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CREATE YOUR OWN COMPOST. Leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds decompose to form a nutrient rich mixture that feeds the soil, retains moisture, prevents erosions, improves plant growth and reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides. 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. MORE FERTILIZER DOES NOT MEAN GREEN GRASS! Fertilizer runoff also feeds stream & lake algae blooms that die off, decompose and suffocate fish.

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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. Ernst Fine Photography of Port Angeles has donated a black-and-white art photograph of a calla lily. Alan Burwell, co-owner of Windermere Sequim East and Windermere SunLand, donated a solid cedar portable potting bench valued at $130. Soroptimists will raffle off a garden cart filled with donated items from vendors. Raffle tickets cost $3 each. For a complete schedule of events and more information about demonstrations, presentations and vendors, visit www.sequimgardenshow.com.

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GARDENING IN ANY SIZED SPACE Believe you need an acre of property to start gardening? Think again. Individuals can grow their own patch of greenery in just about any space they have on hand. When it comes time to getting your hands dirty, it doesn’t matter if there are rolling hills or a single container filled with soil on which to plant. To get started, homeowners or apartment dwellers need to first look at the space they have. Perhaps this is a few flower pots or a small square of exposed dirt in an otherwise concrete jungle. Others may have an expansive backyard in which to toil in the soil. Either way, knowing what you have to work with can help map out a more successful plan of action. Next, it’s important to consider the climate and the soil conditions. Gardeners with smaller spaces may want to think about keeping gardens mainly monochromatic, which will look more cohesive. Cool-colored flowers and plants will help make a garden look larger. Warm-colored flowers will add impact and could create a cozier feel. Hanging baskets and containers

can add height and free up more floor space for gardens. They’re particularly helpful when space is at a premium. Keep in mind that baskets and containers tend to dry out easily, so using peat moss, vermiculite and other products that tend to hold onto water will help keep the soil moist. These containers also may need to be watered more frequently, especially during warm and dry summers. Containers can also be used to plant small trees or shrubs and vegetables. The advantage to containers is they can be moved elsewhere if a plant is not thriving in a particular area. People with extremely small spaces to work with may be limited to a few flower pots in the window, but they can easily grow herbs or annual flowers. Those with a large space may want to consider breaking the landscape down into smaller quadrants; otherwise, the garden can seem unruly. Use hardscape materials, such as mulch, rocks, boulders, and slate to break up the greenery (and also cut down on items that need pruning and watering). — story by Metro Creative Graphics

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Is this really a laundry room? “I have dreamt that someday I would have a brand new front-loading washer and dryer,” said Trisa Katsikapes, owner and principal designer of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles. “So did my neighbor, Sarah Tozier. When she called to tell me she just bought a front-loading washer and dryer and asked if I would help redesign her space, I was secretly jealous and excited.” Tozier’s main goal was to have a space that was multi-purpose and inspiring. “I don’t want to feel like I’m in the basement,” she told Katsikapes. Another challenge the duo faced was that Tozier needed a sink big enough to bathe her dog, Rudy, but attractive enough to look at each day. While utility sinks can be practical, there are not a lot of attractive design options. Inspired by a photograph of a sink on Pintrest, the laundry room design began to take shape. Katsikapes designed the sink area with a small amount of a decorative light-colored tile bordered by an arch and finished off with a oil-rubbed bronze, faucet and attractive light fixture above the sink. The cabinets and construction for this project were completed by Pantry & Latch of Sequim. Incorporating specialty items in spaces that have been known to be utilitarian is another way to make a space feel more inspiring, Katsikapes said. “I wake up in the morning wishing I could do laundry that day,” Tozier said laughing. Tozier had a bar stool that was given to her in college, so the women designed the counter opposite the stacked washer and dryer to accommodate the odd height of the stool. The result was a space for folding laundry and for other tasks. Under-cabinet lighting allows tasks like wrapping presents, sewing and old-fashioned letter writing to easily happen in the space. “I’m not sure who’s happier, Rudy or Sarah,” Katsikapes said. “But I know I’m even more jealous!” — by Brenda Hanrahan, Peninsula Daily News ERIC NEURATH PHOTOGRAPHY (3)

TOP: Sarah Tozier and her dog, Rudy, enter their renovated laundry room. The redesigned space includes a sink big enough to bathe Rudy and functional counter space.

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LEFT: Stacking the washer and dryer opened up space for storage cabinets and plenty of countertop space. FAR LEFT: The old laundry room lacked usable counter space and storage.


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Freestanding bathtubs are the hot trend right now … even for people who are not that trendy. “Freestanding bathtubs are finding their way into everyday homes,” said Trisa Katsikapes, owner and principal designer of Trisa & Co. Interior Design in Port Angeles. “Clients are wanting bathrooms to reflect the feeling of a spa, but want the luxury of privacy in their own home.” Freestanding bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes — from the traditional cast iron claw-foot to contemporary with clean modern lines, solid marble or a custom tub made of wood. “The oval 60-inch stainless steel tub selected by the Sequim homeowners was the anchor for this Asian-inspired bathroom design,” Katsikapes said. The big question with freestanding tubs are: 1. How do you get in it? 2. What faucet to use?  For this project, custom steps, cabinets and construction were completed by Pantry & Latch of Sequim for ease and also as a platform for the faucet. Decorative step stools can be used, but be sure to check the height of the tub first.  Many freestanding faucets are available from sleek chrome contemporary to rustic oil-rubbed bronze finishes, Katsikapes said. The result of the project: No more pink tiles and a bathroom that is sophisticated and functional. “Aaaawwww, feel yourself relax to candlelight as you sink down into the tub,” Katsikapes added. — by Brenda Hanrahan, Peninsula Daily News


Trisa Katsikapes has been involved in the design industry all her life. As a child, she picked paint colors and staged new builds for her contractor/developer dad in Port Ludlow. She worked as the assistant to the art director for Edelstein Advertising and Assoc., freelanced as a photo stylist for Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer advertising, worked as an interior design consultant for Sticks and Stones Design Group in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and started her design business — Trisa & Co. Interior Design — on the North Olympic Peninsula in 2006.  Need a way to get inspired if you are planning on remodeling or building? Katsikapes suggests checking online or downloading the applications Houzz and Pintrest. She also relies on magazines and lists Veranda, Dwell and House Beautiful as inspiring reads. ERIC NEURATH PHOTOGRAPHY (3)

TOP LEFT: The anchor of the redesign project for this Sequim bathroom was a freestanding stainless steel bathtub.

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LEFT: Dated pink tiles once lead to a recessed bathtub. FAR LEFT: Custom steps were designed and built by Pantry & Latch of Sequim to allow homeowners to easily enter the large bathtub.

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be on display in Hartnagel’s roofing showroom. “This has been quite a popular, annual event,” said Donna Pacheco, Hartnagel’s advertising coordinator. “Homeowners appreciate the opportunity to meet with roofers in our store before deciding which ones to ask to bid on their roofing projects.” For additional information, phone Kevin Hanson, Hartnagel’s roofing material specialist, at 360-452-8933. — story by Peninsula Daily News

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Perennials are good garden friends to have Gardening is often seen as an art form to men and women with a green thumb. Once the landscape is designed, homeowners may not want to change much from year to year. This is where perennial plants can be an advantage. Designing a landscape and keeping the garden looking beautiful can take a keen eye. It also may require a lot of time and commitment. If home gardeners have to replant items year after year, gardening can become time-consuming and expensive. Turning to perennial plants and flowers to serve as the anchor for a garden can make the process easier. Perennials are plants that live indefinitely. In terms of flowering plants, perennials will bloom every year. In essence, perennials have the staying power of shrubbery but are more delicate in nature and often appealing to the eye. There are perennials for every season, soil type and sun exposure. Perennials come in a wide variety of blooming flowers or attractive foliage. Chances are if a homeowner wants to add perennials to the garden, there is a variety available that will fit his or her needs. Here are some perennials that can easily be added to almost any garden: n lavender n ornamental grasses n asters n chrysanthemums n irises n poppies n milkweed n goldentufts n anemones n columbines

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Remove any dead wood and broken branches. Be careful not to trim spring-blooming shrubs because some flowers bloom on year-old stems and this can cause the plant not to flower. Perennials that aren’t flowering as well as they used to or have dead centers may need to be divided to promote stronger growth. This should be done in early spring before the plant blooms or late fall before the winter arrives. Dividing plants and replanting not only grows the garden, but also it is a healthy revitalization for the plant. Gardeners who prefer to take a laid-back approach to gardening may appreciate the ease with which a beautiful and easy-to-maintain landscape can be created with perennials. — story by Metro Creative Graphics

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nails, but cleaning products that can make spring cleaning more efficient. Rubber gloves, cleaning products and enough garbage bags to discard a winter’s worth of clutter should all be on hand before you begin. If they’re not, you’ll likely need to make a trip to the store while cleaning, which can be time-consuming and prolong the process.



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Many people have no problem buying new clothes, but they do find it hard to get rid of older items. Part of spring cleaning is tossing old items you no longer use, and that includes clothing. Clothing can take up a significant amount of space, so take some inventory on your wardrobe and decide which items you want to keep and which ones you can donate to area organizations which provide clothing to those in need.


Toss linens into the washing machine and don’t forget to wash the mattress pads and bed skirting. While those items are in the wash, flip all the mattresses in your household.


The kitchen is not immune to clutter, and it’s especially easy for items to overstay their welcome in the refrigerator and the kitchen cabinets. Look for items that have passed their expiration dates and toss them out. While items in the kitchen cabinets might not have an expiration date, it helps to remove them from the pantry and then dust and wipe down the shelves.


Area rugs have no doubt collected dirt and dust over the past several months. Though vacuuming these area rugs might be ADDRESS THE WINDOWS enough during the year, take advantage of the pleasIf the past several months have been especially cold, ant weather and take the rugs outside to beat them then you might not have looked out the windows in and rid them of dust and any other particles the quite some time. vacuum might have missed over the past few months. Unfortunately, those windows might have accumulated dirt and grime while you were huddled inside. EMPTY AND CLEAN THE BOOKSHELVES When washing the windows, do so on a cloudy day, Bookshelves are one the biggest collectors of dust in as the sun can actually cause streaking. many homes. In addition, be mindful of what you’re using to Open the windows in the home and then remove wipe down the windows post-cleaning. books from the shelves. Microfiber rags typically give windows a great Once the books have been removed, dust the shine without any streaking. shelves and wipe them down with a damp cloth. And Blinds and drapes need to be addressed as they don’t forget to dust the books and reorganize titles have accumulated dust over the past few months. before returning them to their newly cleaned shelves. Dust the valance and the frame, and wipe the blinds Spring cleaning is annual event at many housedown with a damp cloth. holds, and a few simple strategies can make it go You can also use your vacuum’s upholstery and much more smoothly. brush attachments to further clean blinds and drapes. — story by Brandpoint

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home show Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show highlights area resources available to enhance your home New name, same great show. Recast as the Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show, the Port Angeles home show, sponsored by KONP radio and Clallam County Public Utility District, has a new name that reflects its fresh approach and inclusiveness in the range of exhibitors. KONP sales manager Stan Comeau said organizers bandied around several ideas for a new name before settling on “home and lifestyle” to express the nature and intent of the show. “The new name has a ‘bigger sound’ that encompasses the quality of life in your home and lifestyle,” Comeau said. Exhibitors will include not only Realtors, builders and home designers but also Olympic Medical Center, the Dungeness Line bus service and Clallam Transit among other organizations, businesses and services that contribute to the health, wellness and well-being of the community as a whole. Slated for Saturday and Sunday March 14-15, the event will again be at the Port Angeles High School gymnasium, 304 E. Park Ave. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and will still be free to all comers. Billed as the largest two-day marketing event on the North Olympic Peninsula, the show has 85 percent of its available space sold to date with five weeks remaining.


Organizers anticipate having to open up the mezzanine level in the gymnasium for the first time in a few years to accommodate all the exhibitors expected. In order not to detract from the exhibits, there will not be any seminars or shows. However, Port Townsend-based electrical contractor Power Trip Energy, which specializes in solar photovoltaic electricity installations, will be giving a short 45- to 50-minute PowerPoint presentation. Power Trip’s senior solar designer, Jeff Randall, who will making the presentation, will field questions from the audience afterward. Presentations will begin at 11:30 a.m. on both days of the event. The Home and Lifestyle Show gives local businesses the opportunity to market themselves and inform the community about the services they have to offer. It also gives consumers the chance to speak face-to-face with representatives of services and businesses that they are considering hiring. With the promise of so many interesting exhibits, you may wish to consider taking the organizer’s suggestion and “come be inspired.”


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Hardwood flooring has been a long-time favorite in homes in this area. The hardwood product lines most commonly found are prefinished solid, sand-and-finish solid and engineered. According to Tom “TJ” Grubbs, owner of TJ’s Flooring in Port Angeles, “Wood is our best seller.” Roughly half of TJ’s sales are in hardwood flooring, both solid and engineered. Both products have their strengths, so which is best for your flooring project depends on the use it will be getting and how well regulated the humidity is in your home. Although there is no denying the cachet of solid hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring has been giving the solids a run for the money. Originally designed for use on concrete floors, engineered hardwood is better suited to rooms with a higher potential for dampness and spills such as bathrooms, kitchens or mudrooms. With its stunning real wood veneer, engineered hardwood has all of the beauty of wood but none of the gapping or cupping issues caused by moisture. This quality is thanks to a cross-grain plywood core that handles the tendency of wood to expand and contract with varying humidity levels. On the North Olympic Peninsula, where we have one of the greatest variations in seasonal humidity in the country, this is an especially valued feature, according to David McCrorie, co-owner of McCrorie Carpet One Floor and Home in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Hadlock. “Solid wood is wonderful, and I love it, but expect it to move and gap,” McCrorie said. “Engineered wood not only has much better performance, it uses less of the tree. It’s more eco-friendly,” he added. McCrorie also noted a shift in preference among consumers from darker stained floors to lighter

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unwarranted today. The industry has not been idle and now has a product worth taking a second look at. “Laminates have proven themselves to be a good product,” Grubbs said. “They are durable and good-looking.” Grubbs, who uses it in high traffic areas of his WARMING UP TO TILE, LAMINATES AND LVT home, said pets scratching and chairs scrapping will Hardwoods aside, tile remains a popular choice for leave their mark on hardwood floors, but laminate flooring in bathrooms and kitchens. flooring will be unscathed. An alternative to ceramic and natural stone that is Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, a recent addition to the muscling its way into the market is engineered stone. home flooring lineup is gaining traction locally. “The two biggest complaints about tile are: It’s Although it has been around for some time, it had really cold and hard and the grout is a pain,” been primarily for commercial applications. McCrorie said. Adapted for residential use and easy installation, Less porous and more flexible than natural stone or LVT has retained the characteristics of toughness ceramic, engineered stone tile is also warmer to the touch and uses low-maintenance stain-resistant grout. and durability it was developed for. It is completely waterproof. Consumers now have an immense array of high “This has become our largest selling category of quality products at budget-minded prices from which flooring,” McCrorie said. to choose. “For a basement, there is not a better application. For many, laminate or vinyl tile may be just the That’s the reason luxury vinyl flooring has grown by thing for rooms that take the brunt of wear and tear leaps and bounds.” from pets and children. First introduced in the 1970s, laminates have suffered from an image problem that is totally >> continued on Page 17 finishes over the past several years. He added that, even with darker woods such as walnut and Brazilian cherry, buyers are opting for neutral finishes to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

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Laminate and LVT flooring includes ceramic and stone collections as well as plank wood look-alikes with texture and visual depth so compelling they even give pause to experts in the flooring trade. Both easy to maintain, laminates and LVT have wear layers that resist scratching and provide protection against fading due to sunlight. An added bonus is the ease of installation. Both tiles and planks sport a clicklocking design that interlocks pieces without adhesives or grout.



Despite market trends toward hard surface flooring, there remain places in the home where the comfort of carpeting is still welcome. “I like getting out of bed and have nice soft carpet under my feet,” Grubbs said, pointing to his carpet line. “Soft. Everyone wants soft,” he added. Wool, of course, is the gold standard in carpeting. It lasts forever and is luxurious and easily dyed. However, technological advancements in synthetic fiber carpet lines offer new improved products with remarkable resistance to stains and water, including one on which pet urine beads up on the surface and can be easily sponged up. Other qualities include fibers that take dyes well for versatile, vibrant colors and fibers that absorb pet odors and can even withstand household bleach. And, as Grubbs pointed out, most of the synthetics are luxuriously soft. While wall-to-wall carpeting colors remain muted and subdued, carpets sales at McCrorie are trending toward the recurring patterns in neutral colors or tone-ontone shades created by loops and strands of varying height on cut loop carpets. “The subtle texture is very organic and adds interest to an otherwise neutral floor covering,” McCrorie said. With the vast array of new flooring products on the market, determining what is best for your home can be bewildering. Fortunately, there are several flooring specialty stores in the area with staff who are enthusiastic about their stores’ product lines and enjoy telling you why.




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Landscaper helps uncover dry ground Doug Cockburn, a certified professional horticulturist and owner of Landscapes by Cockburn, Inc. in Sequim, enjoys solving puzzles. Especially when that puzzle involves nature’s elements. Cockburn was asked by a Sequim family to tackle the small pond that appeared outside their front door each time a heavy rain fell. “The rain water poured from the street above down their hill and settled right at their main entrance,” Cockburn said. “There was nothing to stop the water and no drainage system to carry the water away from the house. Each time it rained it was a mess.” The family also needed a way to climb up the slope to the street for automobile parking purposes. Cockburn designed an entrance using a technique called rock outcropping that included an attractive, yet functional retaining wall with steps made from gravel and timber landscaping materials. The path was lined with large boulders, flowering plants and small shrubs. The hillside was also dotted with shrubs and plants including rhododendrons, bearberry, Oregon grape and other plants that thrive in the Northwest to help retain soil during heavy periods of rain. Underground drainage pipes were installed along the base of the house and where the water gathered at the base of the hill. Cockburn installed plastic drainage pipes and covered them with drain rock and a water filtering fabric to create walkways using cement and gravel.


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Medium-sized cobbles and rocks were used to line pathways and containers of flowers were added to create a welcoming entrance to the home. “Most people would just bark the slope thickly so it looks like a mound of bark, not really saying the welcome statement you should always have by the front entrance,” Cockburn said. “Remember the rule of thumb, on the entrance

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