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Victorian’s secrets

Chris Bewick was tearing apart a ceiling in a second-story room of his South Hill Victorian when he heard an unexpected sound. “Crunching glass,” he says. It was February and …


Process of illumination

Patience, order and beauty are all qualities that illuminate the lives of John Briggs and Lori Kinnear – literally, in the form of exquisite Tiffany-style stained glass lamps that Briggs …


Couple find niche in candle business

The scent is heavenly in the Greenacres home of Vance and Debbie Barowsky. The aroma emanates from a few cozy candles placed throughout the house, and it wafts in fragrant …


Sports keepsake to hit Roadshow

It’s a sure thing that whole a lot of treasures will be taken to the Spokane Convention Center this Saturday to be evaluated by appraisers for the Antiques Roadshow. Family …


Condo project gets doctors’ care

A pair of Spokane doctors seems an unlikely development team for an edgy, industrial condo project under way in the city’s up-and-coming U-District. “We’re physicians — we haven’t ever even …


Lavender fields forever

Vivian Nielsen runs Garden Gate Lavender Farm with more than 2,500 plants. Not bad for a woman who could never keep her houseplants alive. “A lot of people think lavender …


Project spruces up downtown

Spokane’s urban business owners and residents can expect their environment to take on a more cohesive look next year when the Downtown Spokane Partnership implements a street enhancement strategy that …


The Owens family

Pursuing his dreams took Sean Owens far away from Spokane. Living his dreams brought him back. “The entire focus of my life was to become a pilot in the military,” …


Backyard refuge

Glancing through Don and Patricia Schelling’s picture window to the backyard beyond gives the impression that the couple lives in a nature preserve: Tall pines and large boulders dot the …


Bad year for plant mildew

It’s like a ghost creeping into the garden. Your roses, lupines, phlox and a dozen other plants begin to take on a white, dusty haze ruining the look of otherwise …


Better soil, watering can green up lawn

I’ve been meaning to e-mail you, and this morning in reading your article regarding grass maintenance, I decided to sit down immediately to ask you this question. We live in …


Iris keeps memory of boy alive

Jordan’s Joy is a pale blue, tall bearded iris with a hint of silver and a streak of deep-blue running through its ruffled petals. Named in memory for Jordan Mason, …


Businesswoman enjoys city living with rural accents

The main living area of Julie Koesel’s Spokane loft is stylishly spare, dominated by a black leather sectional opposite an impossibly long shelf lined with color photos of European street …


Centenarian teddy going to Roadshow

Growing up, Becky Kramarz remembers a lovely old stuffed bear on display in her aunt’s home. The bear, an original Steiff teddy bear, had been made in 1903 and was …


Recyled lighting adds brightness to life

After the sun goes down, Gene Domanico, age 84, enjoys sitting on his deck to watch the light play across the paths and flowers of his small yard. Domanico has …


Moisture sensors aren’t foolproof

Several of you wrote to ask where you could get the rain/humidity sensor I mentioned in my column a couple of weeks ago. Most good sprinkler supply houses should have …


Bob Adolfson came back

Good timing brought Bob Adolfson home to Spokane. Three years ago, the Spokane native and his family came over from Seattle to run Bloomsday. Perusing a community newspaper, he came …


CDA garden tour on Sunday

A drive along Woodstone Avenue, in Hayden’s Forrest Hills neighborhood, reveals a number of stately homes with impressive gardens. Dan and Lezlee Mattison have what is likely the pinkest.


Welcome Home!

There are days when I’d like to make myself at home, anywhere but at home. Do you know the feeling? It’s when the place that is supposed to help us …


It’s difficult to turn down a good read

My books, some of which have been with me since childhood, are as beloved to me as a few of the people I know and care about. And I turn …


Welcome Home!

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 …


Spring rain awakens the senses

It rained last night. There is nothing more nourishing to the garden than a good spring rain. And there is nothing more satisfying to the gardener than to see life …


Dogwoods get their day in the sun

The dogwood trees around this area outdid themselves this year. There were huge pink and white clouds everywhere! The most popular dogwoods found in local gardens are the Florida dogwoods …


Enjoying the high life

Moving from an apartment on the South Hill to a three-level home in West Hills last autumn was a big step for Keith and Kerri Mires. Especially to a home …


My cycle leaves no time for laundry

When I was very young, I remember how much my mother disliked Mondays. Whether by Presidential decree, habit or tradition, Monday was laundry day in Spokane. If you doubted that, …


Lilac memories

In May 1938 Faith Smith was strolling downtown when by chance she happened upon Spokane’s first Lilac Parade at the corner of Lincoln and Main. Or rather, it happened upon …


Lilacs bring bother-free beauty

It’s lilac season in the Lilac City and the air will soon be fragrant with their heady scent. Lilacs are perfect for our Inland Northwest gardens. They love our weather, …


Treat mom to Garden Expo

Still trying to find a special gift for a mother in your life? If she is a gardener, relax, you don’t have to worry. Just take her to the annual …


A mother’s memories are rarely outgrown

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that I once lived in a space inhabited by little ones. Gone are the rattles and blankies and alphabet blocks.


Lilac makes nice memorial gift

A group of us want to purchase a plant for friends living in Liberty Lake as a family memorial. We would like it to be pretty, maybe attract butterflies or …