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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



 

 

Market Tulips

The profusion of glorious field tulips at The Market is my Flower Friday shout-out for today. My oh my, stall after stall and bucket after bucket of these beauties. I never take for granted how fortunate we are to have the Pike Place Market in Seattle, or the perfect climate in our region to grow these amazing tulips. Sharing them with you all always makes me so happy. A lovely, lovely week-end ahead for all of you. X, Ted



 

 

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.



 

 

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.



 

 

Spring-y Yellow & Red Tulips

They stopped me in my tracks the moment I spotted them in the Alm Hill Gardens stall at The Market on Saturday morning. I wait for these beauties all year. The bits of red streaking through the vibrant yellow makes my heart sing. They stayed at the shop for the day for all to enjoy, then made the ferry ride over to WestWard to take center stage on the dining table. The majority in a clear glass vessel and three stems just needing to dance in single stem bottles. They made for a happy, happy Sunday supper table.



 

 

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!



 

 

Beyond Fluttery Yellow Tulips

Flower Friday this week brings us some pretty miraculously beautiful fully blown out ruffly yellow tulips. The snow kept us from getting over to the island for a few weeks. We have some pretty treacherous hills on the way to the house so we opted to not risk it and stayed in town. The house gets quite cold when we are away so the tulips we had left there from our last visit sort of remained in the state they were in when we departed. Tulips love the cool and these most certainly did. The moment we started a fire on arrival, they began their final stretch and dance. They began as tight creamy blooms and ending gloriously yellow ruffled which pleased us both to no end. Have a lovely week-end all! X, TKW



 

 

An Oscar Lunch

This table really has nothing to do with the Oscars, but I did set it for lunch on Sunday in excitement for The Oscars later that night. I just thought calling it ‘An Oscar Lunch’ had a fun ring to it. What got me most excited about setting this table at WestWard were the red striped linen napkins that are new to the shop. They set the tone for the whole table. I chose the tulips with little red streaks in them to compliment the red in the napkins, if ever so subtly. Then red things started getting pulled from the closet and shelves. The hand painted lobster glasses the final touch added that made it all a bit beach-y.



 

 

Yellow Fluttery Goodness

Flower Friday is all about a little fluttery yellow tulip goodness. Running down the middle of the dining table in little vintage bottles greeting guests all along the way. They bring lots of thoughts of Spring on these chilly days. Have a lovey week-end everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 188

Sometimes all you need is one magnificent bloom.