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My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new fun things have been arriving from all the buying we have been doing over the last few months. I always love seeing goods get worked in to existing displays finding a happy home. Here is what caught my eye the most this round.



 

 

This and That

Reporting on a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Above, check out the travel magazine Virtuoso Life. A Watson Kennedy shout-out in the latest issue. Below, a ‘Top 20 Home Tours of All Time’ over on the Design Sponge blog where Hawthorne nabbed a spot. And finally, after 5 days in bed finally up & about and feeling human again (a saying my dad always used to say) and heading into the shops today. I can’t wait! Thank you for all the kind get well wishes this week. Happy start of Spring!!!



 

 

A Green, Green Shop Table

Yesterday was a full day of display, along with redoing the dining table vignette at the back of the Home store. How surprising, green has been on my mind! With the official start of Spring next week as well as St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I just decided to run with it. Oh, and those geranium places. They had quite a bit to do with it, as I have been dying to play with them since they came in. The green dotted tablecloth is actually a big roll of wrapping paper I adore. Once that was put into place everything else came together. The potted Livia Cetti geranium just had to be the centerpiece. Dinner is served!



 

 

Lily Love To The Rescue

My love of flowers runs deep. The happiness they bring to me is immeasurable. This last stay at Hawthorne is testimony to that fact. The eve we arrived a good sized snow arrived and we did not leave the house the next day. Which on almost all levels is heaven to me. Only thing missing were some blooms set about which we would normally pick up shopping our first full day there. I can honestly say I felt a tad off kilter that first day. Once we got out and did a little grocery shopping and picked up a bundle of lilies, all was right in my world. I know for some of you reading that might sound/seem extreme, but I really did breath easier once they dotted about the rooms. Flowers settle me. They make a space come alive. Others of you reading completely know what I am talking about. I am not meaning anything excessive or overly extravagant, just a few blooms that make the rooms full of life. Moments after arriving back in Seattle the other evening to the apartment, I walked straight to Whole Foods to pick up a bundle of tulips for the very same reason. The rooms woke up once the single stems were set here and there and all was right. The world may be chaotic outside, but home can envelop us. With a few flowers it certainly does for me. Happy week-end all! Much love, TKW



 

 

The Zen of Painting

Yesterday I spent the afternoon painting. First at Little Hawthorne finishing the guest room and then in the basement of the big house working on a chair we put up in the meadow once the snow goes away. There is a zen to painting. Therapeutic and relaxing all at the same time. The methodical strokes of the brush. One of the things I like most is seeing/accomplishing something right in front of your own eyes. To create a whole new look in a short amount of time. Painting is one of the easiest and most economical ways to create something anew. If you end up not totally liking the color, try another. The joy is in the doing.



 

 

Blackwing Pencils, Sharpeners & Journals at WK

Just In, a fresh round of Blackwing pencils, sharpeners and journals at Watson Kennedy. When only the best will do. A bit of history on these iconic writing tools:

Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, the company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking only the finest writing instruments. Now at $4 a pencil, they are a simple luxury for those wanting to reach for only the very finest when putting your words or images to paper.



 

 

Geranium Plates by Bordallo Pinheiro

Just In, whimsically beautiful geranium leaf plates at Watson Kennedy. Pleased as punch to announce the arrival of our latest order of Bordallo Pinheiro from Portugal. Since 1884, they have been creating cherished heirloom quality tableware to be enjoyed through the generations. We have carried bits & pieces over the years but my fondness and admiration has grown as we use it in our own homes and love it so much. So look for more and more than of it showing up on our shop shelves and vignettes in the coming months.



 

 

Lily Love

Flower Friday brings us a single lily stem I picked up at the new Whole Foods a few blocks from the apartment on Monday. The buds were tightly closed. Within days they started to open ever so beautifully. The scent catching me the moment the elevator doors open on to our floor. Heaven. Hope you all have a grand week-end! X, T



 

 

Refreshed Plaid Windows

The pink & green plaid windows are here to stay for awhile as I am liking them so darn much. Valentine’s Day came and went in a snowy haze in my mind, and also reality, blur. In went an ode to many of my favorite things above, and to birds and flowers below. These will stay up until Mother’s Day windows take over, but I think those will have a preppy spin to them, as well. Fun to play with all this vibrant color on these chilly days…



 

 

Yellow Fluttery Goodness

Flower Friday is all about a little fluttery yellow tulip goodness. Running down the middle of the dining table in little vintage bottles greeting guests all along the way. They bring lots of thoughts of Spring on these chilly days. Have a lovey week-end everyone!