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College Window–Touchdown or Game, Set, Match

With the change of season upon us, this is the week to get the windows swapped out, refreshed and ready for Autumn. The college pillows the driving force in this window, with a bit of preppy, old-fashioned game day inspiration thrown in. I know not an absolute thing about football but I did know there was a 10 involved. Barb coaching me a bit while searching for another number to go with that, I had chosen a number 8 and she said 7 was more appropriate. Insert very large smile. I truly have very little idea what that sentence even means… The old tennis rackets & white balls has me back in my arena. The plaid throws/blankets/scarves fun to mix in here and there. Bags of peanuts strewn about. I usually like to add at least one thing that you would not expect. Name the English movie where one of the main characters brings his Teddy bear to college with him? Next up, Thursday the other windows gets a re-do. Hope your week is starting off grand.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 166

At this abundant time of the season, when beautiful produce is so plentiful, fill up a bowl with it and leave on your counter for you to enjoy visually throughout the day. As the saying goes, we first eat with our eyes.



 

 

A Wall of Glorious Reds

It was a bunch of display days in a row. I was in heaven. Tightening up some vignettes and moving some completely to another area. The below red wall of goods I snapped yesterday at our Market shop. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. The fun to me is in the middle mix. This also shows the power of color. Glorious reds take center stage.



 

 

A Last Day of August Flower Friday

On this last day of August when the blooms are abundant and the herb pots are overflowing, Flower Friday is about some of the flowers & herbs that brightened my day this week. The morning after we flew back from New York I did an early quick grocery run. The lilies catching my eye. I scattered them about in single stem vases, their heady luscious scent we are greeted with the moment we open the front door.

The big scented geranium we have in the big window at the Market shop was bursting with red blooms welcoming me back. I loves all the diffused light it gets tucked up on the ledge for all to enjoy as they shop away.

The dahlias are still going strong and I could not wait to walk about all the flower stalls at the Market and choose a bunch. The above folks got to enjoy for the day before they got packed up and headed to the island. These were the flowers used in low glasses for our mix & match Sunday supper table.

And lastly, paying homage to the flowering herbs that greeted us when we got back to WestWard. TPS snipped off a bunch of stems for me to play with. This one up in the treehouse bending and swaying as if doing a dance in honor of the season.



 

 

Like a Puzzle

I liken doing the shop displays to working on a puzzle. In this case a very layered, product heavy visual puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, you try another. Last week was a string of non-stop display work days, moving lots of product from the front of the store to the back area display, to condense and have the ‘bar food’ be mixed in with all the glassware and cookbooks. Abundance is a big part of my design philosophy for WK, as I think options for customers is key. But it is easy to have all those options become overwhelming. That is where a nice, pleasing to the eye display comes in. The cohesiveness allows the eye to rest on a certain area and not be overwhelmed. I am sure there are many schools of thought on this subject, but I have always approached it personally. It is what pleases me visually so in turn I hope it resonates with our customers. Here is what got a little re-do.



 

 

3 Days of Display + The King 5 Evening Link

Good early morning all on this July Saturday. It has been a jam packed few days of doing display at the First & Spring shop, which makes me crazy happy. If I can devote my mind and energy to re-working displays a sort of zen comes over me. That zen also involves not reaching for my phone, as I had to laugh, this was the only photo I snapped. I took it moments before turning on the alarm and heading out the door last night. This post is two-fold, as it really is a reminder to all of us that a creative, non-distracted mind allows for the creative juices to flow. Be that a move around of furniture in your living room, rehanging artwork, really any task around the house. You get to envelop the moment. That all said, I promise to do a post later in the week of some of the vignettes I shoot in the coming days. Also promised, the link to the King 5 Evening episode that aired the other day featuring WestWard and WK. Lots of design ideas for small space living. Plus Bailey on a beach walk and TPS hopping up onto the outside sleeping porch to enjoy a read–two of my personal favorite parts. Enjoy! From sunny and warm, warm, warm Seattle, T2+B



 

 

Anatomy of a Display

Putting together a shop display is really very similar to how I would arrange things at home. Color becomes the driving force. The above a table I put together the other day where the inspiration was the color of a tin of snack mix seasoned with Old Bay, that was in the vignette. The colors of red, yellow, navy and tan instantly got my mind racing. I pulled tons of product with those colors and started layering the table. The same concept would hold true if you were arranging a bookshelf or setting a table. Even choosing furniture for a room. Be inspired by color and then layer, layer, layer.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 157

Clip stems of herbs from your garden, buy them from farmers market stalls or even the produce aisle at the grocery store, for a little hit of green in your kitchen. Snip off leaves as you cook away to add loads of herbaceous flavor.



 

 

Summmmmaaaaaa Windows

A quick swap out of things in both the big windows of our First & Spring shop the other day. Man oh man, the sun does a number on things, so changing goods up in the sunny months is always part of the plan. Boat-y, blue-y was the idea for the first window, with the Country Living article of WestWard the inspiration. Gardening and all the cool watering cans we found at Brimfield the driving force for the second window. Cheers to Summmmaaaaaaa!



 

 

A Summery Table in Red

The color red became the overall theme in this summery shop table. Cozying up to lots of product with white in it, as well as wicker & seagrass. The watermelon plates a particular favorite, as they are a yummy symbol of the season. The black dotted wrapping paper, another absolute favorite, became a runner in a pinch. The dots reminding me of watermelon seeds. Then it was all sorts of fun stuff in those color stories that got added to the mix.