Category Archives: Seasonal

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Holiday Mantel Decor that We Love

December 1st, 2017

Christmas Mantel Decorations

Forget the Elf on the Shelf – although no disrespect to your Elf, I’m sure he’s a standup guy. I’ve just had bad experiences in the past with holiday-related espionage, and Santa doesn’t really need to know about all the things that happen in front the Washington household’s mantel. But I digress. The holidays are the greatest time of the year for mantel decor, and we’re excited to share our favorite odds and ends of the season. So bundle up under your warmest winter blanket and read on! Snowglobes Timeless, classic, and pretty to look at especially if you have lights strung along your mantel, as well. Snowglobes also make wonderful collectibles, so your mantels can have a little bit […]

Seattle Attractions to Inspire both Indoor and Outdoor Decoration

November 8th, 2017

Seattle Attractions

The Seattle area is home to some incredible sights, both natural and manmade, that can provide unique inspiration for your housing and landscaping. It might be presumptuous of us to put our Bellevue Showroom on this list, but here are our Top 7 Seattle Attractions that can influence the way you decorate and customize your home! Seattle Japanese Garden   The Seattle Japanese Garden is peaceful, calm, 3.5-acre sanctuary amidst Seattle’s urban chaos. It’s winding pathways are designed to promote a slow, meditative experience with plenty of places to stop and appreciate the sights and stillness. Each visit as the seasons change provides new beauty and new experiences, and we only wish our backyards could provide such profound feelings. Museum […]

An End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

August 28th, 2017

Home Maintenance Checklist

With temperatures in the Pacific Northwest still hitting the 80s, it’s hard to accept that summer is almost over. Nevertheless, September is almost upon us. With it comes rain and cooler temperatures, so now is a great time to go over your home maintenance needs while the weather is still sunny. Get Your Chimney Ready If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. It is recommended to clean your chimney once per year to help prevent build-up of dangerous substances that can cause a house fire or damage to the chimney itself. It is of the utmost importance that this job is done by a professional chimney sweep; the task is too important to leave […]

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Fireplace

August 4th, 2017

Maintaining Your Outdoor Fireplace in Oregon

Because of weather and the elements, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor fireplaces generally require more care and attention than their indoor counterparts. Maintaining your outdoor fireplace might seem like an intimidating chore, but it can actually be pretty simple, regardless of material. Caring for Brick and Stone We decided to start this list off with the easiest material. Brick and stone fireplaces are sturdy, strong-looking, and, if we’re being completely honest, require practically no care at all. The only thing you really need to do for these fireplaces is scrub them with a brush every so often to get rid of ash and other forms of debris. Cleaning and Protecting Copper Copper is a great build material because […]