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Loretta Trevino Painting Raffle at WK

We had the great pleasure of having artist Loretta Trevino painting at our Anniversary Holiday Open House this past Saturday. A Pacific Northwest native who now resides in Texas, she charmed all who stopped to chat with her while she painted her iconic houses. In the spirit of the passing holiday of thanks, Loretta thought it might be fun to raffle off one of her works. “Washington Barn” will go to the lucky winner, chosen this Friday. Simply leave a comment here, or on the Watson Kennedy social media platforms of Instagram or Facebook, of what you are MOST GRATEFUL FOR this season. You have until the end of the day this Thursday to enter. Good luck! 



 

 

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. 








 

 

A New Wall of Jeanne McKay Hartmann Original Watercolors

It was a full day of display yesterday, ending with hanging new pieces by Seattle artist extraordinaire Jeanne McKay Hartmann. A big part of display in my mind is telling a story with the goods you are working with. When it comes to artwork, for the shops I generally like to group pieces from an artist together. The visual story becomes stronger when you see a collection hung en masse. 

In Jeanne’s case, the new watercolors she delivered the other day complimented her other works we had in another spot, so I took them all down, started fresh, and found a completely new location to highlight the collection. Shop displays are a tad different than those hung in a home, as the collection must remain fluid as pieces sell and the assortment must be re-displayed in a short amount of time. The new works highlighting her love of flowers, just divine. I can’t stop dreaming about the tomato assortment…



 

 

Brimfield

We returned from Brimfield elated at all the amazing vintage goods we acquired for WK, and beat as we walked through miles & miles (literally) of antique stalls. Brimfield is truly awesome, and if you have any hankering for vintage, it is mecca. If you ever get the chance to go, go. It is about an hour and a half from Hawthorne, so we often feel its pull on us if it is happening when we are here. It is a bit like preparing for a race, as you need to be fully rested and on your game, or the enormity of it all with swallow you up. It is in the town of Brimfield in Massachusetts. It overtakes the town 3 times a year, for 5 days at a stretch, in May, July and September. Folks come from around the globe to sell at it as well folks to buy from them. It really is hard to describe just how big it is. Tent after tent in field after field filled with every kind of vintage good you can imagine. From tables overflowing in one booth with all items under $10 to a booth next to it selling things for thousands of dollars. From jars of old marbles to polished Tiffany & Co. silver to long tables that seat 20 to buckets of wooden tennis rackets to exquisite oil paintings and just about everything in between. Truly, awesome. Goods will start arriving soon at the shops as well as on our website and I can’t wait to start playing with it all in displays.

Sending tons of safe vibes & thoughts to all in Florida and the South in the path of the hurricane. We have many family and friends in Florida, many who fled and many who stayed. My heart goes out to you all…



 

 

A Stroll Through the Hudson Farmers Market

One of my very most favorite-ist things to do when we are at Hawthorne is drive into Hudson on Saturday morning and walk the farmers market. The people watching is top notch, the produce is outstanding, and we always leave with bounty for the upcoming week. This post is an ode to the farmer’s that do these markets, not just in Hudson, but all over the globe. I have such immense respect for their hard work and their ability to make what they are selling look like works or art. Because they are. Next time you walk a market, have your eye and your mind-set be like that of going to a gallery and seeing the work of an artist where every detail counts–the weave of the baskets of garlic, the leaves on the celery, the grain of the weathered wood on the bins that hold the fruit, all the varying shades of red in a cart of tomatoes. I promise you will leave feeling inspired.






 

 

A Refreshed Wall of Hugo Guinness Works

We are soon to depart to New York so Mister Sive was spiffing things up on Saturday when he was at the Home store. Our rotating wall of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints in vintage frames is a bit like a puzzle. When a customer buys a piece or pieces, the puzzle needs to be slightly re-worked. A bunch of works sold in the last few weeks so a bigger redo of the puzzle was in order. It always makes me supremely happy to see it all tightened up. Hugo’s work is near & dear to my heart, as we were one of the first retailers in the country to start showing his pieces, now many years back. His work is now collected and coveted around the globe, with each image memorable. We have a whole new batch in the works so when we get back from Hawthorne in September, off they will go to the framers and the puzzle will once again be re-worked.  



 

 

Geranium Bowls by Artist Paula Odell

To say I am excited to be offering these at Watson Kennedy would be a  slight, actually make that big, understatement. I did a happy dance when Paula Odell and her husband so kindly drove these gems over from Eastern Washington yesterday and dropped them off at the shop. Geranium heaven! The detail of each hand painted geranium just exquisite. I sold the first one to a customer the moment we started to unpack them out of their boxes. I love when art and function meet, which these do, in spades. They will added to our website soon, but if one speaks to you sooner, please don’t hesitate to give us a ring at the Home store at 206.652.8350. 

Happy last Saturday of July all!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Summer is pretty magical in Seattle. Sunny days seem to wash away the memory of all the rain of the past. Folks from around the globe come to visit our fine city, which adds a lovely hum to the season. At any given point we can hear several languages being spoken at the shops, which I just adore. The shelves stocked with all sorts of finds, from both near and far. This is what caught my eye yesterday–as always, let us know if anything catches yours.











 

 

The Joy of Double Stick Tape

I am pretty sure I have written a bit about this in the past, so please excuse me if I am repeating myself. Our friend CoCo & I have this thing where we hold up the ‘peace sign’ with our fingers to each other if we are repeating a story. If things get really bad, we do it with both hands, meaning the story has been told multiple times. Typically we are laughing so hard at this point that we are almost crying. SO, that said, I Adore, with a cap A, double stick tape. I do! It allows tons of creativity. You can try something for awhile. Move things around. You might remember I did a little collage with these vintage book pages in our bedroom at Hawthorne. We were not finding artwork or mirrors to our liking, and the empty space was just cold. That is when I pulled out the double stick tape and went to work. Well, we did find some little oil paintings that quite sing for the space, so the little collage peeled right off the wall. They then have moved to the guest room working swell over the twin beds, where they will live until we find something we like better. Which might be tomorrow or it might be quite a long time, which we are cool with. Or they just might stay there always. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 99

Not all framed art needs to be hung. There can be a certain casualness & sweetness to propping a piece here or there. Plus you get the extra bonus of ease if you want to move it around and live with it in another spot. Prop it up against a wall, put the piece of work in a bookcase, even lay it flat on a coffee table for all to easily visually enjoy.