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Display Case Day

Display is pretty much a constant at the shops, with each day things getting straightened, added to, and refreshed. Others days mean full on re-do of entire areas, or in the case yesterday, changing up display cases entirely. My friend Kathy drive up from Portland with a carload of vintage goods for me from her collections. The above William Yeoward crystal pieces so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I have long admired both the man and his work and was incredibly sad to hear of his passing a few days ago. This case is an homage to him.

Preppy goods are always near & dear to my heart. This case a nod to my friend Lisa Birnbach and her Official Preppy Handbook. Think tennis racket corkscrews and golf putter bottle openers. The below a gathering of John Derian works honoring his whimsical decoupage pieces. They always look so great massed together telling a visual story. Cases do just that.



 

 

Trade Secrets 2019

May is one of my favorite times back East. We always head back then for a few weeks at Hawthorne and a host of events I/we like to partake in. It also happens to be Mister Sive’s BIRTHday during our stay, so he always gets to be surrounded by his family on his day. It is always a special time for us to be back in our beloved Hudson Valley. It is also the time of year for Trade Secrets. A Bunny Williams and her pals idea that begun almost 20 years ago as a fundraiser for a women’s support organization in the area of Connecticut where the event is held, whose mission is that of a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education. The rare plant and garden antique sale is filled with vintage goods that make me so happy my head spins. Finds for the house as well as the shops. It is one of my favorite days of the year. Similar to gift buying shows, I am often remiss in taking many photos as I am so caught up in the moment. But here are a few I did snap.

The event draws tons of creative folks from all over the area, so I get to see & meet tons of people. Bunny is always there and is a delight. Martha Stewart has never missed a day in the 19 years of the sale. I ran into and got to catch up with Lewis Miller who has become an international floral maestro, who was a customer of mine when I had my wholesale showroom ages ago. It is filled with flower lovers from near & far. A huge treat for me this year was running into Margot Shaw, who is the founder and editor in chief of FLOWER magazine. See below image. We have had an e-mail friendship for many years so it was lovely to finally meet and give her a hug. A kindred spirit indeed. She was there doing a signing for her new book Living Floral. Look for signed copies making their way to Watson Kennedy soon! I always attend the event with my dear friend Elizabeth, who lives in Rye and drives up on Friday and spends the night at Hawthorne and we get up super early on Saturday morning and attend the breakfast that begins at 8. It has become our tradition. This year Barb from WK joined in the fun too, as she was visiting her sister Greta in CT. The 4 of us had a grand time. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods in May, put it on your to-do list. It really is a huge treat and tons of fun.



 

 

A Snowy Sunday Supper

Sunday supper out on the island was extra cozy as the snow paid a visit. In the 20 years that we have had the house, only one other time we were there has it snowed. Seeing the snow fall upon our beloved Colvos Passage is quite something. After the meal we turned off all of the lights and just watched it do its magic. By morning, a good amount accumulated. See below. For the above table, a new vintage find of cobalt French working glasses were called into action to hold oversized tealights. Then it was all about layering layers of blue. The creamy tulips beginning to open ever so beautifully from all heat of the roaring fire, turning more yellow as they opened. TPS made stuffed shells, one of my all-time favorite comfort dishes he makes. Perfect for eve as the snow fell.



 

 

A Day of Display at the Market Shop

Last month, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman who had a family antique table he was looking to sell. Above said table! He was introduced to me by his Aunt, a blog reader from back East. The table could not be more perfect in the shop, feeling instantly like it had been there forever. The arrival of it spurred a full day of display making room, and once it arrived, filling it with all sorts of WK goodies. Valentine’s Day was also on our minds, so the front table received a little refresh. As well as all sorts of other displays that were looking a little ragged from the crazy busy holiday season. By the end of the day, everything was feeling fresh and looking sparkly again.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 185

Save bottles you have enjoyed (such as Champagne, wine, cider, sparkling water) that have cool labels and interesting shapes. Use them for vessels to hold flowers. Scatter about on your dining table. Be surrounded by the memories of your time enjoying the contents with family & friends.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 184

Vintage platters are a swell thing to collect. Utilitarian as all get out, they can be used in a host of ways. They stack neatly as not to take up lots of room, plus they are pleasing to the eye.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 167

Think outside the box for clever plant holders in place of terra-cotta pots. Vintage ice buckets, bowls, tea cups, really anything cool looking that you can slip the plant into becomes a stylish container.



 

 

Breakfast, Farmers Market, Vintaging

Saturday mornings in the Hudson Valley for us almost always includes a stroll through the Hudson Farmers Market to pick up produce and other gems for the week. But before we start the shopping for the day, breakfast at Le Gamin. Always. They seat us at our favorite table in the corner where Bailey in her bag fits perfectly right next to me on the banquette. TPS has his usual café au lait and we watch the world walk by as we enjoy our meal.

Then a walk down famed Warren Street for a little vintage shopping. Sometimes that can be for us but most often we are looking for treasures for the shops. Top of our list this trip is vintage frames. We have close to 50 Hugo Guinness pieces arriving soon that we will need to house in vintage frames, so we are majorly on the hunt. Success! We found so many awesome really old and really beautiful ones. But not before I snapped this grand home on the street. Mister Sive calls parts of Hudson the Charleston of the North. He is so right. The photo of this home could easily have been taken there. So stunningly pretty. Every detail. You can see why we love strolling this street. Historic houses mixed in with shops and restaurants, oh my. It all is truly a visual treat for the senses.



 

 

A Plum Still Life

The plums at the first farm stand we stopped at kind of blew me away they were so beautiful. I knew they would be grand sitting in a glass bowl on the counter for all to enjoy before becoming part of a chicken dish where they will get baked alongside green olives. Funny story about the bowl. I bought it during our May stay a few months ago at my beloved Red Chair on Warren in Hudson. I had eyed it before and that was the time to make it ours. Home it came and I was so excited. Quickly upon arriving at the house it got unpacked and went right into the sink to wash. It was actually a pedestal bowl, and within seconds I accidentally hit the bottom of the pedestal against the wall of the sink and snap! Off it went. Hugely lucky it was a clean break and the bowl portion was unscathed. Our ‘use it and love it and if it breaks so be it’ policy went into play within moments.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 159

Think outside the box when it comes to planters. The hardware store can provide plenty of inspiration, as well as tag sales, flea markets and antique malls. You are only limited by your imagination. Drill or hammer in a few holes for the water to drain, and off you go with a new creative container.