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Holding On To Summer

On Monday out on the island, we did everything possible to enjoy supper outside. The eve before it was pouring rain and we enjoyed our Sunday supper inside with a fire roaring. This last week of Summer has been anything but here in our little corner of the PNW. But any ray of sunshine has us scrambling to get outside. This is pretty comical actually. I snapped this table of blue with the potted scented geraniums taking center stage. I went it to start cooking while the lightest misty rain flew by, hardly upsetting the table setting in the least. Right as we sat to enjoy the meal the sun was setting. Just glorious. As we were taking our last bites we felt the drops begin. As we quickly finished we disassembled the table lickity split, laughing along the way, determined to savor every last bit of the season.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 218

For this our official last week of Summer, grab every chance you can to dine alfresco. Be it a table outside at a restaurant, a picnic blanket on the beach, or a napkin folded over your lap on a park bench–take that opportunity to enjoy a meal with the sun or the moon.



 

 

Lilies and Dahlias

Flower Friday brings the combo of lilies and dahlias. They both looked so great at the Market on Saturday morning that I just had to snap up the pair. We were on the island for part of Sunday so the rest of the weekend was city filled. Thought it would be such a treat to look at these on the dining table throughout. Even as I write this on Friday morning they are still going strong and looking pretty spiffy. My eyes hitting them often this morning as I sat at the table having my oatmeal reading the paper. A geranium playing nice between the two. The below a new app I have been enjoying playing with called Waterlogue. It takes your photo and turns it into a watercolor. Hope your day is flower filled!



 

 

Hawthorne in Autumn

The Hudson Valley in Autumn is quite spectacular. Dreamy really. Although I am clinging to every last bit of Summer, it has been feeling pretty fall-ish so my mind keeps wandering into the next season. We always spend a few weeks at Hawthorne in October to enjoy the change of colors. The above photo one of my all-time favorites taken by the sublime photographer Kelly Merchant for a feature she shot for Design Sponge. The carpet of leaves telling the story. Customers often ask me at the shops how they arrange a stay at Hawthorne. The fine folks at Airbnb do a swell job of booking it. Caretaker Bill makes sure everything is in order at the house and looking spiffy. We have binders and binders of maps and ideas for things to do once you arrive. September, October and November are pretty darn magical in that part of the world. Click here for more information if you have any interest.

Happy Thursday from Seattle! X, T



 

 

Pops of Color

It is always fun when a new order arrives from the show that instantly makes an impact in a display. Here pops of color from pencils and matching journals spiff up an already colorful vignette. The same is true for all of us at home on our shelves and tabletops. A new colorful object placed in just the right spot can refresh in a flash.



 

 

The Photographing Continues…

I am a pretty hands on guy when it comes to all things Watson Kennedy. OK, make that super hands on. I love details. I love my work. The running of the shops requires a crazy amount of details. Let me correct that, running it well requires a crazy amount of details. There are many moving parts, with many folks wearing lots of hats. The website re-do would be a prime example. The list of details quite long. But it is getting quite exciting as we start to see it take shape. I was pretty adamant that the photos be shot in situ. So many websites shoot things in white boxes and frankly, I find it quite boring. My big job these past months has been photographing goods around the shops. It is meant to feel like you are in one of the spaces feeling cozy with Ella wafting about and you feel transported. The above a few of the shots from last week. Many, many more to be taken over the next month. Hope you like!



 

 

Fresh Windows

The front windows of the First & Spring shop had a beach-y sailing vibe going on for the sunny months. We sold tons out of them and they were starting to look a little worse for the wear, having started out pretty darn spiffy. This time of year is always tough, as it is still Summer and the weather has been glorious so the timing of doing an Autumn theme just does not feel right. By the last of October we will be installing Holiday so it leaves a span that can be tricky. But I love a challenge! Both of the blue walls painted by Heather in June were just too cool to give up, so they stayed, becoming a jolt of color background which I quite like. The above window became a nod to all my favorite things–France, England and all our WK perennial favorites, like Diptyque, Molton Brown and Mariage Freres. The bottom became a collegiate tailgate party with a little football thrown in. I giggle, as I know very little about football and I know lots about throwing a party, and gin! Both windows will give folks who walk and drive by plenty to peruse.



 

 

Dahlias For Days

My Market strolls always filled with such beauty, but during dahlia season, actually make that towards the end of dahlia season, at times it is all so good I could weep. The dinner plate dahlias get me every time. Look at all that detail. The range of color in a single bloom heavenly. Snapped these the other day as my bundle was being wrapped up. Wishing you the best beginning of September weekend–hope it is grand. X, T



 

 

A Table For Two, West Coast Version

We are drawn to water and dining outside. Last week it was at the long picnic table across from the pond, last night it was at the zinc topped table on the deck looking out to Colvos Passage. This time of year we grab any chance we can to dine alfresco. It was interesting as someone posted on social media how lovely that we still set the table when it is just the two of us. Oh my yes, we must honor the meal! Always. I even set the table when we have a quick breakfast of oatmeal. A lovely napkin, flowers, a few objects–they all elevate the experience. Even if it is the simplest of meals. Truly can’t recommend it enough. On the menu, catfish that I topped with warm chèvre & olives. Bailey snoozing away on her pillow next to us. By the time we had supper the boat traffic had slowed to just a few so the water was quite calm. The red geraniums dictated the theme for the table. As a purist, this by no means was the end of Summer. We still have three weeks of it left and we are going to enjoy every drop of it.

Sending many safe thoughts to any of my readers in the path of hurricane Dorian. We are thinking of you…



 

 

Happy Geraniums

On this the last week-end of August as we head to Labor Day, Flower Friday is a happy pair of geraniums that greeted us as we returned to Seattle Wednesday eve. Flowers and plants are like water to me, I need them to survive. They nourish my soul. A big thanks to Steven who has so beautifully taken care of our city home for close to 20 years. Such a huge treat to return having everything so spiffy. The flowering geraniums made my heart sing. I just had to share. Have a lovely few days everyone! X, Ted