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My Favorite Things Today

The deliveries just keep on arriving. This festive time of year brings so much new goodness at the shops. Below some of my favorite things over the last few weeks that have caught my eye.



 

 

WK Fine Home Holiday Open House

Please join us this Saturday if you are in the Seattle area for our first Holiday Open House of the season. From 10 to 6 at our First & Spring shop, bubbly will be served, music will fill the air and we will be wrapping up a storm.

A Holiday tradition has been having artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann join us to paint her coveted pieces that she creates just for our event. Over the years they have become prized works. She will be painting from 1:30 to 4 that day. Pieces are $75 each and may be ordered over the phone and personalized if you don’t live in the area and would like it shipped to you. Give me a call directly at 206.617.9678. This year’s watercolor is whale-y fun!

I so hope you can join us this Saturday as we kick-off the gift giving season. Ted



 

 

Market Shop Displays

Spent the last few days at the Market shop getting it ‘Holiday’ ready. That also means redisplaying things to make room for all the new. These are majorly happy days for me. I think of display as a bit like working on a puzzle. A very layered puzzle with a ton of pieces. You try something, it does not fit, you try something else. We work often by color or subject. The above we refer to as bird-land. The below our ornament area as well as some of the Holiday cards, with a bit of red-land in the shot too. By the end of each display day, I sleep verrrrry well.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 174

The gift of art. Never underestimate the powers of such a special gift. Your thoughtfulness will be remembered always.



 

 

Plaid Walls

Plaid was the name of the game these last few days as we swapped out the windows to get them ‘Holiday’ ready. Heather painstakingly taped off the walls creating a grid to paint them a plaid, becoming a fun, jaunty visual. Then it was all about filling one window with all things green and the other red. We are off and running! Happy Sunday all.



 

 

Shop Vignettes

With November 1st turning up on the calendar, as a shopkeeper, my to-do list is long but the tasks are quite fun while being plentiful. Arriving back to the shops yesterday it was fab to see some super full vignettes filled with all sorts of goodies as the gift giving season kicks off.



 

 

Just In, at Watson Kennedy

Just In, all sorts of good things arriving daily at the shops. Some make it onto the website, some not, so always feel free to call or e-mail if you see something you like on the blog but can’t find on the Watson Kennedy website. Many of our most savvy customers from out of town use both to shop creatively. The above vignette of new Hugo Guinness pieces my last task of the day on Tuesday before heading home to pack. All housed in vintage frames, many we find at Brimfield or hunting & gathering when we are at Hawthorne.

This extra large canvas tote our largest bag to stock, to date. It is really big, which I quite like. Sometimes you want a bag that you can put ‘everything’ in when traveling or spending the day out and about. This is what you reach for and look stylish to boot carrying.

Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann brought new paintings to the shop yesterday and I was so excited to receive these images by way of e-mail from the WK crew. This round has the largest works yet that we have carried. So much goodness in her choice of images she paints. I fall in love with each one and it is always tough to choose a favorite.



 

 

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!



 

 

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…



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new yumminess arriving at the shops each day. Thursday I snapped away at some new favorites. Always tough to narrow it down, but fun trying! I am often asked during my ‘wrap’ sessions with customers how I came up with the concept for Watson Kennedy. I always say it was easy, as I only buy what I love. My first test is we must be able to love having it in our own home or giving it as a gift ourselves. If goods pass those guidelines, then they go through a bunch of other criteria in my head in the split seconds that I give to making the final decision to buy something that ends up on our shelves.