Seattle is very special place to me. Over 18 years ago Mr. B and I were married at the historic Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, currently the Fairmont Olympic. We have traveled to Seattle more times that I can count and it was during one of our trips that I discovered the shop Watson Kennedy. Shop owner, Ted Kennedy Watson, is also author of the charming book “Style & Simplicity” and a blog entitled “The Daily Blog”. I enjoy Ted’s blog, particularly to read about new things in the shop or seeing pictures of his homes in Seattle and in the Hudson River Valley. It sounds like such an idyllic life.

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In our guest room we have a large rattan basket that sits in front of the guest bed. The accessories on the tray always rotate but Ted’s book has become a permanent fixture prominently on display.

I was catching up on some blog reading yesterday when I realized I missed Ted’s post from last week in which he dedicated to his 5th anniversary of blogging. What I loved about his post was the fact that he put out a call to action to send a card or letter to help him mark his fifth anniversary. In my opinion, the art of letter writing is not dead and with US postage actually decreasing recently it’s even more reason to put pen to paper. Why not start with a letter to Ted? Better late than never…

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Beautiful cards and letters on Ted’s inspiration board. Image via Ted’s blog, “The Daily Blog”.

I would LOVE to hear from each and every one of you. It will be such a grand gift, which will bring me such happiness.   –Ted Kennedy Watson

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My note in progress.

If you feel inclined to perform your own Random Act of Kindness, why not send Ted a congratulatory note or letter to the address below. For the price of a postage stamp you can make someone’s day. I am sure he will appreciate it.  Happy corresponding!

Ted Kennedy Watson
1022 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
United States of America

By the way, in case anyone is wondering…this post is unsolicited. I don’t know Ted but he seems like such a charming man that I hope Mr. B and I get an opportunity to meet someday.


  1. After Orange County says:

    Hi Vanessa. My husband and I will be celebrating his July birthday in Seattle and Orcas Island where I’ve rented a charming farmhouse. I’m surprising him so I sure hope he doesn’t read your blog;). I’m not very familiar with Seattle and have never been to the San Juan Islands so I’m doing a lot of studying up on the area. Since you seem to be an expert I’d love some advice on your favorite places to see and things to do in Seattle. We will be staying at The Inn at the Market, as I’m very excited to explore Pike’s Market. Thanks in advance for your recommendations. Oh, and I’ll have to check out Ted Kennedy Watsons blog and book!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      I would be more than happy to help and answer questions. I’d love to hear about the farmhouse. Drop me an email!
      By the way, the smaller Watson Kennedy shop is located in the courtyard of your hotel. It’s a great location in the heart of everything!

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