March 2015 Magazine | Home Show Edition

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February 2015 Magazine

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Were You born In a barn?

By Greg Stopher, Stopher Construction   |  In the past I’ve discussed the importance of air sealing. In this case I’m going to discuss a specific example of air sealing your home. A properly air sealed home will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes to an energy rating audit reward. I’ll get to the specific area for an example of air sealing later in the article but first let us refresh our memory on the definition and benefits of air sealing. Continue reading

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Marsala: Color of the Year 2015

By: Randi Wilson  |  Each December designers eagerly wait for Pantone to reveal their choice for color of the year.  What is Pantone you ask?  Pantone is a global leader in color and science technology and provides professional color standards for the design trades.  For 15 years, Pantone’s color of the year has influenced product design, development, and packaging across a wide range of industries. The color is already making its way into clothing collections, cosmetics, accessories and home furnishings.  Continue reading

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The Cold and Flu

By Dr. Summer Beattie  |  So I didn’t get a chance to read the book I mentioned last month, by author David McRaney, called You Are Now Less Dumb. So while I can’t formally review it for you, I am still putting the premise into action, both as a parent and a professional – I’m allowing myself to see things differently than I had believed them to be, and all of a sudden I have had to act differently, big changes and small! However, I also had the experience of watching an example play out that made me appreciate that sometimes critical review of both our beliefs and the supposed evidence will leave our perceptions and assumptions intact and validated. Continue reading

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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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