Spring 2014 Home & Garden

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Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year, homeowners are taking control. The “keeping up with the Joneses’’ mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the homeowners. In 2014, more people will embrace the role of designer to create a home that is truly one of a kind. “We’re at a fascinating point in the evolution of the interior design process. Interior design professionals once ruled the roost, but that’s all changed with design TV, blogs and the Internet,” said Elaine Griffin, an interior designer and author of Design Rules. “Clients today are well-educated and have taken back the power. They’re so knowledgable that they’re doing it themselves.” Assuming the role of designer doesn’t have to be intimidating. Follow these tips for taking your home design into your own hands and creating personalized space.

Research and check twice Taking the time to properly research and educate yourself is important so you get beautiful results without unwanted surprises. “You want to know what your options are in terms of price, value, quality, design and style,” said Griffin. “What’s returnable? What’s not? Sometimes custom means you buy it, you own it. Do your research.” Griffin suggests being cautious when measuring. “Always measure twice, buy once,” she said. “That’s the first place where DIYers fall short. You only have one option when you’re going custom — just

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Griffin suggests investing in highly visible features of your home. “Like in the bathroom, you can focus on something that’s focalpoint-worthy. It’s a piece that just belongs to you,” she said. Window treatments and lamp shades are other highly visible features of the home that are too often ignored. Updating these features can instantly breathe new personality into a room. Lamp shades deliver great bang for your buck; remember you always want to take the lamp with you when shopping.

Using salvaged materials in a renovation isn’t only green, it’s a chance to incorporate your family’s history. “When you’re remodeling, look for pieces to salvage — timbers from old floors, side tables, etc.,” Griffin said. “We’ve always loved our heirlooms, but now we’re looking at recycled and salvaged stuff in a different light. We have a green eco-conscious, so we want to save what we can.”

Customize color “It’s about the customization of color,” Griffin said. “It’s not just about a color palette for personality, it’s about having that shade that no one else has.” Numerous paint manufacturers offer technology that allows you to provide a fabric swatch or other

Don’t overlook the ceiling “The ceiling is the second biggest real estate after the floor — don’t neglect it,” stressed Griffin. “Especially in small or awkward spaces — like the foyer, powder room, stair hall — do something sexy with your ceiling. Add a striking color, install wallpaper, add beams.” Expect 2014 to be the year when homeowners take charge and create spaces that truly speak to them from a functional and design perspective.



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Garden show planned in Sequim Spring is near, which means the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show is just around the corner. The 16th annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. in Sequim. The show — held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday — will bring together products and professional services of horticultural and garden-related businesses in an inviting and informative venue for all. There will be an array of speakers and presentations both days of the show. Admission to the show is $5 per person per day (children under 12 receive free admission) with proceeds benefiting many local projects. Each year, the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show provides a raffle for a chance to take home a load of yard and garden goodies. This year’s raffle will feature a cedar Adirondack chair and foot rest and an end table valued at $265 donated by Michael Caldwell, owner of Mike’s Cedar Works in Port Angeles. Alan Burwell, co-owner of Windermere Sequim East and Windermere SunLand, donated a solid cedar portable potting bench valued at $130. Soroptimists also will raffle off a garden cart filled with donated items from show vendors. Raffle tickets cost $3 each. For a schedule of events and more information about demonstrations, presentations and vendors, visit sequimgardenshow.com.

Accessible gardening talk offered at garden show story by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Local gardeners will have a chance to learn how they can enjoy gardening even if they are faced with physical limitations during a presentation at the Sequim Soroptimist Gala Garden Show at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. in Sequim. The session, “Accessible Gardening,” will be presented by Clallam County Master Gardeners from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 15. For more information about the show, see the “Garden show planned in Sequim” on this page. “Gardening is good exercise and provides access to nutritious fruits and vegetables,” said Jeanette Stehr-Green, a veteran Clallam County Master Gardener. Gardening also helps build healthy bones and muscles and contributes to a general sense of well-being. But back and joint pain along with mobility difficulties can lead some to hang up their gardening gloves, Stehr-Green said. During “Accessible Gardening,” veteran Master Gardeners Judy English, Bill Wrobel and StehrGreen will share tips on how to make gardening easier for those with physical challenges. They will highlight gardening in containers as well as helpful tools, and describe how garden layout and plant selection can make a difference.

Clallam County Master Gardeners Jeanette Stehr-Green, from left, Bill Wrobel and Judy English will be joined by retired physical therapist Barbara Paschal to discuss ways to make gardening easier for people with physical challenges.

Barbara Paschal, retired physical therapist and community educator, will join the three Master Gardeners to demonstrate exercises to strengthen back, abdominal and leg muscles to prevent injuries during gardening. Attendees will get to handle and examine tools which allow for easier gardening. “Enabling a person with a physical limitation to garden can make a significant difference in that person’s life and can positively impact the whole community,” said Linda Klinefelter and Kathy Purcell, 2014 garden show co-chairs. “We are happy to provide a venue for the Master Gardeners to share their gardening knowledge with everyone.” Clallam County Master Gardeners will speak about a variety of topics during the two-day show including gardening for the senses, pest control, growing herbs and designing miniature gardens.

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presentations, demonstrations and more CLALLAM COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS n April 24: Weed control practices. n May 8: Get ready for tomatoes. n May 22: Pepper culture. n June 12: Berry basics. n June 26: Planting now for fall and winter harvest. n July 10: Aphids. n July 24: Native plant identification. n Aug. 14: Year round lettuce. n Aug. 28: Wasps and hornets. n Sept. 11: No bare soil: Cover crops and mulches. n Sept. 25: What should be planted in the fall. n Oct. 9: Slug university. n Oct. 23: Harvesting and storing fall crops. n Nov. 13: Growing mushrooms. n Dec. 4: Tis the season: Holiday gift plants. Master Gardeners host Class Act preOn select Saturdays, Clallam County sentations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road in Sequim. Class Act presentations can include hands-on demonstrations. Upcoming Class Act presentations: n May 10: Tomatoes. n May 24: Composting. n June 7: Fruit tree care. We specialize in: n June 21: Strawberries. • Additions n July 12: Raspberries. • Accessible bathrooms n July 26: Fall and winter planting. • Garages & decks n Aug. 9: Wasps, bees & bug hunting. n Aug. 23: Blueberries. • Vacation homes & cabins n Sept. 13: Mushrooms. • Ramps & entry porches

Throughout the year, Clallam County Master Gardeners provide educational presentations on a wide variety of gardening topics. Presentations are free and open to the public, but donations to cover the cost of handouts are greatly appreciated. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, Clallam County Master Gardeners host the Green Thumb Garden Tips Brown Bag in Port Angeles. Brown Bag presentations are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. Upcoming Brown Bag presentations: n Feb. 27: Preparing soil for planting. n March 13: Starting seeds indoors. n March 27: Mason bees. n April 10: Pollinator crisis: Neonicotinoid pesticides and other happenings.

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n Sept. 27: What to plant in the fall and why. On the second Friday of each month from May through October, Master Gardeners lead the Friday Walk in the Garden at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles. These educational walks are held from noon to 1 p.m. and focus on what is happening (or should be happening) in local vegetable gardens that month. Friday Walks are scheduled for May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10.


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CLALLAM COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS n The Clallam County Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road in Sequim. The sale will feature perennials, native plants, ornamentals and vegetable starts that are suitable for our local growing environment. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about how and where to plant a specimen and the size and habitat to expect as the plant matures. Gardening books, pots and other items will be for sale, and a drawing will be held for gardening supplies. Proceeds from the spring plant sale provide funding to support local education programs such as the Brown

Bag and Class Act presentations (see “Master Gardeners provide education presentations” on Page 8) and maintain the demonstration garden on Woodcock Road where the plant sale is being held and where Clallam County Master Gardeners grow fruit and vegetables to help supply the soup kitchen. n Plant clinics in Port Angeles start at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles on March 6 and occur every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 30. n Plant clinics at Woodcock Demonstration Garden start on May 10, and will continue each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 18.


n “Quilcene Veggie Garden Classes” are held at noon each Monday at the Quilcene LID Demonstration site, located on the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Old Church Road. n The spring Master Gardener Training session begins March 19 and will continue through May 28. For more information about becoming a Master Gardener, visit jefferson.wsu. edu/gardeningmgmgtraining/ n Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month throughout the year (except July, August and December) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum. Upcoming meeting topics include: n March 13 — “Spring Vegetable Gardening Tips.” PENINSULA DAILY NEWS/SEQUIM GAZETTE

n April 10 — “Growing Food Together: Community Gardening in Jefferson County.” n May 8 — “Women in Agriculture.” n June 12 — “Native Pollinators” Other topics will be announced at a later date. n The Jefferson County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held Saturday May 10 at H.J. Carroll Park, 9884 state Route 19 in Chimacum. n Plant clinics will begin March 3 and be held each Monday through Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the WSU Extension Office in Port Townsend. n “Food Preservation Help” will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Monday of each month from March through September in the Madrone Room in WSU Extension Office in Port Townsend. Master Gardener and food preservation specialist Dianna Wiklund is scheduled each month to answer food preservation questions. Pressure gauge testing also will be available.

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Port Townsend kitchens on display for a good cause story by BRENDA HANRAHAN, PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

The 17th annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour, “A Kala Point of View,” offers the opportunity to explore attractive and innovative residential kitchens in the Kala Point neighborhood of Port Townsend. The popular tour is sponsored by AAUW (American Association of University Women) Port Townsend and its philanthropic arm — the University Women’s Foundation of Jefferson County. The self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a variety of locations Saturday, April 26. Tickets cost $15 per person, and can be purchased on the day of the tour or at the following locations starting April 1: n In Chimacum at Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Drive. n In Port Ludlow at Dana Pointe Interiors, 62 Village Way. n In Port Townsend at The Green Eyeshade, 720 Water St.; Kitchen & Bath Studio, 1210 W. Sims Way; Quimper Mercantile Co., 1121 Water St.; and What’s Cookin’, 844 Water St. n In Sequim at Over the Fence, 112 E. Washington St. Proceeds from the tour support education programs in the Brinnon, Chimacum, Port Townsend and Quilcene school districts in East Jefferson County.

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Vicky Miller arranges flowers in her kitchen that features Brazilian cherry-stained alder cabinets with stainless steel pulls, raised-panel doors, wavy water glass door inserts, copper-tile niche and a soft green wall color. The sink and food preparation areas face the dining and living room so that Vicky and her husband, David, can easily converse with guests.

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<< PORT TOWNSEND KITCHEN TOUR continued from Page 10 Each kitchen is selected on its own merit, as well as to contribute to a variety of styles and features. “The kitchens we’ve selected in Kala Point show a nice balance of new construction and remodels,” said Sandy Smith, an AAUW/UWF Kitchen Selection Committee member. “It’s a lovely neighborhood with easy navigation and parking for the tour.” The kitchens show fine design and expert craftsmanship. Several homeowners will provide contact information for area architects, designers and contractors they recommend. The tour displays recent improvements and current trends in kitchen design. Notable on this year’s tour are convenient and attractive cabinetry options in a variety of styles and wood finishes. “The counter backsplash does a lot to set the mood of a kitchen, and we have an impressive variety of them on this year’s tour,” Smith said. “Two of the homeowners are artists, and one homeowner uses a color palette that is so dramatic that she could be an artist.” The tour’s Hospitality Center, located in the Kala Point Clubhouse, 310 Sailview Drive, will open at 9:30 a.m. for ticket holders to pick up event passports featuring detailed descriptions of the kitchens. Tickets for raffle baskets, free refreshments and kitchen-design seminars will be available within the center. Examples of this year’s raffle items include a Seattle culinary tour, a spa package, overnight accommodations at a Seattle hotel, a seafood dinner for 10 people, local gift certificates and a rendering of your home by a local artist. For more information about “A Kala Point of View,” phone 360-302-0571, visit aauwpt.org or visit “Port Townsend Kitchen Tour” on Facebook.

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Minimal remodel, big change Limited remodeling changed this kitchen into a modern gem. The cabinetry and granite countertops were retained. Replacement of the upper cabinet panels with glass allows the colorful glass collection to be a contemporary focalpoint. The granite backsplash base trim was removed so that the new glass, marble and stone mosaic covers the entire backsplash area.

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Think your favorite room is well overdue for a new paint color? To get a result that looks like it was plucked straight from a home improvement magazine, you don’t have to hire a professional. You can do-it-yourself by using these few tricks of the trade:

Choose the right color Even a perfectly painted room is a failure if you are unhappy with the color. With thousands of designer-inspired palettes on the market, it’s easy for homeowners to get confused when it comes to selecting the right hue. Some homeowners try taping color chips together to view their colors while others will paint a sample directly on the wall. While putting actual paint on the wall is considered the truest representation of color, no one wants to live with a wall marred with a patchwork of several different paint samples for very long. Instead, simply paint a 9-by-12 inch clear film with your color of choice and place it on any wall (or even the ceiling) to get a better idea of what the color will look like. To avoid color regret, the paint swatch should be viewed multiple times during the day, in the daytime as well as at night. A clear film “swatch” provides color accuracy and allows you to see how your color choice will appear when it’s painted out over your current wall color. For less than $1, it’s an easy and affordable way to feel confident about your color selection.

Use high-quality paint tools and supplies Start with a premium paint which can save you money in the long run. High-quality paint covers better, provides a richer hue and tends to be more durable. Next, select a quality applicator.

There’s a reason you don’t find professional painters using a dollar brush or roller — they don’t provide the best results and can sometimes make the job more difficult. To ease your DIY task and ensure a professional outcome, choose premium tools that allow you to paint spaces much quicker and for even coverage. It is well worth the investment. If you currently have a dark-colored room or a pattern on your walls, priming is a good idea. A good primer will transform your walls into a blank canvas so the new paint color can adhere properly and evenly and the true hue will be represented once it dries.

Prepare properly to save time Every expert painter knows that preparation is just as important as paint application. Start by scraping any chipping paint and fill nail holes. To ensure paint adheres well, clean walls with a sponge and mild soap. Dust and grime may be present and could affect the paint’s ability to adhere properly. Next, remove all wall plates and tape off edges and electrical outlets with a good quality painter’s tape made specifically for getting sharp edges and

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WHEN LAURA EYESTONE OF PORT ANGELES first looked at what would become her new home she had one major concern. “I liked the neighborhood, backyard and view, but the kitchen almost made me walk away,” Eyestone said while leaning against a counter in her recently remodeled kitchen. “That kitchen was a dark, depressing cave.” Eyestone explained that when you opened the front door the first thing you were greeted with was a darkly paneled wall. Behind that wall, the tiny kitchen was cut off from the rest of the house because of low cabinets and an oddly placed small bar. “The stove and refrigerator were in the wrong place and counter space was extremely limited, well almost nonexistent,” she said. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to tackle such a big project and was really worried about the expense of a remodel.” Eyestone called Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles, for a consultation to see what an expert thought of the house and more importantly, of that cavelike kitchen. “My son, Erik, and Trisa’s son, Dmitri, are in a band together, so Trisa and I knew each other, and I knew she would give me her honest opinion,” Eyestone said. “When Trisa came in and said, ‘You can work with this, buy the house,’ so I got excited. Trisa assured me that we could save the kitchen.” “I had a very tight budget and sticking to that budget meant I would need to roll up my sleeves and do some of the work.”

PHOTO INFORMATION: TOP LEFT: Laura Eyestone performs a song for her cat Dennis in her recently remodeled Port Angeles kitchen. TOP RIGHT: A large countertop created a great place for entertaining for busy mom and music teacher Laura Eyestone. She jokes that she went from popcorn ceilings to popcorn with family and friends after the remodeling process. LEFT: The old kitchen featured little counterspace, low-hanging cabinets and awkwardly placed appliances. BELOW: Erik Eyestone snapped a photo of his mother, Laura, removing the dreaded popcorn from the kitchen ceiling in her recently purchased home.





<< BEFORE AND AFTER continued from Page 15 Eyestone dreamed of an open Northwest-style kitchen design that would allow her family, which includes her sons, Erik and Ben, and daughter, Bonnie, to gather for a cozy meal, listen to music or play one of the many instruments the family owns. Katsikapes and Andrew Thomas of Pantry and Latch in Sequim developed remodeling plans and a budget for the project and gave Eyestone a list of tasks she could complete to save time and money. Katsikapes and Thomas are recent first place winners of the Northwest Design Awards for “Modest Budget Big Impact.” “Trisa and Andrew really listened to what I wanted and developed creative and affordable solutions that were within my budget,” Eyestone said. “A lot of people do not think they can afford to hire designers, but I saved time and money because they knew where to find the best deals, who to hire for electrical, plumbing and other subcontracting work and knew exactly what colors and cabinets matched the magazine clippings and websites I had saved for design ideas. “I would have spent a lot of time and money trying to select the right paint color, countertop, tile and hardwood flooring.” In addition to staying within budget, Eyestone, a music teacher for the Port Angeles School District, wanted the bulk of the work to be completed by the time school started. “I wanted to move quickly, so Erik and I went to work immediately after I purchased the house in August 2012,” she said. “We spent a large portion of August on ladders scrapping the popcorn off our ceiling. Popcorn — who came up with that brilliant idea for ceilings?” The duo painted most of the walls in the house, tiled the kitchen’s backsplash and replaced the existing dining room and kitchen light fixtures saving Eyestone more than $20,000 in labor costs. “It was necessary for me to do the work to save money, but I enjoyed the process of helping and it is rewarding to stand in my completed kitchen and know that I put that tile in place and installed that light fixture,” she said. Although she looks back fondly on the remodeling process now, there were times when Eyestone wondered what she got herself into.

Natural light is allowed to fill the kitchen and living room in this Port Angeles home thanks to the removal of a darkly paneled wall that cut the kitchen off from the rest of the house. A large countertop allows homeowner Laura Eyestone to easily entertain family and friends and creates a workspace that is comfortable and welcoming.

“There were times when I was a little intimidated and there were times I thought to myself ‘this is more than you are capable of,’” she said. “But Andrew and Trisa were always there reassuring me and offering advice. I learned so much from them that I have applied to the ongoing process of updating the rest of the house.” Eyestone relied on the design team for scheduling and providing the professionals to keep the kitchen project on budget and on schedule. “Taking the scheduling out of my hands was such a relief,” she said. “I ended up saving time and money by depending on them to oversee the big stuff including having a wall removed, resurfacing the ceiling and plumbing and electrical repairs.” One of Eyestone’s favorite features in the new kitchen is the tile backsplash. “Great care and thought went into finding the right backsplash for Laura’s kitchen,” Katsikapes said. “What you can’t see in the ‘after photos’ is the stone fireplace sitting close to the dining room. The fireplace stone is in a travertine stone and extends to the ceiling. Finding the tumbled and polished travertine backsplash with the subtle green glass time was a bonus and coordinates beautifully.” A dark gray color similar to the grout of the fireplace stone was painted on both sides of the fireplace to continue to unite the design of the rooms. “One of the great things about this remodel is that it is timeless,” Eyestone said. “It is classic, I will be able to grow old in this kitchen without ever renovating. It is not a trendy design.” The old vinyl floor in the kitchen was replaced with


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a dark refinished hardwood that extends to the dining room to provide a relaxing and warm atmosphere. New craftsman-style cabinets, custom designed and installed by Pantry and Latch, became a focalpoint. Taking the alder cabinets to the ceiling and adding custom detailing like crown molding in an accent color created a strong impact, Katsikapes said. “My goal is to always work with clients to create beautiful homes and environments,” Katsikapes said. “I really enjoyed working with Laura on her kitchen remodel. I was amazed by how much she was able to accomplish on her own. Just look at that beautiful backsplash she installed. She wasn’t afraid to tackle the tiling, she is such a go-getter.” Eyestone selected laminate countertops to help keep costs down. Thomas’ suggestion to not extend cabinets over the refrigerator also kept the project within budget. “I like having open space over the fridge, it allows more natural light from the sliding glass doors to come into the room,” Eyestone said. “The countertops do not compete with other design elements in the room and are extremely durable.” Thomas said, “I love inspiring homeowners on ways to save money while getting the look they love.” Since the remodel, Eyestone has added small items to complete the design of the room. “I placed a wine rack above the fridge and a couple of large bowls to add interest to an otherwise empty spot and hung up some framed art I already owned,” she said. “Everything has come together so nicely and my friends and family usually end up gathered in or around the kitchen. It is such a comfortable space.”

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The weather may be getting warmer, the flowers are blooming, and you’re ready to throw open the windows and let in some fresh air. Now is the time when many homeowners decide to cast away the winter blues and ready their home for the warm weather season. Spring cleaning can be the perfect time to redecorate or make space for new renovations. While the notion of cleaning and n Empty the refrigerator of expired organization can seem overwhelming to some, if you tackle a room a day, you will foods. Load the dirty dishes in the dishwasher as you go. see progress in no time. n Remove refrigerator/freezer items to a cooler and thoroughly clean all the Bathroom shelving, bins, etc. The bathroom is generally the smalln Dust ceiling fans, shelving, blinds, est room in the house. It can be a great light fixtures and ceilings. place to start your spring cleaning and n Spot-clean any wall surfaces that build up to larger rooms. have been splattered by cooking. n Dust the vents and fans. n Use a wood cleaner to scour grease n Take down dark-colored draperor cooking residue from cabinetry. ies and linens and replace with lighter n Apply oven cleaner to the stove or colors and fabrics. run the self-cleaning cycle. n Give the shower and bath a thorn Remove the knobs from the stove ough cleaning. top and clean the surface and burners. n Wipe down moldings and the corDon’t forget to also clean the range hood. ners of the ceiling. n See if any food has accumulated in n Mop the floor. the dishwasher catch drain. Remove. n Wash down the toilet, sink and n Wipe down the surfaces of all other other fixtures. appliances, and clean the microwave. n Clean expired drugs out of the n Launder draperies. medicine cabinet. n Sweep and mop the floor. n Empty the trash pail. n Organize or sort through pantry n Replenish tissue and toilet paper items for expired ones. supplies.

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Living/dining room The bulk of cleaning in these rooms will likely entail dusting and surface cleaning. n Dust down all artwork, lampshades, furniture, ceiling corners, fans, fixtures, etc. n Move furniture from the walls. n Vacuum furniture, including under sofa cushions. n Remove draperies and launder. n Remove books from bookcases and dust. n Clean electronics after unplugging. n Dust decorative accents. n Swap throw pillows and blankets for lighter hues. n Remove items from china cabinets and clean. n Polish silver flatware. n Thoroughly vacuum flooring, carpeting and accent rugs. n Steam clean or shampoo the carpet.

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Create a pollinatorfriendly habitat in your backyard story and photo by BRANDPOINT

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds. You can attract pollinators to your lawn and garden by following these steps to create a pollinator-friendly backyard habitat. n Grow a diverse assortment of trees, shrubs and flowers. Place water sources throughout your lawn and garden to draw a variety of pollinators to your yard, while providing them with food and sheltered nesting areas. n Add color to your backyard.

Each pollinator is drawn to specific plants based on its size, shape, color and scent. Bees are attracted to yellow and blue flowers, as well as fruit and nut trees with strong fragrances. Hummingbirds prefer large red or orange tubular flowers with no odor. n Select flowering plants that bloom at different times to provide nectar sources throughout the growing season. Place plants in clumps to supply large areas of color and coverage that attracts pollinators. n Choose plants native to your area to encourage healthy pollination activity. In the Northwest, birds are drawn to flowering grape holly shrub, and blue columbine flowers will draw butterflies into your outdoor space. Pay attention to how you apply lawn and garden products. “When using insecticides, carefully read and follow label directions to protect pollinators,” said Aaron Hobbs, president of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a national organization representing the manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticide and fertilizer products. Pollinators are as essential as sunlight and water in the production of flowering plants, many of which are important food sources. Support your backyard ecosystem while attracting pollinator populations and surrounding your home with colorful arrays of native plants. A hummingbird samples nectar from a butterfly bush. Attracting beneficial pollinators to your backyard is easy, just add flowering plants they like.





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A self-watering container is ideal for the gardener who might be a little forgetful or planning to be away for an extended period. Here’s how to make one in about 10 minutes for less than $20. Materials: n Two 18-gallon (or similar) plastic tote boxes with lids (dark colors are preferable). n One 5-inch pond basket with perforated sides or one 1-gallon plastic nursery pot with many holes drilled to allow the free flow of water. n One 2-foot length of 1½-inch plastic pipe, bamboo or tubing with one end cut at an angle. n Piece of landscape fabric or plastic. Equipment: n Black felt-tip marker. n Drill with ¼-inch, ½-inch and 1½inch drill bits (or a utility knife). Step 1: Take one of the totes and mark the height of the pond basket all around the outside of the tote. Step 2: Cut along this line. Discard the top half of the tote. Step 3: Turn the bottom portion of the cut tote upside down. Place the pond basket upside-down on the bottom portion of the tote, and trace the outside of the basket. Cut a hole that is about ½-inch inside the basket outline. Also, drill or cut a 1½-inch hole in one corner of the bottom, and numerous ¼-inch holes all through the bottom. This piece is called the “base.” (See Photo 1 below.) Step 4: Place the pond basket right-

side up in the bottom of the unused tote box (outer tote). Step 5: Turn the base upside-down, and wedge it down into the outer tote as far as it will go, positioning the pond basket directly under the big hole. Because the big hole in the base is smaller in diameter than the top of the basket, the basket will help support the base when soil is added. Step 6: Drill a ½-inch hole through the side of the outer tote and the base about ½ inch below the top of the base. This is the overflow hole. Step 7: Take the 1½-inch pipe and insert the angled end through the 1½inch hole in the base. This is the pipe you will use to add water. (See Photo 2 below.) Step 8: Cut out the center of the tote lid, leaving a 2-inch rim, just enough to snap back onto the outer tote. Fill the basket and the outer tote above the base with potting soil or planting mix. Place 2 cups of granular slow-release fertilizer in a 2-inch wide strip on top of the soil. Do not mix fertilizer into soil. Step 9: Cut a piece of landscape fabric (or plastic) so that it overlaps the top of the tote by about 2 inches on all sides. Cut a hole in it for the pipe to fit through. Lay the fabric on top of the soil. Step 10: Snap the rim onto the outer tote. When you’re ready to plant, cut “X”s in the fabric where the plants will go, avoiding the fertilizer areas. Add water to the container by pouring it through the pipe until water runs out the overflow hole. (See Photo 3 below.)

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Looking for ways to switch up your style this year? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous in 2014. “Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,” says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY television personality. “The start of the new year is the perfect time to add character and personality with unique details, patterns and pops of color.” Here are the top five home decor trends Nayak predicts will make a big impact in 2014:

1. Painted detail on furniture pieces A hot trend in 2014 is to bring flea-market furniture back to life with painted patterns and details. “Refurbishing old furniture pieces is a popular — and easy — look to achieve,” said Nayak. “All you need is a little bit of paint and a lot of creativity.” New pre-cut, patterned painter’s tape makes this simple project much easier.

Before painting, simply apply the tape in the desired pattern on a hand-me-down or thrift store find to create a custom piece for your home.

2. White hot White is a mainstay in home design. It’s timeless, classic and extremely versatile. In 2014, try pairing white with different textures, like natural wood.

You’ll create a unique focal point while highlighting other warm features in the room, as well. “Another method is to create contrast with white. Use a single, bold accent color, like yellow, fuchsia or navy, to move your eye across the space,” Nayak said. By simply rethinking how to use white, your home will be a warm and inviting haven all year long. >>DECORATING TRENDS continued on Page 21

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3. What’s old is new again: vintage details You can create a home filled with vintage details, regardless of the age of your house. Try using muted color palettes, like gray, taupe or certain shades of green or rose and industrial accents to transform its appearance. “Incorporating pieces of distressed wood will also add to the overall vintage effect,” Nayak said. “You can create this look — even with pristine lumber — by adding nicks and scrapes to the surface with a heavy metal chain and a hammer. Once you’ve added the desired amount of distress, cover the wood with a dark stain. Quickly wipe away, allowing the color to settle into the imperfections.” Whether it’s displayed prominently as a focalpoint, or used sparingly on accent pieces, distressed wood elements will help tie the trend together.

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through, while introducing a feminine overlay of patterns or colors. Popular patterns include quatrefoil, herringbone and modern floral designs.

5. Metallic finishes and accents Using metallic accents creates the perfect finishing touch in any room of the house. “The right accessories, like eye-catching metallic, make any space look and feel complete,” Nayak explained. In 2014, the hottest finishes include brass and antiqued mirrors: both add depth, light and just

Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning — and prepping for — a variety of outdoor projects for spring. Start with spring cleaning existing structures. Take a weekend to clean decks, enough sheen to make gazebos and pergolas of dirt, debris, accents feel extra special. mold and mildew. Best of all, there are a For structures made of cedar, a broom, number of quick and easy garden sprayer and hose, plus a little DIY projects you can combleach are all you need. plete to bring this trend Sweep winter debris such as twigs into your home. and leaves from decks, taking care to One is to spray paint clean between planks on horizontal branches silver or gold surfaces. and then pop them in a This facilitates airflow and drainage, vase — it will add instant and can help prevent a buildup of moisglamour and help your ture when spring showers arrive. home design shine well Next, use a garden sprayer to apply a into in the new year. mild solution to kill mold and mildew. “Don’t be afraid to mix Be sure to leave the solution on the and match the latest wood surface for approximately 30 trends to reflect your per- minutes, and then rinse with water. sonal style,” Nayak said. Never use a pressure washer as it can “With the right on-trend damage the wood. elements and a dose of character, you’ll transform your house into a home fit for the new year.”

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Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space story and photo by BRANDPOINT

Each year, there are sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home — one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion. The good news is, with a few strategies, it’s easy and affordable to create the perfect gathering area. Just imagine the memories your family will make snuggled on a plush new couch reading stories, or cheering their favorite basketball or baseball team to victory while watching a new flat-screen TV. You can set the stage to make a lasting impression by preparing your home now for guests. Here are easy ways to upgrade your space, and your electronics, without busting your budget: 1. Freshen furniture. Whether guests stay for a few hours or a few days, you want them to be comfortable. Having adequate furniture is key. If your current couch and recliners are more shabby than chic, it’s time to upgrade. 2. Accessorize. One of the most affordable ways to give your family room a facelift is by strategically adding a few new decorative accessories. Whether you just got a new couch or want to update your current furniture, new pillows, throws and blankets are perfect for keeping guests toasty warm no

matter how low the temperatures drop. Pillows are great for lounging and, when you’re hosting a large group, can be used on the floor to keep everyone comfy. A few good blankets — whether in a festive shade to celebrate a particular holiday or the hues of your favorite sport’s team — add a splash of personality while keeping guests cozy. 3. Electronic entertainment. Setting the scene for the perfect party is easy when you have the right entertainment prepped beforehand. Start by having some music ready to get everyone in a festive mood from the moment they arrive. From traditional family favorites to modern tunes, music sets the tone when softly played in the background during the party. Your TV should be center stage, offering guests access to the big game, classic movies and much more. To really impress loved ones, a new flat-screen TV is sure to “wow.” 4. Rethink the arrangement. Before guests arrive, consider rearranging the rooms where people will congregate for optimal function at your party. Think about how guests will use the space and place furniture accordingly. Cluster seating together to encourage conversation, and face the main pieces of furniture toward a focalpoint, like the TV. By keeping flow and function in mind as you

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Our cool, wet springs and arrival of fall-like temperatures in late summer shorten the growing season on the North Olympic Peninsula, challenging many gardeners. The following tips will help you get the most out of your vegetable garden this year: Tip 1: Select the warmest spot possible for your garden. Choose a sunny, well-drained and protected site. A south-facing side of a building or wall is ideal, because it receives reflected light and heat. Avoid low-lying areas where cold air accumulates. Tip 2: Prepare the soil so that plants get off to a fast start and mature quickly. If you haven’t tested your soil for two to three years, do so now to determine if amendments are needed. Clallam Conservation District in Port Angeles provides this service at a reasonable fee. Visit clallamcd.org/soil-testing for details. Incorporate organic matter such as well-seasoned compost or peat moss into the soil to improve texture and enhance drainage. Add nutrients as indicated by the soil test. Because organic nutrients may be available too slowly in cooler soils, consider using a soluble inorganic fertilizer to

Soil in raised beds dries out more quickly than in-ground gardens, allowing earlier planting in the spring.

help promote rapid plant growth early in the season. Tip 3: Choose crops adapted to cool climates. Vegetables often are designated “warm season” or “cool season,” depending on the temperatures they need for germination and best growth.


Focus on cool-season vegetables that germinate and grow at lower soil and air temperatures. See “Cool-season crops to consider growing” on Page 25. >>GARDENING SUCCESS continued on Page 25

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<< GARDENING SUCCESS continued from Page 24 If you decide to grow warm-season vegetables (such as tomatoes, green beans, squash, cucumbers or pumpkins), choose quicker maturing varieties (varieties that can be harvested in less than 70 days from planting) and start seeds indoors, transplanting the starts into the garden when soil and air conditions are warm enough for these plants. Unless you are ready to provide protection throughout the growing season, avoid plants that need hot temperatures to thrive such as melons, okra, eggplant and basil. Tip 4: Plant when the soil temperature is right. Plant only when the soil temperature meets the requirements for seed germination. n Lettuce, onions, parsnips and spinach can germinate at soil temperatures of 35 degrees. n Other cool-season crops (such as peas and cabbage) germinate at soil temperatures of 40 degrees or higher. n Warm-season crops require soil temperatures of 50 degrees or warmer for seed germination. If you want to artificially raise the soil temperature, cover the planting site with clear plastic for several weeks before planting. The clear plastic acts as a greenhouse and traps heat, warming your soil to give you good germination. (Warning: It will also cause weed seeds to sprout!) Tip 5: Use covers to protect plants in early spring and in late summer.

A variety of coverings will keep plants and their immediate soil warm, enhancing growth. Consider using floating row cover (made of a spun polyester material), clear plastic stretched over hoops, recycled milk jugs or purchased plant protectors to increase temperatures around your plants. Be inventive; many homemade covers will work. Although our short growing season can be challenging, gardeners can enjoy a bountiful vegetable garden with a little extra effort. For more ideas see: “Short-Season Vegetable Gardening” (available free of charge at cals.uidaho.edu/ edcomm/pdf/PNW/PNW0497.pdf).

Cool-season crops to consider growing lettuce onions parsley parsnips peas potatoes radishes rutabaga spinach Swiss chard turnips

beets broccoli Brussels sprouts celery Chinese cabbage carrots cauliflower collards fava beans kale kohlrabi leeks


Lois Danks tends to kale — a good early-season crop on the North Olympic Peninsula — in a raised bed at the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles.

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You can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it’s easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to create the taste of summer all year. A few simple improvements can help you create a space that keeps you outside longer into the night, earlier in the spring and later into the cooler seasons. 1. Add a fire feature. An outdoor fireplace, fire table, fire pit or chiminea will enhance any space. A 2013 membership survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects found that 97 percent of respondents saw moderate to high demand for fire pits and fireplaces. “Some of our most popular installations feature fireplaces on a patio or a fire ring surrounded by a seat wall,” said Kelly O’Donahue, a landscape designer from St. Paul, Minn. “A fire feature is useful and beautiful to any outdoor living space that you can enjoy in all seasons.”

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