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Just In, Collegiate Pillows

Just In, embroidered collegiate pillows for those heading off, those working away and alumni. These really make awesome gifts to remember your school by and the good times had & cherished memories. I am really loving all the color in these labor intensive gems, with each taking up to 10 hours of embroider time. We will be drop shipping these directly to customers, having access to many, many schools. Each pillow is $170 and the shipping charge is $24. If at all interested, e-mail us at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com or as always, please feel free to give us a call at the shop, toll-free 1.800.991.9361.

Happy Solstice to you!



 

 

WestWard in Country Living

Out now, in the July/August issue of Country Living magazine is our beloved WestWard on Vashon Island. We call it the little house that could, as this is the 6th time our sweet week-end abode has been published. Which always takes us back and laugh a bit, as we had Mister Sive’s birthday party there right after we bought it, now close to 20 years ago. It was before we did any work and showed it some major love. The place was empty. I think our friends thought we were out of our minds! We just knew from the moment we walked down the path what magic was in store. It has all been such a fun journey. The photoshoot was a blast and the spread turned out quite lovely. It was a few beautifully sunny days right after a bunch of rainy days. We are selling copies of this issue at the shops and this publication sells at most newsstands & grocery stores. Enjoy!

*The biggest challenge anytime something is written in a publication, is you are not given the chance to read it and make any corrections before it is published. You have the interview and just hope you are quoted properly and that what you said was taken in context. Most often you read design articles and it focuses on one person, even when it is a couple who owns and lives in the house. This article is very well done, but many times it says that I made a decision or I chose a certain something. For anyone that knows us well, they know all our decisions about home are a ‘we’ and always have been. Creativity flows quite freely in our household–it is one of the greatest joys we have shared over the last 30 years as a couple.



 

 

Victorinox Chocolates

I found these chocolates at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and was completely charmed by them, thinking they would be the perfect treat added to a Father’s Day card. Clever, to say the least, these milk chocolate treats are shaped like the utilitarian Swiss army pocket knives. Extra added bonus is the chocolate is really good, with a hint of hazelnut. We carry them now year round, but thought they would be a fab dad gift too.



 

 

All About Vintage

We started a several month long project yesterday of cataloging all of the vintage goods in our inventory. Over the years we have amassed quite a collection of things so we thought it wise to have images of all the gems from around the globe. Sterling silver, Baccarat crystal, English hotel silver and brass were the beginning points. Each item getting cleaned, polished, re-numbered and lastly photographed. Look for more & more added to our website in the coming months. Above and below some of My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

Our Spring/Summer Order of Mariage Frères Has Arrived!

Always a happy day when our shipment of Mariage Frères tea arrives from Paris. To have the shelves nice and full and freshly restocked makes our tea drinking customers quite happy. We carry the iconic black tins filled with loose tea, as well as the boxes of muslin tea bags. With over 16 varieties, there is always one to please. We ship this daily, so please give the shop a ring to place an order at 206.652.8350. You may also shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com with questions on our stock or to place an order.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

My Favorite Things Today is an assortment of goods that have arrived while I have been away. The WK family is super on top of keeping me up to date on new arrivals and products in shop vignettes. I might be at Hawthorne, but a part of me is always planning & thinking about Watson Kennedy. Whether near or far, it is close to my heart, and I feel so fortunate that when we are away, it is all looked after in the most loving way and in the very best hands. Here are some of the images sent my way that are now sent your way!



 

 

French Bath Mitts at WK

I soooooo love these, Just In, French bath mitts. An old vendor of ours stopped carrying them and we were without for awhile, which had me so bummed as we have carried mitts since we first opened our doors. Le Jacquard Francais, the famed linen company in France to the rescue! Used in place of a washcloth, they have become a Watson Kennedy classic. Paired with a bar of soap, they make a chic & useful gift–a combo I quite like. Happy to have them once again grace our shelves and vignettes.






 

 

On the Menu, a Heavy Dose of Greens, Please

Each Hawthorne visit, a few new goodies from the shop make their way into our suitcase. That helps add that layered ‘collected over time’ look & feel we both like so much. This trip it was the trellis placemats and the large gingham napkins I kept eyeing every time I walked by the display at the First & Spring shop.

The green ribbon orb a gift from our friend, the artist Denise Fiedler, also made its way cross country in our bag. White lilacs from caretaker Bill’s property that he brought over the day after we arrived as he knows how much I like them. Then a variety of other green things pulled from the cabinets and dinner for two was served.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

As Spring is in full bloom, the shops are humming right along with lots of new things finding their way onto the shelves and in vignettes. Below a few new favorites along with some Watson Kennedy classics that just never go out of style.











 

 

Mother’s Day Open House at WK

Please join us this Saturday, the 12th of May, for our annual Mother’s Day Open House. From 10 to 6 both shops will be serving mimosas & sparkling cider and we will be wrapping up gifts for mom. This is always such a fun, festive event. I so hope you can join us if you are in the downtown Seattle area that day.