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Market Shop Displays

Spent the last few days at the Market shop getting it ‘Holiday’ ready. That also means redisplaying things to make room for all the new. These are majorly happy days for me. I think of display as a bit like working on a puzzle. A very layered puzzle with a ton of pieces. You try something, it does not fit, you try something else. We work often by color or subject. The above we refer to as bird-land. The below our ornament area as well as some of the Holiday cards, with a bit of red-land in the shot too. By the end of each display day, I sleep verrrrry well.



 

 

Plaid Walls

Plaid was the name of the game these last few days as we swapped out the windows to get them ‘Holiday’ ready. Heather painstakingly taped off the walls creating a grid to paint them a plaid, becoming a fun, jaunty visual. Then it was all about filling one window with all things green and the other red. We are off and running! Happy Sunday all.



 

 

Shop Vignettes

With November 1st turning up on the calendar, as a shopkeeper, my to-do list is long but the tasks are quite fun while being plentiful. Arriving back to the shops yesterday it was fab to see some super full vignettes filled with all sorts of goodies as the gift giving season kicks off.



 

 

Season Ending Dahlia Love

Flower Friday is a look back on some of the spectacular dahlias from this last few months. The season starts quite early in Seattle and seems to go and go. The buckets on my Saturday morning Market stroll becoming less and less. Such happy blooms they are, frilly and full of life. They might be the ultimate single stem vase flower, as most times a single bloom is all you need to knock your socks off. A big container of them all massed together, heaven.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 170

Before frost sets in, clip back some of your favorite stems. They will be a fresh hit of green on the upcoming chilly days.



 

 

I’ll Take, Lamps, For the Win

The lamps I found at the show in New York in August were the winning element that started this window yesterday. I am so taken with their textural simplicity. They flank a new Hugo Guinness piece we just got back from the framer. From there the layering begins. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I walk around the shop pulling goods, place them, and then do it all over again until the window is complete. Sort of like a puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, so you try another. Window design is part fantasy as well as highlighting items that tell the visual story you have in mind. The many folks who will walk by it each day and maybe one thing with catch their eye. I inhabit a bit of each window. A little piece of my personality or style comes through to tell a story. It is then up to each person who views it to find a piece of it that resonates with them.



 

 

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.