Produced and Written by Sharon Hatten
He writes, “I wish you were here.” Isn’t that what they all say? Looks like he’s been too busy to even smoke that cigar. I don’t know if I trust him.
She writes back to him, “Sorry I haven’t written.” I think something’s brewing here besides tea!
With slight hesitation and fortified by chocolate, she writes again, “I think we need some time apart.” I knew this was coming. Light a candle for the two of them—maybe they can still be friends on Facebook.
1. Dobbs Fifth Avenue gray fedora from Younkers Bros. ($65 at A Okay Antiques in West Des Moines). Vintage books (courtesy of The Kenilworth House in Urbandale). Green ceramic ashtray and match holder ($25 at Renovation Home in Des Moines). Assorted Iowa postcards ($6 each at A Okay Antiques). L.C. Smith & Bros. manual typewriter ($150 at A Okay Antiques). Green Wearever fountain pen ($75), red Parker Lucky Curve fountain pen with gold overlay ($150) and blue Packard fountain pen ($30), all from A Okay Antiques.
2. Classic hardcover books ($21-$45 at Renovation Home in Des Moines). Uttermost bulldog bookends ($177 at The Mansion in Des Moines). English bone china teacup and saucer ($22 at Renovation Home in Des Moines). Crane notecards and envelopes in platinum ($20 a box at Letter Perfect in West Des Moines). Graphic Image leather crocodile embossed portfolio ($135 at Letter Perfect). Cross pen in 10-karat gold ($221 at Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines, West Glen location). Shiraleah red wool and acrylic throw ($98 at The Kenilworth House in Urbandale).
3. Mini Flos Kelvin LED lamp ($345 at Projects Contemporary Furniture in Des Moines). Chocolate sea salt caramel ($15.98 per pound at Nan’s Nummies in West Des Moines). Eyebobs Ciao! bamboo reading glasses ($85 at Letter Perfect in West Des Moines). White wrapped books (courtesy of The Mansion in Des Moines). Paper Source Night Dots notecards ($13 a box) and Rosanne Beck Chevron Collections monogram notecards in pink and orange ($14 a box), both from Letter Perfect. Swarovski pens in black and pink ($35 each at Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines, West Glen location). Missoni Home Mediterraneo candle ($88 at Projects Contemporary Furniture).