May

18

Sewer Porn

Always, always, always get a sewer scope when buying a house. And not just because the technician is cute.  Realtors will usually concur since so much of the time it’s true: something is probably wrong with the sewer. I admit a wickedly subversive interest in sewer scopes. It’s weirdly satisfying to be able to view […]

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May

11

Got Vermiculite?

I think it looks like birdseed. Or potting soil. But the inspector says it might be vermiculite, so off to the lab it goes. Unbeknownst to me until yesterday, vermiculite is a naturally occurring substance that is mined, just like asbestos. It was used to insulate houses as early as the 1920’s, spread around in the […]

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Feb

21

Litterbugged

Why in the world do we tolerate it here in our otherwise gorgeous and “green” city? When I walk in my neighborhood, I can go for blocks before coming to a public trash receptacle and these are only located at bus stops, often overflowing with trash. Because Capitol Hill is so densely populated, many, many […]

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Dec

29

Door to Door Delivery

Each December, as the year comes to its conclusion, I get out and deliver calendars to my clients and friends. Door to door. It gives me a wonderful chance to reconnect with people I like and with whom I have history. Sometimes, when I am lucky, I get invited in for a look at a […]

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Dec

22

Refrigerator Madness

I have been doing this job for more than 20 years and I have never seen nor heard of anything like this: an over the counter refrigerator, lined in pink no less. But here today, in Laurelhurst, pinnacle of all that’s proper in the world, I found that such a thing actually exists. I searched […]

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Dec

08

A Tree Story

When we moved into our house in Madrona all those many years ago, we were surrounded by trees. Too many trees really, which we felled, one by one, over the years. They were crowding each other out and some of them had to go in order for the others to live. Also, we were looking […]

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Aug

31

Outdoor Kitchen

My friend Cari is remodeling her little cabin on Vashon Island so has moved her kitchen outside while under construction. It is exquisite in its utilitarian yet perfectly designed and gorgeous detail. Truly. The living room is outside, too. Waterside.

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Aug

17

Down The Garden Path

As seen at a summer cocktail party Friday night in Leschi. Inviting!

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