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Day One, of a Spring ‘Refresh’

The sun was shining so beautifully through the big front windows as I turned off the lights last night after Day One of a major Spring ‘refresh’ I just had to click-away a few images.

The shops, much like home, can always benefit from a little mix-up of things to add freshness & spice vignettes up a little.

By moving things around, your eye lands on new focal points. The old becomes new.

You end up cleaning a bit, which spruces everything up, which in turn re-energizes an entire display.

Plus it is just downright fun! Oodles of hard work, but oh so satisfying. 5 of us moved things around, got sweaty, laughed, helped customers, answered the phone, fulfilled web orders, moved more stuff around, helped more customers, cleaned a bit, chatted, and moved more around. A full, full day. One down, with three more to go…



 

 

Inspiration in Green

As the rain pitter patters away on the window sill (a very familiar sound these past few months) at this early morning hour, green is on my mind as Spring is soon upon us. All this water creates growth, so we are in for a serious dose of green in the days ahead. Here is a little green inspiration in many forms until then.


















 

 

Encaustic Art Blocks by Theresa Stirling 

Some things are just meant to be. This is very much the case with these works of art. It all started with an e-mail from the artist, Theresa Stirling. The moment I clicked on the attached image of one of her works, I knew they were right for the shops. And then she brought them to the store. Oh my. I was transported. Long a fan of encaustic work, the layer after layer of beeswax tells a story. Much like real life, each art block brings up a different emotion. Whether singly or grouped together, they really are quite magical. Theresa is prolific in her work, so we have many to choose from, with the collection ongoing so you can add more pieces later, if inclined. I could not be more honored to be showing her truly beautiful works.






 

 

Inspiration in Blue

It is a loved hue–from light chambray to deep cobalt, blue in many forms, is our color inspiration of the day.







 

 

Custom Coordinate Signs at Watson Kennedy

Customizing a gift shows you went the extra mile, making it truly memorable. Our custom coordinate signs point you in the right direction (sorry, had to say it–too good to pass up) for a ‘just right’ treat for yourself or to give. We can pinpoint your exact coordinates with your address, so the sign will be made just for you. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for these gems to be created, and we can ship it right to you or your recipient. Shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com or give us a ring at 1.800.991.9361 to order. 



 

 

Waiting For the Paint To Dry

We are in the process of having the plumbing re-done for our 1929 building in Seattle, The Gainsborough. We have called this home for close to 30 years, buying the apartment shortly after we met. We moved away for part of that time, but held onto it, always knowing we would come back. It holds a very special place in our hearts. I snapped these photos early this morning, after we spent the eve putting things back as they were, once the paint had dried. A good portion of the above wall needed to be ripped out/open (not sure of the construction lingo proper term) to get to the plumbing in the kitchen. The same had to be done in a large walk-in closet (which holds more ‘stuff’ than one can imagine) to get to the bathroom plumbing. It was comical how discombobulated things were in the space for the last 6 weeks. The ‘put back together’ was a good time to clean & polish/get rid of/donate many things. It got me thinking of home and what that all means to me/us/others. How important the spaces we call home are to our well-being. How they envelope us and make us feel safe and cared for. Home is incredibly personal. Whether it be a room or many, many rooms–they give back to us in a myriad of ways. Sometimes more than we know…



 

 

A Snowy Hawthorne 

We arrived to Seattle late, late Monday eve, the memory of all that glorious snow staying with us this week. Thought I would share some of those captures as well as quiet moments when I snapped away in the house as the snow fell outside.

Our favorite bench outside sits under all that snow!

A lovely week-end to you all. Hope it is a great one.



 

 

Candlelight 

For a relaxing or for a romantic eve, try lighting a variety of candles. Votives, tapers, tealights, as well as a scented candle in a container. Either have all the lamps off or on the lowest setting. You will instantly find your heart rate dropping a few beats as the mood you have set is incredibly inviting as well as relaxing. Turn on jazz or classical music. Enjoy a meal or just enjoy the beauty you have created.



 

 

How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways at Watson Kennedy. Both shops brimming with sweet treats to give to your sweetie, your friends, your co-workers. Valentine Day’s is such a lovely day of to show LOVE. Be it a card, a gift, a kiss or a hug. We have you covered for a few of those! Plus we will be wrapping away from the start to the finish of the day.



 

 

A Day at the Show

The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.