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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.



 

 

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.