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Plaid Walls

Plaid was the name of the game these last few days as we swapped out the windows to get them ‘Holiday’ ready. Heather painstakingly taped off the walls creating a grid to paint them a plaid, becoming a fun, jaunty visual. Then it was all about filling one window with all things green and the other red. We are off and running! Happy Sunday all.



 

 

I’ll Take, Lamps, For the Win

The lamps I found at the show in New York in August were the winning element that started this window yesterday. I am so taken with their textural simplicity. They flank a new Hugo Guinness piece we just got back from the framer. From there the layering begins. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I walk around the shop pulling goods, place them, and then do it all over again until the window is complete. Sort of like a puzzle. You try a piece, it does not fit, so you try another. Window design is part fantasy as well as highlighting items that tell the visual story you have in mind. The many folks who will walk by it each day and maybe one thing with catch their eye. I inhabit a bit of each window. A little piece of my personality or style comes through to tell a story. It is then up to each person who views it to find a piece of it that resonates with them.



 

 

College Window–Touchdown or Game, Set, Match

With the change of season upon us, this is the week to get the windows swapped out, refreshed and ready for Autumn. The college pillows the driving force in this window, with a bit of preppy, old-fashioned game day inspiration thrown in. I know not an absolute thing about football but I did know there was a 10 involved. Barb coaching me a bit while searching for another number to go with that, I had chosen a number 8 and she said 7 was more appropriate. Insert very large smile. I truly have very little idea what that sentence even means… The old tennis rackets & white balls has me back in my arena. The plaid throws/blankets/scarves fun to mix in here and there. Bags of peanuts strewn about. I usually like to add at least one thing that you would not expect. Name the English movie where one of the main characters brings his Teddy bear to college with him? Next up, Thursday the other windows gets a re-do. Hope your week is starting off grand.



 

 

Summmmmaaaaaa Windows

A quick swap out of things in both the big windows of our First & Spring shop the other day. Man oh man, the sun does a number on things, so changing goods up in the sunny months is always part of the plan. Boat-y, blue-y was the idea for the first window, with the Country Living article of WestWard the inspiration. Gardening and all the cool watering cans we found at Brimfield the driving force for the second window. Cheers to Summmmaaaaaaa!



 

 

Window Two

On a sunny, sunny Wednesday the second window got a refresh with a nod to the outdoors and gardening. Heather spent hours double stick taping old book pages to the wall to create a sort of wallpaper. The day before that was my task with vintage music sheets. It has become a Watson Kennedy trademark of sorts. Ahhhhh, the wonders of push pins & double stick tape. We reach for them time and time again. Then out came the old ladder from storage as well as the French folding garden table. The shoe form lamp came down from the Market shop, as I thought it would be stellar in this window with the chicken wire shade. The shoe forms then became a running theme, pun intended, along the tops of both window units to unify them. Then my beloved green took center stage as goods began to get pulled and we once again were putting together a visual, layered puzzle.



 

 

Flowers & Mom

Thought it fitting that on May Day one of the front windows was transformed into an ode to flowers as well as upcoming Mother’s Day.

With musical roses strewn about the goods, the window started to take shape. The Livia Cetti potted paper geranium center stage along with a dreamy Hugo Guinness stems of geraniums linoleum cut print. Two happy Mindy Carpenter flower bouquets flanking the duo pulled the whole thing together. Then lots and lots of treat ideas for mom. 



 

 

Two New Windows

The big windows at the First & Spring shop got a quick re-do. A little change up before they get a Mother’s Day switcharoo in a few weeks. Birds and favorite French things became the focus. 

The above fab photos shot by our lovely WK customer, Marsi Buckmelter, by way of Instagram. Merci Marsi! 



 

 

Livia Cetti Paper Geraniums 

We hit the ground running as we returned to Seattle late Wednesday eve and I headed to the First & Spring shop early to begin dismantling the Holiday windows and create new ones for the upcoming holiday of love. We always put out Valentine goods as soon as possible in the new year as I really like promoting the whole idea of celebrating friendship & love and this heart holiday has been a personal favorite since I was a child. Which brings me to our Flower Friday pick of the week, the stunning paper geraniums we carry from uber talented New York artist, Livia Cetti. Another round of her work arrived in December and it is a happy day when the delivery driver brings in that perfectly packed box of goodness. A few potted geraniums arrived in this order as well as a large variety of other single stem blooms–like dahlias, garden roses & peonies. Her work creating these flowers is quite something. But the geraniums speak to me in a big way as you know of my fondness for them. They brought the whole window together the moment we started adding them to the display.



 

 

A Veuve-y Hermes-y Orange Window 

We finished the second window on Thursday, after getting the bones of the display in the day before. The Veuve-y, Hermes-y orange wall stayed from the previous vignette (I think it might stay around for awhile) so we pulled lots of orange toned goods, as well as earthy brown items. Some fab vintage chippy gilt frames we found at Brimfield in September pulled the back wall area together, along with a few Hugo Guinness pieces. Once the windows are completed, then tackling the floor of both shops is top of the agenda. More on that next week. Have the BEST Sunday!



 

 

Red & Green

Decided to go super traditional for our first Holiday window. The red walls from the prior window just spoke to me wanting a bunch of green to nestle with. This was by far the most challenging window we have ever put together. Some days the creative energy takes a while to get flowing. We took things out, added, subtracted, added more. I still was not happy with it as I stood across the street with Bailey after her walk early afternoon. It just was not popping. Heather & I had worked on it for hours at that point. Amy was brought in to give thoughts. Kelly brought in a fresh set of eyes and came up with the idea to hang the ‘Happy Holidays’ white tags. It was what was missing! Layering is such a large part of what we do at the shops. I have to remind myself that it takes time. A good reminder for all of us as we start getting our spaces ready for the season. Speaking of getting ready, I know for some of you seeing windows in early November seems waaaaay tooooo soon. We have had customers asking for weeks where are the ornaments and when were things being put out. I do my darndest to resist putting goods out until the first of November. But now the race begins…