The walk around the shops continues on this rainy (wow, have never been quite so excited for rain) Saturday early morning. More of new, and of course, tried & true.
It has only been a little over a week since I have been back from buying at the show in New York and things have already begun to arrive. A quick walk around yesterday at the end of the day produced some goods & vignettes of both the newest of new and also the tried & true. More tomorrow too.
Spending several days looking at goods in all shapes and sizes, I scrolled through this morning and was drawn to white in many forms. So soothing. I also love that whites can be creamy, to yellow-y to pink-y, also with hints of brown. In whatever shade, in whatever form–that is my design inspiration for the day.
With phone/camera in hand, I was determined to capture more images. Another full, non-stop day and I found sooooooo much great stuff. Needle in a haystack is how I always think of it. Diamonds in the rough too. By the end of the day I am looked out, but completely energized by what I saw, bought, and utterly excited knowing it will soon be in a display for all to enjoy at the shops. Here are a few more of the diamonds I found…
This is comical. I truly thought I had snapped more photos of goods yesterday at the show. Apparently not. Monday was a non-stop day of shopping/buying at the New York show, and as I have written before, I almost become trance like–super focused that taking photos completely goes out of my thought process. Just know there are TONS of goodies that will be arriving in the coming months at WK, and that was just day one. Two more to go! A few highlights. The Eddie Ross book coming out in September is just so creatively done and filled with tons of ideas. I will do a post on it once I have had time to fully take it all in. Eddie and his partner Jaithan came to my book party last year, are just the nicest fellows. They were in the midst of working on the book then, which we chatted about, so it is so cool to see it come to life. The dish towel so graphic and fun, these will look great in any kitchen or fab as an oversized napkin. Lastly, I attended a cocktail party at the beyond lovely home of Nest candle founder Laura Slatkin in the eve. Laura is a fan of Watson Kennedy, we follow each other on Instagram, and the last time she was in Seattle she came for a visit to the First Avenue shop. She is just such a kind, gracious person. She hosted quite a fete. Excited to soon be carrying her exquisite line of candles, coming this Autumn. I am off for another full day at the show! I promise, more photos tomorrow.
It all started with this whale glass. The artist Margot Larsen sent me these as a very sweet gift, which we then started carrying at WK because we liked them so much. They were the first thing with a whale image we had ever received/had. Next came the metal whales we started selling at the shops that I found at a show last January that are made from recycled metals. Soon, that whale found its way onto our table and into our hearts. I think a collection has begun. Interesting how a collection can begin without even really knowing it.
Color is so powerful. It can soothe, motivate, make you happy, make you sad, make you think about things. Green, as you know by now, is a personal favorite. I find it energizing and soothing, often at the same time. So many great shades in so many great forms. A little inspiration in a hue I just keep coming back to, time and again.
The shipment of these arrived just as our Friday was winding down at the shop, but I really wanted to get them out onto the sales floor for folks to enjoy for the week-end. I grabbed a bag as we headed out the door, rushing home to get things ready for guests arriving at 7. Boy am I glad I did! Tasty in a bag. Actually, good enough to eat right out of the bag. Rosemary & parsley was the bag of choice. We served them with a variety of cheeses. Is the plural, cheeses? Excuse me if I am wrong. However you slice it, they were heaven. Crispy but no too crisp. The hint of rosemary and parsley just the perfect hint. We will now always have a bag of these at the ready. Next to try, the classic sea salt.
Happy Monday all. Woke up this morning to the rain coming down on our metal roof out at WestWard, which we find so soothing, it lulled me back to sleep. Wow. Rain. We have had so little of it this year I almost forgot what it sounded like. The pots of scented geranium all perky from the natural watering. Hope your week is off to a smashing start…
Incredibly excited to report that we are now showing the sublime works of Seattle artist, Jeanne McKay Hartmann. Funny how life works. Jeanne has been a customer of Watson Kennedy almost since day one. I remember seeing her smiling face pop in and do a little shopping when she worked at Nordstrom and the Market shop first opened. Fast forward to now. She is also a dear friend with my lovely friend Elizabeth who was just visiting us from Rye, New York. Elizabeth is who writes the uber stylish blog Pretty Pink Tulips. I have long admired Jeanne’s work and asked her if she would consider doing pieces for the shop. She has put together pieces that have a very WK feel–with Veuve, scented geranium, Mariage Freres tea, tulips, tomatoes, sea shells and hotel silver a prevailing theme. A few of the vignettes are from things I posted on the blog or my Instagram feed, which tickles me to no end. Oh my, I was a tad light headed when she brought them all in the other day. Truly, just incredibly special works.
OK, here is the skinny. These are one of a kind works, but Jeanne can paint another/more if we sell out of one, that will look very similar. I did a quick IG post yesterday and we have already sold 2 of the Veuve bottles. She is making another 6 for me. The frames are a little over 8 inches by 10 inches. Each piece sells for $295. If one interests you, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com or give us a ring during shop hours at 800.991.9361. We are thrilled & honored to have her work grace our walls, as a temporary home until they find their permanent one.
Excited to report that the fabulous ceramic goat pitchers from England made the voyage to Seattle and are now enjoying a life on the shelves at Watson Kennedy until they find their permanent homes. We bought one of these when I did a book signing last October at Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, New York. The owners were so gracious and shared with me the artisans in England who make these. I have posted images of the goat pitcher on our kitchen counter at Hawthorne on Instagram and have received oodles of inquires. Happy to now have them as part of our offerings at WK. Two sizes, $30 for the small and $36 for the big. Such a whimsical pitcher to have out to serve milk with coffee or to pour syrup from. Give us a call at 800.991.9361 if one speaks to you. A bit of the English countryside awaits. Fun to have them set about the First Avenue shop. Kind of like the little ones are watching after things.