The HeART of the Home Cabinets by Trivonna

Cabinets by Trivonna of Lacey pride themselves on a design experience that is uniquely customized to their individual client’s dreams and wishes.

Trivonna brings to life an artful design plan built around their customer’s need and budget. We’ve all discovered that the ‘heart of the home’ isn’t just for the cook anymore. Often our kitchen plays host not only to baking and cooking, but to children’s and adult art, science and homework projects, and even dad’s auto repair, fishing and tackle shop.

“The kitchen has become a gathering place meant for entertaining guests and gathering family alike,” states owner Amber Bevacqua. “Our clients enjoy artful and thoughtful design built around the specific and functional needs for their space.”

Navigating the myriad of decisions on textiles and design options can be daunting. Trivonna has created a design studio offering a nurturing environment that helps clients realize their best kitchen design.

Whatever your kitchen design dream, creating a work of art and functional space built for you and your family is what Cabinets by Trivonna does beautifully. Be sure to visit their creative space and showroom in Lacey and meet Rick and Amber Bevacqua. They help make dream kitchens a reality.

Cabinets by Trivonna
4444 Lacey Blvd SE, Unit G, Lacey


Is It Safe for Seniors to Return to the Gym?

In recent years there has been a lot of research highlighting the importance of exercise for seniors. For example, we have learned that, contrary to popular belief, weakness and poor balance are linked to inactivity rather than age.

As the COVID-19/novel coronavirus pandemic has swept the globe, we are also acutely aware of the increased risk that the virus poses to individuals over the age of 60. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older.

Gyms are beginning to reopen as a growing number of communities ease the stay-at-home mandates put in place to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many seniors are now facing a dilemma about the risks of exposure to COVID-19 and the risks of prolonged periods of inactivity, which can include loss of bone density, muscle mass and cardio strength. 

Fortunately, there are several options for those looking to stay home and stay fit. There are several resources that offer at home fitness programs designed for the 50+ crowd.  For example, offers links to several video-based exercise routines and many local retirement communities have taken their activity and fitness programs online with platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, which can be a great way to meet other people (virtually).  See what type of programming is available at communities that you may be interested in learning more about for yourself or a loved one.  You can also contact your local YMCA and, of course, your own physician for recommendations about effective movements and activity that you can do safely at home.

If you do make the choice to head back to the gym, the following guidelines are recommended by the CDC.

Wash hands often

  • Everyone should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds at the beginning and end of the visit and whenever you think your hands may have become contaminated.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, such as with outdoor activities, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Remind guests to wash or sanitize their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so visitors do not share towels. Have a no-touch trash can available for guests to use.
  • Always speak with your physician before beginning any type of exercise routine.

Put the right foot forward

Yearning to get outdoors for a short hike? Slip on the flip-flops and head out, right?

Wrong, says Dr. Thomas Burghardt, who is an expert in foot and ankle care. He recommends “proper shoes for the environment you’re in.” 

In May, Dr. Burghardt came to Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates (FASA) at 1901 South Union Avenue from almost two decades at the Tumwater clinic. He is a board-certified physician and surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and diabetic foot care.

Common foot problems include bunions, plantar fasciitis, peripheral artery disease and foot-related complications from diabetes. In addition, nice weather invites sprained ankles from sports activities such as basketball and hiking.

“For hiking trips, wear proper boots with support, pack moleskin and bandages and consider taking an extra pair of boots,” Dr. Burghardt said. “For casual wear, sandals are fine, but be sure they have an arch support.”

Another tip for foot care is proper hygiene, he said. Toenails should be cut straight across. The clinic does a lot of diabetic foot care, he added.

“Those with diabetes who have bad circulation don’t have good feeling in their feet and can injure themselves caring for their feet,” Dr. Burghardt said. “We treat patients for sores and wound care.”

Another area of concern is peripheral artery disease, which is caused by narrowed and hardened arteries that can reduce blood flow to the foot and ankle, he explained. People who smoke, are diabetic, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol may be at higher risk and need professional care.

Other patients need help for plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and causes pain near the heel. 

“A lot of foot pain comes from tight Achilles tendons,” Dr. Burghardt said. He cautioned ‘weekend warriors’ to be sure to stretch before they run and to start slowly with low mileage workouts and low impact running. 

Dr. Burghardt, a resident of Tacoma, says he is excited about a shorter commute and a chance to “meet new patients, work with a new team of colleagues and serve the Tacoma area.”


Celebrating Craft Visionary Lloyd Herman

Lloyd Herman, one of the leading authorities on the contemporary craft movement, has won the admiration and respect of art institutions both across the country and internationally.  Herman’s experiences have most recently inspired Northwest Designer Craftsmen to produce an exciting new documentary about his life and work promoting various crafts.

It’s easy to see why Herman was selected for the next Living Treasures video documentary. He was instrumental in the opening of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and soon afterwards became the gallery’s first director. The gallery featured unique exhibitions that showcased pieces from a variety of materials and drew in large crowds. Lloyd Herman’s success at the Renwick Gallery also brought with it many opportunities for his shows to travel to other countries, making him an instant emissary for American craft to audiences worldwide. From there, the Renwick Gallery was able to broaden its program into an international venue for craft and design. Lloyd was energized by the challenges that came with establishing a premiere venue for contemporary craft, and from 1972 to 1986 presented over 100 exhibitions to achieve his goal of having contemporary craft join its rightful place among the Smithsonian’s family of museums.

And his career didn’t slow down from there. After his time as director of the Renwick Gallery, he said that he “hit the ground running with about three exhibition proposals that I was unable to do at the Renwick.” Over the next ten years his expertise was in constant demand, from helping the Cartwright Gallery in Vancouver B.C. to become the Canadian Craft Museum in 1990, to becoming the acting senior curator for the planned Museum of Glass in Tacoma in 1998.

The documentary on his life is scheduled to be released just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, in honor of where this craftsman’s legacy all began! For more information, visit the Northwest Designer Craftsmen at

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Northwest Designer Craftsmen: Living Treasures Project

Point Ruston Stylish Condo Virtually Designed

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Condo owners at Point Ruston asked Alinda Morris Design to take on the challenge of designing and installing their dream house in time for them to enjoy the sun in their new home.  “This was such an exciting project,” said Morris. “We are all about creating stylish, eclectic yet clean-line spaces for our clients.”

The project began with several conceptual furniture plan options. Once a finalized layout was created, several design boards with furniture selections and lighting options were offered to the client. Alinda Morris Design provided the condo with furnishings, artwork, window treatments, and updated lighting fixtures.​

“When working to personalize new construction, we combine styles and periods through a wide variety of items to achieve a curated look,” Morris explained. The design team added small details to the home as well as larger pieces to create a luxurious yet comfortable feel. “We wanted our clients to feel like they are on vacation all the time but we did not want anything in the space to feel formal or precious,” Morris said.​

The house showcased a simple color palette with accent colors and patterns layered throughout to add interest to various rooms. Morris’s team knew that art, accessories, and interior styling were very important to their clients, so they selected custom artwork focusing on the theme of travel from artists they love. The completed space is cozy, sophisticated, and still great for an energetic family.

“Not only is our home stunning,” the owners said, “the whole process was also completely painless and was done 100% virtually. I could have as much or as little input as I wanted. When we arrived at our home everything was complete and perfect.”

It’s noteworthy how seamless this project was as all the work on this project “was done 100% remotely,” said Morris.  The homeowners actually live in Chicago and desired a second home in the Pacific Northwest. During these times, it is a relief that clients are still able to partner long distance and enjoy design services and virtual consultations.

Talking Cedar: crafting brews, distilling food

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Looking for a unique new restaurant and brewery to try this fall? Talking Cedar is a brand new distillery, brewery, and restaurant in Grand Mound. This beautiful facility encompasses 35,000 square feet and is owned and maintained by the Chehalis Tribe.

Talking Cedar has partnered with Heritage Distilling Company, a highly awarded craft distillery in North America (based in Gig Harbor), to provide customers a 15,000 square-foot tasting room and distillery with eight fermentation tanks for the production spirits. Talking Cedar Brewing also has a six-barrel production floor to create specialty craft brews on site. All of the brews are crafted from the aquifer that runs beneath the facility. “Using this fresh local water makes it extra special and the water is important to us,” says Managing Director Chris Richards.

The new restaurant welcomes visitors in to enjoy delicious and upscale pub-style appetizers and entrees with locally sourced ingredients, along with their artisan drinks. Says Richards, “You won’t find fresh fish and chips caught locally like this at many other places.” Some of the other savory dishes on the menu include mouthwatering options like the Bacon Blue Burger, house-made mac ‘n cheese, and pork schnitzel. 

Visitors can view take a self-guided tour of the distillery and brewery, which includes some key historical information. “We are most excited to offer visitors tours that are a hands-on experience. “Engaging and being a part of the craft beverage experience is special and we want to share it,” says  Richards. 

Gatherings at Talking Cedar are unique and offered in a beautiful new facility. Whether you want to share stories over drinks, taste some local favorites or simply enjoy good company, Talking Cedar offers a craft experience to be enjoyed. By Leah Grout

Visit Talking Cedar website to find out more.

Pearl of a Dining Experience: Chelsea Oyster Bar

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia offers its dining patrons a truly special experience — fresh local seafood sustainably farmed at its namesake Chelsea Farms. Owners Shina Wysocki and Kyle Lentz offer their dining patrons an experience that reflects the heart and soul of the family’s shellfish farming legacy. 

Upon your visit, expect an authentic casual-chic Pacific Northwest dining experience. This lovely space, with a recently expanded dining room, allows guests a place to celebrate a unique occasion or meet a friend or two for one of the best happy hours and ‘bites’ in the South Sound. General Manager Amilia Forsberg and her team are known for going the extra mile to make guests feel special. “We love that our customers have made us their destination to celebrate their wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and marriage proposals; we love helping to make the occasion memorable.” says Amilia.

A menu to satisfy the landlubber or the most adventuresome diner, ‘Chelsea’ offers a delectable assortment of fresh food from the sea, as well as a few superbly done mainstays. Discover what many Olympians believe to be the best clam chowder, fish and chips, and burgers in town. Be sure to try the delicate and sweet geoduck tartare. Though geoduck is farmed locally and shipped all over the world, it is a delicacy all too difficult to discover on menus in the South Sound.

Be sure to explore Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar and check out the takeout menu which includes dinners and cocktail kits to go! by Dana Pethia

Olympia at 222 Capitol Way North 


“Possibilities Realized”at Pierce College

“Recognition is nice, but being a finalist makes us reflect on our work and what we can do to get better,” says Dr. Michele Johnson, Pierce College Chancellor.

That’s the forwarding-looking approach of the college as it was named one of the 10 national finalists for the 2021 $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Finalists were selected from the nation’s 1,000 community colleges after a rigorous process involving more than 30 experts. 

Finalists are expected to develop strategies that propel all students to complete college and then to succeed after graduation. In 2019, the Aspen Institute honored Pierce College as a Rising Star for “exceptional levels of improvement.” That $100,000 prize was donated to the college foundation to benefit the three campuses at Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup and Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Pierce College started with goals of access and open doors, the Chancellor said. Then data showed graduation rates lagging behind enrollment. Trustees and the Chancellor vowed to double graduation rates.

“We really know our mission and strive to measure it,” Dr. Johnson said. “We are not afraid to share data.  We know we have made progress, but it would be bittersweet if we get a top prize and we haven’t closed the student completion gap.”

A careful study of the numbers revealed that the largest groups of students having difficulty progressing to graduation are single parents and African American males. Others facing challenges include Pell grant students with financial challenges, second language learners and students in the LGBTQ community. 

“We had to ask, ‘What’s the lived experience of these students?’ and focus on the whole system to help students have a plan of resources to get to the final place,” Dr. Johnson said. “For us it’s about ‘possibilities realized,’ creating quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.”

During 2020 the Aspen Institute will send a team of national experts on virtual site visits. A jury will convene in early 2021 to select the winner of the $1 million award.


Artisans Group Designs Habitat Homes

The South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity approached Artisan Group with a wonderful opportunity to work together on the development of a 3-acre parcel for affordable homes.

Working closely with the South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Artisan Group developed a staggered duplex townhouse design that will provide affordable and high performance homes for local families. The pragmatic and modern design of these duplex townhouses helps the contractor stretch every dollar in the interest of maximizing performance and efficiency while the staggered entrances and variation in roof lines provide visual interest and a unique neighborhood experience.

With a floor plan that accommodates 3 bedrooms (or a fourth accessible bedroom on the ground floor), 2 bathrooms, a roomy kitchen and an island that serves a large great room, this townhouse is ready to add usability, performance and aesthetic interest to lots, subdivisions and eco-villages.

 An advocate for local resilience, the Sound Puget Sound affiliate of Habitat for Humanity serves Thurston County and is “governed locally, raises funds locally and builds locally.”  Their mission driven approach provides affordable, healthy and sustainable housing and creates a unique opportunity for people to become homeowners of healthy and sustainable new homes. Serving those that  traditional options often leaving them on the outside looking in.  

“In 2005 I had the opportunity through a college internship to build a home with South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity and I’ve been impressed ever since by how forward-thinking the organization truly is in bringing affordable housing to the community.” As a firm known for our early adoption of sustainable and energy-efficient Passive House architecture, everyone at Artisans Group has been thrilled to partner with Habitat.” says  COO Artisans Group, Roussa Cassel

To learn more about the design of the townhomes and the Habitat for Humanity mission visit: by Emily Happy

Jennifer Weddermann: Architect/Metal Artist

“Do what you’re passionate about, and you will
meet people who care about what you do.”

That’s the advice of Jennifer Weddermann, a Tacoma architect who also  designs and fabricates metal art. She founded Weddermann Architecture in 2010 in the aftermath of a major recession. Now her certified woman-owned firm is finding its path through the effects of COVID-19.

Weddermann’s notable buildings include the Tacoma Police Department headquarters as well as the popular children’s playgrounds at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and The Farm at SillyVille at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. She has also designed private homes and the large Hanna Heights Apartments project in Tacoma’s theater district.

Her metal art pieces can’t be missed. A major installation at the entry of the Tacoma Children’s Museum is big, colorful and whimsical. A large Point Ruston sign continues the whimsy,embracing a nautical theme.In Seattle, look for a giant metal angler fish in the South Park neighborhood. She has also installed a new piece of corporate art in the Alki neighborhood.

“Now we’re going for more community-related projects that affect the most people in a positive way,” Weddermann said of her COVID-era work. Weddermann is especially pleased with artistic metal gates designed for the YWCA Pierce County domestic violence shelter. She donated a panel to a Smithsonian exhibit organized to show how beauty impacts healing.

Architectural design can be desk work. That’s not the case with the metal art, which can involve extensive physical labor. Why metal as a medium? In a furniture design class in graduate school, Weddermann discovered that her limited budget wouldn’t cover the cost of expensive wood. To create her graduate class project, she took her $10 to a junk yard and loaded a cart with a pile of rolled steel pieces—a lot of pieces.That experience affected her choice for her future artistic work. “Steel is cost effective. If I make a mistake, I grind it out,” Weddermann explained. “Steel is strong and fluid with a lot of potential.” “That pile of metal activated the creative side of my brain,” she said.Now the community benefits from her creativity. by Emily Happy

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