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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.



 

 

French Treats

Just In, French treats to give or keep. Sometimes it is a one for them, one for me situation. Goodies are already beginning to arrive from the New York show I bought from a few weeks ago. What is inside these bottles and boxes is just a grand as the lovely packaging on the outside. More arriving each day…



 

 

New Sid Dickens at WK

Just In, the latest memory block tiles by Vancouver, B.C. artist Sid Dickens. During the course of the year he adds to the collection and retires others. Above some of his latest that arrived the other day. We have carried his work since day one. I love how versatile the pieces can be. One or many. Prop one up in a bookcase, lay one flat on a coffee table, choose a grouping to go up on the wall.



 

 

NY NOW & Shoppe Object

This was the view looking out of the oversized windows at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side yesterday morning at Shoppe Object, the first show I walked on the beginning of this buying trip in New York. It is a spin-off of the big show at Javitz. Found some fun things then hopped in a cab with my friend CoCo (who is here buying for her store in Portland too) and headed to the convention center for the beginning of a long, busy, eyes & head super full of visuals for the day. I did not click away much as I was pretty in the zone. A bit of the zen of buying. Found so much goodness. For me it is all like a puzzle. How will what I buy new fit with what we already have? How will I display it? Does it tell a story? Does it make my heart sing? All of this is swirling around my head as my eyes are landing on product. Is this something we will buy just once or will it become a perennial WK classic? What ship date should it arrive? Do I buy lots of it right out of the gate or try a little to see how it does? Is this seasonal or will we stock it year round? All shopkeepers have their own method. I certainly have mine. I love the process. It is the thrill of the hunt, looking for special needles in the vast haystacks, putting it all together to create a story–both emotional and visual. Tremendous thought, love and care goes into each and every decision, each and every purchase. By the end of the day I am pretty whupped, but invigorated at the same time. Another full day awaits at the show today. As always, merci for following along!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I keep clicking away. The list grows for new things going to be added to the updated website. You all are getting a sneak peek all along the way…



 

 

Just In, Maldon Salt & Pepper Grinders

Just In, Maldon salt & pepper grinders. Maldon is certainly some of the most famous, most beloved sea salt in the world. Since 1882, this salt from England has been gracing tasteful tables. We have carried the box since we first opened the doors of our First & Spring shop. So you can imagine my glee when I laid eyes on these beauties. Grand for a picnic basket, swell on the dining table and always welcome next to the stove or on the kitchen counter at the ready. They added a whole black peppercorn to saddle up next to the sea salt flakes, making it the perfect duo. The pair has been our go-to host/hostess gift this sunny season.



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

I use an app called Pic Stitch to create groupings for Instagram. So I thought today that same grouping would be My Favorite Things Today. I am spending part of each of my days at the shops snapping away goods for the updated WK website. Our goal is a launch on November 1st. Many, many little details & tasks to be completed before then. Always a delight to have you along for the journey… X, T



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The next few months as I shoot goods for the new WK website will be pretty product steady on the blog as I like to keep you all in the loop. With other social media channels like Instagram or our Edition e-mailed newsletters, I know folks get to see merchandise posts on a fairly consistent basis. It is a bit of a juggle but my goal is to keep everything and everyone who is interested up to date. While the blog posts have always meant to be much more than just what is going on at the shops, I do know there are those that follow along as they like to see ‘what’s new’ on the shelves. Which brings me to My Favorite Things Today.