The love continues… I have antiqued and flea marketed much of my life, and nothing compares to the vast amount of stuff you will see at Brimfield. And like I said yesterday, the majority of it is pretty darn good stuff. My arms feel an inch longer from carrying things. It is a tired but exhilarated feeling. It is a day of rest today at Barrett Pond, then into the city early tomorrow for an action packed 5 days. Here is a further look at what caught my eye. I was also shooting things for my book, so it meant shifting from camera to iPhone, but it is a fun mix of ephemera and all the good things like portraits, numbers & letters you know I adore.
Oh my word, where to even begin. Brimfield is extraordinary. Not only is it a massive antique show/flea market, but so much of it is so good. I mean really good. Often times at flea markets, you are surrounded by quite a bit of bad to mediocre ‘stuff’ while Brimfield offers so much good. It is a visual feast for the eyes. We have found so many treasures that will make their way back to the shops & website. I am doing my darndest to remember to click images. Here are a few things and vignettes that caught my eye. More tomorrow too…
I was so struck by the strong visual of the color orange on the ‘Grace’ book I wrote about yesterday. Orange can be such a revitalizing color. I scrolled through my photos and kept stopping at all the variations of orange. The above roses a host gift brought to us the other night when we had folks to dinner. Loving the varying hues of fluttery orange.
This is one of my all-time favorite photos I have ever taken. The light was just amazing that day, steaming through the shutters in our kitchen. The tulips themselves so extraordinary. The combo of the light and the flowers–perfection.
Cheers to happy orange in whatever shade, shape or form it takes!
The newly redesigned T magazine arrived this Sunday in The New York Times, and the wait was so very worth it. With Deborah Needleman at the helm, I knew it would be in good hands. The cover story about Lee Radziwill as told through man-about-the-world & designer Nicky Haslam was insightful on many levels. The photos of her Paris apartment were stunning. A lovely feature of the London home of interior designer Rose Uniacke by my pal Rita Konig was incredibly pleasing with all the amazing shots of the grand home, but also in the way Rita captures a visual story through words. A ‘Take Two’ with Chelsea Handler and Oscar de la Renta where each reviews the same item was witty indeed. The magazine was filled with page after page of visual interest. I can hardly wait for the next issue. That, in my mind, makes for a real winner. A new stack of magazines to save has begun… The magazine fitting right in on our coffee table among one of the ‘T’s from our collection.
The shops will be hustling & bustling, so please stop in if you are in need of something sweet for your sweetie. The above handmade card is by Portland artist Sue Tackmier. She made a batch of one of a kind cards for us using ephemera. We still have some in our Valentine card basket. These babies are so cool they could be framed. You might remember, she is the artist who creates the amazing collage boxes for us.
Sending love to you all. XX, TKW
Where does the time go? Today we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Oh my. Just typing that seemed a bit surreal. It has been one amazing journey together and continues to be each and every day. We had a large party for our 20th–for this celebration we thought it would be just us two. Having had the opportunity to get married in New York in August of 2011 will always hold a special place in our hearts, but January 8th is the day we have celebrated from the beginning as our anniversary and always will be. We give each other a piece of artwork or find one we like together. That is also a tradition we started in 1988 which continues. The walls in The Gainsborough filled from floor to ceiling with those works & memories. Dinner, just us 2, this eve at Sitka & Spruce. A day to remember all the days.
A fellow said the other day at the shop, “you sell quite a variety of salt” as he stood at the check-out counter while I wrapped his gifts. Why yes we do, I thought. Life is too short to use bad salt, was my other thought. I also, am asked often by customers, what salt we use at home. 2 we sell, the other is a grocery store staple. We have 3 little vintage glass bowls that I keep filled with each variety that is on an open shelf within arms reach of the stove. This allows us to easily access the salt while we are cooking.
The grocery store variety is coarse kosher salt. This is a super fine salt. This I would use when boiling a pot of water for pasta and I want to salt the water. TPS would use this when he is baking. I find this salt to be much more mellower than regular table salt, which can have an astringent and sometimes slightly bitter taste. Even though the box says ‘coarse’ it is really quite fine compared to the other 2 we like to use.
The second variety is something we have carried at Watson Kennedy since we first opened the Home store. It is a French Fleur de Sel. This is the salt I reach for the most often. It is beefier than the first, still has a very mellow taste, but I think it imparts more flavor. Scattered on top of sliced tomatoes, to topping a chicken soon to be roasted, Camargue Fleur de Sel is always my choice. This also makes a great little gift, as it comes in this spiffy little container with a cork top.
And last, but most certainly not least is the fab Maldon sea salt flakes from England. It is chunky. Love this stuff! This is finishing salt in my book. Maldon is what I would use to do a final sprinkling of salt over a bowl of pasta or over veg right out of the oven after they have been roasted. The chunky salt adding an interesting visual, while adding flavor.
My love affair with vintage objects began when I was a young kid in the Midwest. I was always searching out “old” pieces to add to collections I started. Funny, it has never stopped. It has been a life long activity that brings me tremendous joy. Searching for vintage goods for Watson Kennedy is an ongoing task that occurs almost daily. I read an article ages ago about the antiques dealer/design guru John Rosselli in New York. In it he said that he bought something for his stores every day. At the time, I was just beginning my retail life, and that seemed like such a distant dream but a goal had been set. I now feel so lucky to be able add vintage goods to our assortment on almost a daily basis. It is a task I relish. Here is what caught my eye yesterday of recent finds.
I go weak in the knees for stellar vintage cutlery. They just look so cool set out on a table. The knives make great little host/hostess gifts tied around a jar of jam or tied onto a cello bag with a piece of cheese. The possibilities are endless. Insert smiling face.
Happy Beaujolais Nouveau day to all!
I am excited to report that we will be stocking issues of the fab magazine, Anthology, at Watson Kennedy. A hefty box arrived the other day with the new Fall 2012 issue, as well as a variety of previous back issues. With a tag line of “Living With Style & Substance” Anthology is a magazine filled with page after page of design inspiration.
I really love the heavy weight of the paper and the book binding style that makes Anthology a bit of a mini-book as much as a magazine. The reason I wanted to stock back issues is I thought these would make a great gift with several issues tied or wrapped together.
A lovely, restful Sunday to you all. We are headed to WestWard in a bit. I think I see a long nap and then roasting a chicken in my near future.
I am crazy for dahlias and could just not wait to share these with you. They are huge. The color variation amazing. I am not sure if they fall into the dinner plate variety, but one in a single stem vase makes quite a statement. The Market is still abundant with the blooms, so I am taking every chance I can to have them in the shops and at home.
A bunch travelled over on the ferry and I used them on the dining table just like I did the white variety last week-end (cut super short with the head resting on the lip of a clear drinking glass), with guests yesterday at our Sunday supper.