Welcome Letter

(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Time for a Fresh Perspective

The betwixt time of August and September is perfect for planning. The summertime is drawing to a close, children are heading back to school and the nights are becoming cooler.

This is an excellent time to plan for the upcoming celebratory season, November and December. After a summer of exposure, your home may feel shopworn (or kidworn), and your gardens have passed their prime.

It’s time for a fresh perspective. With family and friends coming for the holidays, you’ll want to entertain in style with a generous helping of comfort.

The details matter, so make a list; it’s all about the planning to reach your goals. Prioritize and move forward to curated comfort for the holidays!

The two homes we feature this issue are each unique. John and Suzanne Pitts’ home in Port Townsend is an urban-contemporary home with luscious gardens featuring some of gardener extraordinaire Dan Hinkley’s collections. Meanwhile, Jim and Barbara Rogers’ home in Gig Harbor features French-country cottage style interior with delightful and playful gardens.

What’s hot in European kitchens? Read about innovations from across the pond. If you’ve been curious about which remodeling projects offer the best return on investment, we have that for you, too. Plus, how to design your home office.

Our dining feature is The Loft in Poulsbo, located on the waterfront. The brewery spotlight is 7 Seas Brewing and Tap Room in Gig Harbor. The Sip offers football and wine pairings.

As the season dictates, gardening features abound: Waterside Gardens, The Garden of Don and Lenore Lynch, The Hardy Fatsia Japonica, Permaculture Gardens, and Jerry Bender’s Collector’s Garden.

A fun story about local independent feed stores features four local businesses. Also read about the Key Pen Farm Tour and Fiber Arts Show.

Making a difference is Martha & Mary, Poulsbo’s unique organization serving kids and senior citizens. This issue’s Unsung Hero is Jim Sund, a North Kitsap community volunteer. Also, an update to the Kathleen Sutton Foundation’s legacy to women with cancer.

Featured artist Patsy Surh O’Connell’s life is filled with art. Explore the road that brought her to paint. Instead of art this issue, Amy Burnett writes about a 1922 monster (boiler) in Bremerton.

Enjoy the end of summer, relishing all the sunny weather has to offer. It will be gone soon, as we move between times.

Entertaining Ideas

As we move on to the Nov/Dec issue, we would love to hear about your favorite entertaining ideas.



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