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Whether you're an owner or a renter, odds are that you have a complicated relationship with your home. As with any relationship, there are ups and downs, good times and bad, things you love and things you hate. But despite it all, you stick with it — hopefully because you love it.
And also as with any relationship, your love for your home progresses as time goes on. But there's always that honeymoon stage, the time when you're totally infatuated. We asked what one thing made you fall in love with your home — the thing that tipped you over the edge and made you decide it was the place for you.
Here is a list of items that make my clients swoon, over and over again.
Sometimes functional items are designed so beautifully that they blur the line between architecture and art. The fireplace surrounds in this collection are sculptural, stunningly beautiful and, arguably, works of art.
There are many reasons for using transoms. Here's the rundown on this fun-to-say architectural term. Transoms gained popularity after being used in spaces where an intricate shape or style door met another transverse architectural element. Pretty and purposeful, transoms are often used as ornamentation. They can also be functional; adding more sunlight to a room and (with the right hardware) they can swivel forward or backward for good air flow from the outdoors.
A Kitchen you’re proud to show off to friends and family
What makes the perfect kitchen? The answer is as varied as cooks are. Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the one that inspires you most can often surprise you. From ultra-modern minimalist design to rustic woodwork and everything in between… your only limits are in your imagination and your wallet!
Historical charm relevant to the home but renovated with greener products
Although interior and exterior appeal is essential, history is what earned some homes a spot in people’s hearts. Bainbridge Island is full of beautiful vintage homes that are purchased and renovated yearly. In keeping with adaptive reuse of landmark buildings, subtle renovations can preserve the remarkable craftsmanship and details of bygone eras – while using newer, green products that enhance the style of the home while providing the amenities that modern living requires.
Indoor/outdoor living space
Some homeowners are all about being able to maximize long summer days with an indoor/outdoor living space that can also be used on slightly less warmer Spring and Fall Days. An outdoor living room complete with a covered area and amenities like a fireplace and cooking area expands your home into new world of dining and living al fresco.
High Ceilings/unique ceilings
Space and high ceilings make all the difference for some people. The open airy feeling lends to a feeling of sophistication while also making even a smaller home feel much larger. Add a unique ceiling with box beams, exposed rafters or timber framing and suddenly your ceiling has become a large part of your home’s architectural style.
Amazing View – Water or Territorial
Many people fall in love with the beautiful surroundings and views before actually falling in love with their homes. Whether it is large territorial view, a wooded sanctuary or open water view – a view that speaks to your heart can make any house a home.
Examples of artful staircases can be found as far back as 1500 BC in ancient palaces in China – but open interior staircases on an ambitious spatial scale cannot really be found before Michelangelo’s at the Laurentian Library, Florence Italy (1524–71). For many people, a grand staircase can turn a functional part of a home into a focal piece of art that makes them fall in love with a home immediately.
Interior details like round doorways, wood work, bookshelves and other charming details
Wood is becoming more and more expensive, and the level of craftsmanship in older homes is much higher than what you typically find in a new construction. This may include floors, trim, molding, fireplace mantels, bookcases, china cabinets, staircases and more. Embellishments on cabinetry can make a lovely room feel even more special. Leather, metal and even glass can be used to step a look up a notch.
Custom or Elaborate Doors
And finally… If a home is a place of meaning, doorways are the most meaningful parts. An opening connects one space with another, while a door sets the stage for the human interaction. Opening a door and crossing the threshold moves us from one realm to the next — from outside to inside, from public to private, from bedroom to bathroom, from big space to small space, from cold to warm.
Autumn festivities are always a wonderful way to get ready for colder weather and give children so much joy following the end of summer vacation. There are a host of activities on Bainbridge this month for the entire family to enjoy.
Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th, from 6pm to 8pm, Bainbridge Gardens is sponsoring their 22nd Annual Pumpkin Walk.
The Pumpkin Walk is a fun, festive, family-oriented event hosted by Bainbridge Gardens for two nights every October. The proceeds of this popular, non-scary event benefit the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club. Hundreds of people of all ages come to walk along Bainbridge Gardens’ historic Nature Trail, glowing with a grand display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins. For many families, the Pumpkin Walk has become a Halloween tradition. Kids enjoy winding through our Harvest Hay Maze and jumping in the inflatable Bounce House. You can have your picture taken with the “Great Pumpkin”! The Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club provides face painting and carnival games with prizes.
My grand-daughter Annabella has entered her own carved pumpkin for this year’s event and she is delighted to be able to wear her Halloween costume to the event, as well.
Monday, October 19th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, KidiMu is sponsoring Messy Monday – a messy experimentation and sensory exploration featuring mini pumpkin painting… Children will practice sensory and motor skills, and use imagination as they create their masterpiece with paint and dish brushes.
IslandWood is hosting their 11th Annual Howl-O-Ween on Sunday, October 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Bring your own pumpkin or purchase one theirs. Other activities include a Pumpkin Walk through the woods, a Pumpkin Meadow for the little tykes, dancing, fortune tellers and more!
The Historic Lynwood Center Theater will be screening Beetlejuice on October 28th for only $5 a ticket!
Last but not least, on October 31st, downtown Bainbridge Island merchants will close Winslow Way at 3:30 p.m. and sponsor a safe trick-or-treating evening with spooky family fun.
Come in costume, listen for spooky tunes from the Eagle Harbor Church bell tower, drink free hot cider and place your vote for the best merchant costume at the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association booth on Winslow Way.
Town and Country Market first opened in 1957 on Bainbridge Island and has been an important part of the community ever since. Through the years, there have been patches of additions and upgrades made to the store but other than that, it has largely remained the same.
If you haven’t visited Bainbridge Island in a while – you might not even recognize the store except that the sign and reader board (although new) looks exactly the same.
In addition to making the store all one level and adding exciting and fun new options like wood-fired flatbreads made to order, a sushi bar and an entirely new Deli experience – they have also made major improvements to the infrastructure and energy systems including low-flow water systems and rooftop solar panels. There are two electric car charging stations and a final addition to add 36 bicycle parking spots created.
The Grand Re-Opening Open House will be this Thursday, September 17th from 6 – 8 pm. There will be samples to try of lots of new products from the store and generally just having a good time. See you there!
Winslow was vibrant and busy this Saturday for Small Business Saturday, with everyone excited about the tree lighting ceremony and getting started on their holiday shopping.
Local shops were busy getting decorated and preparing for large crowds of shoppers to start the Buy Local Season of Giving.
Petit and Olson are open in their new location. The new space is large and the inventory is varied and really fantastic.
For the younger set, Calico Cat has also expanded their store and there are so many cute things to look at, you’ll feel like a kid all over again!
Staying beautiful and finding great gifts alike is easy at Firefly Salon. No one wants frizzy hair or roots with so many fun events going on this season!
Bainbridge Tech Solutions partnered up with another local tech company, SMB Nation and offered free tech advice all day, along with free gourmet popcorn and Storyville Coffee.
And speaking of coffee, Bainbridge Bakers was open with their newly expanded space offering a warm space, good coffee and free wifi.
Other Bainbridge Island Holiday Festivities this month include:
December 5th, 1st Friday ArtWalk on Winslow Way
December 5th and 6th, Amabile Choir Holiday Concerts at Saint Barnabus Episcopal Church
December 5th and 6th, The Bethlehem Experience at the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Valley Road (across from Bay Hay & Feed
December 9th, Wearable Art Show at The Island Gallery
December 5th thru December 21st, SPAMALOT! At Bainbridge Performing Arts
December 13th, Heydey Farm Holiday Baking Class
December 13th thru January 5th, Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve
December 19th, Heydey Farms Guided Farm Tour
December 31st, New Years Eve Dance Party at the Treehouse Café