Design & Living September 2014

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INTRODUCING The Fabulous Five




or this special September issue devoted to all things design and decor, we went to the most knowledgeable experts we could find; our readers. What happened can only be described as the friendliest of Facebook face-offs. We asked for your feedback on the area’s favorite Interior Designers and Interior Decorators and we were thrilled to see hundreds of enthusiastic responses pour in over the course of two weeks. We wanted to write about the person they are and showcase their creative work standing amid one of their most gratifying projects. Thanks to our readers, we chose four of the most nominated Interior Designers and one Interior Decorator, some receiving upwards of 90 mentions on our page. For this issue, we invite you to get to know these talented individuals and see for yourselves the amazing work that is being done right here in our community. Their talent is boundless and their personalities vibrant. We also introduce you to a young, West Fargo architectural fabricator who’s incorporated the primitive art of blacksmiths into the future of design. We let two flooring experts show you how 3-D Imaging has revolutionized the industry with the latest trends

in tile, carpet, wood, laminate and new age vinyl. We interview Interior Designer and HGTV host Taniya Nayak as she makes her way through Fargo to speak at the upcoming WILD conference and explain the excitement around American Craft week. We’ve also included a tour of a spacious West Fargo family’s home, a contemporary gallery-style condo in South Fargo, the new downtown lofts, and even a special visit to ‘The House that “Likes” Built’. As readers, you matter and have a strong voice in what we do in each and every issue. We take note of and appreciate every story idea, suggestion and critique. If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, please do so. This is a great source to voice your opinion and give us valuable feedback for upcoming issues. Special thanks and consideration to our featured designers and decorator for their extra effort this month in providing us with their work and teaching us about their respected trades. We enjoyed every minute of it and hope to continue to rely on our readers to help shape the future of this local magazine.

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher



INTERIOR DESIGN & DECOR Meet the five people who our readers chose as their favorite local interior designers and decorator and find out what makes them fabulous.


September is brimming with anticipation for the upcoming Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour and finally the Fall Home Show. Carlita Dietz tells you more about these events and their guest speaker, Brian Santos, a painting and wall-covering expert.


Architectural fabrication is a huge trend in homes and businesses, and we introduce you to the man behind the design at his West Fargo company, P2 Industries.

72 RED SILO STUDIO We show you the newest downtown hot spot and what makes it a must see for original photography, vintage and reclaimed items, as well as locally made products and food.


Mother-daughter crafting duo Liz Walberg and Cari Luchau tell us what you need to know about American Craft Week coming to Fargo.

84 FLOORING TRENDS Floor to Ceiling Carpet One experts show us the season’s most popular flooring and explain what 3-D Imaging has done for the options available and quality of design.

ABOUT THE COVER: Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography From left to right, Jessi Larson, Sarah Carlson, Trever Hill, Monica Hart, Sylvia Lunski


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Fall Parade of Homes | Remodeled Home Tour | Fall Home Show

Carlita Dietz is the 2014 president of the HBA of FM’s board of directors. She serves as vice president of Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., and has been a Realtor since 2000 with licenses in both North Dakota and Minnesota. She and her husband, Jay, live in Mapleton, N.D., and have three children.

The Parade features 48 homes ranging in price from around $175,000 to nearly $1 million, while the Remodeled Home Tour showcases 10 projects that encompass a second-story addition, a garage, baths, kitchens and storage. General admission is free! We are incredibly excited to bring you a fantastic full-home renovation that is our “featured remodel project” with a $5 charge donated to Home Builders Care Charity. Event magazines are available now at all Hornbacher’s. For details visit:

WHAT IS THE HBA? The mission of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead is to provide quality services, benefits and education to their members and the community. Striving to be a visible and proactive influence, the association represents the collective interests of the home building industry.

In addition to the Parade and Tour, the Fall Home Show is coming Sept. 26-27 to Scheels Arena. Hours are noon – 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday.

Experience all the latest home construction trends

As you go through the homes this month, look for these exciting trends:

in-person and up-close by taking advantage of the 15th annual Fall Parade of Homes. Sept. 6-7 and 13-14.

White on White – Layering white on top of white is a new approach in many kitchens and bathrooms that is giving way to a fresh and light feeling.

Back for its third year, the Remodeled Home Tour offers the same unmatched access to renovated homes, one weekend only: Sept. 13-14. Hours are noon - 5 p.m.

Many Builders and trade contractors who constructed the homes and designed the projects will be available to visit!

See seminars by: Brian Santos, the “Wall Wizard,” a nationally recognized painting and wall coverings expert. With over 25 years of experience, Santos is a best-selling author, fourth-generation decorative artist and licensed contractor whose past clients include Clint Eastwood, Joe Montana and George Lucas. He has appeared on HGTV, TLC and the Discovery Channel. Santos uses household items to create professional painting results.

See booths featuring building industry companies including general contractors, flooring, siding, windows, decks, interior decorating and design, kitchen and bath design, cabinetry, garages, basements and more. Cost is just $3 per person, and there are options for admission savings at 16

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Bold Exterior Colors – Whether it’s through paint, a mix of cladding materials, doors, windows, porches, shutters or trim, an extra layer of drama is being added to the design of elevations, further enhancing curb appeal. Specialty Lighting – Regardless of whether it involves a custom or a stock fixture, designers are finding ways to showcase them as pieces of art rather than just functional elements. Historic Style with Modern Flair– New or remodeled homes are adding modern flair to their traditional designs through color, finish, fixture and lighting selection. Meanwhile being influenced by the past through the use of reclaimed building materials and classic proportions and detailing. We hope these events give you some great insight into our construction market. For more details, visit:




P2 Industries

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


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Larry Larson, owner of P2 Industries is quickly making a name for himself with architectural fabrication and hand crafted installations in local homes and businesses. Located in a discrete and none too glamorous warehouse in West Fargo; the art of Larson and his team is not only painstakingly fabricated by hand, but also an artistic expression in itself.


ooking around, one might see only the humble remnants of steel, copper, aluminum and wood. To Larson and his team, these are the materials that make custom furniture pieces, industrial stair railings, artistic installations, one-of-a-kind range hoods, brew taps, modern end tables and anything else you can think of. Chances are, if you can dream it up, they can create it. Larson started on this road early on, working in his stepfather’s Prestige Automotive shop. He soon became the mentor Larson needed to pursue his dream. This is where he was introduced to the concept his stepdad often said “If you can build it, don’t buy it” or “built not bought”. A simple yet logical statement that made Larson understand that if he could figure out how to build it, he could modify and handcraft it to a higher quality than storebought, and his end product would last decades, if not a lifetime. Since metal is not very forgiving and can often require brute force, an artistic form like this carries many challenges. As Larson says, “It might be metal, but treat it like glass.” Taking a tour around his shop, or “toy factory” as Larson refers to it, it’s hard to ignore the vast collection of anvils that Larson has accumulated. Anvils are widely known as a tool blacksmiths used before the advent of modern welding to shape and forge metal. And yes, Larson uses his almost archaic blacksmith skills as well as welding and conceptual thinking to create the final product. Anvils, you could say, are at the heart of his business and passion. “I think I was born 100 years too late,” says

Larson. Chainsaw artist Terry Bouquet of Northbound, Minn., was commissioned to create the carved wooden anvil he is standing on in the photo to the left. Larson works with architects and homeowners on residential and commercial projects. “We are getting into doing more and more furniture as we go on; eventually we’d like to complete a full product line of industrial-style furniture,” Larson says. As his business grows, he relies on his team members, Dave Sauvageau, a recent graduate and artist from NDSU, who specializes in sculpture and metal work, and their talented welding pro Justin Finneman, a recent high school graduate of Fargo South. The newest addition to the team is Brandon Mellem, or “The Hammer” as Larson refers to him, for good reason. Mellem has taken on the hefty role of project manager of the shop and keeps deadlines and projects moving smoothly. Local artist Mackenzie Kouba was also working onsite to help fabricate a custom table in their woodworking area. Larson’s team is currently working on a project for the Ralph Engelstad locker room restoration. They recently completed the tap towers, railings, countertop and steel bar top at The Brew in Detroit Lakes and Perham and are fabricating more brew taps out of industrial pipe in a rust patina finish for a location in Minot. They also recently finished the rustic stair railings at D’Vine in downtown Fargo and completed a project using Cor-ten, better known as weathering steel, for a residential landscape’s privacy wall.



“I feel like I’ve been blessed with some of the best clients in the region because they understand that accuracy isn’t measured by time; they appreciate what goes into each piece and they value the passion we have for our work.”

-Larry Larson

For more information on Larson and his work, contact: P2 Industries, LLC 705 Main Ave. E. #5, West Fargo 701-793-0998


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“Likes” BUILT

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


nderstanding the importance of social media in our daily lives, Chris Thomsen and his company Thomsen Homes of Fargo, set out to build a house with their Facebook friends leading the way. Dubbed “The House That Likes Built,” the project began online in February. Shovels began digging in April and the house was recently completed, on Aug 22.


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rom start to finish, every step of this build allowed their Facebook friends to “like” and share a multitude of options, ranging from lighting and trim to pillars and siding. The most votes for a particular option would ensure its place in the build, giving Facebook friends the ultimate and final say. Every day at 7:50 a.m., the Thomsen Homes team posted a new collection of design options and voting ensued. The home is located in The District at The Pines in south Fargo and was based on one of the company’s original rambler styles with 1,502 square feet on the main level. In this plan, three bedrooms are located on the main level and two on the lower level. The goal of this ambitious project? “The House That Likes Built gave everyone an opportunity to see first-


hand how affordable luxury can be, no matter the price range. This was a great opportunity for individuals to experience the home-building process step-by-step,” says Chris Thomsen. Some of the features of this interactive build include the three-stall garage, walk-in closet with walk through, pantry and linen closet with rain-glass inserts, stone exterior columns and hip roof line allowing for a variation of vaulted ceiling lines on the main level. Beveled wood laminate flooring, tile, carpet, cabinets and quartz countertops were chosen from Floor to Ceiling. One of the bonus features included asking Facebook friends where they wanted the extra window located. Voters chose a transient window in the dining room above the built-in buffet with quartz countertop.

Chris Thomsen, President of Thomsen Homes & Niels Thomsen, Director of Construction Operations

“It was really fun to watch the likes come in and see what people chose each week and also get to see the positive feedback from people,” says Jenna Skaff, Director of Office Operations. “There were times I really thought people would choose a certain option and it was surprising to see the different looks they wanted. We weren’t sure how the white doors and trim would look with the custom alder cabinetry in dark stain, but it seemed to have come together really well,” says Niels Thomsen. “Trevor and Julie at Scheels Design Studio really did a great job of bringing the styles together at the end,” says Chris Thomsen.

Despite their youthful ages, 29-year-old Chris Thomsen has been building homes in Fargo for seven years and has witnessed substantial growth recently with the construction of nearly 100 houses a year in the area. With Thomsen Homes’ team of 15, including Chris Thomsen’s 26-year-old brother, Niels, the company mixes custom work with original layouts and designs. For the past seven years, the company has focused more on affordable luxury, with homes spanning from $200,000 to $300,000. In 2013, Thomsen Homes started construction on their new Pinnacle Homes, their fully custom line of luxury homes starting at $400,000.



“Likeable” Details: D&M Industries – Doors & Windows Allied Building Products – Exterior Products Hebron Brick – Stone EZ Open Garage – Garage Doors Floor to Ceiling Carpet One – Cabinets, Flooring, Countertops Lamperts Lumber – Closet Systems Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery – Lighting, Plumbing, Appliances

Home and Hearth – Fireplace Scheels Home and Hardware – Interior Furnishings *Staging and decor for this home was completed by Julie Alin and Trever Hill from Scheels Home & Hardware.


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Own The House That Likes Built: This home is listed for sale at $359,900. Contact Sales@ThomsenHomesLLC. com for more listing and viewing information.

to view the house that “likes� built Grand Opening Night: September 4, 5-8 p.m. Fall Parade of Homes: September 6-7 & 13-14 Thomsen Homes 4650 38th Ave. S, #140, Fargo 701-478-3000


Q&ATaniya Nayak with HGTV’s

Since Boston-based designer Taniya Nayak is headed our way on Sept. 17 for the Women in Leadership Development conference, we seized the opportunity to talk with her. Nayak is best known for her work on the HGTV series “House Hunters on Vacation,” “Billion Dollar Block” and Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.” By Tracy Nicholson

To See Taniya Nayak’s home, go to 30

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Photo by Jeffrey Santos


You’re coming to the Jamestown and Fargo area in September for the WILD conference. What will you be doing while you’re here? “I’m excited to speak to women at the conference about leadership, about design, even my journey to get where I’m at right now. We’ll be talking all things women, design, life, love ... you name it. I have never been to Fargo, but I’m very excited. My husband is super jealous that I’m coming here, as he’s a big fan of the show and movie Fargo.”

Are you currently designing anything in this area? “Not yet. I am in the process of designing a restaurant in Lake City, Minn. called The Bronks. We’re very excited about it. Because I do the show ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ we have national coverage and people write in. It’s a beautiful thing to know that people can see my work on television and feel a connection and want to work together. I feel very blessed.”


Can you give us just one tip that you’ll be talking about at the upcoming WILD conference? “I often advise people to use less color on the walls and use more on the accents to make it easier to change things out. Keep the bigger, more expensive items more neutral for longevity. Bring a pad and pen and take notes, because these are tips that you’re going to want to write down. I will also be giving you some great websites for the best deals.”

What are your favorite design trends right now?

“I like the design to last, so most of all I want the design to reflect who they are, not what’s currently trending.”

What is your favorite type of space to design? “I love them all. But my latest passion is really restaurants. It’s a little edgy and a little quirky and you can really go over the top with them. My husband and I own seven restaurants in Boston and three in Providence, R.I., so my passion is leaning towards restaurants. But residential will always have a soft spot in my heart because I did it for so many years on HGTV.”

How did you get started designing for HGTV and Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible”? “After college, my first career was in marketing doing sales, and I’m not a salesperson so I was horrible at it. I made an on-the-spot change and pursued my master’s at Boston Architectural College. There I saw an email for an audition for a design show on ABC Family and thought it sounded fun. I did that for almost two years and fell madly in love with designing. Then on Craigslist I saw a post looking for a young urban designer on HGTV; I emailed them and got a reply within 30 minutes and was asked to do a pilot. So my career in design started later in life and now that was 13 years ago.”

What is your collection of home products like? “I wanted to start off with lighting because it seems to be a signature feature in my design. I partnered up with and we pulled together a great lighting line. I’m definitely ready to keep doing more products in the future, though.”

“I’ve always said I’m not a huge believer in trends, mainly for the fact that it’s trendy. I like the design to last, so most of all I want the design to reflect who they are, not what’s currently trending.”

What is your own personal style like?

“I’m a very big believer in keeping things neutral but I have a lot of texture. I have more of a masculine style, but I’m such a girly girl. I’m not as big into floral patterns and even my color palette tends to be more masculine. I love natural and raw elements like concrete and wood but I also like to make sure there’s a little gloss in there. At home, I have an island that’s a very glossy cabinet but beautiful dark wood floors and concrete panel walls. It has a very mid-century modern feel but very comfortable and livable.”

I know you’ve met many celebrities, but whose talk show was your favorite to be on – Oprah or Rachael Ray? “I can say without a question the person that made me feel the most comfortable was Oprah. But the person I have the best rapport with and I feel like we’re sisters is Rachael Ray. I’ve done her show probably 15 or so times and we’re buddies now. I always have a great time doing her show.”

As a guest on Oprah you talked of “designing vertically.” What do you mean by that? “Specifically for small spaces, you’ve got to make the best use of every square foot in the space. Take things off the floor and put them on the walls. Find ways to store or display things so that you have multiple purposes.”

See Taniya Nayak at the Women in Leadership Development Conference Sept. 17 - 18 NDFU Conference Center, Jamestown, ND



Your Fabulous Five


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his month we asked our readers to name their favorite local interior designers and interior decorators. Hundreds of enthusiastic responses poured in to our Facebook page and we took note, choosing five of these local talents to get to know.


focus on the visual impression of a space within homes and, at times, commercial spaces. Decorators often have a natural talent and keen eye when choosing complementing colors and paints. Patterns, textures, fabrics, furniture and decor are often chosen by or with a decorator to enhance an environment or living space. Working within a client’s set budget, decorators are often able to differentiate between various styles, from shabby chic to art deco. Their pursuit is to create a more aesthetically-pleasing environment, providing natural flow from one space to another.


We see firsthand how designers and decorators play a separate but vital role in some of the most beautiful spaces in our community, work spaces and in our homes. Contrary to popular belief, these two fields are not one in the same and are often confused and used interchangeably. Before we get to know these four interior designers and one interior decorator, we explain the differences between the two professions.

as we have come to know, have multifaceted abilities that includes conceptual development, vast knowledge of historical architecture, art and design, along with studied skills such as rendering and sketching designs. Designers often work with the architects, builders and owners on the project and can handle the management and execution of the design. Some would say they speak the language of architects and engineers, to help the owner avoid costly building mistakes and allow the space to function properly for the owner.

Interior designers, although more conceptual in the art and science of the design and space, will sometimes decorate their projects, as well. Interior decorators generally do not design. Throughout these five interviews, we’ve learned that although designers and decorators have contrasting career paths, both hold equally important roles in the enjoyment and gratification we have for our surrounding environments.

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TREVER HILL interior decorator

Owner of Home Suite Couture

Hill is standing in his most recently finished décor project, the home of Kayla Straabe and her fiancé, Dan Cash. Built by Spire Custom Homes, this rustic chic retreat was made a home with accessories and dining table from Scheels Home and Hardware and exquisite furniture pieces, such as the oversized tufted chairs from Unclaimed Freight Furniture. Pops of color and industrial elements like large gears amid more polished floral elements create the perfect balance of chic and comfortable. 34

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Home Suite Couture 701-388-6687


Early on, Trever Hill realized a love for decorating and acquired first-hand experience at his aunt and uncle’s interior decorating store. He soon began decorating for family and friends. After college, Hill started Home Suite Couture and took on many projects, ranging from small residential homes to large commercial spaces.

His husband Jesse Masterson, is a massage therapist and owner of Masterson Massage. The two are proud parents to one Chin-Child, a mosaic chinchilla named Penelope. Hill believes that being involved in the community is essential for continued growth in his personal life and business. This year, Hill has donated his services three times for charity auctions and participated in Relay for Life and the United Way.

This commercial space in Goldmark’s Lakecrest Clubhouse features a WiFi lounge, gym, community room and office space. They wanted to have a cozy place for their West Fargo residence that would have longevity. With that in mind, Hill used furniture with clean lines and colors pulled from the fireplace and the paintings.

“I consider myself a budget-friendly decorator and believe that I can help my clients create a space that they will enjoy no matter what the budget. If I had unlimited resources, I would donate my time to every person in the FM area to decorate their homes because I love how good people feel when they live in a home they feel comfortable in. As we’ve all heard, when your career is something you love, it doesn’t feel like work.”

The owners of this lake home desired mid century modern furniture pieces and rare art centered around the view. They were not afraid of color, so this was especially fun to play up the colors in the artwork and natural surroundings of the lake, trees and grass. Hill went with clear glass so the decor would not take away from the stunning view of the lake.


Hill is originally from Spearfish, S.D., and currently lives in a loft in downtown Fargo.


• Owner, Home Suite Couture since May 2009 • Specialty Shop Manager for Home Accents at Scheels Home & Hardware • Studied Psychology at MSUM



Owners Kelly Lankow and Nate Bruce renovated this Moorhead home built in 1884. With Hill’s assistance, the owners wanted the finished product to have a Neo Classic appeal. The look of Neo Classic gave the space a mix of urban glam with timeless tradition. Look for this home in the Holiday Homes tour this year.


“One of my favorite design trends going into fall is what I call ‘Rustic Chic’. There are so many warm elements to it with the raw and polished nature of wood, glass and stone. The advantage of rustic chic is that you can pull an array of colors, which transition nicely into the holidays and through the winter months. For custom furniture and unique accessories, I always use Scheels Home & Hardware. In addition to that, I love finding unique pieces either at local markets or from local artists such as Jessica Wachter.”

For this project in Kayla Straabe and her fiancé Dan Cash’s master bedroom, the goal was to create a serene escape using spa-like fresh colors with a mix of feminine ruffled accents and rustic touches, like the white-washed wood wall behind the bed. Hill and the owner started with one focal point, the three abstract art pieces by Jessica Wachter and used the colors to inspire the overall decor of the space. 35


SARAH CARLSON interior designer

Owner of Theisen Design Studios

Sarah Carlson is standing in the newly opened restaurant, The Boiler Room, in the historic Loretta building in downtown Fargo. Carlson worked closely with owner and friend Dan Hurder to use the design to play off of the building’s historic roots as the actual boiler room to the building. Starting with a completely blank slate and dirt floors, Carlson worked on all design details from space planning to decor and sourcing artwork. The end result was a steampunk industrial vibe, perfect for paying homage to the original historic building. Notable design elements include the Edison lighting, local artwork, industrial gears from scrapyards and reclaimed wood from Asian shipping crates from a company in Portland. 36

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Theisen Design Studios 218-371-6024


Originally an elementary school built in 1939, this remodel and addition project now houses multiple department groups within Lakes Country Service Cooperative. The architectdesigned space plan revolves around the central corridor that was once the main hallway in the building’s past life as a school. The interior finishes, along with the design of the ceiling soffits and lighting elements were designed to break up the long, wide corridor and help with way finding for the internal departments. The heart of the project is the bright, open lobby area that combines warm woods, carpet, tile and metal accents The interior palette focuses on creating a warm, inviting interior balanced with bold, blue accents on the building’s exterior.

“I try to focus on commercial design but I get into residential design, as well. In commercial work, you’re telling the story of the business, where as in residential design, you’re telling the story of the person. This is harder, unless you have a deeper understanding of them or personal connection with them. In the commercial world, your image is everything. From your logo to your space, everything should have the same look and feel. The reason I went into interior design is because I liked the idea of affecting the spaces people are in everyday.”

Designed in the footprint of a two-stall garage, this new construction lake home was purposefully planned to transition from small home into garage when a larger home is built in the future. With the intent of this space being temporary, the space planning and design of the interior spaces focuses on a modern, simplified look that utilizes an open floor plan and thoughtful placement of walls and rooms. The palette is a mix of clean, white walls, bold pops of color and all kinds of warm, worn woods offering a perfect backdrop for a colorful, collected interior style.


Carlson lives on Rush Lake near New York Mills. She has been married for three years to husband John Carlson who also works in design, estimating and project managing for Hammers Construction. In her spare time, Carlson and her husband enjoy brewing their own beer, growing a garden, spending time outdoors on the lake with family, friends and their dog Birch, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.


• Owner of Theisen Design Studios of New York Mills, Minn. since 2010 • 3 1/2 years experience in commercial design firms in the Minneapolis area • Graduate of University of Minnesota with a degree in Interior Design • Completed the NCIDQ certification • LEED Accreditation in Interior Design and New Construction



Starting with a blank slate, including dirt floors, brick columns and exposed joists on the ceiling, the design of The Boiler Room breaks up the long, linear space into separate areas for different dining and drinking experiences. The sunken lower level pulls in lighting, artwork and hits of electric blue for relaxed private dining, while the bar becomes a central feature in the lounge area using subway tile, a Cambria bar and reclaimed wood. The fireside room offers built-in booth seating, soft lounge seating and artwork using the original building boiler. The steampunk/industrial-inspired décor pays homage to the space’s first life as a boiler room. The rich, reclaimed woods, stained concrete, exposed metals and hits of electric blue create the perfect backdrop for a downtown hotspot.


“Although color trends seem to change every year, the blue accent color that we used in the carpeting and other elements throughout The Boiler Room is something that you don’t see everywhere and I feel like it will be a trendy hue in the next couple of years. Also, reclaimed materials are really popular right now. Using materials with reclaimed history, recycled content or a local source is something that I’m always interested in. Trends are hard to jump on board with in the commercial world because they are popular now but date themselves easily. Telling the story of the space or business is really more important to me than being right on trend.”

The architect-designed space plan of this project joined together the existing Farmers State Bank building and a new building addition. To tie in the history of the original space and reuse some existing bank materials, the design focused on a palette that combined existing wood tones and granite transaction tops with a rich mix of new materials and a color palette. The focal point of the space is a two-story fireplace that features a mix of wood, tile and an architectural acrylic. The carpet pattern and the acrylic, with a layer of reeds and grasses, pulls in the warm, natural design that blends in perfectly with the lakes areas where this bank resides. 39



JESSI LARSON interior designer

Michael J. Burns Architects

Larson is standing in the narthex of her recent project at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo. The main goals of this $4.5 million project were to expand the current narthex so that it can double as a multi-purpose, central space consolidating and expanding the administration area. This two-level, 20,000 square foot project designed by Larson and the MJBA team began vision meetings several years ago and was dedicated January of this year thanks to the Olivet congregation’s fundraising efforts. Notable design elements include the glued laminated timber beams and decking on the ceiling and the Olivet logo on the custom colored, modular carpet tile from Interface. Larson is currently working with Olivet staff once again on a renovation of the church youth room with bright chartreuse walls, fun chalkboard paint tables and a foursquare board inset.

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“Flower Suite” waiting room at Family HealthCare Center (Pence Automobile Building Renovation), Fargo

Originally from Hawley, Minn., she now resides in Moorhead. Larson has completed the 200-hour RYT yoga training and will soon start teaching at Mojo Fit Studios this month. Larson is also a freelance writer for “Inspired Home” and “Area Woman Magazine.” Recently engaged and proud mom to her French bulldog Baron, Larson enjoys playing guitar and singing, a hobby shared by her fiancé, Dan Miller. She is also owner of Limehouse Creative, a freelance graphic design business.

“I love projects that incorporate historic preservation. Forgotten old buildings have so many interesting details that typically have been covered up for years or fallen into disrepair. Some people don’t see the value in restoring buildings until they can see the before and after comparison. Through restoration, buildings become vibrant and alive again, educating us about the past. They tell a story and spark conversation in a way that most new construction just doesn’t. For me, design isn’t just about selecting finishes and space planning, it’s about connecting with clients and involving them in the design process so they can take ownership in their project. It’s not my design, it’s our design.”


• Graduated from NDSU Magna Cum Laude in 2007 • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design • Psychology Minor • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional • Completed the NCIDQ interior design licensing exam in 2012 • Past member in the United States Green Building CouncilNorth Dakota Chapter - Soon to be member of NDID (North Dakota Interior Designers)


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Photo by John Borge

Larson, along with the center’s staff spent weeks brainstorming strategies to help the clinic’s multicultural patients navigate the building with ease. Each medical suite’s identity is designed around a Henry Domke photograph. The clinic has a blue cloud suite, green tree suite, orange leaf suite and this image is of the purple flower suite. Each suite’s color is incorporated into signage, finishes, furniture and artwork to ease language barriers. Many original materials, some dating back to 1919 were salvaged, including ornamental metalwork, terracotta, terrazzo floors and natural stone grand stair.

“Designing in a firm specializing in historic preservation, I’m naturally drawn towards the repurposing trend that is hot right now. It’s a look that’s purposeful and authentic and will transition through the years beautifully.”

Photo by Chelsea Burns

102 Broadway, Fargo Photos by Jessi Larson

Ceres Hall Addition/Renovation, NDSU, Fargo NDSU Ceres Hall archival artwork: Larson collaborated with NDSU staff to select several images from the state archives to sprinkle throughout this historic renovation project. Each print includes text describing the picture and when it was photographed. Two of Larson’s favorites are the first switchboard at NDSU and this pony who “wishes he were a bison.”

This was Larson’s first project at MJBA back in 2007. Originally known as the Huntington Block Building, it was completely destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1963 and rebuilt in 1964. This is the second floor atrium space with raised clerestory that allows natural light into core space. This 28,000 square foot building includes natural slate tile, underground parking and a green roof. 102 Broadway houses several offices on the second floor along with retail on the main level. 41


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Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc

Monica is shown in one of her recent remodels in south Fargo that will soon be featured on the Remodeled Homes Tour hosted by the FM Home Builders Association in mid-September. She worked closely with homeowners, Matt and Chris Myrvold, to take this dramatic open layout and redesign the space to make a comfortable and cozy retreat for their growing family. 42

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Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc 701-235-4929


“I’m the type of designer who appreciates all different design styles and enjoys the challenges and educational opportunities different projects bring. Most home styles appeal to me as long as they are done right. My specialty areas are new construction and remodels, but I also have experience in commercial and hospitality projects. I really enjoy space planning and figuring out how to make the best use of square footage.”

“For this unfinished basement project, Hanson Brothers Construction was the contractor. The homeowners wanted a theater room, but also a larger space for entertaining if needed. Mike Hanson and the homeowner had the idea to install an overhead door that could be lowered for movie purposes and opened for party purposes. MHID assisted with the space planning and finish selections.” 44

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Owner of her own design firm since 2008, Hart is a Karlstad, Minn., native who now resides in Fargo. Her family includes her husband Phil and three sons, ages 14, 10 and 5. She enjoys being a scripture reader, communion server and confirmation guide at Hope Lutheran Church - South Campus.


• College: 1997 graduate of NDSU • Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design • National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification • Member North Dakota Interior Designers • Member FM Home Builders Association • The Chamber member • Great Plains Toastmasters Club member



“This was a spec home for the 2013 Parade Of Homes by Hanson Brothers Construction. I wanted to do a fresh modern cottage with white cabinetry, soft gray/blue/green paint throughout, and highlights in the accessories using yellow.”

“Fall is the time to make a home feel cozier and warmer through textures and color. I like trading out summer throw pillows and blankets in favor of deep purples, reds, oranges and yellows. Table runners can be added depicting fall themes. Decorative pumpkins and wreaths make for great decor September-November. Changing out candles in existing candleholders to fall colors is easy and inexpensive. I even change out the scents in my plugins to cinnamon and nutmeg.

“For this remodel, the family wanted to create a cozy place to hang out and watch TV. We added the fireplace and built-in cabinets on the sides, took out the carpet and found the matching wood floors to the existing wood floor in the foyer, added new blinds through MHID, chose furniture with custom fabrics and finished with new accessories. The result was a warm, family-friendly room that looks beautiful from the front door and functions well.”

DOWNTOWN LOCATION 212 Broadway Fargo. ND 701-235-8923 10:00am - 6:00pm Mon - Sat




SYLVIA LUNSKI interior designer

Owner of Design Direction

Lunski is standing in the south Fargo home of Diane Blotsky. Lunski worked with the owner and Kochmann Brothers Homes to create clean contemporary lines, custom display niches and an open great room/kitchen layout. Stainless, stone and glass backsplash tile, designed and supplied by Lunski, complement the espresso-stained birch cabinets with glass door inserts and quartz serving counter with a curved edge. Chestnut wood flooring was chosen to contrast with the cool contemporary feel of the room. Fresh paint colors, custom window blinds, a wall-mounted fireplace that doubles as wall art and drop crystal pendants complete the look. 46

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For this busy couple, it was necessary to create an environment that was soothing and offered a place to have a peaceful night’s sleep. The calming blues combined with neutral paint and soft lighting creates a restful atmosphere. The shape of the custom draperies embellished with beaded trim mimics the movement of water while the wooden blinds allow for natural light to be controlled.

“It really is a collaboration with my clients, allowing them to express their ideas and needs. My role is to introduce new ideas and products while ensuring that what is selected functions well for their space. When the project is completed, it’s really about having created a unique and personal haven for my clients, whether it’s for their home or their business.”

Confining walls were removed during this lake home remodel to allow for the amazing nature and lake views to be seen from every angle. Natural elements, such as the solid hickory wood floor, pine ceiling and the quartz countertops, combined with subdued colors and soft textures, creates a serene nature lover’s retreat.


Lunski is originally from Rothsay, Minn., but now resides in Fargo. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children. She is actively involved in Sts. Anne & Joachim Church, as well as FM Home Builders Association, Rotary International and NDID. Lunski considers serving others a cornerstone value that Design Direction’s success is built on.


• Owner of Design Direction since 2005 • Over 30 years working in the design industry • Member North Dakota Interior Designers • Homebuilders Association Associate of the Year, 2013 • Homebuilders Association Executive VP Board Member



This open floor concept is an entertainer’s dream, allowing guests to move about freely without leaving a conversation. The dropped soffit above the dining table helps designate the eating area, while creating an intimate atmosphere. Brightly-colored accessories stand out against the rich wood tones of the flooring and cabinetry, neutral paint colors and timeless window treatments.


Fall design trends are the continued introduction of vibrant colors, unique patterns and interesting textures across the board; fabrics, furniture, carpeting, ceramic tile and wall coverings. In addition, large profile ceramic tile is strong along with reclaimed wood looking tiles, which come in a variety of colors. Hardwood flooring new arrivals include wider plank styles, which have a well-worn hand waxed appearance.

A large central island, which allows for large family gatherings to take place in the heart of the home, is present in this kitchen. Stained and painted cabinets were paired together to add uniqueness to the space. Custom-patterned drapery panels were added not only to frame the windows but to add softness and interest to this kitchen and dinette space.



A New Lease on Downtown

Lofts 23

Located in the heart of downtown in what was once an office building are some of Fargo’s newest downtown living spaces. Lofts 23 is located on the corner of Broadway and NP Ave and features amazing views and numerous amenities for the perfect urban space. The building was a creation of Kelly Zander, Patrick Vesey and Molly Krivarchka. We had the opportunity to sit down with these creative minds to find out just how much planning goes into transforming a place that once held cubicles, office supplies and copy machines into one of the most contemporary and modern places to reside in Fargo. By Kristen Killoran


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Can you describe the creative process behind Lofts 23? “The creative process for Lofts 23 started with a vision and a big dream. We wanted to fill a void that we saw was in downtown Fargo, which was high end renters/rental option. After we obtained the blank canvas we were able to see what was viable for the space, what made sense and what we could work with in regards to angles, layouts, etc.”

What are some of the most unique features behind this space? “Lofts 23 is an extremely unique building. It went from office space for years and years to high-end apartments. The uniqueness can be

seen in all of the intricate details of the fixtures, textiles and layouts of each apartment. One of the most unique features is the outdoor space that we have provided with our fullsized balconies for each unit off the side of NP Ave.”

How did you stay on top of current design trends? “We did a lot of research on what we thought people would want. And, not only what they would want, but what we would personally like in our own homes. Lofts 23 has a modern industrial feel with the exposed, black ceilings to complement the beautiful hand-picked granite slabs throughout the apartments.”

How did you come up with the open layout? “The open concept layout is a must have. We try to provide it in all of our properties. It is used for entertaining opportunities, which we thought someone wanting to live downtown may want.”

What is something different about the construction technique used for this building? “A couple important things with loft apartments are noise and privacy. We used Gyp Crete underlayment which works with the open concept because it

Different types of lofts 18 total units 15: 1 bed/1 bath - 3 of these have washer/dryer in the units 2: 3 bed/1 bath 1: 3 bed/ 2 bath


doesn’t cause echoing or sound issues for the tenants.”

How did you get the perfect combination of both the classic and contemporary look? “We thought a lot about who we would be marketing to and that helped with the look we were going for. We had to think about what a young professional compared to a retired couple may be looking for or find important. Our fixtures, like the under cabinet lighting, are very contemporary but classic because it is also functional and has a purpose.”

How does Lofts 23 offer flexibility to the renters? “Loft living gives any tenant the flexibility needed for their particular lifestyle. We do offer six, nine or 12 month leases for our rentals, which is flexibility and a great option for renters.”

What are some benefits about living in Lofts 23 downtown? “There are many benefits to living in Lofts 23, downtown Fargo. The atmosphere of downtown Fargo has blossomed in the last five years with new restaurants, exhibits, events and fairs. It is a vibrant and energized place to be living in the heart of.”

Prices for renting in Lofts 23 1 bedrooms: $1,000 1 bedrooms with a washer/dryer in unit: $1,100 3 bedrooms/1 bathroom: $2,000 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms: $2,200

For more information on Lofts 23, contact Molly Krivarchka at 701-630-0309.





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WHEN INTERIOR DESIGNER LARK LOMSDAL first saw the original layout for Jane Hella’s stunning south Fargo condo, she immediately went to work reconfiguring the space to better suit Hella’s appreciation for the arts. What was once a dysfunctional use of space soon became a contemporary gallery-like setting with a simple and calming flow throughout.

KITCHEN The contemporary kitchen designed by Lomsdal and Bill Tweten of Western Products uses an almost European and Italian flair with Crystal Cabinetry in a graytoned foil finish. Accents of high gloss acrylic foil cabinets in Ruby Red, easy rise cabinet doors and fun details like the sliding tambour door housing the appliances make this kitchen beautiful and functional. An 18x18 solid vinyl flooring tile from Mannington is used from the kitchen to the dining and family room spaces. Lomsdal incorporated a painted glass backsplash from Glass Art Design of Minneapolis, high end appliances from Regals and a gorgeous cantilever island.



The Island is two tones of quartz from Hanstone lit by metal mesh and glass pendants from LBL Lighting and flanked by white leather and metal stools from Scan Design. The creative tone is set with crisp white walls, gallery lighting and original artwork from locals Mike Marth, Marjorie Schlossman and ceramic artist Brad Bachmeier.

THE POWDER ROOM Stealing the spotlight in this powder room is the Voguebay metal wall tile from Ceramic Tileworks with a redblown glass pendant light and a contemporary wall hung sink-vanity from Northern Plumbing. For a fun but functional vibe, Lomsdal and Hella chose a skinny vertical mirror to add interest to the already artistic space.

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Lomsdal designed this eight person 66� square dining table with quarter sawn oak top and zebra wood base with copper accents. Dining chairs from Dakota Jackson and a large pendant by Flos create a perfect space for entertaining and conversation.


To add to the function of the dining space, an adjacent wet bar with two Subzero refrigerator drawers were created by Lomsdal and Tweten with foiled cabinets and plenty of custom storage from Crystal Cabinets. Local art for this space was chosen by Lomsdal and Hella from her own great nephew Kingsley Permenter, an art student and junior at NDSU.

When Lomsdal and Tweten originally noticed that this space was located straight in from the front door and was currently being used for the mechanical room, they made some much needed layout adjustments. With a new, improved sight line in mind to complement the entrance, they repositioned the mechanical room to the adjacent wall to create this gorgeous focal point for art. To design this new space, they used a wall hung dining room buffet in maple slate and coco brown from Crystal Cabinets and once again used Tech monorail track lighting to accentuate art from the Underbrush Gallery.



In this great room, floor to ceiling Parentesi cable lights from Flos accentuate the Italian tile from Ceramic Tileworks and form a stunning backdrop for the great room sectional from Scan Design. A custom wall unit designed by Lomsdal and Tweten and made by Denning Fabricating in birds-eye maple surround the TV and accents were designed in quarter sawn oak stained purple. Local artists Steve Revland, Marjorie Schlossman, Kingsley Permenter, Jay Pfeifer and Tim Ray are also on display in this space. This end table designed by Lomsdal and made by Denning with surrounding original Barcelona Lounge Chairs by Mies van der Rohe create an inviting space opening to the two outdoor living spaces.


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In the master bedroom, a painting by Marjorie Schlossman is the larger focus with other paintings by NDSU art student Kingsley Permenter. An entertainment console and dresser combination was designed by Lomsdal and Tweten from Crystal Cabinetry and made by Denning to match the contemporary platform bed from Scan Design.

MASTER BATHROOM In the master bathroom, Hella has incorporated a spacious laundry area just off of the bathroom with porcelain ceramic tile flooring from Ceramic Tileworks and Victoria Metals backsplash tile selected by Lark from Syversons Tile. Countertops of Hanstone quartz were also chosen from Stone Countertop Outlet to accentuate the quarter sawn Espresso Crystal Cabinetry from Western Products.


“I wanted to downsize from my Fargo residence in order to have less square footage and fewer maintenance issues. I so enjoy working with my good friend and Interior Designer Lark on my projects; she is very creative and knows my tastes well. It makes the planning process go much smoother with her attention to every detail.” - Jane Hella

For more information on the design of this home, contact: Lark Interior Design Lark Lomsdal Western Products Bill Tweten

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UPSTAIRS LOFT A jaunt up the large spiral staircase off of the kitchen brings you to a fantastic loft customized with a Crystal Cabinets maple wall unit and hidden murphy bed for visitors. The gallery display above and next to the unit showcases artists like Jon Offutt, Brad Bachmeier and Kent Kappliner.

This contemporary guest bedroom is a showcase to artists like Kingsley Permenter and artwork found at the Underbrush Gallery in Fargo.



The Italian sectional by B & B Italia and original black sling chair by Mies van der Rohe is accented by pieces from local photographer, Leo Kim and cocktail table by Dellarobia. An additional lower wall accent piece was designed by Lomsdal to exhibit more art pieces from Kingsley Permenter and The Underbrush Gallery.

Artwork by artist Tim Ray from Ecce Gallery gives the entrance an ethereal and inviting appeal. Another notable piece not shown is the free standing art sculpture in the main entry by Deane Colin Fay from The Uptown Gallery using natural elements like wood, stone and metal.




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ith four kids ranging from twelve months to eighteen years, this West Fargo home of Chris and Matt Myrvold is one bustling yet stunning household. Dramatic floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous vaulted ceilings make for a family home brimming with space for everyone and a beautiful view overlooking the pool and patio area. Since the pool creates a picturesque view from inside, Interior Designer Monica Hart smartly brought those same breathtaking tones of aqua and blue indoors to create a calming oasis for this growing family.




Upon entrance to the 7,000 square foot Myrvold home, it is almost impossible to settle your senses on just one standout feature. There’s the gorgeous elevated kitchen, the dramatic views to the pool and last but certainly not least, the expansive, marble-floored great room. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the shimmer of the magnificent, damask-patterned wall covering shipped from Germany, chosen by Hart to emphasize the 21 foot wall adjacent to the family’s living area, accenting a contemporary gas fireplace from Alex Recreation.

In this elevated custom kitchen, Myrvold designed the Spalding Stone quartz countertop island with floating glass top from Frontier Glass. For this space, Hart and Myrvold opted to change out the existing dark red and black granite with burgundy accent paint, changing the overall somber feel to interblend with the bright open space of the great room.


Schmidt Brothers executed the overall kitchen remodel with gorgeous backsplash tile in crisp white tones with crystal accent tiles chosen by Hart’s design team from Syverson Tile. Whimsical pendant lights from The Lighthouse once dressed up for the holidays by Julie Alin of Scheels Home & Hardware, were kept intact as the non-seasonal color scheme added brightness and interest to the space throughout the year.



Just off of the master bedroom is the Myrvold’s spacious open ceiling walk-in closet designed by Amanda McInnes of Smart Spaces. Through the closet awaits a luxurious master bath complete with an exercise area, refreshment bar, soaking tub, custom mosaic tile shower and sink vanities with TVs behind each mirror. This area was redesigned by Hart’s team for better space planning and window utilization, including relocating the vanities and tub. The mosaic tile is a one-of-a-kind design by Myrvold and Hart through Syverson Tile. Each color within the mosaic was individually chosen along with the percentage of color gradation. Exact measurements were sent to the manufacturer, Trend USA. When the order was shipped, every piece was numbered in the order it needed to be installed. 64

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Artwork from Scheels Home & Hardware brings in more beautiful blues connecting the kitchen to the dramatic twelve-person dining table constructed by the previous owner.

Parents of four kids, the Myrvolds required a stylized sanctuary of their own, complete with custom ceilings and a dramatic entrance to a lower bedroom with chaise lounge. Myrvold and Hart created this look with plush bedding from West Elm, shimmering accent pillows from Scheels Home & Hardware and side tables from Hom Furniture.


BAR Natural slate floor welcomes guests into the Myrvolds’ entertainment and full service bar area with a walk out to the pool. The previous owners constructed this space’s welded metal tables and bar area for an overall industrial look. Since their move in two years ago, the Myrvolds have made this industrial space their own, with fun accents and memorabilia from local artist Modern Man, to hockey, Harleys and even Hugh Hefner.

Chris and I have worked together on the remodel of this home for two years. It truly was a collaboration. I would do the space planning and suggest some ideas and Chris would take those ideas a step further so it was personalized and functional for their family. We developed a great trust and working relationship and even better, a friendship out of this. A job this size takes time, energy and significant thought.” “I was at their home a lot. It makes me so happy to walk through their door and have their kiddos greet me with enthusiasm and excitement. Designing is great. Designing for an incredible family feeds my creative soul. This project was certainly one of those!” - Monica Hart


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The upper level is home to the Myrvolds’ spectacular seven chair theater room complete with custom made acoustic panels by Myrvold herself and wall coverings by Hart. Refined cinematic details and Spalding Stone quartz countertops create a fun family hangout with an old fashioned popcorn maker and refreshment bar. Smart Home Technologies took on the task of wiring and equipping this space for a top notch theater experience.


THEATER With Hart completely reconfiguring this space, laundry is made fun and family friendly with bright, airy colors and custom designed sliding barn doors. While Hart suggested using sliding doors, Myrvold ordered the doors through Stenerson Lumber and had chalkboard inserts she found online installed.

To find out how you can personally tour this featured home as part of the Homebuilder’s Association - Remodeled Home Tour- on Sept. 13 and 14, go Proceeds from admission costs will be donated to charity. 67

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Most couples would be tired of spending every day as coworkers, but Todd and Bobbi Jo Cody don’t seem to mind. The two have been business partners as well as husband and wife for over six years. Together they opened Red Silo Studio, downtown Fargo’s newest home décor and art store.

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At Red Silo the Codys believe in high quality, one-of-a-kind products at reasonable costs, whether it’s a repurposed desk or an antique set of flash cards. Most of their products come handmade from family and friends they’ve met through Pride of Dakota, a statewide network of small business owners. “I think when you walk in here you’ll see unique things that you probably won’t see again, because they’re handmade by our friends and family,” Bobbi Jo Cody said. “… The original ideas and designs that come through, it’s huge. We’re not mass-producing much of our inventory.” Pride of Dakota items like Js Custom Designs jewelry and The Honey B Soap Company products pepper the store. Other staple items include upcycled wood and metal furniture and décor. The Codys aren’t worried about all the other vendors in what Todd Cody calls Fargo-Moorhead’s “repurpose community.” He doesn’t see them as competitors; they’re friends. “There’s been times where somebody might come in and say, ‘Do you have X, Y or Z?’” Todd Cody said. “And I’ll say, ‘No, but I know who does. Go to their store.’ And they’ll go down there and they’ll check them out, and then vice versa ... It’s always a pay-it-forward kind of thing because you’re going to get it back somewhere.” However, Red Silo Studio hasn’t always been able to simply send customers down the street. For years, the Codys traveled to flea markets and art shows selling their merchandise and Todd Cody’s photographs. Finally, they sought a permanent location. “We’d been talking about it for quite awhile,” Todd Cody said, “and if we were going to have a store, we wanted it to be on Broadway. That was one of our main requirements because of foot traffic and visibility, and the fact that you’re right downtown where all the action is.” This couple has a front row seat to the downtown action with their new storefront. Together, they make a dynamic business team. “For us it’s been a great partnership because I have things that I do well,” Todd Cody said, “and she has things that she does well, and the two really work well together.”

Red Silo Studio ADDRESS 12 Broadway N, Fargo PHONE 701-367-5834 FACEBOOK ETSY


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Comes to Fargo-Moorhead This Fall By Susanne Williams

Photos by Andrew Jason

For 10 days in October, a national celebration of “handmade in America” takes place at American Craft Week, Oct. 3-12. The event is designed to celebrate everyone who creates, sells, displays, promotes, and collects American craft.


n the Fargo-Moorhead area, ACW coincides with annual Studio Crawl of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, always the first weekend of October. While the FMVA Studio Crawl has grown to be a staple in the regional roster of fall arts events, the idea of American Craft Week is relatively new. “The Midwest hasn’t been represented in ACW in previous years,” says Cari Luchau, co-owner of the downtown Fargo art/craft gallery, c.lizzy’s. “Last year, businesses from 42 states were represented. Our goal for 2014 is for every state to participate in some way,” she says. As one of the nine volunteers from eight states planning the ACW, Luchau says American Craft Week allows craft/art retailers to collectively

promote the importance of making and selling pieces that are made by hand in the United States. North Dakota and Minnesota are on the 2014 state list of participants, due in part because the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau signed on as a regional sponsor of ACW. Luchau treasures her memory of buying her first piece of handcrafted art. “I was at the Fargo Street Fair when I was 20 or 21, searching for something special to decorate my apartment,” she says. “I found a beautiful pottery piece with two votive cups. I remember talking with the potter and feeling so good about being able to buy something I loved directly from the artist.” “That’s what American Craft Week is about,” Luchau says.

Writer and contributor Susanne Williams is currently the Executive Director at The Uptown Gallery in Fargo. She is a textile and mixed media artist with her business Willi Nilli. She served as Associate Professor in communications at Minnesota State University of Moorhead and holds a PhD in communication from Wayne State University.



“Last year, businesses from 42 states were represented. Our goal for 2014 is for every state to participate in some way.” - Cari Luchau, Co-Owner of c. lizzy’s


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American Craft Week October 3-12 For local participants and events, see and follow #ACWFargo FMVA Studio Crawl October 4-5 For participants and the crawl map, see





trending By Tracy Nicholson | Photos by Tiffany Swanson

FLOORING We think that what’s under our feet is just as important as what’s on our walls. So to get the latest trends in flooring, we sat down with flooring experts Lou Nagle and Brian Dunford at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One to get the low down on the most popular variations of wood, carpet, laminate and tile flooring.

Brian Dunford Flooring Sales Manager

Lou Nagel Designer/Sales CKD

Carpet Trends “We are seeing people getting away from the Frieze or longer shag style of carpeting and going for a more modern, level cut loop and sheered tip with patterned style. Some brands like Karastan now have Smartstrand with Dupont Sorona technology that’s 36 percent corn-based fiber versus the usual petroleum-based fibers. This cuts down costs and has the same great wear of nylon.”

Milliken Streamline Stainmaster Sand Dune

Lees Studio - Diamonds and Pearls Chromatic

Low pile nylon with a two tone, organic striated pattern

Top warranty carpet with matte and shiny fibers for texture


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Karastan New Direction Rustic Taupe Smartstrand with Dupont Sorona technology

Tigressa Cherish - Know You Well Acropolis Softer fiber, low level cut loop with pattern

Evans Black - Hot Summer Night Platinum Nylon low pile

Resista Kensington Grande Polyester line softer yarn with 10 year no exclusion stain warranty




Tile Trends “We are seeing a lot of European trends like larger format tile. Ceramic seems to be going by the wayside. Porcelain has gotten lower in cost and is a stronger, denser tile so chips are less noticeable. Also a technology called 3D Imaging is helping to create incredibly realistic wood-looking tile complete with exact coloring and texture by taking pictures of actual wood products for their design.”

Sant’ Agostino - Pearl Silver

Lifestyle Collection - CAS Alder Tur

Porcelain tile (various sizes)

Porcelain tile (various sizes)

Old Wood Cherry Brown

Ragno - Cambridge Oak Black

Porcelain tile (various sizes)

Porcelain tile (various sizes)

Align Herringbone Styx

Daltile - Kimona Silk White Orchid

Stone tile (various sizes for flooring or backsplash)

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Wood Trends “Trends range from gray-toned wood to ‘Wild Thing’ coloring such as variations from blonde to dark in one flooring. Hickory, walnut and more exotic types like Brazilian acacia are very popular. Matte finishes and wire brushed looks are taking the place of satin or gloss finishes with wider planks and varying plank sizes.”

Hardwood - Patriot Ridge Crystal

Mamington Hardwood - Maison Collection Wine Barrel

Stoughton Oak French Oak

Homerwood Smoked Butter Rum

Whitewashed Oak, Wider Plank Wire brushed and pre-finished

Provence Hickory, Wider Plank Matte Finish, Rustic Look

Reclaimed Oak from river bottoms and barns Oil finished and smoked for texture

Oak in varied width planks for custom look

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Walnut matte finish with wirebrushed look Wild Thing variation of color

Elements by Kentwood Natural

Acacia Brazilian Wood Prefinished patterned, engineered antique



Affordable Trends “For more affordability, we are seeing categories like Luxury Vinyl Tile, which makes use of 3D imaging to emulate real wood or natural stone at a fraction of the cost. This stylized vinyl is also warmer to the touch than real slate or porcelain and can be grouted just as porcelain or ceramic tile. “Laminate versus real wood is still a growing trend with many more variations of color and far more realistic textures and patterns than we’ve seen in the past. Gray-Brown is also a very popular shade in laminate right now with a more rustic appeal and texture.”


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