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Spring Refresh, Part Two

The best part about a ‘refresh’ whether it is at one of the shops or in your own home, is it enables you to see your possessions in a different light. Just the mere fact that objects are placed in a new position gives them new life. You see things differently.

Case in point, our ‘art’ section. It got a completely new home and totally different than it did when it was laid out on the big green vintage tanker desk. All the exact same goods, but totally different visually on this display unit.

The Le Jacquard Francais napkin sets and the Gien plates taking the spot where the art section had once been, bringing together the rest of the display with the stacks of French dish towels.

Our ‘kids’ section is ever growing and is now right next to the art supplies tying it all together.

Cook book anyone?

We turned one of the tables into a dining table so I can set it once a month with a new setting to show all the different ways things can be mixed & matched. The below, bringing all the black and white and creamy product together which is always fun as the products are often changing so it is interesting to see things mixed together. The new artwork encaustic blocks by local artist Theresa Stirling just dreamy and bringing the entire display together.



 

 

Spring Refresh, Part One

As I write this from my comfy chair on the island with Bailey snuggled up right next to me on my left side, my body still a bit stiff from moving displays around for four days–but my soul is energized having spent those hours doing one of my all-time favorite activities, display. Armed with Amy, Heather & Olivia by my side (over a combined 40 years of WK creativity by these 3), we tackled almost every vignette in the 3000 foot space. We laughed, we chatted, we laughed some more, all the while creating as we went. Oh, I should not forget coffee. Lots of coffee was consumed.

Picture the three of them standing with their arms stretched high holding the above heavy birdcage while I am on a ladder between them bolting it into the wall. I initially had the drill set on ‘reverse’ and could not for the life of me figure out why the first screw would not go into the wall. We laughed until we cried with laughter.

Fun to get a big grouping of John Derian up on the wall.

The London and Paris displays had been combined and are now each their own areas so they can spread out as they are ever growing.

The nautical area moving to where the bird section had been, getting a major refresh as some stellar artwork got added to the section.

Paper napkins & guest towels now get their own display unit along with a few other lovelies.

Even the big green window display looking out on to Spring Street got a little love with the addition of some new product that recently arrived. New goods always add a freshness to a vignette.

Reds, creams and earthy colors stepping up to the plate and getting their own area, living across from the lavender & blue wall.

We like to group most ‘like’ goods together, creating a visual story. Sometimes the color of an item warrants being included. Sometimes something is added for pure whimsy, other times because it is truly the only spot we have left in the shop. It is all very scientific. Insert very large smile. End result, hopefully a visual feast.

All the above from the front part of the space. Tomorrow gets the back of the shop vignettes. 

Happy Sunday everyone! Sending love from WestWard, T



 

 

Day One, of a Spring ‘Refresh’

The sun was shining so beautifully through the big front windows as I turned off the lights last night after Day One of a major Spring ‘refresh’ I just had to click-away a few images.

The shops, much like home, can always benefit from a little mix-up of things to add freshness & spice vignettes up a little.

By moving things around, your eye lands on new focal points. The old becomes new.

You end up cleaning a bit, which spruces everything up, which in turn re-energizes an entire display.

Plus it is just downright fun! Oodles of hard work, but oh so satisfying. 5 of us moved things around, got sweaty, laughed, helped customers, answered the phone, fulfilled web orders, moved more stuff around, helped more customers, cleaned a bit, chatted, and moved more around. A full, full day. One down, with three more to go…



 

 

Works by Jane Dagmi at WK

We recently added works by our dear Floridian friend, Jane Dagmi, to the shop walls. Each beautiful piece capturing a singular image in a moment of time. We first met Jane when she was living in New York and was an editor at Country Living magazine. She wrote and produced the very first article on WestWard shortly after we bought the property. Our friendship has grown over the years, with her visiting many times to Seattle and Hawthorne a few years back. She would often give us small gifts of her drawings. As we have started adding more & more artwork to the walls at the shops, I am excited and honored to showcase hers. 



 

 

Inspiration in Green

As the rain pitter patters away on the window sill (a very familiar sound these past few months) at this early morning hour, green is on my mind as Spring is soon upon us. All this water creates growth, so we are in for a serious dose of green in the days ahead. Here is a little green inspiration in many forms until then.


















 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 93

Share your gifts. If you love baking, make a pie for someone. If painting brings you happiness, give one of your works to a friend. By sharing our gifts, we spread so much joy, in both big and small ways. Never undervalue what might come easy to you, which in turn will be cherished by someone else, prompting them to share a gift they possess. It becomes a beautifully enlightened circle of giving.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today 

Spent the better part of yesterday doing small bits of display around the shop. Straightening here & there. Always a fun day to click away some things that caught my eye.










 

 

Sometimes, All You Need Is One

The light streaming through the shutters ever so beautifully seeming to light up the fluttery single stem tulip from the inside out.



 

 

Encaustic Art Blocks by Theresa Stirling 

Some things are just meant to be. This is very much the case with these works of art. It all started with an e-mail from the artist, Theresa Stirling. The moment I clicked on the attached image of one of her works, I knew they were right for the shops. And then she brought them to the store. Oh my. I was transported. Long a fan of encaustic work, the layer after layer of beeswax tells a story. Much like real life, each art block brings up a different emotion. Whether singly or grouped together, they really are quite magical. Theresa is prolific in her work, so we have many to choose from, with the collection ongoing so you can add more pieces later, if inclined. I could not be more honored to be showing her truly beautiful works.






 

 

Inspiration in Blue

It is a loved hue–from light chambray to deep cobalt, blue in many forms, is our color inspiration of the day.