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My Favorite Things Today

Lots of goodies arriving daily. The Summer months are such a busy time at the shops. Fun to meet folks from all over the world who are coming to Seattle for a visit. Above and below some new favorites.



Like a Puzzle

I liken doing the shop displays to working on a puzzle. In this case a very layered, product heavy visual puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, you try another. Last week was a string of non-stop display work days, moving lots of product from the front of the store to the back area display, to condense and have the ‘bar food’ be mixed in with all the glassware and cookbooks. Abundance is a big part of my design philosophy for WK, as I think options for customers is key. But it is easy to have all those options become overwhelming. That is where a nice, pleasing to the eye display comes in. The cohesiveness allows the eye to rest on a certain area and not be overwhelmed. I am sure there are many schools of thought on this subject, but I have always approached it personally. It is what pleases me visually so in turn I hope it resonates with our customers. Here is what got a little re-do.



A Singular Sensation 

Sometimes you need just one to stop you in your tracks. As the tulip season marches along, this singular sensation and the beauty it possesses was all that was needed to spruce up this spot in the bookcase. Absolutely, I swoon over an overflowing vase of blooms. But sometimes one just does the trick. Happy Flower Friday all. A lovely May week-end awaits!



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