We said good-bye to the country and hello to the city yesterday. It is one of the things I love most about New York. Within a little over an hour, you can change scenery so drastically, going from a wooded lakeside retreat to the hustle & bustle of The Javitz Center. I spent the day being surrounded by beautiful paper goods in many forms.
The National Stationery Show is like a dream come true for paper fans. Aisle after aisle of glorious cards, journals, ribbons, desk accessories and even more cards.
I spent part of the day laughing. It is so much fun reading and choosing all the clever cards. This series of to/from cards is one of my very favorite.
It really is just non-stop visual overload. And I mean that in the very best sense. All so good.
Today I am up early and will be picked up in a car to whisk me away to Dempsey & Carroll for a special breakfast event and meeting. From there I am off to the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. It is the start of the Blogfest on Design event I will be attending for the next 2 days. Oh such fun! It is the same event I attended last year, and I look forward to seeing so many familiar faces and friends I have made since then. It will be full days with lots of interesting folks to meet and cool events to attend.
Thanks for coming with me. Details and photos tomorrow…
Just arrived, more handsome vintage hotel silver at Watson Kennedy. The above oversized shakers are from The Ritz in London and are so unbelievably good I was shaking in my boots a bit from excitement when I was unpacking them. These would whip up one serious batch of martinis. Resilvered and in beautiful condition, these shaker are just amazing objects to look at. Also in lovely condition are another round of Savoy bowls that we sold out of within a day of the last shipment. These are really ample sized bowls that are food safe so can hold whatever your hearts desire. Again, a sublime object to look at when not in use.
From the fab TRU BEE folks, comes Tennessee Snow honey. It is raw, unprocessed, non-pasteurized honey–with all the healthful enzymes and pollens intact. I find the creamy white color to be so intriguing, as it is not what you see in honey often. This is perfect spread on morning toast. I also love the idea of a bottle of this set out with a cheese platter. The spiffy graphic bottle makes this ideal for gift giving. Good, and good for you.
When I was asked by the fab folks at glassybaby to carry their incredibly special vessels at Watson Kennedy, I jumped at the chance. Many of you know of my love of glassybaby, as well as the huge amount of respect I carry towards the company and the philanthropic good works they do. We are pleased to be focusing in on one particular glassybaby, Shine. 10% of the purchase price of each Shine with be donated to Stand Up To Cancer. It is an organization I also greatly believe in, having lost my father to melanoma 25+ years ago. Shine also has a very WK vibe to it, in my very favorite orange hue. We are proud to be adding it to our daily mix of goods.
I have really been enjoying Instagram these past few months. I look at it sort of like a visual journal, and it has been fun taking shots of shop & life things. If it is not something you follow (since it is one of soooo many social media outlets) there is a feed to the right on the daily blog where you can click on the last 10 images posted. If you are on Instagram, I am at tkwinstagrams. This all leads me to this post. With goods arriving daily it is hard to narrow down my favorite each month, but this is what really caught my eye this go around. The above jewels perfect for upcoming Mother’s Day gifting.
New shampoo from London based Molton Brown. So good!
Some of my very favorite glasses from Juliska. This glass can be used for water, wine, juice, cocktails–I love that versatility in a vessel.
These sweet little dolls in our kids section just sell like crazy. They remind me of something that would be in a Wes Anderson film.
Vintage always catches my eye. These stellar English brass candlesticks just make my heart sing.
As do these amazing knives & forks I found on a vintage buying trip to New York. Just beautiful set out with a variety of cheeses and nibbles. Or just set out to admire the beauty.
And lastly, my new favorite John Derian paperweight. What a perfect sentiment to have facing you each day on your desk or bedside table. The real thing.
We received these amazing eggs the other day from our friend Sarah. Her chickens were busy and she knew we would enjoy them. Enjoy them we will! Giving of food is such a gracious act. I love giving and receiving edible things, as it fulfills one of our most basic needs. So often food is given in a time of sadness (when someone is ill or after a death) to help lift the spirit. My thought when we received the eggs is that it is so lovely just to receive the gift of food, just because. Next time we make brownies or cookies, I want to make extra and give them to a friend, just because. Or if we make a big batch of chicken stock, give some of the containers away to friends. A ‘just because’ gift. They really can be some of the very best gifts to give, or receive.
When I find something for the shops that I have never seen before, it excites me to no end. Such is the case when I spotted this lime vinegar. Yep, you read that right, lime vinegar. Oh what fun a bottle of this would be for whipping up a tangy vinaigrette or creating a marinade with extra virgin olive oil. My mind starts racing. Plus I really like the labeling, the bottle shape, the whole package really. When what is as good on the inside is as good on the outside–it is that winning combo I am always in search of. Fresh lime vinegar, who knew? Yum.
I received just the most beautiful gift yesterday of white parrot tulips. They are so lovely I really wanted to share them with all of you. I know there are quite a few of you out there that are as big a fan of tulips as I am. These were a ‘thank-you’ gift that were given to me a bit out of the blue, which always makes receiving a gift even more special. Gift giving is such a gracious act. I think the best gifts make both the gift giver and the recipient happy.
I wrote about Lark Fine Foods back in November, and the amazing salted rosemary shortbread they make. Well, they are at it again, whipping up these incredible bite-sized little gems, polenta pennies. Just the right size for a late afternoon snack or to serve as a simple dessert with coffee or tea. Laced with lemon and studded with golden raisins–they are just the perfect little cookie. Ideally packaged for nifty gift giving, which you know, always seals the deal for me.
Our first order of Seattle-made Marge granola arrived at the shop yesterday. This stuff is so good! Here is a listing of the ingredients.
Organic rolled oats, pecans, almonds, organic pumpkin seeds, coconut, organic maple syrup, organic sesame seeds, olive oil, dried cranberries, kosher salt, cinnamon, cardamom.
Seriously, all good. Not a bit of filler or some odd thing. I have been eating it right out of the bag as a healthy snack. Also amazing with yogurt or with milk as a breakfast cereal. The packaging making it ready to give as a sweet little gift.