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Ted’s Tip No. 188

Sometimes all you need is one magnificent bloom.



 

 

Valentine’s Day Open House

Well, this is a funny situation. I just finished reading an article TPS sent me about a big snow storm headed our way late Friday. This Saturday we are planning our Valentine’s Day Open House at the shops. SO, I will say this. We are ‘hoping’ to have our Valentine’s Day Open House this Saturday. If we do have a big snow storm, give us a call to confirm that we are open or check our social media channels before braving the elements and making your way down. Arghhhhhh, sorry to be on the fence about this one. The fabulous Seattle hills and snow sadly do not mix well. Growing up in the Midwest where snow can be several feet and folks barely blink, here, we are just not set up for it as other parts of the country are, as it is rare. Oh my gosh, how boring, I am talking about the weather! Anywho, the shops are brimming with all sorts of treats to give those you love/like. We will do our darndest to be there if it snows, but if not, know we will be there just as soon as we can. Happy Thursday!



 

 

Watson Kennedy Holiday 50% Off SALE

Truly off my game a bit. Apologies on this post being tardy. I thought to myself the other day, “Certainly I wrote about our sale?” but then looked through the feed and saw I had not. No worries, still tons of goodies left, all at 50% off! The above sign gives you all the specifics of what is in the sale, with not all of it being ‘holiday’ centric. I like to spice up our Holiday SALE by adding a few categories to keep it interesting. ALL lamps, design & cookery books, Caldrea and Santa Maria Novella goods, along with our extraordinary assortment of year round wrapping paper and ribbons by the yard. A fun way to stock up for the gift giving year ahead. The sale runs through this coming weekend, ending on the 15th.



 

 

Holiday Gift Guides

A few weeks ago I started posting a daily ‘Gift Guide’ on Instagram which then gets picked up our FB and Twitter feeds. I woke up the other day thinking, why am I not sharing these on the daily blog? So here you have it! Many of these things will never make it onto our website as they are either one of a kind or in limited supply. Give us a call at 1.800.991.9361 to order if something catches your eye. Or shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com Refer to the guide number if questions arise. Happy shopping! More tomorrow…

Gift Guide No. 1

Gift Guide No. 2

Gift Guide No. 3

Gift Guide No. 4

Gift Guide No. 5

Gift Guide No. 6

Gift Guide No. 7



 

 

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.



 

 

Cook Like A Pro by Ina Garten

Always fun when the shop gets a big stack of books the day the actual, much anticipated book is released. Such was the case yesterday when Olivia sent me this image from the Home store. Cook Like A Pro by the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, is the latest cookbook in a long line of best-selling books by the much adored author/tv host. She distills recipes down to their very essence, making her cooking always approachable. She is known for testing her dishes over and over again before publishing them, and you can certainly tell. Foolproof is a word that comes to mind. If I am working off one of her recipes, I always know it will be spot on. This is sure to be a winning gift for the upcoming gift giving season.



 

 

Stacks of Magazines

I love staying in a guest room that has a stack of magazines waiting to be flipped through or landing on an article I can’t wait to read before I fall asleep. It is a creative design element that enhances really just about any room, but especially a guest room. We sell a variety of magazines at Watson Kennedy, some of my favorites like the Paris Review and Flower. To make it easier to accomplish a spiffy stack of mags, awhile back we started selling all of our back issues at half off. It is fun seeing customers sort through the stacks finding the issues that resonate with them, finding an assortment.



 

 

Joyful

We stayed in town this week-end and one of the things I did was start this book by Ingrid Fetell Lee, Joyful. With a subtitle of ‘The Surprising Power Of Ordinary Things To Create Extraordinary Happiness’ I knew the moment I cracked it open it would be right up my alley. A gift from my friend Jeanne, whose beyond beautiful watercolors we show at the shops. The word ‘things’ should also mean ‘moments’ as the book is not solely about objects. It is a concept that pervades my life, so incredibly interesting getting another perspective. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, her research absolutely fascinating and spot on. Lee explains why some experiences are laden with joy, explores how we can cultivate these experiences every day, and shows us how to identify the most joy-inspiring people, places, and objects in our lives. Cheers to that! Look for copies arriving soon at both shops.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

On this first day of September, Saturday, all sorts of goodies have been coming in that caught my eye as My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

A Rested Mind & Body

We flew to Seattle yesterday afternoon, fully refreshed from a few weeks of rest and relaxation, mixed in with buying at the show and vintage shopping here & there. The above my rotation of books for the stay. I like to jump around and read a few at a time when we are at Hawthorne. Some I finish while others I will pick up where I left off in October. I raced right through Famous Father Girl which was written by Leonard Bernstein’s oldest daughter, Jamie. I found it fascinating and sad all at the same time.

We hit peak tomato season right on the head and tomato sandwiches were on the menu often. Bartlett House makes this seeded loaf of bread that proved awesome for making them. You need a hearty bread to stand up to all the juices of the tomato once you start in on it. The simplicity, heaven.

Folks often ask how we don’t take everything home that we see when out shopping for vintage goods for the shops. Short answer, sometimes, we do! Not really, but when something catches my eye enough that I go back to a store to buy something, then I know it was meant to be. Red Chair on Warren almost always has a gem I can’t pass up. This pair of English plates heading to WestWard this week-end and I can hardly wait to put them into action.

The plums this visit were out of this world. Above a still life from Talbott & Arding. Eaten just as they are is perfection. I also like roasting them while next to a chicken along with green olives for a simple, simple supper.

Bailey waiting by the door when TPS goes for a bike ride watching over things and waiting for his return gets me right in the heart. She is such a good traveler. You can see the limelight hydrangea a bit poking up from the windows on the right. Seems like they grew a foot while we were there. It was hot, humid, sunny then super rainy at times, which they seem to love. They were an amazing part of the enjoyment on this incredibly restful, reviving stay.

The flight back uneventful (which my Dad always joked and said was the only way to fly) until we got close to Seattle and the smoke from all the fires out West just heartbreaking. We had read all about them while in the Hudson Valley but when you see what it is like from the air, it is sobering. Sending love and safe thoughts for all battling the fires and a speedy recovery.