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Charlotte Moss ENTERTAINS 

Charlotte Moss ENTERTAINS is one of the new titles to land at both shops this past week. Wow, just wow, this is one seriously beautiful visual journey into the world of entertaining & table settings. This, her 10th book, is filled with page after page of inspiration and ideas. In typical lovely Charlotte Moss fashion, her words come across like a friend sharing her stylish tips with you over coffee. 



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The amount of boxes we take up to recycle at the end of each day is telling to how much new fun stuff arrives. The recycling bins have been overflowing. Lots of new gems added to our shelves these past weeks. Just a few here that I clicked away yesterday. Gifts to give, gifts to keep.









And last, but most certainly not least, oodles of sweets. We have you covered at our First & Spring shop if you are in need of filling some nifty Easter baskets this week-end.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Retail, make that interesting retail, really is about the mix. I think of it like a puzzle. A colorful puzzle filled with all sorts of cool/high quality/beautiful & intriguing pieces creating one big sensory experience. These are the goods that caught my eye yesterday that are My Favorite Things Today.











 

 

WK Winter SALE

If you are in downtown Seattle in the coming weeks, pop on in to our First & Spring shop for our Winter SALE. 50% to 90% off on all sorts of swell things–lotions, potions, candles, books, decorative objects, perfumes, linens, blankets, rolls of ribbon, gourmet treats and on and on. Making way for all the new stuff arriving in the coming months. 





 

 

Groupings of Four

There is this app I started using long ago, called Pic Stitch. It allows you to group photos together and make a collage of them. There are tons of variations, but the one I like to use most is the 4 image option. It allows each photo to stand out equally, while giving enough room for each object to shine. It is the option I use most often for product from the shops. Below are some I have put together the last few months. It is a bit of a re-cap of some of the new along with the tried & true. Thought it would be a good final look at Watson Kennedy things, should anything catch your eye for Holiday gifts this season, as our guaranteed shipping by December 24th ends this Friday. We can still expedite ship (such as overnight, or 2 day) after that, but it is a more expensive option. As always, you can give us a call too, toll-free at 1.800.991.9361 if the idea of speaking to a lovely human being with manners appeals to you. Oh my word, don’t even get me started. We have actually received catalogs this season at home where there is no telephone number anywhere to be found, while touting how important customer service is on their pages. I do not understand that. Yes, I know clicking away is easy, but speaking to a person just makes the whole transaction seem more civilized to me. That might be old-fashioned and a thing of the past, but it will always be a valued option in my book and at Watson Kennedy. Anywho, I digress. I hope you like the groupings and I hope you are having the BEST Holiday season! Much love from Seattle, Ted



 

 

Saturday at The Market

I write often of my ritual Saturday morning stroll through the Pike Place Market perusing all the flowers deciding which get to travel home with me for us to enjoy for the week. Thursday marked the 19th anniversary of our Market shop, and I still to this day get a rush of excitement when I put the key into the shop door, knowing a fun day awaits. It truly is an honor to be a small part of the history of the Market. As we head into our 20th Holiday season, I am filled with amazing memories from over the years of conversations, interactions, experiences. For any of you who have been to my 86 Pine shop, you know of the specialness of the courtyard. If you are in Seattle today, please stop in for a glass of bubbly or sparkling cider for our annual Anniversary Holiday Open House. I would love to see you. If you are a reader of the blog, please make mention of it to me–that always makes my day… For those of you who have never been to Seattle, put it on your list. It really is such a cool place on many levels, and a visit to the historic Public Market is a must. 



 

 

Watson Kennedy Fine Living Anniversary Holiday Open House

Please join us this Saturday, the 25th of November, for our Holiday Open House. It also just happens to be the 19th anniversary of our Pike Place Market shop too, so lots to celebrate on that day. Oh, and it is also ‘Small Business Saturday’ which kind of works perfectly for the day! I do hope you can join us for a glass of Gruet bubbly or sparkling cider. Artist Loretta Trevino will be painting from 1 to 3. Stay tuned for details of a raffle for one of her beautiful works. Music will fill the air and we will be wrapping the day away. I so hope you can join us!

If you are not in the Seattle area, we have over 1000 goods on our Watson Kennedy website, so head on over and check it out for your gift giving needs. –TKW



 

 

Surround Yourself With What You Love

It all started with having our windows washed at our home in town. Our building was built in 1929 with classic large windows in each room, all of which we have shutters on both the top and bottom, which makes creating the space cozy by closing them in a quick minute. But most of the time we leave the top part open, streaming in tons of glorious light during the day and the twinkle of the downtown buildings at night. It had been quite sometime since we had the outside professionally cleaned, as it involves a bit, actually make that quite a bit, of work by a pro with a big ladder to get the job done. But when they are cleaned, oh my, our hearts sing. Which lead me to polishing hotel silver and moving a bunch of ‘things’ around in the living room & entry way, in the built in shelves & etageres and on a few of the table top surfaces. Which got me thinking about stuff. Objects to me hold history. I am so drawn to old things as I feel they have an energy and history to them. They remind us of travels, gifts from friends, and become a timeline of your life. The afternoon I spent moving things around was like a walk down memory lane. Even though our home is filled with lots of stuff, we edit ruthlessly and only keep objects that have deep meaning to us. By keeping only the things you truly love, even if it is quite a bit, both your eye and heart lands on each and every thing with happiness. Moving, polishing, and cleaning those beloved possessions just reconnects us with them and the memories they evoke. 








 

 

My Favorite Things Today 

My Favorite Things Today could also be called ‘Things I Like’ which includes this decoupaged tray by New York artist John Derian. Many, many treats caught my eye this past week as the unpacking & displaying was at a steady hum. 









 

 

At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life

Just In, and quite excited to share a new book by my friends Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes. You all might remember this chic duo from the video they produced about Hawthorne awhile back. Stacey pens the wildly popular Quintessence lifestyle blog which includes shooting the At Home with video series along with Susanna. ‘At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life’ is written by Susanna and photographed by Stacey. It is the most charming book for all of us dog lovers out there. Just in time for gift giving season, I might add! From Bunny Williams to Charlotte Moss and so many creative & talented designers in-between, they share the story of their pooches–from how they first got them to stylish living tips galore. Big and small dogs of just about every breed are presented in situ, which is so fun seeing each in their visually inspired home. Really quite a gem in so many ways. We have stacks at the shops and are always more than happy to wrap them up and ship them out.