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Just In, at Watson Kennedy

Just In, all sorts of good things arriving daily at the shops. Some make it onto the website, some not, so always feel free to call or e-mail if you see something you like on the blog but can’t find on the Watson Kennedy website. Many of our most savvy customers from out of town use both to shop creatively. The above vignette of new Hugo Guinness pieces my last task of the day on Tuesday before heading home to pack. All housed in vintage frames, many we find at Brimfield or hunting & gathering when we are at Hawthorne.

This extra large canvas tote our largest bag to stock, to date. It is really big, which I quite like. Sometimes you want a bag that you can put ‘everything’ in when traveling or spending the day out and about. This is what you reach for and look stylish to boot carrying.

Seattle artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann brought new paintings to the shop yesterday and I was so excited to receive these images by way of e-mail from the WK crew. This round has the largest works yet that we have carried. So much goodness in her choice of images she paints. I fall in love with each one and it is always tough to choose a favorite.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

On this first day of September, Saturday, all sorts of goodies have been coming in that caught my eye as My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

A Last Day of August Flower Friday

On this last day of August when the blooms are abundant and the herb pots are overflowing, Flower Friday is about some of the flowers & herbs that brightened my day this week. The morning after we flew back from New York I did an early quick grocery run. The lilies catching my eye. I scattered them about in single stem vases, their heady luscious scent we are greeted with the moment we open the front door.

The big scented geranium we have in the big window at the Market shop was bursting with red blooms welcoming me back. I loves all the diffused light it gets tucked up on the ledge for all to enjoy as they shop away.

The dahlias are still going strong and I could not wait to walk about all the flower stalls at the Market and choose a bunch. The above folks got to enjoy for the day before they got packed up and headed to the island. These were the flowers used in low glasses for our mix & match Sunday supper table.

And lastly, paying homage to the flowering herbs that greeted us when we got back to WestWard. TPS snipped off a bunch of stems for me to play with. This one up in the treehouse bending and swaying as if doing a dance in honor of the season.



 

 

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. 



 

 

A Refreshed Wall of Hugo Guinness Works

We are soon to depart to New York so Mister Sive was spiffing things up on Saturday when he was at the Home store. Our rotating wall of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints in vintage frames is a bit like a puzzle. When a customer buys a piece or pieces, the puzzle needs to be slightly re-worked. A bunch of works sold in the last few weeks so a bigger redo of the puzzle was in order. It always makes me supremely happy to see it all tightened up. Hugo’s work is near & dear to my heart, as we were one of the first retailers in the country to start showing his pieces, now many years back. His work is now collected and coveted around the globe, with each image memorable. We have a whole new batch in the works so when we get back from Hawthorne in September, off they will go to the framers and the puzzle will once again be re-worked.  



 

 

And As If On Cue…

Just in time for Easter supper, the jasmine that crept through a small crack from an open window last year has begun to bloom. The scent wafting about ready to greet guests. If you celebrate Easter, please have a beautiful one. For those of you who do not, have a lovely, lovely Sunday.  X, T



 

 

New Hugo Guinness Pieces Have Arrived

Just In, a fresh round of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints were picked up from our framer on the island the other day.  There are some new images as well as some tried & true.  A few of these are much larger than we have had in the past, so they can stand alone and make quite a stylish statement.  Hugo’s iconic work is collected around the globe–it is always fun to see one here & there when pursuing design magazines, making it an extra special treat when we get a good variety in at one time.  Please call or e-mail if one strikes your fancy.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Summer is such a busy bustling season for us at the shops.  So many folks in from all parts of the globe, which makes each day incredibly interesting & full. Box after box arrives each day keeping our shelves nice and full.  A quick walk around, I snapped away some of my favorite things of the moment to enjoy on this Sunday.



 

 

Original Hugo Guinness Portraits at WK

20160404-064157.jpg We are very fortunate & pleased as Punch to be in possession of an assortment of really lovely Hugo Guinness original portraits at Watson Kennedy. Hugo’s work becomes more sought after each passing year, and original works even more so. I love having them lined up on the back of the bench at the Home store having them looking over things while they await their permanent home. If one speaks to you, give us a ring at the shop or shoot me an e-mail. We are always happy to wrap things up and ship to wherever you may be.

Cheers to the start of an awesome week!