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HOME & DESIGN TRENDS Your guide to fall home improvement and decorating on the North Olympic Peninsula

September 2013

what’s inside l Remodel

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Do-it-yourself: The weekend warrior survival guide It’s the do-it-yourself dream: deciding on the perfect DIY project just as the weekend finally arrives. All the supplies have been purchased, and you’re ready to dive right in. However, the enthusiastic start of the project doesn’t always end in completion. “Knocking out a big home improvement or do-ityourself project in one weekend can be a rewarding task, but it is also challenging and can be taxing on your knees, feet and back when standing in the same position for several hours,” said Mark Clement, home improvement expert and co-host of the national radio show “MyFixitUpLife.” Whether you are woodworking at your workbench or staining a piece of furniture in the garage, Clement offers these tips to make the most of your DIY weekend projects while also feeling comfortable enough to successfully finish them: Focus on form and technique. When learning a new technique, go slowly, step by step, until you’ve mastered it. Allow your body to become accustomed to the various motions required. Moving efficiently is one

of the best ways to avoid injury. Stay hydrated. Make it a priority to drink at least 125 ounces of cold water each day. Staying hydrated is important when exerting DIY energy, especially when it is warm. So whether you’re digging up the garden, roofing the shed, or wrenching in a no-AC garage, keep a water bottle or sports drink close by. Create a comfortable workspace. Be conscious of how long you are standing in the same spot working on your project and how your back feels. To relieve pressure and soreness on feet, knees and back, use a durable mat that is engineered with an optimal balance of cushion and support. Dress appropriately. Flip-flops and sandals do not offer the balance, protection and support that a sturdy closed-toe shoe or work boot does while tackling home improvement projects. Even if you have the grace of a ballerina in the workshop or yard, it is remarkably easy to drop things on your feet, and it takes only a small distraction to create a big problem.


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Complete the look with accessories such as seashells and clear vases that evoke sea glass washed ashore. Pick colors fresh from the garden. Let the colors of your favorite flowers, fruits and vegetables guide your color choices throughout the home. Evoke beautiful pink flower petals on a bathroom accent wall; paint a desk in a fresh green; or bring out citrus colors in the kitchen with a lively orange. Make your kitchen the ideal gathering place with deliciously warm and inviting colors. Spice it up with rich, saturated tones of orange and plum. For room-to-room harmony, use a sage color in an adjoining dining room. Design around your collectibles. If you are an antiques aficionado, choose colors that celebrate the retro hipness of repurposed objects. Use color to add substance to kitchen cabinets. Give a mudroom an eclectic twist with Armagnac walls and a lime green bench. — Story provided by Brandpoint

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According to the site, iwastenotsystems.com compiles the weight, type of waste, expenses and greenhouse gas emissions averted by keeping the waste out of the landfill. “People are really happy with it because items can go really fast,” Freilich said. According to a report provided by Freilich, the exchange site has grown exponentially since its launch in 2005. Within the first year, 2good2toss.com had 405 members within Clallam County. The site now has approximately 3,253 members. Though 10th in overall population of the 12 counties in Washington currently participating, the Clallam County/Port Angeles exchange is fourth in the number of current listings. “This gives people a chance to give items away without too much effort,” Freilich, said. Broken down by categories, the site is easy to navigate and find the items that you are looking for. Categories include everything from office furniture, computers/printers and electrical equipment to the more popular categories of sports, fitness and camping. You may search within the local exchange listings, or if you’re willing to travel, you can search within nearby counties’ listings. Most transactions are smooth and trouble free, but it is always best to follow safety precautions. Freilich recommends that site participants show the items they wish to exchange or sell in their

garages or outside their homes. “Or arrange to meet in a public place if you are not comfortable inviting someone to your home,” she said. “Make sure a family member or friend is nearby when you make an exchange.” If you want to keep your identity private throughout your exchange transaction, you may communicate with the seller or buyer directly through the 2good2toss.com website notification system rather than via your personal email or phone number. The exchange is limited to private use and is not open to businesses. Though the site allows for exchanges of a large number of items, it asks that you not sell foods, animals, weapons or hazardous materials. If you are looking to recycle an item but don’t know where to take the item to donate it, the site also is host to the Recyclopedia. This feature can be used to determine local options for recycling anything from lawn clippings and textbooks to unused medications. It gives people another option for recycling goods. The Recyclopedia is always being updated. If there are items that you would like to recycle but cannot find on the Recyclopedia list, you may phone Freilich at 360-417-4874. She can assist you in finding a location to recycle the item or add it to the list for future users to find. For more information, visit 2good2toss.com. — story and illustration by Katy SanGregory

Renovations for any age Most Americans over 50 want to stay in their home as they age, but few are making the renovations they need to ensure comfortable living for years to come. Consider some of the following functional, yet beautiful touches that help make a home safer and more comfortable for residents of all ages. Hardwood floors — Replacing carpet with hardwood floors can help accommodate difficulties ranging from respiratory problems to decreased mobility. New furniture — Changing out furniture can make a difference in the comfort and style of a home. Enhance maneuverability by allowing ample room between furnishings and by picking accessible pieces such as counter-height dining tables and chairs. Likewise, it’s easier to sit in and stand from firmer sofas and chairs than deeper, softer options. Kitchen updates — Kitchen shelves that pull out make utensils, pots and pans and ingredients much more accessible and do not require a kitchen remodel. Consider swapping out knobs for handles on cabinets and drawers to make them easier to use. More lighting — Make sure all areas of your property — inside and outside — are well lit. Pendant lamps, inset ceiling lights and track lighting help illuminate a room from above, preventing glare that can cause temporary blindness. Opt for switches to turn lights on and off, and locate them at the entrances of each room. — story provided by Brandpoint


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3. Replace dated hardware — Cabinet replacement can be costly and time-consuming — and best left to professionals. But you can easily and quickly give your cabinets a whole new look by replacing outdated hardware. If your cabinets are still builder-bare of knobs, handles or pulls, adding them not only can make them look fresh, it can make them much easier to use. It’s easy to find hardware to suit virtually any design theme or taste, with many home improvement stores carrying a wide range of designer styles from sleek, modern metallics to Victorian-inspired glass. 4. Get creative with paint — Painting is one of the most powerful and costeffective ways to re-create the look of a room, but painting the entire space can be time-consuming. If you’re not up for a full day of painting four walls and all that trim, consider painting one wall in an eye-catching accent color. Or, for something really different — albeit a bit more work — paint the ceiling in a hue that complements the current wall color. No design rule says your kitchen ceiling must be plain white, so spice it up with a color that speaks to you. Updating your kitchen is a rewarding home-improvement job, and can enhance the its appearance and your enjoyment of it, as well as boost your home’s value. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, even a minor kitchen renovation will return more than 75 percent of its cost when you sell your home. — story by Brandpoint


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n Cover up: Wall-hung flat-screen televisions can be camouflaged with a piece of artwork or another wall decoration. Many times the TV is recessed into the wall, and a canvas or mirror is mounted on a device that can move it out of the way to reveal the screen. n On the move: Mechanisms can lower or raise a TV from a hidden location, whether in the floor or ceiling. The TV can descend or ascend vertically, or a hinged device can flip the TV up or down, depending on need, much like a small LCD television that mounts on the underside of a kitchen cabinet. n Under the bed: People have long embraced the under-the-bed storage options, but what about using that space for a TV? Homeowners who have $10,000 lying around can purchase a mounting device that stores the TV under the bed and then raises it into position at the foot of the bed with the touch of a remote control device. n Track TV: With a system of trackwork, a television can swivel out of a hiding spot in a closet, cabinet or soffit and move into position on a pole connected to the track. Both manual and motorized tracks can be installed for a few hundred dollars. n Canvas cover: A less expensive option than some of the motorized devices available, a shade or tapestry on a manual device (think the window shades that you tug and the shade rolls up onto itself) also can conceal a television. Lower or raise the shade as needed. n Smaller scale: Smaller TVs are easier to camouflage. Think scale when placing a TV in a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. Simple decor accessories may do the trick of hiding the TV from view. Although most people can’t get enough of their television viewing, the caveat is they don’t want the television to be an eyesore when not in use. Try one of these “hiding” strategies to help mask a TV when it is not in use. — story by Metro Creative Graphics

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A beach house along Oak Bay Road in Port Ludlow is the ideal setting for homeowners Nancy and Darold Hefely to entertain family and friends. But the small and out-of-date kitchen needed a little help to become a place fit for a cook. A recent kitchen remodel allows Nancy to pursue her love of cooking and test plenty of recipes for her upcoming cookbook. “One of the goals was to increase the kitchen size to accommodate frequent visits by guests and family, which includes over two dozen grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren who always end up in the kitchen,” explained Trisa Chomica of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles. “We were able to increase the size of the kitchen by eliminating a small powder room and pantry. We gained cabinet and storage space by extending the cabinets to the ceiling.” Adding a library ladder allows the Hefelys to reach the top cabinets in style. To lighten the feel of the high cabinets, Chomica added smaller upper cabinets with back-lit glass fronts. “The Hefelys are now able to display beautiful collected objects and have soothing ambient lighting for the evenings,” Chomica said. The result of the remodel is pure magic to the Hefelys. The family now has a spacious yet cozy place to entertain, and Nancy finally has the test kitchen she needs to more easily complete her cookbook.


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A limited number of tasteful accessories, including a large, round mirror over the fireplace, completes the updated look of this Port Ludlow beach house. A goal of the remodel was to create a warm and cozy place for the homeowners’ friends and family to gather.


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Seating options in and adjacent to the kitchen were a must for this beach house where large groups of people frequently gather. Colorful chair cushions and an oversized rug welcome visitors to the large table for a meal served by soon-to-be cookbook author Nancy Hefely.


Interior designer Trisa Chomica used two types of countertops to create this look. The island is topped with granite to create a focal point and the perimeter counters in a neutral colored quartz product to create an attractive contrasting look.

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Complement existing design elements with transitional styles Modern cabinets can clash with traditional elements in rooms, especially when remodeling older homes. Choose cabinets with design elements that easily transition across differing styles and bridge the gap between your desire for a contemporary kitchen and the traditional reality of an older home. Cabinetry manufacturers are offering many new styles that help create flow between old and new spaces within your home. Simple cabinet doors can adopt a contemporary feel in a kitchen or complement a traditional style in the bathroom, all while maintaining a continuous, polished look across your home.

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