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WK Annual Winter SALE

Our Annual Winter SALE is currently underway at our First & Spring shop. 50% to 90% off all sorts of treasures. Making room for all the new goodies arriving in the coming months. Decorative objects, lamps, linens, books & magazines, lotions, potions and candles, stationery, plus oodles of gourmet food items + much, much more. The sale runs through the end of the month. Give us a ring at 206.652.8350 if you live out of the area as we are happy to ship!



 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I snapped this moments before hopping in the car to head home yesterday. We closed both shops around 1. Our goal today is to get both shops open by noon. But again, that is a goal. The week ahead of snow is pretty unprecedented. We have lived here 30+ years and have never seen anything quite like this forecast. With all of our divine hills and lack of a large fleet of snow trucks to salt, our fine city becomes a bit, ok make that quite a bit of a challenge getting around. We will certainly try and get the shops open each day, but our awesome WK staff lives in all parts of the city and beyond, so them making it in and their safety is my number one concern at this time. We thank you all for your understanding. Best option this week is to call each store directly before you think of heading our way to do some shopping. Our Market shop is 206.443.6281 and our First & Spring location is 206.652.8350. Upside, it is really, really pretty. Be safe everyone!



 

 

Valentine Collage Workshop with Denise Fiedler at WK

SO excited to announce once again we will be offering, Valentine Collage Workshops with acclaimed artist Denise Fiedler of paste from San Francisco {Saturday, the 9th of February} Two workshops this year, either 10 to 12:30 or 2 to 4:30. We added a second as we sold out so quickly last year.

Learn the basics of collage technique, where you will design and make valentines cards! Bring any photographs you may want to include. For those who joined us last year, lots of fun new stuff to learn too!

Space is limited to the first 40 folks who sign up and pay by contacting Ted directly at 206.617.9678. Spots are coveted so if this is of interest, call to reserve your spot. Price is $95 which includes all supplies for the workshop. You will also receive a 25% discount on your Watson Kennedy shopping that day.

It is also our Valentine Open House too, so come for a glass of bubbly after the workshop. Hope you can join us for the creativity & fun!



 

 

Watson Kennedy Holiday 50% Off SALE

Truly off my game a bit. Apologies on this post being tardy. I thought to myself the other day, “Certainly I wrote about our sale?” but then looked through the feed and saw I had not. No worries, still tons of goodies left, all at 50% off! The above sign gives you all the specifics of what is in the sale, with not all of it being ‘holiday’ centric. I like to spice up our Holiday SALE by adding a few categories to keep it interesting. ALL lamps, design & cookery books, Caldrea and Santa Maria Novella goods, along with our extraordinary assortment of year round wrapping paper and ribbons by the yard. A fun way to stock up for the gift giving year ahead. The sale runs through this coming weekend, ending on the 15th.



 

 

In The Final Stretch

I want to thank all that came out shopping yesterday, as we had our best sales day ever! It was non-stop wrapping from start to finish, with happy customers filling the day. Merci, merci. I have always likened the retail Holiday season to a marathon, for which we are now in the final stretch. We have been receiving shipments daily, to keep our shelves nice and full for oodles of stylish options. Come on by this week-end if you still have folks you need to check off your gift list. We would love to see you!



 

 

Random Thoughts

We head to Hawthorne early tomorrow morning. The day before we leave my mind is always a jumble of thoughts and task lists. Much like the post today! For those of you new to following along on daily blog, you can watch a fun video interview I did awhile back with Susanna Salk on Stacey Bewkes’ beyond lovely blog, Quintessence. Their At Home with series is not to be missed, as they are a creative feast for the eyes with lots of inspiration & design tips along the way. Click here to watch.

The above a bit of the view from my shop in the Market. Autumn has started out with a glorious bang here in Seattle. The crisp days and cool skies something else. The below a cherished piece by Denise Fiedler for our upcoming 20th anniversary of Watson Kennedy on November 23rd. Lots of fun stuff planned. Details to follow. So this Hawthorne stay will be a major rest up for a super busy few months the moment we arrive back in Seattle. I am incredibly excited for both!



 

 

JuneBaby

What a treat! We finally found time to dine at the much acclaimed JuneBaby here in Seattle. It was everything we had hoped it would be. Chef/owner Edouardo Jordan took home the James Beard award for ‘Best New Restaurant in the Country’ and ‘Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest’ this year. Needless to say, snagging a table has become quite a feat. The restaurant does not take reservations, so it can mean quite a wait. But we love a challenge! We thought a week-day arriving early would be the plan. We arrived at 4:30 and were third in line for seating at 5 when they open. We were dining with our niece Haley who is a bread baker at Sea Wolf and gets up at 4 in the morning for her early start time so we thought an early supper would be easiest for her and it clearly helped getting a table easily. Once in, then the fun began. Jordan’s family and Southern roots dictate the menu, and man oh man is it all tasty. We decided to order a bunch of things and share, so we could experience lots of flavors.

Buttermilk biscuits with pure cane syrup. Pimento cheese, pickles and house made saltine crackers. Gumbo. Nashville hot chicken liver, Nancy Lee roll, pickles & coleslaw. Fried green tomato with herbed shrimp salad and romaine lettuce. Chicken fried steak with a lima bean purée, peaches, cucumbers and tomato jam. Catfish with Geechie Boy yellow grits, spinach, pickled corn with a red sauce. Along with a bowl of Southern rice. Yes, we were quite full. But…

The dessert menu just looked crazy good so we shared, pecan toffee bread pudding with cinnamon bourbon anglaise and a piece of hummingbird cake with pecans, coconut, banana & pineapple.

Heaven. All of it. Every good word written about this place and every award received is incredibly deserved. A must if you live in Seattle or are visiting. Tell them the Teds sent you…

A walk around Gas Works Park after the meal to stretch our legs and enjoy the stunning soon ending Summer evening was the cherry on the cake. Actually, make that hummingbird cake!



 

 

A Rested Mind & Body

We flew to Seattle yesterday afternoon, fully refreshed from a few weeks of rest and relaxation, mixed in with buying at the show and vintage shopping here & there. The above my rotation of books for the stay. I like to jump around and read a few at a time when we are at Hawthorne. Some I finish while others I will pick up where I left off in October. I raced right through Famous Father Girl which was written by Leonard Bernstein’s oldest daughter, Jamie. I found it fascinating and sad all at the same time.

We hit peak tomato season right on the head and tomato sandwiches were on the menu often. Bartlett House makes this seeded loaf of bread that proved awesome for making them. You need a hearty bread to stand up to all the juices of the tomato once you start in on it. The simplicity, heaven.

Folks often ask how we don’t take everything home that we see when out shopping for vintage goods for the shops. Short answer, sometimes, we do! Not really, but when something catches my eye enough that I go back to a store to buy something, then I know it was meant to be. Red Chair on Warren almost always has a gem I can’t pass up. This pair of English plates heading to WestWard this week-end and I can hardly wait to put them into action.

The plums this visit were out of this world. Above a still life from Talbott & Arding. Eaten just as they are is perfection. I also like roasting them while next to a chicken along with green olives for a simple, simple supper.

Bailey waiting by the door when TPS goes for a bike ride watching over things and waiting for his return gets me right in the heart. She is such a good traveler. You can see the limelight hydrangea a bit poking up from the windows on the right. Seems like they grew a foot while we were there. It was hot, humid, sunny then super rainy at times, which they seem to love. They were an amazing part of the enjoyment on this incredibly restful, reviving stay.

The flight back uneventful (which my Dad always joked and said was the only way to fly) until we got close to Seattle and the smoke from all the fires out West just heartbreaking. We had read all about them while in the Hudson Valley but when you see what it is like from the air, it is sobering. Sending love and safe thoughts for all battling the fires and a speedy recovery.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

It was an extraordinarily sunny day in Seattle yesterday, the light swirling around pretty perfectly at the First & Spring shop. I clicked away photos of goods and vignettes. The Summer months are quite, quite busy with lots of folks visiting our much loved Seattle, so the shelves remain nice and full. Lots of gifts to give, or keep. A dozen for your viewing pleasure. Have a lovely week-end and Happy Bastille Day!



 

 

Towering Dahlias

A quick spin into the West Seattle Metropolitan Market after leaving the island heading back to town produced not only a stellar shopping bag of food which included my beloved Poilâne bread, but these extra long stemmed dahlias. Each getting their own single stem vase placed around the apartment to create some crazy good dahlia LOVE on this Flower Friday.