Wild Musings from a Modern Air Head

History, community, and art converge at Pleasant Beach

History, community, and art converge at Pleasant Beach

Storied history, vibrant community and art converge at Pleasant Beach Village in Lynwood Center. Situated at the south end of Bainbridge Island steps away from the waterfront, the laid-back vibe and gentle pace of this unexpected Tudor-style village mirrors its slow...

Finding Bainbridge

Finding Bainbridge

They say, you can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl. Manhattan was home for decades. Forty years of fierce loyalty to her virtues and vice. Forty years of being captive to and captivated by the kaleidoscopic decoupage that is...

Green Light Garage: The Motherboard

Green Light Garage: The Motherboard

Located in the dusty parking lot of the Green Light Garage which is situated at the innermost cradle of Eagle Harbor, is an old-timey billboard - next to a creek, behind a dumpster. But before we get to the billboard, let’s first consider the implausible existence of...

Full Frontal Conversation

Full Frontal Conversation

It’s safe to say I’m a bit of a Chatty Cathy. I adore the art of conversation and believe dynamic conversation results from the meeting of active and curious minds. Every conversation is an invitation to know someone, learn, and feel something. The exchange of...

You’re Going to Make it After All

You’re Going to Make it After All

If I have a spirit animal, I’m pretty sure it’s Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Decidedly single, Mary moves to a big city, overcomes fear and trepidation to forge a bold career, and is the woman every girl either wants to become or befriend. For its...

I’m Still Hot, It Just Comes in Flashes

I’m Still Hot, It Just Comes in Flashes

I still look good in yoga pants, wear my hair long, put on makeup most every day, dress in clothes purchased in this decade and often get mistaken for being 10 to 15 years younger than I am AND I wake up two to three times a night drenched in my own fetid sweat. You...

3 Easy Steps to Designing a Beautiful Home

3 Easy Steps to Designing a Beautiful Home

THE HOME: Two-story, waterfront, built in 2006. The main living level is on the upper floor and the lower level features a “daylight basement,” with an entertainment room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom. Every room in the home boasts stunning views of the Puget Sound...

Mercury Michael, Heavy Mettle

Mercury Michael, Heavy Mettle

I couldn't wait to get my hands on Mercury Michael – as an interview subject, of course. For perhaps the two of you left on the island who don’t know Mercury, you’re about to, and yes, Mercury is his real name. As soon as I learned I’d be interviewing Mercury, I...

Apartment Dwelling Disorder

Apartment Dwelling Disorder

Apartment-living is different than house-living in many ways. Not least of which is literally having neighbors on top of you. As a noise-sensitive lover of zen-living, I’m hyper-vigilant about ensuring my environment is visually, acoustically, and spiritually balanced...

Gas, Gloss, Gumption (and Grandma)

Gas, Gloss, Gumption (and Grandma)

I’m not going to lie, people: Moving out of my wonderful, westward-facing, waterfront home to live in a “cozy” studio apartment was an adjustment, to be sure. So too was leaving my long-term relationship and one of my dogs. Lordy, this is sounding like a country song,...

Denise Stoughton: Natural Beauty in Design

Denise Stoughton: Natural Beauty in Design

Inspired by globe-trotting, day tripping, found objects and high fashion, I've been designing home decor for two decades. Originally from the island of Manhattan, I traded concrete and glass skyscrapers for skyscrapers of the deciduous and coniferous variety and now...