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Hiring a professional remodeler can make all the difference — transforming a plain, basic room into a custom-designed entertainment room like this.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Remodeler

May is National Home Remodeling Month. If you are thinking about a remodel, consider these five primary qualities of professional remodelers that set them apart from “do it yourselfers.” Quality 1: Customer Service Knowledgeable home remodelers understand that they are providing a service, … read more

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Puget Sound Ferry at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

Real Estate Market on Bainbridge Island Off to Robust Start

What a difference a few years make! If I had written this blog back in 2011, I would have been emphasizing the wonderfully low interest rates that made home buying affordable and ignoring the amount of homes that were available. Today, the interest … read more

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Local Garden Clubs and Societies — 2014 Resource List

We receive lots of questions at WestSound Magazine about local garden clubs and plant societies and how to get involved or just visit one now and then. Here’s the most complete list we have to date (May, 2014). We’ve listed websites, addresses, Facebook … read more

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The Pyrex Museum in Bremerton, Washington, is not technically a museum, but it has garnered attention from all over the world.

Pyrex Museum Becomes Popular Bremerton Destination

Who would have ever thought that a world-renowned Pyrex Museum could be found in a small Navy town outside Seattle? But Bremerton has captured the hearts of collectors and homemakers around the world with its vintage cookware. The museum has been featured in … read more

After: The walkway has been defined and sword ferns and other existing plants repeated on both sides of the pathway for unity.

Garden Design Dilemmas

Updating, renovating or simply frustrated by boredom — pondering plants and garden spaces is something all gardeners do at some point. Gardens grow and change and need editing now and then. Like with many projects, when looking at gardens too long, it is … read more

Variegated lacecap hydrangea

All About Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a no-fail shrub for Northwest gardens. Flower colors include white, pink, blue and lilac. A few are actually called “red” but the color is more an intense pink segueing into claret. Flowers can begin in shades of green, turning to deep … read more

Style, Substance And Color — Pantone View home + interiors 2014: Major Trends and Directions
Style, Substance And Color

Pantone View home + interiors 2014: Major Trends and Directions

In this complex and information-laden world, there is a multiplicity of resources that inform color and design directions. More than ever before, it is important to be aware of future trends as consumers are seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance. Most importantly, colors … read more

"HOLDING FISH" by Amy Burnett — Studying color, I wanted to combine bold, aggressive colors with bold and aggressive shapes and subjects to see how far I could go without creating too much anxiety.

Color Conclusions

Conclusion without examining intent is arrogant at best. Color, more than any other design element, is complicated with many diverse variables. Form, space, line and texture may be considerations, but color is generally one’s initial focus, the elephant in the room. Making blanket … read more

Conserve and Save Money, Too!
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Conserve and Save Money, Too!

This spring, I had a chance to spend some quality time with an energy-efficiency consultant, who also happens to be my brother-in-law. But that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, I was able to pick his expert mind about what average homeowners can do … read more

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