Friday, April 7, 2017

Windermere Cup

The University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate are excited to host the 31st annual Windermere Cup races to be held on Saturday, May 6, on Lake Washington.

The races are held as part of the celebration of Seattle's Opening Day of Boating Season and are followed by the Seattle Yacht Club's Opening Day Boat Parade. More than 800 rowers compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women's and men's Windermere Cup races.

Following the races, fans are invited to join the regatta champions for an awards ceremony and presentation of the Windermere Cup Trophy on the stage located near the video board on the NW side of the Montlake Cut, near the finish line.

Admission to the event is free. Viewing is available on the shores of the Montlake Cut, or by boats anchored to a log boom in Lake Washington.


The Montlake Bridge will be closed to traffic from 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Day of Event Public Parking:

E-12:   $15.00             Public and Disability Parking
S-1:     $15.00             Public Parking
E-1:     $10.00             Public Parking

No public parking in TG/IMA, E8, E9, E6

Overnight Parking (E-18 only, Begins Friday):

Single Day: $10
Two Days: $20


To E1 via I-5

From I-5, take the NE 45th St. exit (#169). Turn right unto NE 45th St. Continue east on NE 45th St. until you reach Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Take a right onto Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Take the first right onto Clark Road and proceed west to reach the NE entrance of the E1 parking lot.


From I-5 northbound, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn right onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about 4/10 mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue approximately 6 blocks to NE Pacific Street. Turn left onto NE Pacific Street, staying in the left-hand lane. Continue east to the first left turn option; the road makes a "Y" at that traffic-lighted intersection. Turn left onto NE Pacific Place. Continue a short distance to Montlake Boulevard and turn left and continue north on Montlake Blvd. When the road makes a "Y", bear right staying on Montlake Blvd. At Walla Walla Road turn right. Straight ahead you will see the multi-lane northern entrance to the E1 parking lot. When you enter the lot, Parking Services staff will collect the parking fee and direct you to a parking space

To E12 via I-5 Northbound

From I-5 northbound, take the NE 45th St. exit (#169). Turn right unto NE 45th St. Continue east about 4/10 mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Ave NE approximately 6 blocks to NE Pacific Street and turn left. Drive east to the first left turn option; the road makes a "Y" at that traffic-lighted intersection. Turn left onto NE Pacific Place. Move into right hand lane and cross Montlake Blvd. at the traffic light to enter in front of Husky Stadium. Veer right toward gatehouse.

Log Boom

The University of Washington manages the 3,000-foot log boom that lines the course for the Windermere Cup. 

Tie up for the log boom begins on Thursday, May 5th at noon. Those that donate in advance will be assured a place on the boom if they arrive before 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th. Location along the boom is on a first-come, first-served basis within the reservation area. Staff will assure your boat is tied up in a safe location based on its size. Boats wanting to be next to specific boats MUST arrive together - no exceptions.

All dinghies need to avoid the warm-up area (just north of the log boom) and have zero wake when traveling on either side of the log boom. Pick-ups and drop-offs on the dock are prohibited 30 minutes prior to the start of the races.

If you have any questions about the log boom, please contact John Terry, Assistant Director of Events/Waterfront Manager, at 206-685-8442 or 

Because of the growing popularity of the log boom, the process to reserve a section on the boom will be different in 2017. In order to reserve a section on the boom, the following requirement will exist:

Section must have at least 180 feet reserved (full donation needed)
Section will be responsible to assist tie up boats and monitoring reserved section
Boats may still have a reserved spot without section affiliation.

History of the Windermere Cup

The University of Washington has participated in a regatta as part of the Seattle Yacht Club's opening day of boating season since 1970. In 1987, John Jacobi, founder of Windermere Real Estate, was inspired by a Seattle Times article written by Blaine Newnham, that called out a need to increase the level of competition for the event. Jacobi called a meeting with UW coaches Dick Erickson (men's crew), and Bob Ernst (women's crew), and asked the questions "who are the best rowers in the world?" and "what will it take to get them here for this event?"

Bob Ernst, who was also the national team coach at the time, suggested the Soviet Union, whose men and women's teams were the defending world champions. Jacobi and Windermere, agreed to sponsor the cost of bringing the teams to the US for occasion. Ernst worked his connections to make it happen, and the Windermere Cup, which has since become a Pacific Northwest tradition, was born.

Opening Day Parade
2017 Opening Day Trio (L-R):
Admiral Bruce Campbell, Admiralette Sandy Bell,

Vice Admiral Randy Holbrook
Opening Day, the official opening of Seattle's boating season sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club, includes a celebration of many kinds of water activities. This year's festivities will include a morning of crew races, a sailboat race, and, of course, the grand Opening Day boat parade on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

I hope to see you on land or water opening day!

Until then,

la chasse au bonheur

Thursday, April 6, 2017

home inspections - when do they make sense?

For many people, a home inspection is a hurdle that has to be overcome during the process of buying or selling a home. But, in fact, it can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers or anyone who plans to get the greatest possible value from their home.

In addition to routine maintenance and pre-sale inspections, there are a number of circumstances in which a home inspection could greatly benefit a homeowner:

·         When you’re selling a house, a pre-sale inspection can be particularly useful. By uncovering any potential problems your house may have, an inspection can give you an opportunity to address them before your first prospective buyer arrives.

·         Get to know a house before you buy it. A home is a major investment and, for many people, the greatest financial asset they have. With so much at stake, it makes sense to do what you can to protect your financial interest.

·         Was your home inspected when you bought it? If not, an inspection would be beneficial even if your home was a new construction at sale.

·         Are you an older homeowner who plans to stay in your home?  If so, it makes sense to hire a professional who can inspect difficult-to-reach areas and point out maintenance of safety issues.

·         Do you have a baby on the way or small children? An inspection can alert you to any potential safety issues that could possibly affect a growing family, such as mold, lead or structural problems. If mold or lead is present, be sure to rely on technicians or labs with specialized training in dealing with these conditions.

·         Are you buying a home that’s under construction? You may want to hire an inspector early on and schedule phased inspections to protect your interest and ensure that the quality of construction meets your expectations.

If you're looking for a great home inspector, check out these two companies. I have found these inspectors to be knowledgeable, thorough and friendly.

Western Home Inspections, Greg Coats, 206-499-0292

Applecore Home Inspections, Ben Strehle, 206-390-0384

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Monday, March 20, 2017

spring cleaning au naturel

On the back of Spring, comes my desire to totally, all-out, no holds barred, clean my home. Yep, that means scrubbing every corner and hidden crevice, washing and rewashing the floors and walls - cleaning the house from top to bottom.

I mentioned in a previous blog how addicted I am to homemade, all natural cleaning remedies.

If you're getting ready for your own cleaning party then you might enjoy using some of my favorite homemade recipes -

1) ALL PURPOSE CLEANER (I rarely use anything else)
In a spray bottle combine 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent (I use a natural soap like Meyers or Method) with 6 oz. tap water.

Add three drops of Lemon Tea Tree Oil with warm water. Spray counters to disinfect naturally.

Mix equal parts Distilled White Vinegar with tap water, add 6 drops of Olive Oil. Soak cotton rags in solution. Wring the rags until damp. Lay out and add a few lemon rind peels. Fold/roll and store in a clean jam jar until ready to use.

Combine 2 cups water with 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon dish soap in a spray bottle.

5) HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANER (be sure to dry the floors after)
Combine in a spray bottle one cup tap water with 3/4 cup Distilled White Vinegar, 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) then top off with two-three drops of a natural Dish Soap (my preference is Meyers). Screw on the lid and shake well.

Mix one part Rubbing Alcohol with four parts tap water.

Combine 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil with Borax

8) BATHTUB/SINK SCRUB (toss rag in washer to freshen it up)
Mix 1/2 cup Baking Soda and 1/2 cup Distilled White Vinegar with 5 drops of Bergamot.

9) CLEANER FOR PAINTED WALLS (I like this but it isn't perfect)
In a spray bottle mix 1 part tap water and 1 part Distilled White Vinegar with 1/4 part Lysol Cleaner.

10) CLEANER FOR THE DISHWASHER (use once a month)
Spray the inside floor of your dishwasher with Distilled White Vinegar and wipe away with rag. Pour one cup of Distilled White Vinegar in the inside bottom of your dishwasher, then place one cup of Baking Powder in the bottom of your dishwasher, add three drops of Lemon Oil and run an empty dishwasher through a normal cycle.

Place a Cotton Ball with two drops each of Lemon Oil and Tea Tree Oil at the bottom of the trashcan - helps clear odors and detoxify the can.

Add Tea Tree Oil to a Diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air.

Add a few drops of Lemon Oil to the dishwasher before starting.

Mix one cup of Liquid Fabric Softener with one quart of warm water - gently wash the glass in circular motion then rinse with warm water.

Well, I am off to do a little cleaning....until next time.

la chasse au bonheur

Saturday, March 4, 2017

bring on the sunshine

After this gray and chilly winter, I'm ready for a little sunshine!  And even though spring is around the corner, there are no guarantees we'll see the sun in the northwest anytime soon.  So today, it's all about yellow.

Decorating with yellow is a great way to brighten up a space - whether with paint, fabric or a few 'golden' accessories. Yellow is the easiest color for the human eye to see and it is the one color people who are color blind can usually see. Yellow stimulates your memory, nervous system, mental process, and encourages communication.

I love how this sunny yellow chair
brightens up this moody corner!

Yellow can be bright-and-sunnysoft-and-butterybold-to-subtle, bright-to-dull, and big-to-little depending on how you use it, where you use it, and the tone you choose. 

Let's bring a little sunshine into your home, shall we?

ADD TOUCHES OF YELLOW - using pillows, drapery, rugs, and painted pieces
If you're not ready to fully commit to yellow, try adding yellow accessories to brighten up your interiors. 

Add a pillow to your neutral interiors for a pop of sun!
Pretty fabric at the window and corner
chair add some liquid happiness to this room!
Paint the back wall of a book shelf or cabinet.
Who doesn't like walking on sunshine?
Paint one piece of furniture yellow for drama!
A cheery front door makes a welcoming statement.

Have you ever noticed that certain colors work better in certain rooms? Yellow, for example, works particularly well in kitchens, baths, laundry and kids/nursery rooms.

This ultra charming farmhouse kitchen screams
yellow cake with buttercream frosting! YUM!
Painting the vintage tub yellow and adding fabric
at the window turns up the WOW in this classic bath

Yellow makes housework happy!
(ok, maybe not happy, but more pleasant?)

Love this wallpaper and the color of the tile!

Yellow is so versatile - it can go BOLD ...

... or subtle!


Yellow works well with red - such a classic!
Another classic - yellow and navy!
Yellow blends with light greens and yummy corals.
Yellow works well with gray and oyster.
Yellow works well with black!
Depending on the tone, yellow works well
with colors like teal/peacock/aqua blue,
And yellow just works with yellow!

Ready to go all in? Choosing the right shade of yellow will be your key. Check out these colors to see which one is right for your current interiors, keeping in mind the amount of natural light in your room and how it feels at night. 

Hawthorne Yellow by Benjamin Moore
Butter Up by Sherwin Williams

Babouche by Farrow & Ball
Caramel Honey by Valspar

Butter Milk by Benjamin Moore

Sun Rays by Glidden

Summer Sunflower by Sherwin Williams
Roasted Chestnut by Valspar


Such a pretty blend of traditional and contemporary -
this yellow is a beautiful back drop to the teal runner,
dark blue door, ebony floors and rails, and white trim!
A pretty statement on cabinets!
So sunny - I'm not sure I would leave!
I appreciate (& love) the subtlety of this vignette!

My personal preference is a dialed back yellow, more of a mustard color and warm tones. Here's how I've incorporated yellow into my own home -

We wallpapered our tiny powder room
in this beautiful paper by Osborne & Little
and used fabrics in our living room!

I hope this has brightened your day, it sure has mine!

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Monday, February 20, 2017

the painted door

The moment you pull up to a home your eye focuses on the front door and subliminally what that door says about the condition of the house and its inhabitants. Think of it like a smile or frown when you first approach someone.

Often overlooked, a properly painted, and well cared for, front door gives visitors a hint of what to expect once inside. It also adds a little personality – like a tie to the business suit. The nice thing is - this is not an expensive project and is an easy do-it-yourself project, and will instantly (ok, within a few hours) transform the exterior of your home.

I work with sellers to help them find the right color to add curb appeal and welcome guests in style.  Here are a few of my favorite front door colors –

RED – Caliente AF-290 from Benjamin Moore is the perfect blue/red that works beautifully with a traditional white home with black shutters. This new listing in Broadview is the perfect example of how a front door can dress up a home and adds a punch of personality! 
BM Caliente AF-290
13559 Northshire Road NW Offered at $925,000
YELLOW – Benjamin Moore’s Hawthorne Yellow HC-4 and Concord Ivory HC-12 are both historical colors reflective of traditional architecture, but work just as beautifully in modern homes.
BM Concord Ivory HC-12

BM Hawthorn Yellow HC-4
GREEN – For a European inspired feel try Farrow and Ball’s Calke Green No.34
Farrow and Ball Calke Green No. 34
GRAY – for a softer cape feeling, try Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray - so soft!
Copley Gray
DEEP BLUE – Benjamin Moore’s Evening Sky 833 is a dialed down deep blue that works well with all styles of homes.
BM Evening Sky 833
GRAY-PURPLE Benjamin Moore's Mountain Ridge 1456 can go either rustic or sophisticated, depending on the style of home.
BM Mountain Ridge 1456
BLUE-GREEN – Benjamin Moore’s Venezuelan Sea 2054-30 is such a fun and lively color that blends beautifully with brick and soft white.
BM Venezuelan Sea 2065-30
DARK GREEN-ALMOST BLACK – Benjamin Moore’s Black Forest Green provides a little more interest than pure black.
BM Black Forest Green
While all these colors can be color matched by any paint store, I highly recommend using Benjamin Moore’s Aura Grand Entrance product in Satin  finish (High Gloss for Reds/Dark Greens/Blacks).

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Monday, January 23, 2017

an organized car

Whether you're driving kids from school to the soccer field, or using your car as a home office on the fly, keeping these items in your car will make the road a lot smoother!


  • Car Registration
  • Insurance Card
  • Copy of your Driver's License
  • Pen and Notebook
  • Flashlight
  • Window Hammer
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Organizer for Car Maintenance


  • Container for Change and Small Bills
  • Cell Phone Charger x2 and iPad Charger
  • GPS
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Matches
  • Tissues/Napkins
  • Hand Sanitizer and Hand Lotion
  • Wipes (hands or dashboard)
  • Tide-To-Go Stain Remover Pen
  • Tylenol/Advil/Tums
  • Deodorant
  • Lipstick and Perfume/Cologne
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Breath Mints
  • Mini Sewing Kit



  • Emergency Kit - adding extra items specific to your family/your needs
  • Emergency Car Kit, including Crank Style Radio and Flashlight
  • Screwdriver with various bits
  • Ice Scraper and Window Washer
  • Carpet Cleaner and Car Vacuum (plugs into car outlet)
  • Compostable Bags for Trash
  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • Water for Emergency
  • Snacks (cheese and crackers, raisins, fruit bites, granola bars)
  • Extra Diapers, Wipes and Changing Pad
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Blanket (perfect for an impromptu picnic or to stay warm)
  • Picnic Basket/Tote with utensils, plates, glasses, napkins
  • Hair Spray, Brush
  • Scissors, Paper clips, Binders, Note Pads, Pens in an Organizer
  • Gift Bags, Ribbon and Generic Gift Tags 
  • Board Games, Crayons and Coloring Book/Pages
  • Dog Food/Treats, Collapsable Water Bowl and Leash

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur