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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



 

 

Scallops, Sun Golds & A Mess Of Herbs

This is a recipe taken from Back Pocket Pasta by our friend Colu Henry. Scallops are always something I know I will find at the grocery store on the island, so this became our Sunday supper and was the first thing to try out her new book. It was sooooo good!

Colu believes in heavily salting the pasta water, as she often uses some of that water to mix with the pasta and the other ingredients to create a sort of sauce when everything gloriously mixes together. Begin by filling a large pot with water and bring that to a boil, then add 2 tablespoons of salt and return to a rolling boil. While that is bubbling away, put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Then cook the salt & pepper seasoned scallops, 3 minutes a side. Take them out of the pan and set aside on a plate.

Wipe out the skillet, change the heat to low, add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil and add a thinly sliced shallot and cook until carmelized, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Take out and set aside. This is not the season for Sun Gold tomatoes (which I am excited to in this dish when they start showing up at farm stands) so she recommends using grape tomatoes, which I did. Add them to the skillet and let cook away for about 8 minutes or until they start to burst open, releasing their juices, which will become part of the sauce.  Season heavily with pepper and lightly with salt. While the tomatoes cook away add 3/4 of a pound of linguine to the boiling salted water until al dente. While the pasta is cooking away add 2 sliced garlic to the tomatoes along with a half of a cup each of chopped tarragon, chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley and sliced 1/2 inch long chives. Mix all together with the tomatoes in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the shallots you have already cooked.  

Here is where most folks toss all the pasta water away and drain the pasta. Don’t. Here is where you will need tongs or long spoons–you want to pull the pasta out of the boiling water and add the pasta right to the skillet of tomato goodness. Then add a 1/4 of a cup of the hot cooking liquid to the lot.  Now mix all around. The pasta water starts bringing all the ingredients together to create the ‘sauce’ and each strand of pasta is lovingly coated it in. Once all is combined, and certainly add more pasta water if needed, separate into 4 bowls, sprinkle with any remaining herbs from what you had chopped, along with a sprinkling of chunky sea salt, then add the scallops to the top of it all. Dinner is served.

Tickets are available for Colu’s book signing at the shop next Thursday eve, the 30th of March. The price is $35 which gets you her book, treats by Spinasse and wine by Cavatappi–along with a heck of a fun time. We will be donating the profits from the sale of the book to Meals on Wheels. (More on this amazing organization later) Call 206.652.8350 to purchase tickets and reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!



 

 

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…



 

 

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.










 

 

Back Pocket Pasta, Book Signing–Tickets On Sale Starting Today

Very excited to announce that tickets go on sale today for our Colu Henry Back Pocket Pasta book signing on Thursday evening the 30th of March, at 6 o’clock at our First & Spring shop. The ticket price of $35 includes a personalized signed copy of the book as well as time to chat with Colu. We will be serving Italian fare from one of our all-time favorite eateries, Spinasse, that eve, as well as pouring some yummy Italy-inspired Cavatappi wines along with G2’s (Gruet & Grapefruit) and Pellegrino sparkling water with a twist. A few other fun surprises along with a little shopping if so inclined, will be on the menu. We do have a limit on how many can attend, so buy tickets early, as I think this event could likely sell out. I so hope you can make it!

To order a ticket, you can either e-mail me directly, at tedkennedywatson@watsonkennedy.com or call the shop at 206.652.8350. We will then ring your tickets/ticket purchase through and e-mail you your receipt, which will act as your ticket. Colu’s book is not to be missed and will be an amazing addition to any kitchen cookery library. Honored she is joining us on her national book tour. It will be such a fun night–hope to see you there!



 

 

SAVE the DATE: Back Pocket Pasta Book Signing at WK

Our fabulously lovely & creative friend Colu Henry will be at the First & Spring shop on Thursday eve the 30th of March for a signing of her newly released book Back Pocket Pasta. I received my copy yesterday and spent all of last night reading through it, happy as a clam. Page after page of divine pasta recipes. Colu’s Italian family heritage shining through–with so many recipes inspired by her great grandmother, grandmother and mom. She and her husband Chad live in Hudson so we have gotten to know them on our Hawthorne stays. They are just the coolest, sweetest couple. We are honored to have her signing her new book at the shop! More details to follow in the next week, as this signing will be a ticketed event, as food & drinks, along with plenty of stories & laughs will be on the menu for the evening. This will be a fun time to gather a few friends for an evening out. Tickets will be go on sale next week, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up if it sounds like something you would like to attend, so you can save the date on your calendar.

Happy first Thursday in March everyone!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today 

Boxes arrive each day from super friendly delivery folks by way of FedEx & UPS, Bailey barking like crazy the moment they scan the boxes and the little ‘beep’ sounds. Pavlovian response, to say the least. Then it is a bit like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ as it all happens the next day. These shipments are filled with the glorious goods I have been ordering at the shows. New glassware, tasty nibbles, hot off the press books, an original piece of artwork to make your home sing–are just a few of the goods received. Here are a some things that caught my eye as I walked around the shop yesterday.







 

 

How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways at Watson Kennedy. Both shops brimming with sweet treats to give to your sweetie, your friends, your co-workers. Valentine Day’s is such a lovely day of to show LOVE. Be it a card, a gift, a kiss or a hug. We have you covered for a few of those! Plus we will be wrapping away from the start to the finish of the day.



 

 

A Day at the Show

The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.