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And Then Rest

After a whirlwind city trip buying at the show where visual stimuli is at every turn, we are back up at Hawthorne. I find I need a few days of rest after such intense days of creativity. It is as much for my mind as it is my body. I feel like I need to have quiet to absorb all the beauty/minute details/inspiration that has been taken in. The country is just the place to do it.



Finding Treasures at the Show

Wow, just wow. Have found soooooo much good stuff and I have another whole day to go. Look for all sorts of treasures coming our way to Watson Kennedy in the coming months. From new handsome lamps, to English candles, to French bath products, to plaid oversized scarves that double as a throw, to tins of toffee, to cutting boards shaped like footballs–to name just a few. It is all in the mix!



Pyrrha at Watson Kennedy 

Always such a treat to see the new works by many of the artisans whose work we sell at WK when I am buying at the shows. Pyrrha is one such example, as I am always so excited to see what new creations they bring. Handcrafted using authentic wax seals and imagery from the Victorian era, Pyrrha talismans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Their work has graced our cases for over 15 years, creating many happy customers with their soulful necklaces. I always love when someone comes in years later and shows me a piece they tell me they have worn every day since.



A Day at Market

A day at Market, a day in New York, a day surrounded by visual treats galore. Throw in a quick trip to the chiropractor and all in all, it was a pretty swell day of buying at the show. Excited for Day 2 to begin! And only in NYC would they jackhammer in front of the hotel at 3 o’clock in the morning, SO I thought I would take this time to do an early post, heat up the heating pad for my lower back, and go through e-mails. My hunting & gathering went incredibly well and here is just a tiny part of what caught my eye and will be heading to the shops and website shortly.

Happy Tuesday all!



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. 



A Day at the Show

The first day of the show was a visual feast. Choices, choices, choices. I am like a kid in a candy store. A very large candy store, The Javitz Center. I remembered to pull out the trusty camera phone a few times so here is a look, from candles to cutting boards, at some of what is coming our way.



Goods–Here, There & Everywhere 

I am back at it again buying at the show in New York City.  Such a visual feast.  I have used the ‘needle in a haystack’ analogy many times before, as it is so true. It is the search of looking high and low, in every nook & cranny, leafing through pages and piles–to find the gems.  Very excited to have remembered to click away some images.  Here is a bit of what is on the way…




Yes, that time again. Show time! An energizing round of days where product takes center stage. Well actually, where ‘finding’ it takes center stage. I have been so taken by all the details, such as the flowers, ephemera, artwork (I know–surprise, surprise) that many of the vendors have taken the time to add to their displays. It is what gives a booth, or a home for that matter, visual interest that goes deeper than just the things up on the shelves. I snapped away some of my favorite vignettes as well as things coming our way to WK in the months ahead.










Day 2, The Show Continues…

With phone/camera in hand, I was determined to capture more images. Another full, non-stop day and I found sooooooo much great stuff. Needle in a haystack is how I always think of it. Diamonds in the rough too. By the end of the day I am looked out, but completely energized by what I saw, bought, and utterly excited knowing it will soon be in a display for all to enjoy at the shops. Here are a few more of the diamonds I found…












A Day at the Show

This is comical. I truly thought I had snapped more photos of goods yesterday at the show. Apparently not. Monday was a non-stop day of shopping/buying at the New York show, and as I have written before, I almost become trance like–super focused that taking photos completely goes out of my thought process. Just know there are TONS of goodies that will be arriving in the coming months at WK, and that was just day one. Two more to go! A few highlights. The Eddie Ross book coming out in September is just so creatively done and filled with tons of ideas. I will do a post on it once I have had time to fully take it all in. Eddie and his partner Jaithan came to my book party last year, are just the nicest fellows. They were in the midst of working on the book then, which we chatted about, so it is so cool to see it come to life. The dish towel so graphic and fun, these will look great in any kitchen or fab as an oversized napkin. Lastly, I attended a cocktail party at the beyond lovely home of Nest candle founder Laura Slatkin in the eve. Laura is a fan of Watson Kennedy, we follow each other on Instagram, and the last time she was in Seattle she came for a visit to the First Avenue shop. She is just such a kind, gracious person. She hosted quite a fete. Excited to soon be carrying her exquisite line of candles, coming this Autumn. I am off for another full day at the show! I promise, more photos tomorrow.