Welcome Letter

Dee Coppola
Conch shell courtesy Lucinda and Jerome Capers
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Hello, Sunshine!

After this past winter and spring, I vowed never to mention weather in my letter again… but with just a smattering of sunny days, here I am, off to the races, welcoming summertime. In addition to being able to devote entire days to the garden, take a look at all the social summer events happening right around you.

Our feature restaurant this issue is Massimo’s. They’ve got their umbrellas up (as do many of our fab local eateries) and the deck is open.

Lots of people are celebrating summer. Cary and Kerri Bozeman’s summer soiree, the monthly Union City Market & Grill, a wonderful beach cottage remodel by Mike and Diana Kingsley with that desirable, open, coastal feel on Apple Tree Cove in Kingston. Our other feature home is Deb Ross’ custom, prairie-style home in Gig Harbor with an incredible Mount Rainier and water view.

So many ideas in our design kitchen section. Check out the latest ways to remodel your kitchen, no matter what size.

So much glass, so many choices — read about decorative options for your home. And while you’re looking at home-decorating ideas, check out The Garden Room for that “wow” factor.

Wondering when to water? We have just the article for you. We also found a “hidden” true cottage garden you’ll love. Two fun garden features — the garden of Joanne and Chuck Little and the garden of Sam and Debi Johnson. Both are stunning and inspirational. Read about Raft Island Roses, an independent nursery specializing in hybridizing roses, with the goal of disease resistance, lots of flowers and fragrance. A love of flowers inspired Netherland’s transplant Patricia Ruff to start her own creative garden business where she has been lauded for her efforts at Seattle’s NW Flower and Garden Show.

Wondering about apples? The Gig Harbor Apple Farm is the go-to place for information and apples.

It’s coming — The Great American Eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime event happening Aug. 21. The last mainland total eclipse for the United States occurred in 1918!

Randy Calm of Phoenix Design South can create glass etchings you’ve dreamed of, and has been making beautiful pieces since 1979.

Our Unsung Hero this issue spotlights a nonprofit rescue organization for equines in Olalla. Rosemary Collins heads Pony Up Rescue. I visited the ranch and was impressed that Collins’ own horse is also a rescue — the grandson of the late triple-crown winner, Seattle Slew.

Head outdoors — fall in love with the sunshine!




Dee Coppola
DEE COPPOLA Founding Editorial Director
dee [at] wshg [dot] net
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