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We all want a peek inside. We want to see what color our neighbors painted the kitchen or just a closer look at the lamp that looks so pretty in the living room of that house down the street.

Some of us routinely stop by real estate open houses less interested in buying the house than a chance to see what’s been hidden behind the front door. Others of us stumble on the sidewalk when we walk the dogs because we’re too busy looking in windows.

And then there’s the home tour.

It’s always fun to take a tour through houses that have been polished and prettied up and put on display. I come away inspired and motivated to do a little primping of my own.

Recently, I was at a party at the new home of a new friend. It’s a beautiful house. She’s a good cook so she built a dream kitchen to work in. As I admired the room and complimented her on the décor she smiled and leaned closer to me.

“The only place that’s off limits is my son’s room,” she said. “You don’t want to go in there.”

Enough said.

She was talking to a woman who once threatened to pull up the carpet take out the furniture and put wood shavings down on my son’s floor. I suggested he could save us both a lot of work if he just burrowed into the shavings to sleep and we shoveled out the whole place once a week.

Thank goodness, he eventually cleaned up his act. And his room. But when I have a party his is the first door I close.

Nobody gets a peek.

This week in Home

One of the harbingers of summer is the annual Shabby Chic Home Tour in Coeur d’Alene. As our cover feature, we’ve got a sneak peek at one of the Garden District homes on the tour.

And this week’s Urban Style feature is about a man who is determined to make a home that fits all his needs.

We’ve got the goods on good gardens and the buzz on a beekeeper in Cheney. And there are a few surprises thrown into the mix.

I think this week’s Home is another well-decorated issue that’s too pretty to pass by without a closer look.

So, come on in take a look around and meet the neighbors.

Enjoy.



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