Home & Garden Category

by Uta Nagel, Uta Nagel Interior Design The thought of renovating often causes anxiety and concern among homeowners and property buyers. We fear that alterations will turn into a bottomless pit, that we’ll run into unforeseen problems, or we simply have no idea where to start. Here are a few tips that make the first steps easy!  1. PLANNING. The key to a successful renovation is planning the entire process section by section. The most important question is: What elements need to be considered before you can start the changes?Read More
story by Janice Henshaw | photos by www.nuttycake.com as previously published in May 2016 If you like puzzles, then you know that delightful feeling of satisfaction when the last piece snaps into place and the picture is made whole. Walking into the Lochside home of Sky and Ben gives me that same feeling, only magnified. Every piece has been meticulously planned, crafted and assembled into a home that radiates sophistication, spaciousness and serenity. On the day I visited, the expansive low bank waterfront view was stunning. Two sailboats with billowingRead More
by Chris Sigurdson, Peninsula Landscape Supplies – Always wanted to grow your own veggies but lacking a yard? No problem! Growing veggies in pots is EASY PEASY! Just follow these quick steps.  The most important key to success will be the depth and type of growing medium used. You are going to want at least 12 inches of a light-weight mix consisting of approximately equal parts of compost, peat and perlite. A medium such as this will ensure proper root development, and make nutrients more available to plants.  Your foodRead More
by Janice Henshaw – Today’s subject is everything you wanted to know about lighting but were afraid to ask – starting with a Lighting IQ test to determine your level of current lighting knowledge. Following this fun exercise, we will find out about the other side of lighting – what’s important in lighting design – from two local interior designers, Andi Hook and Wendy White. So let’s get started. Turn on your luminaires, grab your recycled paper pencil and let’s see how much you know! 1. LED is an acronymRead More
story by Janice Henshaw | photos by Omid Pakbin – As our climate and economies change and our natural resources diminish, it seems only sensible to change our building styles so that we are more responsive and efficient in terms of using less harmful material and increasing the longevity of what we do use. In the past, the use of alternative natural materials was greater until frame construction became cheaper and more prevalent. Now once again there is a greater interest in building with straw bales, earth bags, a cobRead More