On this first day of Spring, I thought a little Hugo Guinness artwork would be a nice way to kick off the start of the season. The parrot tulips in a vase that we have hanging in our living room is still one of my favorite pieces of artwork in our collection. I love walking past it each day, glimpsing at the dancing tulips.
Just back from our framer is another round of our best selling images of Hugo’s linoleum cut prints. We have them housed in vintage frames I find, which adds a one of a kind quality to each piece.
These look great singly or massed together. We have a good variety of other images as well. Check out the Watson Kennedy website for more options.
A happy Spring to you!
Interesting how as you get older/wiser your priorities on gifts change. One of our Christmas gifts to one another was a “refresh & new paint job” of our bathroom in town. Now this certainly is not a spiffy new pair of shoes or some other ‘can’t wait to have cooking gadget’ but it something we both thought we would derive a tremendous amount of pleasure from. So while we enjoyed our week out on the island, our city bathroom was getting bit of a re-do.
We had wanted to have the bathroom painted with a high gloss black paint for quite some time. I thought it would add real interest to the room. We could not have been happier when we arrived back in town the other day to see the end result. The black just made the room so cozy and cocoon-like. The black playing off of the original black band of tile swimmingly. We were so excited to start hanging artwork and put the room back together.
The tile is original from when The Gainsborough was built in 1929. We adore the tile work, so we just wanted to play off of that, and have all the tile super cleaned, have the grout redone, and just make the original tile sing.
The work on the original floor tile just brought them back to life. The hand-painted shower curtain by local artisan Janell pulls out all the green from the floor. The pattern in the Yves Delorme towels playing off the pattern of the shower curtain. The green and white adding light to the dark black.
These 2 pieces are by Hugo Guinness, which were a gift from the artist, become a sort of window in the room. The creamy white background again adding a bit of light against the black wall. The flowers in the piece just make me happy being in the room.
We just filled the walls with some of our favorite pieces. I think artwork really belongs in every room of a home. The high gloss black working nicely as a background for the various pieces of art to be enjoyed each and every day. No wrapping needed.
Just picked up from our framer extraordinaire, another awesome round of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints. There is just something about his work in a vintage frame that just bumps up the specialness quality to the entire piece. The crusty, chipped gorgeous silver frame above really is just brought back to extraordinary life which in a word is, beautiful.
We have a few more rounds being delivered after they are finished at the framer, so much more to come. These will be added to the Watson Kennedy website in the next week, but if one speaks to you before then, just shoot me an e-mail. They become a one-of-a-kind piece when housed in a vintage frame, which makes me dig them even more. Just a perfect addition to any home.
A happy, happy Thursday to you all!
A new crop of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints have returned from our framer, and I am really loving the images. The eggs would be so fun in a kitchen or a restaurant. Hugo’s singular image work is so whimsical & stylish all rolled into one cool piece. Here is a look at some of my other favorites.
In addition to the lovely photography by Grant K. Gibson that is new for us at Watson Kennedy, many other new things have been added to our art wall in the past weeks. Here is just a small glimpse of what caught my eye the other day.
Just back from our framer, is another whole new batch of Hugo Guinness linoleum cut prints in vintage frames. The above pooch looking so darn sweet.
The Hugo chairs are always a big hit.
You might remember a few of these from a post I did about some of the fun stuff I found in New York on our last visit. These pieces are taken from very old images which are then painstakingly hand-painted and colored by Italian artisans. I am quite happy with the simple, yet elegant gold frame we chose for these. I think these would look great singly, or make a huge visual statement grouped together.
We just got back some amazing drawings by artist extraordinaire Hugo Guinness from our framer. The field study pieces of plants & flowers are just stunning.
There is a rhythmic quality to the drawings that I find very tranquil.
I have always found Hugo’s work to fit into both vintage and modern environments. We will enjoy them each day in the shops till they find a home. Please let me know if you have any questions on these glorious works.
I first met my friend Rita Konig years back, when she came to Seattle to write an article for Domino magazine. In that article one of the spots she featured was Watson Kennedy. She and I hit it off from the start, so TPS & I hosted a dinner for her on that visit. Her style and manner easy going, witty, and smart. She carries all those traits to how she writes, and designs a space. I would see her and catch up on many of my visits to New York. Her apartment on East 9th Street was one of my favorite places to see her, as the space oozed of her warm, creative style. The above photo is a wall in her kitchen where she taped favorite photos and ephemera to create a rotating gallery, which contained a vintage flashcard that I rubber stamped and sent to her–which makes me smile.
Ever the consummate host–with a well stocked, and oh so stylish bar set up, at the ready.
Rita was who introduced me to Hugo Guinness and recommend that Watson Kennedy carry his work. She is now living back in London where she was raised, and is in the process of renovating her new home. You can follow the progress of the project on her blog, which you access through her website www.ritakonig.com
She still has an office in New York, working on design projects around the country. You can also read the column she writes, ‘Living Well: Rita Konig’ many Saturdays in the Off Duty section of The Wall Street Journal. If you have not picked up a copy of the WSJ lately, a Saturday issue is a must. The section is edited by Deborah Needleman, former Editor of Domino, whose is a good friend of Rita’s. The above vintage white chair sits in the bathroom of Deborah’s country home in Garrison, was a purchase Rita made from Watson Kennedy. She and I share a fondness for solo chairs. All the photos for this post were pulled from Rita’s site–check it out when you have a free moment for a bit of design inspiration.
A happy Saturday to all!
Our dog section continues to grow. I am just finding so much fun stuff to add to it. We found some apropos vintage flashcards that made a whimsical piece of art, staying with our ‘art’ theme of the last few days.
The Denise Fiedler pieces of dogs are always a hit, as well as our variety of pooch themed reading material.
We just got these in yesterday. The perfect water and food bowls!
The Hugo Guinness dog images are charming too.
Such a face, and what incredible eyes.
And our selection of Harry Barker goods is sure to delight.
I was thrilled when Hugo Guinness asked me if I would like to show some of his original portrait drawings at Watson Kennedy. I have long been a fan of portraits. Our guest room in town is filled with them.
The fact that these would be from Hugo would make them extra special. I love his work, and I love selling a good variety of it–iconic images, animals, portraits.
If any or all interest you, please let me know. These won’t last long, so I am enjoying each moment I get to see them at the shop.
The mailbox is always brimming with new magazines at the beginning of each month. I am like a kid in a candy store, excited with anticipation. I had a group of shoppers ask me the other day what my favorite magazine is at the moment. I really did not have to think too long, as House Beautiful has been the answer for quite some time. This month is no exception. Actually, it is at an all-time high. Under the stylish eye of Editor in Chief, Newell Turner, the magazine just keeps getting better & better. They shoot a great variety of homes, from small to grand, to crazy expensive to done on a budget. My number one complaint with many design magazines is lack of variety. If you are shooting a 10 million dollar apartment, furnished with an equal amount of dough spent on the furnishings, it had better look pretty darn amazing. I like seeing both ranges of the spectrum–from a smartly designed studio to an over the top house. The variety in House Beautiful does just that.
Plus, a few things made my heart sing even louder with this issue. Just the front cover alone made me happy. The assortment of Hugo Guinness works like we sell at the shop, looked great, as did the gorgeous yellow that is so similar to what we recently painted the office, as well as our bedroom in town. The magazine has also named Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of Prune, the new food columnist for 2012. I have written quite a bit in past posts of my love and deep fondness for meals I have had at Prune on my trips to New York. We also sell her book at Watson Kennedy. Congrats Gabrielle! One more reason to anxiously await the coming issues…