Pantone Color of the Year 2014 — Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 — Radiant Orchid

An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink...

According to the color experts at pantone, Radiant Orchid is uplifting and bold without being overpowering, re-energizing almost any color palette and providing a unifying element for diverse spaces. They recommend sprucing up interior spaces by incorporating … read more

Orchard Mason Bees

Orchard Mason Bees — Fascinating Creatures

The orchard mason bee, or blue orchard bee, is the western native pollinator that appears each year in late winter and early spring to pollinate all the early blooming fruit trees and flowers. Its scientific name, Osmia Lignaria Propinqua Cresson, describes the insect … read more

Timeless or Trendy?

Timeless or Trendy?

Timeless styles form a beautiful background for fun,...

Trendy has gotten a bad rap of late. My design clients and readers of my blog (www.SanctuaryAndStyle.com) often tell me that they can think for themselves. “I know what I like and I don’t need to follow trends,” they declare. Does that sound … read more

A hoop house gives peppers and tomatoes a faster start and some extra heat at the Blueberry Park P-Patch in Bremerton.
Step-by-Step Instructions

Extending the Season With a Hoop House

Hoop houses are a simple tool to improve success with year-round vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Constructed of basic, inexpensive materials and with the potential for easy relocation, hoop houses are essentially mini-greenhouses that anyone can build and utilize. And like a … read more

Simon's in Port Orchard

Simon’s in Port Orchard

It’s not easy to catch up to Tina Nguyen. She lives (for now) on Bainbridge Island. She owns Simon’s in Port Orchard, serving Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. And she recently bought the Rosedale Market in Gig Harbor, where she has plans to … read more

Fuchsia "Santa Claus"

Gardening for the Nectar-Fueled Flying Machines

A hummingbird darts about the garden, its long, willowy tongue flicking in and out of its beak in anticipation of the honey-sweet nectar. The miniature acrobat flies around, occasionally coming to a standstill in midair, its wings moving so fast, they disappear from … read more

Country-style cabinetry with painted and glazed finish (Photo courtesy A Kitchen That Works)
More Than Just a Box

The Fundamentals of Residential Cabinetry

Pretty colors and fancy trim aside, a well-designed room exudes a subtle beauty. The essence of that beauty is in the placement of cabinetry, fixtures and furnishings. People derive a sense of comfort and purpose when they can walk into a room and … read more

Anthurium

Greening The Indoors

Gardeners can still get their plant fix during the winter months. It’s a great time to explore the world of indoor houseplants. It’s also a time to purchase a few usually outdoor culinary plants to brighten up a sunny windowsill or kitchen counter. … read more

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