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s many of you know, the sudden arrival of summer has delivered more than just sunny skies and warmer weather to my life. In April we welcomed a new baby boy to our family giving our 5-year-old daughter the brother she has always dreamed of. We are thrilled with our new arrival and refuse to complain about the lack of sleep and ample diaper changes. You’ll be happy to know that even amongst the chaos of pregnancy I did not neglect my editorial obligations. Now before you say how admiral it is to work so hard during this time, I’ll tell you that those obligations involved scouring the city for the most interesting and beautiful summer furniture, accents and all around must haves. Not a tough day at the office for me or the rest of our editorial staff. Our goal for this issue: get feet in the doors of these wonderful local businesses who deserve our patronage. The Fargo-MoorheadWest Fargo area has some truly magnificent stores that we love to shine the spotlight on and help promote local shopping. While the weather’s cooperating, we encourage you to do more than just the usual midwest (drive by)

window shopping. Step in and see what our local artists and stores have to offer to brighten up your summer surroundings. In this issue, beyond the local shopping fare, we introduce you to an artist who has made a name for herself as a teacher, designer and upcycled clothing artist. We also show you a modern twist on textiles and take a garden tour with purpose. Keep reading to find this month’s Trendsetter and her stunning design flair as well as a completely different approach to backyard family fun.


Don’t stop reading yet; make sure to pick up our July/August issue that is all things lake living. From gorgeous lake homes to quaint cabins, we show you the designs that make our short summers so cherished. We’re also thrilled to showcase some of the area’s most beautiful outdoor and patio escapes with landscaping and design that will be sure to inspire.


Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our local Design & Living magazine. Please feel free to contact me and contribute your own ideas so we can continue to publish the very best our area has to offer.



Let Design & Living take you on a local shopping excursion that will have your home and patio prepped in the hot styles of summer. We feature everything from gorgeous outdoor kitchens to whimsical flower pots and bright indoor decor. This guide will be sure to help you enjoy those lazy summer days and toasty bonfire nights.

Meet Alesha Leslie and find out the trends that inspire her creativity as a designer for Heritage Homes.


Meet two former stay at home moms out to recreate and modernize the textile scene with bold fabric and a dream to encourage creativity through sewing.

24 LANDSCAPING 101 Nursery expert Allyson Burcham defines what makes a great landscape and the materials that are necessary to a cohesive design.

72 SPORT COURTS Deckmasters takes our readers on a tour of one homeowner’s backyard basketball court and explains the unique material that makes it a slam dunk for sports enthusiasts.

ABOUT THE COVER: Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography. All products featured on this month’s cover are courtesy of Scheels Home & Hardware in Fargo with design and coordination by Home Accent Specialist, Jayne Rutter-Kane and Home Decor Specialist, Trever Hill.


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Pick up the July/August issue to see some of the area’s most beautiful lake homes and quaint cabins. We also meet up with local landscape experts to see award winning and awe inspiring backyard escapes.


JUNE 2014 Design & Living Magazine is a free publication distributed eight times a year. Our mission is to showcase all that the Red River Valley has to offer in terms of interior design, architecture and landscaping, and profile the people that make these possible. We also strive to provide a quality and fun reading experience and improve the way of life in our community. The publication is mailed to homes across the US and has stand distribution throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.


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TrendSetter By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

I find inspiration through my travels. I love to recreate the look and feel of trendy hotels and restaurants in my homes so you can always feel like your home is your escape.


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Alesha Leslie,

Interior Designer for Heritage Homes of Fargo and one serious trendsetter. Growing up with her dad and grandfather, both builders, she had a budding interest early on and went on to attend NDSU for Interior Design and Art leading to a 14-year career in Interior Design. Today, Alesha specializes in residential design for Heritage Homes.





PROJECT Rock Accents

“I am just finishing up this Margo style home in The Wilds, part of our Womencentric design at Heritage. Margo style means that it is modern with a lot of statement pieces like dramatic lighting, one of a kind dining tables and this amazing glass kitchen island. We use a lot of espresso and white for our color scheme with glass and rock accents throughout. For the downstairs, some great LED lighting is featured in the game room, theater and bar area. This five bedroom home was on display at the recent Parade of Homes.”

Glass Island

Glass Accents

Theater Project photos courtesy of Heritage Homes


GLASS “I have been doing a lot lately with glass and have just finished work on an amazing glass kitchen island for our upcoming show home in the Parade of Homes.”

Bold Contrasts and Nature

BLACK & WHITE “Right now I love the combination of simple black and white with pops of bright colors.”

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES “With summer coming soon, I love the idea of outdoor living spaces, kitchens and fire pits.”



HBA Reminds Consumers... With yard trends like stone, contour, and fire pits, don’t forget the importance of regular maintenance. IN THE FM AREA, our prime time for hanging out in the yard is short and highly coveted. Homeowners do everything they can to maximize it earlier into the spring and later into the fall. They create yards that are an extension of their homes and an additional room for them to live and play. By Carlita Dietz

The HBA of FM has many gardening and landscaping members who are experts in the art of making your “yard a home.” Here are some of the top trends:


FIREPLACES, BARS, GRILLS AND FIRE PITS In high-end homes, yards can sometimes include an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. The heat sources and cooking areas allow owners to spend more time outside in the fall and spring and provide the perfect setting for socializing.


PRIVACY No matter the yard size, home owners relish alone-time and are being creative with the use of berms, trees, shrubs and lattice or decorative fencing. Even in 55-and-over communities, landscapers see residents wanting privacy and personalization within limited space. Contractors put in heavilyplanted courtyards and personalized little gardens to suit the homeowner.


STONE, DÉCOR AND CONTOUR Just as our indoor homes feature items reflecting our personalities, so do yards. Large, chunky rocks and boulders add interest, as well as techniques like areas alternating mulch and rock, or using rocks that are striking colors. Low voltage lights and water features help create an atmosphere. Stepping stones, gravel paths and flat natural stone slabs create designated walking areas to enjoy the yard. Since our landscape is flat here,


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CARLITA DIETZ Carlita Dietz is 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.

we’ve also seen bridges and berms included to add some topography.


PLANTINGS People are using anything and everything! They incorporate plantings that aren’t native to the area or hardy in our environment. Home owners will plant them in the summer knowing they will not come back. One area landscaper even saw a banana tree placed in the yard for a conversation piece. Owners will use perennials along with annual plantings. In container gardening, mixing perennials and annuals has become popular for different effects and more colorful combinations. They will also incorporate elaborate trees and shrubs, including topiaries, which are clipped and trimmed into decorative shapes. The trends aside, yard experts stress that maintenance is everything when it comes to your yard. Replace overgrown plants. Prune existing healthy plants. Keep your yard green and weed free. Replace poorly installed edging and freshen up your ground cover. It’s important for your yard to last as long as possible with the least amount of upkeep, all while enhancing the architectural value of your home.

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


A Modern Twist

on Textiles


odern Textiles, which opened in January 2014, houses a wide variety of high quality fabric, patterns — and maybe most importantly — inspiration.

By Meagan Pittelko Photos By Paul Flessland


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he adorably eccentric Connie Biselx and Roxanne Beauvais got involved in the fabric business almost two years ago, working their way from selling at The Studio to now owning their own storefront.


kid area or wander around the store and get excited about what their parents are getting. We get boys and girls in here all the time, because sewing isn’t just a girly thing — it’s just making stuff!”

“We got to a point where we were The best part of the business, working really hard, so we decided according to Biselx, is connecting with that we either needed to have our own other people that love the same things store or stop doing it,” Beauvais said. she and Beauvais love. “It was always a dream of ours to open a store and be Beauvais agreed, able to teach adding, “We get people how to to put our hearts sew. It just feeds and souls into “It just feeds our souls to be our souls to be something that able to make things, and able to make is our own. You we want to share that with things, and we can work at a job other people.” want to share 60 hours a week - Beauvais that with other and still go home people.” and feel empty. But, to work 14 From red-andhours a day on white chevron fabric to fabric with something you love? That’s perfect.” atlas-like patterns splattered across it, Modern Textiles has something for Although the whirlwind experience everyone. And whether you’re looking has been an exciting and inspiring to make a cute, breezy dress or a bag, one, both women said they still have a Biselx and Beauvais have personalized lot to learn. patterns and knowledge that you just can’t find on the internet. The women “We’re definitely learning a lot of offer monthly classes in everything from things as we go,” Beauvais said. “We sewing for kids to garment-making. used to be stay-at-home moms, so balance has been difficult. You have to “There are so many people that really be intentional, because balance won’t want to sew and make things but happen on its own.” never have an opportunity to learn how,” Biselx said. “It’s cool to watch As far as the future goes, Biselx and people feel that empowerment and Beauvais said that there might be know that they created something. some great things to come. Although We teach a lot of beginners, and it’s nothing is set in stone, the women exciting to be a part of that.” are working on a few projects and can’t wait to continue watching their Biselx and Beauvais, who both have business grow. children of their own, wanted to make sure that the environment of Modern Above all, the goal of Modern Textiles is Textiles was welcoming to children in to encourage creativity in the community. the community, too. A small play area in the back of the shop is home to a “What we’re doing isn’t just for a fun blue tunnel and toys for children certain group of people,” Biselx said. to play with while their parents shop. “In order to sew and be creative, you don’t have to be born with a specific “Kids are always welcome here,” gene. Creativity is for everyone.” Beauvais said. “They can play in the

ADDRESS 17 S. 7th St. Suite 202, Fargo STORE HOURS Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. PHONE 701-566-8749 WEBSITE


& Renew By Lisa Marchand Photos by Paul Flessland


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Ask Susanne Williams what she’s best known for, and she will surely say her leather handbag line, Willi Nilli. Once the line took off several years ago, she knew she had found a unique niche. But as wholesale demand increased, so did the repetition. “After a while it got to the point that I was exhausted and not happy all the time with every piece that I turned out, yet the deadlines were very rigid in doing that kind of industry,” Williams said. She felt stifled, and what she needed was a break. She decided to take a step back. “‘Okay, well, what am I doing here?’” she asked herself. “’This is my own business. I’ve got to make the decisions here as to whether I’m happy or not and I need to make a change.’” The perfect break arose last year when friend and fellow artist Steve Revland approached Williams with the idea of opening The Uptown Gallery in downtown Fargo. Months of planning, a major renovation and two grand openings later, her creative juices are flowing once again. “Making bags is what people know me for. I’m able to be very creative and realize it in a way that people are going to buy it,” she said, “but really, I’ve got a lot of other ideas and directions that I’m exploring.” One direction The Uptown Gallery executive director is headed toward is a totally different scene: upcycled wearable garments. What began as a fun side project for the West Acres Design Green, Win Green contest four years ago has evolved into a genuine interest for Williams. Her first upcycled garment was a dress made entirely of used bike tire inner tubes. After collecting the material from local bicycle repair shops, she finished the wearable piece with sleeve details made of melted plastic bottles.



“The whole idea of the wearable art is really intriguing to me,” Williams said, “and it’s allowing me to have more of a chance to express a statement that challenges people or asks them to look at things differently.” Then, she created a stunning wedding gown – composed of melted garbage bags. Stumped on what to call it, she held a contest on her Facebook page. The person with the most creative title won a leather piece from her Willi Nilli line, and the winner dubbed it the “Trashy Bridal Gown.” The Bakken Oil Boom in western North Dakota inspired her next piece. A meticulous dress made of trash bags appears to be another homage to upcycled couture. But upon closer inspection, it is a flock of seabirds mired in an oil spill. She entered the dress in a Maryland competition called Manneqart and was one of the only artists to create a wearable piece made of recycled materials. Her next vision is along those same lines. This time, she wants to construct a piece that pays tribute to the destruction that the fracking has caused out West. It will be a female form emerging from the earth that is going up in flames. “I’ve been so struck by just the sheer amount of waste that seems to be going on as we go for the oil out in North Dakota…,” Williams said, “so that imagery just really, really is profound to me.

“There’s a lot to be said about how we misuse our environment and sometimes art is the best way to capture that and pull it together, at least for me.” Her upcycled pieces are currently on display at The Uptown Gallery where her studio is also located.

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Susanne’s Bio Williams was a communications professor for 12 years at Minnesota State University Moorhead before pursuing art full time. She created cloth handbags before teaching herself how to work with leather. She is currently designing leather clutches in an art deco style.



FARGO Fargo’s Most beautiful gardens. By Meagan Pittelko

The time has come again for Fargo’s annual Garden Tour. From professionally landscaped yards to immaculate personal gardens, the tour features a number of gardens in the FM Area.


he Garden Tour is a two-day event spanning eight north Fargo gardens, six south Fargo gardens and one bonus garden in West Fargo. The tour begins Wednesday, July 16 and ends Thursday, July 17, with open hours from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day.

The Greek word ‘soroptimist,’ translated, means ‘the best for women.’

The tour is a major fundraiser for the local Soroptimist Club.

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According to McAllen, the rest of the tour committee consists of Carol Staiger, Alice MarxKuehn and Mariam Conlin.

“It is very heartwarming each year to have these two days to showcase the talents of the people in our community,” McAllen said. “The homeowners are very willing to support this tour as it is well recognized and benefits good causes.”

“The Greek word ‘soroptimist,’ translated, means ‘the best for women,’” said current chairperson Rachel McAllen. “With funds raised from the 2014 tour, the Community Service Committee of the Fargo Soroptimist group will research and provide names of organizations they feel would be good candidates to receive the funds.” In 2013, funds from the Garden Tour helped support Fraser Limited, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Nurse-Family Partnership Program,


Girl Scouts, Sister’s Path, Jeremiah Project and Trollwood Performing Arts School.

“It is truly a team effort,” McAllen said. “We are also very grateful for the gardeners who so graciously open their gardens for the tour. The people who attend are great to visit with. Without these two groups, we could not have a tour.”

Before the tour begins, though, the committee works tirelessly on the logistics. Right after the current tour finishes, the committee typically begins scouting prospective gardens for the next tour cycle. Once they have a large number of yards to pick from, the committee selects top picks and extends invitations to the gardeners. When the gardens are secured, tickets are printed, the tour route is determined and the committee gears up for the day of the tour itself.



GARDEN TOUR: Soroptimist International of Fargo Wednesday, July 16 / Thursday, July 17

NEED TICKETS? Tickets for the tour are $10 for one day and $15 for two days. They are available at all Hornbacher’s stores, Baker Garden & Gift, Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse, Holland’s Landscaping & Garden Center, Levi Runions Garden Center or from any club member beginning June 21. For more information, contact Rachel McAllen at 701-235-1547 or Carol Staiger at 701-541-5809.


LANDSCAPING Whether you’re a first time landscaper or an avid green thumb, chances are we all could learn a thing or two from S&S Landscaping’s Allyson Burcham. As Nursery Manager, Burcham spent some time with Design & Living and discussed the essentials that are sure to make your landscaping the envy of the neighborhood. By Tracy Nicholson Photos by Paul Flessland




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LIGHTING & ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS Lighting, fountains and large rock features can add an artistic aspect to your landscaping, which helps add depth and interest.



We generally use one variety of mulch, which is a shredded hard wood in a beautiful medium brown. Outside of special orders, we try not to use mulches that are dyed or colored as this color tends to fade and run over time. Mulch gives you a nice polished, clean look, controls weeds and helps keep moisture in. Mulch will also break down organic material for your plants to feed off of. To ensure great weed control, secure black mesh fabric prior to adding mulch or rock.

Start with a full landscape of shrubs and perennials, with pops of annuals in between for color. This will ensure that, between bloom times of your perennials, you have something to keep a continuance of color. Try something different, with unique flowers like the Red & White Columbine Origami and Lemon Queen Globe flower for great color and texture.



There are various types of rock in different sizes and colors, but the most popular to use is washed rock. This is a reasonably priced, small to medium size rock that works well in any landscaping. It’s also naturally multicolored so it coordinates well with all homes and landscapes.

For shrubs, go with the idea of “right plant, right place.” In other words, pick something that has a shape and size that will work as it grows to its full size. If you choose something too large for the space, you may end up fighting it each summer to fit the space.



Decide where you want your pots to be and if you want them to be immersed in your landscaping or if you want them to serve as accent or center pieces by your front entrance. Pay attention to textures, shapes and colors. Instead of choosing things that match exactly, choose a variety of things that go together and coordinate well to help create interest.

When choosing a tree, consider not only size and shape but also the color of your home. Your home is your biggest architectural element, so make sure to consider fall color as well as spring colors that might accent your home and help make a great statement.






Plants were selected to create continuity of color and shape with the house and rest of the yard.


Bullet edging creates a clean definition between turf and garden bed.


Perennials were utilized along the front walk so woody plants would not be damaged from snow removal processes during the winter months.


Karl Forester grasses were used to create a vertical element at the corners of the bed.


Rock is used instead of mulch to produce a long lasting contrast of material and textures to add to the architecture of the house.


The tree provides a large architectural feature to balance the size of the house in the landscape.

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Burcham Allyson Burcham is Nursery Manager at S&S Landscaping in Fargo. She has a passion for horticulture and artistic landscape design.


Nursery Manager S&S Landscaping 2777 Fiechtner Dr. South, Fargo




PROJECT: REPURPOSED PALLETS Searching for a fun and functional summer project?

“You can use these strawberry pallet planters on your front porch and they can double as a beautiful landscape element that produces wonderful produce. You can walk right past it and pick strawberries all summer.” - Allyson Burcham S&S Landscaping


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GREEN SIGN Make a statement and upcycle your own customized grass letter sign like Burcham created for S&S. The sign shown was made with samples of a realistic turf product from Synthetic Lawn Solutions that S&S carries. It’s almost impossible to tell that it isn’t real grass, even up close. This is an easy focal point for outdoor spaces and is a great conversation piece.

FRUITFUL PLANTER Burcham also showed us a unique way to repurpose old wooden pallets for growing colorful produce like strawberries all summer long. Using pallets has a multitude of benefits, as they can be painted, left unfinished for a reclaimed look or cut down to size for hanging or stacking. For maintenance, Burcham suggests watering regularly and fertilizing once or twice a summer for optimum produce.

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While you were basking in the late arrival of our warm summer sun, Design & Living went on a local shopping excursion. We’ve compiled this shopping guide of our product picks that will brighten up your summer décor and liven up your backyard barbecues. By Tracy Nicholson Photos by Paul Flessland & Heidi Jaeger


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All products shown in this photo are courtesy of Scheels Home & Hardware in Fargo with design and coordination by Home Accent Specialist, Jayne Rutter-Kane and Home Decor Specialist, Trever Hill. Scheels Home & Hardware 3202 13th Ave South, Fargo 701-232-8903 Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography




PRETTY Amish Adirondack Chair and Side Table from Deckmasters

PAUL KAMRUD Deckmasters Showroom Manager

“This Amish adirondack chair and side table are great for outdoor entertaining. They won’t stain, won’t fade and are heavy enough that they won’t blow away. They also come in a variety of colors.”

POTTERY PLANTER Who said planters had to be boring? The planting options for this colorful pottery planter are endless. Holland’s

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead


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RED BIRDHOUSE This gorgeous and intricately-designed birdhouse will be sure to attract the finest in birdwatching. Handcrafted by Lorenzo’s Woodworks. Shotwell Floral and Greenhouses

4000 40th St. S, Fargo

FLOWER LIGHTING Create evening ambiance with these handmade copper and mouth blown glass lighting sets from Stone Manor. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo


Set your summer table with this beautiful Canadel Loft table in birch wood and glassware from Primitives by Kathy. Complete the setting with this NDI water-look floral arrangement and orange eyelet serving platter from Global Views.

Northern Home & Office

505 Broadway, Fargo


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METAL FLOWERS For planted flowers without the green thumb, try these metal accent flowers from Allstate. Shotwell Floral and Greenhouses

4000 40th St. S, Fargo

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METAL WIND SPINNER This yard or garden accent stands tall with its rustic wind spinners and can be kept in a shiny copper or green tone or left to nature’s elements with a darker, rustier tone. Shotwell Floral and Greenhouses


4000 40th St. S, Fargo

Looking for a dramatic focal point? Look no further than this oversized Lunaform concrete pot made by East Coast artists and customized per your request in various finishes. This is the same company that makes the customized pots for Rockefeller Center. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

granite & quartz countertops

Beauty. Glamour. Value. There's nothing more beautiful and luxurious than a home with granite and quartz countertops, but it's not just for the rich and famous. When you order direct from Northern Stone, we can save you up to 20%.

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VINTAGE LICENSE PLATE BIRDHOUSE Attract small song birds like wrens with these vintage license plate birdhouses made by West Fargo native Tony Trout. Baker Garden & Gift

2733 S. University Dr. Fargo

RUG This 18x40” Tag brand outdoor mat in bold hues is made from renewable resources like coconut fibers. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo


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J.D. SHOTWELL Shotwell Floral

“We love this modern Eco Egg Bird Feeder made from bamboo fibers, natural binding agents and vegetable dyes. This is extremely eco-friendly as it will start to disintegrate in three to five years.”


FRIENDLY Eco Egg Bird Feeder from Shotwell Floral



DOWN UNDER POTS A new idea for modernizing hanging plants: these Down Under Pots have you plant, then flip over for upside down hanging plants like miniature roses or geraniums. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

WINE RACK The geometric design of this wine rack by Cyan Designs is a spunky accent for any kitchen or dining room wall. Aartisan Home Furnishings

4575 23rd Ave. S. Suite 600, Fargo

FIRE PIT Backyard parties are complete with this 19� outdoor match throw fire pit by Lloyd Flanders. Its table top is made from one solid piece of granite and a base from real loom wicker. Deckmasters

5507 53rd Ave. S, Fargo


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DECOR Milk Bottle Trio Tote by Peacock Park from Baker Garden & Gift

KATIE BEYER Baker Garden & Gift

“Flowers in your garden mean flowers for your table. These vintage looking milk bottles would make great vases or serve as an interesting centerpiece all summer long.”


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PI’LO SAILBOAT It’s lake season, which means one thing: boating. Kick start the summer with this pi’lo sailboat decoration, found exclusively at McNeal & Friends, the only North Dakota location to sell the line of handmade décor. McNeal & Friends

506 N Broadway, Fargo

COUCH SET Outdoor Living is made modern with this four season Lane Venture sectional with chaise lounge and coffee table. Synthetic wicker in a slate gray tone is used for durability and weather resistance. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo



HOME SIGN Add some entertaining decor with this corrugated metal and wood home sign with our state’s shape and inserted lighting for even more rustic appeal. Made by Minnesota native Emma Grace Designs. Baker Garden & Gift

2733 S. University Dr. Fargo

AQUA LAMP Light up dull spaces with this beachy aqua Asturius table lamp by Currey & Co. Northern Home & Office

505 Broadway, Fargo

DAISY LOUNGE CHAIR Find time to relax in this Cirque Lounger from Homecrest in a Jaipur fabric and sterling frame with adjustable settings. Western Products

474 45th St. S, Fargo


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701.297.2890 4840 Amber Valley Pkwy Ste B Fargo, ND 58104


OUTDOOR GAS FIREPLACE For something a little more permanent, Home & Hearth offers a customizable outdoor fireplace by Heat & Glo. Made of all stainless steel, this gas fireplace requires no chimney or real wood to warm up on those chilly summer nights. Home & Hearth

1750 45th St. S, Fargo


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RUSTIC SIGN Made in America, this handcrafted rustic beach sign is a must for setting the summer tone. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo

TREE STUMP POT Add interest to your patio or garden with this light-weight tree stump fiberglass pot from Fosters, a Minneapolis garden supply company.

Patio World / Opp Construction

County Rd 20 & I29, Fargo




Jessica Charles Ronnie Swivel chair in Maven Bittersweet fabric from Northern Home & Office

AQUA VASES Create some summer ambiance by combining water blue accent pieces like these Gabriella vases by Cyan. Northern Home & Office

505 Broadway, Fargo

JAN BAILLY Northern Home & Office

“Every room should have a really good chair like this one, especially when you’re working with an open floor plan. A great transitional chair gives a room motion and a liveliness.”


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PARASOLEIL DECORATIVE PANELS Looking for a unique way to provide some backyard privacy? Stop in to check out the gorgeous and exclusive collection of Parasoleil privacy panels for use on pergolas, decks, fencing or just as outdoor decor. They can be made in various metals. This one is an aluminum with bronze finish. Deckmasters

5507 53rd Ave. S, Fargo


CHAIRS & FIRE PIT Enjoy cool nights with this four-piece Florida high-back dining set in Oasis fabric from Homecrest’s Grecian collection. This fire pit, also by Homecrest, has a 54” round tabletop with tuscan and mesquite finishes. Western Products

474 45th St. S, Fargo

LITTLE BOY STATUE The whimsical brass statue can also be attached and used as a fountain focal piece. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

MOSS BUTTERFLY Hang this gorgeous moss and twig butterfly as a wreath, on your door or use as indoor table decor. Made by Sullivans, a South Dakota company. Baker Garden & Gift

2733 S. University Dr. Fargo


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LARGE VASE Spruce up your entrance with an imported architectural clay vase from Jackson Pottery. Garden Elegance

5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo

LINCOLN LOUNGE CHAIR Form and function join forces to create this stunning Lincoln Lounge Chair. The neutral cushions make a versatile backdrop for colorful blankets and pillows. McNeal & Friends

506 N Broadway, Fargo

WHITE DISPLAY CABINET Brighten up your living space with this gorgeous Drexel Heritage Block Party display cabinet in Brush Linen. This piece also comes with the unique touch feature of FurniLite – just touch the metal on the cabinet to turn on the accent lighting inside. Northern Home & Office

505 Broadway, Fargo





Outdoor Gas Firepit from Home & Hearth

This gas firepit is a stylish alternative to your typical wood-burning firepit. Customers can choose their fire glass beads from the company’s extensive list of colors. The best part -- it also doubles as a table.

DARLA SKAURUD Manager at Home & Hearth

“It’s easy and convenient... This firepit is contained, it doesn’t send any pieces off, there’s also no removal of ashes like there would be with a wood firepit. With this, just remove the cover, light it, turn it on, enjoy it, put the cover on and go to bed.”


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PLATES Create a picnic to please with these fun nautical printed plastic plates and placemats by Tag. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo

METAL MUSHROOM Add some whimsy to your garden or home with this metal mushroom art from Western, a Minnesota made company. Baker Garden & Gift

2733 S. University Dr. Fargo

PAINTED PEACE ART POLE For an interesting way to add color to any garden, try this easy-to-install Painted Peace Art Pole by artist Stephanie Burgess. It’s a reproduction of a wooden pole that’s hand painted and wood burned. Shotwell Floral

4000 40th St. S, Fargo


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DECKED OUT Mango Patio Set from Scheels Home & Hardware

This three piece 38” round bar set in Mango is constructed of recycled plastic and part of the “All Decked Out” colorful outdoor collection from Scheels Home & Hardware. Decorative outdoor pillows from Magnolia create an inviting atmosphere with vase and pine grass garden accents to complete the bold look.

JULIE ALIN Designer for Scheels Home & Hardware

“It’s no secret that our spring and summers are short - all the more reason to deck out your outside living spaces. I own the Berlin set in my own backyard and embellished my area with pillows, lanterns, candles and wind chimes. I feel like I have my own sanctuary to unwind, relax and enjoy the day.”


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GARDEN SIGN Hang this fun sign outside to brighten up your green space. It is made from recycled metal and is imported from Mexico, along with a long list of other metal art pieces available at Holland’s. Holland’s

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead

DOCTOR GANDHI’S CLINIC PILLOW This oversized pillow has all the positive vibes of summertime and is sure to brighten up any porch daybed or outdoor lounge chair. McNeal & Friends

506 N Broadway, Fargo

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Settee from Aartisan Home Furnishings

TARA FERMOYLE Account Executive at Aartisan Home Furnishings

“We like to have a mix of the fun, rustic and reclaimed material and the modern, traditional and transitional... It’s just kind of a fun, casual seating area. Something different and unique.”


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This rustic seating area by Coast to Coast Accents would make an exceptional spot to sit down and kick your feet up after a long summer day on the lake.


CRANE STATUE Chicago-based company Orlandi Statuary hand casts each and every statue they produce. This beautiful crane statue is made from fiber stone and would make a nice addition to that garden you just planted. Holland’s

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead

PI’LO SHELL ART This beautiful 8” canvas art is handcrafted in Toronto, Ontario. Such a tiny touch of summer would make the perfect addition to a guest bathroom or lake cabin. McNeal & Friends

506 N Broadway, Fargo

BIRD BATH Give some birds a gorgeous place to hang around this season with this detailed bird bath. Holland’s

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead



METAL ART Create a whimsical outdoor environment with these fun metal art pieces from Grasslands Road. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo

RUSTIC TABLE If this weathered dining room set doesn’t say summer beach house, we don’t know what does. Its rustic feel with a touch of aqua makes for a beautiful conversation starter and the perfect place to sit down after a grill-out. Aartisan Home Furnishings

4575 23rd Ave. S. Suite 600, Fargo


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ENTERTAINING Kitchen from Patio World/ Opp Construction

SHAYLEE BRIEN Patio World / Opp Construction

Right now a popular trend for people who do not have lake homes, is to turn their backyards into fully functioning outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas with paver patios, fireplaces and even pizza ovens.

HOLLOW BOULDERS Need to cover up ugly well holes or septic tanks? Look no further than these GFRC boulders. They come in varying colors, sizes and materials like lighter weight plastic or heavier fiberglass and concrete mixes. Patio World / Opp Construction

County Rd 20 & I29, Fargo


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ARTERIORS LAMP Light up the room with this white and lime green lamp by Arteriors, a company known for their funky lighting and furniture designs. Aartisan Home Furnishings

4575 23rd Ave. S. Suite 600, Fargo

MAGNOLIA OUTDOOR PILLOW YELLOW CHAIR Design for nostalgia with this bold and retro motel chair in the Bellaire stye from Torrans. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. Sw, Fargo

Complete your outdoor space with this colorful printed Magnolia Casual pillow made with a durable Sundure fabric that resists mildew and fading. Scheels Home & Hardware

3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo



SWIRL PLATTER Blown glass artist Lisa Tate has created a bright mix of yellows and reds that will brighten up your living room coffee table all year long. The Uptown Gallery

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead



Blue Spring Chairs from Western Products


Take a beautiful seat with these cobalt blue Andover spring chairs with matching side table. Made from aluminum and comes in a variety of enameled colors from Homecrest.


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“We are happy to be one of the many dealers of Homecrest in the FargoMoorhead area and love the quality of this Wadena-made brand. Homecrest is well known for comfort, durability and overall quality.”


UPCYCLED DESIGN Recycled Pallet Boxes Made locally and constructed from upcycled wood, these pallet boxes make excellent planters for the home or cabin.

36” COPPER PLANTER This beautiful lawn sculpture by artist Patrick Shannon is an absolute statement piece for the garden. Made of stainless steel and copper, this planter stands several feet tall and will be sure to turn heads. The Uptown Gallery

1201 Center Ave, Moorhead

SARAH LILJESTRAND Co-owner of Holland’s

“Some of these pallets even came from plants that were delivered here. I think these planters are super cool for a lake cabin and you can put really anything in them. You can change them out for the season.”


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This North Fargo family displays their school pride in their own backyard. With the North Fargo Spartan logo as the literal cornerstone to their backyard playground, this custom triangular basketball court by Sport Court was designed by Deckmasters in Fargo. Deckmasters designs and installs the Sport Court system into local masterpieces for both indoor and outdoor uses.

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Deckmasters's Paul Kamrud designed this court in a triangular design, as it was necessary to save space and maintain the overall layout of the backyard. The size and shape ensure players get enough space to shoot from half court to give their budding basketball players realistic distances to help improve their game.

According to Sport Court Director Joel McCausland, their court’s surface is designed to give both laterally and vertically, absorbing shock and stresses that otherwise can result in injury to young athletes.

“You don’t have to be an athlete to play on a Sport Court. This material is great for all kinds of activities from rollerblading to tennis and soccer. It also provides peace of mind knowing that your kids get to safely play right in your own backyard.” - Paul Kamrud, Deckmasters Showroom Manager




Sport Court’s performance surfacing is a modular product made from polypropylene. For this design, 12x12 inch tiles lock together over a concrete surface to create a grid that can be made with up to 22 colors. The tiles are made with UV inhibitors to protect the color from fading in the sun. For this Spartan logo design, the homeowners requested permission from the school to use the logo, then the tiles were sent off to certified Sport Court painters that use a special two-ply adhesive paint that is weather resistant for up to 25 years. The hoop and large yard lights were all from the Sport Courtdesigned collection that can be ordered through Deckmasters.

Sport Court is the World’s Largest court builder, with over 100,000 completed projects from a basketball court that they built at the South Pole to the NBA, NCAA, FIBA, FIFA and the Olympics.

Indoor court designed and installed by Deckmasters of Fargo.


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