A Pablo Picasso Quote



Random Thoughts

We head to Hawthorne early tomorrow morning. The day before we leave my mind is always a jumble of thoughts and task lists. Much like the post today! For those of you new to following along on daily blog, you can watch a fun video interview I did awhile back with Susanna Salk on Stacey Bewkes’ beyond lovely blog, Quintessence. Their At Home with series is not to be missed, as they are a creative feast for the eyes with lots of inspiration & design tips along the way. Click here to watch.

The above a bit of the view from my shop in the Market. Autumn has started out with a glorious bang here in Seattle. The crisp days and cool skies something else. The below a cherished piece by Denise Fiedler for our upcoming 20th anniversary of Watson Kennedy on November 23rd. Lots of fun stuff planned. Details to follow. So this Hawthorne stay will be a major rest up for a super busy few months the moment we arrive back in Seattle. I am incredibly excited for both!



Ted’s Tip No. 171

Pickled red onions add tons of flavor to a variety of things, like burgers, salads or added to a cheese plate. Slice onions nice and thin. Add to a bowl, cover with rice wine vinegar and a few pinches of salt. Let sit for at least an hour or more, then enjoy.



Roger & Gallet, Back at WK

SO happy to report our Market shop shelves are re-stocked with boxes of Roger & Gallet soaps and Eau de Toilette sprays. We have carried these for close to 20 years and we were unable to get them for over a year now. This iconic French brand from Paris is a winner for both men and women. Most of the scents enjoyed by all. I personally love the detail of the tissue paper, each bar wrapped just so. The boxes make for easy, stylish gift giving.



A Saturday Thought



Season Ending Dahlia Love

Flower Friday is a look back on some of the spectacular dahlias from this last few months. The season starts quite early in Seattle and seems to go and go. The buckets on my Saturday morning Market stroll becoming less and less. Such happy blooms they are, frilly and full of life. They might be the ultimate single stem vase flower, as most times a single bloom is all you need to knock your socks off. A big container of them all massed together, heaven.



Tennis = Memories

I have started playing tennis again. It feels so good! For me playing was never really so much about beating an opponent, but about the poetry of hitting the ball. It was about the beauty of repetition, and the zen like feeling that inspires. That feeling when you strike the ball perfectly. If that resulted in beating who I was up against, that was a bonus. I taught myself to play hitting against a wall at my grade school. We had just moved to a new place and I did not know a soul. It became my happy place. I spent hours and hours hitting against that wall as a 10 year old until the coach for the high school team drove by and asked if I wanted to take lessons from him. I started winning titles at 11. The game became a defining part of me then, all through college, then becoming my profession. Tennis taught me so much about life. Daily I think of life lessons I learned along the way. At 30 I needed to try something new, and that is when my life in the creative world began. But I always knew I would come back to it. Sport of a lifetime, as the tag line goes. Recently I had started missing it. I am now back to hitting on that wall just like I did when I was a kid. But that wall is now in the lovely Volunteer Park, or hitting with a pro at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the University of Washington campus. It really is like riding a bike. Muscle memory is something else. The flood of memories exceptional. I feel so much of my dad with me when I play. He was my biggest supporter. The scent of his cigar the signal that he had broken away from work and was now in the stands watching. Tennis taught me hard work. That nothing comes to you without putting in the work, the time. It is a lesson that has stayed with me always. To live in the moment, which is paramount in sport as well as life. It taught me joy. Joy in doing your best.



As Outside Dining Fades Away…

As Autumn rolls full steam ahead, the chill of the eve in many parts makes it tough to dine outside. This Wine & Dine Wednesday is a look back on some of the table settings of the past season. Long languid evenings spent at the table enjoying a meal, telling stories, laughing until it hurts. Memories to savor…



Stacks of Magazines

I love staying in a guest room that has a stack of magazines waiting to be flipped through or landing on an article I can’t wait to read before I fall asleep. It is a creative design element that enhances really just about any room, but especially a guest room. We sell a variety of magazines at Watson Kennedy, some of my favorites like the Paris Review and Flower. To make it easier to accomplish a spiffy stack of mags, awhile back we started selling all of our back issues at half off. It is fun seeing customers sort through the stacks finding the issues that resonate with them, finding an assortment.



Ted’s Tip No. 170

Before frost sets in, clip back some of your favorite stems. They will be a fresh hit of green on the upcoming chilly days.