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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.



Summmaaaaaa Coasters

Just In, made of Italian marble from Verona coasters that have a very preppy vibe going on. Perfect for Summer entertaining, outdoors or in. A coaster is one of those utilitarian things that can be bumped up style-wise considerably when a cool pattern is added. Some folks like them all to match while others like an assortment. These best selling coasters have been a winner since we first opened the shops–this latest crop, sure to please.



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!



The Coolest Pitcher

Just In, the coolest frog pitcher. Whimsical in every way. We carried these years ago but then the supplier stopped importing them. Fast forward to now and they are once again gracing our shelves. So fun I can hardly stand it!



Pink & Green Windows

Our windows got a big refresh at the end of last week. Still wanting to stick with the plaid we used for the Holidays, the red became vibrant pink. Pink & green has always been a preppy favorite of mine, and these have that in spades. Heather painstakingly painted the vintage brown wooden chairs we have had forever to fit right in to each vignette. The chairs pull the whole color story together. Then works by Hugo Guinness and Jeanne McKay Hartmann were hung that got the windows started. Then it becomes many walks around the shop to see what catches our eye. A sort of moving puzzle. Green gourd lamps and lots of Livia Cetti paper geraniums and we were off and running. Oh, and I almost forgot, pink heart shaped balloons!



A Preppy Pink & Green Table

My preppy heart always swoons a little when pink & green collide. There is just a happy freshness to the combo. So when we got our hands, finally, on those dreamy pink peony last week at Hawthorne, I could not wait to set the table. Single stems dotting the setting, with a hefty Juliska vase holding a big grouping on one end, and the ferns anchoring the other. Having guests to meals is one of our great joys. To be able to break bread with family and friends, I can hardly think of better times. 



Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket

20150203-094334.jpg Imagine my surprise/delight/glee when I rounded the corner and saw stripes galore. Bold colorful stripes. The trademark of a Hudson’s Bay blanket. But there was more, like bags and socks and iPhone cases. I became a bit lightheaded. These blankets are iconic and preppy to boot.

From Wikipedia:
A Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a type of wool blanket traded by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in British North America (now Canada) and the United States during the 18th century and 19th century. The company is named for the famous saltwater bay in Northeastern Canada, and the blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelts.

Look for these to create a colorful, stripe filled happy area at the First Avenue shop sometime soon.



Filson Love

20140312-061046.jpg Since 1897, Filson has been making stellar goods right here in Seattle. I have been a Filson fan since I moved here almost 30 years ago. The first thing I purchased was a hat, which still looks as good today as it did when I first bought it. Filson stuff is durable and timeless. One of the more satisfying things about my upcoming book is I was able to do the photography for it. I bonded with all my new camera equipment, but never really loved the black camera bag that I kept it all in. It looked like a camera bag! This is where the above bag enters the picture. Filson makes amazing bags. Really some of the best quality and some of the best prices. This bag just spoke to me on my last visit to their flagship store as a new camera bag. Tons of compartments for all camera related goods, as well as files and wallet and keys. All looking quite stylish in the process, I might add. Check out the FILSON website here if you are unfamiliar with them. It has that rugged, preppy, incredibly well-made thing going on I really love.

Just a quick word about when I write about a product, a brand, a restaurant, or particular goods (aside from the things I feature from Watson Kennedy)–I have never made a penny off of writing about something I like on my blog. I share my likes with you all because if I really like something, I like sharing it. If this ever becomes the case, I would certainly preface it. I am not knocking those that do, I just wanted to be clear with how things have rolled up to this point. Bottom line, I think Filson rocks!
A happy, happy middle of the week to you all. Ted



Monogrammed Throw Blankets

20131019-084812.jpg By now, I am sure you have clued into the fact that I quite like monogramming. Even as a young kid, I loved having my shirts monogrammed. Not the norm for the small town in the Midwest I grew up in. It combines my love of letters & fonts, while also personalizing an item. It makes it yours. We have been carrying these incredibly cool super soft throw blankets at Watson Kennedy for the past few years. They have been a major hit, as they launder beautifully and are just really snugly. When I was at the show in August re-ordering them, they mentioned that they are now offering monograms to the blankets too. A winning combo. Of course, 2 green with Hawthorne ‘H’s were the first added to the order–had to make sure they were good. They are! Allow 4 weeks, and we can have these lovely blankets monogrammed for you. Really such a great gift as we move into the Holidays. To give, or to keep.




A Classic: Sperry Top-Sider

20130802-055917.jpg Where form meets function. The Sperry Top-Sider shoe was created in 1935 as a boat shoe by Paul Sperry. Sperry was an avid boater who, like most boaters, risked injury while walking on the slippery deck of his boat. His successful design was inspired by his cocker spaniel, Prince. While watching Prince run across the ice on a winter’s day in Connecticut, he noticed his dog’s amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery surface. The pattern of grooves or cracks on his dog’s feet gave him the idea for a leather upper-shoe with a herringbone pattern of grooves on the sole. How fitting that these shoes would be what I keep by my bedside for walking Bailey each morning. Easy to slip on and off, plus they are great when we get a bit of our Seattle rain. A preppy go-to, Sperry Top-Sider shoes are truly a classic.