January 2015 Edition

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Using Technology to Plan Your Home Projects

stopher stopher2Greg Stopher  |  When I meet with a client, they often state that they’re not sure what they want for finishes, styles or colors. Some clients downplay their ability to know their style, but I say your style is your own and only you know what you like. Cabinet, tile and countertop samples are often too small for people to see what they want in a space when making decisions for a kitchen or bath, for example. Tile selections are often stuck to a board, countertop samples are just a few square inches and cabinet samples, while often larger are still difficult to envision in a completed space. As a contractor, we want you to be happy with the space we create for you and we want you to get what you expect. Continue reading

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Letter from the Publisher: Happy New Year!

By Anna Hoke: Welcome to 2015 and Happy New Year! I say Happy New Year, because it is thrilling that we are in a new year, full of possibilities. Unfortunately I find myself a little gloomy during this theoretically exciting time. The excitements of the holidays are over yet winter and darkness is still here as we grimace at our credit card bills and bank accounts. The house is likely a disaster zone with wrapping paper and presents scattered about. The leftovers are overflowing the fridge and making their way to the back deck for “refrigeration.” Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for January

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

January 1st | Haines | Polar Bear Swim, www.haines.ak.us

January 1st | Wrangell | 15th Annual Polar Bear Swim, www.wrangell.com Continue reading

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Tips for Decluttering and Organizing Your Home

By Randi Wilson, C.I.D.  |  Interior Decorator: One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is home de-cluttering and organization. An organized home reduces stress, saves time and frees up valuable space.The key to success is to focus on one room at a time.  Begin the de-cluttering process by sorting items into four piles or categories: Continue reading

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December 2014 Magazine

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Holiday Dips

dipBy Amber King  |  We’ve gone Dippy this December! I grew up in Petersburg, Alaska where the 24th of December marks a very festive time in town. All the businesses close down for business and open up to the whole community with a traditional Julebukking, as a way to thank the community for patronage over the year. Some elements of today’s Santa Claus come from these traditions in the cold dark north such as going door to door with gifts, caroling and receiving food or money for a happy holiday and the essence of being naughty or nice. Today the Julebukk is a straw goat that can be placed under a Christmas tree as a surprise. Once found the recipient must do the same for the next family and so it travels from house to house. Continue reading

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Bring Nature Home for the Holidays

By Randi Wilson, C.I.D., Interior Decorator  |  One of the benefits of living in Juneau is that we are surrounded by an abundance of nature.  Many of the items found right in our own backyards or along hiking trails can be used to make beautiful and affordable holiday decorations. With winter in full swing, deciduous tree branches are barren and plentiful.  A can of spray paint and jar of glitter or tiny crystals can transform an armful of twigs into a magical display.  Arrange the twigs in a cylindrical vase and adorn them with ornaments or clear twinkling lights, if you choose.  Twig arrangements also offer a unique way to display your holiday cards.  Punch holes in the top of the cards and tie them to the twigs with lengths of beautiful ribbon.  You can also spray paint clothes pins and use them to clamp cards onto the twigs.  Continue reading

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Juneau Adult Hockey Association in midseason

Photos and Editorial By Steve Quinn  |  The Juneau Adult Hockey Association is in midseason form at Treadwell Ice Arena. At least five days a week players at all levels arrive at the arena for evening games. Each fall and winter season, the league crowns new champions. JAHA sponsors several co-ed tiers as well a woman’s tier.  Its mission is to make hockey accessible and affordable to all adults of all skill levels.“Hockey is a perfect wintertime sport here in Juneau. It’s not weather dependent and it gives us all a great reason to leave home and get some exercise when it’s dark and rainy out.” Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for December

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

December 5th | Wrangell

Festival of Lights, www.wrangellalaska.org

December 5th | Skagway

Holiday Tree Lighting, www.skagway.com

December 5th | Ketchikan Continue reading

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