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Spring Refresh, Part Two

The best part about a ‘refresh’ whether it is at one of the shops or in your own home, is it enables you to see your possessions in a different light. Just the mere fact that objects are placed in a new position gives them new life. You see things differently.

Case in point, our ‘art’ section. It got a completely new home and totally different than it did when it was laid out on the big green vintage tanker desk. All the exact same goods, but totally different visually on this display unit.

The Le Jacquard Francais napkin sets and the Gien plates taking the spot where the art section had once been, bringing together the rest of the display with the stacks of French dish towels.

Our ‘kids’ section is ever growing and is now right next to the art supplies tying it all together.

Cook book anyone?

We turned one of the tables into a dining table so I can set it once a month with a new setting to show all the different ways things can be mixed & matched. The below, bringing all the black and white and creamy product together which is always fun as the products are often changing so it is interesting to see things mixed together. The new artwork encaustic blocks by local artist Theresa Stirling just dreamy and bringing the entire display together.



 

 

Spring Refresh, Part One

As I write this from my comfy chair on the island with Bailey snuggled up right next to me on my left side, my body still a bit stiff from moving displays around for four days–but my soul is energized having spent those hours doing one of my all-time favorite activities, display. Armed with Amy, Heather & Olivia by my side (over a combined 40 years of WK creativity by these 3), we tackled almost every vignette in the 3000 foot space. We laughed, we chatted, we laughed some more, all the while creating as we went. Oh, I should not forget coffee. Lots of coffee was consumed.

Picture the three of them standing with their arms stretched high holding the above heavy birdcage while I am on a ladder between them bolting it into the wall. I initially had the drill set on ‘reverse’ and could not for the life of me figure out why the first screw would not go into the wall. We laughed until we cried with laughter.

Fun to get a big grouping of John Derian up on the wall.

The London and Paris displays had been combined and are now each their own areas so they can spread out as they are ever growing.

The nautical area moving to where the bird section had been, getting a major refresh as some stellar artwork got added to the section.

Paper napkins & guest towels now get their own display unit along with a few other lovelies.

Even the big green window display looking out on to Spring Street got a little love with the addition of some new product that recently arrived. New goods always add a freshness to a vignette.

Reds, creams and earthy colors stepping up to the plate and getting their own area, living across from the lavender & blue wall.

We like to group most ‘like’ goods together, creating a visual story. Sometimes the color of an item warrants being included. Sometimes something is added for pure whimsy, other times because it is truly the only spot we have left in the shop. It is all very scientific. Insert very large smile. End result, hopefully a visual feast.

All the above from the front part of the space. Tomorrow gets the back of the shop vignettes. 

Happy Sunday everyone! Sending love from WestWard, T



 

 

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…



 

 

A Valentine Window

Happy 1st of February everyone! I like to think of it as the kick-off to Valentine season. A few weeks of a little extra emphasis on LOVE is A’ok in my book. I adored this time of year as a kid, and little has changed in that department. It is a time that we get to tell & share with all of our loved ones how much we care for them. Which leads us to the Valentine window we worked up awhile back to get us rolling into the season…





 

 

A Quick Redisplay

The concept of redisplay is not all that much different in the shops as it is for all of us in our home. Whether it be a bookshelf or a tabletop, the same thought process I use when doing a display can be interchangeable.  In the above case, I did not want an entirely different look.  I was just looking to refresh what was already there, by adding some new items and taking away some of what was already there. This also allowed me to dust a bit, as I moved things around.  So when all was said and done, it was not only refreshed but it was cleaned–a two in one, in my mind.  It can take little to no time at all, but the results can freshen up parts of your home, always a delight as we move into a new year.  



 

 

A Candy Cane Striped Amaryllis

When I first spotted this amaryllis, it had not yet bloomed, but the image on the tag had the flowers reminding me of a striped candy cane.  I thought it was perfect for the season and for Flower Friday.  When it did bloom, I could not have been happier. Hope your day is grand!



 

 

Design Books As Gifts

We have a section at both shops of design books.  It is an area where I see folks go to and become gleeful with ideas as they leaf through page after page of inspiration. Almost seeming to get lost amongst the pages.  That is why design books make great gifts. They become almost like giving a little mini-trip. Where the recepient is given a host of rooms/places to dream.  A bit like giving a piece of functional art, as the book itself looks great out on a coffee or sidetable or on a stylish bookshelf.



 

 

Holiday Windows

I clicked these images last night as we were heading out the door.  Sorry, they are a tad blurry, as was I, after a crazy fun, full day getting everything ready for the kick-off Holiday Open House.  But wanted you to get a peek at the windows all ‘Holiday-d’ up.  Wasn’t it just sunny July?  Anywhooo, we are officially on the Holiday train! So hope you can join us today if you happen to be downtown.  Happy Saturday all!!!



 

 

A Bowl Full of Seckel Pears

The season may be short but it is oh so sweet, for the diminutive Seckel pear.  Autumn is in full swing when I start to see these sweet little gems pop up.  In a big bowl, on a platter, or just scattered about a table–their beautiful variation of colors & size make for a lovely reminder of the season.



 

 

The Peonies Travel Once More

20160506-070712.jpg Flower Friday is about the fab peonies that traveled out to the island, part two. They had worked overtime out there but I just could not bear to leave them. I wrapped them up in a dish towel, wrapping the bottom of the stems with a wet paper towel. They then made the journey back into town and graced our dining table for most of the week. This time instead of single stem vases running down the middle of the table, they got nice and cozy next to one another in my new favorite vase we just started carrying at WK, the little feet holding them up in a place of honor at the end of the table. The petals falling ever so gracefully doing their final dance, we were so appreciative of them & applauded their exquisite beauty along the way. A delicate but oh so hearty bunch, the colors changing each day ever so slightly. All just part of the peony magic.