Featured Articles from the West Sound. These are the highlighted articles from the WestSound Home & Garden Magazine.

Bainbridge Vineyards

The Wine Cabinet — Bainbridge Vineyards

Bainbridge Vineyards is the new name of what was once Gerard and JoAnne Bentryn’s Bainbridge Island Winery and Vineyards, located at the same address. The winery closed in 2009 following the Bentryns’ retirement. Ms. Betsey Wittick and a group of volunteers maintained the … read more


Western hawthorn, Crataegus douglasii, is one of the many plants named after David Douglas.

Scientific Names of Plants Demystified

My father, Dean Kelley, was a pharmaceutical representative for a drug company. When he retired, he volunteered his time as a Master Gardener in Pierce County. One time he was complaining to me that the scientific names of plants were hard to learn. … read more

The Culinary Life Education of Mama Villella
Recipe for Success

The Culinary Life Education of Mama Villella

Buon ciao, Buon vino, Buon amici! "Good food,...

Everyone should have friends like Jamie Villella. When Villella, owner and operator of Mama Villella’s Personal Chef Service on Bainbridge Island, needed to test-drive her new business, she recruited her friends to be “pilot clients.” For their honest opinions about her food, they … read more

Intentional Table

Intentional Table — A Foodie Experience from the Heart and Soul

A casual drop-in to Intentional Table on Bainbridge Island is likely to reveal a spot not unlike other small shops strung along the island’s Winslow district and its many nooks and crannies. The 700 square feet of space is home to a demonstration … read more

Windows to the Past — Ole and Ellen Kvinsland Farm
Windows to the Past

Ole and Ellen Kvinsland Had a Farm…

Ole and Ellen Kvinsland would bust their buttons if they could see their homestead now. If they climbed into a time machine and dropped by for a visit, they’d find lots of changes to the old farmhouse, but they’d also find the important … read more


Gardening With Peg

Tips About Easy-Care Houseplants

During these sometimes gray winter months, we can still find plant pleasures indoors. Houseplants are the plants that keep on giving enjoyment all year long, whether it be with foliage or with cheerful and entrancing flowers. Here are a few easy-care, no-fail plants … read more

Color Therapy

Color Therapy — Connie LaMont Transforms Spaces Through Color

Color is fun. Color is confusing. Color is important. Color is overwhelming. Depending upon how you responded to the above statements, you may want to seek some help. If so, you may want to talk to Connie LaMont. LaMont is one half of … read more

A bench is a beautiful feature among the shrubs that are planted on the slope.

A Steep Slope Is Turned Into a Garden Paradise

When Rudell and Jay Hegnes moved into their Gig Harbor home in 2004, they faced a steep bank across their backyard and soggy clay soil that wouldn’t drain. Most homeowners would have considered the hill an obstacle in their landscaping plans. “We knew … read more

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