People & Places

West Sound has an incredible number of talented artists, interesting people, fascinating places and popular destinations. We love to share their stories with our readers. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

The Faraway Worlds of William C. Dietz
The Faraway Worlds of William C. Dietz

50 Million Light-Years to Kitsap

The uniformed Transportation Security Administration officer at SeaTac airport stared at the thin, bald man standing in front of him and held up the passport he’d just been given, his eyes darting back and forth between the tiny photo and the man. After … read more

The Beautiful Metal Renditions of Tom Carmichael

When Art Meets Engineering Ingenuity — The Beautiful Metal Renditions of Tom Carmichael

When a renowned Hall of Fame martial artist wanted to capture the story of his life in a sculpture, he turned to Tom Carmichael. A Bremerton metal artist who’s known mostly through word of mouth (forget finding him online, for example), Carmichael created … read more

The Murphy Family Forever Home

House Party — The Murphy Family’s Forever Home

Some houses are best observed in motion. Take, for instance, the home of Sean and Shelley Murphy in Gig Harbor. Sean, a dentist, and Shelley, a former English and Spanish teacher, have four children ranging in age from 5 to 12, so a … read more

Jon Rose

Music for the Soul — The Many Moods of Jon Rose

Many people around West Sound know Jon Rose as the face of Olympic Property Group. But there is another side to the OPG president that has nothing to do with his background as engineer or chief of Kitsap’s largest landholder and development company … read more

American Heritage in Bainbridge Island Manzanita Bay

American Heritage

The sons of two American legends were drawn...

By their hundredth year, houses, like humans, have a story to tell. However, while all old-timers have a personal perspective on the past, few have been touched by the history of a nation. On a rise overlooking Bainbridge Island’s magical Manzanita Bay, one … read more

Patricia Peat's Magical Creations — The Armory miniature room

Patricia Peat’s Magical Creations — A Miniature Wonderland

The home and garden of creative artist Patricia Peat is a magically enthralling retreat. She is not only known as an artistic gardener but also for her miniatures, her jewelry and her stained glass creations. In addition, she volunteers at the Kitsap County … read more

Debbie Macomber — Knitting Hope And Dreams

Debbie Macomber — Knitting Hope And Dreams

“…I know what it’s like to be told to throw your dream away. Some of you have been told to throw your dream away, too, and some of you actually believe that maybe those voices are right; maybe you aren’t cut out for … read more

Fresh Northwest Design
Don't Recycle These

Local Company Turns Wine Bottles Into Collectibles

At first glance, the cavernous warehouse space near the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor appears an unlikely birthplace for art. But step inside and what you’ll see is shelves upon shelves of colorful and intricately hand-painted wine bottles, cousins to bottles that … read more

Remodel a Home, Discover Your Passion

Remodel a Home, Discover Your Passion

This is the house that Hope built. It perches on a hillside overlooking Henderson Bay in Gig Harbor, set back from the road by six carefully manicured acres, with sweeping views that encompass all the way from Steilacoom to the south, past McNeil … read more

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