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Photo Albums

My mom always kept a photo album going when I was growing up. Actually make that well into being grown up. She always wanted us sending her pictures so she could add them to one she was currently adding to at the moment. Sometimes they would be these quite large oversized versions, with several spots on a page for an image. Others would be much smaller with just one photo on a page. Sometimes the albums had a theme, others were just random captures over time. My siblings and I split the albums up these past months, taking the ones that had the most meaning to us individually. They truly are a walk down memory lane. A look back on your history. Above my parents shortly after they were married. Below at the US Open watching tennis with my best friend from college and fraternity brother, Devin. Do folks still put together photo albums in this ‘click and take a photo from our phone’ world we now live in? I sure hope so. They really are quite lovely and there is a happy nostalgia around leafing through pages instead of scrolling through a feed on a device. Cheers to photo albums, past and present!



 

 

This and That

My photo stream has a bunch of little odds & ends I want to share. One, the Pike Place Market is absolutely bursting with divine tulips at the moment. I love this time of year when you walk the flower stalls and the buckets are spilling over. Your head is dizzy with options. If you get a chance, go. It is an instant hit of happy!

Our Spring order of handmade John Derian decoupaged plates has arrived at both shops. Whether hung on a wall, propped up in a bookcase or laying flat on a coffee table, they are a stylish addition to any room they grace.

All sorts of blue has been capturing my eye over the last months. So much so that our shop packaging for Spring and Summer will include a bit of it. Our next round of windows after Mother’s Day too. All sorts of shades in the hue–tried and true blue.

Our latest collegiate pillow arrived to add to our growing collection at the Home store, Norte Dame. My grandfather Watson’s alma mater, the detail on this pillow is exquisite. These fluffy creations can take up to 10 hours of embroidery time.

We are often asked, do you carry any envelopes? I can now say, we do! Made in England from obsolete British Admiralty charts, each one cooler than the next. Sold in packages of 16, they are just cool to have around when you want to jot off a note.

We had an ailing tree that was becoming a safety hazard on the property at Hawthorne taken down last week. Caretaker Bill sent us this photo. While we were incredibly sad to lose a tree, we will have something created out of a piece of it in remembrance, as well as pay homage to it when we enjoy many fires on the back porch. I just loved how cool it looks stacked as it is. A natural art installation.

The jasmine growing up from a small opening of the window we left open now more than 5 years ago has once again started to flower. The scent when we open the front door of the apartment is intoxicating. Truly a gift.

And lastly, as it is Wine & Dine Wednesday. I have written about the above bottle in the past. But today the admiration is about the dandy calligraphed label and the waxed top. Our friend Heather has given us bottles of this beyond yummy wine over the years. We had a pair in the wine fridge that were part of Easter supper on Sunday. Sometimes the outside of the bottle can be as fabulous as the inside.

To me life is all about the glorious details that swirl around us constantly, we just have to see them. And when you do, revel in them.



 

 

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.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 198

The gift of a note or letter is one of the very best things. To make the process easier, put a small stack of cards & envelopes out on your desk at the ready. That way you can reach for one easily and jot off a quick note in a heartbeat. Makes someone’s day!



 

 

A Sunday Cleo Wade Quote



 

 

A Saturday Thought



 

 

A Painterly Flower Friday

This Flower Friday is a tad different as the blooms are painted. Many, many different ways to enjoy flowers, with artwork being one of my personal favorites. Picked up new original pieces by Hugo Guinness from the framer yesterday. Was so excited to share as I am so smitten, always, with his work. Color plays such a glorious part of each of these divine pieces.



 

 

Bartlett House Jams at Watson Kennedy

Super excited to have these awesome jams from our beloved Bartlett House in Ghent on the way, arriving next week. The flavor combinations out of this world. The packaging making it an amazing host/hostess gift or a lovely treat for Mother’s Day.



 

 

Pink & Green Plaid Window Refresh

Well, we wanted to make absolute sure we got the most out of our pink & green plaid windows. I think we did! A final refresh for upcoming Mother’s Day in May the inspiration. For Summer, we move into beach-y blues. But for now, enjoying these preppy versions every moment we can. My test, when the Lyft driver pulls up to drop me off in the morning and I get out of the car, Bailey in tow, and my eyes go right to the windows. These still make me smile. Happy Wednesday everyone!



 

 

Wanted: Website Developer Extraordinaire

The thing I love most about social media is how it can connect creative minds/souls in a positive way—I have met so many amazing people over the years because of it. So this is a shout-out to any of you who know or are a website developer extraordinaire. Watson Kennedy has had a website for 20 years, with the current site being the 4th edition. SO much has changed since the current site was created. While I have adored it, it is time for a major site re-do, as our web business grows & grows. Time is of the essence on this, as the new site needs to be complete by October. We really want to work with an individual or company that gets who we are. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please e-mail me directly at tedkennedywatson@watsonkennedy.com {Please don’t call or contact the shops, or leave messages on social media channels} We look so forward to this next chapter, working together to create something that captures the essence of Watson Kennedy.