ahh…
image source: watsonkennedy

ahh…

image source: watsonkennedy

make ‘em or buy ‘em, either way be prepared.

valentine’s day is just around the corner.. have you snagged some perfect cards for the special people in your life? here are some from Our Paper Shop, that I have been eyeing.

ps- watson kennedy has some really great ones as well.. including a vintage style postcard that I recently just had to grab.

image source: our paper shop

take a look around… who knows what you will find.
source: watson kennedy

take a look around… who knows what you will find.

source: watson kennedy

edison bulbs.

is it just me or does it seem like everything might look warmer by the light of these? And there are some wonderful fixtures that go with them perfectly. 

people who carry them: watson kennedy, lighting supply co, anthro

photo source: 1.) liza shelestun     2.) lylaandblu        3.) ethanollie

Saturday, Le Panier, Pike Place

A perfect day encapsulated… A late leisurely breakfast at OddFellows, where my dad pulled out a recent purchase that he was very proud of, a Moleskine. It looked as though I might have rubbed off on him a little bit. He mentioned how expensive it was, and wondered if there was anywhere more cost effective he could find them. I told him that there is a bit of a cult around them, but that Moleskine are always excellent quality. I have never had one fall apart and Dad knows that I have been through a fair amount of them. He asked me if I knew their “history”? I said yes, but that many believe it to be mere marketing legend. I assured him that even if the “history” wasn’t true when written it most likely is now, because so many writers use Moleskines. In the future I am sure Moleskine will have quite the rich authentic artistic history. 

Of course no trip to OddFellows is complete without then wandering through Elliott Bay Bookstore in search of a new read… I captured Doctor Z (to my embarrassment I wasn’t able to pronounce the title! my Dad commented that he was surprised I had not read it yet). Momentary distraction occurred when I happened upon a very handsome bookseller and then had a blushing/shy interaction (since when am I shy? then again, a guy who sells books can definitely make a book lover weak in the knees).

Recovered, I trekked over to Watson Kennedy (both downtown stores - couldn’t chance missing something), staring at all of the beautiful objects and touching the exquisite french stationery. I ran into Ted, we chatted about stationery and I mentioned how much I appreciated that they were beginning to stock more of the beautiful letters, envelopes and such. From WK, I dropped into my favorite Pike Place bookstore all the while thinking contentedly about how Seattle is my city and I can smile because the tourists may come and go, but I will still return for numerous interactions with the jolly bookseller.

I battled the wind and people to make my way over to Le Panier, found a cozy corner to enjoy my amandine croissant. All the while feeling that I may have grasped a small bit of how the French feel when the rude tennis shoe shod Americans trample on their beautiful streets and loudly invade their cafes with obnoxious requests for the kind of specialty drinks only Starbucks serves… Ahh.. I tuned out the world and had quite the lovely time with my new treasures from the international magazine stand, and was transported when I noticed a spread by Grace Coddington. What was it that I had recently read about how the artist is the one who can find beauty in the mundane ordinary moments that others trudge by without giving a second glance? Stephen Parolini would have been proud because as I sat there I couldn’t help but think of how many countless untold stories I was surrounded by. Who would tell their tales? I alone sat there in that moment with that particular perspective.

photo source: everyday musings

Aren’t these notebooks delightful? I discovered them on my trip Saturday to Elliott Bay.  Maybe you have or haven’t noticed but Rifle Paper Co. is taking the city by storm! You can find their lovely products at Elliott Bay, Watson + Kennedy and Anthro. I think these are the perfect gift for students, writers, and those who just enjoy storing their thoughts/notes/etc. in lovely places.

I don’t know what it is but sometimes I find myself wishing that Seattle was a bit more like Portland with all it’s artist lofts, printing presses, and entrepreneurs. I always seem to be scouring the streets of Ballard, Fremont, Georgetown, Columbia City for something, though I can’t exactly pin down what it is. I just know that there must be more.. so many dreams are in seed form and I cannot wait until we begin to see them realized, because I believe they will enrich Seattle in currently unimagined ways.

I am inspired by one dream that has been made a reality and that is the treasure Watson Kennedy, founded by curator Ted Kennedy Watson. To walk into WK is to be immersed in inspiration, creativity, hospitality and beauty. There are so many little delights hidden in every nook and cranny of the store: wondrous soaps, fragrant candles, lovely cards, pocket size books, housewarming gifts, and so much more.

To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones.”- Nicholas Charles Trublet

If you have seen the latest Kinfolk Magazine and are looking for more inspiration in the same vein, then Watson Kennedy is the place to visit. Not only has Watson Kennedy recently expanded, the new section has a bit of an apothecary feel to it, but Ted also started a blog which shows pictures of the new renovation as well as delightful summer recipes, etc.

Add one of the Watson Kennedy locations to your list of summer adventures and I know that you too will leave inspired. For your first visit you might want to check out the recently expanded store on 1022 First Avenue, Seattle.

congrats to one of my absolutely most favorite stores, Watson Kennedy, on turning 10!

Every time I walk into one of the Watson Kennedy stores I find myself completely inspired. If you have never had the chance to visit one, then I suggest you do so immediately, you won’t regret it. If you are not in Seattle, you can check out their website.

Also, you can visit the new Watson Kennedy blog here

bonjour!

When listening one day to the lovely Frehel sing Si tu n’étais pas là I felt transported to another world and began wishing that I was in a cozy french cafe soaking up the scenery and beautiful most fascinating people as they were meandering about. Since in these economic times many of us are kept from travelling by our limited budgets, we have the grand opportunity of creative DIY. I was inspired to bring France to my own home by hosting a french theme party, it turned out to be such fun that I think I will be having more grand adventures in the near future.

Guests were invited to dress in french fashion for a dinner, movie and brunch the next morning. Below are some ideas of what I did and perhaps you will be inspired to host your own french party!

Menu

Dinner

Cheese & Baguettes – with sides of pear, apricots, and roasted almonds

Tomato & Olive Salad

Mixed Herb Salad with Vinagraitte

Roasted Bacon Chicken with a creamy mushroom sauce (Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking)

Wine Pairing: White Burgandy and Red Bordeaux

Dessert

Lemon Zest Madeleines

Dark Chocolate Madeleines

French Press Coffee (Umbria)

Breakfast

Apple Gallettes with homemade whipping cream

Fresh Strawberries (from Pike Place Market)

Mimosas with Blood Orange

A Paris Soundtrack

Mon Vieux Paris -  Maurice Chevalier

Les Amants de Paris – Edith Piaf

La Java Bleue – Frehel

A Paris – Yves Montand

The Charming Mademoiselle from Paris – Lou Busch

Douce France – Charles Trenet

La Meme Histoire – Feist

Vois Sur Ton Chemin – Les Choristes

La Festin – Camille

A la Claire Fontaine – Les Petit Minous

Petit Garcon – Agnes Chaumie

Favor Ideas: A bouquet of lavender tied off with a quote, a soundtrack of french music, french tissues and a copy of The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.

Movies with a French Theme: The Phantom of the Opera, Chocolat, Ever After, Marie Antoinette, Coco Avant Chanel, Amelie, Les Miserables, Sabrina, Ratatouille, Julie and Julia, The Tourist.

Local Seattle stores which carry lovely french items:

Watson Kennedy Fine Home – Table Napkins, Note cards, Dishes, etc.

1022 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
206.652.8350

Le Panier – Baguettes, Custards and so much more!
1902 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-3669


Pike Place Market – fresh tulips and lavender.

**All Photos Taken By Katrina Hope Kelly** 

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