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!
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!
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.
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 Facebook.com/WindermereRealEstate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.