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Ted’s Tip No. 148

While you are waiting for your produce to ripen, in this case the melon, have it be part of your kitchen tableau. That way you get to enjoy the beauty of it all the way up until the time it is ripe and ready to eat.



 

 

Window Two

On a sunny, sunny Wednesday the second window got a refresh with a nod to the outdoors and gardening. Heather spent hours double stick taping old book pages to the wall to create a sort of wallpaper. The day before that was my task with vintage music sheets. It has become a Watson Kennedy trademark of sorts. Ahhhhh, the wonders of push pins & double stick tape. We reach for them time and time again. Then out came the old ladder from storage as well as the French folding garden table. The shoe form lamp came down from the Market shop, as I thought it would be stellar in this window with the chicken wire shade. The shoe forms then became a running theme, pun intended, along the tops of both window units to unify them. Then my beloved green took center stage as goods began to get pulled and we once again were putting together a visual, layered puzzle.



 

 

Flowers & Mom

Thought it fitting that on May Day one of the front windows was transformed into an ode to flowers as well as upcoming Mother’s Day.

With musical roses strewn about the goods, the window started to take shape. The Livia Cetti potted paper geranium center stage along with a dreamy Hugo Guinness stems of geraniums linoleum cut print. Two happy Mindy Carpenter flower bouquets flanking the duo pulled the whole thing together. Then lots and lots of treat ideas for mom. 



 

 

Ready For a Party

I have mentioned often how some of my most favorite conversations are with customers when I am gift wrapping their goods. I refer to it as ‘wrapping’ which makes me smile. The other day a very kind but slightly stressed woman was throwing an impromptu dinner that night. During our chat, she asked me what we normally stock in our fridge, as she was having to basically start from zero that day to put together the gathering that night. I chuckled when she asked the question as we try to keep our refrigerator pretty ‘party ready’ most of the time. I posted on Instagram yesterday a photo of said fridge. I asked in return, what folks keep in theirs, which was fascinating how many interesting responses I received and all the variety of things people keep on hand. So I will pose the same question to all of you. What’s in your fridge? 

P.S. The thing that threw the most people off in this capture was the can that says, Chicken Dinner. It is Bailey’s organic food from Evanger’s. Behind that can, one called Vegetarian. We mix the two together, which has been her food for many years now, which keeps her happy as a clam.



 

 

Spring Cleaning 

The last few days have been all about a little Spring cleaning at the shops along with a bit of re-display. There is something incredibly comforting & therapeutic about taking everything off of a shelf or out of a case, cleaning it, and then putting it all back together again. The rhythmic pattern of the cloth on the surface almost a meditation. The same is true for all of us at home. It gives you a fresh canvas to try new combinations of things. Your eye sees new possibilities. The dust bunnies disappear and a whole new way of seeing your objects/possessions/treasures presents itself. 



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Retail, make that interesting retail, really is about the mix. I think of it like a puzzle. A colorful puzzle filled with all sorts of cool/high quality/beautiful & intriguing pieces creating one big sensory experience. These are the goods that caught my eye yesterday that are My Favorite Things Today.











 

 

A Day of Display and That View

Spent most of Saturday and yesterday doing display at the Market shop. Not a complete re-do of displays but more of a ‘putter’ as my oldest sister likes to call it. Moving things here & there, cleaning things, polishing things, changing a lightbulb, refreshing a flower. It almost becomes a bit like a meditation, where you get so into the moment, a sort of zen overtakes you. The same is true for all of us at home. Spending a day or an afternoon refreshing your space a tad, can be such a satisfying thing. Your eye will land on new spots and you will see things in a different light. 

After I closed up I waited for my Lyft right outside the Inn courtyard. The below view of the Market has held my heart for close to 20 years now, and it never gets old. Thought I would share it with you all. I know some of you know this view quite well, but for those of you readers around the globe who have never been to Seattle, it is iconic. X, T



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums 

We hit the ground running as we returned to Seattle late Wednesday eve and I headed to the First & Spring shop early to begin dismantling the Holiday windows and create new ones for the upcoming holiday of love. We always put out Valentine goods as soon as possible in the new year as I really like promoting the whole idea of celebrating friendship & love and this heart holiday has been a personal favorite since I was a child. Which brings me to our Flower Friday pick of the week, the stunning paper geraniums we carry from uber talented New York artist, Livia Cetti. Another round of her work arrived in December and it is a happy day when the delivery driver brings in that perfectly packed box of goodness. A few potted geraniums arrived in this order as well as a large variety of other single stem blooms–like dahlias, garden roses & peonies. Her work creating these flowers is quite something. But the geraniums speak to me in a big way as you know of my fondness for them. They brought the whole window together the moment we started adding them to the display.



 

 

Amaryllis Love

Flower Friday brings us this stunning Amaryllis La Paz. It is always such a treat to sort through the bin at City People’s deciding which bulbs get to come back to the shop to delight us for the season. This one is so delicate and has a sort of orchid vibe to it. I have enjoyed a potted version before, but had never tried forcing a bulb in this variety. It opened the other day to all our delight. The whole process of watching it grow over this last month is truly a gift. Of course I am as enamored with the roots too–so beautiful they are swirling around in the water. Cheers to amaryllis in all forms & stages!



 

 

Bits of Blue

The chocolate chip banana bread I posted yesterday in the blue splatter ceramic pie dish got me thinking of the color and how much my eye is drawn to it in many shades. A quick scroll through my photos and I noticed it often–whether in packaging, a quote, or a design element, it is our color inspiration for the day.