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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.



 

 

Just In, at Watson Kennedy

Just In, all sorts of good things arriving daily at the shops. Some make it onto the website, some not, so always feel free to call or e-mail if you see something you like on the blog but can’t find on the Watson Kennedy website. Many of our most savvy customers from out of town use both to shop creatively. The above vignette of new Hugo Guinness pieces my last task of the day on Tuesday before heading home to pack. All housed in vintage frames, many we find at Brimfield or hunting & gathering when we are at Hawthorne.

This extra large canvas tote our largest bag to stock, to date. It is really big, which I quite like. Sometimes you want a bag that you can put ‘everything’ in when traveling or spending the day out and about. This is what you reach for and look stylish to boot carrying.

Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann brought new paintings to the shop yesterday and I was so excited to receive these images by way of e-mail from the WK crew. This round has the largest works yet that we have carried. So much goodness in her choice of images she paints. I fall in love with each one and it is always tough to choose a favorite.



 

 

Random Thoughts

We head to Hawthorne early tomorrow morning. The day before we leave my mind is always a jumble of thoughts and task lists. Much like the post today! For those of you new to following along on daily blog, you can watch a fun video interview I did awhile back with Susanna Salk on Stacey Bewkes’ beyond lovely blog, Quintessence. Their At Home with series is not to be missed, as they are a creative feast for the eyes with lots of inspiration & design tips along the way. Click here to watch.

The above a bit of the view from my shop in the Market. Autumn has started out with a glorious bang here in Seattle. The crisp days and cool skies something else. The below a cherished piece by Denise Fiedler for our upcoming 20th anniversary of Watson Kennedy on November 23rd. Lots of fun stuff planned. Details to follow. So this Hawthorne stay will be a major rest up for a super busy few months the moment we arrive back in Seattle. I am incredibly excited for both!



 

 

Roger & Gallet, Back at WK

SO happy to report our Market shop shelves are re-stocked with boxes of Roger & Gallet soaps and Eau de Toilette sprays. We have carried these for close to 20 years and we were unable to get them for over a year now. This iconic French brand from Paris is a winner for both men and women. Most of the scents enjoyed by all. I personally love the detail of the tissue paper, each bar wrapped just so. The boxes make for easy, stylish gift giving.



 

 

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.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

All sorts of new yumminess arriving at the shops each day. Thursday I snapped away at some new favorites. Always tough to narrow it down, but fun trying! I am often asked during my ‘wrap’ sessions with customers how I came up with the concept for Watson Kennedy. I always say it was easy, as I only buy what I love. My first test is we must be able to love having it in our own home or giving it as a gift ourselves. If goods pass those guidelines, then they go through a bunch of other criteria in my head in the split seconds that I give to making the final decision to buy something that ends up on our shelves.



 

 

Two That Caught My Eye

Just In, a few new things that caught my eye yesterday as I was leaving the shop. New goods arriving at a dizzying pace, but these I keep coming back to this pair again & again. Charles Farris candles from England have landed and boy are they swell. We have been burning the above scent this week in town. Loving everything about it, from the sublime scent to the handsome packaging. The below artichoke planter/vase/bowl just so cool looking I can hardly stand it. This filled with an orchid or lemons would be dreamy. Also grand as it is without anything in it at all.



 

 

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.



 

 

Spiffy Waxed Bags at Watson Kennedy

Just In, two new bags that I am over the moon to share. I have always loved a waxed bag. They have an instant patina, getting better and better with more use. Quite the opposite with many other bags that start looking tattered over time. A generous sized week-end bag that will turn heads as you walk to your gate. Along with an everyday tote that holds all sorts of things as you go about your day looking spiffy with it by your side.



 

 

Livia Cetti Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us the magical paper flower creations of artist Livia Cetti. I had been a fan long before we started carrying her work at Watson Kennedy. Her potted geranium one of the first things we bought for Hawthorne. Her single stem geraniums hold a special place in my heart, so they are the first thing that came to mind when wanting to play with the window behind the dining table at The Gainsborough. I liked the idea that they were growing up through the shutters. We could not have been happier with the outcome. Flower power all the way! Above a shot from the cocktail party we hosted a few weeks ago and below a simple week-day supper we enjoyed with a friend visiting from Charleston the other day.