the SHOPKEEPERS, Watson Kennedy

Honored to be chosen for the list of shops from around the globe which are highlighted on the SHOPKEEPERS click here. With a tag line of, Featuring The World’s Best Shops, I of course am over the moon to be added to the list. The site is a fabulous resource when traveling.

“Strolling through a town or a neighborhood, stopping for coffee and visiting shops unique to that destination. How sad would our villages, towns, and cities be without independent shops to add variety and individuality to our travels? I believe that independent shops are an integral part of our lives, whether local or faraway, they add vibrancy and community.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 207

At this abundant flowery time of year, if you have a garden overflowing, sharing is always a great idea. Friends without yards can be the happy recipients. Blooms make the best ‘just because’ gifts.



 

 

A Henry James Sunday Quote



 

 

A Saturday Thought



 

 

Peonies & Lavender

I thought on this Solstice day a past table with peonies (a nod to Spring) along with a bucket of lavender (a nod to Summer) seemed in order on this Flower Friday. May the new season be awesome for you and that it includes a few or many meals enjoyed outside! X, Ted



 

 

Anatomy of a Shop Vignette

For me, often a reset of a table display starts with one idea or one grouping of goods. In this case, it was the new ceramic scalloped dishes & platters we just received from Seattle artist Monika Dalkin. I knew I wanted them to be the anchor for this vignette as you first walked into the door of the First & Spring shop. Food safe, I am loving that each piece is a little different and has a slightly earthy organic vibe to it. Then I start layering. The vintage watering cans we found a Brimfield had a coloring I liked with the ceramics. Which led me to the table being about flowers in many forms. Books, soaps, cards, plates, mugs, coasters and jams all became part of the flowery mix. Then the Livia Cetti paper geraniums got placed, pulling the whole floral theme together.



 

 

Original Works of Art

An original work of art has a specialness to it that always pulls at my heart strings. There is not another like it. You see the strokes or brush marks and you see the intention. You are there for a second with the artist. Our shop walls are brimming with one of a kind works. They speak to me. Their individual beauty a prize. With a variety of art in a mix of mediums, I like to keep in varied for all sorts of tastes. Be it a gift or something for your home, we have you covered. Here, an assortment from our WK e-mailer that went out the other day. I pulled two works by some of the fine artists we show.



 

 

Lifetime Scissors

We have carried these hand-forged scissors made by artisans in India since we first opened. I call them lifetime scissors, as they just get better & better with use. They have been part of our wrapping ensemble at both locations, always. The other day at the Market shop I sold a pair and it got me thinking about how much I love having them be part of our mix. A staple. Not only incredibly functional, they also have a beauty that makes them a stellar object left out on your desk or coffee table to admire.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 206

When you make your next caprese salad, swap out the basil for mint. Just a fun, easy change that adds a bit of minty sweetness to the mix.



 

 

A Father’s Day Sunday Thought

One of the biggest life lessons my dad taught me was to never compare my life to others, that we all have our own special gifts/talents, and to run with them.