Home Welcome Home! To touch, to hold, to look, to smell, to taste: the sensory aspects of life are there to be nurtured and enjoyed. Engage the senses and explore the visceral elements around you. Douse your sensibilities with tactile elements: incorporate inspiring colors and textures into your home to make an altogether more spirited and rewarding affair. […]
Gardening Secret Gardens in the San Juan Islands As you drive around the island, you may not think many islanders are into gardening. To the contrary, due to the abundance of wildlife, gardens here tend to be hidden from plain sight. Many take advantage of the topography, views, and trees or simply have an abundance of potted plants on the deck. A visit […]
Home Weeding Out – Closet Organization March arrives.  The first whisper of Spring holds such promise.  We feel stirrings of hope.  As Winter’s cold begins to retreat, easing its grip upon our imagination and inclinations, slowly our spirits awaken, along with the natural world, from a long Winter’s slumber.  With earlier mornings and later evenings combined with unseasonably warm, sunny days, […]
Home Love your home! The world seems to brace itself for February; the burnished silver skies seem to nearly sigh with stoic beauty, this quiet time.  But, February is, without a doubt, all about love. Knowing what you love should be fairly straightforward, but it seldom really is.  After decades of allowing other people to influence us – the […]
Home Dead of Winter? – Listing your Home   January – the month of new beginnings and cherished memories.  It is a fresh start, a new chapter.  A time for reflection and resolution. The first month of our calendar year was named by the Romans after Janus, the god of change, transitions, and beginnings.  Janus had two faces – one looking forward, the […]
Home A Place in the Islands Sacred partnerships arrive in our lives in many forms; sometimes consisting of wood and stone, rather than flesh and bone.  There is a deep peace and contentment to be found in the intimate connections with places as well as people. Every relationship we have – with other people, with our work – reflects in some […]
Holidays The Gift of Food – Holiday Traditions Even for those who shun tradition and ritual the rest of the year, Christmas is one time we often return to the security of its fold.  Holiday traditions resonate with the imprimatur of time; they become a part of our identity, writing out family history and reflecting cultural heritage.   As we seek to put […]
Home The Barn – Saving a Part of the Past The word barn derives from combining the word barley with the Old English ern, which meant place of.  For centuries the word was bern; it has been barn since the Late Middle Ages.  Over the centuries a barn’s uses have expanded way beyond barley storage.  Today, a barn can also be a place of tools […]
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