StagerPalooza is back to help #TackleHomelessness!


Once a year, the talented people at Staging & Design Network have a two day sale of their staging inventory, to make room for new trends, styles and colors. This is a fantastic opportunity to buy furniture and décor that was hand-picked by an interior designer and then sold at a fraction of the retail price.

This year, they have added a new element to help support the Windermere Foundation in association with the Seattle Seahawks to #tacklehomelessness and support YouthCare. For every item on YouthCare’s Wish List that you bring into the sale, you will win a chance at a fun door prize!

Event Details:

Staging & Design Network Showroom
13621 NE 126th Place, Suite 400
Kirkland WA 98034

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 4pm

See you there!

New Orleans Food and Funk Festival


New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired Creole and Cajun food, live jazz, street performers, and an appreciation for all the temptations of life.

If this sounds appealing but you don’t have time to fly to the Big Easy, we have great news for you. The New Orleans Food and Funk Festival will be happening at WaMu Theater this Friday, September 30, 2016. Much like a visit to the French Quarter, this event will be featuring the best food and music that New Orleans has to offer.

Numerous food vendors will be offering full plates or $5 snack size portions, allowing you to sample everything from fried alligator to Boudin. Music is a huge part of this event and it looks like your dancing shoes will be a very good idea. As they say in NOLA, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

First Day of Autumn


Even though it happens year after year, the arrival of autumn is always a little surprising. Almost as if on a switch, one day late in the summer you feel it – a subtle crispness in the air. And before you know it, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything everywhere. We are suddenly swathed in sweaters, wearing boots, and bombarded by shades of orange, often even before the thermometer warrants it. After slogging through a long hot August, it can feel exciting.

Making the transition to autumn is also a great way to reorganize after a hectic summer and be better prepared going into the winter months. To make the transition a little smoother, we have created a to-do-list of ideas to help.

Start with your bedroom

Gauzy cotton feels decidedly summer, while soft cashmere has a distinctly autumnal vibe. This time of year, feel free to use both luxe textures at once, but incorporate them in colors that are appropriate for the changing seasons: cream for cashmere, gray or stone for linen.

Pay attention to plants

As the season changes, so should your indoor greenery. Switch out those palm fronds or orchids for eucalyptus branches or hydrangeas in deep purple hues.

Winterize your car

Due for an inspection? Been meaning to get those tires changed? It’s tedious, but dealing with maintenance issues now instead of three months from now (when you’re stuck in a freak snowstorm) is definitely a smart move.

Perform a pantry audit

First, remove all the cans and boxes from the shelves and vacuum any lingering dust or crumbs. Then inspect each item before putting it back in its place, tossing anything that is expired or past its prime. If you are overloaded with canned goods, make a bag for the local food bank.

Sync your family calendars

Now that you’re not in the land of weeklong vacations, keeping track of everyone’s schedule can be tricky. Go old-school by using a chalkboard calendar and placing it in a high-traffic area, like your mudroom. Or go high-tech and download the app Cozi. This tool combines everyone’s calendar and even lets you set up a shared grocery list (so you’ll never forget to pick up milk from the store).

Don’t neglect the Fireplace

You may not be ready to think about it yet, but on the first chilly night you’ll be glad you did. Hire a professional to inspect the fireplace and chimney to make sure it’s clear and ready for use.

Luminata Lanter Parade – A Festival of Dark and Light


The Luminata Lantern Parade in Fremont is happening tomorrow, September 21, 2016. Luminata is a procession of light, celebrating the arrival of the autumnal equinox and heralding the plunge into darkness that is winter.

The autumnal equinox happens the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line in the sky that corresponds to Earth’s equator. Every year this occurs on September 22, 23, or 24. From here on, the days get shorter until the winter solstice in December, when the light will begin its slow climb back to long summer days.

More than just a parade, Luminata is also a celebration of art. Participants prepare and create their lanterns for weeks in advance and the results are stunning. By attending this parade, you are already a participant – even if you have no lantern! Revelers bring drums, musical instruments, wear lighted costumes and umbrellas.

The parade starts at dusk (around 7pm) at the Boat House on the south shore of Green Lake Park. Don’t forget some comfortable walking shoes!

Will wag tail for wine


When was the last time you took your dog on a date? A nice walk, good wine and appetizers…  Ok, the wine and the appetizers are really for you but the dog doesn’t know that. He just knows that we are walking and having fun and sniffing the butts of a lot of other dogs!

This Saturday, September 17 2016, is the Homeward Pet’s 4th Annual Happy Tails Wine Walk. A dog walk like no other, this event takes place in the Woodinville Hollywood Wine District and the proceeds benefit the Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Bothell, Washington.

A Dog Zone area will sponsor agility demos, “pupcake” eating contests and more than 18 vendors of animal-centric businesses offering treats, services and everything you didn’t know you need to buy your dog. Wine tasting rooms and restaurants will open their doors as dog friendly businesses and wine runners will collect your purchases for you to take home at the end of the event and finally don’t miss the Wag Booth for a very special portrait of you and your canine bestie.

It’s sure to be a doggone tail waggin’ good time!

Windermere Foundation announces their first donation for #tacklehomelessness


As the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks we are excited to announce the Windermere Foundation will be donating $3,100 to YouthCare from last Sunday’s game as a part of our shared goal to #tacklehomelessness. For each home game tackle by the Seahawks during the 2016 season, Windermere will donate $100 to help provide essential services and support to homeless youth.

YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

Support from the Windermere Foundation and the #tacklehomelessness campaign will help people like Dana. She’s 20 years old and has been living on the streets since she was 14 or 15. Dana was wary of accessing YouthCare’s services due to family and personal trauma and the failure of various systems to support her in her past. Once she learned that she was able to enroll in case management, she agreed to work with YouthCare’s Street Outreach Case Manager, Sam. Working with Sam’s coaching and support, Dana has completed the necessary steps to get on the waitlist for housing. Dana now has a vision of herself beyond the streets, and she has Sam and YouthCare’s Outreach Team to walk that road beside her and offer the support she needs along the way.

Our partnership with the Seahawks and YouthCare fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessness campaign, we hope to be able to do even more.

You can follow our progress throughout the Seahawks season on our Facebook page at

The Dish: Bizzarro Italian Cafe


A Seattle favorite since it opened in 1986, Bizzarro Italian Café is a buzzing and decidedly dressed-down trattoria with 5-star food. In this charming side street restaurant, tiny tables of couples and friends linger in mismatched vintage chairs with eclectic paintings on the deep crimson walls. Shabby chic chandeliers and furniture hanging from the ceiling, fresh flowers and huge garage doors that open to patio dining, contribute to the hip-yet-cozy interior that exudes casual warmth.

The menu is diverse without being huge and the house wine goes down easy like Sunday morning. If you are a seafood lover, do yourself a favor and get the clam linguini. It is so good you’ll want to lick the bowl!

What’s going on in Seattle this weekend?

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Don’t Labor over what to do this holiday weekend – we have you covered!

Its Labor Day weekend in Seattle and all the traditional annual favorites are back: Bumbershoot, the Evergreen State Fair and the Washington State Fair (formerly known as The Puyallup). Of course these events return each year because they are fun and tremendously popular, but what if you are looking for something a little closer to town with lighter crowds and more mental stimulation?

We’ve come up with a short but sweet list of alternatives for you.

  1. The Fremont Tour

The Fremont Tour is an entertaining walking tour that promotes public art. The program is a mix of public sculpture and improvisational street theater. The entire walking tour takes 90 minutes and is a half-mile long.

  1. The Art of The Brick

The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick.

  1. Pirate Ships!

The tall ship that starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl will call on Kirkland this weekend, along with its companion vessel Lady Washington, which appeared in the 2003 Disney movie with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow, at Carillon Point Marina in Kirkland.

  1. Toys of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

Toys of the ’50, ’60s and ’70s is a dynamic traveling exhibit developed by the Minnesota History Center, making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI. Not only does this exhibit exude FUN with its themed rooms filled with games and toy treasures, it also encourages visitors to play and let their imaginations run wild.

  1. Japan Fair

Japan Fair is an arts and culture fair designed to celebrate and share the immensely rich culture of Japan. Exhibits include art, a market place and performances of traditional dance and film. Admission is free with plenty of free parking in the area.

Luxury Camping: Glamping in the Pacific Northwest

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An escape to the great outdoors brings you closer to life’s simple pleasures: disconnect from the data stream, reconnect with the outdoors. Be warmed by the camaraderie around the campfire, gaze at the brilliance of stars and wake to the aromas of a fireside breakfast. With summer almost over you might be thinking that camping season is over as well, but with the new trend towards “glamping”, the outdoor season can be extended well into fall.

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Glamping tents at Moran State Park –

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, pod, igloo, hut, villa, cabin, cube, tee-pee or tree house, glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.

Some venues have interesting activities like being part of a working ranch or playing with llamas. Others are all about being pampered and left to enjoy the serenity. We’ve come up with a short list of glamping suggestions in Washington plus a few in in Oregon that are just too fabulous not to include.


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Rolling Huts in Methow Valley


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Smith Tower: Seattle’s Original Skyscraper

After nearly two years of renovations the newly branded Smith Tower Observatory has reopened and now the view comes with cocktails.

Then and now: Smith Tower 1929 and 2016

On August 25 a new “speak-easy” will open at the top of the Smith Tower. Formerly known as the Chinese Room, the 35th floor observation deck has been renamed “the Smith Tower Observatory,” and within it is the Smith Tower Temperance cafe and bar.

The new 35th-floor bar is inspired by the Prohibition era as a nod to the origins of the building, which opened 102 years ago in Pioneer Square as Seattle’s first skyscraper and the fourth tallest building in the world. Light bites inspired by the Roaring Twenties and the tower’s Asian influence include banh mi sandwiches, Chinese dumplings, a raw oyster bar, and craft cocktails.

To get to the observation deck and bar, you have two options: Pay for a 40-minute, self-guided “Legends of Smith Tower” tour or simply pay for a “Straight Up” ticket for an elevator ride to the 35th floor.

It’s lovely to see such a grand Seattle landmark be restored and reinvented as a fun destination stop but make sure you get there early – the observatory and bar closes each day at 6pm.