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APRIL 2018

COMPLIMENTARY

All Things

Spring a local shopping guide


FROM THE EDITOR

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his year, I embraced the Scandinavian tradition of hygge, which vastly improved my spirits throughout these past months. However, I'm just going to come right out and say it–I am so ready for winter to be over.

I know that I'm not alone. But while I am writing this editorial, it's still March and we had to reschedule nearly half of our interviews and photoshoots due to a snow storm. April can't come soon enough–just kidding. Don't tell our graphic designer what I said. We like to use all of the time we can get when putting together each issue of Design & Living Magazine.

Those people and products are what we would like to share with you, just in case you needed more motivation to get out and enjoy the warmer days ahead while supporting local businesses and building our community. After this goes to print, I hope to run into you at one of the many furniture or home decor stores we have featured in this magazine. When I do, please don't hesitate to say hello. Until next time,

This issue was particularly fun to make because one of the photographers and I visited shops in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, and even made a few purchases for ourselves. Although I love online shopping at regional, national and even global retailers, there's nothing like getting to know local shop owners and their staff. Plus, their inventory often includes handmade, on-trend and high-end products carefully chosen to appeal to our Midwestern sensibilities.

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Becca Opp Editor With article proposals, feedback or any other inquiries, please contact becca@spotlightmediafargo.com.

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

Letting Our Love for All Things Local


DESIGN & LIVING

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

HILLARY EHLEN PHOTOGRAPHER

Ehlen is an editorial photographer for Spotlight Media and owner of Hillary Ehlen Photography. She is a native of Fargo and attended North Dakota State University for visual arts with an emphasis in photography.

JESSE HOORELBEKE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hoorelbeke is a former professional baseball player turned photographer. He is the owner of J.Alan Paul Photography in Fargo, N.D. and our veteran, lead editorial photographer for Spotlight Media. Hoorelbeke specializes in editorial, commercial, architectural and landscape photography.

DUSTIN MURRAY CONTRIBUTOR

Murray founded his business, Dustin Murray Construction, six years ago. He specializes in remodeling, new construction framing and finish work. Murray and his wife have two children and live in West Fargo. He is currently serving as the HBA of F-M President.

SARAH GEIGER GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Geiger is a MSUM graduate with a BFA with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She is the lead publication designer for Design & Living Magazine, Fargo Monthly and Fargo INC! magazines at Spotlight Media.


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Sarah Huckle Social Media Coordinator North Dakota Interior Designers

Melissa Rademacher President & CEO Downtown Community Partnership

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Rich Lahren Hardscape Committee Member, Past Board Member & Past President North Dakota Nursery, Greenhouse & Landscape Association

Chris Hawley Licensed Architect/Member American Institute of Architects

Editorial Advisory Board We at Design & Living Magazine want to make sure that our content is accurate, unbiased and reflects the local home industry. That is why we meet with our Editorial Advisory Board, which is made up of representatives from local, statewide and national organizations. Each month, we listen to their feedback and discuss innovations in local art, architecture, home decor, interior design and landscaping.

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Dayna Del Val President & CEO The Arts Partnership

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2018

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APRIL

FEATURE STORY

24 All Things Spring

This month, we visited local furniture and home decor stores in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to take inventory of their new arrivals. What we found at these stores were handmade, on-trend and high-end products. Within these pages, you'll find exactly what you need to revitalize your state of mind and satisfy the desire to update your spaces for the season.

Trip to Market with 21 Adesigningwomen2

Garden 86 April Checklist

Family-Inspired 62 AMinnesota Home

Charming 1932 88 ACottage Remodel

This January, three of the five owners of designingwomen2 traveled to Las Vegas to Market to see the newest trends in the interior design industry. Now, you can share in the excitement by taking a sneak peek of the fabulous pieces they brought back from their recent trip.

Every once and a while, we see a house that takes our breath away. This is one of those homes. Now, you can take a tour with interior decorator Sara Bekkerus and meet the adorable family for whom these spaces were designed.

Folk Artist in Fargo: 78 AIntroducing Courtney Stanley of Northerly Goods

Stanley is a maker featured at Unglued in Downtown Fargo who recently participated in her first Unglued Craft Fest as a vendor. We sat down with her to discuss her journey as a watercolor artist and illustrator, which all began with a simple house portrait.

It's finally April, and we're already dreaming about sweet summer nights spent tending our gardens. However, before we start dreading pulling weeds, there are a few steps we can take to prepare our trees, shrubs, vegetable gardens and flower beds for the season.

Revisited

After a bout of misfortune, this lovely 1932 cottage was left with extensive water damage. Enter Jamie R. Swenson of Park Co. Realtors and Pieper Shingling & Construction who gutted the interior down to the studs. Now, it's time to reveal the results.

Silobration 92 Red Retreat Recap

On Saturday, March 10, vendors and guests convened at the Fargo Civic Center for the first ever Red Silobration Retreat hosted by Bobbi Jo and Todd Cody of The Red Silo. What they got out of it was a day full of fun and inspiration. We at Design & Living Magazine had the privilege of capturing the joy that permeated this event.

Photo by Hillary Ehlen Bird Bath - SCHEELS Home & Hardware Vintage Cake Stand - The White House Co. Bird's Nest - Eco Chic Home Pillows - Eco Chic Home Throw - Eco Chic Home Greens - Eco Chic Home Enamel Bucket - Eco Chic Home

ON THE COVER

NEXT MONTH

We would like to thank Maria Bosak and Sara Schultz of Eco Chic Home for lending us her styling expertise, products and shiplap wall for our cover shoot this month.

This May, our homes are getting a whole lot smarter with the help of local businesses. Step inside high-tech houses in Design & Living's first-ever smart home issue.

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APRIL 2018 Design & Living Magazine is a free publication distributed 12 times a year. Our mission is to showcase all that the Red River Valley has to offer in terms of interior design, architecture and landscaping, profiling the people that make these possible. We also strive to provide a quality and fun reading experience and improve the way of life in our community. The publication is mailed to homes across the US and has stand distribution throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

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Designers Sarah Geiger, Matt Anderson Photographers Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography, HBA, designingwomen2, Courtney Stanley, Sarah Liljestrand Contributors Becca Opp, Dustin Murray Social Media Becca Opp, Samantha Stark Web Team Samantha Stark, Huong Tran

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The kids are the future, and there's no better proof of that than the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Join us as we profile YEA!, the first and only program of its kind in North Dakota, and meet the local middle and high school students who will become the founders and business owners of tomorrow.

The Bison baseball and softball teams flee the freezing temperatures in Fargo to find warmer, more suitable weather conditions every February and March. This year, they bring us along on their journeys from coast to coast. Kevin Folman and KK Leddy take us inside the world of student-athlete life on the road and show the challenges and fun they have while bouncing around the country with their teammates.

As spring comes into full bloom, we traveled around Fargo-Moorhead to visit the local breweries, distilleries, even a meadery! From the experts themselves, Fargo Monthly got a first-hand look into how your favorite craft beverages are made. We also learned about new and exciting drinks, events and locations that will continue to pique the interest of any beer, wine and spirit connoisseur. So come along with us on Fargo Monthly's beer, wine and spirits tour!

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HBA EDITORIAL DESIGN&LIVING

Spring

Parade of Homes Ties In With Tax Incentives on New Construction

By Dustin Murray Dustin Murray Construction HBA of F-M President

Dustin Murray founded his business, Dustin Murray Construction, six years ago. He specializes in remodeling, new construction framing and finish work. Murray and his wife have two children and live in West Fargo.

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he Home Builders Association of F-M's Spring Parade of Homes showcases newly constructed homes in our communities each spring. It invites you to explore the area's new developments, infill communities and the homes that will help you get ideas to update your current space, or make plans for your future nest. With the Parade happening April 27-29 and May 4-6, I thought it made sense to highlight some local tax incentives on new construction. In Fargo and West Fargo, you can save up to $4,000 on your property tax bill when you buy a newly built home. Home owners get an exemption on up to

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$150,000 off their property valuation for two taxable years following the year the home was sold. In Dilworth and Moorhead, you can get a two-year property tax rebate on newly built homes. On a $250,000 home, this is a value of $5,500 over the two-year period. There is no maximum value on new construction of single-family homes, including the building and land. Of course, there are many small communities surrounding the F-M metro area. Contact your local jurisdiction for more details on specific incentives they may offer. This year's Spring Parade of Homes includes homes in Fargo, Horace,

Moorhead and West Fargo. Prices range from just under $190,000 to over $2 million, offering something for first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers, emptynesters and those looking for a luxury home. All the way from modern, to farmhouse, to Craftsman, come see the trends of what our homebuilding industry has to offer. Meet the builders and realtors who stand behind these homes and find out what can be a fit for you and your family. This is a unique opportunity to maximize your time during Parade hours to pinpoint the homes you are interested in and meet the builders. Learn more at paradefm.com.

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

For more information, contact: hbafm.com info@hbafm.com facebook.com/ HBAFargoMoorhead twitter.com/HBAFM Blog: homebuildersassociation. areavoices.com


DESIGN&LIVING DÉCOR

Kris Carlson

Linda Birmingham

Kari Rasmus

A TRIP TO MARKET with designingwomen2 (And What They Brought Back)

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his January, three of the five owners of designingwomen2 traveled to Las Vegas Market to see the newest trends in the interior design industry. Weeks later, we sat down with Kris Carlson, Linda Birmingham and Kari Rasmus in their Fargo store as they gushed about the experience. Now, you can share in the excitement by taking a sneak peek of the fabulous pieces they brought back from their recent trip.

BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen & designingwomen2

What is Market? "Imagine taking West Acres, adding ten stories and then making three buildings of that," Carlson said when describing the physical environment of Market. Las Vegas Market was founded in 2005 and has become the most comprehensive furniture, home dĂŠcor and gift market in the Midwest. It is located in a 5 million + square-foot, permanent venue called World Market Center.

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DÉCOR DESIGN&LIVING What They Did Carlson, Birmingham and Rasmus landed in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 28 and were at Market until Thursday, Feb. 1. "The routine went get up, grab a cup of coffee and hit the road. We had appointments each day with vendors that we know and trust. We also ended up with appointments with new vendors. We would be on our feet all day long, break for lunch and hit the road again until 6 that night, fall in the bus seat on the way home, grab dinner, go to bed and then get up and do it all over again," Carlson explained. "This is not where you go to gamble. It's work and then you drop, but it's fun," Rasmus said. "It's exhilarating and exhausting at the same time," added Birmingham. They have attended Las Vegas Market in addition to High Point Market many times. Though finding their way around the venue was a daunting task on their first trip, Carlson, Birmingham and Rasmus now have an easy time navigating World Market Center. Throughout their careers, the women of designingwomen2 have seen Market evolve. "It's grown every year to the point that people are going to Las Vegas rather than Highpoint," Birmingham said. "At Las Vegas, they show new items. When you go to high point, they show everything. We don't have to see everything. We want to keep in touch with what's new," Carlson said. What They Found The Midwest has a reputation for being behind on trends, so their goal was to bring back cutting-edge pieces for those who want them. "The number one thing is to give the client what they want, but educate them about what's out there," Birmingham explained. During this trip, they saw mixed metals, acrylic furniture, 3D wall dÊcor, curved lines, chaise lounges and so much more. Color is also coming back in a big way.

ACRYLIC FURNITURE Acrylic furniture was everywhere at Las Vegas Market. "We, of course, were drawn to calmer clears," the women of designingwomen2 said.

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MIXED METALS "There was a time when gold wasn't allowed, and that's no longer the case," Carlson said. "What's really nice about the mixed metals is that people are still able to use the silver that we've done for them over the past few years and mix it with gold and even bronze. It just makes it more interesting," Birmingham continued.


DESIGN&LIVING DÉCOR

3D WALL DECOR They noticed that "go-big-orgo-home," three-dimensional wall décor was very common at Las Vegas Market.

CURVED LINES

BISON GREEN The women of designingwomen2 saw all different shades of blue and green. "We found this barstool, and it's the perfect Bison green," Carlson said. It even has gold whipstitch detailing.

Trends Refined Other trends have been around for a while, but are becoming refined. For example, "The industrial look is still in, but not like it was—it's becoming more refined," Rasmus said. The same could be said about bohemian décor. They also saw the mixing of styles, which led to an eclectic, global-inspired effect.

For more information, contact: designingwomen2 3223 13th Ave. S. Suite B, Fargo 701-476-0938 info@designingwomen2.com designingwomen2.com

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Tray - Eco Chic Home Nest - Eco Chic Home Tulips - Eco Chic Home Eucalyptus - Love Always Floral Styling - Maria Bosak

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Spring All Things

a local shopping guide

Warmer days are ahead, and we can't wait to freshen up our homes. That's why we are celebrating with our All Things Spring Local Shopping Guide. This month, we visited furniture and home decor stores in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo to take inventory of their new arrivals. What we found at these stores were handmade, on-trend and high-end products. Within these pages, you'll find exactly what you need to revitalize your state of mind and satisfy the desire to update your spaces for the season. DISCLAIMER: Please note that all prices included within these pages reflect the information available at the time when this issue was being made and are subject to change.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Special thanks to Love Always Floral for providing the sprigs for use throughout our product shoots.

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This April, brighten your table with fresh finds from local shops REFRESHING

Kitchen & Dining

and boutiques in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. If you are like us, you feel great when your home looks good. These products will help you make your space clean and beautiful during the upcoming spring months.

Vintage-Inspired Enamel Dinnerware Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $8-$9 +

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Reusable Bee's Wrap MINT + BASIL $18

Farmhouse Dinnerware McNeal & Friends $48 +

Beehive Crock with Cedar Kindling McNeal & Friends $100

Cafe Chair Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $148

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Wood Cutting Board - $22, Lemon Oven Mitt - $7, Lemon Pot-Holder - $7 MINT + BASIL

Meyer's Clean Day Dish Soap Praire Roots Food Co-op $4.69

Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers Northern Home Furniture $23


Ceramic Teacup Zandbroz Variety $11.50

Fair Trade Olive Wood Dish - Set of 2 Others $29

Gold Kitchen Utensils MINT + BASIL $13-$16

Ceramic Creamer Carton Northern Home Furniture $15

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Eastside Side Chair - $329, Eastside Bench - $408, Eastside Table - $2,018 Northern Home Furniture

Ceramic Berry Basket The Red Silo $5.99

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Teak Spreaders Set of Four McNeal & Friends $22


Fair Trade Soapstone Bowl Others $32

"These bowls are hand-carved by artisans who work in co-ops. They are food safe and the soapstone is interesting because you can put it in the fridge or freezer and it will actually keep products cold when you take them out." - Erica Frank, Others

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Shaba Utensil Set - Brass Others $28

Vintage Glassware The White House Co. $5

Reachalle Dining Cart Northern Home Furniture $459

Egg Board McNeal & Friends $84

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As the days get longer, our spirits get lighter. Because our BRIGHT AND AIRY

Bed & Bath

bedrooms and bathrooms reflect what is in our hearts, bright and airy interiors with playful pops of color are what we desire most this time of year. You can achieve this look using local products that have the power to both energize and relax.

Moroccan Throw Blankets O'Day Cache $65-$85

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Tried & True Fragrance Co. Candles Zandbroz Variety $14.95 ea.

One-of-a-kind Moroccan Bread Baskets O'Day Cache $35 ea.

Succulent Wall Art O'Day Cache $125

Lavender Druzy, Sweet Texas Honeysuckle and January Birthstone Garnet Bath Bombs MINT + BASIL $6 ea.

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Ebb & Flow Tobacco Flower Soap MINT + BASIL $9

Woven Mat SCHEELS Home & Hardware $34.99

Handwoven Tassel Basket O'Day Cache $14.95

Assorted Meyer's Clean Day Handsoap Prairie Roots Food Co-op $3.99 ea.

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Finally, we can bring the outdoors in knowing that warmer LOVE WHERE YOU'RE

Living

days are close at hand. With this in mind, we have gathered a spring-inspired collection of local home decor that will help you love where you're living when you come back from all of the fun outings you have planned.

Copper House With Clay Pot $45 Assorted Succulent $6 Eco Chic Home

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Mini Boston Fern designingwomen2 $34

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite Zandbroz Variety $25

Textured Throw Pillow Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $36

Floral Bright (with love style) Print Unglued $20

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Davenport Sectional scandesign $3,199

Grey Ceramic Vases - $25.72, Tulips - $3 ea. Eco Chic Home

Farmhouse Bunnies Grace 1972 $12


Seagrass Basket Wall Art SCHEELS Home & Hardware $29

"This season, we are bringing in a lot of natural, organic, handwoven, textural and artisanal pieces that represent the worldly goods trend." - Kim Longtin, SCHEELS Home & Hardware

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Vintage Paint-By-Number The White House Co. $14

Vintage-Inspired Print The White House Co. $5

Local Landmark Pillow Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $58

Botanical Throw Pillow Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $36

Water Lillies Rug designingwomen2 $725 +

Tulips Eco Chic Home $3 ea.

Fargo Floral Print by Chelsea Odden Unglued $18

Glover Modern Accent Chair Gabberts Fine Furniture By Design $879

Tweedy Dijon Rug designingwomen2 $425 +

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designingwomen2 Bon-Bons Rug Price May Vary

Window Pane Print Throw Pillow Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $28


Teak/Marine Rope Arm Chair scandesign $699

Textured Throw Pillow Shotwell Floral $53.99

Flame Sectional Furniture For Less $999.99

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Face Vase Shotwell Floral $4.99

Kindling Supply Co. Candle Unglued $12 ea.

State Wall Art The Red Silo $24.99

Botanical Throw Pillow Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique $36

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The snow is melting to reveal beautiful earth—even if to some, it is only TENDING TO THE

Garden

grass and dirt. To us, it is full of possibility. Now, we can finally don our gardening gloves and prep our flower beds and vegetable gardens for the spring and summer. We've collected products from local shops that will make your outdoor spaces your new favorite places to spend your time.

Brass Plant Mister Baker Garden & Gift $23.99

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Flower Seeder The Red Silo $29

Shell-Green Adirondack Chair SCHEELS Home & Hardware $549.99

Fairy Garden Flower House Baker Garden & Gift $9.99

Prairie Road Organic Seed Holland's $3 ea.

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Barn-Style Birdhouse SCHEELS Home & Hardware $29.99

Clay Pot in Farmhouse White Baker Garden & Gift $11.99

Gnome Watering Can Holland's $7.99

4PC Terrarium Tool Kit Baker Garden & Gift $9.99

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Biodegradable Pots Holland's 10 cents ea.

4-PC Woven Outdoor Sectional - $2369, Woven Outdoor Cocktail Table - $274 HOM Furniture

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Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla Zandbroz Variety $40


Gold Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace designingwomen2 $170

Green Arrow Peas Holland's $1.95 ea.

Galvanized Bucket SCHEELS Home & Hardware $19.99

Metallic Garden Gnomes SCHEELS Home & Hardware $14.99 ea.

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Now that we have what we need to spring-ify the "grown-up" areas of LITTLE

our homes, we can focus on the spaces frequented by our children and

Sprouts

grandchildren. After all, we also spend time in those rooms, so why not make them fun to look at? You can do just that with this adorable, local and handmade decor.

Baby Raccoon Print by Randy Kay Studio Unglued $12

Small Things Great Love Print by Randi Kay Studio Unglued $16

ReUsable Snack Bags by Juliette Set of Two Unglued $14

Baby Cub Print by Randi Kay Studio Unglued $16

Woodland Deer Print Unglued $18

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Every once and a while, we see a house that takes our breath away. This is one of those homes. Now, you can step inside and take a tour with interior decorator Sara Bekkerus and the absolutely adorable family for whom these spaces were designed.

A Family-Inspired Minnesota Home

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

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Introducing Skapa Design & Consulting

Originally from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Sara Bekkerus is a mother of two, interior decorator and owner of Skapa Design & Consulting.

Sara Bekkerus

Bekkerus came up with the name, "Skapa Design" three years ago when she first started her business. "I had heard the word skapa before and it stuck in my head," she explained. "Then one day, I decided to look it up. It actually has a Scandinavian origin and means to design or to create, so I just thought it was meant to be," Bekkerus said. Though she hasn't always been an interior decorator, it was apparent from a young age that Bekkerus had a knack for design. While the other little girls were making snow angels, Bekkerus was mapping out floor plans for imaginary houses in the snow. Bekkerus laughed as she recalled this happy childhood memory. Bekkerus considers her style to be Scandinavianinspired. She loves clean lines, natural light and aged wood. For the first time, Bekkerus has invited us to look inside of one of the houses she has decorated and helped design: a family-inspired home located in Perham, Minnesota.

Sammie, Charlie, Megan and McKenna Nelson sit on their living room sofa.

Meet the Homeowners

This home is quietly nestled next to Perham Lakeside Golf Course in. When the homeowners decided they wanted a custom build, Charlie and Megan Nelson chose Tomlinson Schultz to craft the place where they would raise their young daughters, Sammie and McKenna Nelson. Charlie Nelson and Mark Schultz of Tomlinson Schultz attended the same high school and have remained friends to this day. "The Nelson's were a true pleasure to work with. As for Sammie and McKenna, I have never witnessed two little girls make more construction workers smile," Schultz said. Then the Nelsons selected Bekkerus as their interior decorator. "Megan liked the idea of working with me because she learned that I have children the same age as hers," Bekkerus explained. Schultz later commented, "It was obvious that Sara was all in when it came to this project. She spent a considerable amount of time onsite and her attention to detail shines through in the finished product." Architect - BHH Partners Builder - Tomlinson Schultz Project Manager - Mark Schultz Interior Decorator - Sara Bekkerus Landscaping - Precision Landscape & Irrigation

After the Nelsons met consulted Schultz and Bekkerus, the four approached Tony Stoll of BHH Partners who served . "He really took all of our ideas and put them down on paper," Megan Nelson said.

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Foyer

Bekkerus found that Megan Nelson liked little touches of sparkle, so she used glam light fixtures to create drama in the foyer.

Living Room

Lighting - Pottery Barn Console - West Elm

Flooring - Legacy Hardwood Floors Baskets - Eco Chic Home Sofa - Karvonen's Chairs - Karvonen's Ottoman - Karvonen's Side Tables - West Elm Lamp - West Elm Bench - Restoration Hardware Rugs - SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Vases - Refreshing Designs Planters - West Elm Frames - Room & Board

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Kitchen

Flooring - Legacy Hardwood Floors Countertops - Cambria Quartz Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Paint finishes - Painters Plus Lighting - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Chairs - Restoration Hardware Candle Holders - Eco Chic Home Vase - IKEA Rugs - Magnolia Home

Accessories - SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Breakfast Nook

Table - Grain Designs Botanicals - Refreshing Designs

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Dining Room Candle holders - Eco Chic Home Vase - SCHEELS Home & Hardware Wallpaper - Candice Olson


DESIGN DESIGN&LIVING

Guest Room

The main-floor guest bedroom and bathroom were originally designed for visits from the Nelson's parents who lived out of town. Though they have since moved to Perham, this space is still perfect for sleepovers with their granddaughters.

Powder Room Lighting - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Lighting - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Furniture - Pier One Imports Bedding - Wild Goose Gifts Lamps - Wild Goose Gifts

Cabinets - AUM Wood Products

Mudroom

Guest Bath

Countertop - Cambria Quartz Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Lighting - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Tile - Syverson Tile & Stone Mirror - Restoration Hardware Hardware - Restoration Hardware Print - Minted

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Bekkerus knows from experience that kids bring home lots of projects, so she created a gallery wall to display the Nelson girls' artwork in the mudroom. "I have two kids too, so I know that every day they're bringing something home," she said.


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Family Room

Megan Nelson would describe her style as casual elegance, which can be seen throughout the main level. Meanwhile, Charlie Nelson's style is exemplified in the dark wood and masculine color palette used in the lower level.

Carpeting - Winkels Carpet Center

Stone - Hebron Brick Supply

Countertop - Cambria Quartz Tile - Syverson Tile & Stone Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Accessories - SCHEELS Home & Hardware Vase - West Elm

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Home Theater

The Nelsons' home theater is decorated with posters from their favorite films. Bekkerus helped select the sofa, which is seats the whole Nelson family comfortably. It also looks like the perfect place to fall asleep while watching a movie. Who needs dream loungers when you have a home theater like this one? Carpeting - Winkels Carpet Center Theater System - TEAM Electronics Sectional - Zimmerman's Furniture

Home Gym

Bekkerus incorporated the Perham mascot into Charlie Nelson's home gym.

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Sammie's Room

When discussing the floor plan with Bekkerus, the Nelsons preferred a more traditional layout with all of the bedrooms on the second level. For the girls' rooms, Bekkerus wanted each space to reflect their personalities. However, she also wanted Sammie and McKenna Nelson to be able to grow with their spaces.

Bed Frame - Restoration Hardware Side Table - Restoration Hardware Lamp - PB Teen Light Fixture - Restoration Hardware Rug - Land of Nod Canopy - Restoration Hardware

It was a priority for Sammie and McKenna Nelson to each have their own reading nook. Bekkerus loved putting together these whimsical hideaways. Lighting - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Countertop - Cambria Quartz Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Tile - Syverson Tile & Stone

The Girl's Bathroom

Bekkerus wanted the girls' bathroom to be appropriate for a toddler or teenager. You might not know just from looking at it, but the room has a subtle princess theme. For example, the wall covering closely resembles the wallpaper in Elsa and Anna's rooms in the movie, "Frozen." The light fixture also reminds Bekkerus of the carriage from Walt Disney's "Cinderella." 74

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McKenna's Room

Wallpaper - Hygge & West Bed Frame - Land of Nod Book Case - Land of Nod Bedding - Land of Nod Rug - Land of Nod Tent - Etsy


DESIGN&LIVING DESIGN

Master Bedroom

Pendant Lights - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Bedding - Pottery Barn Window Treatments - SCHEELS Home & Hardware

Countertop - Cambria Quartz Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Tile - Syverson Tile & Stone

Master Bathroom Countertop - Cambria Quartz Cabinets - AUM Wood Products Tile - Syverson Tile & Stone Closets - Smart Spaces

Laundry Room

For more information, contact: Skapa Design & Consulting skapadesign.gallery 218-329-3388 sara@skapadesign.gallery Facebook.com/skapadesigngallery Instagram.com/skapa_design

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ARTIST FEATURE

a folk artist

IN FARGO

Introducing Courtney Stanley of Northerly Goods

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hen Courtney Stanley welcomed us into her South Fargo townhome, she had her most popular prints spread out across her kitchen table. Stanley is one of the makers featured at Unglued in Downtown Fargo and recently participated in her very first Unglued Craft Fest as a vendor. This month, we sat down with Stanley to discuss her journey as a watercolor artist and illustrator, which all began with a simple house portrait. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen HOUSE PORTRAIT PHOTOS PROVIDED BY Courtney Stanley

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Stanley uses watercolors with her daughter, Rowen (1). She also has two sons, Axel (7) and Bentley (6).

Get to Know the Artist Stanley is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, and creativity runs in her family. "I would say I've always been pretty creative, but growing up, my parents would tell you I was more dramatic than artistic. My younger brother was the artist because he could– from an early age–just pick up a pencil and make really neat things," she said. Stanley has spent most of her married life in Idaho. In 2016, her husband took a job in the small town of LaMoure, North Dakota. Stanley was initially skeptical of the move because it meant leaving behind her career as an aesthetician in Boise. However, it inspired her to explore her artistic side. "We ended up really liking it in LaMoure and the people were amazing, but I had to find ways to kill my time," Stanley said.

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A Simple House Portrait Though it would be some time before Stanley felt that she could identify as an artist, she slowly started sharing her experiments on social media. "I always thought, 'There are so many people who are so much better than me,'" Stanley explained. One of her friends then asked for a painting. "I didn't know what she wanted, but I knew she loved her house," Stanley said. That is what inspired her to begin painting house portraits. Since then, Stanley created an Etsy shop through which she has been commissioned to paint many house

portraits. Though she likes to paint pastoral farms, it is hard for her to pick a favorite house portrait because each one has sentimental value. "Hardly anyone has a house portrait painted for no reason. There's always some sort of a story to it. Some are kind of sad, some are happy. Other people just have a lot of pride in their home. I've done businesses. I've done a hotel in New York. I've done churches where people have gotten married. There have been some where it's, 'My grandparents built this house, this is the house I grew up in, this is our first house or this is the house we had our kids in.' There are so many things that make each house portrait special," Stanley said.

Stanley always sends customers the original copy of their house portrait and takes a photo of it to keep for herself.

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With a Little Encouragement After a while, Stanley thought it would be fun to paint something other than house portraits. In the meantime, her husband was accepted into a graduate program at NDSU. This called for yet another move to Fargo. After living in Fargo for about a year, Stanley ventured into Unglued. "I'd heard a lot of people talk about the store. When I finally got to go in, it was a little intimidating at first because everyone was so cool," she revealed. Once she created a larger body of work, Stanley applied to sell her watercolor prints at Unglued under the name Northerly Goods. In February 2018, she participated in Unglued Craft Fest as a vendor for the very first time. "I was so excited when she [Ashley Morken] accepted me. Her encouragement with the store and the Craft Fest has really boosted my confidence," Stanley said. Her family has also been very supportive. After the 2018 Craft Fest, Stanley's husband is already looking forward to setting up a booth again next year.


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These are currently some of Stanley's most popular prints.

Stanley has created a playful gnome print for every month of the year.

Mountains of Inspiration Stanley draws inspiration from the outdoors, especially the mountains of Idaho. She has also been influenced by time spent living abroad in Russia, Germany and England. When asked to describe her style, Stanley told us that she recently asked her dad the same question. "I was asking my dad that a couple weeks ago, and he said, 'It's very warm,' but I don't know what that means. I think I would describe it as whimsical, rustic and maybe a little meditative. I don't know if that's more for me or the person looking at it, but that's how I feel about it. I really like folklore and folk art, so I pull things from that," Stanley said

These days, Stanley tells her husband that he can take his time writing his dissertation. "I love Fargo. Anytime I think about when we'll actually have to leave, I get all choked up. We're anxious to get out west, have some land and be in the mountains, but I'm not anxious to leave," Stanley said. Through her Etsy shop, Stanley has been able to connect with customers from as far away as Australia.

For more information, contact: Northerly Goods NortherlyGoods.etsy.com facebook.com/northerlygoods instagram.com/northerlygoods

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Sarah Liljestrand co-owns Holland's Landscaping & Garden Center in Moorhead.

APRIL GARDEN checklist

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t's finally April, and we're already dreaming about sweet summer nights spent tending our gardens. However, before we start dreading pulling weeds, there are a few steps we can take to prepare our trees, shrubs, vegetable gardens and flower beds for the season. We met with Sarah Liljestrand of Holland's Landscaping & Garden Center to find out more about those steps. Now, you can use the following checklist to help create ideal growing conditions in your own yard.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and Sarah Liljestrand

VEGETABLE GARDEN Add Soil Conditioner

For more information, contact: Holland's 1201 Center Ave. Moorhead 218-233-6131

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Happy Frog is a soil conditioner at Holland's that Liljestrand recommends.


FLOWER BEDS

Cut back your old perennials and trim off any old flowers from last year. Add those cuttings to your compost pile or take them to your city's recycling drop sites. "If you have your own compost pile, you can add your cuttings to that, but all the cities have compost sites, so your yard waste is not just going into the garbage and becomes soil for someone else." - Sarah Liljestrand

"We recommend not cutting those things back in the fall because we've been having winters with very little snow cover, and that old foliage protects the plant from the cold." - Sarah Liljestrand

Happy Frog also makes a fruit & flower fertilizer, which can also be found at Holland's.

TREES & SHRUBS

Remove tree guards Remove tree supports if they've been on for more than a year Fertilize your trees and shrubs "Early spring is a good time to fertilize, particularly with fruit trees." - Sarah Liljestrand


REMODEL DESIGN&LIVING

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

A Charming 1932 Cottage Remodel

REVISITED

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fter a bout of misfortune last year, this lovely 1932 cottage was left with extensive water damage. Enter Jamie R. Swenson of Park Co. Realtors and Kyle Pieper of Pieper Shingling & Construction who gutted the interior down to the studs. In September 2017, Design & Living Magazine featured the before photos. Now, it's time to reveal the results of their labor of love.

Since our last visit to this property, the home has been purchased by Jane and Dave Dahlgren previously of Apple Valley, Minnesota. The Dahlgrens officially moved into their new house in December 2017 with their two cats. 88

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AFTER

KITCHEN Before, it was hard to imagine what the kitchen would look like when finished. Now, it has modern amenities including stainless steel appliances and barn wood accents. However, the most dramatic change was the switch to an open floor plan.

BEFORE After they moved in, Jane Dahlgren's sister-inlaw helped organize the kitchen, which made unpacking a bit easier for the Dahlgrens. The first time the Dahlgrens set foot in the home, the remodel was still underway and the couple saw its hidden potential. By the time they closed, it was move-in-ready. Now, it is easy to see why anyone would want to live in this space.

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DINING ROOM Although Swenson and Pieper gave the home some much-needed updates, they wanted to keep the home's original character intact. During the remodel, they found this built-in telephone cabinet, which they saved and incorporated into the new dining room. They were also able to restore the original fireplace and staircase.

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Upstairs, Swenson and Pieper added more rustic wood accents to the ceiling in the hallway.

Upstairs, Swenson and Pieper repurposed an old door they found in the house as the door to the master closet, creating a unique spin on the classic sliding barn door. Best of all, the Dahlgrens love their new neighborhood, especially the mature trees lining the streets, and can't wait to make use of their outdoor space this summer.


EVENT DESIGN&LIVING

Red Silobration

Retreat Recap

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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n Saturday, March 10, vendors and guests convened at the Fargo Civic Center for the first ever Red Silobration Retreat hosted by Bobbi Jo and Todd Cody of The Red Silo. What they got out of it was a day full of fun and inspiration. We at Design & Living Magazine had the privilege of capturing the joy that permeated this event. The day began at 8:30 with coffee and shopping. Keynote speaker Rebecca Undem took to the stage at 9:30, followed by a fashion show by AJ Robert and Charmed Boutique, more shopping and live demonstrations from To The Core, Doubting Thomas Farm, Thunder Coffee and MilkMade. Guests were then served lunch and listened to the keynote's final remarks.

Bobbi Jo and Todd Cody served as hosts of the event.

Guests at the VIP table took home a copy of Undem's book along with several other goodies.

Jessica Christian and Holly Haggen attended the event as vendors representing their business, Block 44 Designs. The two interior decorators have an office located inside of The Red Silo, so of course, they were looking forward to participating in this event.

Brock Davis of Davis Designs was another one of the vendors at the Red Silobration Retreat. Although this is his first conference, he has participated in the street fair and sells his metal sculptures and signs through The Red Silo.

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Pam Henricks of West Fargo and Patti Preston Harwood, North Dakota were VIP guests. "It's been a good day to be with a good friend," they said of the event.

Connie Bruse of Chalky & Company was a vendor as well. She teaches people how to stencil, glaze and distress hand-painted signs through workshops hosted at her farm. "I provide the wine and the chocolate, and you provide the people," she laughed.


Bobbi Jo and Todd Cody would like to thank all of the vendors and guests who made this event such a success. It is all because of you that they are able to do what they love and bring other people joy in the process.

Julie Brouse of Modern Renewal was also a vendor. She specializes in handmade jewelry, signs and all things repurposed. Brouse works out of Osage, Minnesota, and has a cottage at the Shady Hollow Flea Market in Detroit Lakes.

"It's a great venue. It's a great experience. There's such a good turn out. Everyone is happy and excited." - Julie Brouse

Local repurposer Kelly Binfet of Fargo attended as a guest and made a morning of the event.

Janelle Doll and Lisa Mohrman of Fargo were also guests at the event. Doll frequently visits The Red Silo and Mrs. Cody is her son's third-grade teacher.


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