Pacific NW magazine’s associate editor explains why, and how, we’re adding on to NW Living.

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MONDAY MORNINGS are always a mixed mailbag at the old NW Living desk.

Inevitably, I receive several sweet messages from inquisitive readers who’ve been inspired by the story (or, let’s face it: the beautiful photos) in Sunday’s magazine: What’s that paint color? Where in tarnation did they get those window coverings? Who built those scrumptious planters?

I love those questions. (And try very hard to find the answers.)

I get other reader questions, too: Why do you keep featuring such expensive homes? Why don’t you write about “average” houses? WHAT THE [fill in your preferred bad word] IS WRONG WITH YOU?

These also are fair questions — and I respond to them, too, unless I am personally sworn at.

The official answer is that NW Living showcases creative, innovative architecture and design through the stories of the homeowners who live in it. Or, in other words: why our neighbors live where and how they live; why they made the aesthetic choices they did; and what these choices say about architecture, design, the Pacific Northwest and even all of us as Pacific Northwesterners. We’re going to keep doing that.

The answer addendum is that we hear and appreciate the context of those questions.

Almost exactly a year ago today, we debuted the Your Place subseries of NW Living to showcase homeowners’ own inspirational, instructional or just plain enjoyable do-it-yourself projects. We have published roughly one Your Place feature a month since then and, honestly, every single reader-feedback message about them has been encouraging.

That is so fun.

Today we launch another new NW Living subseries, The Creators, focused on local people and places shaping the way we live through architectural works of art — more a body of incredible work rather than one incredibly designed residence.

In this issue, you’ll meet the immensely talented couple behind Glassworks, where master artisans craft brilliant, custom architectural art glass. In future issues, we’ll feature an entrepreneurial young woodworker; versatile and visionary metalworkers; and a pioneering female architect with a 50+-year portfolio of enduring, inspiring modern architecture. For starters.

As always, your feedback is welcome and sincerely appreciated.

Here’s an even more direct way to influence our NW Living coverage: If you know of a distinctly designed home you’d like us to consider for publication — or a delightful DIY project for Your Place, or a skilled architectural craftsperson for The Creators — please email me at

Maybe, you know … on a Wednesday.