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Home & Garden SPRING 2016

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Area shows, tours provide inspiration Landscape water conservation tips Making room for creative spaces The rise of the ‘she shed’


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The 34th annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show is Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 in Port Angeles The show, presented by Clallam Public Utility District and KONP radio, will be held in the Port Angeles High School gymnasium, 304 E. Park Ave. The show will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. It is free and open to the public. More than 100 exhibitors are booked and more are signing up daily. Exhibitors will include real estate agents, home builders, interior designers and other businesses and services that contribute to the health, wellness and well-being of the community as a whole. “Perhaps it’s another sign of a slowly improving local economic picture — exhibit space has sold much earlier and faster than we’ve seen in probably 10 years,” said KONP Sales Manager Stan Comeau. “It’s been fun, and we’re all excited about this year’s show.”

The show will look a little different this year — with some exhibitors purchasing multiple spaces without draped partitions, so portions of the floor plan will be much more open. The Home Depot is returning to the show, with a large presence in the mezzanine above the varsity gym. The Home Depot representatives be conducting a kid’s craft workshop that youngsters will like. If you’re getting the early itch of “spring fever,” the Home & Lifestyle Show will have RVs on display, riding mowers and plenty of experts on building, remodeling and all aspects of home improvement. “You’ll see a wide range of health-related exhibits — along with pet care, fun and leisure, beauty and tons of miscellaneous,” Comeau said. “Best of all, you’ll run into a whole bunch of friends and friendly folks.” Visit www.cchomeshow.com for more information.

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Visit the 18th annual Gala Garden Show by PATRICIA MORRISON COATE, Sequim Gazette special sections editor

The scent of spring in the air always heralds the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show. Now in its 18th year, the show will be Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., in Sequim. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The annual event is produced by Soroptimist International of Sequim as a fundraising event and celebration of all things related to gardening. The two-day show, the biggest on the North Olympic Peninsula, features products and professional services of horticultural and garden-related businesses in an inviting and informative venue. Always a popular event, the show draws many local vendors as well as vendors from across the state — 43 are on the roster this year and all enjoy talking about their products with attendees. Highlights include knowledgeable speakers both days sharing their horticultural expertise. Topics this year are a panel discussion on “Marking Your Garden Calendar,” and individual speakers on “The Sex Life of a Potato” by Muriel Nesbitt; “Orchids for

Beginners” and “Seasonal Container Growing” by Lorrie Hamilton; “Lasagna Gardening” by Larry Lang; and from featured speaker Marianne Binetti, “Symphony in Bloom — How to Orchestrate Your Long Bloom.” According to her website, Binetti has a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and writes a syndicated gardening column that runs in more than a dozen newspapers each week. She has also written or co-written 10 gardening books including “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and her latest book “Edible Gardening for Washington and Oregon.” Binetti lectures and gives seminars on a variety topics, appears weekly in the summer on her show “Dig In Seattle” and leads garden tours around the world with her husband Joe. She lives with her family in Enumclaw. This year’s featured artist is photographer Denise Erickson of Port Angeles whose print “A Tiny Gazebo” will grace the program cover and be the prize in a special raffle. Other raffle items include a garden dump wagon, mini-greenhouse, heavy duty garden cart and a cedar rocker built for two. Soroptimists know plants need nourishment to grow and money is the nourishment that allows Soroptimist International of Sequim to do its work. >> GALA GARDEN SHOW continued on Page 5

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It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the annual Gala Garden Show is the main fundraiser of the year. Soroptimist International of Sequim is committed to education, funding scholarships to local high school graduating seniors, as well as the Live Your Dream Award and the Violet Richardson Award. They also provide donations to First Teacher, Healthy Families of Clallam County — including

Rose House (a shelter for victims of domestic violence), Sequim Community Aid and Boys & Girls Club, just to name a few. Soroptimists are known to spring into action as they live their mission, working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information about the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show, visit www.sequimgardenshow.com.

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Establishing a work space at home by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News special sections editor

What started as a 1970s man cave complete with brown and orange carpet and dark wooden trim is now a sewing studio for a busy Port Angeles mom and homebased business owner. Becky McFarland and her husband Josh began transforming the basement room by painting the walls, ripping up the dated and worn carpeting and replacing it with durable laminate flooring, white-washing the fireplace and replacing the dark wood trim. “One of the reasons we wanted to live in this home was for the extra space to have a sewing studio,” Becky said. “The old carpet and dark trim had to go, but no major construction was needed.” Becky founded Barefoot Seamstress about seven years ago and began selling handmade totes, handbags and clutches in local boutiques and through an online storefront. As the business grew, so did Becky’s need for a space dedicated to sewing. Earlier this year, the couple merged Barefoot Seamstress with Josh’s handmade leather goods business to form Wild Beard & Barefoot. The room, which Josh jokingly refers to as “the dungeon,” has allowed the couple to separate work from their family life. Family life includes two energetic children, Jonah and Ella; two active dogs, Angus and Maddie; and a love for spending time together enjoying the beauty of the North

Olympic Peninsula. “I love that I can close the door at the end of my work day and leave the creative mess behind,” Becky said. “In our last house, I worked out of a 4-foot closet and on the kitchen counter.” Has the studio increased Becky’s productivity? “Immensely! I no longer have to pack everything up at the end of the day,” she said. “Instead I can begin my day

by picking up what I was working on the previous day.” Transforming the room into a creative space also meant adding functional and sturdy furniture to hold heavy sewing machines, fabrics, leather and other goods. Wall art and other accessories were added to provide creative inspiration. >> CREATIVE SPACES continued on Page 7

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Colorful fabrics fit neatly into cubbies while a sturdy basket holds leather pieces that will later become bag straps or razor cases. An old scale, vintage books and a wooden spool add interest and provide a dose of creative inspiration in the home sewing studio.

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An old picture frame was painted sunny yellow and transformed into a functional bulletin board to hang above one of the studio’s sewing machines. A simple bar mounted to the wall holds string, thread and caddies containing pens and more to allow for more table space.

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AFTER > When the McFarlands moved into their Port Angeles home they were met with a 1970s man cave. The couple went to work to transform the space into a sewing studio. White-washing the fireplace, replacing the worn carpet with laminate flooring and adding affordable art and accessories shaped the space into a cheery place to work.

Although Josh uses the industrial sewing machine and work tables to create items ranging from leather key rings and razor cases to one-of-a-kind antler-handled razors, Becky uses the space the most. “I spend a lot of time in the room so the decor reflects my likes and personality more,” Becky said.

Josh built a rustic and functional cutting table. “I am pretty tall and could not find a cutting table that didn’t have me leaning down to work,” she said. The taller table also allows Josh to help with fabric cuts and to use the space to create goods. Most of the studio’s furniture was handed down by family members or picked up at garage or estate sales. Purchases at local shops provided wall art and objects that brighten and provide creative inspiration. “I’m a big believer in decorating with what you love whether it’s on trend or not,” Becky said. “So my style is a mish mash of old, rusty and a little bit of new.” Furniture often moves around the room to make the most use of the space and to increase productivity. To those who are wanting to establish a creative space Becky offers a few words of advice. “Carve out a space to create,” she said. “Whether you transform a closet or a whole room. Shop your home for furniture pieces that could work as a desk or storage for supplies. Grab that bucket of paint sitting in your garage and give your walls a fresh coat of paint. “Most of all, make your space a place that invites creativity to join you.”

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Water conservation in your landscape: Making preparations for the future Incorporate organic matter (compost) into your soil to increase the water holding capacity of sandy soils and reduce surface crusting for finer textured soils. Despite its rainy reputation, the Pacific Northwest is Mulch your garden. Mulches diminish the force of rain drought prone. Many local landscapes have suffered from and irrigation water, helping to limit soil compaction and recurrent dry summers and last year’s record low snow runoff. Mulches also minimize evaporation of moisture pack resulted in watering restrictions in parts of Clallam from the soil and allow water to pool on the soil surface, County. enhancing absorption. Good watering practices are important to water conserLeave grass clippings on top of your lawn after you vation efforts in the garden. (See the story “Good watermow. Grass clippings act like a protective cover, keeping practices” on Page 9.) But what long-term steps can ing moisture in the soil and preventing sun damage to homeowners take to save water and still maintain an your grass; they also add nutrients to your lawn as attractive and enjoyable landscape? they break down. by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener

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If your yard has a severe slope, the soil will have a hard time absorbing water from natural rains or irrigation. Consider excavating your yard to make steep slopes more gradual or installing terraces to slow run-off. Build berms (slightly raised areas) of soil around individual trees and shrubs to help direct water to the root zone and reduce run-off.

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Arrange plants in groups with similar water requirements. Situating plants in this manner increases the likelihood that all plants in a group will receive the desirable amount of water (and not be overwatered). Remember, any newly installed plants (even natives and drought-tolerant species) need adequate supplemental watering until they become established, usually 1 to 3 years after planting. So you might want to limit new plantings during times of drought. Consider replacing your lawn, the biggest consumer of water in landscapes, with a drought-tolerant ground cover (such as kinnikinnick, bishop’s hat or beach strawberry) or an ecology lawn (sold under various trade names). An ecology lawn is a mix of turf-type grasses (usually perennial ryegrass) and broad-leaf perennials (English daisy, yarrow, and white and strawberry clover) that requires little if any supplemental watering. The grasses stay green from fall through spring and the perennials are green when the grass is dormant over the summer. If you must have a lawn, plant grass that is adapted to our climate, usually a combination of turf-type perennial rye and tall fescue grasses. Also consider letting your lawn go dormant over the summer. Most grass types can go for 30 days without water, although they will turn brown. When you do water, water deeply to keep the roots alive.

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Systems that allow water to be slowly applied to the soil increase water absorption. Drip irrigation uses flexible plastic tubing with emitters that deliver water to the base of individual plants. Soaker hoses use flexible tubing with a multitude of small holes along its length that let water slowly seep out. Sprinkler systems can be an efficient way to water a lawn, but make sure that sprinkler heads are aimed at the lawn, not unplanted areas (such as sidewalks, buildings and roadways). Sprinklers with oscillating or rotating heads allow water to soak in better. With all watering systems, watch for and quickly repair any system malfunctions which can result in water loss. Water is vital to the life of your garden and yard. Whether or not you have experienced watering restrictions in the past, take steps now to make the best use of this precious resource, ensuring the future of your landscape. For more ideas about conserving water and dealing with drought in your lawn and garden, access “Drought Tolerant Landscaping for Washington State” by Charles A. Brun. Visit www.tinyurl.com/zwu7zyb to download this WSU publication for free.

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The rise of the ‘she shed’ Sequim couple utilizes old lumber, doors, windows and more to create a quiet retreat

TOP: Susan Magner’s she shed occupies the left portion of this structure while a chicken coop offers a dry, warm and safe place for the couple’s 13 chickens on the other side.

by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News special sections editor

You have probably heard of a man cave. There might even be one in your home. But have you heard of a “she shed?” Across the nation women are creating private retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in their backyards. Some are clearing cobwebs and clutter out of existing sheds, while others are building new structures out of old doors, windows and aged lumber. There are several prefabricated shed options, and local builders are available for larger projects. Many she sheds serve as greenhouses or craft rooms. Often, sheds contain chaise lounges, comfy sofas or cushy chairs to provide a relaxing reading or napping spot. Book lovers have created libraries and writing studios while fitness enthusiasts use she sheds as private gyms or yoga studios. There are no rules when it comes to she sheds. Exterior and interior decor can reflect a vast variety of styles, so the design possibilities are endless. When Susan Magner mentioned the possibility of building a she shed on her family’s property nestled in the Sequim Valley along the Dungeness River, her husband Kevin quickly began drawing up plans. Kevin began sorting through lumber piles he had acquired over the years to find materials. Vintage doors and windows, including a beautiful old stained-glass window, were recruited by Susan for the shed. A vintage shelf purchased from an antique store years ago that never quite found a home in the couple’s house would look great in the shed. A unique exterior design feature came from a very unexpected place — the lunchroom at Sequim Middle School. Kevin taught language arts at the school for 26 years before retiring in 2013. When word of the she shed project got out, staff in the lunchroom began saving lids off large cans of food. The lids, combined with the old stained-glass window, created a distinctive design under one of the shed’s gables, making the main entrance to the shed stand out. “The lids, which would have just been recycled, are one of my favorite features,” Susan said. The couple’s chickens also needed a new place to roost. Kevin and Susan begin planning for an attached, but separated coop, for the 13 hens that needed a safe retreat from raccoons, eagles and other predators.

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Colorful paint choices, old farm equipment and a humorous chicken sign added to the rustic and whimsical appeal of the shed/coop’s exterior. Old sliding doors were a logical choice to allow sunlight to flood into the shed. “Gardening is a lifetime hobby. I really think I was born to garden,” Susan said. “The structure serves as a potting shed, a place to winter over delicate plants and bulbs and provides a place to relax without interruptions.” Susan’s love of gardening can easily be seen throughout the property. On a cool February afternoon, delicate pink hellebores were starting to make an appearance in a recently weeded flower bed. Tiny buds were starting to emerge on a trailing vine tamed by a sturdy arbor. And dozens of birds were busy seeking food from various feeders. “We spend a lot of time working outside,” Susan said. “After we eat breakfast, Kevin heads out to tackle his latest project, and I work in the gardens.” Over the years, retaining walls and flower bed borders have been constructed with various sizes of river cobbles the couple has dug out of the earth while trying to install the numerous gardens that dot the landscape. Stone sculptures from additional rocks can be found scattered in a variety of locations, and a large pile of stones awaits a permanent home. “We are very good at finding rocks,” Susan said with a laugh. “Being located near the river means finding a rock every time you pick up a shovel.” Flower beds have been designed for sun-worshiping plants and shade lovers, while water-loving plants have a home near a small pond on the property. A variety of vegetables will soon be planted in an area fenced off from deer. Bee hives, fruit trees, hanging baskets, flower pots and window boxes also have a home on the property. It is easy to see why the Magners have been featured twice on the self-guided Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Petals and Pathways home garden tour. “The gardens are constantly evolving and changing with the seasons,” Susan said. “There’s always something to plant, weed, build, repair or improve.” Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

LEFT: Kevin and Susan Magner are putting the finishing touches on their new greenhouse. The greenhouse, made of old lumber, doors, windows and other goods, will soon house tomato and pepper plants as well as other seedlings Susan will add to her evergrowing gardens. TOP: Susan Magner tends to a pot of daffodils in her she shed. ABOVE: A retaining wall made of stones the Magners removed while installing gardens creates a functional centerpiece for the couple’s Sequim property.

The she shed recently received an upgrade — a metal counter top for its lower cabinets fabricated by Copper Creek of Carlsborg. The new counter was placed on top of upcycled kitchen cabinets that hold gardening products and gear. In addition, Kevin is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new greenhouse adjacent to the she shed/ chicken coop that also utilizes old doors, windows and lumber. His helper for all projects is a friendly Australian shepherd named Rocky. “It is important to reuse materials,” Susan said. “The greenhouse is located in the sunniest spot on our property. It will be a great place to grow tomatoes and peppers.” A highlight of the greenhouse are leaded-glass doors from Susan’s grandfather’s estate in Seattle. “The doors are beautiful, hold a lot of memories and have found a new home in our greenhouse,” she said. An old marble slab mounted on decorative brackets provides a durable shelf within the structure. A straw hat hangs above a bench that will soon hold seedlings. Susan has plans to decorate the greenhouse with items found at local shops and sales. “I volunteer at Serenity House Thrift Store, so I come across great things that could work in the garden, shed HOME & GARDEN

BELOW: Spring is a spectacular experience at the Magners’. Flowering trees, established and new plants and blooming shrubs dot the landscape the couple has shaped and cared for during the last 40 years.

or greenhouse,” Susan said. “I love a good patina and appreciate things that have a history.” With spring just around the corner, the Magners will be spending more time working in the gardens. Susan has plans to create a reading area in the she shed once pots holding more delicate plants can be moved outside. Kevin has a few projects to finish and more to start. “The gardens take a lot of work, but we are doing what we love,” Susan said, leaning down to pluck a weed from underneath a rhododendron.

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growing trend

The rise of the ‘she shed’ Sequim couple utilizes old lumber, doors, windows and more to create a quiet retreat

TOP: Susan Magner’s she shed occupies the left portion of this structure while a chicken coop offers a dry, warm and safe place for the couple’s 13 chickens on the other side.

by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News special sections editor

You have probably heard of a man cave. There might even be one in your home. But have you heard of a “she shed?” Across the nation women are creating private retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in their backyards. Some are clearing cobwebs and clutter out of existing sheds, while others are building new structures out of old doors, windows and aged lumber. There are several prefabricated shed options, and local builders are available for larger projects. Many she sheds serve as greenhouses or craft rooms. Often, sheds contain chaise lounges, comfy sofas or cushy chairs to provide a relaxing reading or napping spot. Book lovers have created libraries and writing studios while fitness enthusiasts use she sheds as private gyms or yoga studios. There are no rules when it comes to she sheds. Exterior and interior decor can reflect a vast variety of styles, so the design possibilities are endless. When Susan Magner mentioned the possibility of building a she shed on her family’s property nestled in the Sequim Valley along the Dungeness River, her husband Kevin quickly began drawing up plans. Kevin began sorting through lumber piles he had acquired over the years to find materials. Vintage doors and windows, including a beautiful old stained-glass window, were recruited by Susan for the shed. A vintage shelf purchased from an antique store years ago that never quite found a home in the couple’s house would look great in the shed. A unique exterior design feature came from a very unexpected place — the lunchroom at Sequim Middle School. Kevin taught language arts at the school for 26 years before retiring in 2013. When word of the she shed project got out, staff in the lunchroom began saving lids off large cans of food. The lids, combined with the old stained-glass window, created a distinctive design under one of the shed’s gables, making the main entrance to the shed stand out. “The lids, which would have just been recycled, are one of my favorite features,” Susan said. The couple’s chickens also needed a new place to roost. Kevin and Susan begin planning for an attached, but separated coop, for the 13 hens that needed a safe retreat from raccoons, eagles and other predators.

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Kevin and Susan Magner and their dog Rocky stand in front of Susan’s she shed. The structure was built using old lumber, doors, windows and other upcycled goods and serves as a potting shed and quiet retreat for Susan.

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Colorful paint choices, old farm equipment and a humorous chicken sign added to the rustic and whimsical appeal of the shed/coop’s exterior. Old sliding doors were a logical choice to allow sunlight to flood into the shed. “Gardening is a lifetime hobby. I really think I was born to garden,” Susan said. “The structure serves as a potting shed, a place to winter over delicate plants and bulbs and provides a place to relax without interruptions.” Susan’s love of gardening can easily be seen throughout the property. On a cool February afternoon, delicate pink hellebores were starting to make an appearance in a recently weeded flower bed. Tiny buds were starting to emerge on a trailing vine tamed by a sturdy arbor. And dozens of birds were busy seeking food from various feeders. “We spend a lot of time working outside,” Susan said. “After we eat breakfast, Kevin heads out to tackle his latest project, and I work in the gardens.” Over the years, retaining walls and flower bed borders have been constructed with various sizes of river cobbles the couple has dug out of the earth while trying to install the numerous gardens that dot the landscape. Stone sculptures from additional rocks can be found scattered in a variety of locations, and a large pile of stones awaits a permanent home. “We are very good at finding rocks,” Susan said with a laugh. “Being located near the river means finding a rock every time you pick up a shovel.” Flower beds have been designed for sun-worshiping plants and shade lovers, while water-loving plants have a home near a small pond on the property. A variety of vegetables will soon be planted in an area fenced off from deer. Bee hives, fruit trees, hanging baskets, flower pots and window boxes also have a home on the property. It is easy to see why the Magners have been featured twice on the self-guided Clallam County Master Gardeners’ Petals and Pathways home garden tour. “The gardens are constantly evolving and changing with the seasons,” Susan said. “There’s always something to plant, weed, build, repair or improve.” Peninsula Daily News/Sequim Gazette

LEFT: Kevin and Susan Magner are putting the finishing touches on their new greenhouse. The greenhouse, made of old lumber, doors, windows and other goods, will soon house tomato and pepper plants as well as other seedlings Susan will add to her evergrowing gardens. TOP: Susan Magner tends to a pot of daffodils in her she shed. ABOVE: A retaining wall made of stones the Magners removed while installing gardens creates a functional centerpiece for the couple’s Sequim property.

The she shed recently received an upgrade — a metal counter top for its lower cabinets fabricated by Copper Creek of Carlsborg. The new counter was placed on top of upcycled kitchen cabinets that hold gardening products and gear. In addition, Kevin is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new greenhouse adjacent to the she shed/ chicken coop that also utilizes old doors, windows and lumber. His helper for all projects is a friendly Australian shepherd named Rocky. “It is important to reuse materials,” Susan said. “The greenhouse is located in the sunniest spot on our property. It will be a great place to grow tomatoes and peppers.” A highlight of the greenhouse are leaded-glass doors from Susan’s grandfather’s estate in Seattle. “The doors are beautiful, hold a lot of memories and have found a new home in our greenhouse,” she said. An old marble slab mounted on decorative brackets provides a durable shelf within the structure. A straw hat hangs above a bench that will soon hold seedlings. Susan has plans to decorate the greenhouse with items found at local shops and sales. “I volunteer at Serenity House Thrift Store, so I come across great things that could work in the garden, shed HOME & GARDEN

BELOW: Spring is a spectacular experience at the Magners’. Flowering trees, established and new plants and blooming shrubs dot the landscape the couple has shaped and cared for during the last 40 years.

or greenhouse,” Susan said. “I love a good patina and appreciate things that have a history.” With spring just around the corner, the Magners will be spending more time working in the gardens. Susan has plans to create a reading area in the she shed once pots holding more delicate plants can be moved outside. Kevin has a few projects to finish and more to start. “The gardens take a lot of work, but we are doing what we love,” Susan said, leaning down to pluck a weed from underneath a rhododendron.

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The 19th annual Kitchen Tour sponsored by the Port Townsend Chapter of the American Association of University Women/University Women’s Foundation of East Jefferson County (AAUW/UWF), will be Saturday, April 30 in Port Townsend. The popular self-guided tour offers an opportunity to explore eight kitchens chosen to reflect the community’s diverse taste in design and materials. Kitchen styles range from authentic Victorian to sleek modern designs. There are new ideas to explore when planning a kitchen remodel or a new dwelling with a small or large budget in mind. Among the homes featured is a remodeled 1939 cottage on Morgan Hill. The original kitchen served as a pathway between two structures which homeowner Cate Comerford described as a “hallway with some appliances arranged along it.” The kitchen’s traffic woes were transformed into an

uninterrupted space for two cooks with efficiently arranged appliances. The only thing remaining of the old kitchen is a cutting board. Comerford, an architect who focuses on historic restoration in Port Townsend, designed the new kitchen. Fred Kimball built the cabinets. Upper cabinets hold dishes while lower cabinets and drawers hold pots, pans and cutting boards. Comerford loves the look of an uncluttered counter top so an appliance “garage” was added to hold small appliances behind closed doors. The main countertops are made from bamboo flooring remnants by Bamboo Revolution of Portland, Ore. The countertops are finished with a marine spar varnish that does not crack or chip. In keeping with the age of the original house, a restored vintage light fixture is located over the sink, which the owner rescued years ago from the trash outside a historic home. >> KITCHEN TOUR continued on Page 13

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Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the Hospitality Center on the day of the tour or at the following outlets beginning Tuesday, March 15: l Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Drive in Chimacum l Dana Pointe Interiors, 62 Village Way in Port Ludlow l The Green Eyeshade, 720 Water St. in Port Townsend l Kitchen & Bath Studio, 1210 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend l Quimper Mercantile Co., 1121 Water St. in Port Townsend l What’s Cookin’, 844 Water St. in Port Townsend l Over the Fence, 112 E. Washington St. in Sequim l Fiddleheads, 126 W. First St. in Port Angeles l Swain’s General Store, 602 E. First St. in Port Angeles Proceeds from the tour support educational programs in East Jefferson County. Early childhood learning projects at Grant Street Elementary School and Chimacum Creek Primary, along with Tech Trek opportunities for middle school girls and scholarships for Jefferson County high school seniors are financed by your support of the AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour.

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Smart upgrades for your home living rooms and game rooms — is an easy, costeffective way to improve the function of the room and how you feel about spending time in it. In bedrooms, maximize closet space by installing organization units. A variety of manufacturers offer ready-made units you can install. Or, for a bit more investment, you can have a professional closet organizer custom-make a unit to fit your space and needs. In living rooms and game rooms, built-in shelving and cabinetry is a functional and beautiful way to improve organization.

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Memorial park provides green oasis in downtown Sequim by KATE STEPHENSON, Sequim Prairie Garden Club vice-president

When is a park more than a park? The short answer is: when it’s used for more than picnics. The long answer is something else again. Sequim’s Pioneer Memorial Park, located at 387 E.

Green grass, oak trees and rhododendrons greet visitors to Sequim’s Pioneer Memorial Park, located in downtown Sequim.

Washington St., is way more than just a park. It’s part museum, part plant sanctuary, part meeting room, part church, part … well, I guess you get the idea. Want to walk under, around and through a large healthy stand of mature native Garry oaks? There aren’t many places you can do that these days,

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Interested in the oldest locally-built log cabin in all of Clallam County? Sequim has it, and it’s right downtown at Pioneer Memorial Park. This cabin has a fabulous backstory. Built by Joseph Reyes in 1893, it was hand-hewn from cedar trees and held together by square nails and hand-carved wooden pegs. After being the home of several generations of families, the cabin was relocated to the park from Chicken Coop Road. It was donated to the Sequim Prairie Garden Club (SPGC) and moved to its present site by the combined efforts of what seemed like the whole community. The cabin was completely taken apart, with every log marked by a metal tag. Reassembled piece by piece, the cabin required power lines be moved by the city in order to accommodate it. It is a source of continual amazement to visitors when they realize that an entire family lived in it “back in the day.” Are you a fan of Native American-carved arts? Want to join a garden club? Need a space to hold your club meetings, a wedding or a sweet 16 party? Pioneer Memorial Park again! Dawn ‘til dusk, the park is open. For clubhouse rentals, phone 360-808-3434 or email sequimprairiegardenclub@hotmail.com. (All proceeds help maintain the park.) One of the nicest and most peaceful places to eat your lunch in downtown Sequim, Pioneer Park has benches and picnic tables, including one that’s wheelchair accessible. Birds sing to you and butterflies flit by. The serenity of the place attracts people from all around, and inevitably they ask “What a wonderful (beautiful, great, fascinating) place this is. Why have I

never heard of it before?” When the rhododendrons are in bloom, the colors are terrific. And the ornamental cherry trees bordering the front sidewalk were planted by the ladies of the garden club back in the ’60s in honor of past club presidents. Sequim Prairie Garden Club has an equally illustrious history of caring for the park, maintaining it, raising money to improve it and more. The club ladies (and a few men) poured the concrete for the clubhouse entrance, built the kitchen, painted, repaired and did anything they could to improve the park and the clubhouse. Cakes, pies and cookies have been baked and sold by the thousands to raise money over the years, and many a plant sale has contributed funds for improvements. The annual SPGC Spring Plant Sale — this year it’s on Saturday, April 23 — is an important rite of spring for the whole community. People wait in line for the doors to open, and when they do, the buyers’ excitement is contagious. Future plans for park improvements include establishing a native perennial and shrub garden. Signage to identify plants will help viewers see and understand how they might landscape their own yards with easier-care, lower-maintenance plants. In addition, SPGC members are planning a bee and butterfly garden to better welcome the pollinators that we all need to keep our gardens growing. The Anna’s hummingbirds who live there year-round will love it too. So, next time you’re driving by, don’t. Stop in for a stroll. Drink in the beauty, feast your eyes on the plants and trees, and celebrate our own little downtown treasure of a park.

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Add a couple dogs, a few logs and a Lopi Endeavor Stove looks right at home in this bungalow-style cottage overlooking Freshwater Bay. The fireplace is truly the heart of this home. It’s directly in the walkway from the kitchen to the dining and to other well-used rooms. Incorporating a stove that sits out from the wall and hearth requirements could have been tricky. But not with this design. We added river rock for the back wall and irregular slate tile for the flooring. With this as a main walkway the concern was tripping over the slate tile. To avoid this we inset the tile right into the wood flooring, creating a seamless transition. Everyone’s happy, including the puppies. PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY TRISA KATSIKAPES

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The American Leather Comfort Sleeper ® is the only sleeper with the patented Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep System. This means no bars, no springs, and no sagging—just solid support for the best night’s sleep ever. Or for a morning full of giggles and fun. No compromises. All Comfort. American Leather ®.

It’s the launch pad for great memories.

The American Leather Comfort Sleeper ® is the only sleeper with the patented Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep

ON SALE March 4 through April 5.

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ON SALE March through April 5. The4American Leather Comfort Sleeper ® is the only sleeper with the patented Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep

bars, no springs, and no sagging—just solid support for the best night’s sleep

ever. Or for a morning full of giggles and fun. No compromises. All Comfort. American Leather ®.

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