Fall Yard Leaf Management

Collected Yard Debris Get New Life as Next Year’s Compost

Now that fall is upon us, I have started to notice the changing leaves on my way to and from the office. The beautiful colors of fall always bring a smile to my face, but the mess that follows from falling debris quickly … read more


Kitchen Counter Corners

Kitchen Counter Corners — To Use or Not To Use?

I recently read a great WestSound Home and Garden Magazine article by Molly Erin McCabe, “Much Ado About Countertops.” The topic of countertops has fascinated me for some time — a level, utilitarian surface that ends unobstructed or with a wall. How does … read more

Tony's Pizza

Tony’s Pizza, a.k.a. Filippi’s Pizza — Serving Up Memories For Nearly Five Decades

You may call it Filippi’s Pizza or Tony’s Pizza — it depends on how long you have lived on the Kitsap Peninsula. Either way, you will find nostalgia on a pizza pie, served up with a generous helping of Italian family love, at … read more

Designing and Building with Chemical Sensitivity in Mind

Designing and Building with Chemical Sensitivity in Mind

Most design projects begin by drafting and prioritizing the client’s wish list. At the top of the list you will typically find more storage, better lighting, updated finishes, etc. However, when a homeowner has multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), the priorities change, with indoor … read more


How to Select the Proper Seat Height for Best Comfort

How to Select the Proper Seat Height for Best Comfort

At a restaurant in Seattle recently, we opted for the privacy and comfort of booth seating. When our dinners arrived, however, we ended up eating with high elbows. As it happens frequently in restaurants, the banquette/booth seat cushions were simply too low in … read more

Hobby Greenhouse

A Primer on Buying a Hobby Greenhouse

All gardeners have a wish list: new plants to try, a load of compost delivered, a potting shed, etcetera, but there is one thing that always seems to top the list — a greenhouse. Imagine how the midwinter blues melt away as you … read more

Jean Boyle and Bethany McDonald — A Tale of Two Sisters and Their Gardens
Jean Boyle and Bethany McDonald

A Tale of Two Sisters and Their Gardens

Sisters Jean Boyle and Bethany McDonald live in Suquamish just a short walk from each other. They are often mistaken for twins but one is actually older than the other by nearly two years. McDonald has gardened in Suquamish for 35 years, but … read more


7 Seas Brewing

7 Seas Brewing Partners with 253Heart on Philanthropic Brew

Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing and 253Heart have collaborated on a tasty new brew that gives back. A portion of the proceeds from 253 Pilsner, available at local retailers, will be donated to South Sound nonprofits. Two featured local nonprofits are selected at … read more

Plant material pressed in a flower press

Creating Pressed Botanicals for Décor — The Art of the Herbarium

Plant gathering and preservation for identification has its foundations in history and early botanical plant hunting. Plants in modern gardens have their origins from all over the world, as botanists journeyed to distant lands. As the West was discovered, Lewis and Clark collected … read more

Pony Up Rescue for Equines
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