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Denise Fiedler Dog or Cat Collage Workshop at WK

So happy to report another fab workshop coming up! Renowned collage artist Denise Fiedler will be in Seattle on Saturday the 23rd of November at Watson Kennedy teaching a dog & cat collage workshop. What an amazingly cool piece of art to create of your pet. Either as a beloved gift or to keep yourself. My hope is we fill up two classes that day, beginning with the afternoon session, from 2 o’clock to 4. If that fills up we will do another from 10 to noon that day. Price for the class is $125, which includes all materials. Please call or text me directly at 206.617.9678 to reserve your spot. Class size is limited. That also happens to be our Holiday Open House that day too, so stop in for a glass of bubbly! As a little gift from me to you, collage class participants will receive a 20% off discount on WK shopping at either or both shops that day.



 

 

An Autumn Supper Table

The menu last evening at home might have been leftovers but honoring the meal is always at the top of my list. Pumpkins, pine cones, geraniums & lilies made for an Autumn supper table. A few candles were lit and away we went with a weeknight table for two. My idea here really is to stress that every meal is a celebration and to honor it. Be it a fancy meal or the simplest. A big party or a table for one.



 

 

A Few Favorite Things

A few favorite things at the moment in the shops. I am always on the hunt for goods that go above and beyond. Stylish wool throws from England, glassware mouth-blown in the Czech Republic, artwork thoughtfully created, books that make you stop and think, little treats that you want to give & keep. Cell reception is a bit sketchy on our part of the island, loading photos for the blog can take forever. So this fine Autumn morning it will be a small grouping. But just know, loooooots more coming as the season progresses. Happy first day of October! X, T



 

 

A Day At The Office

The term ‘working remotely’ can conjure up lots of scenarios. For me it almost always means spreading out my work on our long antique French fruitwood dining table. Diptyque candle lit. Classic King FM floating about the air. A big Baccarat tumbler of sparking water with ice at the ready. It is a combo of my days as an athlete along with love of creature comforts, where my rituals soothe both mind and soul. Then I am ready to get down to business! A full day of website work was at hand. Our goal date of launching it November 1st nearing. Lots of moving parts & hands/minds in this project, which I always love. Bailey snuggled up on her Burberry blanket by my feet. There are a bunch of gorgeous big trees across the street from The Gainsborough that drop the most divine horse chestnuts this time of year. To me a natural grand gesture of the beginning of Autumn. Each time I walk Bailey I collect a few and deposit them about the hotel silver bowls. Another ritual that brings me great joy. Then it is back to work editing photos and writing product verbiage. All while the works of Bach and Mozart and Handel filled the rooms.



 

 

Dish Towels as Placemats

Often times dish towels can have really beautiful designs or patterns throughout. Think outside the box, making that gorgeous dish towel a placemat. Perfect for a potentially messy meal, such as spaghetti, as the ‘placemat’ can easily go into the wash after.



 

 

Paint and Art

This past week at our First & Spring shop has been all about painting and moving around the art. The process was hugely fun as well as loads of work. Yesterday the final wall was rehung. Really amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. This is something for all of us to keep in mind for our homes. The price of a can of paint is very little compared to the huge impact it gives. Above and below a cork wall that was in major need of some loving. It had faded over time and was looking terribly shop worn. A yummy milk chocolate brown brought it back to life.

I have yet to snap away at all the vignettes that received a refresh but if you end up anywhere close to our neighborhood, please stop in and take a look. Art has such a special place in my heart. It can change the whole complexity of a room. It can bring back memories of where you were when you first spotted it. Art can make you ponder and transport you to a different place.

The back wall at the wrap stand getting a Veuve orange coat that spiffed it up tremendously. The Hugo Guinness florals & botanicals finding a happy home against the hue. The Jeanne McKay Hartmann watercolors finding a new home on a refreshed wall at the front of the store. They are now much lower so you can really look at and appreciate all the details in each brush stroke. With several hundred works, with most finding new homes about the shop walls, the completed refresh has my eyes seeing all sorts of new details in many of the pieces. That is another thing to keep in mind at your own home too–moving anything but especially art, allows you to see it in a different way. To appreciate it in a whole new light.



 

 

Season Ending Dahlias & Tomatoes

Flower Friday brings season ending fiery red with orangey yellow tipped dahlias along with a plate of gorgeous tomatoes alongside French sea salt. With Summer ending Monday may we all grab every bit of it we can, so we may have it stored up in our memory for when the days turn cold. May the dahlias & fresh off the vine tomatoes be a sight and taste that instantly warms us come January. Sending much love from Seattle, Ted



 

 

Sid Dickens at Watson Kennedy

This week is all about art at the shops. We are repainting walls and moving around artist vignettes to freshen up things a bit. Yesterday our in-residence painter extraordinaire Heather did her magic and transformed a wall into moody black to perfectly frame the Sid Dickens pieces. We have carried Sid’s work since day one. His plaster over wood memory blocks a beautiful way to get a quick hit of art in any room. Whether an individual piece or many. They are an easy way to start a collection. He does several new rounds of work each year, so our display is always changing. Make incredibly lovely gifts too. Pop in if your are in the hood to get a dose of art!



 

 

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.



 

 

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