The WestSound Home & Garden blog is your destination for information and tips about living in West Sound — home, gardening, outdoor recreation, things to do and more.


Wheelbarrow full of lady's mantle flowers.

Staying One Step Ahead of Your Garden so You Can Enjoy It

As the days of summer heat up, the last thing we want to do is work hard in the garden. This is the time to enjoy it, play in the sprinklers and hang out with friends. Here are a few tips to help … read more


July and August Mean Crab For West Sound Anglers

July and August Mean Crab For West Sound Anglers

There are reasons those of us living in Western Washington manage to endure the interminably short, gray and damp days of winter and early spring, and for many of us, it’s the memory of summers past and the promise of the summer to … read more


'Aging in Place' Accessible Bathroom

Planning for Your Future Needs with ‘Aging in Place’ Strategies in Your New Home or Remodel

Recently we began work on a home design for a newlywed couple who are starting their life together by building a home. And, they want it to be one that they can live in for a very long time. Smart thinking, as you … read more


Untreated teak furniture, left outdoors, turned to a silvery-gray color.

How to Restore Indoor Teak Furniture — Part 2

It is best to leave outdoor teak tables, chairs and benches unfinished and sanded to weather to a beautiful silvery-grey color (as shown in this photo). But if your indoor teak furniture, especially a table top, has been exposed to sunlight for several … read more


Port Orchard Gallery Walk Musicians

Enjoying a Saturday at the Port Orchard Gallery Walk

Last summer was a bummer. It seemed that all the Kitsap County gallery walks and festivals were on a first Friday of the month, so attendance was severely divided. Happy to say, “Not so this summer.” My husband, Earl, and I decided to … read more


Rain Garden

Rain Gardens Add Beauty and Function to Your Yard

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Controlling storm-water runoff is a necessity for your home and your yard, but it’s sometimes relegated to that dreaded list of outdoor chores. But what if adding an efficient runoff system meant the addition of a beautiful garden at the same time? That’s … read more


2015 Lexus NX Compact Luxury-Utility

All-New 2015 Lexus NX Compact Luxury-Utility Offers Choice of Turbo or Hybrid Power

In 1998, Lexus created the luxury-utility crossover segment with the debut of the original midsized RX, and is looking to take the lead again the growing compact segment with the all-new 2015 NX. Following the route of the Lexus GS and IS sedans, … read more


Carpet Pads

Replacing Your Carpet? Don’t Forget the Carpet Pad

A client is having new carpet installed in the living room, and was told by the salesperson that the pad — which is 10 years old — needs to be replaced. The client questioned whether that’s really necessary. If you’re replacing your carpet, … read more


7 Seas Brewing

7 Seas Brewing Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Music, Food and Brews

Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing has been a destination since its opening five years ago. The tap room is a busy place any time of the year — but this Saturday, 7 Seas will give fans a real party between noon and 8 … read more

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