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A Novel Hideaway: A Seattle couple commissions a backyard studio to their favorite pastime—reading


written by Melissa Dalton Many city dwellers fantasize about having an outdoor room in their backyard—a place to cook, eat and relax in the open air. When the owners of a 1929 Tudor in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle decided to build their backyard studio, their vision was a little different. “They own a bookstore, so they really wanted a reading spot and a place where they could be quiet,” architect Ryan Adanalian said. Adanalian joined a design team from local firm Board & Vellum, alongside Proform Construction, to fashion a small-scale sanctuary that packs a lot of function into…

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‘The Mushroom Queen’ reigns on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula


written by Matt Wastradowski Every fall, the 43-square-mile Long Beach Peninsula becomes the unofficial mushroom capital of the Pacific Northwest. Foragers scour the region’s damp forests, set on finding chanterelles, porcini mushrooms and more. Restaurants make mushrooms the centerpiece of seasonal dishes. This six-week Wild Mushroom Celebration includes restaurant specials, mushroom-centered dinner events, fungi-themed art workshops, foraging hikes and more. The queen of the region’s fungal fiefdom is Veronica Williams, an 88-year-old native of Hungary who does seventy sit-ups every morning before crawling around the forest floor to track down mushrooms—in addition to ferns, berries and other wild plants. She…

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