Design & Living June 2015

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JUNE 2015




Uncovering the area’s best in building & design



hen I was in my 20's I thought I had an idea of what success was. It seemed to happen overnight, out of the blue almost. It appeared some people were lucky and some just woke up a success. I strived to be in the right place at the right time and maybe someone would take notice of my inner, mostly unknown talents. In my 30's I adopted a completely different outlook. Paying a little more attention to those accomplished people, I came to realize that their success was not built on dreaming and waiting for success. In fact, it was much more difficult than most would even fathom. The accomplished did not rely on luck. Most put in long days and late nights for many years, exuding an intense passion for what they do. They had a drive that pushed them beyond their limits, and dedication that came with a hefty price most are not willing to pay. Having been around this industry for some time now, we see their intense dedication, creativity and passion on a daily basis. Since our inception, we have continually strived to show our community the people behind the finished product. Unfortunately, many of these same people often get little, if any recognition for their hard-earned talents. Keeping this goal in mind, we devised a simple plan. Let's rally the community and do our first ever Design & Living People's Choice Awards. We started with a nomination period and then final voting with thousands going online to place their vote. We could not be happier to finally have an issue devoted to the recognition of talent, hand-picked by those in the industry and community. It is our honor to announce and pay our respects to all of the nominees and winners who have earned every bit of this distinction. Although time would not allow us to do a story on every winner in each category, we chose just a few to find out what inspires them. As you will see, we have listed not just the winners, but also the nominees for each category. It was important for us to list them all, as we consider every nomination a huge accomplishment in itself. To be considered in the top three or four of your field, voted on by your community, is worth writing home about. From all of us at Design & Living, we want to wish each of the nominees a sincere congratulations. We hope you appreciate this acknowledgement from your own community and know that your outstanding efforts do not go unnoticed. If you know someone in this industry that was not in our nominations but deserves recognition, please feel free to contact us. Our mission is, as always, to expose the readers to as many talented people as our pages will hold. Sincerely,

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher



58 DESIGN & LIVING PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: THE RESULTS With the intent to showcase the best this industry has to offer, we set out to pay homage to those who create, build and enhance our local homes and surroundings. Now with the highest respects towards all of the nominees, we announce the final results.

Bill and Ann Brooks, who moved to Fargo in 2013 to be closer to their family and grandkids, decided shortly after to start renovating their Rose Creek home. Customizing different rooms throughout the home introduced the couple to several carpenters, masons and contractors around town. It wasn’t until they got in touch with Bill Tweten of Western Products that their project took on a whole new momentum.


Trever Hill Design takes on yet another great re-design with homeowners Steve and Alison Dye in their Charleswood home.


Meet the People’s Choice winner for Best Local Artist, Jessica Wachter. See the studio where she creates her masterpieces and find out what inspires her art.


With the start of summer, it’s important to keep your house cool and energy consumption low. To help you do just that, we’ve found three local experts on all things window coverings. We’ll show you what’s trending with fabric curtains, blinds, motorized Kateva shades and even the new Invisishade.

NEXT ISSUE ON THE COVER With this issue focused on revealing the winners and nominees of our first ever People’s Choice Awards, we wanted to showcase six of the esteemed winners. Keeping the results top secret until the issue went online, even these cover models had no idea the outcome on the day of the shoot. Shown above from left, Annette Shotwell, Jessica Wachter, Tyrone Leslie, Chris Hawley, Bill Tweten and Julie Alin. Since the secret’s finally out, we’d like to congratulate those featured on our cover for being voted in as the best in their trade. Read more about these and many other winners and nominees in the following pages.


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July’s Lake Living Issue The issue we can’t wait to do is just around the corner! July brings our special Lakes Living Issue, focused on the area’s most beautiful lake homes and cabins. We’ll spend some time meandering between the lakes, showing our readers the area’s best architecture, design, shopping and landscaping.


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At Design & Living, our goal is to create a publication that is just as much fun to read as it is to view. Here are the writers and contributors that so affably use their time and talents to tell a story and give our pages purpose.





Jayne Harms is a designer at McNeal & Friends; a lifestyle boutique and interior design studio. There, she specializes in new home construction, home renovations, furniture selection and décor. Previously, she spent three years working at Scheels Home & Hardware as a Home Accent Specialist. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design with a focus in Interior Merchandising from North Dakota State University. Jayne enjoys creating beautiful spaces while sharing her passion with others.

Contributor Maria Bosak is the owner and creator of Eco Chic Boutique with retail locations in Fargo and Bismarck. Bosak is the founder of Junk Market, a twice a year, two-day event featuring the best in re-purposed furniture, vintage finds and unique handmade products in the Upper Midwest. She is highly sought after for her expertise in painted furniture, vintage design and entrepreneurship. Bosak loves combing garage sales, auctions, estate sales and flea markets to find that unique piece that brings joy to your home without breaking the bank.

Aubrey Schield works at Spotlight Media as the editor of S ​ tride ​ magazine and is a writer for D ​ esign & Living Magazine​. She graduated from Concordia College in 2014 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and German. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys running, attending concerts and reading. Feel free to reach out to her with any ideas for stories you may have at

Trever Hill has been the owner of Trever Hill Design, formerly known as Home Suite Couture, in Fargo since 2009. He was also the Specialty Shop Manager of Scheels Home and Hardware. Hill works in both residential and commercial projects around the FM and lakes areas. He has been a valuable contributor, showing cutting edge home design and utilizing furniture and décor from local stores in staging homes, remodels, new builds and historic renovations. In 2014 Hill was nominated for the “Top 5 Best Of the Red River Valley” poll by The Forum.



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Prepare Skyy Infusions Citrus, lemon juice and simple syrup in a tall mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a slice of lemon.


Please Drink Responsibly


By Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., HBA of F-M President



opyright infringement can happen unknowingly, in subtle ways. For instance, a couple may walk through a house during the Parade of Homes and love the way it looks and feels. Later, at their kitchen table, they sketch the layout on paper and decide to take the next step, ultimately working with a contractor different than the one who originally built the Parade house. Is this copyright infringement? Probably. It is the consumer’s responsibility to be forthcoming about his or her plan’s origins, just as the builder should ask questions about the drawing. But if the couple says nothing and the builder takes the sketch as original, everyone involved has just entered into a bad situation. Some may ask, “How many changes do I have to make in someone else’s work before it becomes my own design and I am no longer in danger of being sued for copyright infringement?” According to National Association of Home Builders Legal Research Director David N. Crump, Jr., the answer is simple, “You are not entitled to create derivative works from another’s copyrighted plans, drawings or buildings without permission,” he says. “The copyright law does not permit usage of the design after a certain amount of changes has been made to another’s copyrighted work.” Prior to Dec. 1, 1990, architectural structures (buildings) could not be copyrighted. Only architectural drawings received copyright protection. An amendment to the Copyright Act changed that situation. Now, any qualifying building constructed after Dec. 1, 1990, automatically is copyrighted to the 22

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person or company who “authored” the drawing or plan – for example, a builder, architect or lumberyard. Before using any floor plan that you have seen on paper or experienced by touring a home (even a friend’s home), be certain to find out its origins. Many times a builder will consider selling rights to a plan. If you don’t know where the plan originated, the safest bet is to start from scratch. Some common sense applies: owners cannot copyright standard configurations, such as placing a bathroom next to a master bedroom, because they are not original. The author’s independent selection and arrangement of the parts into an original design is copyrightable. “The level of originality need not be particularly high or particularly novel,” Crump says. “In fact, the design may be similar to countless others. However, if the work has a minimal degree of creativity and is honestly an original, independent creation, it will be afforded copyright protection.” For more details on this issue, visit

Clay Dietrich owns Dietrich Homes, Inc., with his son, Tom. Their company provides custom home-building services to the FM and lakes area. Clay has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry.

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper.


Harp oval top table from The Studio Trunk with steel castors from local artisan Loot at The Studio Artwork above the bed by Autumn in December Lounger chair and footstool by The Green Room


Recently making the rounds on the spring Parade of Homes, this beautiful 5,679 square foot home in The Wilds of West Fargo is just one of many masterpieces from Century Homes. Quickly making a name for themselves in the community, owner Chris Schuler and project manager Ethan Hennings have honed their skills in traditional craftsmanship and added a twist of modern elegance. After the parade, Design & Living took a tour inside with Schuler, Hennings and interior designer Leanne Sucrow to see how their unique vision was pulled together with a mix of traditional and modern elements, local art and Sucrow’s signature repurposed finds. Currently on the market for a cool $1.25 million, we think this home is worth every gorgeous penny. By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


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A room with a view is created for the master bedroom, complete with its own walk-out patio. Sucrow staged this room using subtle touches of color and interesting pieces. A coffered ceiling gives the space interest and creates even more depth for the higher ceilings.


Chris Schuler, owner Century Homes & Ethan Hennings, Project Manager

Entering the master bath, a stainless steel soaker tub takes center stage with it’s natural, slate backsplash. Stand out details include the heated, porcelain floor, a backlit vanity mirror and stainless steel sink. A spacious walk-in shower uses slate tile, river rock flooring and marble accents illuminated by five upper windows for natural light.

With two entrances, one from the master bath and one from the bedroom, the walk-in-closet is worthy of royalty. Capable of handling the largest of wardrobes, a vanity, underlit granite center island and personal washer and dryer keep this space tidy.



Alder cabinetry with rain glass inserts from Red River Glazing Manufactured stone pillars Granite countertops and island from BND Tops Maple wood flooring from Home Design & Supply 4x2’ Porcelain tile from Home Design & Supply Counter stools from Aartisan Home Design

Custom-made for entertaining, this stunning home features a gourmet kitchen with rich alder cabinetry, stone pillars and a multi-level granite island. The larger expanse of the center island doubles as a kitchen and dining table with gorgeous leaded glass pendants. For ease of use, an alternate level of granite is smartly raised for appliances like the dishwasher next to the stainless steel farmhouse sink.


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REPURPOSED DECOR IDEA The glass appeal of terrariums is extremely popular right now, but can also be extremely spendy. Sucrow, who’s no stranger to repurposing, took an old hanging pendant light and gutted the existing finish and light fixture to create this gorgeous bronze and glass piece worthy of high style. Insert greenery or even your favorite books like she did for a sleek showpiece.


“Ethan had a really great vision when it came to the finishes of this house. It’s very modern, but there are some traditional elements, so I wanted to keep the finished design very clean. With all of the architectural elements and custom woodwork, I needed to do a mix of clean lines in furniture with a little splash of traditional to keep with the character of the home.” Leanne Sucrow

Just off the kitchen, expansive windows and an open layout are just the beginning for this great room. A perfect space for entertaining, Century Homes designed stunning ceiling details showcasing inner ambient lighting for a soft glow after the sun goes down.

Leather Sectional by Aartisan Home Design Natural Linen Wingback Chairs from The Green Room Nutting Cart Coffee Table and Side Table from the Studio


Bar stools from Aartisan Home Design

With ample space to house a pool table, gaming table and three flat screens, this game room on the lower level is every Bison fan’s dream. Project Manager Ethan Hennings’ goal for this space was to recreate the feel of Downtown Fargo architecture by focusing on authentic details. To establish true ambiance for entertaining, a fireplace surround was designed with tumbled brick, reclaimed wood and granite shelving. Above the pool table, Grain Designs created a reclaimed wood accent ceiling to keep the downtown style at the forefront.

Located just off the game room, entertaining is made easy with all the amenities of upstairs. A dishwasher, climate controlled wine fridge, freezer and beer fridge are just a few of the modern conveniences in this rustic retreat. Hennings opted for Edison-style lighting, tumbled brick pillars and natural slate flooring to create contrast for the more modern, white-glazed, maple cabinetry.

Tumbled Brick from Hebron Brick Granite Countertops from BND Tops Slate Tile from Home Design & Supply Appliances from Home Design & Supply



Sucrow finished this guest room using simple but timeless pieces from The Studio and earthy details like the metal and reclaimed wood bench by Grain Designs. Sucrow spruced up the space with pops of color in the blue side table by Imago Dei, refurbished dresser from The Studio and art by Autumn in December.


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In the lower level guest bathroom, underlit Woodland cabinets were chosen in a graphite white feather glaze. A rich, vinyl wall covering is accented by a backlit vanity mirror and pendants. Porcelain tile with granite shelving creates a regal finish for the custom designed shower.


Setting the scene for this gorgeous theater room, Hennings designed a custom poplar built-in and backlit theater poster display with rustic brick surround and reclaimed wood. Located directly below the garage, this home theater with the Savante surround sound system by Custom


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Cinema and Sound takes movie night to a whole new level. Custom cabinetry hides control panels and leaves plenty of discreet storage for expansive movie collections. A beverage fridge, high-tech seating for seven, ambient lighting and custom cabinetry with builtin candy display, complete the theater experience.


“Most houses, when the theater room is on, you can hear it throughout the whole house. By putting it in the basement, underneath the garage, you can blast music or movies all day, and no one upstairs will notice. With poured concrete all around and a ceiling that’s eight inches of concrete, it’s very soundproof.” Chris Schuler, Century Homes

THE TECHNOLOGY In this space, one of two wall-mounted iPad control panels gives the owner access to the entire house including electronic window blinds, thermostat, lighting, security and eight zones of audio and video installed by Custom Cinema and Sound. If you need more portable control, just remove the iPad from its docking station or manage your house right from your phone. Chronically leaving your garage door open? This system will text you when you get over 100 yards away.

An outdoor kitchen can be accessed from the master suite or great room. Broken edge concrete countertops by Beyond Concrete accent the variation of wood and masonry. A hard-lined in gas stove and beverage fridge are integrated into the stone work by Showcase Masonry. Brazilian hardwood, also known as Ipe, is used on the base of the patio for its durability and rich color. Tying in with the deep tones, Century Homes incorporated stained cedar on the ceiling of this patio as well as the soffits of the front exterior.

For more information on this home, contact: Century Homes Chris Schuler 701.893.6551







unexpected GARDEN By Maria Bosak | Photos By J. Alan Paul Photography

Let’s face it, in this part of the country we long for green grass and the smell of blossoming trees. I know that my own soul sings a happy tune when I get the chance to play in the dirt and feel the sun on my skin. With such a short summer season it is fun to find ways to bring the outside indoors all year long.



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You don’t have to have a large plot of land, huge sums of money or a professional gardener’s touch to enjoy potted flowers and vegetables. You can find creative ways to bring that summer smell and look inside your home or on your patio. Here are 15 creative, fun and inexpensive ways to create an unexpected garden.


3 TOMATO PLANT IN VINTAGE OLIVE BUCKET You can have fresh veggies on your patio.

DRIED LAVENDER IN VINTAGE DOUGH BOWL Gives a maintenance free, sweet smelling option to live plants.

1 VINTAGE SINK WITH ASSORTED FLOWERS Old sinks and washtubs make great holders for plants.


4 RECLAIMED WOOD PLANTER BOX Herbs do well in boxes on a patio or deck.


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FAUX NEST AND EGGS This simple addition gives the feeling of new life and spring.





7 AIR PLANTS No dirt needed, just give them a spritzing once in a while.

OLD METAL CANISTERS AND CONTAINERS Be eco-friendly and make a statement with unusual pots from household products.

BOXWOOD TOPIARY Real dried boxwood stays green for years and gives the feel of a live plant.


CHALK PAINT速 CANS Recycle while matching your flowers to your paint color.


VINTAGE WATER CAN Adds the perfect touch of vintage flare.





GARDEN FAKE HERBS You thought they were real, right? Fake can be beautiful.


HANGING GLASS JARS Picture an assortment of these dangling on a fence or next to your front door.

14 FAUX GREENERY Keep it simple with faux plants.


CEMENT BLOCKS WITH TUBES A new twist on a cut flowers vase.

15 SUCCULENTS These are easy to maintain and have great textures.




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RENEWED SPACE By Aubrey Schield Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


ithin the bright walls of this Fargo home is an interior that becomes more and more beautiful the closer you get.

The homeowners, Bill and Ann Brooks, moved here in 2013 to be closer to their family and their grandkids. The couple decided shortly after moving into the house to change things up a bit. Customizing and renovating different rooms throughout the home introduced the couple to several handfuls of carpenters, masons and contractors around town. When they got in touch with Bill Tweten of Western Products, however, their project took on a whole new momentum. “The challenges were a dark, interior kitchen without a window looking out into their beautiful yard,” Tweten explained. “The layout of the kitchen wasn’t working particularly well. The laundry and back entry were together and the floor plan was awkward – such a long journey to just get through the house to the garage.” Tweten helped the Brooks redesign their kitchen, opening up the floor plan, replacing outdated tile with solid red oak hardwood flooring and adding brand new cabinetry and countertops.

“He was real receptive, easy to work with, had great ideas,” Bill Brooks said. The partnership between Tweten and these homeowners resulted in a truly beautiful and functional space for them to enjoy. A new kitchen window and hardwood flooring were the two musthave’s that drove the project. “It (tile) looked great, but it was hard to live on,” Ann Brooks said, explaining how the tile floors was very hard on the back. These two changes led to more modifications to the space, ending with a new powder room off the kitchen, a specially designed desk space in the walkway between the kitchen and dining room, a new mudroom, an enclosed laundry room and tons of other details that make the renovation specific to the Brooks. “It was such a delight working with Ann and Bill,” Tweten said. “They weren’t novices at building and knew the way they preferred to work in the kitchen and have the appliances arranged. They had the vision to buy the location they wanted and fix the plan to suit their needs.” Every space that was refreshed boasts small, and sometimes tiny, details that make them unique to the Brooks’ style and way of living. A quick glance at the photos doesn’t do it justice. Read on and find some of the hidden gems within the recent renovation.





CHANGING IT UP ​Here are Tweten’s sketches of the floor plan before the Brooks’ renovation and after the completion of the project.

“We moved the kitchen to the outside corner of the house, added the window to the world, separated the laundry from the back hall, added a bench and hooks in the entry and isolated a powder room within the new angular designed floor plan. In the former kitchen space, a large desk area was added, much needed pantry space and a wet bar for entertaining. The flow through the space is much more friendly and open.” -Bill Tweten, Western Products


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BEFORE KITCHEN The new, ginger-stained cherry cabinets from Crystal Cabinetry out of Princeton, Minn., take the spotlight in this refreshing kitchen. Natural light fills the space, pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows in the living room and, of course, from Ann Brooks’ new kitchen window. The wood tone brings out flecks of amber found in the Cashmere Gold granite countertops throughout the kitchen, powder room and desk area. Another favorite for the Brooks in their revamped space is the island, which provides gathering space and more surface area to cook on. THE DETAILS You may not see these at first glance, so here are a few cool details about the space that Tweten and the homeowners brought into their project. • Silverware drawer with built-in wooden separators • Set in space for average-sized microwave • Gas stove and double oven from Wolf • Sub-Zero fridge and freezer with custom wood panels • Cashmere Gold granite countertops • Built-in spice rack optimizes space • Wooden stove hood with front framing by Tweten

“This (stove hood) was plain and Bill framed the wood around there so it adds a little picture. The detail in this kitchen is amazing.” - Ann Brooks, homeowner



UPSTAIRS LOFT AND BOOKCASES Tweten also had a hand in constructing new bookcases on the main level next to the fireplace and in the upstairs office. The cherry cabinets are repeated often throughout the various spaces in the home and tie this renovation together.




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DESK AREA/HALLWAY Yet another neat feature of the renovation is the utilization of the space between the kitchen and dining room. Tweten had the idea to put in a desk area and a bar with wine shelving and a beverage refrigerator. The same granite countertops and cherry cabinets flow from the kitchen into this space, bringing the entire project together.



(From Left) Julie Alin of Scheels Home & Hardware, Annette Shotwell of Shotwell Floral Company & Greenhouse, Chris Hawley of Chris Hawley Architects, Tyrone Leslie of Heritage Homes & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties, Artist Jessica Wachter, Bill Tweten of Western Products 58

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The Results are in ith the intent to showcase the best this industry has to offer, we set out to pay homage to those who create, build and enhance our local homes and surroundings. Since we couldn't pick just one, we asked our readers and community to share their favorites. Starting March 24, we took nominations for our first ever Design & Living People's Choice Awards. On April 6, we tallied up the nominations and started the final voting. We were thrilled to see thousands of votes pour in over the course of this friendly competition, with the races so close at times even one vote would sway the end result.


This last month we tallied up the final votes and interviewed a select few of the esteemed winners. Now, with the highest respects toward all of the nominees, we announce the final results. Congratulations to this year's People's Choice winners and all of the nominees for being considered in the top ranks of your industry. By Tracy Nicholson | Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography



Best commercial Architect winner

T.L. Stroh Architects

8 7th St. N, Fargo 701.239.4198

"I think what draws me to architecture is the process of creating something that enhances the lives of our clients and allows them to maximize their productivity. I'm inspired by objects of art and architecture as well as Gods creation around us. It is truly an honor to be put in this category. Our team at TL Stroh Architects really appreciates it, and are grateful to all our wonderful clients that have made it possible." -Terry Stroh

honorable mentions R. L. Engebretson Lightowler Johnson Associates


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Best Residential Architect winner

Chris Hawley

Chris Hawley Architects 325 7th St. S. Ste. 300, Fargo 701.478.4600 "In short, I am really proud to be recognized for something that I love to do. Because I am passionate about the work, it’s always nice to get a little “pat on the back.” I also hope this means that others will push to do the same. Quality is everything. 100 years from now, I want the work to speak for itself and be placed in the “timeless” bucket, to the point that someone wants to preserve it for another 100 years. In my mind, great design inspires people to want to live around it, talk about it, and do more of it…..I want to be on the leading edge of that!"

honorable mentions Holly & Company Classic Homes Heritage Homes



Best interior decorator winner

Julie Alin

Scheels Home & Hardware 3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo 701.232.8903 Before the final results were revealed, we met up with Julie Alin, to discuss how it feels to be ranked in the top three interior decorators in the FM area. "I'm absolutely humbled and honored because the company I'm in is so fantastic, which is of course Trever Hill and Sylvia Lunski. They are just such great talents." Many feel Alin is deserving of the accolade if not for her talent then simply for her passion for the work she does. Those who have worked with her tell you that her knowledge of design goes well beyond color matching and furniture placement, looking to social trends for the next big design concept and incorporating it into her style. "If you really keep your finger on the pulse of what's happening around the world, it tells you all there is to know about how the trends are going to change," she said.

honorable mentions Trever Hill Design Design Direction


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Best window treatment & blind supply honorable mentions


Western Products

Design Direction 3211 Fiechtner Dr. Ste. 1, Fargo

Smart Home Technologies

Best window install & supply honorable mentions


Pella Northland

Western Products

Rusco Window Co.

474 45th St. S, Fargo




honorable mentions


BELOW $399,000


Jordahl Custom Homes

winner Heritage Homes

1815 38th St. S, Fargo 701.281.7184

"We are deeply honored to be recognized for what we passionately love to do. To be in the top three lets us know we are doing the right thing, and helps us continue to provide the best product and service for our clients. Our team is inspired by the fact that we get to help create the American Dream. We positively influence people’s lives through our incredible homebuilding journey and the secondto-none livability of our homes. We are passionate about our process and our product. We live and breathe our goal of providing the best quality for this community." -Tyrone Leslie


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honorable mentions

(BEST LUXURY HOME BUILDER) Footitt Homes/Bob Footitt Construction Century Homes

0° 36

“True Country Club Experience. We have it down to a tee.”


509 26th Ave S, Fargo

(701) 237-9122



Best local artist winner

Jessica Wachter Facebook: JessicaWachterArt "I am immensely honored to be recognized as one of the top artists in our community and it is truly even more meaningful to have been voted in by the people. There are so many highly talented fellow artists here, so to be celebrated by Design & Living Magazine in this way is genuinely humbling. "In life, the more we experience will drive and continue to deepen our work. The same is with my work. Experiences include making connections to culture, meeting people and other creators, or traveling to new places and landscapes. Through this I find new sources of inspiration for my work."

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Best custom furniture builder winner

Grain Designs

666 Main Ave. W. Ste. 3, West Fargo "It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top furniture builders as we take great pride in the craft and quality of our products. Using reclaimed wood is a sustainable practice that helps relieve the stress on deforestation. The materials we use also allow us to create more unique and meaningful pieces than you can buy at a big box store or build from lumberyard materials because each piece we build has a story from its previous existence. What was once a barn or joists in a downtown warehouse building, now become a furniture or wall decor piece full of character. Each knot, nail hole and imperfection is a true testament to a piece of history." -Blain Mikkonen

honorable mentions CNC Wood Design Finnu Designs


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Design. Build. Maintain. Fargo-Moorhead & Surrounding Areas



Best furniture store honorable mentions


Scheels Home & Hardware

HOM Furniture 4601 23rd Ave. S, Fargo

Northern Home Furniture & Design

Best selection of home decor honorable mentions


McNeal & Friends

Scheels Home & Hardware

HomeGoods Kirkland’s

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo



Best home appliance store winner

honorable mentions

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Rigel’s Appliance Homemaker’s Villa

1602 45th St. N, Fargo 701.433.7600

Best kitchen design center winner

honorable mentions

Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home

Accent Kitchen & Bath

360 36th St. S, Fargo 701.237.6601


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Western Products Showplace Kitchens


Best certified kitchen designer winner

Bill Tweten Western Products 474 45th St. S, Fargo 701.293.5310 "It’s gratifying to be recognized for the work you do. Many years ago I changed careers and design was such a natural fit for me---working with people and their homes and reinventing the space is such a fun, creative process. My dad always taught us to work hard and if you are going to do a job, do it well. I also feel a natural “compulsion” to work with space---to make order from chaos! God is the great designer, so much of what you need to know from design is seen in nature. Once you find the passion in your life for the talents God gave you, the rest flows easily."

honorable mentions Beth Kemmer, Wood Specialists Ferguson Enterprises



Best custom cabinetry honorable mentions


Wood Specialists

Mill Creek Custom Cabinets

Western Products

2828 24th Ave. S, Moorhead Find them on Facebook.

Wendt Custom Cabinets

Best countertop install & supply honorable mentions


Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home

Stone Countertop Outlet

Spaulding Stone

2414 University Dr. S, Fargo



Best repurposed store winner

Eco Chic Boutique 4955 17th Ave. S, Fargo

"It means everything to be considered one of the top repurposed stores in the area. Owning your own business is hard work and can feel daunting at times. We are so grateful for the love our customers have shown us. "There is a feeling of joy and peace that fills ones heart and soul when they walk into their homes and it feels perfect for them. We love creating and finding pieces that bring that joy to others.” – Maria Bosak, Owner

honorable mentions Habitat for Humanity ReStore Grain Designs Redoux


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Best painting service honorable mentions


Red River Drywall

Gene’s Paint & Decorating

Shawn Weyer, Weyer-for-Hire

3330 28th Ave. SW, Fargo 701.235.1969

Apex Painting & Cleaning Service

Best paint selection honorable mentions



Scheels Home & Hardware

The Color Wheel

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo



Best interior designer winner

Monica Hart Interior Design 3481 University Dr # 203, Fargo 701.235.4929

"To think that the community feels I am a top designer just blows me away. I am most grateful! We are fortunate to be in a small city that has talented designers - many of them my friends. People who know me or have met me at the Parade of Homes know that I'll talk their ear off when it comes to design or anything for that matter! My hope is always that people enjoy my vision and creativity and are maybe inspired for their own home. If I am working on a new construction home, remodel or room refresher, the client and their family usually inspires me. I try to make each space reflect the family by inserting unique touches that mean something to them. This sounds silly but sometimes when I am looking for selections for someone, the product speaks to me. I can instantly envision it in their home. I will be shopping for a room refresher and I swear certain products say, "I belong with so and so.....". Once a client tells me their likes and project goals, I can start to see the spaces finished and I'm inspired to attain that finished vision in my head."

honorable mentions Design Direction Alesha Leslie



Best Tile Design & Install honorable mentions


Showcase Floors

Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home

Floyd Wangen Trevor Odden, Stone Ridge Builders

360 36th Street, South, Fargo

Best Flooring Selection honorable mentions


Carpet World

Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home

Design Direction

360 36th Street, South, Fargo



Best home entertainment solutions (audio/video)


Custom Cinema & Sound 5257 51st Ave. S. Ste. #1, Fargo

"It's great to know that the hard work and dedication put in has paid off. The world of technology is always changing, and it's great to be able to share that with the community. Being able to educate and provide our clients with cutting edge technology and our knowledge and expertise is my biggest inspiration. Technology changes constantly and it's become an integral part of people's lives. Today, everyone wants the best, top of the line electronics, and we're willing to work with people to make sure they get the best solution." – Jon Kungel, Owner

honorable mentions Smart Home Technologies Best Buy


Best lighting selection winner

honorable mentions

Valley Lights

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

1230 38th St. N, Fargo

Border States Electric (The Lighthouse)

Best plumbing & supply winner

honorable mentions

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Home Heating, Plumbing & A.C.

1602 45th St. N, Fargo


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Northern Plumbing Precision Plumbing & Heating


Best lumberyard honorable mentions


Lampert Lumber

Crane Johnson Lumber

HDS (Home Design & Supply)

3300 Main Ave, Fargo

Best exterior siding install & supply honorable mentions


ABC Seamless

Western Products

SAV Siding

474 45th St. S, Fargo



Best garage door install & supply winner

honorable mentions

Twin City Garage Door

Overhead Door

324 Main Ave. E, West Fargo

EZ Open Garage Door



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honorable mentions

Hebron Brick

Home & Hearth

2300 Main Ave, Fargo

Western Products


Best contractor winner

Bob Footitt Construction/ Footitt Homes

2673 Meadow Creek Circle S, Fargo 701.239.8125 "It's an incredible compliment to receive this type of respect from the community considering the large number of builders in the area. It's also a sign the public recognizes there has been a seamless transition over the past 18 months since my dad retired. Our driving force is protecting the family name and legacy my father spent 40 years creating from nothing. He started the company from the ground up in a poor economy with high interest rates (over 12-14%) before retiring in 2013 as one of premier builders in town. Striving for perfection in all phases of the home building process- from unique one of a kind home designs, focusing on low volume top quality workmanship, emphasizing long term structural integrity of the home and going the extra mile for every home owner. There's no greater feeling than receiving letters and texts from our home owners stating "we exceeded their expectations" and "they couldn't be happier with their home". I give thanks to my incredibly talented "team" of carpenters, draftsmen and subcontractors."

honorable mentions Kochmann Brothers Luxury Builders



Best greenhouse winner

Shotwell Floral

4000 40th St. S, Fargo "It is such an honor to be considered one of the top greenhouses in the Fargo-Moorhead area. We know people have a lot of options locally, but we try very hard to provide the expertise, knowledge and quality products to our customers so they can feel confident in their gardening purchases. We are a family business that has served the community for 126 years but we never take our customers for granted. We get inspired by what makes people happy. Flowers naturally brighten one's mood. Our customers enjoy making their outdoors beautiful, getting their hands dirty in their gardens or planting containers; nothing inspires us more than to see what our customers create in their outdoor spaces." - Annette Shotwell

honorable mentions Baker Nursery Garden & Gift Beyond Outdoors (previously Kroshus) 93


Best landscape design winner

Natural Environments Landscaping & Outdoor Living 5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by past customers. We really appreciate it!" "I always enjoy looking at a new construction home or an older home that is in need of renovation and being able to transform it creating curb appeal and/or an outdoor living area that each of our customers can come home to and enjoy!" –Roger Klocke, Owner

honorable mentions Signature Landscapes MGI Landscapes & Outdoor Living


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Best pool/spa install & supply winner

Olson Pool & Spa 1110 US-10, Hawley

honorable mentions Tubs of Fun Western Products HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2


Best landscape/ garden supply winner

honorable mentions

Baker Nursery Garden & Gift

Beyond Outdoors (previously Kroshus)

2733 University Dr, Fargo

Natural Environments Landscaping & Outdoor Living

Best deck builder


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honorable mentions


Premium Decks

5507 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

American Custom Decks


best real estate company winner

Park Company 28 10th St. N, Fargo

"Being considered one of the top real estate companies is a distinguished honor. Our company goals and core values focus on our clients and their satisfaction and it is very rewarding to be recognized as a leader in the community. It may sound like a clichĂŠ, but our people set us apart from the competition. There is no replacement for people who are fully committed to the real estate industry, professionalism, teamwork and most importantly, the communities they live in." -Dawn Lahlum

honorable mentions Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/ Premier Properties Town & Country Realty Hatch Realty 99


Best real estate agent winner

Erik Hatch

Hatch Realty 1205 16th Ave. S, Fargo "This is a superb honor. There's a lot of great realtors in the community and it's a thrill to be considered as one of the best. We're all products of those who surround us, invest in us and trust in us. And so this acknowledgement is something I get to share with my entire team and family, too! I've worked obsessively hard over the last number of years so that I could free myself up a bit to be the father I always dreamed of being - and back in October my wife Emily and I welcomed our first child, Finley Juul, into the world. She's my biggest inspiration. I work for her. I want her to be proud of her father for the man that he strives to be and for the impact I can make in the world. I want to empower her to make a difference in the lives of people. Our team motto is this: ‘The Erik Hatch Team is in the business of helping people. We just happen to sell real estate."’

honorable mentions Mary Eberhard Hollie Kietzer John Knosalla

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teve and Alison Dye, founders of In-House Advertising Agency and Off The Wall Advertising, are well-known entrepreneurs, but after hours, their focus is on family. When it came to the redesign of their traditional Charleswood home on the Sheyenne River, the Dye family recruited Trever Hill Design for help freshening up their existing space. Starting with the kitchen, Hill was given the task to create a family-friendly space for their three daughters, Ella (8), Grace (12) and Gabby (15). After transforming the kitchen, Hill and the Dyes went to work on the remaining main level, delivering a modern and elegant redesign for this once traditional home. By Trever Hill & Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


"We've seen Trever's work and met him at Scheels doing another project at the lake. The cabinets and the flooring are all the same, but we added a new kitchen island, back splash, and countertops. Aesthetically, it looks dramatically different. What's crazy is that our lake project cost much more, but this is just as dramatic, if not more so than what we did on Pelican." - Homeowner, Steve Dye

For more information contact: Trever Hill Design 701-715-3077

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"The end result is a true kitchen transformation. Yes, there were a lot of changes but in reality, compared to remodeling the entire kitchen or building new custom cabinets, these were minor changes that made a major impact." - Trever Hill

Working with the the existing hickory cabinetry, Hill opted to change out the smaller details and add in one pivotal piece. Designing a larger island meant going from two to four barstools to accommodate more seating for their three girls. For the new island, a quartz countertop was added to contrast the painted, maple base. Hill and the Dyes worked closely to choose upgrades like new countertops, lighting, wall colors and cabinetry hardware. Hill had the copper hardware changed to a brushed nickel, laminate countertops to quartz, and upgraded the backsplash from a tumbled stone to a more modern glass and stone linear tile. Since Alison loves to cook and entertain, her once white built-in desk and iPad recipe station was painted a Mined Coal color to coordinate with the island and a gas range was added to replace the former glass top stove. The final result was a family friendly transformation perfect for entertaining. Sidenote Credits - Kitchen: Barstools from HOM Furniture Wolf gas range from Rigels Tile backsplash by McArthur Tile Quartz countertops from Northern Stone Maple Island by Mill Creek Custom Cabinetry Island and desk paint - Mined Coal Lighting by Feiss Wall color - Sculpting Clay by Valspar




Creating an impressive foyer, Hill updated the Dye's decor, added a stunning orb chandelier and freshened up the paint in the grand staircase and entry. With the first glance drawn to the 22-foot ceilings, Hill chose a hammered metal art piece with a bench and coordinating accent pillows at the top of the stairs. On the far right, is an oval mirror and linen bench. "Adding mirrors in spaces like the entry gives guests a hint of what is to come, further into the house. The linen bench coordinates with the dining room chairs, so if they entertain and add leafs to the table, the bench can be used for additional and well-coordinated seating," said Hill. Sidenote credits - Foyer: Wall color in Sculpting Clay Grand Vasteras 7 Light Foucault's Orb Chandelier Hammered metal art - HomeGoods Louis XVI Bench Accent Pillows from Scheels Home & Hardware

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DINING In the formal dining area, Hill made an uncommon decision to put captain's chairs around the entire table instead of just at the heads of the table. To balance this more dramatic effect, he placed two, even larger linen style chairs at the ends. Keeping the Dyes' traditional taste in mind, Hill chose the oval back for the side chairs to give it grand and timeless appeal. Framing in the table, Hill used silver framed, hand-sketched chandeliers on floating antiqued paper with a mercury glass backdrop. "Alison loves candles so when I found this silver, multi-level tapered candle holder at Scheels Home & Hardware I knew this was perfect," said Hill.


Sidenote Credits - Dining: Dining table from The Furniture Mart Captains chairs from The Furniture Mart Table runner from Scheels Home & Hardware Chandelier artwork from Ashley Home Furniture Candelabra from Scheels Home & Hardware



With 12-foot ceilings, 10 ceiling-level windows and spacious windows throughout, this sunroom is made to capture the natural light and stunning views overlooking their wooded backyard on the river. Framing in the view as the focal point, Hill opted for a nature-complementing wall color in Moonshot by Valspar. Mimicking the natural light, he chose a Dijon yellow accent in the pillows, throw and Pottery Barn rug. "It's great to have small pops of color to brighten up spaces where everything else is neutral," said Hill.

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"I think what Trever's done is create a lot more space. We had a lot of really oversized furniture in here and it was dark, so everything was in those earth tones with a lot of burgundy, greens and taupes. It's amazing how much bigger the rooms feel."


- Homeowner, Alison Dye

In the hearth room, Hill changed the wall color from a taupe to a warm gray, bringing out the gray tones in the brick. A more traditional ceiling fan was upgraded to a sleek and industrial three-blade fan. Hill chose large canvased artwork by Jessica Wachter for behind the sofa, and rustic details like the oval, aged wood coffee table. For the sofas, he carried in the linen look from the dining room and chose this traditional style with modern appeal and enduring details like rolled arms and tufted fabric. “The overall look of the room is a balance of timeless traditional, industrial and rustic. Mixing these styles gives the space a finished and relaxed look for the family that they can enjoy for years to come,” said Hill. When it came to the layout, Hill loved the two sofas facing each other and didn’t want to alter the flow of the room and the view of the fireplace. The oval rustic coffee table was a perfect choice in this space to continue proper flow around a smaller space. Sidenote Credits - Hearth Room: Valspar wall color - Tabby Cat Gray Metal and wood mix coffee table - HOM Furniture Sofa side table - HOM Furniture Artwork by Jessica Wachter Charcoal Petite Kensington Sofas - Wayfair Vases - Aartisan Home Design Accessories and artwork on mantel - Home Goods Edison style light - Aartisan Metal corner stand - Ashley Home Furniture Rug - Ashley Home Furniture Pillows -Scheels Home & Hardware, Home Goods, TJ Maxx


OFFICE/DEN The Dyes' den needed to be bright, inspirational and family-oriented. As two very busy parents running multiple creative businesses, the ability to work from home was essential. In this space, they chose a simple desk and cubed bookshelves by Arteriors. The hand-carved, hardwood framed accent chairs have a modern design, brighter tone and tie in traditional elements with nail head trim. Sidenote - Office/Den: Details Desk and bookshelves - Arteriors from McNeal & Friends Oly brand "Benjamin" accent chairs from McNeal & Friends

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BATHROOM In the main floor powder room, Hill changed out the lighting and vanity using a more cost efficient remnant slab for the top. Setting an ethereal tone is the spa-like vessel sink and faucet, complimenting the Rainwater wall color. Sidenote Credits: Vanity base - Home Depot Remnant slab vanity top - Northern Stone Vessel sink and faucet - Wayfair LIghting - Menards Wall color - Rain Water by Martha Stewart Rug - TJMaxx



WHAT’S NEXT? The Dye family enjoyed working with Trever so much on the main level, they have recently hired him to start a redesign on the lower level theater and their entertainment and bar area just off the garage.


Artist Q&A

Jessica Wachter Open to Interpretation

Local artist Jessica Wachter leaves it up to the viewer to find his or her own meaning in her artwork. Vast canvases with large, sweeping brushstrokes and a vibrant style indicate the personal expression of this artist. As the winner of the Best Local Artist category in the Design & Living People’s Choice Awards and with works in ecce art & yoga and the Plains Art Museum, Wachter’s list of accolades continues to grow. Learn more about Wachter, her trade and a bit about her inspiration. By Aubrey Schield & Tracy Nicholson | Photos by Zach Davis Photography


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How do you define yourself as an artist? “I explore a variety of mediums, but typically people associate me with abstract work. Other directions include landscapes and representational works. My work isn’t about art, but life itself. I can see art all around me and with that I analyze and formulate meaning. As much as my work is rooted in or delivered through abstract expressionist language, it is self-reflective and critical; it always has a deeper content than what you see on the surface or what is shown, and this is constantly expanding.” Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you knew you were going to be an artist? “Moments exist on top of each other; there are numerous moments that have infused to bring me to where I am today, starting from when I was very young.” What draws you to painting versus other mediums? “I continue to explore many directions in my work to communicate

my vision. I am also known for my monoprints. Although I am drawn to the canvas process and the versatility it allows me for expressing myself, I want the freedom to explore multiple directions using mixed mediums.” Why do you choose large canvases for most of your work? “They choose me! I don’t want to restrict myself to one scale; for me it is necessary to have the pieces larger to convey what I want. Often it becomes a physical act that can’t be represented on a small scale, but instead allows me to use strong gestural brush strokes with the use of color, texture and composition to express myself.” What is your latest collection of work and what inspired it? “The current collection I am working on is largely influenced by transition and traveling. I have been very fortunate to have worked in or visited numerous cities and countries recently. In particular, an incredible experience for me was to exhibit my work at Art Basel in Miami. The city transforms



during this week to showcase art with an energy that I had never experienced before. Attending this international event — seeing the art and interacting with artists — provided a newfound openness for my recent work.” Has there ever been a piece you would refuse to sell, something with sentimental value? “I don’t have favorites in my work; each piece I create has a sentimental place for me.” If you could name two other local artists that have inspired you, who would they be? “There are many talented local artists who inspire me, but artists Dan Jones and Bob Crowe have played a pivotal role in mentoring me as a young artist. Their friendship in guiding me, helping me during artist blocks, giving me constructive critique and believing in me has been invaluable.” What does it feel like to have your own exhibit at places like ecce art & yoga and the Plains Art Museum? “I have been fortunate to work with ecce gallery for the past six years and to have successful shows. I feel blessed to have built strong relationships with the other artists in the gallery and the gallery itself, and to be able to co-curate shows there. I am very appreciative to Mark Weiler, owner of ecce, for these many opportunities. It was a huge honor to have an exhibition at the Plains Art Museum. I felt truly privileged to have the support from this prominent museum in allowing me to create my interactive exhibit and to see my vision come to life.” When you paint about intense feelings and emotions, who are the people in your life that inspire you? “That’s for me to know and you to interpret.”


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Do you use certain colors to depict certain emotions? “I may subconsciously, but to answer that question, no I don’t. I have been told there are many shades of blue found in my work; yet I know I use this color to express a myriad of emotions. I’d rather see the world around me in different colors than with what our eyes perceive.” I once read that your studio is not often seen by others, why is this such a sacred place to you? “It is a private creative space — my sanctuary. When my work is in progress I am exposing a very personal side of myself and I’d rather have my work seen as an end result. Often I need to develop this outside of the influence of others.” As an artist, what do you consider your greatest achievement to date? “To know that through my work others can be transported to new places and to see things in a different light. My art works on various levels; one is emotional impact and the other is intellectual impact, and these are not exclusive. With my work, I hope to evoke something new or different in you as a viewer.” If you were not able to be an artist, what type of career path do you think you would have chosen? “I also have a minor in interior design. I have such a connection to environments and beautiful design, so perhaps working as an interior designer or architect. I know for sure a career involving hands-on creativity.” Can you tell us a little about your personal life? “I am originally from Bismarck, N.D. I graduated from NDSU with degrees in art and interior design, so I am proud to be connected to


"My work isn’t about art, but life itself. I can see art all around me and with that I analyze and formulate meaning."

the university and to Fargo. It will always be a special place for me as it is where I got my start; I am indebted to the community for their loyal support over the years. I like promoting the arts and am a member of the NDSU Bison Arts Board of Directors. I am lucky in life to have an incredible support system from family to friends. I am enjoying the single life keeping busy with traveling, yoga, running, outdoor activities and spending time with family and close friends.” Where do you think your life’s focus will be in 10 years, or where would you like it to be? “Everything is a process and forever evolving. I will strive to achieve my goals with honesty and strength in character, not losing sight of who I am along the way. I hope I will be married and starting a family of my own. Yet in all I do, I will never stop being an artist. It is a part of who I am.” What is your best advice for aspiring painters, when considering art for a career? “The career is built on long hours, big dreams and good old-fashioned hard work. With the willingness to commit and not being afraid to fail, you will succeed.” What is the best advice you’ve been given? “Stay true to yourself. You have the power to act upon and create the life you want and to embrace the things you cannot change. Always use your talents to the best of your ability.” 115


FOOTITT HOMES A New Kind of Rustic Haven

By Aubrey Schield, Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


tep into this recently finished 5,258 square foot home in West Fargo’s booming Shadow Creek neighborhood and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step into the comforts of rustic simplicity and the beauty of nature. This home, completed in January of this year, is a prime example of using materials in their natural state, with exposed cedar beams, knotty cabinetry and even reclaimed wood barn doors to name a few of the features that make this home a refined, rustic oasis.

A tour of the home, built by Bob Footitt, reveals a myriad of fine features and unique qualities that reflect the styles of the homeowners, who have worked with Footitt from the beginning. Construction began back in 2013 when Footitt and his crew laid the home’s foundation in preparation for the following spring.


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Footitt and his crew custom-built curved edges on the house’s roof.



A grand barn-door style, reclaimed wood door on a sliding track precedes the home’s master suite, which includes the bedroom, master bath and walk-in closet. The homeowners did a lot of the interior designing themselves, bringing in pieces from local businesses and their former homes to reflect their individual style.

Upon entering the master bath, the eye goes directly to a beautiful white, porcelain footed bathtub from Goodin Company. The white is offset by wooden framing around the tub’s basin.

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Footed bathtub from Goodin Company


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The living room brings the outdoors in with heaps of natural lighting, high ceilings and exposed beams. Hidden surround sound features give the room another use as a television room.

Three exposed solid cedar beams from western Canada with custom designed metal brackets for stability and decoration Real stone chimney and gas fireplace 23-foot ceiling Surround sound throughout the room Leather furniture from Costco Real stone chimney from Rock Solid

The homeowners of this Footitt home wanted to stick with a rustic but clean style. Including as much hardwood flooring and wood accents as possible gives the home a cabin feel. “We always thought it was just kind of rustic. We thought of it as sort of our cabin.” – Homeowner

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Six-inch wide pre-finished hickory hardwood flooring throughout

DESIGN&LIVING BOB FOOTITT "They (homeowners) had darker wood tones, warm wall colors and white trim. So I knew we had to have wood tones that complemented those very well. In addition, we needed to source wood with character since everything else in the house was clean and perfect. We used a reclaimed Douglas fir where the nails that occupied the wood at one time were left to corrode. Over time the iron bled into the wood creating darker colors in a variety of different bleeding patterns. Thus, giving us a perfect blend to complement the rest of their house. You just can’t replicate stuff like this by staining or using other various forms of distressing techniques." - Josh Humble, Finnu Designs

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Doorways into dining room lined with cedar beams Metal artwork in dining room from homeowner’s dad’s shop Dining room light fixture from Lighthouse

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Gorgeous, deep brown alder cabinets frame the kitchen, which the homeowners designed especially to handle high traffic and entertaining for large groups. A high granite-top bar separates the living room and kitchen, providing space for people to congregate or to place dishes for those summer potluck parties. Copper sinks tie into the amber hues in the granite countertops and a spacious island in the center gives ample space for entertaining. A stainless steel refrigerator with wide doors and a shallow depth makes food organization simple and finding what you’re looking for easier.

Copper farmhouse sink and smaller hammered copper sink in island Dark rustic alder cabinetry with exposed knots by Wood Specialists Inc. Light travertine backsplash Recessed ceiling with cedar boarding Penant lighting from Lighthouse Sliding reclaimed wood door reveals hidden walk-in pantry for storage The homeowners put two fullsize sliding reclaimed wood doors in their home, but didn’t stop there. With little ones in the house, they wanted to ensure safety without installing plastic baby gates. With the help of Josh Humble of Finnu Designs, their creative solution led to reclaimed wood gates at the tops of the two sets of staircases.

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There’s no need to make the trip to the lake with this beautiful step into nature. Once landscaping is completed by Signature Landscapes, the outdoor patio with gas fireplace and built-in surround sound audio by Smart Home Technologies will provide the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing evening enjoying the great outdoors.

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The basement of this home takes on a slightly different feel from the rest of the house. The homeowner wanted to create more of a modern feel in the lower level and home theater of the house. Home theater by Smart Home Technologies Subwoofer speakers hidden in walls Granite countertops on the bar Window treatments from Budget Blinds Curved stage created by bending multiple pieces of wood to a specific radius and piecing them together Built-in cubbies next to the stage for storage

For more info on this home, contact: Footitt Homes Bob Footitt 701.729.6401

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indow treatments and blinds are not just necessary, they can also be one of the most stylish details in your home. The right window treatment can lower your energy bills and even transform a lackluster space into a showplace. To view the latest in blinds, shades and curtains, we asked the experts from Custom Cinema & Sound, Design Direction and Smart Home Technologies about the latest advancements and styles to keep your home cool in the shade.

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TO F OA UB UCT T OHN By Aubrey Schield | Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


ore and more, we’re seeing a trend of automation in homes, whether it’s automated lighting, heat and air control, sound and now, even window treatments. To find out more about automated blinds, we spoke to Jon Kungel, owner of Custom Cinema Sound, who has recently brought Kateva, a QMotion motorized window treatment, to the area. HOW IT STARTED So how does a sound guy get into window treatments? “We started doing blackout blinds for theater rooms and then customers started asking for whole house motorized blinds,” Kungel said. “It’s gotten more popular and more affordable. It’s being able to control your environment with the touch of a button." WHAT DOES KATEVA OFFER? Kateva offers different types of window treatments, varying from honeycomb shades to full-length drapes. The QMotion motorized blinds and drapes operate smoothly and silently with enclosed motor devices powered by alkaline batteries. Kateva also offers different levels of operation, including remote control, mobile and tablet capabilities through QMotion’s app. Kungel added that you can also manually adjust the blinds. Kateva orders nearly every supply down to each individual client because there is so much opportunity to customize the product, from fabric swatches to style of shade and size. Their services also include in-home measurements, consultation about fabrics and design and finally installation. Kungel said that they are typically able to complete the entire process in seven to 10 days, depending on their schedule.

Kateva offers QMotion drapes that are a vision in ingenuity. Just like the blinds, the motor is encased in the drape rod and turns the rod on command. Small grooves in the rod’s surface guide each drape ring, which is specially designed with small pegs that fit in the grooves.

“Part of our process is we come out and we measure, so it takes the guesswork out of somebody measuring and not measuring in the right locations and getting something wrong,” Kungel said. “We do the measuring so we’re responsible for that.” HOW DOES IT WORK? The QMotion window treatments are controlled wirelessly by either a remote or from a mobile phone or tablet through the company’s app. Each window treatment has a motor that is powered by alkaline batteries. At the touch of a button, the motor turns within its tubing, pulling the blinds up or releasing them down. For more information contact: Jon Kungel Kateva 5257 51st Ave. S. Ste. 1, Fargo 701-277-0313 131



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By Jayne Harms | Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


inding the perfect window treatments, whether they are blinds, shades or drapes can be a nightmare without the guidance of an expert. After all, window coverings are far more than simple function. When fashioned and placed correctly, window treatments can completely redefine a space. To show us the latest, Design Direction's Sylvia Lunski spoke with us about trends in window coverings and shared some of the Hunter Douglas products her company offers. WHY HUNTER DOUGLAS? “I like Hunter Douglas because of their warranty, how they take care of their product and how their products have very minimal problems. Hunter Douglas is great for sun fading with its UV protection. Their products are also a good insulator in the winter. I have had my blinds for about 20 years now; they last longer than your floor covering. If operated correctly, you won’t see many issues.” WHAT ARE SOME POPULAR TRENDS IN WINDOW COVERINGS TODAY? “Traverse Vignettes are very popular right now and people are mainly using them for their patio doors. The Vignette Roman shade is also popular because of its classic look. I really see our clients asking a lot for the practicality purpose. Some of the fabrics Hunter Douglas offers wipe off very nicely, so they are great at the lake where there is dust and a lot of bugs. "Hunter Douglas offers a metal blind called Reveal Magna View. They come in a variety of fun colors with modern and contemporary styles. They open up twice the amount of space than a usual metal blind would. People are mixing wood valances with the metal blinds, which gives it a more classic look. Usually, these blinds are seen in offices or bedrooms. "Shutters are coming back strong because they have a lot of new colors and different woods to choose from. They also function very well. We are seeing them more at the lake, but we have been doing homes here in Fargo as well. We use them in bathrooms and in master bedrooms, but it really just depends on the home. "About 70 percent of the jobs that we do choose to have side panel drapery. Drapery complements and dresses up the main rooms in a house; they also add texture to the walls. We like to focus on things that are unique and different. Fun and bright patterns are coming back like crazy.” For more information contact: Sylvia Lunski Design Direction 3211 Fiechtner Dr. Ste. 1, Fargo 701-365-4040 13 2

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Need to Know: Hang your curtain rod 6-8" above the casing then let the curtains hang as close to the floor as possible to give rooms the illusion of height.



SHADE By Tracy Nicholson | Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


hen blinds, curtains and typical shades just won't do, new to the market is the Invisishade. Using liquid crystals to create a window film that goes from transparent to opaque, we needed to find out how it worked. We asked Jamie DeJean of Smart Home Technologies in West Fargo, to explain the technology behind this new advancement.

WHAT IS INVISISHADE? "This unique electronic window film contains liquid crystals and can be applied to existing glass surfaces. The film is similar to a frosted glass in that it goes from transparent to opaque when an electrical current is applied." WHAT ARE THE BEST USES FOR INVISISHADE? "This film works wonderfully in situations with irregular window shapes or installations where blocking any part of a window’s view is not acceptable. It provides UV protection for valuable wood floors, furniture and artwork. When this is integrated into one of our Smart Home designs, the film can provide a dramatic reduction in energy consumption by working with the home’s thermostat to determine when it's beneficial to become transparent or opaque. This either allows the sun’s natural thermal energy to heat the home, or reject it and keep the home cool. This film can allow natural light to enter the room, while providing privacy. In a commercial environment the Invisishade film can be used to provide privacy to glass doors or windows in offices and conference rooms." IS THIS A NEW PRODUCT TO FARGO? "While similar technology has existed for many years, it was previously built into expensive windows. This product can be now added to existing windows. We are proud to partner with Motoring FX, the area's premiere automotive and residential tinting company, to offer this product to our residential and commercial clients." WHAT IS THE INSTALL PROCESS AND MAINTENANCE? "Our partnership with Motoring FX allows us to be the only provider in the area. The installation of window film is a difficult art to master, and Troy at Motoring FX ensures our client’s expectations are always met with exceptional courtesy and service. We can easily integrate this product into our client's project, whether it's a stand alone, inwall dimmer, mobile control from iPhone or Android device, or as part of a complete Smart Home Automation System. Typically, each unique installation takes between four and six hours per window. As far as the lifespan, this product can be turned on and off 1,000,000 times. For most people, that is a lifetime of continuous use." IS THIS A CUSTOM ORDER FOR HOMEOWNERS? "We custom fit each window at the job site to ensure a perfect fit. Total costs are comparable to traditional motorized window treatments." For more information contact: Jamie DeJean Smart Home Technologies 3306 Sheyenne Street – Suite 212, West Fargo 701-367-1337 13 4

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Jamie DeJean, Smart Home Technologies Troy Reimche, Motoring FX

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