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The Stains of Summer

If you haven’t already gotten out to pick some Blueberries or Huckleberries, the bushes are seriously calling and you should put down your smart phone and go. I believe this is going to be a berry season we talk about for years to come in Juneau. Having just bought my first home (condo), I finally have […]



A new window can provide better light, better views, and increased efficiency to a home. Better light and views are related because most windows that are replaced have moisture or fogging between the panes causing poor visibility and obstructing the light coming through the window. However, one of the most frequent comments I receive after replacing […]

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Hosting in your Home

Sharing our home is something my parents have done since I can remember.  Ours was often the gathering place for all the neighborhood kids and it wasn’t unusual for a friend or three to come play, stay for dinner and then still be there for breakfast!  It also would not be surprising to come home […]

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for August

If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region. August 1st | Sitka Home Skillet Music Festival August 1st | Haines Haines Hustle August 1st | Juneau Aukeman Triathlon August 1st – 2nd | Haines Southeast Alaska State Fair […]

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Four Things You Should Do Immediately Upon Closing

Congratulations!  You’ve said good-bye to your old apartment, closed on your new pad, and you’re a homeowner now.  I think it’s safe to say that the really intense part of home-buying is over, but don’t count yourself done yet.  There are still a handful of things that you should do to protect your investment before […]

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Summer Lovin’ Cherry Hand Pies and Filling

It’s that time of summer, when the fairs and festivals are full of amazing smells, the fruits of labor are starting to ripen and harvest time is upon us. Seems things are a bit earlier this year with the mild winter and global warming so I wanted to share something that is difficult to find […]

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5 Easy Ways to Add Front Porch Curb Appeal

A warm, inviting front porch welcomes guests, increases the value of your home, and provides enjoyable outdoor living space.  Here are five easy and affordable ways to decorate your porch for added curb appeal: Lighting – Remove builder-grade or outdated fixtures and replace them with high quality, energy-efficient light fixtures.  Choose a style and finish that […]

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Paint to Perfection

Painting cabinets is not for the faint of heart!  I shared last month how we suddenly found ourselves moving back to WA.  We had already purged our home ala garage sale style and a few dump runs since we had started the process of finally starting some renovations that had really needed to be done […]

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