Marianne's Three Favorite Things: September 2018


With the dawning of a new season we can anticipate days filled with morning mists and crisp air. Streets will soon be lined with autumnal colors, as a portrait of bright hues unfolds before our eyes. It can be easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but this time of year is truly magical if you stop and take a moment to enjoy fall in the Pacific Northwest.

ART: Nancy Mee and Dennis Evans


Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee have been professional artists for 40 years. Residing in Seattle, Mee received her BFA from the University of Washington in 1974 after studying at Atelier 17, and the American Center for Art and Artists in Paris. Evans received his BS, BFA, and MFA from the University of Washington. Both artists have exhibited their individual works extensively in galleries and museums worldwide. Their work is included in numerous national and international collections. Evans and Mee are husband and wife, and collaborate on various small and large scaled projects.


Mee is a sculptor whose work incorporates glass, forged steel, stone and photography. Evans is a painter known for his eclectic and thoughtful work in oil, encaustic and mixed media. In addition to their art careers they are passionate collectors of NW Art, NW First Nation Masks, Chinese scholar stones and the decorative arts. Evans is an avid garden designer and Japanese maple collector, and has created a series of Asian influenced gardens to exhibit and showcase Mee’s outdoor sculptures. Mee likes nothing more than spending time in her kitchen cooking for 4 to 40 friends.

Utopian Heights Studio is located in the Utopian Heights neighborhood of Seattle. Established in 2002 and christened by the perpetual mayor of the neighborhood on Christmas Eve 2002, Utopian Heights is a magical and enchanting arts compound. It comprises their eccentric home, a series of Japanese gardens, The Garden House Gallery, and its carefully curated landscape of stones, benches, sculptures, and bronze plaques with philosophical passages.

For two weekends in October CINTAMANI, the new works of Evans, will be featured at The Garden House Gallery, located on the grounds of Utopian Heights at 6056 37th Avenue Northwest, Seattle. Visit the works from 1 to 4pm on October 13-14 or 20-21, or by appointment.

Explore Utopian Heights and learn more about the artists here.


Design: Anichini


There is, perhaps, nothing more delicious than slipping into bed and being enveloped by exquisite sheets. Anichini bed linens are my absolute favorites. They offer myriad choices and they reward you every time you lay down your head after a long day of work. Spoil yourself and explore all of their sumptuous product lines. Discover the impeccable offerings in full here.


Botany: California Academy of Sciences Green Roof


The Golden Gate Park building that houses The California Academy of Sciences is a living wonder. Architect Renzo Piano’s vision for the academy is perhaps most perfectly expressed by the living roof. The goal, as he described it, was to “lift a piece of the park and put a building under” – to blend seamlessly into the Golden Gate’s natural setting. Click here to see more about this stunning building.