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HOME & DESIGN TRENDS A guide to fall/winter home improvement and decorating on the North Olympic Peninsula A special supplement produced by Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette

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Photo information: Left: A local interior designer updates a bathroom in a historical Sequim farmhouse. Photo by Phil Tauran Photography Upper right: Advice for clearing and keeping the clutter from your home.

Local expert shares winterization tips everyone can use How to combat allergens and improve indoor air quality this winter Tips for clearing and keeping clutter from accumulating again in your home Port Angeles interior designer transforms a bathroom in an old farmhouse Easy upgrades that will add value to your home Find out why more than one fire extinguisher is needed in your home Save the date for upcoming local home and garden improvement shows Advice for improving your home’s curb appeal A local garden expert shares advice about growing herbs indoors Learn how to safely recycle household batteries Discover how to prepare for buying your first home

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Lower right:: Kelly Fox, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc., shares tips for winterizing your home.

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CHECK OUT YOUR TREES

First things first, look up at what is going on around your house and the trees in your yard. If branches look suspect or are likely to come down with the slightest wind, you will be much better served by bringing them down where you want them. Once the trees are clear, it is time to check the gutters for clogs and to replace worn parts before the rains. Like the tree branches you took down, you want to make sure the water goes where you want it.

LOOK UP AT YOUR ROOF

Next on the list is to look at the exterior of your home for potential signs of leaks. Do you have any broken or missing roof shingles? Maybe missing weather stripping on the door? These fixes are relatively easy and affordable compared to water damage and high energy bills later. If you are not comfortable getting on your roof to check for damage, hire a local handyman or roofer to do the inspection for you.

CHECK INDOORS FOR LEAKS

Once you have completed the outside maintenance, it is time to turn your attention indoors. Start here by doing the same thing you did above, and that is to look for leaks. This time you are looking for drafty windows or electrical outlets. Sealing the joints with caulk or insulation

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Whether you heat with wood or a furnace, now is the time to do the maintenance. This is as simple as changing the furnace filter and getting it serviced by a technician or getting the chimney cleaned. In most cases this is as simple as a phone call before the peak season hits. >> WINTERIZATION continued on Page 6

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INSULATE, INSULATE

Finally, insulate, insulate and insulate some more. Adding insulation to the attic will go a very long way to keeping the heat inside this winter. Some applications work well with batt insulation in rolls, while others might prefer the blown-in type to fill the gaps. Either way, this is the best way to save money on energy costs in the winter and summer.

WRAP YOUR PIPES

Along with the insulation, you will want to make sure you wrap the pipes in any crawl spaces to protect them from freezing when Jack Frost pays a visit. The same is true for putting the faucet beanies and foundation vent plugs in place.

PLAN AHEAD FOR BAD WEATHER

As you work through the winterizing projects on your list, remember to stock up on the things you will likely need in bad weather. Having extra batteries, a bag of ice melt or a tarp on hand will not take up much space or break your budget, but it will prevent you from having to go out in the storm to find much-needed supplies when everyone else is scrambling to buy the same items. As Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson once said, “The separation is in the preparation.” For your sake, I hope the preparation provides a warm layer of separation from the elements while you enjoy a good book and some hot chocolate.

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When at home, you’re probably relaxing, playing with your children or tackling chores. What you aren’t likely doing is thinking about the air you’re breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission points to a growing body of scientific evidence that the air within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in large, industrialized cities. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be two to five times higher inside homes than outside, regardless if the home is in rural or industrial areas. While you can’t control the allergens and pollutants lurking outside, there are many ways to take action inside the home to improve your indoor air quality. Follow these four steps and breathe easier at home:

STEP 1: ELIMINATE DUST MITES

Dust mites can be prevalent, especially in bedroom spaces. Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers in hot water that is at least 130 degrees to kill dust mites and remove allergens, notes the Mayo Clinic. If bedding can’t be washed in hot water, put items in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature above

130 degrees. To further prevent mites in sleeping spaces, use dustproof or allergen-blocking covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows. If you have children, don’t forget to wash stuffed animals regularly in order to sanitize.

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One of the easiest things to improve indoor air quality is to vacuum thoroughly and regularly on all levels. Making sure your vacuum is in top working order is necessary, because if the machine is clogged or damaged you are not removing dirt and dust. In fact, your vacuum might actually be kicking up more dust into the air than it is removing. Make sure your vacuum’s brushes are moving easily and that nothing is caught in any hoses preventing or reducing suction. If your machine has a filter, change or clean it often to ensure you are cleaning at optimum levels.

STEP 3: FRESHEN AIR WISELY

Open windows aren’t always the best way to bring in fresh air. When pollen levels are high, the spores can come into a home and stick to every surface. On high-allergen days, refresh air and cool the home with fans and clean your home often to maintain high

indoor air quality. As an additional line of defense against dust mite debris and allergens, you should use a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter with your central furnace and air conditioning unit, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If that’s too costly, the EPA says filters with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) between 7 and 13 are likely to be nearly as effective as true HEPA filters at controlling most airborne indoor particles. No matter which you use, try to change the filter every three months.

STEP 4: MITIGATE MOISTURE

Mold thrives in dark, damp climates, so it’s important to eliminate places for growth. To start, be aware of moisture levels throughout the home. Always use the bathroom exhaust fan to inhibit moisture buildup. Fix leaky faucets as quickly as possible and stay on top of maintenance for appliances like the refrigerator and air conditioner. Additionally, consider using a dehumidifier to decrease the amount of moisture inside the home. This can be particularly important during the rainy seasons or in basement or cellar spaces. You can breathe easy with these four easy steps to better indoor air quality.

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Clear the clutter from your home this autumn by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

For many people, the arrival of fall means spending more time indoors. It is a time to gather around the fireplace for warmth, invite friends over for board game marathon on a rainy evening and for organizing your home before the holiday season takes hold. Taming the clutter in your home can be a challenge. Almost 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with items they don’t use anymore, according to a recent survey by ClearVoice Research. Studies have shown that a cleaner and more organized home can make you feel happier and healthier while a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical health. A UCLA study found people in cluttered homes had higher stress levels due to clutter while an Indiana University study found people with clean houses are generally healthier and more optimistic than those living in a full and unorganized home. While you might understand a cluttered home isn’t good for you, it is often difficult to get and stay organized. Organization experts say one of the best ways to tackle a cluttered home is to start small and continue to one room at a time. To help you get started, here is a room-by-room guide to cutting the clutter:

ENTRYWAY OR MUDROOM

Baskets, bins, large bowls and vertical wall storage in living and family rooms can help tame everyday clutter since items including mail, books, throw blankets, remote controls and toys have dedicated spots to be stored when not in use.

WHERE TO START — Take a good long look at your entryway to decide what is needed and what is not. The size of your space will influence this decision. If your entryway is a spacious mudroom, you might be able to store shoes, boots, umbrellas, reusable shopping bags and backpacks here. If you have a modest foyer, you may decide you only have room to hang car keys on the wall. Remove anything from the space that doesn’t help it serve its purpose in your home. NEXT STEPS — Add storage and organizational pieces to help the space meet its purpose. Wall-hung racks or hooks can keep important keys at your fingertips. Shoe racks are available in a variety of sizes and

styles to fit your space and décor while keeping footwear organized and off the floor. A piece of wall art or a low-profile decorative cabinet can help add a little personality to the room. If you have the space, consider adding built-in cabinets and shelves to keep the space organized since this room is often the first place shoes are kicked off and backpacks are dumped as people enter your home. A handy bench that offers under-seat storage is a great addition to provide a place for people to take off and store their shoes. No room for a bench? Consider a large waterproof tray to place wet shoes and boots on. >> CLEAR CLUTTER continued on Page 9

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KITCHEN

WHERE TO START — Countertops frequently contain a wealth of kitchenrelated clutter, from the mail you brought in yesterday and forgot to go through to small appliances you use only once or twice a year. Clearing off countertops can make a kitchen look bigger and function better. Pantries and cabinets can be almost as cluttered as countertops. Adding shelving and storage units within cabinets and drawers can help keep nonperishable pots, pans, lids and

dishware better organized and more easily accessible. NEXT STEPS — Some people need a bit of extra incentive to stay organized for the long haul. If that’s you, consider replacing solid cabinet doors with glass ones or create open shelving. Knowing the contents of your cabinets are always on display can help inspire you to keep them clean and organized. Plus, glass-front cabinets and open shelves are an opportunity to create an appealing visual display.

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BEFORE & AFTER

AN UPDATED BATHROOM FOR AN OLD FARMHOUSE by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News photos by PHIL TAURAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“I just like being outdoors,” Donalee Dawson told Port Angeles-based interior designer Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design when asked about the beautiful gardens framing her 1916 home. A Sequim resident since 2004, Dawson lives in one of the charming farm homes in the Sequim Valley, with house plans and papers dating back to 1916. She’s completely capable of her home’s upkeep, including installing drywall and restoring furniture, like the vanity base in her newly remodeled bathroom. But she reached out for a little extra help for the task of remodeling a bathroom in the farmhouse. Dawson called on Trisa & Co. Interior Design for that “something different.” “As the only bathroom on the main floor, and a small space at that, we knew there would be challenges,” Katsikapes said. “My main focus was keeping the space light and airy and efficient, but of course beautiful and fitting for this farmhouse.” >> BEFORE & AFTER — FARMHOUSE BATHROOM continued on Page 11

RIGHT: An old farmhouse bathroom in Sequim receives a facelift with the help of interior designer Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design. One of the challenges of remodeling the space was staying true to the history of the Sequim Valley home.

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BEFORE

The layout of the farmhouse’s main-floor bathroom presented a challenge. Installing a larger and more functional shower, turning a vintage dresser the homeowner restored into a vanity and providing lighting required research, patience and plumbing and electrical installation skills. << BEFORE & AFTER — FARMHOUSE BATHROOM continued from Page 10

WANTS, NEEDS AND CHALLENGES

Dawson simply needed a larger, more functional and more attractive-looking shower in the only bathroom on the main floor of the home. The challenge was being able to open the shower door without taking away the ability to use the exterior door in the small bathroom. Another challenge was having room for the vintage vanity that Dawson had restored. Dawson and Katsikapes wanted to tie in wainscoting, since it is featured throughout the old house. So they begin thinking about how to recreate the classic feature on the bathroom’s walls. A more attractive sink also was on Dawson’s need list. She wanted a vessel sink in Carrera marble but couldn’t sacrifice countertop space in the small bathroom. >> BEFORE & AFTER — FARMHOUSE BATHROOM continued on Page 12

AFTER PHOTOS — TOP LEFT: The homeowner’s restored vanity looks right at home in her Sequim farmhouse’s remodeled bathroom. Using a vessel sink in the design provides countertop space while carefully selected sconces create soft lighting. TOP RIGHT: A custom-designed quartz backsplash and a waterfall faucet with a mirror behind it presented a challenge. Getting the quartz to align with the restored vanity required careful installation. BOTTOM RIGHT: A barn wood-inspired cabinet over the toilet offers storage and complements the history of the farmhouse, as does the room’s new wide wainscotting. BOTTOM LEFT: The remodeled shower provides a more functional bathing space and features classic white subway tiles. Octagon marble shower floor tiles tie in with the grey vessel sink and cheery yellow marmoleum flooring.

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<< BEFORE & AFTER — FARMHOUSE BATHROOM continued from Page 11

Katsikapes said a challenge was adding plumbing in the vanity, which was originally an antique dresser stained in a medium oak color. When Dawson painted the vanity a pleasing grey-blue color she decided to keep the piece’s original hardware, which compliments the new faucet’s finish. “Finding a soft grey Cambria quartz countertop and creating the edge detail to match the original curves of the top of the vanity was a bit of a challenge,” Katsikapes said. “But we did it, and it turned out beautiful.”

MOST CHALLENGING FEATURES

Aligning the custom-designed quartz backsplash, a waterfall faucet and the wall-mounted mirror with the vintage vanity was the most challenging obstacle. “By creating this feature and moving the faucet to the wall it allowed for the much-loved vessel sink and added more room on the countertop.” Another challenging task was finding wall sconces that were the right size and style for the bathroom. The only spots available for sconces were on each side of the mirror, and space was tight. “We had to consider mirror size and the wiring with obstacles like the side wall and the glass shower wall and also fitting in between the wainscot openings on the wall,” Katsikapes said. Following some creative thinking and careful, skilled installation of the vanity’s components, Dawson and Katsikapes began thinking about some of the finishing touches big and small.

PRETTY AND TRADITIONAL THEN ADD SOME SPICE

Adding pretty design elements was easy once Katsikapes and Dawson found octagon marble shower floor tiles. The tiles tie in nicely with the bathroom’s new flooring, a vase on the vanity and the overall feel of the remodeled room. Mixing traditional elements into the bathroom was simple, thanks to classic white subway tile in a brick-set pattern. “When selecting the octagonal marble floor tiles the only thing that felt right for the shower walls was white subway tile,” Katsikapes said. “We carried this pattern throughout the shower and into the custom niche.” Then came adding a little spice to the room. “To brighten the room, it seemed only fitting to use a bright yellow-colored marmoleum floor,” Katsikapes said Marmoleum flooring is touted as an environmentallyfriendly flooring and an alternative to other conventional flooring materials. Marmoleum is bio-based linoleum that is highly durable, non-toxic, anti-microbial and easy to maintain. Thanks to careful design selections and innovative installations the once-dated bathroom has modern conveniences seen in new homes, but manages to retain the history and feel of a farmhouse built in the Sequim Valley more than 100 years ago. For more information about Trisa & Co. Interior Design, visit www.trisa.co or contact Katsikapes at 360-457-6759.

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You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers — and knowing how to use them — is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. In the United States, it is estimated that a fire starts in a residential home every 86 seconds. Yet, many Americans have never activated a traditional fire extinguisher before, many do not understand the essential role that fire extinguishers play in a home safety plan, and lack the confidence and know-how to use them properly. To help overcome this, follow these tips on fire extinguisher placement and usage to help ensure you and your family are properly prepared in case of emergency:

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or less for easy handling. For home fire extinguishers, other features to look for include a metal valve and trigger, which offer the durability of a commercial-grade extinguisher. Another feature you will want is an easy-to-read color-coded gauge for accurate measurement. Spray times also vary by make and manufacturer, so

When selecting a fire extinguisher, two of the most important features are size and intended use. Larger commercial fire extinguishers meant for public spaces may be too heavy or unwieldy for some family members. Select a home fire extinguisher that weighs 3 pounds

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If a fire breaks out in the living room but the extinguisher is elsewhere, you may not be able to easily access it before the fire grows beyond control. When seconds count, having an extinguisher nearby is crucial for rapid response. For this reason, consider placing an extinguisher in each area of the home where a fire could potentially occur, including the kitchen, living room, each bedroom and the garage. In most cases, one extinguisher is likely not enough protection for an entire household. In addition, make sure that every responsible member of your household (including house sitters and babysitters) knows where each fire extinguisher is placed. The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing fire extinguishers close to room exits so that you are able to discharge it and quickly escape if the fire cannot be controlled.

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While they may all look similar, fire extinguishers have very specific ratings that indicate what kind of fire they are designed to extinguish. Extinguishers with a Class A rating are able to put out fires caused by wood, paper, trash and other common materials, while Class B-rated extinguishers are intended for gasoline and flammable liquids. Class C-rated extinguishers are meant for fires caused by electrical equipment, such as frayed cords. For general protection, it’s best to select a multirated extinguisher that’s capable of handling most types of household fires.

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to do that.” NPBA will host a number of demonstrations and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. For additional information about the NPBA and its upcoming expo, visit www.npba.info.

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The 20th annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show will provide inspiration for gardeners from all walks of life March 17, and Sunday, March 18. NPBA BUILDING, REMODELING AND Saturday, The gala will be held at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. ENERGY EXPO IN SEQUIM Fir St. in Sequim, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and The North Peninsula Building Association’s Building, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Remodeling and Energy Expo will be held at Sequim The show brings together products and professional High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave., Saturday, Feb. 17 and services from horticulture and garden-related businesses Sunday, Feb. 18. to promote the Peninsula as a gardener’s paradise. As the largest building show on the Peninsula the expo Clallam County Master Gardeners will present a is one the best ways for building professionals to connect speaker’s series to provide education and inspiration for and share their expertise with large numbers of potential gardeners of all levels. clients. Music, food and a garden wagon raffle will round out The free expo will offer many exhibitor booths, demon- the events of this garden gala. strations and giveaways in both school gyms and the Admission costs $5 per person. Children 12 and cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to younger receive free admission. 3 p.m. Sunday at the high school. The gala is presented by Soroptimist International of NPBA Executive Director Diana Johnson said most of Sequim, which is celebrating more than 70 years of the booths will be set up in the north and south gyms. service to the community. Demonstrations will take place in the cafeteria. The Soroptimist Gala Garden Show has its roots in Parking for attendees will be available along the fundraising for community scholarships, the Live Your school’s north side. Dream Award, a medical loan closet, First Teacher, “We are excited once again to present you with the Sequim Community Aid, Rose House, the Food Bank and opportunity to learn about innovative building products the Boys & Girls Club — to name a few. and services,” said Johnson. Visit www.sequimgardenshow.com for additional “In an ever-changing industry, it’s important to keep information about the show. up-to-date on market trends that can translate into big >> LOCAL SHOWS continued on Page 19 savings in your pocket, and our event is the perfect place Peninsula Daily News & Sequim Gazette Home & Design Trends


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CLALLAM COUNTY HOME AND LIFESTYLE SHOW IN PORT ANGELES

The free Clallam County Home and Lifestyle Show will be held in the Port Angeles High School gymnasium, 304 E. Park Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11. Previous shows have featured more than 150 booths highlighting an array of services and products available from area businesses. Now in its 36th year, the Clallam County Home and Lifestyle Show is the largest two-day marketing event on the North Olympic Peninsula. Between 8,000 and 10,000 people attend the show annually. The annual home improvement event is a bazaar of contractors and suppliers, service providers and recreational opportunities. Until 2015, the gathering was known as the KONP Home Show. Sponsored by KONP 1450 AM and 101.7 FM and the Clallam County Public Utility District, the Home and Lifestyle Show is a showplace for businesses on the North Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere to display their services and for prospective customers to gather information for spring and summer plans. The show is a perfect opportunity to market a business, educate the community about services offered or to speak face-to-face with potential clients, according to show organizers. Exhibitors are available to help show attendees achieve “quality of life” in their home and lifestyle. Parking will be available in the student parking lots

The 2018 Clallam County Home and Lifestyle Show will be held Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, in the Port Angeles High School gymnasiums.

on the 200 and 300 blocks of East Park Avenue. A free shuttle will take visitors from parking areas to the gym. Visitors to the show will receive a free reusable shopping bag for as long as supplies last. Home improvement businesses will be on hand to offer information on gutters, bathroom fixtures, blinds, windows, roofing, lawn care equipment, landscaping, heating and cooling systems and more. Lifestyle businesses, such as fitness centers, home

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If your plants cannot be saved it might be time to introduce them to the compost bin. Consider planting something that will look healthy well into the autumn. Plant choices could include everything from ornamental kale and pansies to a few hearty herbs that can be used for cooking. Now, turn your attention to your walkway. Are there missing bricks or pavers, or have weeds taken over the area? Locate your garden gloves and pull weeds from around the walkway, sweep or power-wash the area and then take a moment to admire your work so far. It is time to look at the exterior of your home. If your siding is dirty, clean it. If siding is in good shape pressure washing it can strip away green growth or mildew. If the siding needs paint or to be replaced and this is not an option right now, gently sweep or wipe it down with a clean rag. Don’t forget your gutters. If gutters are full of leaves and other debris it is time to get to cleaning. This will not only look better, but it can prevent water damage to your home when Pacific Northwest rains start to fall more regularly. Now that the front of your home is clean and your lawn is in better shape it is time to take another look at your home from a variety of angles. If you see something you missed, go back to work to tackle it before you lose your inspiration.

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Among the most affordable ways to add curb appeal is to dress up your entryway. This can be as simple as adding a welcome mat or as involved as painting or replacing your front door. It is often the unique and personal touches that draw attention to your home. A memorable light fixture, a charming mailbox, a brightly-colored porch swing or a whimsical door knocker can add great appeal with very little effort. Painting or staining your front door is an easy way to add big interest to your home. Thousands of paint colors offer an array of choices. Some people opt for a classic stain while others boldly paint a door red to add visual interest. For inspiration think back to the house you liked, take a stroll in a nearby neighborhood or browse through a magazine or website. Select a color that compliments your existing home color or you may regret it later. A new doorknob and deadbolt in a fun finish can further add some wow and could improve the security of your home. Adding a door knocker or wreath to your door is an easy way to add curb appeal. Another way to make a big change for little effort is to replace your house numbers. If your home has old or faded house numbers, purchase new numbers to spruce up its appeal. Simple numbers can start at $2 per piece or you can look into customized plaques that cost $50 or more.

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Try to match your new house numbers with the finish on your exterior light fixtures for a cohesive feel. Speaking of light fixtures, how do yours look? Entrances often have dated or nonworking fixtures. Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as your current ones to save yourself some time. Aside from making an aesthetic improvement, a new light fixture increases the safety of your home. A well-lit and easy-to-find entryway can prevent falls, help you determine who is at the front door easier and can assist emergency service vehicles in finding you when help is necessary. For added light, consider budget-friendly and easy-toinstall solar lighting fixtures along your walkway. Since they rely on the sun for power no digging up the lawn to bury electrical lines is needed. Now take a look at your mailbox. It should complement your home. When choosing a hanging mailbox, select one that mirrors your home’s trimmings. Dress up street-side mailboxes for curb appeal by painting the wooden post to match the house’s exterior color, or by surrounding it with a flowering garden.

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Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house. Seek assistance at your favorite garden center to make a selection that fits your yard. And, to be safe, call the state Utility Notification Center at 1-800-424-5555 (or 811) before you dig.

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PLANT SELECTION

Even a well-lit home with many windows has only a small fraction of the light available out of doors; as a result, plant selection is not only the first, but the most critical step in indoor herb gardening. Select herbs that can grow in shadier conditions such as parsley, cilantro, lemon balm, chives and mint. Basil, oregano and sage should only be attempted if supplemental lighting is provided. Established plants, as opposed to seeds, will produce more quickly, but do not transplant herbs already growing outdoors into your home. They are adapted to much higher light levels and might not survive the move; they also could bring a host of pests with them.

It is best to start with plants newly purchased from a nursery or garden center.

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All herbs will do better (and taste better) with greater light exposure. Since light intensity drops rapidly as you move away from the light source, place the plants on the windowsill or in a garden window. Windows with a southern exposure have the most intense light, followed by those facing east or west.

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CONTAINERS

For best results, plant herbs in individual pots to provide sufficient room for growth and allow for customization of care according to the particular plant’s requirements. A wide variety of containers can be used. Select one that matches your personal taste or decorating scheme. Be creative and repurpose household items such as tin cans with their labels still attached. The container, however, must have drainage holes and a saucer to catch run-off water; if it does not have holes, you will need to drill or punch a few. The container also should be 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the rootball of the plant. If the container is too big, the soil will dry too slowly for good root health; if the container is too small, it could inhibit adequate watering and fertilizing.

HOW TO PRESERVE FRESH HERBS by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener Whether grown indoors or out-of-doors, regular harvesting of your herbs will prevent the plants from flowering and encourage fresh growth. But what do you do with the excess that cannot be used immediately? Consider preserving your harvest by air drying, microwaving or freezing.

AIR DRYING

Water is critical to plant growth and productivity, but overwatering can be as bad as underwatering. How do you know when you need to water your indoor herbs? The following clues suggest a plant needs watering: • The soil feels dry to your finger an inch below the soil surface. • The plant and container feel lighter than expected when you pick it up.

Drying is the traditional method of herb preservation. Sage, thyme, dill and parsley are easy to dry; basil, tarragon and mint may mold and discolor if not dried quickly. Wash the leaves and stems thoroughly and let them dry on clean towels before preservation. Tie the stems into small bundles with twine or string and hang them upside down in a warm, dry, airy place out of the sun. Alternatively, lay the herbs on a clean cheesecloth or food-grade screen to dry. Check the herbs every week or so to see how things are progressing; when the leaves are crispy, separate them from the stems, crush if desired and place into airtight jars for storage out of the sunlight.

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• The soil changes in color from dark to light. • A hollow or dull sound occurs when you rap the side of the pot with your knuckles. When watering is required, water thoroughly. Apply water to the soil surface (where the stem meets the soil) until it runs out of the bottom of the pot. This washes out the excess salts and guarantees that the bottom two-thirds of the pot, which contains most of the roots, receives sufficient water. Don’t let the container sit in the water that runs out; empty the saucer. Herbs, like most plants, do not like to sit in soggy soil.

FERTILIZER

Watering tends to wash nutrients from the pot’s soil, so you will need to fertilize your indoor herbs from time to time. Because herbs are primarily about leaves, use a fertilizer that has a higher concentration of nitrogen, N, (compared to phosphorus, P, and potassium, K) which favors leaf growth over flowering. Use a regular houseplant fertilizer at one-half the recommended strength every two to four weeks. Or add a slow-release fertilizer when you plant. Some potting mixes come with slow-release fertilizer pellets already mixed in.

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Harvest the oldest stems and leaves first, clipping them individually with scissors rather than cutting back the whole plant. If your plants are doing particularly well, harvest and preserve the leaves to keep the plants bushy and discourage them from blooming, a process which can change the flavor and texture of the leaves. Fall is a great time to think about starting a windowsill herb garden. With the right selection of herbs and a little attention to their growth requirements, you will soon be adding their just-picked flavor to all your culinary endeavors. So give it a try! Jeanette Stehr-Green has been a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener since 2003. Stehr-Green writes gardening articles for both the Sequim Gazette and Peninsula Daily News and participates in a monthly gardening call-in program on KONP. She enjoys teaching others about a variety of gardening topics (especially berries) and is a houseplant enthusiast during the winter months.

MICROWAVE DRYING

Microwave drying is a fast way to preserve herbs, but it takes a bit of practice because drying times vary with the moisture content of the herb and the wattage of your microwave oven. Always observe safety precautions when drying herbs in a microwave and check manufacturer’s recommendations for using their product, as the risk of scorching herbs and the possibility of starting fires exists. After washing, dry the herbs to be microwaved thoroughly; excess moisture leads to cooking of the leaves in the microwave. Lay a small amount of the herb in a single layer between dry paper towels and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Let the leaves cool. If they are not brittle, reheat for 30 seconds and retest. Repeat as needed. After herbs are dry remove the leaves from the stems and store as suggested under air drying.

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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home by BRANDPOINT It’s impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What are your necessary expenses? How much are you paying each month toward your debt? What additional expenses do you have that wouldn’t be deemed “necessary?” How much money do you have left (if any)? Follow the advice below to help you see how much breathing room is in your current budget, what expenses might be on the chopping block and the space you have for additional home and mortgage expenses when buying a home.

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