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ark Twain once stated, “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” I think as a native North Dakotan, I can relate. Spring does not always promise us pleasant conditions, but we know May generally marks the end of the treacherous cold. With the warmth, our state of mind is renewed and we begin anticipating the excitement of summer. Since we are talking about renewal, why not start our spring with an ever popular topic, upcycling or as many know it, repurposing. In this issue, we are excited to show you what’s new in the area for thriving occasional stores and vendor markets. It’s time to dig out that old dresser, chair or nightstand and look at it with a fresh and creative mind. Challenge yourself to consider the endless possibilities that a little paint and imagination can do. We also talk to some of the local experts in upcycling and find out their tricks of the trade. Our spring would not be complete without the anticipation of gardens and local produce. Whether you

love to get your hands dirty in your own garden or prefer the convenience of fresh produce delivered to your door, it is truly one of the highlights of summer. In this issue, we do the legwork for you and give you a comprehensive list of the area’s farmer’s markets and community supported agriculture and produce programs. In the June issue, prepare yourself for a summer time shopping extravaganza. Our Design & Living team hit the streets and local stores to find out where the summer interior trends are and bring you a diverse list of outdoor patio decor, furniture and everything in between. For the finale, we talk to some local experts and get the dirt on the latest landscaping trends. Here’s wishing you all a very happy start to your summer with hope you leave enough spare time in your busy warm weather schedule to relax and put your feet up with our latest issues. We appreciate your feedback, ideas, and critiques so please feel free to email me at tracy@


UPCYCLED: OLD BECOMES NEW Meet some of the area’s best and get some great pointers in upcycled and repurposed furniture and decor.


Meet Mackenzie Kouba, a local teacher with the Plains Art Museum in repurposing furniture. We’ll also let you in on all the other classes available to learn the fine art of upcycling and using reclaimed materials.

Meet one Moorhead family that scoured their rural lot for materials to use in their new family home and found ways to add some great character from the ceilings to the decor with help from builder Footitt Homes.



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Our editors have put together a comprehensive shopping guide showing our readers exactly where to shop for upcycled and reclaimed materials in this area.

57 RECLAIMED WOOD Meet two of the area’s most knowledgeable in reclaimed wood. One being the supplier and the other the designer.

Delta Design really outdid themselves on this re-design. Read on to find out how these owners added on to their rambler style home while keeping in line with the neighborhood.

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16 The Leed House 20 Metallic Art with

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24 Unique Store:

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Melanie Iverson

of Melanie Michelle Designs. She is a commercial and residential Interior Design Consultant and serious local trendsetter. This MSUM graduate and mom to Graycie (6) and Carter (8), is well known in the local repurposed world for her work with her furniture design company Imago Dei Designs and more recently for her commercial design consultant work with her Melanie Michelle design firm. Iverson’s recent experience consists of a partnership with Aartisan Home Furnishings to stage Radiant Homes, Luxe Homes and LaBellkin Homes for the Parade of Homes. She spent two years volunteering at the “Holiday Homes of Hope” tour for Cycstic Fibrosis. Iverson was recently published in “Dainty Obsessions” for staging a wedding/Lead Design and received a ten page spread in this magazine that reaches six different states. She currently sells the Imago Dei line at the Studio in Fargo and does commissioned heirloom pieces as well.

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I love the before and after as well as the blank canvas; I want everything I do to matter. I love making something out of nothing that has a story behind it that people will remember.

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Iverson has most recently worked on this commercial project for TMI Hospitality’s new corporate office. The company was merging three different groups of people together, so the overall goal was to create a very intentional, engaging culture among employees that would not stunt creativity. TMI had four major ideas it wanted to incorporate so she used four colors to reinforce these ideas with details like chalkboard walls and a TMI storyboard to encourage employees to get to know one another. She has also recently worked on staging local homes and a project for Maxwells restaurant in West Fargo, which incorporated these great reclaimed wood tables with the help of ICSS Design & Supply of Fargo.

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Staged house

If you’re interested in seeing more of Iverson’s recent work, head to the new Max Lounge in the old Divas and Rockstars location in West Fargo that was set to open May 1.



Jewel tones set against stark whites and grays have made a great comeback.

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Lively color palettes and patterns

Bright, large floral prints not only in fashion, but interiors are huge right now.

Mid-Mod design and style with a clean Scandinavian look combined with jewel tones or metallics are key right now.



HBA Reminds Consumers... to use local, licensed contractors

AS SUMMER CONSTRUCTION season kicks into high gear, Home Builders Association of FM offers resources to help members of the public choose a qualified contractor. In general, local contractors have a history working in the area, have built a list of references, and will be around to service warranties or problems that may arise with projects. By Carlita Dietz

Here are our top ten suggestions:


LICENSED CONTRACTOR Always check to see if the contractor you are considering, local or transient, is licensed in the state in which work will be performed. Contact the appropriate governmental agency: North Dakota Secretary of State’s office ( or the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry ( to verify the builder is currently licensed and to find out if he or she has a disciplinary history.


TAKE YOUR TIME Get more than one estimate and be wary of any contractor that requires full payment up front, uses high-pressure sales tactics or asks you to sign authorization paperwork or a contract that you don’t understand. Consider paying with a credit card since these companies have better methods of remedying disputes and dealing with fraudulent charges.


GET DETAILED CONTRACTS Get a detailed contract including a summary of the work to be done, a description of materials, the total contract price or how the price will be calculated and specific timelines. Do not sign it until you are comfortable.

can be reached during normal business hours. Some transient companies will open a post office box or can easily acquire a cell phone with a local number to give the appearance of being a local company, when it is not.





ASK QUESTIONS Ask the contractor how long and where he or she has been in business. CREDITABILITY Ask the contractor about designations or certifications he or she has earned. These can include, for example, voluntary programs to further their professionalism, or lead certification required by the EPA to perform work in structures built in 1978 or earlier.


PAST WORK Request references and check with former customers to see if they were satisfied with the work.


CONTACT INFORMATION Ask for a local business address, other than a post office box, and a local phone number where the contractor

POLICIES A sk about warranty work and the company’s service policies.

LIABILITY Find out if the contractor has sufficient workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.


COMMUNICATION Lastly, make sure you can communicate with the contractor and feel comfortable with him or her. Misunderstandings during the course of the project can lead to cost overruns and delays. Visit for additional information, plus a directory of local contractors categorized by what they do.

CARLITA DIETZ 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.


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The LEED House Habitat for Humanity


ere at Design & Living, we wanted to take a minute to highlight what’s happening in our amazing volunteer community. Recently we spoke to Rob Rich, Executive Director of the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity and we found out that in November, they just completed North Dakota’s first ever LEED house right here in Fargo. Of course, we wanted to find out more, so we did a Q&A with Rich who also played the role of Project Leader on this unique undertaking. By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

What does it mean to build ND’s first ever LEED House?

Rob Rich, Executive Director of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity and Project Lead on the home.


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One of the main reasons we took on the challenge of building a LEED home was to show that affordable housing can be energy efficient and remain affordable. Habitat for Humanity building a LEED certified home and keeping it affordable for a low income family shows other builders and homebuyers that we can all be energy and environmentally conscious without having to sacrifice fancy or high end finishes.



What is the significance of a LEED home and how do you get this certification? LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

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The most significant details are behind the walls and out of sight. We used an insulated concrete form foundation; we used spray foam insulation in the rim joist and ceiling. Our mechanical and plumbing contractors spent extra time sealing duct work and insulating water pipes. In the home, we also installed all energy star appliances and lighting with CFL bulbs. Those are a few of the highlights of the build.

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When did this build begin and how long did it take to complete?

Local Agency, Local Service… for more than 100 years.

The idea of building a LEED Habitat home actually started about two years ago, but didn’t come to fruition until 2013. We broke ground in June of 2013 and finished the home in October of 2013.

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Where do you find the volunteers for a project like this? From all over the community. We engage many church groups, corporate groups and service clubs just to name a few.

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Angela and Carlos Salinas with their children, Tanisha, Josslyn, Carlos Jr., Carly and Karmella were the grateful recipients of this super efficient six bedroom, two bath home also known as North Dakota’s first ever LEED home.

How did you choose the family that was destined to live in this home?

What are some ways that people in our community could get involved with Habitat or it’s home improvement store, Restore?

The families are chosen based on 3 criteria: 1. The ability to pay Partner families buy the homes from Habitat for Humanity for the cost of construction; the mortgage is also zero percent interest which helps keep the house affordable. 2. Need for housing The partner families need to demonstrate a need for housing. Some needs include unsafe or unhealthy living conditions and overcrowding, just to name a few. 3. Willingness to partner Partner families must demonstrate a willingness to partner with Habitat. They must agree to complete 250 hours of sweat equity and complete our homeowner education curriculum. The homeowner education classes cover a range of topics like budgeting, being a good neighbor and home maintenance.


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Volunteering at the build site or at the ReStore. We also need mentors for the 2014 families as well as members for our numerous committees.

How long does it take to raise the funds and resources to build a habitat home? Raising funds is an on-going process for Lake Agassiz Habitat. It usually takes at least six months to find all the funding sources for a build.

What is your most rewarding moment with Habitat to date?

Volunteers work together to build a Habitat for Humanity home.

How did you personally get involved with Habitat and Restore? I came to Habitat in 2008 as the Construction Manager. At the time I didn’t really know a lot about the organization, but it only took one day at a build site to catch the habitat fever. Seeing a group of volunteers coming together for the betterment of the community and seeing what that group can accomplish in one day, one week, one build season is amazing. Working with the volunteers and the families is what has kept me here.

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I think anytime we have a home dedication and the keys are turned over to a new homeowner. It signifies the end of the building project but it also signifies the start of a new life for a family, the start of something great that will touch the lives of all of the future generations of that family.




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By Elizabeth Erickson Photos by Allison Smith


KYLE THOMAS metal artist

This metallic genius,

originally from Fargo, began creating metal art after teaching himself the skills and abilities needed to construct everything from small yard pieces to large, unique signs. He earned a degree from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND, where he learned the welding techniques he uses in his artwork. Although he works as a pipe welder in the Baaken Oil Fields — frequently making the long trek across the state with his work out west and a family in Fargo — his hobby didn’t become a reality until after some encouragement. “I fell into the metal art world,” Thomas said. “I never really considered myself a metal artist until it was explained to me that I was.” He started simple by creating a piece for his neighbor, and went on to show his work at different shows. “I went to a home show, and that’s kind of where it really kicked off,” Thomas said. “The public saw it, and it was a positive influence; then I got invited to a gallery. … I just kind of took it from there. But it’s a side thing — it’s a hobby.”



Creative force He learned many techniques in college, but the majority of Thomas’ work features his own techniques that are evident within his use of shapes and colors. “Everything else is just the creative force — just something I feel needs to be brought out,” Thomas said. Although he never planned to be an artist, Thomas knew he would weld someday. With his work schedule allowing much time off after long weeks of nearly constant work, Thomas is able to find some time to continue his metal work. While friends and family of Thomas reside in Fargo, the opportunity he has had in meeting people from across the state has provided ample opportunities for more projects. “I’ve frequently talked about what I do on the side, and many of my friends know what I do for a hobby,” Thomas said. “A lot of guys I’ve worked with, I’ve made things for them and their families.”

Building to the top His projects all begin with a sheet of metal. The time-consuming process of transforming it into a piece of art involve various aspects — from cutting to painting to shaping. Thomas has also developed a unique hologram effect with a grinder and paint that he uses on pieces. “I usually get inspiration from music,” Thomas said. “I use other people as well and their inspiration. Sometimes they have really good ideas of what they want done or have seen something.” Thomas said his favorite pieces are large sculptures with a unique twist. And with clientele ranging from everybody to anybody, he has room to experiment. “The biggest challenge is trying to get on the same page as my client,” Thomas said. “The misunderstandings in there sometimes are a big challenge.” Despite the occasional confusion, the joy Thomas finds in watching a customer’s face


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Kyle Thomas wears protective gear while welding on the petals of a metal flower. Some of his pieces, like this flower, are quick to make while others are more time consuming.

when they receive a piece of his work is what keeps him creating. “The most rewarding part is, in the end, making people happy,” Thomas said. “The most rewarding part is to see someone in a new space with my piece of art I just created for them, and they’re just ecstatic and excited about it. That’s probably the most gratifying for me — knowing that other people can enjoy it — my silly, creative ways.” It’s not a full-time job or even a full-time hobby when he’s busy pipe welding out west, but Thomas sees great potential in his work. “I’m going to shoot for the top,” Thomas said. “I never stop learning, never stop looking for people to do things for. I see myself getting bigger and hopefully more recognized.”

The most ‘ ‘ rewarding part is to see someone in a new space with my piece of art I just created for them, and they’re just ecstatic and excited about it."





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Whimsical (Left side) Fired Industrial (Right side) Many of Thomas’ pieces feature abstract work and unique ways of shaping metal. He has the ability to create hologram effects on his structures.


Love Affair Thomas enjoys creating pieces that can be interpreted in many ways. He uses welding techniques he learned at NDSCS in his work.


Blue Moon Many of the structures Thomas creates feature a color — such as this blue. This is achieved by a process of mixing dye and a clear coat.


Arthaus Retrobilia


ric Lanum said that he “just wanted to do something, to open some sort of business.” But what he came up with has turned into more than just another business in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


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By Meagan Pittelko Photos by Paul Flessland



hen you step into Arthaus Retrobilia, you’re immediately struck by the groovy, 70’s-esque wallpaper and collection of vibrant, vintage signs. A pop art portrait of Marilyn Monroe hangs on one wall above a green and yellow couch. A bright red egg chair sits against another wall, begging some lucky owner to take it home. Other miscellaneous items ­— from a vintage table lighter to boxes of those classic candy cigarettes — jump out at you from every inch of the store. Arthaus Retrobilia was originally supposed to be a retro art gallery, according to co-owner Lanum (his mother, he said, is his business partner, but Lanum is the only one that works at the store). The store turned into an eclectic mixture of vintage antiques, artwork, knick-knacks and other unique products. However, in order to make the business feasible, Lanum decided to offer custom framing as well. “The custom framing jobs are the bread and butter,” he said, “and the rest of it is just fun.” Lanum said that he looks for vintage products at flee markets, antique shops and even online. “I have vendors for some of the signs and such,” he said. “I just kind of track down some of the unique furniture.”


Almost everything in the store is one-of-a-kind (or at least rare), so customers should be prepared to commit to items they like. “Most things in here are unique,” Lanum said. “Once it goes, something else comes in and takes its place.” With such a wealth of intriguing products, you would think that it would be difficult to pick a favorite. But Lanum knows exactly what his favorite items on the floor are: the handbags. In the center of the room, a multi-tiered shelf full of handbags shows off the hand-crafted product. The handbags (made by Randi of Hold Fast in California) range in size from small clutches to large purses and come in a variety of colors and prints. “They’re all hand-crafted by one person, and they represent the life of one person and not a company,” Lanum said. “I’m really impressed with her work and her product.” Overall, the feel of Arthaus Retrobilia is exactly what Lanum had hoped; it’s mid-century, retro vibe and assortment of products is definitely different than any other store in the FM area.



“It’s sort of this hybrid nostalgia-meets-art-gallery,” Lanum said. “It’s supposed to just be a mix of unique, one of a kind, retro-inspired items. There are some things here that you can’t find anywhere else and some things that you can.”

LOCATION 21 8th St. S, Fargo FACEBOOK Arthaus Retrobilia & Framing


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Q&A Mackenzie Kouba with repurposing expert

Get the lowdown on upcycling with Mackenzie Kouba, a repurposing expert, from the Plains Art Museum.

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

What is your past experience in this area? “I guess I started working on houses when I was 18 and have just learned on my own how to work with various materials, paints and stains. Right now, I’m the shop foreman and Stain and Finishing Technician at Windows Plus.”

Why should people take a class like this? “This class will show you some unique and alternative approaches to dealing with different materials and pieces. You’ll learn the correct way to handle materials and the correct tools to do the job with.”

Where did you find most of your own pieces? “I find a lot on the curbs, especially during clean up week, gifts or drop offs, Habitat Restore or places like Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch.”

“One thing I really want to stress in my classes is not discrediting what might be under the paint. With older furniture, you can often find really unique wood grains and patterns that can’t be found in newer pieces today.”


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ABOUT THE CLASS: Starting on May 17 and concluding on May 24, you bring the old and this class helps you make it new. This short, two weekend class conveniently follows Fargo-Moorhead’s Spring Clean Up Week, where you can find each of your treasures. Students will learn about proper preparation for old surfaces before repainting or refinishing them, as well as how to think outside the box about your projects. GET STARTED: Email studio manager James Wolberg at, for questions about whether your object/furniture piece is appropriate for this class. Early enrollment by May 10 is encouraged as this class may fill up quickly. Cost is $90/$72 for museum members.



Upcycled Class Guide By Meagan Pittelko

Plains Art Museum


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12 Broadway Fargo 701-356-4014

Art Kids - A Look & Listen Program May 8 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Hand-painted Drink Glasses (21+) May 7 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Watercolor April 29-May 20 Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Figure Study Session May 10 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Clay for Couples May 15 6:30-9 p.m.

DIY Wood Studio 3231 4th Ave. S. Studio A, Fargo 701-293-1310 Woodworking for Women May 1, 8, 15 & 22 6-9 p.m.

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Woodturning May 3 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Home Improvement Workshop May 3 1-4 p.m.

Junk Market West Fargo Fairgrounds May 10 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Chalk Paint 101 May 1 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. May 21 5:30p.m.-7:30 p.m. May 24 9 a.m.-11 a.m. May 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. May 31 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Keepsake Box May 3 & 10 1-4 p.m. Power Tools 101 May 7 6-9 p.m. Done-In-a-Day Adirondack Chair May 10 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Basic Woodworking May 13, 20 & 27 6-9 p.m. Quick & Easy: Build a Bookshelf May 19 6-9 p.m. Quick & Easy: Build a Hallway Bench May 28 6-9 p.m.



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Upcycled Upcycled Upcycled Old and dull becomes new and bold


n the creative world of upcycling, there is no such thing as useless material or outdated furniture. In this issue, we introduce you to local people that believe that through a little extra creativity and thought, any piece of furniture or even something as mundane as a rusty nail or an old piece of wood can have a renewed purpose in the design world. These store owners and designers look at all things as a shape, a color, a texture or an inspiration for their next great project. Don’t let the pretty faces fool you; these are no dainty designers. They pull out the power tools and perfect their paint to create new pieces that are painstakingly crafted and often of art gallery quality.

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography



Redoux Y Annie Poitra

You may have read about Annie Poitra, owner of Redoux, in last year’s repurposed issue, but this time Annie and her husband Lowell have a lot more to show. Starting with a booth in a Detroit Lakes, Minnesota antique mall to opening the tiniest of stores on 8th street in Fargo, we couldn’t wait to help them debut their new and much larger studio and occasional store on NP avenue in downtown Fargo. In talking to Annie and Lowell, it is easy to see that what they do is less about the money and much more about the craft. There’s a need to create one of a kind pieces and they both seem to love overcoming the challenge of design and material. Annie is the creative mind behind the pieces often drawing up what she has in mind, while Lowell, a mechanic by trade, figures out an efficient way to construct the pieces. Together, these two make a dynamic duo when it comes to the world of re-purposing, or as many now refer to it as, “upcycling”. One look around their new and very spacious store downtown, and you will immediately notice that the Poitra’s are capable of turning just about anything into a piece of art or usable furniture. Locally made candles and lotions adorn a handmade reclaimed wood shelf, while custom made canvas pillows give some flair to ordinary spaces. Their furniture pieces are a must see with top quality construction and unique materials such as reclaimed wood from the Globe Elevator in Duluth, MN. Each piece tells a unique story of its past.

LOCATION 213 NP Ave. Fargo PHONE 701-200-2131



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Annie’s DIY Essentials

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint High Gloss Spray Paint Heavy Duty Staple Gun Low Temp Glue Gun When on the search for paint, Annie often checks out the paint aisle at Habitat ReStore as well as Moorhead’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility where leftover paint is dropped off that cannot be disposed of at the landfill. The paint here is free and can be checked out from April to October every Monday, Wednesday and first Saturday of the month.

Lowell’s DIY Essentials

Cordless Drill Orbital Sander Skillsaw Lowell suggests using an oil based polyurethane to give wood more definition showing the natural grain and colors. If you like the look of matte, use a water based polyurethane to seal it but keep the look natural and rustic.


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This 350+ pound table is easier to get home than you’d think! Even being one of their first projects as a couple, Lowell designed this to come apart in two pieces with the entire top coming off, then easily fitting back together like a puzzle piece for moving. If you’re wondering how they constructed this table, the top is actually a handmade cedar picnic table that Lowell married together with an old wood workbench.

Dubbed their official mascot, this deer piece was their very first project inspired by a $6,000 art gallery piece that Annie once saw. She used real taxidermy from a friend, covering it in duct tape to smooth out the texture, then wrapped it in fabric. Annie can recreate this for her clients with the fabrics and colors as requested.

This lamp using reclaimed wood from the Globe grain elevator in Duluth, MN, is a prime example of incorporating scraps of two non-related projects to create one functional piece of art. The large cabinet was from the Rourke house and once used as kitchen cupboards. Annie enhanced its history by hand, making the aluminum numbered plates on each door with materials from a supply store. Up front, a reclaimed wood cube was custom made to fit an existing piece of glass displaying the large metal blades from a factory exhaust fan.



This large bench was made of reclaimed wood from an abandoned saw mill in Park Rapids, Minn. The fun letter were from a local sign company; he keeps the scraps and Annie buys the outer casings for decor. Annie also sews pillows made of canvas printed with her own stencils

As a collector of fabrics, Annie uses these fabrics to re-upholster and give new life to old furniture pieces like these chairs from an estate sale.



The Studio Leanne Sucrow


A trip to The Studio is an experience well worth the wait. Leanne Sucrow is an interior designer with The Green Room and also created this occasional vendor market concept which brings together various local artists’ upcycled work as well as her own. This year she is collaborating with Dallas Seibold as well as another local who will be bringing in architectural salvage for a fresh concept in design. Launching their new design concept in May, they are not only going to have architectural salvage staged throughout the shop, but they will have exclusive access to a large inventory. What will they be doing with this architectural salvage? Why, building one of a kind playhouses to showcase as demos, of course. Architectural salvage and an eclectic mix of items will be incorporated into these playhouses using their in-store demo as basically a mock up to show people what they are capable of for full size homes and businesses for remodels or construction projects as well as customized playhouses. Seibold’s role in the store and design concept is simple. He’s creative, just as Leanne is, and has construction experience to add to the mix. “I do local construction for Dan Lindquist, doing custom homes. I do this with The Studio more as a hobby. Right when I started out with repurposing, I didn’t really see the beauty in it, but she’s definitely influenced me. I have a creative mind just like her, and the way that we work together is really cool. We complement each other with a type of synergy,” says Seibold. New this year is the back space of The Studio, referred to as the Design Lab. This is a quiet space for meeting with design clients about interiors, remodeling, custom upholstery, fabrics furniture or hardware.

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“I call this my Chairpocolypse; I’m obsessed with chairs. I get them everywhere through a collaboration of interior designers, local artists, creative geniuses and treasure hunters.” -Leanne Sucrow

Here is just a sampling of various local artists that Sucrow works with. Jewelry by J. Rose Designs, and chairs with teal dresser by Imago Dei Designs as well as this antique mail sorter by My Funky Finds.


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Sucrow loves to work with great fabric, so vendors like Lexer’s who specialize in fun pillows work great in this space. These photos by & design and the white ladder back from Imago Dei work nicely with the vintage luggage and green chair from The Green Room. Other items that caught our eye were the cobalt blue enamel table and jewelry by D. Stash.

These fun orange chairs by The Green Room play in perfectly with the antique dresser by another artist. Some interesting paint techniques from the artist help create an unusual look of metal patina on the dresser drawers and play nicely with the bulbis mustache lamp. Local pillows by Lexer’s make a great accent for any space.

Sucrow’s DIY Essentials Mod Podge® This helps you adhere paper or fabric to just about anything. Find this at your local craft store. Best of all, it’s water based for easy clean-up and non-toxic, for even the young crafters. Power Tools Use drills and jigsaws to create new things out of old pieces. Quality Paints Sucrow uses paints like Benjamin Moore and Rustoleum to add new life to old pieces. Also, she recommends you have a good quality foam or bristle brush.



The Warehouse Vintage and Upcycled


This store, nestled in a residential area in South Fargo, is adorned with a bright pink sign with the words “The Warehouse, An Occasional Market” and is a diamond in the rough. After one glance inside, one will quickly notice that Sue Thompson and Sally Ackerman had created just that. After meeting at the Moorhead Antique Mall, both ladies decided it was time to take their friendship and refurbishing skills to new ground with a store of their own. They found the space this past December and by January they were ready for their first opening. Both have full time careers, Thompson being a Paralegal at Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson Law Firm in Fargo and Ackerman, an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Vibra

Hospital. Wanting to keep their careers as well as pursue their dream, it seemed the perfect solution to rely on the concept of an occasional store to devote the time they needed to what they love to do. A walk through their 3,600 square foot warehouse and you will discover a wide collection of vintage and antique furniture and accessories as well as unique repurposed finds. Ackerman and Thompson search everywhere from garage sales to estate sales and auctions for their finds. It’s easy to see that this is not just a side job for them, but a real passion and love for rescuing the vintage and bringing them new life. “We try to make our inventory fun and affordable so you can decorate more often. Every month our selection will be different.” says Ackerman. LOCATION 2720 15th St. S, Fargo PHONE Sue 701-261-2317

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This antique drop leaf desk is from the 1890s to 1900s when homes were built smaller, so you tend to see smaller pieces of furniture.

The vintage screen door in its original paint is from a Victorian mansion on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, MN. Ackerman and Thompson often use pieces like this to hang on walls or to display photos or other memorabilia.

These two are a dynamic duo when it comes to painted and upholstered furniture and are always looking for the next great find.


Sally’s Repurposing Tips

1. Sally relies on a good paint like Sherwin

Williams Manual Dover in a satin finish. 2. When re-upholstering, Sally says invest in

good fabric to make the process easier and you’ll get a product that will have longevity and style. 3. Invest in a high quality staple gun for

proper upholstering. 4. Always have an array of extra screws, bolts

and knobs for stabilizing and fixing up those missing pieces of your furniture finds. 5. When painting with black, use good paint

and apply in several light coats rather than heavy layers.

Sue’s Repurposing Tips

1. Use a good paint like Sherwin Williams paint

and primer in one. 2. Sue’s favorite paint to work with is Dover

White in a satin finish. 3. Love the distressed look? Sue uses a single

razor blade, not sand paper to get an authentic distressed look. 4. For a finished look, Sue relies on Annie Sloan

Soft Wax applied over the satin finish paint. 5. Have an array of sandpaper in different

grades to achieve a good finish on older or damaged wood pieces.



Eco Chic

Pictured above from left is Creative Director Carrie Brusven, Marketing Director Laura Caroon, Custom Painter Michelle McCrea and store owner Maria Bosak. (Chalkpaint Trainer Katie Murrey not shown.)

Sustainable Design


There’s no doubt Maria Bosak, owner of Eco Chic boutique in Fargo, has been a true trailblazer when it comes to this area’s knowledge of all things upcycled. Starting with her store opening three and a half years ago, the goal was always to provide customers with eco-friendly choices. Repurposing furniture seemed like a great way to do just that. Bosak was instrumental in introducing the FM area to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and even teaching these very popular paint courses through the store. “We have a lot of people that will come in just to walk through the store for ideas on their own projects,” Bosak said.


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“We love to carry pieces that bring joy into people’s homes.” Bosak just opened her second location in Bismarck in July 2013 with the focus remaining the same successful model as the Fargo store but different product lines reflecting the local talent. One of their upcoming focuses for the year will be creating an online site that teaches how to properly use chalk paint. Chalk Paint 101 is currently their most popular instore class. On May 1, they will be launching their new website and this summer they also anticipate offering a variety of kids’ classes.

LOCATION 4955 17th Ave. S, Fargo

PHONE 701-356-6600

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The store itself has evolved, leaning more towards sustainable home decor.

Maria’s Favorite Trends “Found” objects Deer antlers as decor Metal Letters Cow prints Sticks as decor



Why chalk paint?

“It was created in 1990 by Annie Sloan. She had painted furniture for many years and she wanted a paint that she could simplify the paint process with. The main thing that everyone loves about it is that you can paint a surface without sanding, stripping or priming. It is far more flexible to work with than latex. There is no odor, no VOC and it dries really fast,” Bosak said.


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Fun Fact After Bosak found out that HGTV was on the search for a new show focused on businesses like themselves, they recently pitched their own show to the network and are patiently waiting for their reply. The theme would be DIY mixed with Fargo reality.

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In this salvaged kitchen island, custom painter for Eco Chic, Michelle McCrea described this piece as not exactly ideal for entertaining. With worn out and lackluster wood on top, the entire top needed to be sanded down, painted and polyurethaned. McCrea used two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White for this piece and replaced all of the hinges and knobs and even included metal piping for a towel holder. Legs were then added to the bottom for a more decorative feel. For the back of this piece she removed the existing material and replaced it with a stained raw wood for an aged effect and added two pieces of trim for the side pieces.


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Tools Michelle Used Power sander, foam brush, Annie Sloan wax brush, hammer, screwdriver, drill, nail gun, wood putty, hinges and knobs, hardware pipe, legs, reclaimed wood for backing, polyurethane, wood stain, & Annie Sloan paint in pure white.

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Upcycled Guide


In With the Old

Goodwill works to enhance quality of life by strengthening communities. Stop in to purchase a few items and, in turn, help your community.

Head out to the lakes area for some great finds in refurbished furniture as well as an array of interesting knick-knacks and glassware.

3651 S. Washington St, Grand Forks, ND

124 E. Main St, Perham, MN

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The Arc Attic Treasures Use this guide to inspire your upcycling projects. Key:

Antique & Vintage Thrift Store Furniture & Decor Materials

AllisoNicole’s Interior Design and Floral While the physical store is no longer open, there will be a new storefront in Grand Forks soon. They will continue to carry repurposed items and home products and a full service floral shop.

The Arc has new treasures arriving daily. Check them out for antiques and home decor to repurpose.

3201 43rd St. S, Fargo 255 N. University Dr, Fargo

Family Life Thrift Store

Arthaus Retrobilia & Framing

Benefiting The Perry Center and Family Life Services, Family Life Thrift Store always has a steady stream of new arrivals at low prices.

This new store is a full service custom framing shop and retro gallery. The shop’s groovy decor will definitely keep you coming back.

1000 45th St. SW, Fargo

21 8th St. S, Fargo

Eco Chic Boutique

SuLaine’s Antique Mall

Eco Chic Boutique’s products range from repurposed to eco-friendly and they have a lot of local items. They will even teach you how to paint and repurpose on your own.

Head to the lakes area for this unique antique mall with an array of collectibles and art to keep you treasure hunting all day.

4955 17th Ave. S, Fargo

603 Hwy 10 E, Detroit Lakes

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Here you will find an eclectic mix of used furniture from their sister store, Furniture for Less.

Heirlooms sells antique and vintage furniture and the profits go to the Hospice program. Check them out and find some repurposing treasures.

Score some funky junk with a great selection including furnishings, decor, old windows, jars and lighting.

3120 25th St. S, Fargo

408 Dakota Ave, Wahpeton, ND

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Go Seamless

Another Chance Thrift Store

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The Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families; their thrift stores help raise money to achieve that goal.

See our work on the spring parade of homes

1001 4th Ave. N, Fargo 1601 32nd Ave. S, Fargo 1500 Center Ave. W./Hwy 10, Dilworth, MN 2017 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, ND

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Reed and Taylor Antiques Reed and Taylor Antiques has a wide variety of antiques, from glassware to kitchen sets to furniture and more. If you’re looking for an interesting conversation piece or a one of a kind gift, stop by and check out the selection.



An occasional market in South Fargo, the Warehouse has a large selection of vintage, painted furniture and unique accessories. Find everything from antique and upcycled dressers to entertainment centers and repurposed wall art.

2720 15th St. S, Fargo Search The Warehouse-An Occasional Market on Facebook

Plain and Fancy Antique Mall You can find tons of antique home decor at Plain and Fancy. Swing by and help these classic pieces find a new home.

820 S. Washington St, Grand Forks Search Plain and Fancy Antique Mall on Facebook.

ReStore Have a home improvement or Pinterest project in mind? ReStore has doors, tile, paint, flooring, windows, cabinets, light fixtures and more. This is a great place to find what you’ve been looking for at a fraction of the cost; plus, profits help Habitat for Humanity.

210 N. 11th St, Moorhead 218-287-0240




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New Life Center Check out one of the Valley’s largest and oldest thrift stores. The store carries clothing for all ages, basic dinnerware and various knick-knacks. Below the store is a warehouse featuring used and repurposable items.

1902 3rd Ave. N, Fargo

Jazzy and Mumbo’s Animal Aid Thrift Store Jazzy and Mumbo’s has a special goal: to raise funds to help owners care for their critters when the unexpected happens. The volunteer-run store has clothing, kitchen tools, home decor and more.

123 Center Ave. E, Dilworth, MN

Second Time Around Thrift Store Proceeds from this store directly benefit Heartland Industries, which helps the disabled become more involved in the community.

This unique store has everything from antiques and consignment to new and repurposed items.

2206 5th Ave. N, Moorhead

2875 32nd Ave. S, Grand Forks, ND moorhead

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True Colors This chic boutique focuses mainly on high end clothing for women, but they also have small furniture items. Stop in and check out the selection.

6 S. 3rd St, Grand Forks, ND

The Studio Love the look of repurposed items but don’t love the work? The Studio offers already finished repurposed items from various local designers as well as unique pieces that need a little TLC. Check their Facebook page to find out when they open next.

11 8th St. S, Fargo



Savers has just about anything when it comes to second-hand items, from kitchen items and furniture to clothing and shoes.

Don’t let the small storefront of ReDOUX fool you. This place is big on skillfully crafted industrial, rustic and one of a kind repurposed items.

1623 38th St. SW, Fargo

213 NP Ave, Fargo

Moorhead Liquidation Check out their store or shop online at their affiliate, Here, you can find plenty of overstock products and building materials that are practically new. If you’re looking to sell, this is a great and safe alternative to Craig’s List.

2310 4th Ave. N. #1, Moorhead

Revolver Although they specialize in vintage clothing, Revolver also has rare vintage home items and artwork from local vendors and estate sales. Check them out to find your own vintage piece.

627 1st Ave. N, Fargo Search Revolver on Facebook

Repeat Boutique Red River Human Services Foundation benefits from the sales of merchandise donated to Repeat Boutique. Items may be gently used or new, and the boutique has everything from clothing to home and furniture items.

2551 45th St. S. #147, Fargo

Unique Antiques

Mid Mod Madhaus

Just like the name says, this shop is full of unique antiques. Stumble upon some great finds in this antique haven.

This furniture-based store sells and buys mid-century modern furniture and home decor. From retro dining sets to funky home furnishings, Mid-Mod Madhaus is bound to have something for everyone.

123 2nd Ave. SE, Valley City, ND Search Unique Antiques on Facebook 54

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n this special issue of all things repurposed it was only right to feature two of the area’s most influential in reclaimed wood. What to some looks like merely an old piece of wood, to these guys it stands for a higher art form that just needs a little vision to see its true potential and character. One acts more as a local supplier and the others as the custom designers.

The wood that they search out often carries an ample history of this area’s past titans of agriculture and technology and has the marks and indentations to tell its story in great detail. To use this sustainable material in the building process is an extremely popular trend among designers and a great way to add much needed character and depth to modern architecture and furniture design. When these guys see a decrepit barn or abandoned elevator, you can be sure they see the true potential and beauty of history at its finest. By Tracy Nicholson & Amanda Ahrenholz

Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography



ICSS Design & Supply LLC Standing amidst barn beams ranging from 200-500 pounds, owner of ICSS Design & Supply LLC in North Fargo, Seth Ingvald Carlson is making a living out of reclaimed history.


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Owner of ICSS Design & Supply Seth Ingvald Carlson (right) and team member Devin Kottenbrock in his North Fargo warehouse and studio.



ith the help of two high school friends, Devin Kottenbrock and Hunter Bultema (not pictured), Carlson has quickly become this area’s fastest growing supplier of reclaimed wood. Carlson and his team roadtrip around the area to find and purchase old barn wood or even wood from old elevators or other buildings. They don’t generally do the demo work, but Kottenbrock and Bultema, will often spend days, even weeks moving, drying, cleaning and removing nails from their reclaimed finds for use in area homes and businesses. Bultema is the

construction and installation foreman while Kottenbrock is their inventory specialist. Together, this team works with contractors to help consult and design for new home builds, special projects and even commercial design work like restaurants. How do you get started in a business like this? Well, in Carlson’s case, he was raised in an earth friendly family with a conservationist dad. Starting in college, he built platform bed frames for extra money, then evolved into building reclaimed wood


bed frames and selling furniture across the country. Loving his work in a sustainable business, he quickly excelled at a young age and his business grew beyond what he was ready for. Carlson decided to take time off and spend some time racing on the USA Mountain Biking circuit, a long time hobby of his. After a couple of years on the circuit, he was offered an opportunity to purchase wood from one of the country’s largest reclaimed wood suppliers in Superior, WI, that foreclosed. He jumped on the chance and had plans to sell off the wood and call it a

You may have noticed some area restaurants like Wurst Bier Hall, Shotgun Sally’s and Vinyl Taco that have used their reclaimed wood for accent walls and unique decor. In the photo from Vinyl Taco you’ll see the unique wood design from the Globe elevator in Duluth, once the biggest grain elevator in the world. Photo Credit: Josh Humble at Skyloft Photography



Maxwells in West Fargo has also used reclaimed wood from Carlson for their tabletops as well as wood from the Globe Elevator in their bar area. Photo Credit: Joe Olivieri with Lola Visuals LLC

”I want people to know that you don’t have to buy processed wood product, you can buy reclaimed materials that also tell a great story.” - Seth Ingvald Carlsonson


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day, but little did he know his business would start booming again with new opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Now at the budding age of 26, Carlson has built himself a successful career, opening his first warehouse in North Fargo in July. This Duluth, MN wood he purchased from the Globe grain elevator was built in the 1880s and at one time was the biggest grain storage facility in the world. This elevator held a substantial supply of Eastern White pine within its aging walls; approximately

six million feet of wood. This was not just ordinary pine though. Found on the inside of the bins, the grain would flow in and hit the walls eroding the wood and creating one of a kind patterns and etching a design so unique it would become their specialty wood worthy of garnering top price in any market. According to Carlson, this type of rarity in wood can range upwards of $75 per square foot. The average price on normal barn wood generally ranges from $2 - $5 per square foot for boards.



Grain Designs Nestled over in the growth of West Fargo lies a place where three guys are giving old, reclaimed wood a new purpose. Those three guys make up Grain Designs and the new purpose is everything from home décor to desks, doors and tables.


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Grain Designs Co-Owners, Blain Mikkonen and Grant Koenig, along with their “left hand man” Phil Bruckbauer at Grain Design’s shop in West Fargo.



t all started this summer when two of the gentlemen, Blain Mikkonen and Grant Koenig, were living together in an apartment with another guy. All three of the men were working on getting their masters in Architecture, so they had plenty of design ideas to go around. They needed furniture to tie their apartment together so the three designed and built a few pieces out of redwood. It wasn’t long

until they realized this could become a business. Using their creative sides along with reclaimed wood to create amazing furniture and home décor, Mikkonen and Koenig went for it. They now have a shop in West Fargo that they work out of, and have added another guy to the mix, Phil Bruckbauer, who helps with building of the pieces. Along with taking custom orders, they


have partnered up with Eco Chic who sells their home décor and furniture at both their Fargo and Bismarck locations. The guys say that not only do customer’s needs and desires come into play when designing and building, the wood that they are using has just as much say in the final design.

“What we’re trying to do is so much about a design and building from the wood, not just with the wood. So trying to tell the story of not only the past wood but continuing to write the story and doing that through a unique design and making a timeless piece.” - Blain Mikkonen



The three guys gave us a little tip on reclaimed wood and what types to use. Here are their top three recommendations: Redwood: The grain and look of the wood is natural and unique. It gives the finished product a rich look. Maple: This has a tighter grain. It also has less knot holes than something like Douglas Fir to give you a clean finish. Douglas Fir: It has large unique knot holes and is easily workable. It is also widely available in the area.

You can find Grain Design’s handmade pieces popping up all over town, not only in customer’s homes with custom tables, libraries, doors and signage, but also in their well-thought out designs with the desks that they have created for Enclave Companies and display cases for Your Day by Nicole. They’re even broadening their clientele to places like The Brew in Detroit Lakes, which they are building tables for.


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ust North of Dilworth, MN on a densely wooded lot, this family of four takes pride in their newly built farmhouse style home. From first glance, the home built by Footitt Homes and finished in January, seems every bit new, until you look closer at the historic and reclaimed details that make it really shine.

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography


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Kristie and Chad Invie and their kids Kylee and Grant have personally scoured and scavenged this lot through its old buildings and tattered barn to find just the right materials to incorporate into their new farmhouse style four bedroom, three bathroom home. What used to be a farm with multiple outbuildings made for migrant workers, produced some wonderful and unique antique finds.

Stepping into its rustic theme, the kitchen is used as the main focal point. Setting the old meets new theme, their cabinetry designed by Beth Kemmer CKD, Certified Kitchen Designer, of Wood Specialists Inc. are a clean mission style to showcase the rustic maple wood selected. Natural stone countertops fabricated by Granites Unlimited compliment the earthiness of the rustic maple cabinetry. Minnkota Windows help set the tone with they more elaborate design framing the view to the wooded lot outdoors. The kitchen sink has an apron front from Ikea and Kristie found the mason jar lighting online and the rustic metal base stools from HOM furniture. Subway tile from Floor to Ceiling helps pave the way for the historic details incorporated within.

According to the homeowner, this door was found in the middle of a machine shed in a pile of junk. Footitt had it dipped and refinished. The antique door knob and door plate were once owned by Kristie’s great uncle.



Hickory flooring throughout the main level and kitchen by Legacy Hardwood Flooring set a rich tone for details like the rustic stove from Home & Hearth in their family room as well as the sunroom with an ornate secretariat made by Kristie’s dad as a wedding gift. An old table from the chicken coop that once existed on this lot is now repurposed as a corner desk.

Kristie found this buffet at a flea market in Grand Rapids, MN. The family then modified this rustic buffet to encase the flatscreen TV in their family room. Made from reclaimed materials like barn doors and antique bead board with tin ceiling tiles, this piece is a perfect example of old meets new. Close the large front doors and it is almost impossible to see that it encases a large TV.

“We were trying to balance the house with old and new, looking country without overdoing it.” - Kristie Invie


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One of Kristie’s favorite features of the new home is their oversized back entry. In the entry, the ceramic tile that replicates barn wood was found at Floor to Ceiling. The real focal point and most useful piece in this entry is the built in locker area with shoe storage by Wood Specialists Inc. Designer, Beth Kemmer, CKD incorporated reclaimed barn wood siding at the back of the open locker area in order to add texture and interest.

In Kylee’s room, this vanity was originally a piece Kristie’s grandfather had done for her in pine and they decided to remake the pine look with an orange hued chalk paint to match her basketball themed room.


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This old barrel found in the barn serves as Grant’s clothes hamper in his bedroom. Chad and Grant sanded it down and used a clear coat to bring out the details. For the rustic sign, they printed off a piece of paper with letters on it and nailed in the outline of it and spun thin rope around the nails. He then nailed on the horseshoe for the U and painted in the Y on an additional piece of reclaimed wood from the shack that was on their lot.



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In the master bath, don’t be afraid to hang your wet towels on this antique telephone pole crossbar with glass insulators. This was also found in the barn on the existing property. The vanity mirrors were made of boxelder reclaimed wood done by Kristie’s dad. The cabinets were designed by Beth Kemmer of Wood Specialists with countertops by Granites Unlimited. To keep the rustic theme throughout, they chose a semi-recessed vessel bowl sink for both sides.


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In this bonus room upstairs, the entire ceiling done in Ash reclaimed wood by Legacy Hardwood and Footitt Homes is a beautiful feature to highlight accents like wood ledges made from old shacks on the property with antique containers and crates found in the old barn.

In the master bedroom, this top hat style ceiling was designed by Footitt Homes and Legacy Hardwood in an ash reclaimed wood from an old lot in North Moorhead.


Delta Design Remodel

Going from a rambler to a two story home in a matter of months is no easy task. Neighbors talk when they notice your 1960s home has practically doubled in size. Determined to add space without moving, Kenny and Brenda LeNoue spent two years researching and finally called on the remodel expertise of Tom Erickson, owner of Delta Design in Fargo. Necessary to the curb appeal, was to make the exterior design so seamless that even those same neighbors questioned whether that second story had always been there.

By Tracy Nicholson | Photos courtesy of Delta Design

All in all, the owners added approximately 800 square feet on the top level and remodeled 3/4 of their main level, moved the stairway into the basement and even remodeled a small section of the basement to create the home they always wanted.


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Getting started on the major parts of the project proved challenging at times to adjust for the homeowners. Their biggest challenge was losing the use of their kitchen right away due to the requirements of the build. A temporary kitchen in the basement was then made to provide minimal resources. The removal of the roof in mid March along with the removal of their old fuel oil furnace was another obstacle. This made for some chilly mornings; but soon enough the crew at Delta was able to section off key areas to keep their limited living space warm throughout construction. Staying in the home was crucial as hotel living was not an option with both indoor and outdoor pets.


ith their current layout, the LeNoues were unable to host family functions due to the “one person” kitchen and lack of dining area. They needed a bigger kitchen and the layout of the house prohibited a reasonable expansion of the kitchen and dining area. They knew that if they could expand into another room in the house, they would have more options for the kitchen. Unfortunately, the only room that seemed feasible to expand into was the master bedroom. At that point, they decided to look into adding a second story with the master suite upstairs. The LeNoues searched out builders at the home show and most were encouraging them to build new and start over from the ground up. “Few builders expressed any interest in adding a second story and even fewer seemed confident that they could do it. Tom Erickson at Delta Design was not only interested in the project but expressed confidence that they could do it right. Upon seeing the blueprints for the first time, Erickson asked us what changes we would like to make and we said, ‘None, you nailed it.’

“A great design is a design that looks like it has been that way since the house was built and no one can tell that we added an addition.”


Owner of Delta Design Fargo




Kenny and Brenda’s favorite feature was, hands down, the new kitchen and dining area on the main level. A couple of features that made the difference; extra counter space and double ovens for entertaining and hosting those large family dinners. Erickson designed and installed the Hickory, mission style custom cabinetry and the custom Wilsonart HD Laminate countertops. Appliances were installed from Rigels and flooring by Congoleum Duraceramic.

“Our primary consideration was that we really liked our neighborhood and didn’t want to move. We had also invested a lot of time and money into our landscaping. The thought of starting over was not very appealing.”



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NOW RENTING Convenient Location Veterans Blvd and I94 Washer and Dryer 3rd Floor Vaulted Ceiling Garage

Elevator *Heat Paid Walk-in Closet

Studios and 1 Bedrooms Available



Another favorite feature of the remodel is the master bedroom and bathroom on the second floor that includes a walk-in tile shower designed by Delta with tile supplied by Syverson. This shower is made complete with two Corian custom seats, Corian shelving and of course, two shower heads.


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The new master bedroom features a built in fireplace from Home & Hearth with space above for a more modern flat screen TV.

COMPANY Delta Design & Construction OWNER Tom Erickson

PHONE 701-235-1212



Fresh Food In the northern part of the country, it can be a struggle to find fresh food; harsh winters and late springs may make things more difficult, but local farmers still work to provide fresh food for the area each summer.

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Kragnes Family Farms CSA By Meagan Pittelko | Photos by Ben and Tyne Kragnes


ommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a program which allows customers to purchase shares of a garden and, in return, receive boxes of local, fresh produce throughout the growing season. One such program in the FM area is Kragnes Family Farms, located 13 miles northeast of Moorhead. Ben and Tyne Kragnes (pictured above) deliver their CSA boxes for 20 weeks, with produce ranging from tomatoes, lettuce and carrots to sage, eggplant and squash. According to Ben, CSAs need to be a two-way street. “We support the community by providing vegetables and education and community


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events to see where the food comes from,” he said. “And the community supports us by being the marketplace and the advertisement. Word of mouth is the only effective form of advertising for us.” Therefore, one of the most important aspects of a successful CSA is the involvement of the community. Ben said that one of the common misconceptions the community holds is the idea that locally grown food has to be expensive. “The more people that get involved, the more competitive it is and the cheaper the food is,” he said. “I would rather sell our carrots, which have never touched a chemical, for the same

price as the ones you buy at the grocery store and have people eating my carrots instead.” However, Tyne said that the community should be aware of the fact that produce won’t always be ready at the same time every year. “When people purchase a CSA share, there’s a certain percentage that think they’ll get ripe tomatoes for 20 weeks,” she said. “But a big part of living with local agriculture is learning how to prepare food that is seasonal.” For more information on Kragnes Family Farm or to find out how to become a part of the CSA program, visit

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Other CSAs/Farmers’ Markets in the area Down at the Dike Association

Hildebrant’s Farmers’ Market

The Market at West Acres

This farmers’ market offers fresh produce from July to October.

Hildebrant’s, a third generation family farm, offers organic produce in the form of a CSA program and road-side stand from June to November.

Fresh produce, jelly, honey, eggs and meat will be available at the northeast entrance of West Acres.

100 2nd St. S, Fargo Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

West Acres Mall (3902 13th Ave. S.), Fargo 349 E. Main Ave (corner of 4th St. E. and Main), West Fargo Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Great Plains Producer Assn’s Community Farmers’ Market

Bluebird Gardens

This Community Farmers’ Market offers pesticide free produce from June to October.

The Three Bears Honey Co.

Dike East Park, Fargo Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by the West Fargo Park District/Farmers’ Market and Beyond to find some assorted, raw honey or honey comb and bee wax candles. 908 63rd Ave. N, Moorhead

West Fargo Park District Farmers’ Market and Beyond This market not only offers fresh produce but also carries hand-crafted items and features homebased businesses. South Elmwood Park Parking Lot, West Fargo

Thursdays from July 10 to October 30: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This vegetable farm in Fergus Falls, MN sells produce directly to customers via their CSA program. Every week from June to mid-October, CSA members will get a box of fresh produce. 26060 County Hwy 18, Fergus Falls, MN Visit for CSA information

Year round, Monday-Friday

Wood Chuck Community Farm Become a CSA member or stop by the Lake Area Farmers’ Market in Detroit Lakes to check out Wood Chuck Community Farm’s fresh produce. 5119 40th St. N, Moorhead

Thursdays from July 7-Oct. 6: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays from July 30-Oct. 8: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake Area Farmers’ Market - Saturdays from MayOctober 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a complete listing of Farmers’ Markets in North Dakota, visit


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Gardens Alive! Want to do more? The Gardens Alive! program has set a goal to hit one million square feet of vegetable gardens and fruit trees in the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2014. Enter your garden and fruit tree information at to help them reach their goal.


now trending Spring is here. Freesia is a beautiful pantone color in a shade of yellow. This color is popping up everywhere in our favorite boutiques and shops, make sure you get your Freesia hued favorites before they’re gone. By Amanda Ahrenholz | Photos by Heidi Jaeger



ONE Kitchen Towel The floral print on this towel is a perfect way to add a touch of spring to your kitchen. (Finally!) | Zandbroz 420 Broadway, Fargo | | $6.95 TWO Owl Statue This adorable owl statue is perfect for adding a pop of Freesia to any child’s room or whimsy to any living room. | Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo | | $57


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(701) 281-2427 3221 4th Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103

Certified Kitchen Designers

Beth A. Kemmer CKD, CLC

Wendy Dynes

CKD, NCIDQ#13830

Cathy Michels CKD






THREE Chair This Freesia hued arm chair is a bold and modern way to add the color to your home. | Scan Design 110 N Broadway, Fargo | | $859

FOUR Earrings Flash these yellow teardrop earrings all over town. Handmade by Made with Love. | Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo | | $18

FIVE Dish Towel Brighten up your kitchen with this handmade dish towel by pear’d in North Dakota. | Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo | | $10


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SIX Rug Chevron is still here—and pairing this classic print with the Freesia color is a great way to add brightness to any room. | Scan Design 110 N Broadway, Fargo | | $349 SEVEN Pillow This square pillow has a gorgeous mix of Freesia and grey to warm up your living room. | McNeal & Friends 506 Broadway, Fargo | | $250 EIGHT Candle This Frostbeard studio soy candle in Hufflepuff is great for adding scent and color to your room. | Unglued 408 Broadway, Fargo | | $15


Design & Living May 2014  
Design & Living May 2014  

This month we sat down with the upcycling masterminds behind Grain Designs, Redoux, EcoChic, The Studio, The Warehouse and ICSS.