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French Bath Mitts at WK

I soooooo love these, Just In, French bath mitts. An old vendor of ours stopped carrying them and we were without for awhile, which had me so bummed as we have carried mitts since we first opened our doors. Le Jacquard Francais, the famed linen company in France to the rescue! Used in place of a washcloth, they have become a Watson Kennedy classic. Paired with a bar of soap, they make a chic & useful gift–a combo I quite like. Happy to have them once again grace our shelves and vignettes.






 

 

7 Years of the TKW Daily Blog Posts

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the beginning of my daily blog posts. What began as a simple idea to share thoughts & ideas has become over the years one of the more meaningful parts of my day. The folks it has connected me to around the globe is like nothing I could have imagined on that first day when I typed “Here we go!” as the heading for my post. My main idea then as it is now, is to share ideas from my day so that it sparks creativity in yours, which in turn gets my creativity churning. I have written in the past about it being like a circle, a circle that feeds us all. I am often thanked by way of conversations, e-mails and notes for the posts, but it is as much about me thanking you. Thank YOU for following along as that is a gift to me–when I hear from you about stopping to smell a bloom, or setting a stylish table, or trying a recipe, or just taking a moment to take it all in and see the glorious details that fill all of our lives, each and every day. Sending you much, much love & gratitude from the Hudson Valley, Ted



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

As Spring is in full bloom, the shops are humming right along with lots of new things finding their way onto the shelves and in vignettes. Below a few new favorites along with some Watson Kennedy classics that just never go out of style.











 

 

Mother’s Day Open House at WK

Please join us this Saturday, the 12th of May, for our annual Mother’s Day Open House. From 10 to 6 both shops will be serving mimosas & sparkling cider and we will be wrapping up gifts for mom. This is always such a fun, festive event. I so hope you can join us if you are in the downtown Seattle area that day.



 

 

A Wall of Happy Beauty 

Just In, new works by Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann. The wall is nice and full and brimming with happy beauty. When she dropped the pieces off the other day, I was delighted as we have been wanting to have her artwork behind the back wrapstand so folks could admire it all while we wrapped away–the large number of new works made this possible. Jeanne created some larger pieces, like the below oysters with lemon, which make me absolutely swoon. One or many, they will make any wall they grace brighter.



 

 

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. 



 

 

The Gift of Lilacs

We were given these lovely lilacs as a gift the other day. My mind went instantly to setting a supper table for two around them. The Barbara Eigen vase would be the perfect vessel for the blooms which set the ‘green’ theme. Then it was just pulling things and piecing them all together. Setting a table is very much like putting together a puzzle. The only difference is you get to decide whether the pieces fit or not.

I had someone ask me on Instagram after I posted one of these images if we ever just warmed up a TV dinner? Which totally made me smile, as I loved them when I was a kid. We both love to cook so we don’t, but we do order out often. Even then, I like to set a table. The world and life has become so busy, I find the ritual of it slows down time. Then we get to sit and enjoy the meal, time slows even further. 



 

 

Katie Leamon Marbleized Journals

Stunningly beautiful marbleized blank journals from Katie Leamon in England just arrived at the shops. We sell a crazy number of journals, and are always on the hunt for more. The patterns on these stopped me in my tracks they were so eye-catching. The paper super thick, perfect for a thought or creation. A welcome addition to a valise, desk or stylish coffee table for when you want to jot a note.



 

 

Royal Wedding Tea

Just In, Royal Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons at Watson Kennedy. It is getting close to being that time again. For all of us who will be getting up in the wee hours to watch the festivities to all of you hosting a fete in honor of the nuptials, a little tea might be in order. They would make pretty swell gifts to give guests, and the tin would make one nifty little vase filled with a tight bundle of blooms.