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“THE VALLEY’S NEWEST INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE”

DESIGN&LIVING

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MAGAZINE

September/October 2012

UNIQUE PROPERTIES

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COOL OFFICE SPACES

AMI BAXTER

With THE PROMERSBERGER’s ROCKING HORSE FARM. pg 20

FALL IN LOVE WITH THESE FALL DECORATING TIPS FROM BAKER GARDENs. PG. 32

OWNER // FIREFLY DESIGNS

INTERVIEW PG. 34

ES DESIGN & FEATUR

*NEW* PHOTOGRAPHY &

LAYOUT

WE FOUND SOME NEAT SEATS! pg.18


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and welcome to the new format of the former publication “Outdoor Design and Living Guide.” My name is Mike Dragosavich and I am the new publisher of this great magazine. My team and I decided to change the name slightly to encompass more of a wide range of content and resources. We wanted to highlight more interior design along with the exterior design. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to strictly outdoor design because there’s so much to showcase. At Spotlight Media we have full time designers, photographers, writers and researchers. We take pride in doing the leg work to produce interesting articles with quality photography and design. Our approach is to make this magazine visually pleasing and to have a strategic design that allows you, the reader, to navigate through the information easily. We would like to thank the former owners of this publication for setting up a great foundation, and we hope to make our version of the magazine the best it can possibly be. -MIKE DRAGOSAVICH

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THE deck The deck was designed in a horizontal pattern using maintenance free decking materials that mirror the straight lines of craftsman style homes. Built-in planters housing colorful annuals were added to the sides of the wide, low-profile stairs leading to the yard and pathway to the hot-tub.

SCAN DESIGN

INSIDE OUT

LANDSCAPING NEEDS TO BE AN EXTENSION OF ONE’S HOME, NOT A SEPARATE SPACE. THAT’S WHAT LAND ELEMENTS DID WHEN THEY CREATED THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR THIS WEST FARGO FAMILY. THE OVER-SIZED WINDOWS AND PATIO DOORS INSPIRED THE CONCEPT FOR THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN. THIS ENCOURAGES LONG VIEWS THROUGH THE HOME, DRAWING YOUR EYE TO THE BACKYARD AND ENTERTAINING SPACE, WHICH ENHANCES THE HOME’S WHOLE CHARACTER. WRITTEN BY TRACY NICHOLSON

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY REPOR PHOTOGRAPHY


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THE OUTSIDE Monoculture plantings were chosen to highlight features of the yard. These mass plantings build a frame for the focal water-feature in the yard, as well as placing an emphasis on the linear outcropping of concrete curb edging surrounding the home.

W AT E R F E AT U R E The water feature is the centerpiece of the landscape, creating a direct link to the backyard upon entering the home. Built from Cor-Ten weathered steel, the water feature rusts to create a burnt-orange patina that complements the natural color scheme of the home.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 Design and Living Magazine is a free publication distributed bi-monthly (6 times a year). Our mission is to showcase all that the Red River Valley has to offer in terms of interior design, architecture, 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. PUBLISHER

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PRESIDENT

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EDITOR DESIGN/LAYOUT ASSOCIATE EDITOR CONTRIBUTORS

218-233-0641 or 701-235-3893

WRITERS GENERAL MANAGER ADMINISTRATION

Andrew Jason Mike Dragosavich, James Ness, Andrew Neidt Steph Stanislao Andrew Jason, Tracy Nicholson, Julie Erickson and All Meisner Andrew Jason and Tracy Nicholson Brent Tehven Alizabeth Gaddie

MARKETING/SALES

Brent Tehven, Tracy Nicholson and Kelsey Wilhelm

ONLINE CONTENT

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PHOTOGRAPHY COVER PHOTO CREDITS SPECIAL THANKS

Repor Photography, Mike Dragosavich and Andrew Jason Chair Photo: Mosaic Photography Land Elements, Kilbourne Group, Designer Homes of FargoMo orhead, Firefly Designs and Baker Garden and Gifts

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BOUT IQUE

JAN SCOTT Jan opened The Red Door Gallery six months ago.

THE RED DOOR JANICE PRICHARD-SCOTT LOVES RED. STEP INSIDE THE RED DOOR WITH US AND DISCOVER THE STORIES BEHIND THE UNIQUE ART AND OWNER.

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BOUT IQUE

SHOES Jan says her love of shoes began when she was born. Her mom gave birth to her on a farm, afterward she was put in a shoebox and taken to the hospital.

LIGHTING This replica of the “Christmas Story’s” famous lamp is one of the unique items Janice features at the Red Door Gallery.

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T H E STO RY O F JAN SCOT T

Janice PrichardScott's secret to success is simple: You have to love what you do. Walk into the Red Door and it’s evident she loves her job. The Red Door is housed in the Black Building in downtown Fargo and showcases artwork, photography, jewelry, bags, home furnishings, shoes and much more. The story behind The Red Door goes back to when Jan was born. She was born on her family’s farm and put in a shoebox to be taken to the hospital. That love of shoes led her to opening The Red Shoe with her business partner, Ruth Olson. After selling The Red Shoe she moved back to Palm Springs. But even Palm Springs could not keep her from Fargo. One day she stopped in the Black Building to have a cup of coffee, at Bertrosa’s Café, and saw a for lease sign in the window. After talking to the manager of the Black Building, she leased space G4 and opened The Red Door Gallery.

CHANDELIER She received this unique chandelier from Laurel Erickson, a former newscaster from LA, who was best friends with Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This fun light, by artist Bill Huebbe, should liven any room that has seemed to croak.

BAGS Jan also has bags by Isabella Fiore, all the way from Italy, and hand-painted handbags by Anuschka.

ACCESSORIES Along with original artwork and clothes, The Red Door Gallery has a great collection of gift worthy jewelry.

She now had the space but to what to do with it? She got in contact with Bracken Rourke, an artist who owns Cotton Lake Tile, and began to feature some of his work as well as pieces she has picked up throughout the years. She continued to buy original pieces and work with local artists to showcase some of the best art in the Red River Valley. Jan hopes to make the Black Building the next great place to shop in Fargo. So swing down, check out what she has to offer and listen to one of her stories because she has plenty of more stories to tell.

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ART WORK One of Jan’s most prized possessions is a painting by Phyllis Diller. She got this painting at an art auction for abused children, put on by Frank and Barbara Sintatra. In fact, most of the music played in the shop is either Frank Sinatra or Trini Lopez.


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THE LORETTA

BUILDING ONCE AGAIN, DOWNTOWN FARGO IS GETTING A FACE-LIFT. THE KILBOURNE GROUP IS REVITALIZING THE LORETTA BUILDING AT 210 BROADWAY N. THEY HOPE TO CREATE A MODERN OFFICE SPACE WHILE STILL HONORING THE HISTORY BEHIND THE BUILDING. DESIGN AND LIVING WAS ABLE TO TOUR THE BUILDING EVEN THOUGH IT’S STILL A COUPLE OF MONTHS AWAY FROM COMPLETION. SO COME INSIDE THE NEWEST DOWNTOWN FARGO CREATION WITH US.

WRITTEN BY ANDREW JASON

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE DRAGOSAVICH


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OFF ICE SPACE.. //////// OPEN SPACE //////// Before the remodel the Loretta Building only had 9,000 usable square feet but now is being renovated to feature over 46,000 square feet.

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Natural light was very important to the designers when planning the building. That’s why there are windows around every corner and a skylight that will go all the way down to the second floor.

//////// FULL OF HISTORY //////// This historic building goes back to 1909 when it was built by former mayor, Peter Elliott, and named after one of his daughters. A furniture store was the first occupant of the building. Throughout its history, it has housed art galleries, offices, bars and much more.

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//////// OFFICE WITH A VIEW //////// The rooftop allows all tenants of the building to get a little sunlight and fresh air while giving them a great view of downtown. The rooftop addition is comprised of weathering steel, zinc and glass.

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//////// SAFE YET FUNCTIONAL //////// This metal fire door protects the lower floors from fires if one breaks out on the upper floors. However, every other day, the door will be open to create a skylight for the second, third and fourth levels.

//////// Basement FULL OF LIGHT ////////

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Even the basement is being remodeled to allow in natural light. According to social media and marketing director, Tammy Swift, the Kilbourne Group hopes to put a diner in the basement.

The Loretta Building is located at 208 Broadway N in downtown Fargo. For more info and to inquire about leasing call 701-237-2279 or go to www.kilbournegroup.com.

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RA T E MY SP ACE. . LIVING ROOM The owner’s living room is off to a good start but she doesn’t know what to do with the corner or how to handle that awkward window on the back wall. She uses this formal living room on a regular basis, either to read or gather her thoughts. While her kids take a nap she wants it to be her sanctuary.

Type: Formal Living Room Location: Fargo Year Built: 1994

Allan Meisner First off your color selections and color blending are very well done. What the room lacks is punch and definition. I would recommend that you paint the wall behind the other sofa the same deeper blue; the sofas read as a pair and the walls should too. Next carry the weight of the deeper walls across the room to the window. A contemporary print could be used that reflects the colors of the room…not white. The curtains should hang ceiling to floor but do not need to cover the glass, simply frame the window on either side. Move the single chair closer to the conversation grouping and put a sofa table or console under the wall hanging. Another chair could be used in the corner with a floor lamp behind it; a wood framed accent chair with a red upholstered seat. Finally, if the fitted carpet is flat you could further define the conversation grouping with an 6X9 area rug under the coffee table and add accessories such as good looking books and a plant. You are well on the way to a very comfortable room!

Julie Erickson

The dark blue is nice accent color with the art work… I would change which wall is painted — painting the wall behind the sofa blue and painting the window wall the taupe of the rest of the room. Use an area rug with texture and print, to implement the colors from the art. Replace two pillows with orange ones that draw the color from the art. Furniture can be brought out from the wall by angling the rug at 45 degrees and then placing the furniture along the new lines that have been created. The chair should be brought into the grouping by pulling it closer to the rug and add a floor lamp. Large greens would add life to the room. To add drama and warmth hang window treatments ceiling to floor. More art is needed and a mirror to reflect more light.

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We all have a vision for our home, but sometimes we need the view from someone else’s eyes. That’s where we come in. We find houses, just like yours, around the Red River Valley for our expert team of contributing designers to assist you in bringing out your home’s true potential.

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DINING ROOM This dining room is seldom used, only to entertain on the holidays. Some of the big concerns that the owner has are what does she do with the two different colored light fixtures (she even went as far as spray-painting them black.) She’s also curious about what to put as a center piece, what kind of tablecloths should she use and if family pictures belong in the dining room. To break it all down: the owner needs a more precise vision for the space.

Type: Dining Room Location: Fargo Year Built: 1994

Allan founded Total Picture in 1996.

In this area I would remove the fitted carpet and continue the hard wood floor. The table should be turned the other direction in that it appears to be a barricade in the room. Again a large contemporary area rug could be used under the table to anchor the table and emphasize the focal point. A larger hanging ceiling fixture could be used with a deeper finish. Add a few crystals or baubles to create a bit of bling. Keep the table cloth off and use a runner if you like with a center piece; this could be a floral or a big decorative colorful bowl on a base. The recessed area needs a console or buffet with a big piece of graphic art above it. The family pictures belong in a hallway or bedroom; we like to keep them in private areas. Again the windows need to have curtains with substance, not filmy sheers. Run the curtains ceiling to floor and here you might want to cover the glass at times for more intimate evening gatherings. This room needs large pieces of furniture and art to create interest and intimacy. Bon appétit!

Has been an Interior Designer for 35 years. Has worked on hundreds of homes, even having one of his projects featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

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In the dining room, replace the tablecloth with a runner that has colors from the living room. Re-hang the curtain rod so the window frame is not exposed at the top of the drape. Another color could be added to the panels on each side, employing the color blocking concept. A sideboard for storage and display could be placed under the family photos.

More info on Allan and Total Picture can be found at www.totalpicturedesign.com.

To have your own home critiqued by our team of experts email info@fmspotlight.com. You provide the rooms, we will get the pics and our contributing experts will dish out the advice. Julie is the owner of Designing Women 2 along with Linda Birmingham, Kris Carlson and Mary Lystad. Julie has worked as an Interior Designer for 16 years. Some of her recent projects include Great Plains Financial and Hair Success. More info on Julie and Designing Women 2 can be found at www.designingwomen2.com.

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F URNI TURE

N E AT S E ATS!

Whether it’s at work or at home, we all sit, a lot. You may as well sit in comfort. So go ahead and reward yourself with some of the neatest seats around the area. You’ll love them, we promise. Most of these seats can be found at Scan Design furniture stores in both Fargo and Grand Forks 110 N. Broadway Fargo - 701.365.0900 1803 S. Washington, Grand Forks 701.757.2444

Ekornes Stressless Recliner Although not the most affordable seat in the house, your body will think it was worth every penny. These are the Mercedes Benz of chairs. They are made from the most luxurious padding, giving you proper support for your back and automatically adjusting to your body. Scan Design

J.L. Møller Møbelfabrik Chair

Bloom Fresco Chrome High Chair Bloom’s newest high-end high chair is for the parents who want their baby gear to match their modern interior design. And not only does this chair look cool, but it has a convenient 360-degree swivel, a heightadjustable (and recline-able) seat, and wheels to roll from room to room. It will also grow with your baby from infancy through toddlerhood. www.babygeared.com

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Don’t worry; we don’t know how to pronounce the name of this chair either. All we know is that this is one cool chair that’s known for being light and delicate but also very strong. These chairs are so cutting edge that they’re exhibited in museums in Austria, London and Norway. Good news for you is that they’re also at Scan Design in Fargo and Grand Forks. Scan Design


Luna Chairs These modern looking chairs were designed in Norway and have made quite the splash in the US. This modern, chic chair provides comfort and will complement any room in your home. Scan Design

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Greenington Bamboo Chair You can now furnish your home without worrying about the materials’ damaging effects on the environment. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and is a sustainable product. Bamboo is also 20 percent stronger than oak so there’s no need to worry about chair casualties. Scan Design

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Bungee Chairs These chairs provide comfort but still allow you to move freely. Designed for those who sit for long periods of time at work, these chairs contour to your body. As an added bonus, once mid-day boredom hits you can start treating your chair like a trampoline. Scan Design

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//////// The Barn //////// You won’t find another office like this around the area. The Promersberger Agency is all about advertising and public relations. In this creative industry, they utilized their knowledge as influence for the design of this unique office space.

B ROADS I D E O F A BARN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTICLE BY ANDREW JASON

Rocking Horse Farm: Fertile Grounds yield Urban Workspace Ken Promersberger is in the business of creativity. The Promersberger Company, has created a workspace and living concept that yields the best in creativity, rural, and modern design techniques. All of this together creates what Ken has termed The Rocking Horse Farm. Located on 160 acres, this large red barn complete with its own silo and duck pond, houses The Promersberger Company advertising/public relations agency and various other leased offices. The building stands like a rural landmark with its long and windy road through the corn fields to its stately entrance. Step inside and you will see two different worlds elegantly combined. Businesses here are greeted with state-of-the-art offices, a one-of-a kind meeting room in a silo, full kitchen, and best of all, daily fresh baked cookies. Working in a state of the art, modern barn, offers some unique advantages. We could say having such an atmosphere, easily builds workday creativity and productivity; but honestly we think everyone is just happier to come to work here. Ken and Jan’s vision for Rocking Horse Farm and The Promersberger Company is a prime example of preserving the agricultural history of this area while paying homage to the modern and fast growing business hub that is North Dakota. Simply speaking, it’s an office that just feels like home. Now that we’ve enticed you, let’s take a tour and step into the offices at Rocking Horse Farm. 20

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//////// THE OWNERS ////////

Ken Promersberger started the agency in 1972. He worked alongside his wife Jan, and the two pioneered the local concept of a “rural-themed community,” Rocking Horse Farm. They broke ground in 1999 on the first of five anticipated farmstead office buildings. This 160-acre development has future plans to grow into a living community of approximately 400 homes, park land, bike trails, water features, retail and commercial space.

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//////// When you walk in //////// At first glance, the industrial lighting, modern lines and urban decor leave you wondering, if you have just landed somewhere between two opposite but surprisingly complementing worlds. Rocking Horse Farm has a charm reminiscent of the family farm and the gorgeous downtown loft you long for; each design element intelligently combined. Artist, Juliet Hanratty’s “Bison Pull Toy” exhibits itself in the lofty lobby.

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//////// Rocking Horse Farm //////// The name of the farm is “Rocking Horse Farm,” so it only makes sense to adorn the office with its namesake.

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//////// The team //////// Left to Right: Dominic Brouillard, Ben Brouillard, Bryce Goodell, Jon Thorp, Julie Staloch, Mike Crummy, Stephanie Grosz, Denise Kamstra, Rhonda Kramer, Sue Horan, Jan Promersberger, Ken Promersberger gather to together to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

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//////// Silo meeting room //////// Their meeting room transforms a simple silo into a work of art. This circular room is adorned with horse blanket tapestries to aid in the acoustics. Industrial accents and lighting surround the red stained, maple table giving the space an indigenous North Dakota feel.

Although the Promersberger Agency is housed inside a barn, it doesn’t mean they’re not up with the latest technology. Since their clients are spread across the country, they need to have teleconference meetings with clients anywhere in the world. That’s where this spacious, well lit office comes in.

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//////// Kitchen //////// When Rocking Horse Farm was first built, they found themselves far beyond the city limits of restaurants and any other amenities to speak of. For this reason they built a kitchen for the staff as well as for clients who come to visit.

//////// farm //////// Right now all the land around the Promersberger Agency is used for farmland but soon it will be converted into housing to create rural style housing in South Fargo.

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To learn more about The Promersberger Company and Rocking Horse Farm go to www.promersberger.com or call 701-492-9194.


DESIGNER PROF ILE..

Leslie started Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead in 2008 after working with his dad.

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DESIGNER PROF ILE..

B O R LESLIE KEEPIN’ IT REAL...

WRITTEN BY ANDREW JASON

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Ever since Robert Leslie was a child he admired his father’s cunning vision for home design. He was fascinated by it, until one day he realized he could do the same thing. So, in 1996 he started working with his dad. In 2008 he started Designer Homes of FargoMoorhead, a business dedicated to creating custom, upscale homes. Since the beginning, he has had a passion for designing the perfect home. “My favorite part is seeing the excitement of the new homeowner’s children picking their bedrooms and planning where to put their Christmas tree,” Leslie said. “We’re talking about the memories that all of us as kids loved.” In fact, he remembers one of the first times he walked into a home he helped design. The family had just put their Christmas tree up, the kids had just returned home and Leslie came to visit with apple pie. He stepped into the house and started crying. “I’m not a crier,” Leslie recalled with a laugh. “They said, ‘are you OK?’ and I said, ‘I’m really good!’”

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DESIGNER PROF ILE..

VITALS Age...................................37 Hometown..............................Winnipeg, Canada Family man.............................. Leslie has always been very close to his family. He started by working with his dad and to this day he continues to work alongside his father.

Robert Leslie with his family at his home in Fargo.

Designer Homes builds custom homes in Fargo-Moorhead and a sixty-mile radius. They specialize in homes

$350,000 and up, and with 20 standard home plans to choose from, they offer something for everybody. Leslie and his crew also just opened Luxe Custom Homes, which specializes in homes $240,000 and up. Leslie compares the difference between the two companies in terms of cars. Designer Homes is like a Lexus; you get the highest quality material and end up with a great house. While Luxe Homes is like a Toyota. It’s still a great car but it doesn’t have all the fancy bells and whistles and the material isn’t as pricey.

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Technology Building flat panel screens into the main level, a sound system throughout house, and compatibility of operating your home through an iPod. Technology is making living at home a completely new experience.

Leslie tries to Customize each of his homes to his client’s needs, but there are some things that he has found are becoming popular and trendy.

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REAR ENTRY When you come in from the garage you want lockers, a message center and walk in closets. Everything should be functional because that’s where you enter your house the majority of the time.

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Bonus rooms They were popular in the past but functionality is being added to these rooms. For example, some bonus rooms have been designed to have many desks, computers and host a distraction free environment for school work.

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Walk through pantry People frequently shop at Costco and Sam’s Club so they come in with large boxes of groceries. These walk-in pantries allow people to come in from the garage, go right into the pantry and set the boxes down. This saves your kitchen from grocery overload.

Wood Maple, poplar or Birch are popular choices these days.

UNIQUE GARAGE DOORS Garage doors have often times been the focal point of the house. There is an insulated glass garage door that is very attractive. This makes the garage look like windows instead of an actual garage.

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E i g h t- f o o t ta l l D o o r s This is a popular option in entry ways. This complements non-traditional higher ceilings.


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PROPERTIES The Red River Valley has some great houses. Whether you’re looking for a modern condo in the heart of downtown Fargo or seeking a 30 acre lot outside of Grand Forks, there’s something for everyone. So go ahead, don' ’t bother looking at the price and imagine living in one of these top properties.

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505 Broadway N Condos, Fargo Have you ever wanted to live in historic downtown Fargo? This is the place for you. This 1,662 square foot, two bedroom and bath condo has a great view of downtown Fargo and has some great features. There is a patio overlooking downtown, hardwood floors, whirlpool tub, vaulted cathedral ceilings and much more waiting for you to discover.

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SQ FT: 1,662 Location: Downtown Fargo Cost: $510,000 Park Company Realtors Realtor: Ben Schroeder

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Custom Built Dream Home, Fargo Close your eyes and picture your dream home. Now open them and check this out. You were probably imagining something along the lines of this home. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room or even an indoor pool, there’s something you’ll love. This 5,399 square feet house offers four bedrooms and six bathrooms so it’ll fit any family’s needs.

SQ FT: 5,399 Location: Fargo Cost: $898,000 Green Team Realty Realtor: Tracy Green


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7112 Maple LN, Horace This 3,476 square foot house has everything you need. Six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, floor to ceiling stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, pool… See, we told you. Located south of West Fargo this is one house that will make you feel like you’re living in luxury.

SQ FT: 3,476 Location: Horace Cost: $749,900 Remax Legacy Realty Realtor: Dave Noah

Unit 202 300 Broadway Condos, Fargo This offers big city living in the heart of downtown Fargo. This 2,078 square foot, two bedroom and bath condo comes with two fireplaces, original maple floors, white alder cabinets, black walnut counters, sprinkler system and a security system. You also don’t have to fear the cold while walking to your car because each condo comes with underground heated parking.

SQ FT: 2,078 Location: Downtown Fargo Cost: $450,000 Park Company Realtors Realtor: Ben Schroeder

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611 8th ST S, Fargo This house is big enough for any family out there. Nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,275 square feet, three stories… Have we said enough? Although this house has plenty of space there’s also a plenty of amenities: sauna, three season porch, breakfast nook and much more. Oh yeah, did we mention this house was built in 1883 so there’s a lot of history to go with the house too?

SQ FT: 7,275 Location: Fargo Cost: $895,000 Remax Legacy Realty Realtor: Dave Noah

(701) 364-9630 2627 University Dr. S. ∙ Fargo - 2280 45th St. S ∙ Fargo

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Dishes, flatware, pitcher, cloth napkin and place-mat: Tag Vase: Chive Black and white plates: Q Squared Orange Bowls: Cypress Homes Table: Creative Co-op

FALL INTO PLACE

AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR! AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS THE CHANGING COLORS OF THE LEAVES MAKE WAY FOR ROSY CHEEKS, HOT APPLE CIDER, PUMPKIN PATCHES, COZY SWEATERS AND EVENINGS AROUND THE FIRE. AND, ONCE AGAIN, WE FIND OURSELVES EXPLORING ALL THE WAYS TO CHANGE AND UPDATE OUR LIVING SPACES, FROM THE FRONT ENTRANCE TO FALL ENTERTAINING. CHECK OUT THESE GREAT FALL DECOR TIPS FROM BAKER GARDEN’S NEW AND TALENTED DESIGNER, MATTHEW MCCARTY.

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FALL ST YLE.. Matthew Mccarty Baker Garden Age................................... 21 Hometown.............................. Carroll, IA Experience...............................He grew up in a home built in 1901;

His family was always renovating so he grew to love interior design at a young age. College.................................Junior at NDSU in Interior Design program.

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T H E D IN IN G ROOM For Fall entertaining, this layout gives a modern take on a classic theme. It uses traditional fall colors but utilizes modern place settings and servers. Even the vase, with its dark vines along the bottom, offers a hint of Halloween. However, the saffron burnt orange leaves and napkins keep the fall color intact without the use of traditional pumpkins. The Eucalyptus leaves lend the table a fresh, natural scent.

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D oor a n d wreath These custom designed wreaths really bring out the natural wood of the door. Driftwood, lotus and berries tied together with strings of burlap, are reminiscent of the scenic autumns we love so much.

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T H E CH A IR Burgundy is a big fall color. The burgundy fades into black so it’s not overwhelming. This wicker chair screams fall. This is a great chair to put outdoors in your backyard, read a good book and watch the leaves change color.

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Pots: Pacific Home and Garden Plants: Redhead Coleus, Terra, Coreopsis, Ornamental Pepper, Goldilocks and Leopard Plant Chair: South Shore Patio Chair Wreaths: Custom built by Baker Gardens

Everything shown can be purchased at Baker Garden and Gift in Fargo located at 2733 South University Dr. Fargo. For more information go to www.bakernursery.com or call 701-237-6255.

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I N T E RI O R D ES I G N E R WRITTEN BY ANDREW JASON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE DRAGOSAVICH

E N T E R I N G A M I B A X T E R ’ S S O U T H FA R G O H O M E , I T I S N OT J U S T W H AT YO U S E E B U T H O W YO U F E E L T H AT M A K E S I T A T R U LY W O N D E R F U L S PA C E . C a p t u r i n g h e r h o m e i n a h a n d f u l o f p h o t o s i s a n i m p o s s i b i l i t y d u e t o t h e 24 f o o t c e i l i n g s a n d l a r g e r t h a n l i f e a r c h i t e c t u r a l d e t a i l . Yo u c a n i m m e d i a t e l y s e e t h a t A m i a n d h e r h u s b a n d D a v id l ov e to e n t e r ta in ! Fro m t h e b e a u t i f ul e i g ht - p e rs o n ta b l e ov e r l o o k in g t h e n a t u r a l l a n d s ca p e of t h e g o l f co u rs e , s to n e fire p l a ce , hi g h b e a m e d ce ilin g s , m a r b l e a n d b a m b o o fl o o rs a n d a cu s to m k i tch e n m a d e fo r g o u r m et e n t e r ta inin g , ev e r y s p a ce i s co m p l et e . H e r h o m e i s in t r i ca t e , yet s o m e h ow s h e h a s s im p li fi e d t h e s p a ce s w i t h h e r ow n p e rs o n a l fl a ir of t im e s p a s t a n d m o d e r n e l e g a n ce . W h a t re s o n a t e s t h ro u g h i s j u s t s im p l y b e a u t i f ul a n d li v a b l e co mfo r t , fo r h e r a n d D a v id a n d t h e ir t wo d a u g ht e rs , S ca r l et t a n d F u s chi a . N o t o nl y i s t hi s h e r h o m e , b u t t hi s i s a l s o t h e offi ce a n d s t u d i o of Firefl y D e s i g n s a n d E v e n t s . Yo u h a v e p r o b a b l y s e e n t h e w o r k o f B a x t e r a n d Firefl y D e s i g n s a n d n o t ev e n re a lize d i t . Sh e h a s wo r ke d w i t h t h e Fa rg o J et Ce n t e r , Fa rg o Fli g ht S ch o o l , D a v i e s H i g h S c h o o l , Tr i u m p h L u t h e r a n C h u r c h … a n d t h e l i s t g o e s o n a n d o n . D e s i g n a n d Li v in g ca u g ht u p w i t h h e r in h e r h o m e a n d offi ce to d i s cu s s t h e in d u s t r y of In t e r i o r D e s i g n a n d h ow s h e l o o k s a t to d a y ’ s s p a ce s .

VITALS Age...................................33 Hometown..............................Roseau, MN Experience...............................Studied art at MSUM and

has a degree in Interior Design at NDSU She also started and owns Firefly Design for seven years now. Notable Works.................................Fargo Jet Center, Triumph Lutheran Church, Liberty Middle School.

Ami Baxter, Firefly Design

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//AMI'S HOME... Baxter’s home also serves as her office and studio for Firefly Designs and Events. This designer has truly brought her design skills home and captures her family’s personal style and comfort.

//INTERVIEW..... D&L // HOW DO YOU LOOK AT SOMETHING WHEN YOU FIRST SEE A NEW SPACE?

Baxter: A good designer will style a space, not in the way they want to style it, but in the way their client wants them to style it… it’s whether you took the time to listen. That’s one of the biggest things I tell my interns. If you don’t stop and listen to what your client wants, then you can style a place and they’ll probably love it, but it’s about longevity and time. Obviously when it’s first done they’ll love it. It’s brand new! Who doesn’t love brand new? D&L // DO YOU EVER HAVE A VISION AND THEN END UP NOT BEING ABLE TO EXECUTE IT BECAUSE THE CLIENTS WANTS SOMETHING ELSE? HOW DO YOU HANDLE THAT?

Baxter: This is a perfect example. Recently I had a client come to me regarding their smaller dining room and family room. Being able to entertain was very important to them. So I started to look at the space and quickly realized that what they really needed was a larger dining room. What made it a challenge, was that they wanted to keep the dining room where it was. I knew that their family was growing and the future looked like having a bigger space would be a necessity. We talked in great detail about both spaces and I did understand their reasoning; but in this case, I needed to help them see this vision to achieve their ultimate 36

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goal. Within a couple weeks they both agreed and said, ‘Let’s do it!’ Now a year later, they are both thrilled with the new design and couldn’t be happier with how their family is able to enjoy and utilize the new space. D&L // A LOT OF DESIGNERS PICK OUT STYLES BASED ON WHAT’S FRESH AND TRENDY. IS COMFORT IMPORTANT TO YOU?

Baxter: Comfort is quintessential to design; especially for a design that is setting the scene for entertaining. When designing residentially, I would compare comfort to your personal wardrobe. Someone may enjoy bright silk blouses, while another prefers the classic feel of black in everyday basics. It’s all about the individuals of that space, when designing a house to become a home. D&L // WHAT ARE YOU ANTICIPATING FOR YOUR FALL DESIGNS? Baxter: I’m most looking forward to seeing what the newer prints are going to be in fabric. It’s always exciting to view the new patterns and textures for the upcoming season. D&L // IN LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE, IF YOU HAD TO PICK WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT. COLOR, FABRIC OR THE ROOM DESIGN?

Baxter: I think color is on the top. If you go out and you pick a shade that’s


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//AMI'S WORK... Baxter has worked on some very recognizable buildings in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She has designed for The Hub, Radisson, Fargo Jet Center, Davies High School, Triumph Lutheran Church and also does residential work.

a half shade off, then you’re never going to really love that color. That’s why I value an Interior Designer whose strength is in color palettes. It’s not something that you can hone your skills on, you’re either really good at color or you’re not. Really balancing out your finishes and textures is what makes a space so rich. I’ve been in showrooms and I’m drawn to spaces where there’s a leather sofa but there’s not leather pillows. Maybe there’s shag or fur pillows and a cable knit throw. All of a sudden you get all these textures and it makes that whole palette become so much richer because of that variances in texture. D&L // WHAT IS THE WORST TREND THAT YOU SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN PEOPLE’S HOMES?

Baxter: I think it’s the lack of the unexpected. I really love and can truly appreciate that design or accessory that really stands out and gives you a taste of the owner’s personality. It can be as simple as one accessory that takes that room and gives it a unique little flair. It all of sudden puts it into a caliber all by itself. D&L // MOST FUN YOU’VE EVER HAD DESIGNING? Baxter: I absolutely adore and love this one particular client of mine. It’s the biggest compliment you can have when somebody not only says, ‘I trust you. Whatever you think.’ But then says, ‘I already love everything you’ve

done and I just know that I’ll be excited to see what you do because you really know us…” What a complement. They’re paying me to pick out the next gift for their space. I have a handful of clients that are like that. It’s such an amazing treat. D&L // IS THERE A HIGH DEMAND FOR DESIGN IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY?

Baxter: I will always say yes, there is a demand for Interior Design… I love my job! Whether or not people agree with that, it’s just like anything else. Is there a demand for people to invest their money? It’s their choice. That’s what I’m here for; to put my great education and experience to good use with your space; investing in your home or space but potentially also saving you money in the long run when your design is done correctly and has longevity.

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