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This and That

My photo stream has a bunch of little odds & ends I want to share. One, the Pike Place Market is absolutely bursting with divine tulips at the moment. I love this time of year when you walk the flower stalls and the buckets are spilling over. Your head is dizzy with options. If you get a chance, go. It is an instant hit of happy!

Our Spring order of handmade John Derian decoupaged plates has arrived at both shops. Whether hung on a wall, propped up in a bookcase or laying flat on a coffee table, they are a stylish addition to any room they grace.

All sorts of blue has been capturing my eye over the last months. So much so that our shop packaging for Spring and Summer will include a bit of it. Our next round of windows after Mother’s Day too. All sorts of shades in the hue–tried and true blue.

Our latest collegiate pillow arrived to add to our growing collection at the Home store, Norte Dame. My grandfather Watson’s alma mater, the detail on this pillow is exquisite. These fluffy creations can take up to 10 hours of embroidery time.

We are often asked, do you carry any envelopes? I can now say, we do! Made in England from obsolete British Admiralty charts, each one cooler than the next. Sold in packages of 16, they are just cool to have around when you want to jot off a note.

We had an ailing tree that was becoming a safety hazard on the property at Hawthorne taken down last week. Caretaker Bill sent us this photo. While we were incredibly sad to lose a tree, we will have something created out of a piece of it in remembrance, as well as pay homage to it when we enjoy many fires on the back porch. I just loved how cool it looks stacked as it is. A natural art installation.

The jasmine growing up from a small opening of the window we left open now more than 5 years ago has once again started to flower. The scent when we open the front door of the apartment is intoxicating. Truly a gift.

And lastly, as it is Wine & Dine Wednesday. I have written about the above bottle in the past. But today the admiration is about the dandy calligraphed label and the waxed top. Our friend Heather has given us bottles of this beyond yummy wine over the years. We had a pair in the wine fridge that were part of Easter supper on Sunday. Sometimes the outside of the bottle can be as fabulous as the inside.

To me life is all about the glorious details that swirl around us constantly, we just have to see them. And when you do, revel in them.



 

 

New Works by John Derian at Watson Kennedy

Just In, a fresh batch of stunningly beautiful John Derian decoupaged plates & paperweights arrived the other day. We have carried his work almost since the day we opened and it still brings a thrill to see new designs every time an order arrives. They blur the line between vintage and modern, working in just about every environment. The images John finds transports you to a happy place. Also in this order which excites me to no end, a set of playing cards. Oh my, the possibilities are endless with these. For sure as a deck of cards, but the options for creative projects makes me dizzy with happiness.



 

 

John Derian Calendars & Eileen Zuber Drawings at WK

Just In, and new this year to John Derian’s mix of offerings, a wall calendar as well as a daily engagement date book. Both with his lovely collage work as part of the calendar. As well as original watercolor drawings of French match strikers by artist Eileen Zuber. We had our framer put them in vintage frames we find on our travels, making each a truly special one of a kind piece. Quite cool singly or extra fab as a grouping.



 

 

Hanging John Derian Plates & Platters

Part of our shop refresh a few weeks ago was hanging a large grouping of John Derian decoupage pieces, with simple plate hangers doing the trick. We have carried John’s work almost since we first opened, and never have we had so many of his pieces hung. Grouping a large number has created an instant gallery wall and I am so pleased with the outcome. Each a little work of art. Whether one or many, they are such layered & visual objects. Perfect for when you need a hit of color or a piece with lots of interest.



 

 

Roses as Respite

This Flower Friday brought to you from the John Derian booth at the show earlier this week. Truly, dreamy, right? Walking the aisles of the Javitz Center for a few days looking for shop goods is wonderful and challenging all at the same time. One must look at a bunch of ‘not great’ (ok, sometimes really awful) to find the gems, so when I stumbled into John’s booth to write my order, my heart skipped an extra beat when I spotted these roses in a display. A respite of floral beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did/do. 



 

 

Mix & Match

20160412-043711.jpg Setting a dining table should be fun. And keeping it fun means changing it up from time to time. Mixing & matching patterns from what you have stashed away in the cupboards. Such was the case this Sunday when we were fete-ing our visiting sister-in-law, Marian, who was here from New York. I took my cue from the crazy good creamy white tulips with streaks of green that have been some of my very favorite this season.

20160412-044252.jpg Out came the leafy white plates, as well as the green. I had never used the two together. Now was the time. The flowers pulling it all together. I even set half the settings with green handled silverware and the other half with cream. Assorted green objects like the Italian marble fruits and a John Derian paperweight of a green apple filled in the spots in-between the dancing tulips. The mixing and the matching creating a Spring table that was a different version than times before. Setting a table really needs to capture the interest first of who is setting it, you. If it makes you happy, it most assuredly will make your guests feel that way too.

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It’s the Little Things by Susanna Salk

20160311-074945.jpg It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through The Stylish Small Stuff the newest book by Susanna Salk is out this week. I say cheers to the stylish small stuff! All the little extras in our homes are truly what make a house a home. A favorite piece of pottery bought on a trip to Italy, seashells gathered on memorable beach walks, artwork snatched up at an art school auction–all little things that bring meaning into our spaces and our hearts. This book is filled with page after page of design inspiration to delight & encourage us all to find joy in the little things. Susanna has amassed a roster of some of my favorite design folks (Alessandra Branca, John Derian, India Hicks, Bunny Williams, Ken Fulk, Tilton Fenwick, Howard Slatkin, Charlotte Moss) who have opened up their homes to show us rooms/vignettes that inspire them. I am always most interested to see their own homes as it is so personal and often distills the very essence of their style. I was delighted when Susanna asked me at my New York book signing party for Style & Simplicity if she could highlight our kitchen at The Gainsborough for her book. Filled with green, green, green we are honored to see it on the pages in such esteemed company. This is most certainly a great gift book, but one you will definitely want to keep for yourself too. She has graciously sent me signed bookplates so each copy we sell with have a little extra special bonus. We are more than happy to wrap as a gift, just ask. A true gem filled with oodles of fresh ideas.

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New John Derian at Watson Kennedy

20151110-042750.jpg It is always an extra special happy day when a big box of John Derian’s decoupaged work arrives. I like to play around with them in a group before putting them out into displays. They look so cool massed together. John finds lovely old images and crafts them into a keepsake that is both new but with a very aged & patina feel. They tell a story. Whether singly or grouped, they work hung on a wall, snuggled up with other things on a table tableau, or just shining all by itself.



 

 

A Quick Spin Around

20150727-065205.jpg Returning back to the shops from being away, I always take a quick spin around to see how things are looking, what is new that has come in, what has sold, what we need more of, what needs to be moved around. The first few days back my mind is always racing with ideas. I think of spaces like plants or flowers in a way. They need to be cared for, looked after, watered, fed, and they will blossom. The shops are very much the same. Spaces have energy. That energy needs to be fueled. I am always looking for ways to keep things fresh & visually interesting. One of the biggest compliments we receive in the shops is when someone says they “feel good” when in the spaces–then I know we are doing it right. This is a big, overall goal, we are always looking to maintain. This is what caught my well-rested eyes after having come back from vacation.

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Style & Simplicity In Situ

20150224-064612.jpg I have a favor to ask. I would love to start a collection of images from shops that carry my book. If you see Style & Simplicity at a store, if it is no trouble to snap a photo of it and send it to me via e-mail, that would be hugely appreciated. The above I snapped when I was at one of John Derian’s shops in NYC a few weeks ago. The below was posted in situ the other day on Instagram by a very cool & lovely shop, Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. On a trip to Santa Barbara a few years ago, on our meandering we were fortunate to stop into this gem when we were in Montecito. It tickles me to no end to see my book in other environs. Thank you so much in advance if you do end up seeing it somewhere. A reader sent me an image of it at the Harvard Bookstore, and it just made my day. I may not have made it into Harvard, but my book did! Insert very large smile. tedkennedywatson@watsonkennedy.com

20150224-070148.jpg Happy Tuesday all! I hope you have a stellar week.