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Display Case Day

Display is pretty much a constant at the shops, with each day things getting straightened, added to, and refreshed. Others days mean full on re-do of entire areas, or in the case yesterday, changing up display cases entirely. My friend Kathy drive up from Portland with a carload of vintage goods for me from her collections. The above William Yeoward crystal pieces so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. I have long admired both the man and his work and was incredibly sad to hear of his passing a few days ago. This case is an homage to him.

Preppy goods are always near & dear to my heart. This case a nod to my friend Lisa Birnbach and her Official Preppy Handbook. Think tennis racket corkscrews and golf putter bottle openers. The below a gathering of John Derian works honoring his whimsical decoupage pieces. They always look so great massed together telling a visual story. Cases do just that.



 

 

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.



 

 

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.



 

 

A Day of Display

Yesterday was a day of display where I took everything off two big shelving units, cleaned it, cleaned & polished some of the goods, then set about re-displaying all the things to make it look fresh. These days are heaven to me. I get into an almost zen like state. Hugely satisfying when all is said and done. My hope is it is always a visual feast for all.



 

 

The Blue Continues

The blue from the shop windows has me all energized and wanting to use the hue all sorts of ways. For a Sunday supper for two out on the island a smattering of blue came together quickly while the meal cooked away in the oven. The white peonies making the whole thing sing. The season for them might be short, but we are grabbing every chance we can to enjoy the heck out of the fluttery beauties.



 

 

My Blue Period

I have always loved the color blue, wearing it more often than using it in interiors or the shops. But over the last few years I find myself more drawn to the hue in goods. So much so that the new windows that replaced the pink & green plaid are two shades of glorious blue. Thought the timing with the upcoming sunny season seemed right. Beach-y, sailboats, anchors, whales, seashells–things to get us all, and the folks that walk by the First Avenue windows each day, in the mood for Summmmaaaaaaa! Speaking of sunny, the weather of late in Seattle has been crazy good. When I shot these images it was so bright outside the reflection off the glass pretty intense and you see lots of the street action in the background. Oh well, the sunshine like a vitamin after a rainy few seasons. We will take it!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Being away for a few weeks I am always like a kid in a candy store when we return to the shops, super excited to see all the new things that arrived while we were gone. We are heading into busy season, as Summer in Seattle over the years has gotten busier & busier with folks from around the globe visiting our fine city. That means our shelves and walls get extra full with a variety of options. These are what caught my eye this round as My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

Lilac Love

This Flower Friday brings Hawthorne lilacs that have just started to bloom. When we first got here it was rainy and cold and the blooms looked nowhere ready to bloom. Ah, nature. You can’t rush these things. Then the sun and hot weather presented themselves this second week doing their magic on all the flowers. Viola! Could not be happier these came for a dance before we depart later today. I still am getting used to the idea of just going out to snip away, coming back with a bundle. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have. Happy almost Memorial Day week-end! From the Hudson Valley and soon to be Seattle. T2+B



 

 

Shop Vignettes

When we are away I like staying connected to the shops by way of images the WK family sends me via texts or e-mails. It is a fun way to see what new product has arrived as well as check any displays that have been refreshed. I might not be there in-person but the shops are never far from my heart. Here are some shots sent to me this Hawthorne visit.