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Champagne Cork Remembrance Boxes

20150319-063306.jpg 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…




A Year of Gratitude

20150315-062526.jpg “It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
–David Steindl-Rast

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,



My Favorite Things Today

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




























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,



The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

20150305-042259.jpg 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.”



Ted’s Tip No. 31

20150302-040012.jpg 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.



Watson Kennedy at Hotel 1000

20150227-054918.jpg 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.







20150226-033837.jpg 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.


20150226-034022.jpg Everything from baubles…


20150226-034234.jpg To tasty treats….


20150226-034348.jpg To tunes…


20150226-034501.jpg To vintage hotel silver…


20150226-034707.jpg To yummy smells…


20150226-034843.jpg To whimsical artwork and one of a kind finds…

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Our Opera Books Are Back

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.







A Day of Visual Inspiration

20150218-035114.jpg I spent the better part of a day yesterday at the showrooms placing orders for new goods for Watson Kennedy. It always feels a little bit like going home, as that is where I started on my retail adventure over 20 years ago. I find such visual inspiration being surrounded by so many things. Very similar to me walking a show, it is a bit like a puzzle. Finding pieces that fit together to tell the story I am trying to tell at the shops.

20150218-035700.jpg I also picked up lamps I was having rewired as well as did a little vintage hunting. It was a full day of inspiration. Both of the books pictured will be coming our way too. I started the day ordering books and I ended my day at the showrooms ordering books. Yes, I was in heaven. To be surrounded by rooms filled to the brim with books to sort through can be daunting, but I find it the ultimate needle in the haystack experience.




Sending Love & Valentine Wishes

20150214-031938.jpg I ran across this photo of these extraordinary roses I found awhile back and thought they were appropriate for the day. What are Valentine wishes you ask? My thought was that everyone reading this have a day filled with the ones and things you love.

A side note, both shops are brimming with Valentine treats galore–so if you are still in need, stop in. My hands are a tad sore from all the gift wrapping I did yesterday. It was a blast wrapping like crazy so many sweet gifts for customers. We will be doing the same all day today.

From all of us at Watson Kennedy, we send tons of X’s & O’s.