• Property Watch: An Ornate Tacoma Home Near Commencement Bay
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    Property Watch: An Ornate Tacoma Home Near Commencement Bay

    Perched over Tacoma’s Commencement Bay about a mile south of Point Ruston, this ornate brick home is in illustrious company. Its architect Ambrose J. Russell, known for more ornate Italianate, Georgian, and Romanesque styles than we typically see in the Pacific Northwest, also designed the Governor’s Mansion at the State Capitol along with partner Everett Phipps Babcock. The pair designed some of the South Sound’s fanciest landmarks, including the Pantages Theatre and the imposing William Rust House. Russell designed this home, finished in 1929, late in his career when he was in his early 70s. Dr. B.H. Foreman, a gynecologist and a relatively prominent member of the medical…

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  • 10 Products That Help Make Home Improvement Accessible to Just About Everyone
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    10 Products That Help Make Home Improvement Accessible to Just About Everyone

    Photo: istockphoto.com In the past few decades, manufacturers have developed products to help people with impairments live active, varied lives. And the benefits from these innovations aren’t limited to daily household activities! By equipping a home workshop or craft room with tools and equipment that simplify home improvement and maintenance projects, people with disabilities can take full advantage of their talents and creativity. Follow along to discover some of the most helpful disability-friendly tools that make DIY projects more accessible. RELATED: How To: Store Your Tools in Your Workshop (and Keep Them Accessible) 1. Gripping Aid Photo: activehands.com Using some standard tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, or hand saws can…

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  • Target’s 2022 Halloween decorations include a 5-foot pumpkin skeleton for under $40
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    Target’s 2022 Halloween decorations include a 5-foot pumpkin skeleton for under $40

    If you’re looking to get a head start on your Halloween shopping, Target has already opened its beloved Hyde & Eek Boutique online, and we’re not even out of July. The festive decor includes a pumpkin skeleton that’s 5 feet, 4 inches tall for just $40! Target’s Posable Pumpkin Skeleton measures 64 inches and features orange bones and a pumpkin head. The indoor-outdoor figure can be manipulated into various poses for standing, hanging or sitting. We have to imagine it would look great on a porch or patio holding a bucket of candy on Halloween night. Unfortunately, every “body” apparently wants one of these guys, as the pumpkin skeleton is…

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  • MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale is here: 10 best deals on fun kitchen items
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    MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale is here: 10 best deals on fun kitchen items

    Having a minimalistic home is trendy, but that’s really all that it is. A trend isn’t something that sticks around. Why have a home that feels like a hotel room when you can have a home that is uniquely tailored to you? MacKenzie-Childs can help you achieve the home aesthetic you want, especially if you want items that no one has, items that fit your style, and looks like you’ve just entered a fairy-tale fantasy. MacKenzie-Childs is a brand that goes above and beyond on home items and accessories. Check out the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale event that has thousands of goodies for up to 70% off. Looking to spice up…

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  • To get that ‘garden’ look in your home, bring the outdoors in
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    To get that ‘garden’ look in your home, bring the outdoors in

    Comment on this story Comment Designers frequently talk about wanting to “bring the outdoors in” through design. Whether it’s accomplished by adding daylight and greenery to energize a room or choosing floral prints for the walls or upholstery, the goal is to blur the lines between inside and out. But these more obvious decorating choices perhaps miss a critical component: the feeling of being in the garden. Leah O’Connell, a designer in the San Francisco Bay area, recently tried to create this feeling in her cousin’s family home in Richmond. “Everything was done with the light and the garden in mind,” O’Connell says. And although her choices were client-specific, they…

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  • Old House, New Garden: Tips For Successful Design
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    Old House, New Garden: Tips For Successful Design

    The access ramp of a federal brick house in Washington DC uses brick to blend into the historic … [+] character Bell Design “There is no way to recreate the past,” says Robert Bell, whose eponymous landscape architecture firm is based in Washington, DC, Southampton, New York and Palm Beach, Florida. “But you can reinterpret historic gardens if you research what was there, while looking at the practicalities of today.” Just as houses have historic architectural styles, so do gardens reflect the aesthetics, trends and requirements of their time. But these can differ vastly from the aesthetics, trends and requirements of today, Bell points out. “Historically, gardens had to be…

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