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.
In keeping with the beauty of an object from the post yesterday, I snapped this photo after I freshly polished these soup spoons we found on a vintage buying trip to London years back. Simple objects can bring back such great memories and give such pleasure. Standing at the sink polishing each spoon, I remembered the day we found them, the feel of being in London and the excitement of vintage shopping for the entire day. For a moment I was transported. Polishing silver can certainly do that. We have used these spoons every time we have served soup since that trip. That is why I love purchasing things when traveling–they become such a lovely reminder.
Ahhhhh technology. I woke up this morning and my WordPress app on my iPhone was completely different and not loading. I am tapping this post out on my iPad, which I have never done before. Fingers crossed this gets to you….
It has been a few full days of display at the shops sprucing them up with new product that has come in these last few weeks. It is refreshen time, and also a time to get the shops ready for Valentine’s Day. We always get things out for heart day by the 15th of January so it puts a festive energy in the air. A local artisan brought me these incredible linen lavender filled sachets last week and wanted to know if I was interested in buying and selling them. I could not say yes fast enough–these are real gems. She found the gorgeous linen fabrics on a trip to London, and when she got back home made these sachets. They have such a cool vintage feel & vibe to them. Of course the addition of the number in red makes my heart sing. So good.
This book, Londoners, was a hit this season at the shops. Each time a copy was brought up to the wrap stand, I thought to myself how I needed to grab a copy and bring it out to the beach this week. I was lucky and nabbed one of the last copies–more are on the way though, and the stacks will be replenished. Long before I was a Francophile, I was an Anglophile. Partly because of my heritage, but partly because I have long had a love affair with London. From my early days watching every moment of Wimbledon when I was a kid, to the semester in college I spent as a foreign study student there, to the many vintage buying trips we have made–London is a city that holds a very special place in my heart. This book, composed of 80 some interviews as told to author Craig Taylor, gives the reader glimpses into many, many variations & takes on London. Taylor has crafted a book that is easy to read at various sittings, while the British sense of humor makes it tough to put down. Over the course of 5 years, he interviewed folks and composed the interviews in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting among the 2 when they are chatting. The reader gets perspectives from all walks of life–from the woman who is the ‘voice’ of the London Underground, to the airline pilot who flies into Heathrow & Gatwick, to the beekeeper, artist, squatter, teacher, chef and street cleaner–you will feel an intimacy with the city as you read on and on. A visual, through thoughtful words, ode to the great city that is London.
Kenneth Turner, flower superstar of London, began creating a line of superb candles over 20 years ago. A few years after the release, we started representing the company through my wholesale showroom at the time, The Watson Kennedy Collection. The candles were a hit then, and they continue to be to this day. His iconic trademark scent, Original, is unmistakable the minute it hits your nose. Filled with poplar, honeysuckle, lemon and orange oils, it is really the cloves & cinnamon that leave the lasting impression. Over the years he has added things like hand lotion, liquid hand soap and a diffuser, among other things. As well as many other scents. But it will always be the ‘Original’ candle that is the stand-out in the crowd. A true classic.
The new product that arrived this week at Watson Kennedy that made my heart go pitter-patter was the almond oil soap by D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd. The transcending scent of the almond oil in this soap, makes me feel like I am standing in an apothecary in London in 1790. Why 1790 you ask? That was the year they were founded, and in my sensory mind, I envision the shop being filled with this incredible scent wafting about. I love soaps that do more than get you clean. This bar tucked away in a linen closet or drawer will fill your things with this intoxicating scent. I threw a box in our L.L. Bean bag to come to the beach this week-end, and all of my shirts have been infused with the light almond oil scent. Plus, good packaging creates that same pitter-patter–the font, the shade of red, the border on the creamy box. All are so appealing. This is going to be our host/hostess gift for the Summer for sure. So good!