A big shout-out of thanks to the staff at The Seattle Times for choosing Watson Kennedy as one of four places to spend your tax refund check. We are in good company with records, jewelry and wine as the other choices for a splurge. A note of thanks to my brother-in-law Walter for alerting me to the article, as we are all cozied up at WestWard and I would have missed it. I hopped onto my iPad and snapped a photo of the digital format of the article.
From my favorite chair next to the fire with Bailey scrunched up next to me on one side, and my iced coffee & Julia Child Dearie on the other. I see a very stressful Sunday in my future–which will most certainly include a nap, a Bloody Mary and an outdoor shower. The precise order of those are yet to be determined. I hope you are having a lovely one too.
I love the idea of an adult Easter basket. Why not? There are so many high quality chocolates/caramels out there that a basket or some other cool container filled with them given to your sweetie or friend this Easter is a sweet idea. Add a magazine subscription, favorite cologne, book–whatever speaks to you. All just fun really. I walked around clicking some of the sweets at the Home store the other day. Let me take you for a candy-filled spin.
These were one of my very favorite finds in New York on our latest visit. Little glass encased boxes that house a champagne cork from a special bottle you have enjoyed. What a lovely way to remember the occasion and who you shared it with, as there is a little fortune cookie sized piece of paper included where you can jot down the specifics. What an amazing gift as we head into wedding season. I think I see a new collection brewing…
“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
So very true. I think a big part of incorporating gratitude in our daily life is thanking those around you. Often. Which also goes hand and hand with jotting off a quick note of thanks. Our re-order of these boxes arrived the other day. We sold out of our first order within days. Just the niftiest thing, which includes 52 thank you cards with envelopes plus a guided journal to chronicle your year of gratitude. Just add stamps and you are good to go. Or make one of your own. I think by having everything all neat & organized and at the ready just makes the task of note writing less of a task and more of a joy. Ease is the key.
Sending huge thanks and much gratitude to you all for following along.
Have a lovely Sunday,
It has been a busy week of unpacking goods from orders I placed when I was at the New York show as well as when I was in the showrooms here in Seattle a few weeks ago. The late afternoon light was just so pretty in the First Avenue shop yesterday that I clicked away a bunch of images. Things that caught my eye. Mainly new but also some tried and true. Some things are on our website, others not. Always feel free to give us a ring at 800.991.9361 if something catches your eye. Or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
My One Kings Lane shopkeeper sale is this morning at the stroke of 8 Seattle time. Check it out if you have a moment. It will run for an entire week. I heart One Kings Lane!
Happy week-end everyone,
Big stacks of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up arrived the other day at the shops. This best selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. By best selling, I mean over 2 million copies, which is just mind blowing. This book is filled with tips. The end result she stresses is being organized and living with less clutter frees your mind and let’s you focus on the things you have that have more meaning and bring happiness. It makes me think of the William Morris quote I am so find of. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
A piece of artwork is always such a memorable gift. Art speaks to the soul. Since it is so personal, it is like giving a part of yourself to the recipient.
I have always loved that the shops are located next to really swell hotels. Customers who are traveling and visiting Seattle add such great interest & energy to the shops. It keeps new folks walking through the doors each and every day. So I was thrilled when the very lovely Hotel 1000 down the street from the Home store approached me and asked if I wanted to take over their gift shop in their lobby. Like our website which I wrote about yesterday, the open 24/7 concept is not an easy thing to pull off for a retailer. Keeping a brick & mortar shop open continuously is not really in the cards. That is why having a website works so well. This little shop in the lobby works a bit like this too. The hotel is staffed around the clock at the front desk. So if you are in need of a host/hostess gift at 9 o’clock at night, just pop on down to the Hotel 1000 for a little WK goodness. It is a very highly edited selection, as space is at a premium, but there are loads of things to make gift giving easy at any time of the day.
Yesterday we spent the better part of the day shooting images of goods to add to the Watson Kennedy website. Fun to pick & choose and add to the assortment. With over 750 items, it gives a bit of the flavor of what we offer. I try and shoot the goods just as they are in their displays, to capture the ‘feel’ of being in the shops.
Everything from baubles…
To tasty treats….
To vintage hotel silver…
To yummy smells…
To whimsical artwork and one of a kind finds…
Open 24/7 at www.watsonkennedy.com
I adore these. First we had them, then we could not get them any longer, now they are once again happily sitting on our shelves awaiting a home. These very well might be one of the best value $20 items we sell. Each book contains the full opera on 2 CDs. The book itself is rich with information, containing the complete libretto with annotations. Perfect for all ages, novice to seasoned opera lover too. We listened to them the entire day at the shop on Wednesday and it just put us all in good spirits.