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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.



 

 

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.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 205

A simple bloom or blooms are always welcome in the bathroom. Lovely to have your eyes land on them in the morning as you get ready for your day. Then again at the end of the day when you are getting yourself ready for bed. The joy of surrounding yourself with beauty during your daily rituals.



 

 

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!



 

 

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.



 

 

Pink & Green Plaid Window Refresh

Well, we wanted to make absolute sure we got the most out of our pink & green plaid windows. I think we did! A final refresh for upcoming Mother’s Day in May the inspiration. For Summer, we move into beach-y blues. But for now, enjoying these preppy versions every moment we can. My test, when the Lyft driver pulls up to drop me off in the morning and I get out of the car, Bailey in tow, and my eyes go right to the windows. These still make me smile. Happy Wednesday everyone!



 

 

Refreshed Plaid Windows

The pink & green plaid windows are here to stay for awhile as I am liking them so darn much. Valentine’s Day came and went in a snowy haze in my mind, and also reality, blur. In went an ode to many of my favorite things above, and to birds and flowers below. These will stay up until Mother’s Day windows take over, but I think those will have a preppy spin to them, as well. Fun to play with all this vibrant color on these chilly days…



 

 

Valentine Gifts Galore at WK

Yesterday was one of our first ‘real’ full days of the shops being open the whole day in more than a week. The snow did a number on retail for Valentine’s Day to be sure. That said, we are brimming with all sorts of sweet treats for everyone on your list. Our Open House was cancelled on Saturday so bubbly & cider will be poured tomorrow in honor of the day. Our card baskets are bursting with lovely heart filled options. We will be wrap, wrap, wrapping away as I like to say. Hope to see you in the next few days! X, T