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A retractable, flush-mount range hood made by Imperial Kitchen

Clearing the Air Regarding Fans: How to Ensure Yours Works Properly

Most homeowners have a hate-hate relationship with their exhaust fans, be it the one in the bathroom or the one in the kitchen, and as a result they are seldom used. Exhaust fans are designed to remove moisture, grease and particulates from your … read more

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When Buying a 'Flip' Can Be a 'Flop'

When Buying a ‘Flip’ Can Be a ‘Flop’

If you have been looking at a new home, you may have felt like you were in an episode of House Hunters. Outdated wallpaper, horrible shag carpet, kitchens and baths out of the 1950s. You might feel ready to give up. But then, … read more

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Old And New Furniture Styles

Home Décor Tips: How to Mix the Old with the New

A client asked me recently whether modern and traditional pieces can mix together in the same room. She had inherited some traditional sofas and chairs from her grandmother, but her husband prefers more modern and simpler look. The two styles are not mutually … read more

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Give the Colander the Respect It Deserves

Give the Colander the Respect It Deserves

If it weren’t for their utilitarian function, the colanders would probably be displayed in galleries as art pieces. They are that beautiful. These food-straining devices are little thought of in the world of classic interior design — but are often seen displayed in … read more

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Top 4 Remodeling Mistakes

The Top 4 Remodeling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

After years of dreaming and planning, you’re ready to remodel your house into the home of your dreams. Before you take the plunge, keep these four important mistakes far away from your project. 1. Not fully researching your remodeler By skipping this step, … read more

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This is our "recycled wine bottle wall," all lit up at the base of our deck/patio stairs.

Thinking Outside the Box with Color Design

When I was asked to be part of the West Sound Home & Garden’s blog, I was honored and grateful for the opportunity. I’d like to make my contribution a bit less broad-spectrum, and a lot more personal. So I’m going to open … read more

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Hiring a professional remodeler can make all the difference — transforming a plain, basic room into a custom-designed entertainment room like this.

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Remodeler

May is National Home Remodeling Month. If you are thinking about a remodel, consider these five primary qualities of professional remodelers that set them apart from “do it yourselfers.” Quality 1: Customer Service Knowledgeable home remodelers understand that they are providing a service, … read more

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Puget Sound Ferry at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

Real Estate Market on Bainbridge Island Off to Robust Start

What a difference a few years make! If I had written this blog back in 2011, I would have been emphasizing the wonderfully low interest rates that made home buying affordable and ignoring the amount of homes that were available. Today, the interest … read more

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