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Finding Treasures at the Show

Wow, just wow. Have found soooooo much good stuff and I have another whole day to go. Look for all sorts of treasures coming our way to Watson Kennedy in the coming months. From new handsome lamps, to English candles, to French bath products, to plaid oversized scarves that double as a throw, to tins of toffee, to cutting boards shaped like footballs–to name just a few. It is all in the mix!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Lots of goodies arriving daily. The Summer months are such a busy time at the shops. Fun to meet folks from all over the world who are coming to Seattle for a visit. Above and below some new favorites.



 

 

Like a Puzzle

I liken doing the shop displays to working on a puzzle. In this case a very layered, product heavy visual puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, you try another. Last week was a string of non-stop display work days, moving lots of product from the front of the store to the back area display, to condense and have the ‘bar food’ be mixed in with all the glassware and cookbooks. Abundance is a big part of my design philosophy for WK, as I think options for customers is key. But it is easy to have all those options become overwhelming. That is where a nice, pleasing to the eye display comes in. The cohesiveness allows the eye to rest on a certain area and not be overwhelmed. I am sure there are many schools of thought on this subject, but I have always approached it personally. It is what pleases me visually so in turn I hope it resonates with our customers. Here is what got a little re-do.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 160

Stylish dish towels become even more stylish oversized napkins when enjoying your meal at the beach, on the deck, or on the boat. The size allows it to cover your entire lap so spills or drips are caught. Plus the beautiful patterns add tons of extra zip to your table or picnic blanket.



 

 

3 Days of Display + The King 5 Evening Link

Good early morning all on this July Saturday. It has been a jam packed few days of doing display at the First & Spring shop, which makes me crazy happy. If I can devote my mind and energy to re-working displays a sort of zen comes over me. That zen also involves not reaching for my phone, as I had to laugh, this was the only photo I snapped. I took it moments before turning on the alarm and heading out the door last night. This post is two-fold, as it really is a reminder to all of us that a creative, non-distracted mind allows for the creative juices to flow. Be that a move around of furniture in your living room, rehanging artwork, really any task around the house. You get to envelop the moment. That all said, I promise to do a post later in the week of some of the vignettes I shoot in the coming days. Also promised, the link to the King 5 Evening episode that aired the other day featuring WestWard and WK. Lots of design ideas for small space living. Plus Bailey on a beach walk and TPS hopping up onto the outside sleeping porch to enjoy a read–two of my personal favorite parts. Enjoy! From sunny and warm, warm, warm Seattle, T2+B



 

 

Italian Linen Hand-Embroidered Monogrammed Tissue Box Covers

I am always looking for ways to elevate the ordinary to make it extraordinary. Be it life or goods for the shops, finding something that turns a plain something into a fabulous object/moment, that always rates high on my list. So when I found these Italian linen tissue box covers, and they included a monogram, you can sure bet I was pretty darn happy. Why do paper tissue boxes have to be so unattractive? Rarely have I ever seen one that we would ever want to leave out. These spiffy covers do the trick and turn those boxes into a thing of stylish beauty. We now carry a slew of them at both shops in tons of designs, with the monogram being a personal favorite.



 

 

Singing For Their Supper, Dinner Plate Dahlias

The dinner plate dahlias are aptly named as they really can be that large, which just gives you more fluttery beauty. They stopped me in my tracks when I saw them this Saturday at one of my favorite flower stalls at the Market. You certainly don’t need many to fill up a container. First stop, the shop for the day for all to enjoy in a pink display. Then they got packed up and headed to The Gainsborough finding a home in a vintage tennis trophy for us to enjoy for the week.



 

 

Watson Kennedy & WestWard on King 5 Evening

This Monday night, airing at 7:30 on King 5 Evening, will be a segment shot out at WestWard and in town at Watson Kennedy. Hosted by Saint Bryan, it is a kick-off of sorts to our upcoming 20th anniversary of WK in November. An interview with the two of us with Bailey snuggled in between, shots of the property, vignettes of the rooms and a walk on the beach at WW. Then to the shop for a look around there. It was a grand sunny Vashon Island & Seattle July day. Hope you can check it out!



 

 

Lamps, Lamps, Lamps

Lamps do more than light a room. They can create a mood, with the right wattage bulb. Placed just right, they can also make a stylish statement. We always have a slew of lamps set here and there at both shops. New shipments arrived for both locations in the last few weeks and I am still tremendously enjoying seeing them sprinkled about. Be it a single or a matching pair, the right lamp is like the perfect piece of jewelry for a room.



 

 

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!