Welcome Letter

Dee Coppola (Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Discover it for Yourself

You don’t have to travel the world to create the unexpected. Go ahead, be daring in your choices. If you just focus on one particular style in your home or garden, you may never find your own style.

Our content philosophy has been one-third home, one-third garden and one-third monkey business (restaurants, artists, etc.).

This issue, we offer two special features: Fabulous Baths, submitted by designers, architects, contractors and owners. The second is a roundup of some of the new and innovative products debuted at the anual International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. I attended the show through NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) and as a member of our local building association (KBA). Fortunately, Molly McCabe also attended to and gives us builder and designer input on page 90.

Crabtree Kitchen + Bar is open. Read about the history behind Poulsbo’s newest evolution. Our wine column, The Sip, details wine events on the Rock (Bainbridge Island).

We are in an outdoor state of mind, after all the snow, so let’s go outdoors. Pick up great ideas from The Art of the Deck. Our spotlight on a gardening center is on Roadhouse Nursery with Jan and George Bahr. Creating Art in the Garden offers fun ideas for your own garden. Find out How to Identify Rhodie Problems.

Gig Harbor Garden Tour takes place on June 29 and 30. It will also feature a couple of Kitsap gardens in Olalla. Details on page 36. Sadly, there will be no Bainbridge in Bloom this year, but we expect it to return in 2020.

Artist Carla O’Connor’s studio houses a surprising number of her paintings. She started drawing when she was just 3 years old! Amy Burnett hosted an informal tea party for friends who have had an art business in Bremerton.

Congratulations to our readers’ choice award winners in the 2019 Best of West Sound. So many entries this year! Read about the winners and runners-up on page 100.



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