October 2014

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for October

By Amanda Pilley  |  If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

October 1st – January 30th | Haines

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Gathering  |  www.haines.ak.us Continue reading

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Tile Tips & Trends

tile_leather tile wall tile_ogeetile2By Randi Wilson | Tile has always been a popular material for walls and flooring because it is durable, easy to clean and moisture resistant, but it’s also versatile, beautiful and offers infinite design possibilities.  As with any material, there are pluses and minuses to installing tile. When used on floors, tile can feel cold and become slippery underfoot.  The thought of scrubbing grout can also be a deterrent. These issues can be easily resolved by using tiles with a textured surface and sealing grout for ease of cleaning.  Radiant heat can be installed beneath floor tile to keep feet warm in the winter. Continue reading

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Contractor Camp

SEABIA Work Party 022 SEABIA Work Party 026-1 By: Greg Stopher  |  What happens when you ship a bunch of contractors/builders, a developer (who also builds) a realtor, an executive officer, an office manager, and a biologist off to camp? Sounds like a reality television show worth watching to me. Although there was a grand entrance and exit (there were actually many), there was no drama! There were no television cameras, only a good time in which all these great people came together to fix and repair cabins at the Boy Scout Camp. Continue reading

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The Family “norm”…

491963813By: Dr. Summer Beattie  |  I love it when I get feedback on an article I’ve written – good and bad… Just something to let me know you all are actually reading what I’m typing. So to say “thank you” to one of our readers, this month I’m going to share a story that was told to me by someone who enjoyed the article from the July issue, “Home – Where Your Story Begins…”  She said she loved it because it made her think about how differently each home functions, each story happening within its walls shaping our own version of normal.  She told me how this article brought up a childhood memory for her that I can in turn share with you. Continue reading

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Letter from the Publisher: Cabin Life

PG6A0173 PG6A1065By Anna Hoke  |  I feel like I am reminiscing a little bit about my summer experiences but who doesn’t when autumn hits us with buckets of water. In August I got the opportunity to visit a cabin on Admiralty with my Dad, my Aunt Sue and family friend Scott. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on cabin life and this “home away from home” occurrence that many Alaskans experience. While some may not consider a visit to a cabin a vacation, many people do. It’s a place to escape, often there is no Internet or phone access and technology is essentially shut off. You are lucky to have running water and (gasp) electricity. To me, cabin life is adventurous; the new environment is both peaceful and exciting. Living in a more “rural” environment makes me appreciate the normalcies of life and offers diverse experiences depending on where the cabin is. I’ve experienced a couple different types of cabin life, which are equally fun but equally very different. Continue reading

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September 2014 Magazine

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Letter from the Publisher: Tips for the Klondike

By: Anna Hoke, Publisher  |  So I finished a column for this edition titled “Home away from Home” which was about cabin life and my experiences with different types of cabins, what they offer or don’t and my general love and knowledge of cabin life… Fast forward a few days, I found myself in a conversation giving tips, encouragement and suggestions to a first-time runner of the Klondike Road Relay Race. This led me to think that it might be an appropriate column for September, seeing as though the race takes place this month on September 5th and 6th. With that said, stay tuned for my piece on cabin life in the October edition of Southeast Living Magazine. First, I will start off by saying that I am in no way a fast or talented long distance runner. Continue reading

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Make a Statement with Wallcoverings

By Randi Wilson  |  Today there are many ways to add visual interest to a wall.  A coat of paint is just the beginning.  Wallcoverings in various patterns and textures add graphic appeal and dimension to standard plaster and sheetrock walls. Wallcoverings encompass many different mediums, but wallpaper is probably the most popular.  Wallpaper fell out of favor for a long time due to dated styles (grandma’s cabbage patch roses come to mind) and messy, hard-to-remove glue.  However, advances in paper and adhesive technology, coupled with new fun and elegant patterns, have once again made wallpaper popular with designers and homeowners looking to impart a wow factor in a room.  While subtle, neutral wallpaper may be used to cover an entire room, colorful or bold treatments are best utilized in small, targeted areas for maximum visual impact.   They should be reserved for rooms that are used for short periods of time, such as an entry foyer or guest bathroom.  Otherwise, people may tire of the strong impact created by the walls.  Wow factor can be created in larger rooms by papering one wall to create a focal point.  To complete the look, surrounding walls should be painted in a complimentary, or contrasting, color.  Wallpaper may also be applied to non-conventional surfaces.  Apply bold, small-scale wallpaper to staircase risers for a fun unexpected pop of color.  If you’re living in a rental property or just not ready to commit to a pattern, then temporary removable wallpaper is a great option.  New technologies have made temporary wallpaper easy to hang and remove without damaging walls. Continue reading

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Peaceful Parenting

parentingBy: Dr. Summer Beattie  |  By the time this publishes, school will be back in session.  As our family embarks on another educational milestone – our oldest daughter is starting Kindergarten!  I’m thinking more and more beyond just the Three R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic and instead toward the impacts her time at school will have on her as a whole person.  Will her education guide her to be a kind and empathetic individual who is responsible and self-disciplined? Will she have freedom to be creative or locked into a rigid industrial paradigm that perhaps turns out good grades but doesn’t poise her to face our ever changing world?   Continue reading

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