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

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Need a spot of color on that blank wall? Try a piece of fractal art If your style is sleek modern or minimalist industrial — or if you just want a shot of pizazz with your traditional decor — fractal art may give your walls an extra punch and have visitors asking, “What is that and where did you find that?” From a technical standpoint, fractal art “is a graphical representation of a mathematical formula. It is a program that’s math-based — you plug in and alter algorithms and when you change the numbers, you change the look of images,” explained Pamela Dick, who’s been creating in the media for the past 13 years. Her art tools are a fractal design computer program, free or purchased, and her vivid imagination. From the esthetic side, her works are reminiscent of the 1960s children’s toy Spirograph — on steroids — inexhaustible numbers and combinations of patterns in colors you’ve imagined — and thousands you haven’t. “When you do fractal art and see the image, it takes you someplace you’ve never been before, and it’s like a treasure hunt,” Dick said. “Everyone has their own idea of what they see in it and that’s a lot of fun. I go undersea and to galaxies. Some of it is cellular-based almost. It’s like a fantastic journey — it’s definitely not traditional landscaping or flowers, but it does have a basis in nature.” Dick said common shapes such as clouds, snowflakes, feathers, leaves, flowers and trees morph into unique and unusual images when rendered as “under-themicroscope” views. Other fractals are just other-worldly — swirls and whirls and curls that words are inadequate to describe. All of them have repeating patterns — some are evident and some are not, Dick noted. “I start by doing the math and that takes several hours to several days to find the image I’m happy with,” Dick said. “Then I do the colors — they just have to speak to me, they have to be right for the image. My goal in selecting the colors makes the images 3-D so you can reach out and touch them. I like them popping out in the picture. With some designs, you can see underneath them and around them — that comes from how the colors are layered.” Once a unique and new fractal design has been created, Dick considers what type of background will showcase the image the best. >>> CONTINUED on Page 5

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“It can be black, white, radiant, galaxies, black holes — whatever it needs or wherever it’s going. The whole process takes me about a week,” she said. For wall decor art, Dick sends her files to a company that puts them on gallery-wrapped canvas for hanging. Each is signed and numbered in limited editions and sizes range from 12 inches by 16 inches to 40 inches by 60 inches. She’s also able to divide a single image into halves or thirds and have the separate pieces put on canvas, so when hung they form one cohesive unit of artwork. She also sells smaller prints suitable for framing. Both versions are available at the Landing Artists Studio, 115 E. Railroad Ave. Suite. 103, Port Angeles, which she co-founded. “I find that people of all ages like fractals because the colors are very vibrant and the images appear backlit — they have a luminous quality,” Dick said. “The repeating patterns wake up something inside of their brain — the designs have an orderliness to them but they’re images no one

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The human touch: Handcrafted items speak to the soul with unique, customized appeal The quilt handed down through generations, the turn-of-the-century wooden rocking chair made by a long-gone relative, hand-stitched samplers that have graced every home your family has lived in — handcrafted items simply speak to the soul. In today’s society, when we’re surrounded by technology and homogenous machine-made items from clothes to curtains, handcrafting imparts a human, customized quality to home decor. If you crave a handcrafted look in your home, it’s easy to achieve with design elements that can be as simple or luxurious as you wish. Handcrafted items can be found virtually anywhere, including places like your local antique store, specialty showrooms and even online. Whatever your budget, adding key handmade items to your home can evoke that sense of quality, refinement and soul throughout your interior decor. Start with these elements to bring the beauty of handcrafting into your home: HARDWOOD SHUTTERS — Beauty, charm and practicality meet in hardwood shutters. The perfect tool to protect rooms from too much sun and to help keep indoor temperatures cool during hot summers and to keep heat in during cold winters, shutters add architecture to the window and are a true a design statement. Whether you desire a rustic appearance that includes knots, pin holes, mineral streaks and growth rings, a glazed and burnished effect with hand-rubbed glaze and hand-sanded frame corners or distressing that celebrates the passage of time, you can achieve the look with hardwood shutters. Hardwood shutters underscore the attention to detail and quality that characterize handcrafting in home decor. RECLAIMED FLOORING — Older wooden floors were commonly hand-planed,

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Keep children home, happy and studying: Creating a fun childfriendly space Would a great functional study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens — and all their friends — that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a child-friendly space in your home. The basics of good design that make grown-up spaces appealing also work for children’s spaces. When designing a child-friendly room, however, it’s important to keep in mind not only the purpose of the room (study, fun, sleep, etc.) but the age of the occupant, his or her interests as well as incorporating fun into the design. Here are some tips to get you started: CONSIDER CREATING A THEME — Children of all ages love themes. To decide which one might be right for your project, consider things your child has shown an enduring interest in. For example, she may be into princesses right now and hate the theme next year. On the other hand, if she’s always loved the color pink and has a passion for animals, those elements could be worked into a theme that she’ll appreciate for years to come. CHOOSE FLOORING THAT FULFILLS MULTIPLE NEEDS — Carpeting absorbs sound (for when children play loud video games or music) and is comfortable for youngsters who like to sit or lie on the floor while they do homework, read, watch TV or socialize. What’s more, it’s available in virtually every hue and pattern imaginable, ensuring you’ll find something that appeals to both your design sense and your child’s tastes. Stain-resistant formulas and durable fibers ensure modern carpeting can stand up to the rigors of use in a child’s room.

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Four ways to discover the design potential of the ‘fifth’ wall With autumn just a few short weeks away, many people will soon spend less time on the patio and more time within four walls. Actually, five walls if you include the ceiling. Many homeowners don’t consider ceilings part of their interior design, and it shows. Most are expanses of bland white paint. But savvy do-it-yourselfers are converting these blank canvases into interesting and functional design elements that can accent a room’s decor, create a cozier space or disguise problems commonly found on this fifth wall. The best news: Updating a ceiling is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to freshen a space. All the recent attention on ceilings — from both professional designers and do-it-yourself-ers — has prompted the creation of new products and project ideas. Dana Vento, do-it-yourself expert and popular home renovation blogger, recommends tackling a ceiling project that can be quickly and easily finished over the weekend.

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Giles Blue. Magazines and fabrics are saturated in navy. If these colors don’t appeal to you, just give it some time and the things you love the most will be back. Think florals and chintzes have had their day? Think again. They are showing up again at the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris — now catch your breath. If you tried to keep up with the latest trends, you would be changing you room around every week that you receive a new catalog in the mail. So stop and think about you as the unique person you are. What are your desires? What is appropriate for you and your family? Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, but to understand it and roll forward with authority, knowledge and taste.

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feel loose or don’t work smoothly, replace them. Keep windows and doors locked when not in use. Locks help hold doors and windows tightly, to lock LOOK FOR DAMAGED EXTERIOR SURFACES, out rain, wind, snow and insects. SIGNS OF LEAKS — Check your sprinkler system to INSPECT WEEP AND BREATHER HOLES — Weep make sure it’s watering your lawn and landscape, not holes in the exterior of windows, allow excess moisture soaking your windows or doors. Cracked or deteriorated wood may be a sign of water to escape, while breather holes allow air exchange within certain components. penetration. Clear blocked holes of dirt or debris with a wire or Leaks can linger and affect interior walls, floors or ceilings, so look closely for discoloration or other mois- toothpick. Check exterior sealants and caulk on and around ture signs. windows and doors. If you spot a problem, track its trail. Pay attention to areas susceptible to rain, water and For example, discolored trim around a window might extreme sunlight. actually be caused by moisture entering a ways away. Remove damaged material and reapply sealant. With a leaky roof, water may run down inside the RINSE EXTERIOR METAL LIKE EXTERIOR ALUMIwall and appear at the window. Contact a professional NUM TRIM OR CLADDING — Rinsing exterior metal for help in making home repairs. parts three or four times a year can help extend the CLEAR WINDOWSILLS AND TRACKS OF DIRT life of your windows and doors by minimizing corrosion AND DEBRIS — Sand, leaves, insects or pine needles from salt spray or fog. stuck in weather-stripping can affect the performance FEEL FOR SIGNS OF AIR LEAKAGE AROUND THE of your windows and doors. WINDOW OR DOOR — Improperly installed windows Open the windows and clean the opening with a soft or doors can be drafty, decrease energy efficiency, and brush, like a dry paint brush or vacuum attachment. allow unwanted moisture into your home. Do the same for sliding patio doors. To help save on utility bills and keep your home TRY OPENING AND CLOSING—Open your winmore comfortable year-round, replace drafty old, leaky dows and doors to make sure moving parts work, and windows with new, ENERGY STAR-qualified windows units close properly. Replace worn or broken parts. installed properly. INSPECT WEATHER-STRIPPING — Re-attach loose — story and photos by Brandpoint weather-stripping around windows or doors, and replace material that’s ripped or torn. Checking the seals of all windows and doors within your home before rainy and REPLACE OR REPAIR BROKEN LOCKS — If locks cold weather returns should be part of your annual home checkup this fall.

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ABOVE: A waterfront cottage in Sequim received a well-deserved update, but kept the vintage beach feel of the longtime family home. Look on Page 19 for a “before” photograph to see the difference. Interior designer Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles redesigned the kitchen based on a family heirloom.

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Moderate Risk Waste Facility Hours of Operation Wed & Sat 11am - 4pm Free to all residents

Use less toxic alternatives. For household clean-

The MRW facility does not accept: latex paint leaking or empty containers household batteries asbestos explosives compressed gas containers business waste

ing, use baking soda, vinegar, salt and Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean windows, sinks, floors, ovens, drains, and bowls. Call (360) 417-2258 or go to www.clallam.net/EnvHealth for a Clean Green Recipe Card.

Pesticides can contain chemicals that are hazardous in

large quantities. Pesticides usually contain deadly, toxic poisons- HANDLE WITH CARE or better yet, use natural, non-toxic alternatives.

Fertilizer runoff also feeds stream & lake algae blooms that die off, decompose and suffocate fish.

meats, fats, or grease) and yard clippings decompose to form a nutrient rich mixture that: feeds the soil, retains moisture, prevents erosion, improves plant growth, reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

• Pesticides & weed killer • Oil based paints and stains, thinners and solvents • Household batteries • Hobby chemicals • Cleaning supplies • Old gasoline & used motor oil • Anti-freeze & car batteries

For more information about recycling, garbage collection and waste reduction, go to

www.clallam.net

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Create your own compost. Kitchen scraps (no

Transfer Station (360)417-4875

Old paint is very toxic- likely containing lead and mercury. DO NOT USE OLD PAINT! Take to the Moderate Risk Waste Facility Region Transfer Station

“Household Hazardous Wastes” include...

More fertilizer does not mean green grass!

Clallam County HHS Environmental Health (360)417-2258

Don’t pour used oil, anti-freeze or paint down a street grate, on roads or on the ground: It will end up in our water supply!

Recycling (360)417-4874

recycling@cityofpa.us HOME & DESIGN TRENDS

Safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste at the

Moderate Risk Waste Facility Regional Transfer Station in Port Angeles • 3501 West 18th Street (NW of Fairchild Airport)

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