Welcome Letter

Dee Coppola at Crossland Garden (Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)
Dee Coppola
Crossland Garden
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Be the Blessing

To jumpstart the joy, we want to introduce you to the new WestSound Magazine. Everything you loved about WestSound Home & Garden and much more. In addition to homes, gardens, artists and restaurants, we’ll be highlighting small-business owners who have sought ways to stay afloat in uncertain times. Shining a light on these creative entrepreneurs is more important than ever.

Our 2021 Design Trends features 12 talented designers offering timely information as you’re finding your needs have changed, now that you’ve been spending more time in your homes. And the designers have been quick to pivot, creating the necessary solutions. By the way, a new trend is “grandmillennial” style. Check it out.

Innovation and Inclusion is Leatrice Eiseman’s take on the new 2021 colors. Preview the new 2021 Benjamin Moore color palette, and enjoy the feature about Ray and Diane Donahue’s adventures with their five local Benjamin Moore Paint Centers.

Preview our cover home, SunDog Ranch — Dean and Sherri Church’s gutsy Northwest contemporary home with the accent on “western.”

From Choosing a Garage Door to Organizing Your Kitchen to Home Bar Essentials, we’ve got you covered! Meet Jane Pomeroy of Berry Patch Kitchen Shop, the well-loved business just turned 50 years old! Another piece of news, Conservatory Coastal Home is expanding its Bainbridge location.

Read about The Essence of Home, a family-themed home featuring vintage vignettes of loveliness everywhere you look.

You’ll want to review the exciting New Plants Introductions for 2021. And experience a Hidden Cove garden, reminiscent of the understated beauty of a well-maintained English garden.

Meet Peggy Brunton, an inspiring and multitalented octogenarian artist, cyclist and gardener who constantly reimagines her future. You may have seen her pedaling around the Bainbridge Island.

Check out Amy Burnett’s new One Painting offer, helping local Bremerton nonprofits. Don’t miss the 2021 CVG Show — it will be a virtual experience this year.

Kitsap Bank announced the Edg3 FUND awards at its 7th annual (almost) live event. Congratulations to the small-business competition winners.

Circling back to baking at home, Our Daily Bread features two special-occasion breads from one recipe. We’ve also included Dutch Baby, with two recipes — the breakfast version and a Dungeness crab version.

Our Young Entrepreneur focus this issue is Lillian Benge of North Kitsap, offering a unique talent for design.

And last but not least, Laureen Lund’s advice on navigating Maui in these times. Mmm, wishing…

May 2021 bring you joy, wonder and happiness. As Tony Robbins says, “Be the Blessing.”



Dee Coppola
DEE COPPOLA Founding Editorial Director
dee [at] wsmag [dot] net
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