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Table For Two

On a rainy, blustery evening the table was set for two. Take-out was on the menu. But why not set the table and elevate the experience, right? Honor the meal, as I like to say. The lilies were a screaming deal at the grocery store, filling up a glass compote dating back to my showroom days. Then a bunch of candles got lit and we were off and running. Or dining in this case. We have a new place right around the corner called Neon Taco that makes these killer ribs. Their rice & beans along with a cabbage slaw we whipped up and dinner was served.



 

 

A Fresh Round of Hugo Guinness Works at WK

Just In, and back from our new framer in Seattle, over 40 new works by Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness. We house his linoleum cut prints in vintage frames we find on our travels. Both shops have a lovely variety of them. Hugo’s work is collected around the world–his iconic singular image pieces spiff up any wall they grace.



 

 

Inspiration In Red and Green

This time of year I especially love red and green together. Or separately. Does not matter. But when combined they do have a jolly-ness to them. The hues in many forms are the inspiration for the post today.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 178

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. An old piece of furniture can come back to life with a new coat.



 

 

A Wreath, Two Ways

Wreaths can come in many forms and sizes. This festive time of year it is fun to see so many options available when out & about. We were given a stunningly beautiful oversized leaf wreath made by and given to us by our friend Catherine. It greets us in town when we first get home. In our back hallway a driftwood wreath becomes an impromptu frame for a painting, enjoyed throughout the year, usually on the front door.



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums

Bundles of single stems and potted paper geraniums by Livia Cetti from New York arrived at the shops recently. Her work is exquisite, the detail work of the painting of the leaves quite something. The petal of the blooms hard to tell they are not real. I knew some would have to come home with me. We have been so smitten with the jasmine that has been growing through a small crack in our living room window I wanted to recreate it in a few other windows in the apartment. The geranium stems would be just the ticket. The potted plant on the bar in the kitchen finding a happy home as a real one would not get enough sun. No watering required! Livia’s work makes me supremely happy. Whether a single stem or many, they can’t help but make you smile. Both shops have a lovely variety.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 177

A place card at a table setting is a lovely way to greet your guests as they first arrive at the table. Think out of the box for clever ways to make a place card. Old game pieces with letters are swell as well as hydrangea leaves with the names written right on them.



 

 

Watson Kennedy Turns 20 Today!

How appropriate that it is a rainy here in Seattle today, much like it was on the Monday we opened our doors 20 years ago to the day. I still feel a rush of excitement when I walk into the courtyard of the Inn at the Market for the shopkeeping day ahead. It has and continues to be an awesome journey. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of it. If you are in the hood these next few days, please stop in and say hi, we would love to see you. The Anniversary/Holiday Open House is tomorrow at the shop, so come on in for a little shopping and a libation. Cheers to the next 20!



 

 

Wreath Making Workshops with Catherine Nielsen at Watson Kennedy

These glorious wreaths are from our friend, the talented Catherine Nielsen of Moss & Twigs, who has been crafting wreaths and leading workshops for over 30 years. Saturday the 1st of December she will be teaching a workshops for us, from 11 to 1. You will learn how to make your own wreaths, as well as work on one that you will leave with at the end of the workshop. These spots are coveted, so please call early if you would like to grab one. The cost is $95, which includes mimosas during the workshop and 25% off on your shopping that day at either or both WK locations. Please call me directly at 206.617.9678 to reserve a spot. The perfect gift or a lovely time to spend with a friend being creative together. It will be a ton of fun and you get to take home the stylish wreath you created!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The deliveries just keep on arriving. This festive time of year brings so much new goodness at the shops. Below some of my favorite things over the last few weeks that have caught my eye.