Welcome Letter

Dee Coppola
(Photo courtesy Winifred Whitfield)

Time for Inspiration

Spring is finally pushing the foggy veil of snow and rain aside. We’ve been offered a clean slate, a fresh start. There’s something about flinging the doors open — the fresh air and the sun really speak to me.

This issue is full of inspiring information. The two homes we feature: A Point No Point remodel which enjoys the gorgeous Hansville water views and a custom home on the Key Peninsula with that dreamy Longbranch water view; both enjoy not only their water views, but a sense of simplicity.

If you’ve been looking for a knowledgable resource for convenience hardware, we have it: kitchen, bath, closet, laundry room and garage storage to make your home more enjoyable and organized.

Check out our lively interview with star chef Brendon McGill, owner of Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island (and several other restaurants).

Fancy artist Claudia McKinstry, working out of her original red caboose (one of her two studios) amid flowering gardens. Meanwhile, artist Amy Burnett features the return to color with Deep Burnt Orange. Gig Harbor’s Gallery Row offers a place for diverse and cool art.

Read about the restoration of the Vaughn Library Hall on the Key Peninsula, and the Illahee Preserve, a national forest in an urban setting.

The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair is coming to Bremerton High School March 29 & 30. Last year, more than 700 students participated.

Downsizing in the Digital Age gives you many options — see what works for you.

Discover the journey of Alphonse de Klerk and Alfred Newhouse in creating the award-winning Rolling Bay Winery.

A fun combination of solar energy and the Northwest garden of Paul Cox in Olalla. Check out his creative hillside gardens. We’ve also included a selection of gardening books for you to read this spring.

Our feature gardening center this issue is Bremerton City Nursery. Explore it just in time for spring. The gardening stories herald spring: Extreme Leaf Drama, The Pacific Stonecrops — Sedums, Gardening for Boomers and a Walk Down Primula Lane. Plus a special treat for our gardening aficionados — preview Nikki Johanson’s family heritage draw-hoe…a back-saving device.

Cheers! Spring is upon us!



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