The Danish people, among the happiest in the world, have a term for the feeling of indoor coziness in the winter: Hygge. We are trying our best to create that feeling here on Orcas Island.
Category Archive: Home
Moving to a small guesthouse took some getting-used-to. But over time it became home and we learned a number of ways to adjust.
Our lives changed for the better when we bought a used Boston Whaler that allowed us to explore the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands.
When we decided to leave Seattle and move to Orcas Island, it made sense to us, but people always asked why. This is my explanation.
One of the challenges of building a new home was finding a place to rent for 18 months or more. This is how we did it.
Orcas Island is known for whale watching and specifically killer whales. Yet, the name Orcas Island has nothing to do with the whales. Here’s the history…
Moving is a chore for most people. But there are people like Sachi for whom it is a challenge that comes with great satisfaction. This is why.
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. There is something undeniably romantic about having a second place and that romanticism is not lost on us. We dreamt about having a place on Orcas Island and in purchasing the Yurt, we got to see it...
On a cold and stormy Sunday night, a truck backed up to our house at around midnight. This is the story of what happened next and what it taught us about living on an island.
Moving from Seattle to a rural island changes how you think about privacy and the extent to which you are visible to others. In that contrast, being surrounded by trees instead of people feels really good.
An embarrassing story about arriving at a potluck full of strangers in Westsound, WA, on Orcas Island.
One of biggest reasons we chose the property we did was the view and the ability to feel like we’re a part of the Salish Sea and its wildlife.
We dreamed of having a second place in the form of a house on Orcas Island. And it was a luxury in many ways. But it also came with costs, both financial and personal.
The fence around our house was not really a fence, but a trap we unknowingly set for deer.
We bought a yurt-shaped house on Orcas Island and have never looked back. This is what we were thnking at the time…
In 2017, we bought a house on Orcas Island that had 15 sides and was circular like a yurt. What it lacked in quality, it made up for in shabby charm.