July 2014

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An Outdoor Oasis on Lake Washington

A Seward Park courtyard conjures up the Mediterranean

If it were on a postcard, you might mistake this new Seward Park house for an old Italian estate overlooking warm Mediterranean waters. And that’s just what Seattle architect Tim Hossner and his clients had in mind when creating this house on the southern reaches of Lake Washington. The idea, Hossner says, was to create…

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Creating a Backyard Sanctuary in the Suburbs

A conventional Kirkland backyard becomes a natural wonderland

Landscape designer Paul Broadhurst approaches the outdoors with the poetic eye of an artist and the exacting zeal of a botanist. One of the British native’s most ambitious undertakings to date has been transforming a conventional lawn-dominated suburban property along the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland into a naturalistic, native-plant-dominated haven. He was given…

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Fremont’s Bourbon & Bones Serves Up Really Good Barbecue

The only way Bourbon & Bones (Fremont, 4350 Leary Way NW; 206.582.2241; Facebook, “Bourbon and Bones”) could feel more like a roadhouse is if there was a gang of motorcycles lined up outside. But don’t let that intimidate you. This smoked-meat shop, in the former home of Anita’s Crepes, is a virtual barbecue welcome mat….

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Simple, Functional Leather Bags, Wallets and More

Leather working began as a hobby for University District–based Nicholas Kramer, founder and craftsman of Hank Goods (hankgoods.com), a line of exquisite leather wallets, purses and bags. Inspired by the design philosophy that an item is “beautiful by nature of its functionality and simplicity,” Kramer believes in taking his time to perfect his products—averaging about…

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Decorate Your Home with Chic Seashells

A local designer creates a seashell-themed sanctuary

Way down a winding road that hugs the southern shore of Magnolia sits an unassuming beach house that opens to reveal an artfully displayed shell collection—not to mention a spectacular Puget Sound view. Owned by graphic designer Alicia Nammacher (former longtime Seattle Bride art director) and her husband, Jeff, the small home is washed in…

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For Sale! Homes on Golf Courses

Golf isn’t the only reason to take a swing at living on the links

For golfers, a short walk to the first tee is motivation enough to live on or near a golf course. But even those who don’t know the difference between a wedge and a driver happily pay a premium for the park-like view (without the crowds, noise and parking issues associated with the real thing), acres…

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In-Progress Art on Full Display in South Lake Union

The new MadArt space brings art in progress to the South Lake Union streetscape

A 100-foot-tall tree is taking root in South Lake Union. Like so many things in the recently reborn neighborhood, it’s a transplant—a piece called “Middlefork” by Seattle sculptor John Grade, who, after casting a live tree in the woods near North Bend (climbing up, applying protective foil, then plaster) is creating a new take on…

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This Caffeinated Beverage is Infused with Cannabis

A local company combines two of Seattle’s favorite things in one beverage

Here’s a quandary designed specifically for Seattleites: where to find a caffeinated beverage that will keep you alert while simultaneously making you feel mellow. Enter legal, a new cannabis-infused cold-brew coffee drink made in Longview, which combines the energizing effects of caffeine with the chill factor of cannabis. It’s the brainchild of Adam Stites, who…

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Get Your Hush Puppies and Hooch at Bar Sue

Bar Sue brings a Southern amiability to Capitol Hill

Directly across from Skillet in the tucked-away stretch of 14th Avenue between Union and Madison on Capitol Hill, Bar Sue (1407 14th Ave.; 206.328.0888; barsueseattle.com) has a Southern accent that drawls through the comfortably creative food and drink. It’s a sweet spot to stop after shopping Broadway or when you want to while away the…

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Happy Birthday, Smith Tower!

The Smith Tower celebrates a century on the city skyline with 25-cent admission

When the Space Needle pierced the Seattle skyline in 1962, it became (at 605 feet) the tallest building on the West Coast—wresting that title from the Smith Tower, which had held the lofty designation (at 489 feet) since opening on July 4, 1914. Until that wasp-waisted whippersnapper showed up, it was the Smith Tower that…

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See Vividly Colored Volcanoes at Linda Hodges Gallery

A Seattle artist pays homage to the looming power of volcanoes

Seattle artist and Lake Stevens native Ryan Molenkamp was only 3 years old when Mount St. Helens erupted, but he remembers visiting the aftermath, seeing the mud lines on the trees and finding pumice on every exposed surface. As a kid, his favorite book was one featuring time-lapse photos of the eruption, the “lasting visual…

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Add These Three Local Bands to Your Summer 2014 Playlist Now

Three of Seattle’s best indie bands have new records for your summer playlist pleasure

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…