I always find it entertaining when I read a certain thing has ‘come back’ and I think to myself, “Did it really ever go away?” Such is the case with the champagne coupe. I was flicking through a stack of our monthly magazines and saw it mentioned that they are now back in style. These have been a Watson Kennedy staple. Always. A classic really. A classic never goes out of style in my book.
We just added a charming variety of 36 vintage coupes to the shop collection. Some etched, some hollow stemmed, others clean & simple. I love a big silver platter with a variety of them. These work so well mixed and matched. Guests gets to choose what glass they like best. Cheers to a classic!
I must admit, posting anything today seems a bit frivolous as my heart is so heavy for all the people affected by the storm back East. But I know for myself in times of stress, viewing a little beauty is always good for the human spirit. So a small entry with a beautiful object will be it for today. A champagne glass from our ever-expanding vintage Baccarat section seemed fitting, as we will raise a glass after all this has passed, been cleaned up, and hopefully it will all seem like a distant memory for those of you living through it. Sending much love for a speedy recovery to all our family, friends and readers back East.
If you have ever been to my shop on First Avenue, you know I have a great love of Veuve Clicquot. The rows and rows of bottles used in displays along with all the Veuve vintage finds speak to that great fondness. It only seemed fitting that we would say good-bye to rosé season this week-end, starting with a bottle of Vueve Rosé champagne.
I pulled the below text from the VCP website, which I thought was incredibly interesting. “Just three years following its foundation, the House of Clicquot began illustrating its innovative spirit in 1775 by signing the very first bottle of rosé in the history of Champagne. In 1818, the House broke away from other rosés produced by macerating black grapes in white wine, and created the Rosé Veuve Clicquot by blending red wines with white wines. Elegant and fruity, this wine frees the senses, charms the eye and ravishes the palate. Proudly bearing the imperial red signature of Madame Clicquot, it promises moments of sheer pleasure.”
Frees the senses, charms the eye and ravishes the palate. Indeed it does. It is a real treat to experience. Put it on your list, if you have not tried it already, for when you want to treat yourself or celebrate something special. I think you will adore it.
When the world hands you champagne cages, make mini chairs out of them! Such is the case with the slew of cages I collected over the very festive Holiday season. To me, champagne symbolizes a celebration. I love saving the corks, and have amassed quite a collection in bowls around the house and at the shops. The cages can be made into the most delightful little chairs. We use them in the jewelry cases at Watson Kennedy, to play off of the earrings and necklaces. TPS is the champagne chair master, and he makes them while sitting by the fire at WestWard. You just need a pliers to undo the cage. Snip the wire that tightens the cage around the neck, and use it to create a decorative back. You can get as creative and as fancy as you would like. They really are fun. I like to use them as place card holders for when we are having a champagne themed dinner too, and then the guests can take them home as a remembrance of the evening.
A well stocked bar can mean much more than having a variety of alcohol & mixer choices. It is also a chance to bring a little style into the area. With more and more people entertaining at home, a gift to jazz up one’s bar set-up can be a winner heading into this Holiday season. Below are a few things we sell that top the list of fun bar gifts.
The French Tire-Bouchon Zig Zag wine opener is a classic, and looks great sitting out on a bar.
We have a new supplier for these pump decanters, and they now work better than ever. Put your hand over the top of the pump, push down, and it pours a perfect shot. The bottle is etched with a variety of liquors, such as gin, vodka and scotch.
This is made for me by a local Seattle guy, Jack, who hand stamps his name on each piece. They are bottle openers with a very vintage feel.
These are vintage non-working seltzer bottles that are metal encased and just have the greatest look to them.
A cut out of a champagne bottle by San Francisco artist Denise Fiedler is always a good thing.
As is a piece of art by Hugo Guinness.
This urn shaped vase would also work great as an ice bucket, and look uber stylish left out on a bar.
A vintage Veuve Clicquot bucket would make any fan of the widow very, very happy.
All of the above are goods we sell at Watson Kennedy. If anything catches your eye or interests you, please feel free to e-mail me directly with questions or call one of the shops.
When we have a guest come from out of town, we love to host a dinner in their honor. There is just something about opening your home and cooking a meal that brings folks together in a relaxing & intimate way. In this case, it was to thank Jenine Ferrari from Dempsey & Carroll for coming out from New York and putting on a fantastic trunk show at the shop.
I have been wanting to use these really cool faux bois melamine plates we sell at the shop. Many times, one element is the driving force behind how the table is put together. The plates were it this time. It would be a woodsy, bird nest-y, natural table.
The prettiest orange dahlias were at a stall in the Market. This is the latest in the season I can remember dahlias still being around, so I snatched them up–the color really adding to the theme.
In the center of the table I put 2 pieces of artwork by Linda Morrison. She creates these amazing tableau pieces revolving around birds and nests, and then encases them in a cloche.
I used these vintage sterling napkin rings that were a wedding gift to Ted’s grandparents, that were given to us by his mom. They are engraved with their nicknames for each other, Regi & Ro.
Because of my love of all things bird, friends often give me nests that they find that are abandoned. I put a nest on each side of the dahlia bouquets.
The tall candlesticks with the brown tones filled with the tall cream beeswax candles added the height I like.
Mismatched chairs are my ode to “not everything needs to match” plus I like the variety visually. Truly, never let the fact that you don’t have a full set of something stop you from having guests over.
With the tapers lit, it was time to pour the bubbly and get the dinner party started.
We were given the Tiffany & Co. Atlas champagne cooler/ice bucket as a wedding gift from our beloved CoCo. It has been on our dining table for the last week naked. I decided it was just way too pretty to be sitting empty. A quick trip to Bert’s in Madison Park, where I picked up the most lovely hydrangea stems, did the trick. Filling the bucket was a reminder that many different containers work great as vases. Vintage trophies, pitchers, bowls–all work wonderfully, and add visual interest all on their own.
The gift of a bottle of champagne or sparking wine really is a divine idea. We were recently thrown parties in honor of our nuptials in New York. One was before we departed (many of those bottles have been enjoyed already) and the other last week-end. Both parties could not have been more perfect. Beautiful food, laughter, love–a winning combination for a grand party in my book. The suggestion of bubbly as the gift was tossed about. Boy oh boy, do our friends know us well! We wrote on the back of each bottle who the gift was from. Each time we enjoy a bottle, we will remember and toast the giver.
Having something out to nibble on while you have cocktails with your dinner guests is always a lovely addition to the evening. I find it really helps to spark lively conversation before the main meal, and keeps your guests from becoming ravenous. If we are serving a heavy meal, we keep the options fairly limited, but still tasty. The other evening when we had guests over, we were serving a light dinner of fish, so I put out a much heartier fare.
A bowl of cashews because I always like some sort of nut option, and cashews are almost always at the top of my list. My new fav combo is feta with a really good aged balsamic drizzled on top. I poured the balsamic to just one side, so if a guest was not into the flavor combination, they could opt to just have the feta. A spreadable sheep’s milk cheese the woman at the cheese shop highly recommended was a huge hit. I put out 2 different jams to have with it. The sweet and the tart really playing off one another. We served both with a softer crusted baguette. Delaurenti makes a superb artichoke dip, so that was added too.
All of the above worked great with the champagne, as the conversation, as well as the bubbly, flowed.
A very happy Bastille Day to all!
Not being of French heritage, but having the love of all things French in my blood, today is a day I pay homage. My gosh, I don’t even know where to begin on this one. More foods than I can list, wine, champagne, linens, candles, paper, perfume/cologne, tea, soap–and these are just the quick things off the top of my head.
But the thing I hold most dear in my heart for the French is their love of the moment & attention to detail. All things I strive for each day in my own life. To slow down and really enjoy your meal, to stop and smell that spectacular rose, to notice all the fine details.
My glass of rose’ will be raised this evening in honor and savored.