Home & Garden Category

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

Posted On February 26, 2020By seasideIn Home & Garden, Regulars

ON DESIGN – Bringing the Outdoors In

by Wendy White, Trudi Jones Interiors – Here on our Pacific West Coast, hints of spring are already surfacing – white snowdrops, mini daffodils, crocuses and fresh buds on trees seem to have appeared overnight. Although we are still a little ways off from spring, this brings about a desire to cast off the feeling of hibernation and with that, what a perfect time to think about bringing the outdoors in to our homes and living spaces. Here are a few simple ways to do this: Colour accents – replaceRead More
story by Janice Henshaw, photos by Andrew Bradley, Itty Bitty Sign Shop – What is the best thing to do when your home is looking tired and out-of-date? Put up a “For Sale” sign and move to another home? Ignore the faded colours and saggy furniture and be happy that your bank account doesn’t have to take a hefty hit? Or renovate? This can simply mean a fresh coat of paint, a new couch, fresh flowers and new pillows, or … a major makeover. Susan and Richard had lived inRead More