a pop. Proving beauty not need break the back. The top image from the bathroom. I always like having a bloom, or blooms in this case, in the room as it is nice to have them catch your eye as we are getting ready in the morning. The below in the living room for all to enjoy. This round of orchids had a crazy number of buds on them. Both slipped into vintage containers to house the plastic pot they come in. These orchids can last for months, so the dollar to enjoyment ratio is incredibly high. Happy Friday all! X, T



 

 

Staying In With Take Out

Saturday evening we had dear old friends, Catherine & Steve, over for supper in town. Us entertaining could be challenging on that night, as we both always work the shops that day–me at the Market and TPS in the office at the Home store. But with a little planning ahead and really good take out, it can be done and a really good time can be had by all. Hosts included. I am always looking for ways to inspire us all to spend time with our friends at our home. We love dining out, but there is just a specialness about dining in your home with friends that just can’t be beat.

Setting the table the night before or even the morning of, is a must. It takes a ton of stress off of you and it is pretty swell to come home after a busy day of work and see the table all set! Plus it gives the flowers time to settle in and start to do their thing. For the other evening we put out pâté with a few cheeses, baguette, along with cashews and grapes. All enjoyed with a glass of Champagne while the cassoulet from Cafe Campagne heated up in the oven. I had made a shallot vinaigrette in the morning for an arugula salad along with haricot vert. A yummy bottle of red had time to breathe along with the flickering candles. More baguette with really good French butter and we were off and running. Actually, make that laughing and storytelling and having a grand time.



 

 

Singular Beauty

This lone stem grabs the top spot this Flower Friday and here is why. I am always looking for tulips that have something unique going on. This flower has part of the stem growing right up into the petal. Extraordinarily beautiful. I love celebrating the differences–in life, in people, in rooms, in things. This is also where single stem containers shine. They allow brilliance to take center stage. This bloom could have been in with a big bunch of other tulips and part of the magic would have been lost. But today it is able to beam ever so brightly.



 

 

Tulips and a Geranium

Flower Friday brings fluttery creamy tulips with bold hits of green running about. They were in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Along with a leggy scented geranium that was a lovely gift. They brighten up the end of the dining table. Have an exquisite first week-end of Spring everyone!