Welcome Letter

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

Chasing Springtime

I am so excited to transition into spring, the best of the seasons as it celebrates the promise of the beauty that lies ahead. Think Easter, crisp white linen, paper whites and white tulip arrangements and pastel fashions! Put away the turtlenecks and hoodies!

The results are in: See if our readers’ responses matched yours in the Best of West Sound 2017. Congratulations to our winners.

We have a delightful array of features that will make you smile. Our restaurant selection this issue is Jake’s Pickup, offering mostly organic gourmet food, located inside a Chevron gas station on Bainbridge Island. And it’s really yummy!

Enjoy a humorous story about a gardener who was enchanted by woodland spring wildflowers. She and her husband moved to Bainbridge, only to find the deer also loved them — hence the title, Deer De-Fence.

Our cover story is the elegant home and lavish gardens of Lucinda and Jerome Capers. The couple plant, weed, prune and tend the 2-plus acres themselves, with only help mowing.

Joe and Judy Gates decided if their 3,300-square-foot home sold, they would downsize a bit. They ended up with a 1,138-square-foot home in Poulsbo they call Luxe Petite. See how they did it.

Margaret Campbell and her husband, Edward Johnson saw the possibility of building on the footprint of an abandoned early 1900s schoolhouse. Grapeview was a special place for Margaret, as she summered there as a child. The couple built a beautiful waterfront home, evocative of a schoolhouse.

Daffodil Spring and Orchids as Houseplants offer timely advice. See the backyard micro farm that grows a variety of flowers, plants and food on a small plot of land in a neighborhood. Read about Ambergardens’ food for body and soul.

Check out our special bath section, highlighting the importance of a stunning master bathroom, featuring several baths by local designers. Puzzled about choosing countertops for your project? We have the answers!

More fun: Dog Parks, Travel Bug in Thailand and an artist who shares her native heritage through beautiful basket and bead weaving. There is a musical group in Gig Harbor that works with musically talented people who have intellectual or physical challenges, helping them become performing musicians. And what is CoderDojo? It’s a worldwide movement teaching kids to code.

I know Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, but it will be spring before you know it!



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