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Yand Design
Seattle, Washington
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Thanks Leeanne. Having the trees in downtown Seattle lit up during the winter is one of my favorite things. It makes the streets enchanting.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2012 on Christmas Lights at Yand Design
For better or worse; For richer or poorer; In sickness & in health; To love & to cherish; 'Til death do us part.... It's been twenty-six years since I made those vows. Being somewhat older and wiser (hopefully), I'd like to tweak the agreement (hey, he's an attorney & it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Yand Design
If you don't like finding treasures, hunting through piles, or discovering that the sofa you just fell in love with is already sold out - skip this post. Otherwise you might be interested to know.... One King's Lane is having a sale on outdoor furniture - there are poofs, chairs,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at Yand Design
I talk to more people who want to entertain outside but get stumped - here are a few tips to help you get started... I LOVE those portable Costco tables. They're great for outdoor parties, just make sure you have a good-looking table cloth to cover the ugly tables (no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at Yand Design
There is something special about sitting outside by candle light - you take a deep breath, relax, chat, & swat the mosquitoes. The big problem comes when you decide to do laundry & there is candle wax all over your tablecloth. I have two solutions for this predicament - skip... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at Yand Design
I realize it's Junuary, but eventually summer will come (July 5 in Seattle), and when it does you'll be wishing you had a comfortable place to lounge. My bit of advice when picking out a lounge chair - always buy a footstool or coffee table to put your feet on.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Yand Design
Some days it's just better to curl up and take a nap. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Yand Design
The biggest problem I see with outdoor design is the propensity to buy furniture in matching sets. As you probably guessed (if you regularly read my blog), I recently returned from a trip to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. I loved their outdoor spaces, partially because they coordinated opposed... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2012 at Yand Design
When I first saw these heaters in catalogs I thought Ughhhh???? However, when I ran across them in real life (otherwise known as the Scottsdale Princess), it suddenly made sense. These are heaters with a lampshade - not over-sized lights. They wouldn't work in many settings as they could look... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Yand Design
A picture is worth 1,000 words, so I'll show a couple pictures to explain why good lighting should be part of your outdoor project. Here is a shot from the Scottsdale Princess (Fairmont) taken during the day. It's nice... However by night it transforms from nice to SPECTACULAR. Here's another... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Yand Design
I am bored with all the brown and tan outdoor furniture being sold today. It's especially bad when showrooms are stuffed to the gills with them and all you can see for acres are fake brown wicker chairs with a little taupe thrown in for contrast. It's even worse when... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Yand Design
Lighting outside can be tricky. There are outdoor lamps, but most of them are rather cheesy looking. Then there is ambient lighting - it's fine but nobody gets excited over ambient lighting fixtures (the whole point of ambient light is being discreet). The light below falls somewhere in between. It's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Yand Design
Today, it's all about dining chairs - the interesting, fascinating, & pedestrian. The Financial Times is reporting that Spain & London have fallen back into recession, so I thought it would be nice to add a European company to the mix of chair offerings. This way if you decide to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Yand Design
It's still raining in Seattle, so I decided it would be prudent to move on to umbrellas - no one likes getting wet. How exciting can umbrellas be? Probably more than you'd expect. These days it's all about how big can you get - on top & the base. If... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Yand Design
This season it's all about slated tables - coffee, side, & dining. However, a home full of slated tables can be rather boring, so don't go hog wild & furnish your entire outside with slated tables - mix it up. During my recent jaunts around town, the best side-table deal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Yand Design
Bill Cunningham from the New York Times does a short video each week on the trends he spots New Yorkers' wearing. It's one of my favorite parts of the paper. I decided to "borrow" his concept and apply it to outdoor furniture. The recession has been terrible to the outdoor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Yand Design
I'm on a rampage, so if you want to listen to me vent read on, otherwise go get a glass of wine - which is what I'll be doing when I'm done ranting. Seattle Buses! In theory I love them - in reality, they bug me. Let me explain... Why... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Yand Design
Nothing gets a Monday off to a great start like being happily surprised. I was working away, minding my business, when Mark Anderson from CKA Creative called. The question was "Do you want to go to a tasting of Walla Walla wines in 30 minutes?" The latest item on my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Yand Design
Talking about divorce - it drives you to drink wine...and that is what this weekend & Monday have all been about - wine! Friday I got the opportunity to help bottle wine at Red Sky Winery, Sunday I went to pick up wine & do a little tasting at Quilceda... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Yand Design
Yes, you are correct, divorce is not a topic I usually cover in this blog. It's painful, depressing, & contains no pictures. High conflict divorces, dealing with people who are narcissistic or have borderline characteristics, are even more depressing than "normal" divorces (an even better reason to avoid the topic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Yand Design
I've recently discovered Pinterest - a new social media platform for visual people. Remember (in the old days*) when you read a "real" magazine & tore out the photos/recipes/articles & then stashed them somewhere? Now you can do it online & easily organize them, but I'm warning you - it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Yand Design
Tenoch is out and Five Hooks Fish Grill is in - or I should say "will be in". It's been a bit depressing lately - there have been at least 5 businesses that have closed or will be closing on the Hill - so it's nice when something opens. According... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Yand Design
It's been making the news all day, JC Penney's has a new selling strategy - no more constant sales. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS! There is nothing worse than shopping at a store and wondering if you will be able to get it cheaper if you wait a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Yand Design
By: James Yand It is the start of the New Year, so take this opportunity to better equip your business through best practices and innovative thinking. Businesses have to be more forward-thinking if they want to successfully procure jobs. For example, building green has gone from a fad to standard... Continue reading
One of my clients is a law firm, so I like to keep current as to what's going on in the realm of law marketing. A guy in one of the law groups I frequent mentioned a rapping French lawyer. Being the curious type I had to find out more.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Yand Design