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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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Things to Know Before Buying a Hybrid

Things to Know Before Buying a Hybrid

Gas/electric hybrid cars have come a long way from the geeky-looking Honda Insight and the original Toyota Prius. Today, there are hybrid choices by almost every manufacturer in almost every market segment, from compact two-seaters to full-size, nine-passenger SUVs. The greatest number of … read more

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June is a great time to start quilting-or indulge your creative side.

The Annual Quilt Shop Hop Gives Quilters Another Excuse to Shop, Be Creative

West Sound and the greater Western Washington region are a hub for creativity, including the timeless art of quilting. In recent decades, the $30 billion craft industry has included a resurgence of quilting, attracting quilters of all ages, genders and skill level. Quilters … 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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2015 Volvo XC90 Interior Front

New 2015 Volvo XC90 Launch now Underway

One of Volvo’s’ most anticipated car launches of recent years — the all-new XC90 – has officially begun. Consumer insights have led to the development of many of the interior features of this all-new SUV — including style details first previewed in three … 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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The team behind the Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio , left to right: Lisa Stirrett, Stacy Brockberg, Erika Giesbrecht, Madi Bowe, Tara Morris and Anna Douglas.
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Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio Marks Anniversary with Special Event

Building community is the highest priority for the Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, according to Silverdale artist and founder Lisa Stirrett. The studio’s anniversary party on June 20 will launch the team’s newest venture. Personally, Lisa’s focus has included both her local and … read more

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Large crowds of boaters and non-boaters are expected at the Bremerton Marina on June 13 and 14 for National Marina Day festivities.
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Bremerton Marina Plans Busy Weekend to Mark National Marina Day

The Bremerton Marina will join other marinas from around the country on June 14 to celebrate National Marina Day. It’s a day to both celebrate boating and give nonboaters a sneak peek at the boating lifestyle. Because of the event’s success last year, … 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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