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!

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!

Luxury Camping: Glamping in the Pacific Northwest

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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Seattle Farmers Markets Guide

Farmers markets have traditionally been a gathering of the tribe as much as a collection of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.  In recent years the culture and excitement behind farmers markets has expanded to become kind of a low-key celebration of urban community and country food. It’s a place to eat, drink, enjoy music and network with neighbors. So grab your tote bags and head out to one or more of Seattle’s fantastic markets!


OPEN: Sundays, year round
10am – 3pm
22nd Avenue NW and NW Market Street


OPEN: Sundays, year round
11am – 3pm
Broadway Ave E and E Pine St


OPEN: Wednesdays, May 4th to October 12th
3pm – 7pm
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S., in South Seattle, 98118


OPEN: Thursdays, June 9th to Sept 29th
3pm – 7pm
NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way, 98125


OPEN: Fridays, Mid-May through the end of September
3pm – 7pm
in the parking lot of the Madrona Grocery Outlet, at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and E. Union Street


OPEN: Saturdays, June 4th to Oct 8th
HOURS: 10am – 2pm
LOCATION: 33rd Ave W & W McGraw St in the Magnolia Village


OPEN: Sundays, June 5th through Nov 20th
HOURS: 10am to 3pm
LOCATION: 1/2 mile south of I-90 on SE 32nd St at Mercerdale Park (between 77th and 78th Ave SE)


OPEN: Fridays, June 3rd to Sept 30th
HOURS: 3:30pm – 7:30pm
N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Cntr, 98103


OPEN: Saturdays, year round
HOURS: 2pm to 6 pm
LOCATION: University Way NE (the “Ave”) between 50th & 52nd, 98105


OPEN: Thursdays, June 2nd through Oct 13th
3pm – 7:30pm
West Crockett Street at Queen Anne Avenue North (between Bartell’s and Menchies)


OPEN: Wednesdays, from late May through late September
3:30pm – 7pm
located in Meridian Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue N and N 50th Street


OPEN: Sundays, year round
10am – 2pm
California Ave SW & SW Alaska, in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, 98116

Giving Back: Summer Camp Grants

If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult. Unfortunately going to summer camps can be expensive – especially for families that are struggling to make ends meet.

The Windermere offices of Sand Point, Wedgwood and Northgate together with The Windermere Foundation were able to send many children to summer camps through grants totaling $15,000.

Pacific Marine Research received a $2,500 grant to teach to love and appreciate Puget Sound and how their daily actions can help protect this magnificent, but delicate ecosystem that we all share. This 5 1/2 hour hands-on scientific expedition camp takes place in a aboard their floating classroom – Marine Science Afloat.

Associated Recreation Council received a $5,000 grant. The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities for children ages 3 – 18.

Salmon Bay K-8 School has been approved for a $3,225 grant for their Elementary Camp and Enrichment Program. The mission at Salmon Bay is to provide all students with a physically and emotionally safe space to engage in challenging, integrated and experiential learning that will prepare them to become resourceful and responsible citizens in an ever-changing, diverse world.

Olympic View Community has received a $2,000 grant for 3rd and 4th graders who want to attend Camp Koinonia. Camp Koinonia provides a place of quiet beauty set apart for fellowship and service that is a living example of responsibility for the stewardship of the earth.

Have a Blast in Seattle this Fourth of July

This weekend will mark 240 years since 56 members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence during the early years of the American Revolutionary War.

But why celebrate the Fourth of July with colorful sparks and loud booms? The tradition can be traced back to a letter John Adams wrote his wife Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776 where he referenced celebrating the beginning of America’s independence with “…Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

If you don’t plan to launch your own version of illuminations on July 4, here are three spots in Seattle to catch the fireworks display over Lake Union.



The largest Fourth of July party in Seattle is organized by Seafair and held at Gas Works Park. The views over Lake Union are beautiful any time of year, making the fireworks show particularly remarkable.

There is plenty of fun to be had long before the sun goes down and the show begins. Food vendors range from typical festival foods to a classic salmon bake, two beer gardens, there are games and activities for kids and live music from the main stage.

This location includes FREE General Admission as well as reserved seating sections available for purchase. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE RESERVED SEATING.

Bhy Kracke Park

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If you want to watch the Seattle fireworks for free but don’t want to deal with the crowds and mayhem of Gas Works Park, Bhy Kracke Park in Queen Anne is a fantastic alternative. Bhy Kracke is a park as unique as its name; it overlooks Lake Union, has several spots for unique views of the city along many trails that are cut into the steep hill side and fantastic open areas for kids to cavort.

Fourth of July on the Arthur Foss


Being aboard a boat during the fireworks might seem out of reach to those of us who do not own boats, so imagine how excited we were to discover the Arthur Foss! This is advertised as an “adults only” event – perfect for date night! The $75 ticket price includes two drinks and dessert buffet with all proceeds benefit Northwest Seaport.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Windermere Real Estate Unveils “W Collection” Ultra Luxury Brand

Today, the Puget Sound Business Journal exclusively announced the launch of Windermere’s new ultra-luxury brand, W Collection. Spearheading the W Collection is Leigh Canlis, Vice President, Luxury Division of Windermere, who joined the company in February.

Canlis said,  “W Collection is much more than a luxury marketing program, it is like the American Express Black Card of real estate. “W” is a high-touch concierge service that not only markets luxury listings, but connects Windermere brokers and their clients to every aspect of the luxury industry.”

The new division will focus on homes priced at $2.5 million and above in Seattle and $3 million and above on the Eastside, and the top tier brokers who work in this arena.

Read  Patti Payne’s entire story in the Puget Sound Business Journal.


Support Your Local Food Banks During the Summer

Posted in Windermere Foundation by Marilou Ubungen

Did you know that June is fresh fruits and vegetables month? That’s great if you can afford them. However, they are a luxury for people who struggle to provide even just the basic necessities for their families. Many families rely on their local food banks as a regular supplemental food source. And of those families, 84 percent of households with children report purchasing the cheapest food available, knowing it wasn’t the healthiest option, in order to provide enough food for their family.


And summertime is probably when food banks need your help the most. That’s because children are on break from school and their families have to provide the meals that they normally would get through school meal programs. Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch do not get free meals during the summer because they don’t participate in summer meal programs.

So what can you do to help? Does this mean you should go out and buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables to donate to your local food bank? Or maybe donate some extra produce from your home garden? No. The best way that you can help families in need is to donate money to your local food banks. Food banks have agreements or partnerships with distributors/suppliers so that they are able to stretch your donation dollars to purchase more items, usually in bulk. For example, a one-dollar donation—to a food bank hub like Feeding America—can provide 11 meals to families in need. And 68 percent of the foods distributed are healthy foods that align with the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

At Windermere Real Estate, our offices support local food banks through grants from the Windermere Foundation. Here are just a few of the food banks that we have supported over the past year: Idaho Foodbank, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Marysville Community Food Bank, The People’s Pantry, Republic, and Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services.

If you’d like to help, consider making a donation to the Windermere Foundation or donating directly to your local food bank or food pantry.


To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit