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Eyes Are The Window To The Soul, But Home Is What Occupies The Heart

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EYES ARE THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL, BUT HOME IS WHAT OCCUPIES THE HEART. When considering how much time we spend at home, no detail is too small. Home is a shelter and retreat from the daily exposure of life. Home is for friends, family and new acquaintances alike, but it is ultimately ours. It’s where we make our memories, where we laugh and raise a toast together, where we cry and rejoice together, where we cherish loved ones, celebrate those who have passed, welcome the next generations and relish in the present. Home is where we embrace our own and lay the path that will keep the candle burning. Read through our March “Home” issue and learn about Kirkland builder Enfort Homes featured on the cover, enjoy floral decor tips from local favorite Cherished Vintage, and get into your spring routine with recipes from Kirkland Lifestyle’s

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2020

FEATURES 08 Bouquets For Days Floral Decor From Days Past By Cherished Vintage

10 Remembering Peter Knox World Renowned Bridle Trails Artist Is Celebrated At Ryan James Fine Arts

14 Thai Peanut Broccoli Slaw With Tofu Move Over Comfort Food And Say Hello To The Vibrant, Colorful Dishes Of Spring

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18 Enfort Homes A Family-Owned Business Builds Unique Family Homes In Kirkland

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Lifestyle Letter

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Trend Setter

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Artist’s Palette

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Food & Wine

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Open House

26 Giving Back 30 Culinary Creations


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FLORAL DECOR FROM DAYS PAST BY CHERISHED VINTAGE ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY KAROLINE SIMMONS

WHO DOESN’T LOVE FLOWERS? Whether they grace your kitchen table or are the “center” of attention at a large event, flowers are an expressive element in design. Although glass vases are commonplace, it is fun to get creative with non-ordinary vessels to give your bouquets personality. Use these examples by Cherished Vintage as inspiration when putting together the next floral arrangement in your home. 01 A large vintage advertising tin filled with viburnum snowballs creates a simple yet jaw dropping arrangement for any room in your home. 02 To add extra charm to your mantel, pair hydrangeas with a modest assortment of vintage bottles resembling the colors of sea glass.

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03 Place an array of single bottles or small vases filled with roses, hydrangeas, and pink bellflowers in an old soda crate, for a display that’s stunning both inside and outside your home.

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04 Easily found secondhand, a cluster of milk glass bud vases in varying heights results in a chic and romantic look especially when placed on a mirrored tray. 05 The heavenly scent of vibrant lilacs are a show stopper when grouped together in vintage pop bottles. 06 Gerber daisies compliment a kitschy child’s thermos used as a clever and fun addition to a party.

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ARTIST’S PALETTE ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

WORLD RENOWNED BRIDLE TRAILS ARTIST IS CELEBRATED AT RYAN JAMES FINE ARTS

ABOUT PETER WAS BORN IN 1960 IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN. He discovered his passion for creative expression when he began training as a professional chef in his early 20s. His fascination with color, texture, composition, and balance influenced menu design and meal presentation in gourmet restaurants where he cooked for the most discerning customers (Detroit, Texas, Lake Tahoe Nevada and California) all the way to his own kitchen. In the summer of 2002 while visiting Aix-en-Provence with his family he took an open-air painting class and was hooked. Trodding the path of impressionists of yore, at a tiny art store in Aix he loaded up on art supplies and painted nearly every day after that. Back home in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, he began experiment-

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ing in his barn, quickly converted to his art studio, using different mediums—oil, acrylic, ink—much as he had as a chef – to find new compositions, textures and color combinations. After moving to Paris in 2009, Peter joined an atelier with artists from around the world until he departed for Seattle in 2012, continuing to paint and sculpt. Returning to Paris in 2016, he attended the prestigious institution Beaux-Arts de Paris school of art. For three years there he studied different forms, mediums, and learned new techniques and uses of creative tools. Through his


network, art expositions and vernissages, and exposure to the world’s great masters in Paris and across Europe, Peter developed a sense of style and expression that is uniquely his. He helped found the BAM collective, showing his work on several occasions while in Paris through the organization’s exhibitions. From 2006 to present, Peter has painted a wide body of work inspired by his worldly travels, on display at Seattle galleries, corporations, and public spaces in addition to gracing an artist series of wine labels for a boutique, upscale Washington state winery. His works include large contemporary paintings, clay and plaster sculptures, smaller studies and commissioned pieces. Many of his artworks now hang in fine private homes in the United States and Europe and can be found at Ryan James Fine Art gallery in Kirkland, WA. Peter died unexpectedly in June, 2019 and is survived by his wife Heather and their children Alexander and Allegra.

A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T Peter Knox uses color, shapes, and the beauty and perfection of the human body, perhaps the world’s greatest example of innovation

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FOOD & WINE

thai peanut broccoli slaw with tofu

MOVE OVER COMFORT FOOD AND SAY HELLO TO THE VIBRANT, COLORFUL DISHES OF SPRING

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SPRING IS NEAR! Move over com-

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fort food, soups, and your trusty slow cooker, and say hello to light, vibrant, and flavorful dishes! This Thai Peanut Broccoli Slaw Salad is quick and easy to throw together, even with the homemade peanut sauce (store-bought peanut sauce would make it super easy!). It requires no cooking too, even better for effortless weeknight dinners. Plus you can swap the salad’s ingredients based on

If one of your resolutions for 2020 was to eat less animal products and more plant-based meals, this vegan salad will help you meet those goals too. Despite being vegan AND a salad, this dish is really satisfying thanks to the satiating peanut sauce and the volume in the salad. This colorful salad will be a feast for the eyes! 

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THAI PEANUT BROCCOLI SLAW WITH TOFU MAKES 6

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SALAD INGREDIENTS + 1 12 oz package broccoli slaw + 1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage + 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced + 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish + 1 cup chopped green onions + 1 package extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes + 2 Tbsp chopped peanuts, for garnish THAI PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS + 1/2 cup natural peanut butter + 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce (or Tamari) + 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar + 1 tsp fish sauce (or more soy sauce if vegan) + 1 tsp sesame oil + 1 tsp sriracha + 1 tsp sugar + Juice of 1 lime + 1 Tbsp grated ginger + 2 garlic cloves, minced + Water (*I use about 3 Tbsp)

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DIRECTIONS 01 Remove tofu from package and slice into 1-inch cubes. Press cubes between two

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OPEN HOUSE

ENFORT HOMES

A FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS BUILDS UNIQUE FAMILY HOMES IN KIRKLAND

ENFORT HOMES IS A FAMILY-OWNED BOUTIQUE SPEC HOME BUILDING BUSINESS IN KIRKLAND. Small but hardy, the company is big enough to accomplish its ambitions, but nimble enough to leverage the benefits that come with an organization its size. This is all according to the plan of its owners, Greg and Gina Lynch. Greg says that as the company grows, he wants it be steady and from a position of strength.

LOCALLY GROWN Greg and Gina and their family have lived in the South Rose Hill neighborhood in Kirkland for the last six years and are building a new family home in the Bridle Trails area of town, with the aim of completing construction by the end of 2020. They have three sons: Blake, 6, is in first grade at Ben Franklin Elementary, Cooper, 3, is enrolled at City Kids School, and Ryder, 1, stays busy trying to ARTICLE MARY BERNARD | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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keep up with his older brothers.


Greg and Gina met while attending Northwest

After college, Greg went to work for a Fortune 500

University. They graduated together and got married

company in Seattle, where he made his way up through

the following summer. Greg studied business and

management positions before deciding to pursue real

finance, and Gina studied communications but later

estate full time. Gina worked in both marketing and

got a degree in design. As Greg describes it, they

executive assistant roles at local tech and real estate

are both “type A personalities with a lot of drive and

companies before becoming a full-time mother and

a never-stop mentality.” This drive showed up early

interior designer.

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in Greg’s life, as he started a graphic design business in high school and continued to develop it in college, working 60+ hours a week out of his dorm room. While his schoolwork may have suffered a bit, “a whole lot of real-world business experience happened.”

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ORIGINS In 2010, having saved a bit of money, Greg and Gina started thinking about what to do with it. Greg’s grandparents, who were pastors their whole lives, owned a handful of rentals, so they decided to follow that example. The couple bought their first rental duplex in Lake Stevens. Admittedly, Greg said, “We didn’t have a clue what we were doing, so we bought several books on property management, created our forms and, amazingly, rented the units quickly.  Fake it till you make it, right? We were hooked!” Venturing into the rental market led them to the world of foreclosure auctions. “Some homes we came across were extremely distressed, but we saw past that,” Greg said. “We believed we could give a house new life with some elbow grease, and back then we did the work ourselves!” For five years, along with their now head of construction, they would buy rentals and flips at auction, work their professional day jobs, and “burn the midnight oil at the house projects.” They did this throughout the year. “It was a blitz, but so gratifying and we learned a lot,” Greg said. “In our years at this, we have turned over 100 homes.”

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NEW CHALLENGES

The company’s goal is not to be a developer of subdivisions. Instead, they focus on spec-built homes that are customized to what they believe would-be buyers in the area will want. Each

They still have that original duplex, and have added 18 rental

home starts with a floor plan that is scrutinized and refined

properties throughout the Tri-County area to their portfolio, but

throughout the development process. Do the windows maximize

new home construction was always on his radar, Greg said. Over

the view? Can a covered porch be reoriented to offer greater

the last few years, Enfort has fully transitioned to new home

privacy? Will a dog enjoy this yard? No detail is too small to

construction. “I personally like new construction much better

consider because the Lynches design houses as if they would

than renovations because you are not trying to fit square pegs

be living there themselves.

in round holes with renovating an existing structure,” Greg said.

“We value beauty and aesthetics,” Greg said, but functionality

“Instead, you are able to design exactly what you want from day

is just as important. “Our construction manager is as much of a

one without the limitations of existing structures.” The company

perfectionist as I am. Pair that with Gina’s dynamite design, and

currently has 19 homes in the pipeline either in active construc-

you get a very special house that everyone who walks through

tion or planning/permitting in Kirkland.

falls in love with.”

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STYLE GUIDE Each Enfort home is unique, but the company’s modern farmhouses tend to garner attention, Greg said. “We have been doing this style even on remodels since 2014, before it was trendy. It’s one of our favorite designs, and we are constantly evolving and tweaking

texture is integrated to provide a cozy mountain house feel. Exposed

it so it stays fresh and current.” Indeed, Greg admits to spending a

ceiling beams and white oak flooring are usually found in a PNW

good deal of time online researching homes around the country in

house, as well as ample lighting and, of course, an open floor plan.”

their price point to see what buyers want.

Overall, there are three important characteristics to any Enfort

To some extent, the design is dependent on the lot. “Due to

home, Greg said. First and foremost is quality. “We wouldn’t put a

Kirkland’s topography, lot sizes and building code, the predominant

home on the market that we wouldn’t live in ourselves.” Second is

style is a modern ‘box’ house,” Greg said. “This style is not our favorite.

design. “We believe our cutting-edge creations capture the emotion

Sharp, boxy lines without warmth and texture feel cold and not wel-

of buyers. Our designs are incredibly thought-out, and we believe

coming. Whenever the lot and code allow, we prefer to build modern

we have a good feel for what this city loves.” Third is functionality.

farmhouse, Cape Cod, or Pacific Northwest craftsman style.”

What is important in a home and what really matters to the owner?

What is Pacific Northwest style, one might ask? Greg said it could

“We have taken these answers to heart and integrated buyer feed-

be described as “organic modern” where “white and grey tones serve

back into the homes we build, such as including an en suite on the

as the backdrop for natural elements (wood, brick, marble) and tons of

main floor or covered outdoor living areas with heaters.”

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TEAM EFFORT No building project comes together without the contribution of numerous participants, and Greg recognizes that to build a great house, it takes a lot of great people. “We carefully select each sub, and treat them like a partner,” Greg said. “We value their opinion, we treat them right, we communicate well, and we pay fast. In turn, we create an extremely tight bond with our trades people because they trust us, and they want to do the right thing for us. It has to be a win/win, otherwise it doesn’t work.” Credit must also go to Brooks Josephson, the company’s construction manager, “whose fantastic eye for detail embodies the Enfort culture to a T,” Greg said. “He is on job sites day in and day out with the rest of the Enfort team of superintendents and carpenters to ensure each project exceeds all expectations.”

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REWARDS AND RELAXATION There is a reward in seeing a project realized, and this is part of the satisfaction of homebuilding. “There are not a lot of jobs where you get a tangible product as the result of your work,” Greg said. “We are lucky to be in one of those fields. Getting to see the completed project and the incredible energy at an open house is always a surreal moment.” With three young children and a business, relaxation time is at a premium. When time allows, you are more likely to find Greg at the golf course than a campground; he’s played golf since he was a kid. Family outings include summer weekends at Lake Chelan or rooting for Blake’s American Little League team, which Greg has helped coach the past couple of years.

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LOOKING FORWARD When asked what he is looking forward to in the coming year, the answer is not surprising: more completed projects! “We have some amazing projects in the pipeline to start and complete in 2020,” Greg said, “and we are super excited to see them to fruition.” For more information, visit www.enforthomes.com.

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GIVING BACK

ANGEL HOUSE THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE ORGANIZATION BRINGING ABANDONED CHILDREN FROM THE SLUM TO SAFETY + INTO THE LOVING ARMS OF CARETAKERS WHO WILL RAISE THEM TO BECOME FUTURE LEADERS IN THEIR GENERATION

MORE THAN 31 MILLION ORPHANS IN INDIA LIVE TRAGIC LIVES IN THE SLUMS; COMPLETELY ALONE, SEARCHING FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME. No families, no proper clothing, and no sense of stability whatsoever. Without a miraculous rescue, each child is doomed to end up in one of three places: forced child trafficking, child labor, or begging on the streets. The reality of this injustice came to life for Lindsay Russo while caring for a group of hungry orphans during a humanitarian trip to India in 2010. Nearly 70 children, full orphans, had gathered into a tiny room with dirt floors and cinder block walls to eat their one and only meal for the day being provided by a local feeding program. The children ranged from ages 3 to 12, and they had no place to live. Moved with compassion, Lindsay was unable to turn a blind eye to what she had just witnessed. She thought, ‘These children need a safe place to call home,’ and upon her return to the States, she was determined to make it happen.

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BY THE NUMBERS

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In the coming months, she began to tell anyone and

The Angel House team in India knew far too well

everyone about the children in India and asked others

the sobering fate of abandoned orphans. Without

to partner with her to build them a home. Although it

intervention, each child would succumb to a life of

was a challenge, Lindsay had an unyielding passion

destitution. Angel House could not stop with 1 home.

and was determined to give the precious children she

Lindsay and her team refused to just “see” the need,

had met a beautiful home.

but resolved to take action.

In December 2010, the dream became a reality! The

Just weeks after the first home opened, Lindsay

very first Angel House Rescue Orphanage was built and

competed and won on the NBC popular game show

became home to 50 beautiful children in India. They

“Minute To Win It!” In a single moment, more than

ran into their new home like they it was Disneyland! As

8.5 million households heard about Angel House as

they laid on their brand new beds it was the first time

Lindsay competed in hopes to use the money to build

they had ever laid on a bed or a pillow in their entire

more homes in India. It was just the beginning!

lives. The Angel House staff wrapped their arms around

What began as one house construction for just

the children and welcomed them into more than just

one group of children has now grown into dozens

their new homes, but their new lives.

of homes and thousands of children rescued out of

The day was memorable, but soon the harsh reality

the slums! Hundreds of orphans and street children

set in – more than 25 million orphans still lived tragic

who would otherwise be trapped in forced child labor,

lives on the streets and in the slums. Who will do some-

human trafficking, or begging on the streets now have

thing to help them?

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If you have a babysitter who likes to cook, you could set out the instructions and ingredients for them to have something fun to do with your kids—it beats ordering pizza again!

ingredients + Prep

Depending on what you order, you may need some of your own supplies. When you select your meals, think about what you will need to cook the food in and if any other kitchen utensils would be helpful. Have them ready to go so you don’t have to make any last-minute trips to the store, defeating the purpose of getting your box delivered! Look over the prep times and cook times to ensure you won’t be rushed, and have fun! If the meals are foods you would enjoy reheated, you could do all of your cooking the day you get the box to meal prep for your week, or you can just store the ingredients to the other meals in your fridge and cook them throughout the week.

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cooking

If you’re a little less-experienced in the kitchen, meal kits are great for learning! Read the instructions carefully before you get started so you don’t feel frazzled while the heat is up high, and take your time. Gobble is great for beginners because all of the meals are prepped for you and can be cooked in 15 minutes with just one skillet. If you want to learn how to do more plant-based cooking for your health and the environment, Purple Carrot makes it easy to enjoy delicious meals and not even miss the meat. If you are a more seasoned chef, feel free to take your own spin on the recipes and add some extra flavor or swap out ingredients to make it perfect for your palate. If you know what you want to make and have your own recipes already,

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the individual ingredients yourself. You can help eliminate food waste, use organic, high-quality ingredients and save money all at the same time—without leaving your house.


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let’s eat!

This is the really fun part! It’s time to start taste-testing. Make a note tab in your phone for tracking what you love and what isn’t your favorite. That way, when it’s time to select more meals, you know what you have tried and what you absolutely have to try again. Don’t forget to ask your family what was a hit and a miss. Who knows—maybe the kids love some of the Purple Carrot recipes and don’t even notice how many veggies they are eating!

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purple carrot Box price is based on how many meals and how many servings you order. Meals cost $10-$12 per serving. Shipping is free.

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Try out a few different boxes. You can pause your subscription for the first one while you try a second one. Just remember to cancel the accounts you don’t want anymore!

gobble Box price is based on how many meals and how many servings you order. Meals cost $12 per serving. Shipping is $7.

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