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AUGUST 2016

Curb Appeal

50+ landscape designs you’ll love coming home to.

COMPLIMENTARY


Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

FROM THE EDITOR DESIGN&LIVING

One with ith this August issue, I take a step back to June when I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary to, lo and behold, a landscaper. Having recently made the decision to transition to a more family-friendly office career, we both know a part of his heart will always be on the other side of the window. For as many times as I have cursed the late summer nights he worked and the many weekends apart, it's one of the reasons I admire him. He can merely glance at an empty yard or walkway and an idea is set in motion with the perfect mathematical calculations to match. He, like many of our local landscapers, pushes the boundaries of typical landscapes and refuses to accept the limitations of our notoriously flat terrain. We may not have hills but these guys can build them. From the landscape architects who pour over every detail at the drawing board or the landscapers who craft, install and create, this is a true art form. These people have the ability to set an outdoor scene utilizing all of our senses uniformly with an acute

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knowledge of craftsmanship, art, nature, science and math. Creating a beautiful exterior is more than just setting a scene for backyard barbecues and morning coffee with a view. Getting outside, connecting with nature and stimulating our senses is something that feeds the soul and nourishes the spirit. With this month's issue showcasing over 50 landscape designs to inspire your next project, we hope you find your backyard serenity and take the time to stop and smell the roses. Sincerely,

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher/ Editor tracy@spotlightmediafargo.com


CONTENTS DESIGN&LIVING

AUGUST 2016 FEATURE

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CREATIVE CURB APPEAL To help our readers achieve serenity in their own outdoor space, we toured three homes with the ultimate curb appeal. For the big finale, we compiled over 40 other local designs that are sure to inspire and maybe even stir up a little neighborhood envy.

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Take a tour of the Designer Home masterpiece that's officially up for grabs and ready for one lucky winner. Opening its doors to the public on July 9, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead's $500,000 house giveaway is officially underway and ready for touring. We explain where to go, how to register and show you the warm, contemporary finishes that make this house a home.

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DRIVE-BY CURB ENVY

Make a drive-by impression with front porch accents, blooming gardens, hot siding trends and easy driveway repairs. Showing us the hot trends and easiest solutions to achieve all of the above, we talk to four local experts who know what it takes to create a perfectly polished exterior.

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CARPET, TILE AND STONE, OH MY! With all the attention on exterior, we haven't forgotten about the interior. Get a glimpse inside the new, 8,000-square-foot showroom of Carpet, Tile & Stone in West Fargo. Taking us on a tour, sales manager Gus Saleh and design consultant Sarah Dolyniuk gave us a glimpse inside the company's second showroom, giving our readers a look at some of the hottest tile and flooring trends under foot.

AUGUST 2016

COMPLIMENTARY

ON THE COVER Featured on our August cover is the design of landscape architecture firm Land Elements in Fargo. Lead designers Laura Bowles and Mike Allmendinger worked closely with the home's existing architecture by Chris Hawley Architects to create this extraordinary exterior. Curb Appeal

50+ landscape designs you’ll love coming home to.

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NEXT MONTH’S ISSUE The Historic Home Issue

In Design & Living's second annual Historic Home Issue, we take you through some of the area's most beautiful historic homes that have eclipsed modern day trends. Meet the homeowners and builders that have worked tirelessly to preserve each of the homes' rich history and timeless architecture.


DESIGN & LIVING AUGUST 2016 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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Although the loss hit many of us differently, the memories that have flooded our thoughts and prayers encompass everything that Michael was: a good-hearted soul that lit up every room he stepped into. He never failed to make us smile and feel like we were important to him in one way or another. For many of us at Spotlight Media, whenever Michael took a step out of the elevator and rushed to greet

us with the big news of the day, we couldn’t help but put down whatever we were doing to soak up the joy of his presence. Michael’s Halloween costumes were always the best and no one could ever love the Bison as much as he did. And, man, he could sure dance with the best of ‘em. Michael affected us all in different ways. With a big and contagious smile, hard high-five, and enthusiastic hug, he could turn your day around with the bat of an eye. We would like to send our sincerest condolences to the Buchanan family and to the people who Michael touched throughout his short 34 years with us. Rest easy, old friend.


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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS 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 and contributors who so affably use their time and talents to tell a story and give our pages purpose.

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Spaeth is the acting president of the Homebuilders Association of FargoMoorhead. Spaeth owns Accent Contracting with Mike Arnold. Their company provides design-build remodeling services to the FM area. Spaeth has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

Trever Hill has been the owner of Trever Hill Design, formerly known as Home Suite Couture, in Fargo since 2009. He was also the Specialty Shop Manager of Scheels Home & Hardware. Hill works on both residential and commercial projects around the FM and lakes areas. He has been a valuable contributor, showing cutting-edge home design and utilizing furniture and décor from local stores in staging homes, remodels, new builds and historic renovations. In 2014, Hill was nominated for the “Top 5 Best of the Red River Valley” poll by The Forum.

Lauren is a senior at Concordia College majoring in English writing and has experience writing and editing for the Concordian and Djembe, Concordia's intercultural literary journal. She is interning at Spotlight Media, working on projects for the company's various publications.

Christen Anderson is a Minnesota native that has always had an eye for décor and design and was able to put her knack into practice while building her home in Moorhead. Christen brings five years of Seattle life and her world travels into her designs, making her space truly unique. Though a technology focused marketer by day, by night you can find her working on her next home project or prepping for one of her many dinner parties. She looks forward to sharing her tips to make your space a reflection of who you are. Connect with her on Facebook at Christen Joy Homes and Instagram at ChristenJoyHomes.

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HBA EDITORIAL DESIGN&LIVING

Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour set for September Tom Spaeth owns Accent Contracting with Mike Arnold. Their company provides design-build remodeling services to the FM area. Spaeth has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

By Tom Spaeth, HBA President, Accent Contracting | Photos by Paul Flessland and J. Alan Paul Photography

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ow that we’re on the second half of summer, it’s time to start looking forward to all of the great things about fall: football, back to school, crisp days and, of course, the Fall Parade of Homes and Remodeled Home Tour. The Fall Parade of Homes runs two

weekends: September 17-18 and 2425. The Remodeled Home Tour runs September 24-25 only. The hours are noon - 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free except for luxurious featured homes, which cost $5 with proceeds donated to charity. The parade includes entries constructed by HBA of FM Builder members representing a wide range of home styles and prices in developments around the FargoMoorhead area. The tour features renovation projects that could include kitchen renovations, main level remodels and basement refreshes. Magazine and Digital Details Parade of Homes/Tour magazines detailing each home entry will be available at all Hornbacher’s locations on September 12. It includes a detailed pull-out map to each parade/tour entry, as well as a condensed listing of all homes entered in the event sorted by location, price and builder/contractor. Like the spring event, parade attendees should purchase their $5 luxurious featured home tickets or register for their free general admission ticket

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online, or through a new mobile app that will be available through the App Store and Google Play. By using these new digital tools, you can browse information on each home, see the maps and plan your route, plus see additional information and photos not included in the magazine.

The HBA of FM promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper

Showroom Tour: An Extension of the Parade A new event this year is the Showroom Tour. It will run the month of October during each entrant’s business hours. Admission is free. Pick up passports at Fall Parade of Homes entries or at the HBA of FM office starting September 19. Those who visit a select number of showrooms and complete passport requirements are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 Visa gift cards. The idea behind the Showroom Tour is to do something special to celebrate the HBA’s 60th anniversary and to extend the Parade of Homes. People who visit our parade homes in September often see products and furnishings that they’d like to use in their own homes, and this Showroom Tour provides an additional link between those suppliers and consumers.

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


GIVEAWAY DESIGN&LIVING

Let the

Games Begin! AN EXCLUSIVE TOUR INSIDE THE DESIGNER HOMES MASTERPIECE THAT'S OFFICIALLY UP FOR GRABS.

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he countdown is on. Opening its doors to the public on July 9, Designer Homes of Fargo-Moorhead's $500,000 home giveaway is officially underway and ready for tours. If you think you don't stand a chance, think again. For the final qualifiers, the Giveaway of a Lifetime offers a one-in-one thousand chance of winning, so your odds of turning that key and hearing the winning doorbell are in your favor.

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By TRACY NICHOLSON Photography by J. ALAN PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY


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INSIDE THE $500,000 PRIZE HOME The giveaway home is a Luxe Custom Home, Somerset II plan by Designer Homes located at 4200 54th Ave. S, Fargo. According to Leslie, they offer three variations of the Somerset based on square footage. This Somerset II plan boasts just over 1,800 square feet per floor with a fully finished basement, five bedrooms and three baths. "As a builder, all of our homes, including our completely custom designs, come with an option of any style, including rustic, craftsman, traditional, contemporary or ultra-contemporary," said Leslie. "This home takes on more of a warm contemporary feel." TAKE A TOUR With Designer Homes' second Giveaway of a Lifetime underway, Leslie gave us an exclusive tour through the home destined for one lucky winner. Nestled in The Pines at The District in South Fargo, Designer Homes has created a warm, contemporary space with timeless appeal. "It's a pretty awesome feeling to have the home complete. It came together really well," said Leslie. "All of our sponsors that helped build the home went above and beyond providing unmatched quality, sticking to the schedule and getting it done on time for tours."

REPEATING HISTORY "Last time we did the home giveaway was four years ago. It was insane. It is really hard to put into words," said President of Designer Homes Robert Leslie. "The energy in the room at that point was amazing. You just knew something major was about to happen and we were just seconds away from it. We walked up and the finalists were lined up with their keys and they turned the key and it didn't work again and again. Finally, when Michelle Gilbertson walked up with her key and it turned, the doorbell went off and she was literally running on the spot and came through the door and gave me a hug. Her facial expression, there's no way to explain it."

CHANGING LIVES Why build a home and give it away? As Leslie explained, "Building homes is our trade, it's what we love to do, it's our passion. So, to give back to our community, we felt we should be going over and above the things we do to help charities in town. Whatever the winner chooses to do with the house, to live in it or sell it, it's more about what's important to the family. For the Gilbertsons, selling the home made a huge difference in their lives, so our home still changed someone's life. That's what it's all about for us and our sponsors. It's just about changing someone's life."

With a walk through the home, quality and distinction are paramount. "Everything was exceptional, from the baseboards to the flooring throughout to the seamless steel siding and full dryvit and stone front elevation, which really brought the house to life," said Leslie. "We're really proud of every aspect of the home, the cabinetry, the ceiling details, the drywall. It's just a really well put together, strong home." THE PERFECT PACKAGE As part of the winning package, a 65-inch TV and home audio system is provided by Custom Cinema and Sound. Ferguson has decked out the home with a fullsize washer and dryer, full kitchen suite of appliances, as well as appliances for the downstairs bar. All of the windows will have blinds provided by Red River Drywall and Decorating. Scenic Landscaping is providing the exterior landscaping with sod and patio, as well as a sprinkler system by Aqua Lawn.

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GREAT ROOM Upon entering the foyer, the eye is drawn to the 3D ceramic tile fireplace surround by Carpet, Tile and Stone, 65-inch TV and espresso stained poplar beams within tray ceiling details. Created by Designer Homes designer Cheyenne Jundt, the great room's statement wall features white, wallhung shelving and cabinetry for a contemporary feel.

A TEAM EFFORT Sitting down with Leslie, he exudes appreciation for the work and team effort of the house's sponsors. "Even though Designer Homes played a large part in how the home giveaway came together, without the additional participation of the land developer and all the different trades that we work with on the large and small details, it wouldn't be possible. It's definitely a team effort and a really exciting way to give back to our community, while also being able to showcase to the community what we do," he said.

The Dream Team

■■ All Finish Concrete foundation and flatwork ■■ Allied - siding and roofing supplies ■■ Arvig Security - full home security ■■ Bottomline Excavating excavation and rough grade ■■ Braaten Cabinets - supplied and installed all closet shelving ■■ Carpet Tile & Stone - tile backsplashes, tile wall details and all flooring ■■ Certainteed - shingles ■■ Cullen Insulation - all insulation ■■ Custom Cinema & Sound home audio and TV ■■ D&M Industries - interior doors, trim and door hardware ■■ Designer Window Films decorative film for glass inserts and pantry door film ■■ Designer Homes - general contractor and designer ■■ Drywall Supply - drywall supply ■■ EZ Open Garage Doors - garage doors and openers ■■ Fargo Truss Systems - floor and roof trusses ■■ Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery - supplied appliances, plumbing and light fixtures ■■ Floor to Ceiling - supplied and installed cabinets and countertops ■■ Frontier Glass & Mirror shower glass doors, mirrors, stairway glass inserts

Additional Proud Sponsors

■■ Designer Homes FM ■■ Luxe Custom Homes FM ■■ Design & Living Magazine ■■ Ramada Plaza Suites ■■ Ignite by Luxe Custom Homes ■■ Remax Legacy Realty ■■ Muscatell Automotive Group

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■■ The Green Room - home and furniture staging ■■ The Pines at The District homesite ■■ Three Trades - Installed roofing ■■ Western Products - installed siding ■■ Hebron Brick & Fireplace - supplied stone on exterior, fireplace brick and fireplace ■■ Houston Engineering Inc. supplied flood certification ■■ HUB International/Dave Cole - sponsored home insurance plus support ■■ Lampert Lumber - supplied framing material ■■ Laughlin Electric - electrical wiring ■■ Luxury Design - framing and trim work ■■ Maid to Perfection - final clean on the home ■■ Otxteriors - labor for stone and dryvit ■■ Dakota Wall - supplied Dryvit materials ■■ Pella Windows & Doors - all windows and doors ■■ Personal Touch Embroidery & Marketing - supplied signage ■■ Precision Plumbing & Heating - plumbing and mechanical work ■■ Professional Interiors painting of trim work ■■ Red River Drywall & Decorating Services - drywall, custom painting and blinds

■■ Lexus of Wayzata ■■ HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2 ■■ Herd & Horns ■■ Blackridge Bank ■■ Crave Burger Company ■■ Shotgun Sally's ■■ Starion Financial ■■ 9 Iron Bar & Grill ■■ Beds by Design

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Throughout the main level, Carpet, Tile & Stone showcases their plank style barn wood laminate floor as the perfect accent for poplar beams within nine and 10-foot ceiling heights.


ART NICHES Shifting focus to the details, Designer Homes created these art niches with ceramic, artistic and glass tile near the entrance to the master bedroom.

Staging and furniture by The Green Room

KITCHEN Throughout the kitchen, Floor to Ceiling provided gorgeous maple cabinetry and quartz countertops accenting a stunning mix of ceramic and glass tile detail by Carpet, Tile & Stone along with a pantry showcasing custom glass door details. Whirlpool appliances and lighting by Ferguson complete the clean, contemporary look.


GIVEAWAY DESIGN&LIVING A REWARDING TOUR According to Leslie, the first home giveaway four years ago brought in more than 100,000 people. This year, Designer Homes is estimating somewhere between 125,000 and 150,000 people touring the home. "We will end up giving out a thousand certificates," said Leslie. "The morning of October 30, whoever has a certificate will have a one in a thousand chance of winning the house." Those looking to register are allowed one entry per day until October 16.

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MASTER SUITE Creating the perfect master suite, the bedroom features a box tray ceiling, spacious windows, walk-in closet with shelving by Braaten Cabinets, a sizable master bath with custom tile shower by Carpet, Tile & Stone and a custom glass shower door by Frontier Glass & Mirror.


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READY TO WIN THE HOUSE? Designer Homes and Design & Living magazine are providing multiple ways to win. Right now, the public is encouraged to come tour the home and register to win, with 800 certificates randomly chosen from those who have visited the home. Over the next couple of months, there will be social media campaigns and on-site events that will be announced through Designer Homes and Design & Living websites and social media pages for additional certificates until all one thousand have been randomly chosen. Each week, Design & Living Magazine will randomly select roughly 60 qualifiers and those people will be contacted to receive their certificate, making them one of the one thousand qualifiers for the house. Those qualifiers will be asked to show up with their certificate the day of the final drawing on October 30 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Of those with certificates, the drawing will then be narrowed down to 30 finalists who will be given a key to take their turn at the winning door.

LOWER LEVEL If you think the main floor is gorgeous, take a trip down the custom staircase where Designer Homes shows off their Designer Films division through the specially designed half-wall, custom rain glass filmed inserts with stainless steel clasps and espresso stained maple. Downstairs, you will find a wet bar, entertainment room, two guest rooms and bathroom. A grey-toned brick fireplace accent wall greets guests to the lower level and creates the room's contemporary focal point.

Staging and furniture by The Green Room

SWEETENING THE POT If you're a certificate holder, you will also be eligible to win dozens of other prizes at the event. "There will be a pool table valued at $6,000 that will be given away by Hot Spring Spas & Pool Tables 2 on the day of the giveaway," said Leslie. "There's also $4,000 worth of gift cards being given away by four different restaurants. The list includes Shotgun Sally's, Herd & Horns, Crave Burger Co. in Moorhead and 9Iron Bar & Grill in Osgood." The winners will be randomly picked from the house certificates awarded. Additional prizes will most likely be announced at a later date. WANT TO VISIT THE HOUSE? Located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in the all-new District at The Pines development in South Fargo, the home is open for tours through October 16. You’ll be able to tour the house Mondays through Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. and on the weekends from 1-5 p.m. Enter to win at the home or visit Designer Homes FM, Giveaway of a Lifetime and Design & Living magazine's Facebook pages for additional opportunities to register. Learn more at designerhomesfm.com/giveawaylifetime-2016.

The lower level's wet bar is made for entertaining with barn wood style flooring, island with whitewashed wood grain design, metallic and glass honeycomb backsplash tile, wine rack and undermount sink.

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Your home is your heart. Through its design, you have been able to reflect the virtues of the life you hold dear. But now it’s time to sell. The mirror of yourself that your home has turned into wasn't designed for future buyers, though. So, where to next? BY Trever Hill & Hailey Colbrunn | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography


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rever Hill Design uses West Fargo's Wildflower Lane Heritage Home as a model for design advice and ideas any seller can use to stage their home and capture a new heart. Tip #1

TREVER HILL

Declutter

Before you begin staging your home, Hill recommends that you declutter your space by removing all personal items. Hill's design on Wildflower Lane is void of any extra elements that may distract buyers from seeing the space as their own, such as shoes in the entryway, family pictures on the wall or a fridge littered with magnets. “Pack it away,” said Hill. “Think of it as getting a jump start on your move.”

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Tip #2

Neutralize

Once you have tidied up your space, consider the idea that your home may need to undergo measures that amplify neutrality, such as a neutral paint color. Creating a neutral space will allow for the buyer to assess the space without any bias toward a certain color or theme. “People either love or hate certain themes,” said Hill. “You do not want people to have strong feelings toward

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anything in your home when you are trying to sell it.” Instead of using a theme to dictate the home’s design, Hill focused on the home’s rustic chic features. Hill used accent pieces from Home Goods to incorporate a monochromatic Earthtone color palette through pops of texture as seen through the shag and fur rugs, as well as the beige fringe and nickel sequin pillows.


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Tip #3

Maximize Space

After your home is decluttered, cleaned and neutralized, assess the furniture you have in your home to decide if the pieces fit in the space and are arranged in a way that allows for easy flow and navigation. “Many times when living in a home, you try to maximize seating and over-fill the space,” said Hill. “If your room has too much furniture in it, people will feel as if it's congested.”

Hill staged the Heritage Home's living space with a gray sectional and pleated wicker accent chair, provided by Ashley Furniture and Unclaimed Freight. The smaller number of pieces still set the scene of a comfortable, cozy living room but avoids cramping and crowding the space.

When removing or rearranging your furniture, you may end up with an empty area that does not have a specific purpose. Give that space a purpose by adding a few pieces, such as a bookshelf, bar stools and a hightop table, or a desk and chair. “Use those awkward areas as an opportunity to have more livable space,” said Hill.

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Tip #4

Accents of Color

Bringing a pop of color to your neutral design can turn a room into something special for the buyers but only works in minimal doses. In the home’s bedroom, Hill used red accents in artwork and bed pillows to add interest to the gray-scale room. “If you're doing a color, you don’t have to do exactly the same color,” said Hill. Finding different hues, shades, sheens and textures of one color in an accent piece pillow or art combo can create a more dynamic look for a room.

Tip #5

Adding a Little Extra

Paying a little more attention and spending some extra dollars may be needed to make sure your home is staged to the highest potential for attracting buyers. Consider replacing outdated appliances and fixtures with contemporary upgrades. “The general rule of thumb that is any money you put into a kitchen or bathroom will come back to you two-and-a-half times,” said Hill. Hill also advises splurging on the help of professionals. Acquire furniture by renting pieces from local staging companies such as The Private Collection or Aaron’s Sales and Leasing. “You can get amazing and new-looking furniture for a low monthly price,” said Hill. Or enlist the help of electricians, designers and stagers to help you check off those tricky to-dos with upgrades and fine details. Extra attention to these details may require more time and money but the benefits include higher appeal to buyers and a quicker sell.

STAGED TO SELL Selling a home can be an exciting adventure just as easily as it can be an anxious task. Use the ideas and advice from design professional Trever Hill to make that experience a positive one. Executing the notes above will ensure your home is staged in a way that allows buyers to envision the space as the mirror of their own heart and send you on your own home design journey. For more information contact: Trever Hill Design 701-715-3077 trever@treverhilldesign.com treverhilldesign.com

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DESIGN&LIVING CABINETRY

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Why do so many homeowners ignore their outdated cabinetry? Simple. For most homeowners, this one update could break the bank and range anywhere from $8,000 for minimal updates to a full renovation upward of $50,000. If these numbers seem daunting, you'll be happy to meet the owners of Cabinet Refresh. Learn how their new concept is revolutionizing golden oak kitchens from Bismarck to Fargo with an astonishing turnaround time of one day. BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Laura Cramer

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What is Cabinet Refresh? Hailing from Bismarck, N.D., Chris Reinicke was running his door manufacturing company and collaborating with Mike Ness' progressive cabinet shop when they noticed a trend. Clients were asking for a more contemporary, frameless style and Ness was working with a concept called thermofoil that fit the bill.

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"It's a product that's been around for 15 to 20 years. When it first came out, the technology wasn't great, the adhesive was lacking and so were the materials," said Reinicke. Phasing out for a few years, this technology was coming back in full swing. "We first started seeing it in Europe because they are a very streamlined, seamless sort of style. Then the East and the West Coast, and through the new technology—the better adhesives and better products—came better equipment as well," said Reinicke. Trend Setting Recognizing the importance of this new technology to reface existing cabinetry, Reinicke and Ness forged ahead

Ness machines the medium density fiberboard for the new cabinet faces at his shop and then it goes to Reinicke to apply a heat-adhesive. A film in the desired color and wood tone is then placed across the top. The whole thing goes into the equipment and the equipment heats it up to about 215

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and became one of the first in North Dakota to implement this new concept. Combining their skill sets, the two saw how thermofoil might just be the newest way to update a kitchen at a fraction of the cost and time. How does it work? It starts with an in-home consultation to determine the extent of the job. After a plan is in place, homeowners are given the exact color tone for the frames so they paint or stain their existing frames to match Cabinet Refresh's new doors. As Reinicke explains, this takes a bit of DIY on the homeowner's part but can easily be done in a weekend with very little paint skills.

degrees evaporating the atmosphere between the film and the fiberboard. This causes it to instantaneously cool and the adhesive grabs hold and sets, creating a seamless new cabinetry face, which can be installed in less than a day.


"We can do everything from a $150,000 kitchen remodel to a small $1,500 re-dooring process," says Reinicke. "Since I'm a dooring company, I also do wooden doors. So, if someone wanted to purchase a door, they would stain it themselves to save money. They could then match what they have already for their face frames. We offer different styles, raised panel wood, different profiles. We don't do the fixtures, just the re-dooring with hardware and countertops." Cabinet Refresh also offers five different styles of glass for their cabinets, with options for pull-out trays and soft-close hinges.

"I think we're servicing a side of the market that has been under-served. There are so many people who don't want a full-on kitchen done. For the homeowners who have good cabinets but don't want that full-on remodel, we can give them an updated look at a very cost effective price." MIKE NESS, Cabinet Refresh co-owner

Convenient Cabinetry What's the biggest draw of this new concept? As Ness and Reinicke will tell you, it's definitely the convenience and cost. For many looking to save money, it's also the DIY experience. Homeowners do a small amount of paint and stain work to match their new cabinet faces and Cabinet Refresh comes in and does the install of the new faces. "We are aiding the homeowner in these projects. We've become a society that wants to have more of a hands-on role in their own projects and wants that feeling of accomplishment when they're done," said Reinicke. "So that's kind of what we do. It's cost effective. The homeowners get it started by painting the existing cabinet frame, I mean, it's painting. It is still no different than painting a wall."


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Previously, the homeowners had solid oak cabinets that they didn't want to downgrade to new because of the quality. Going with a more contemporary look, they chose Rainier White for their new cabinetry. For a custom twist, they chose a one-third, two-third door, with the top one-third portion a glass insert and the bottom portion a panelized door. This kitchen remodel is phase one of an 18-month remodel.

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AFTER "This is probably going to take about four or five hours and I'm done," said Reinecke, explaining the South Fargo kitchen project. "A homeowner could leave for work at eight or nine in the morning, come back and it's done. We're kind of a do-it-yourself professional assistant. We come in and replace the doors and drawer fronts with new hardware, hinges and installation. We actually don't touch the cabinetry at all."

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For this project in South Fargo, the homeowners first repainted the frames to match Cabinet Refresh's finish. "That was all pre-selected so that she could go right over to Sherwin-Williams and they would have the exact code so it will match the finish in their installation," said Reinicke. "By doing that, it offers them a huge price advantage. Like a typical refacing, where someone would come in with new wood drawers and drawer fronts, they would go and either sand or re-stain or put a quarter-inch veneer plywood across all the face frames. That would typically run eight to ten thousand dollars. For this project, we will run about $2,500."

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"A homeowner could leave for work at eight or nine in the morning, come back and it's done." CHRIS REINICKE, Cabinet Refresh co-owner

For more information contact: Cabinet Refresh 701-751-7133 cab-refresh.com facebook.com/cabinetrefresh mail@cab-refresh.com


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e've reached the time of year where we start to wonder if it's really worth it to keep up with our landscaping. It's too hot, there's not much left of the summer season and our time is best spent at the lake, right? Not necessarily. What your house and yard look like now is just as important as it was when the weather was cooler and the lake wasn't as appealing. Thankfully, there are plenty of people around town with ideas and hints to make your house the envy of the neighborhood with everything from landscaping to the hottest siding trends. BY Lauren Wilson | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Laura Cramer and Innovative Basement Systems

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Flower Power Now that the end of summer is drawing near, it can be easy to ignore the plants that make up the majority of your home's landscaping. But it's a slippery slope because once you stop taking care of them, they will begin to look worse and worse until it finally seems like a lost cause. According to JD Shotwell of Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse, it's important to continue taking care of the plants that you have because most will last at least until the September frosts. This means your curb appeal will stay strong without having to plant anything new–as long as you keep up with what you've already got. "Proper watering and fertilization is the key to keep that blooming going," Shotwell said. "And this is the prime time to use a bloom booster on the existing annuals that you have." Bloom booster is a fertilizer that's used to promote blooming, especially in the August heat that, combined with proper watering and weeding, can help to keep your existing annuals looking beautiful. "The big thing about annuals is that, as long as you take care of them, they're going to have that bright, brilliant color," Shotwell said. Once the weather starts to cool down, though, Shotwell says that to keep your landscaping looking good, you can replace your warm-weather annuals with hardier, late-blooming plants, such as fall mums, sedums and kale that bloom into the fall and add fall colors to your garden. If you're looking for a more permanent curb appeal, improvement and annuals aren't going to cut it. Perennials are the way to go, as they will come back year after year and are capable of keeping their landscape visually appealing all year long.

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According to Chris Redding of Baker Garden & Gift, most people who are looking to increase their curb appeal should look to accenting the front of their house, especially by making the front door their focal point.


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"If you want a real wow effect for people driving down the road, groups of plants are going to stick out more than individuals," Redding said. "Again, accenting that front door and having a nice pathway that goes up to it–you can do it in pavers or a number of different ways to create a path that will lead up to it. You can accent the path with plants and you can also use containers, which are a great way to accent or highlight that front door entrance. It can give you a bright splash of color that maybe you wouldn't have all year round in shrubs," said Redding. While containers of bright annuals will look great while they bloom in the spring and summer, Redding stresses the importance of including plants that look good in all four seasons and provide interest to your landscaping throughout the year.

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"Don't just plant for what's going to look good now but what's going to look good in the spring, summer, fall and even winter. If you're using ornamental grasses, they can give you some winter interest, and I always try to incorporate some evergreen plants in the front to give you that structure. Even shrubs are going to give you some interest without the leaves on it, opposed to if you're planting all perennial plants that die back in the fall, you're not going to have as much interest as a shrub or an evergreen or a grass," Redding said.

Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse shotwellflorist.com 4000 40th St. S, Fargo 701-356-9377 Baker Garden & Gift bakernursery.com 2733 University Dr. S, Fargo 701-237-6255

Additionally, some of the most popular flowers with long blooming periods that Redding sees are salvia, cornflowers, daylilies and hydrangeas–all of which can provide a beautiful splash of color to contribute to the overall look of your landscaping throughout the year.

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Elevated Exteriors

One of the first things people encounter when coming to your house is your sidewalk or driveway. Even if they're just parking their car or walking a few feet up to your door, they're going to spend time on concrete. With that in mind, it can be a lot easier to see that it is important to keep your cement looking new and crack free. Innovative Basement Systems is a Midwestern company with services in Fargo that repairs your pavement and keeps it looking neat and clean, which improves not just curb appeal, but safety as well. PolyLevel is a technique used by Innovative Basement

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Systems to lift uneven concrete and fix cracks that may be in your sidewalk or driveway. It can be done in just a few hours and comes with a two-year warranty where Innovative Basement Systems will redo it if your concrete has sunk a quarter of an inch. If you decide to have your sidewalk or driveway PolyLeveled, this is what will happen: the PolyLevel technicians will come to your house and drill holes about the size of a quarter down into the concrete that needs to be lifted. Then, they pump the PolyLevel down through those holes into the ground beneath your concrete and a chemical reaction causes it to turn into an expanding foam that quickly fills in the space underneath, resulting in the concrete being lifted and any large voids under the concrete to be filled. Once the concrete is even, they fill the holes with a small amount

of cement. They even go a step further and can do a complete concrete protection to fill in the cracks to keep everything looking clean and even.

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"It looks like you never had anything done, it's so smooth you can't even tell. If anything, it looks like you have freshly poured cement," said Maggie Moen, marketing coordinator for Innovative Basement Systems in Fargo.

Keeping your concrete clean and crack-free may seem like an unnecessary fix, but it's an important aspect of curb appeal that doesn't go unnoticed and should be done by anyone looking to improve the exterior appearance of their home.

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EXTERIOR DESIGN&LIVING SIDING SAVVY Another aspect of your home's exterior that is important to keep it looking nice is the siding. Since it's the most notable aspect of your exterior, it can ruin your curb appeal even if everything else is pristine. Kelly McComb of Western Products in Fargo said that thanks to improvements in the manufacturing of siding, it is now possible to have more color options than ever before. "It started a few years ago, but we're seeing a lot with the deep earth tones, a lot of greys, and I've even seen houses that are almost black. We're able to do that because of the products that we have. Our siding won't fade because our products have come so far," said McComb.

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People are also beginning to experiment more with trim and siding combinations, straying from the traditional white trim to dark grey and charcoal. McComb says that grey is becoming increasingly popular in siding and trim, replacing the old color palette. "There is so much grey whereas everything used to be brown. Everything was warm brown, linen, khaki colors. Now you're seeing a lot more of the same intensity but in a grey scale," said McComb.

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Another trend that is allowing for new curb appeal improvements is the change in profiles. There are new and increasingly different profiles coming out, which is a small change that could make a big difference. When updating your siding, something as small as changing its design can make your house look completely different even if you keep the same color. With so many new options with colors and profiles, updating your siding or trim can be a great way to make your house stand out and improve your overall curb appeal.


Innovative Basement Systems innovativebasementsystems.com Western Products westernproducts.com 474 45th St. S, Fargo 866-200-2565


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CREATIVE Curb Appeal H ere in the Midwest, landscaping is more than just an inviting entrance or a pleasant backyard. With just a few short months of color, landscaping is our vital connection to nature. Summer offers a chance to recharge our batteries and be in the midst of nature at its finest. To help our readers achieve serenity in their own outdoor space, we toured three homes with the ultimate curb appeal. For the big finale, we compiled over 40 other local designs that are sure to inspire and maybe even stir up a little neighborhood envy. BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography and Rick Abbott 60

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ith one last hurrah to the lakes area, we show you the home of Jane and Todd Blilie on Long Lake near Detroit Lakes, Minn. With 120 feet of shoreline to accentuate the view, the property was landscaped to perfection by Mark Weekley of Lakes Area Landscaping.

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PHASE I The Blilies contacted Lakes Area Landscaping to transform their ordinary landscaping into an aesthetically pleasing and functional space to spend more time outdoors. "Phase one of the project included changing the grassy hillsides into a paver walkway leading down to a patio," said Weekley. "On one side of the patio, we incorporated a retaining wall to hold back the soil, but it also doubled as a sitting wall, great for entertaining larger groups. When it came to plant selection, we chose plants that were not only a great display of colors and textures but also those that are low maintenance and would not interfere with views of the lake from the house." “It’s a beautiful beach with great sand," said Jane Blilie. "We looked a long time for a place like this. When I walked in the front door and could see through to the beach, I said, 'This is it'.” It's a lovely outdoor space, we really enjoy it."

“MY FAVORITE FEATURE OF THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW IS OUR HOT TUB AREA. MY 3-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON CALLS IT HIS POOL. THEY DID SUCH A GOOD JOB, IT’S ALMOST LIKE AN INFINITY POOL. YOU CAN BARELY SEE THE GRASS WHILE YOU’RE IN THE HOT TUB, YOU JUST SEE THE LAKE BEYOND IT. AT NIGHT, IT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL.” Jane Blilie, Homeowner

PHASE 2 Loving the first stage of work, the Blilies contacted Lakes Area Landscaping once again to complete phase two, which would include the expansion of an in-ground hot tub area. "As one could imagine, there are certain concerns when tying into an existing landscaping, especially those dealing with different elevations," said Weekley. "After careful planning, we began the construction of the sunken hot tub. From inside the hot tub, one gets a feeling of an infinity pool, where looking out, you get an impression that water from the tub merges with the water of the lake."

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Once the tub was installed, Lakes Area Landscaping added a small paver area on all sides for access into the hot tub. Due to additional grade changes, they included another wall, not just for retaining purposes but for privacy and to incorporate additional seating. According to Weekley, plant material was chosen for more of a natural barrier by incorporating some taller evergreens for winter interest.

SPECIAL FEATURES The Blilie's landscaping creates form and function with an outdoor shower, a second level hot tub and a winding paver staircase in tumbled stone. Knowing the client wanted some color, Weekley added an array of low maintenance plants with drip lines throughout so the Blilies wouldn't have to do any watering outside of the pots.

"WE LOVE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSFORM A PLAIN GRASSY YARD WITH HILLS TO A FUNCTIONAL OUTDOOR RETREAT FOR USE YEAR-ROUND. THIS TRULY WAS A FUN PROJECT TO WORK ON FROM THE DESIGN PHASE THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT COMPLETION." Mark Weekley, Landscape Designer, Lakes Area Landscaping

For more information contact: Lakes Area Landscaping Wes and Sheena Pare, Owners 49026 245th Ave., Pelican Rapids, Minn. 218-863-7625 wes@lakesarealandscaping.com lakesarealandscaping.com

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ith an exterior design by local landscape architects Land Elements, this South Fargo home is contemporary, curbside perfection. From the Corten steel screen walls to the Aspen trees and limestone water feature, all elements are focused on creating a tranquil and dramatic entrance.

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Adding depth to contrast, Land Elements incorporated LED strip lighting under the lip of the Corten retaining wall.


DESIGN&LIVING LANDSCAPING With a focus on creating interest for an inviting entry, Mike Allmendinger and Laura Bowles of Land Elements designed a masterpiece focused on dramatic contrasts in color, water, fire and lighting. "The goal for this project was to design a concept with a unique entry experience that complements the architecture of the home while creating a sense of privacy," said lead designer Allmendinger.

A Corten screen wall by P2 Industries became a pivotal element using its rust colored steel to contrast with the white bark of the Aspen trees, the fine textures of the Prairie Dropseed grass and softness of the Allium bulbs.

Hebron Brick - Landscape and water feature installation P2 Industries - Install of metal work (Corten steel screen walls and retaining wall)

Another focal point of the front entrance is the three contemporary fire features illuminating the perfect rows of perennials and the vine draped trellis that connects the home's architecture to the landscape.

At the entrance, a custom-cut, limestone water feature installed by Hebron Brick illuminates the walkway and combines soothing sounds with dramatic lighting elements. "The water feature is one of our favorite elements," said Allmendinger. "It's self-filling and utilizes inner ring lighting so at night guests are able to see where the sound of the water is coming from. It creates an interesting focal point in what was an otherwise underutilized area."

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Combining clean lines with soft facades, Land Elements incorporated Prairie Gold Quaking Aspen trees, Prairie Dropseed grass and Summer Beauty Allium in the planting beds along the property lines.


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In the backyard, the patio includes an outdoor kitchen, seating area with a horizontal fire table overlooking the pond, trellis and more Aspen trees with accent lighting and uniform plantings of perennials.

With the home's original design by Chris Hawley Architects, Land Elements wanted to make the property's landscape visually cohesive and integrate similar design principles, mimicking the long horizontal roof lines and contrasting materials. "The boundaries of architecture and

landscape are blurred by creating a strong visual connection," said Allmendinger. "In addition to aesthetics, it's important to have an understanding of how the client lives in the space to inform a design that complements their lifestyle. The ability to easily move between interior and exterior spaces was

a priority, as well as constructing focal landscape features that can be enjoyed from inside the home." For more information contact: Land Elements 210 Broadway N. Ste. 302, Fargo 701-235-3990 landelements.com

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tarting with a blank slate, Natural Environments took the home of Steve McGinnis to the next level in just 10 short days. Wild plants, natural stones, accent lighting and a tranquil Koi pond create this backyard escape.

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With no prior landscaping to work around, Roger Klocke of Natural Environments started from the ground up, then dug down. McGinnis requested fountains, statues and lighting elements that Klocke brought in from his on-site showroom.

At 10 feet wide and 25 feet long, this Koi pond was designed to hold 7,000 gallons of water. Digging out the pond, Klocke's team created hand-carved edges and gave the surrounding area an artistic approach, choosing irregular bluestone, Dresser trap rock, boulders, accents and stone accent lighting. According to Klocke, trap rock is one of the hardest rocks around, made from altered basalt, a non-porous volcanic rock typically with irregular seams. Trap rock's hardness makes it the perfect material for building natural, enduring structures, such as waterfalls, ponds and retaining walls.

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PLANTING PARADISE To complement the detailed water feature, Klocke chose wild elements for the backyard like grasses and perennials. Transitioning to the front of the yard, they chose a more traditional, English flower garden approach. "I really wanted to expand my outdoor living and Roger came up with a plan that included a Koi pond, water feature, outdoor lighting and a fountain," said McGinnis. "The topping on the cake was the Koi that I got to stock in it. It's absolutely beautiful. I spend as much time as I can outside and I don't have to worry about driving to Detroit Lakes or anywhere. It's just a great escape in my own backyard."

KOI MAINTENANCE How do you create a perfect pond? Klocke said three things are needed for filtration. The first is a bead filter that's been engineered specifically for Koi ponds and water gardens. The second is a UV Sterilizer to clear up green water and kill 99 percent of floating algae, as well as other living organisms. The third is a ProfiDrum Eco Drum filter that acts as a small water treatment plant to dispose of solids and dissolve particles. "We put a wall behind the pond that hides the filtration system," said Klocke. "His pond is absolutely clear all the time because he invested the money to do it properly. I've seen ponds before that were just disastrous because the people didn't want to spend money on the filtration. This can be just as expensive as the pond." To keep the Koi pond clear, Klocke recommends doing bi-weekly cleaning and water changes that drain about 20 percent of the water. "It's not deep enough to keep the Koi outside all winter, so I transport them to the garage and during the winter they go into a hibernating state," said McGinnis. "Some people might find it too much work, but if it's a hobby and if you love what you're doing, it's not work. It's just enjoyment."

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For more information contact: Natural Environments Landscaping & Outdoor Living 5508 53rd Ave. S, Fargo 701-237-6994 naturalenvironmentslandscaping.com


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ARTIST DESIGN&LIVING

Beauchene's piece "Carrying Weight," depicting a rooftop view of Downtown Fargo, was created using wood, latex paint, charcoal and cement.

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a passion FOR PEOPLE Travis Beauchene

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rom getting his Bachelor's degree at North Dakota State University to spending three years studying for his Master's in Fine Arts in the sprawling international art scene of Washington, D.C., Travis Beauchene's art practice has changed and grown immensely over the years. From what mediums he uses to where his work has been shown, it is hard to tell what his next move will be. One thing we do know is why he does it–to help others while feeding his passion and creativity.


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Beauchene worked on the painted logo for West Fargo's new blvd Pub.

Beauchene's artwork on the new BlackRidge Financial building on Veterans Boulevard.

There and Back Again While studying art at NDSU, Beauchene focused mainly on painting, drawing and performance artwork, but while in D.C. he expanded his practice to all mediums, opening up a multitude of possibilities. In the case of Beauchene, a lot happened in just three short years. He earned his Master's in Fine Arts from George Washington University, directed multiple art galleries, and had art vetted by Ai Weiwei who is one of the top artists in his field. After graduation though, Beauchene was faced with a difficult decision. "There you go to a community like in D.C. that 's really established, are you trying to get into there? Or do you come back to Fargo where it's more of a community on the grow for the art scene and be a part of that?" said Beauchene. "I thought that seems a little bit more fun–more challenging–but you know, a little bit more rewarding in the long term." Two years after returning to Fargo, Beauchene became a full-time marketing director for Coldwell Banker, but and 8 to 5 office career hasn't stopped him from pursuing his passion. "I work with all mediums, honestly that's kind of the biggest part of my practice that I don't have one specific medium. I do everything from photography to sculpture, painting, graphic design," Beauchene said. "It just opens up the possibilities, and I always want to work with any client that needs something done. That's what keeps it fun for me, no limit." Art for Others In Washington, D.C. Beauchene also had the opportunity to begin working with others in a way that has followed him back to Fargo. "NDSU Gates" by Travis Beauchene. Created with reclaimed wood, latex paint and charcoal.

"In D.C. I did a really cool thing where I volunteered at a homeless shelter for a couple of months and did artwork with them and put on a big exhibition showing their art pieces. Another part of my art practice is providing opportunities for other people," said

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ARTIST DESIGN&LIVING Beauchene. "What I see coming out in the future is hosting shows, getting people's work out there because art can be such a self-absorbed field. As everyone knows it's like, 'What did I do? Look at what I made,' but I want to make sure I always visit the other side too. Look at what these people did and give them an opportunity to do it."

"Kegs and Canvas" by Travis Beauchene.

Beauchene in the process of creating "Kegs and Canvas" with stretched leather and latex paint.

Since being back in Fargo, Beauchene has been hard at work with pieces for individuals wanting to give a special gift and for bigger businesses like BlackRidge Bank. Now he has been given another opportunity for his art to make an impact on others, but this time he's working for people, not with them. This summer Beauchene has been working on a permanent installation for Essentia Health that is to honor organ donors and their families. "It's a really special one where they're going to have people from all over the midwest coming to the opening, and these are people who have either lost family members and those family members donated organs or they received organs themselves," said Beauchene. "It's so special, and you talk with these people where someone's daughter died in a car crash and they decide to give up the daughter's organs and that is such a big thing to conceive as a family member. You already went through this terrible thing and now to donate organs, it seems like, 'Yeah, of course you would do it,' but there's a lot of emotion to it. That's why that's a big part of my practice, too. It's not just all about clients, projects, money. This is purely something I'm doing for them."

"IT'S WHAT I LOVE TO DO–IT'S MY PASSION."

Looking Forward Beauchene's art presence in the Fargo/Moorhead community is sure to continue to grow as his practice does, and at the pace it has grown since he got here he is sure to become a major player in the local art scene. "Art will always be a part of my life, and ultimately I want to continue growing with my clients and continuing to provide my services," said Beauchene. "I don't want to say just artwork, because you sometimes just do meetings with people about what they can do with spaces and different things. I just want to continue growing and helping out other people achieve their ideas, whether that's through me or my ideas or just by providing innovative artwork that I think is unique to myself. That's why I like people to work with me." Beauchene has just taken a huge step in growing his art practice, as he has announced that he will be launching a new business called STUDIO THREE BEAU. This business will specialize in three artistic branches: Graphic & Fine Art Painting, Real Estate & Architectural Photography, and Inside & Outside Makers. For more information on Travis' artwork and where to find it, check out his website travisbeauchene.com or check out his upcoming business' website studiothreebeau.com

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One of Beauchene's largest gallery pieces "Square Footage" was created and on display while he was in Washington, D.C.


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Introducing

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ith the housing market booming and builder competition fierce, the need to differentiate and amplify a home's features is paramount. Many have found that staging a home is no longer an optional step, it's become a necessary and valuable part of the selling process. With the demand for design in mind, two locals put their style savvy to work, simplifying staging by offering a place for anyone to rent furnishings on a whim. To show us a sneak peek of their collection, the owners, Susan Cardinal and Trever Hill, set up shop among the trees. BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. Alan Paul Photography


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Staging Simplified For those who regularly stage, they know the task is not often completed with ease. Trying to get local furniture stores to rent out their pieces is not always possible, so many home builders purchase furniture and end up with the tedious task of storing it once the house is sold. Cardinal and Hill met just four years ago,

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and have recently combined their talents to take on this new venture of simplified staging. Working together for the first time just one year ago when Hill helped decorate the Cardinal's condo, the two discovered a similar style and way of working together that just clicked. Today, Hill uses his design expertise to purchase and find furnishings while Cardinal utilizes her prior marketing experience to manage the daily business, marketing and logistics.

Realizing a growing need in the community, the idea for their collection finally took flight. "Now anyone wanting to stage their home has a place that they can come and select items that can be rented out on a month to month basis," said Cardinal. "We offer two different collections: the Elite and the Standard, which allows people to choose between high-end, luxury pieces or more standard everyday furnishings."


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Visualizing Home "A lot of people can't visualize and see where everything should be placed," said Hill. "So, once they see there is enough area for a living room sofa and a dining set, they can see themselves more easily in that home. It's really interesting that a home can be stunning and well built, but until it's furnished, it just feels like an empty shell. Staging helps that empty space feel like a home and people can then envision themselves living there."

Styled to Sell Right now, The Private Collection has inventory to fully stage six homes and is growing quickly with demand. The styles of furniture and accessories range from modern and contemporary to traditional and farmhouse. Furniture and accessories were handpicked from places like Room & Board, New Pacific Direct, McNeal & Friends, Scheels Home & Hardware, HomeGoods, Sunpan, Wayfair, Blue Dot and many more. The bundle packages have styles including coastal and industrial among 10 other style packages. Outside of the homebuilders, this service is also a fantastic option for anyone planning a private event that needs to spruce up their house or venue. "In larger cities, there are multiple warehouses to rent furniture for staging. We felt it was an essential piece of the puzzle for the design community in the Fargo-Moorhead area," said Cardinal. "We have already staged some spaces, with many more in the works. Everything is a la carte and you choose your own designer/decorator. The Private Collection even has recommendations for designers and decorators that are eager to stage."

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"The Private Collection is for any designer, any person, any home builder that needs to spruce up a space and doesn't have the inventory to do so," said Hill. "We created this business out of a need in the community and it's something that serves my own design business and can help others as well." As the two explain further, for a designer, realtor or homebuilder who typically stages homes but doesn't have the space or want to be responsible for housing that inventory, this is a great solution. An added benefit to renting furniture versus buying, it allows those in the industry to keep their staging fresh and current instead of using the same furniture in every home.

Depersonalizing to Sell A lot of people have family pictures and personal belongings around their home. What many fail to recognize is that when trying to sell a home, those items need to be taken down and the home depersonalized. "It's very hard for anyone to visualize living in a home that clearly occupies another family," said Cardinal. "You'll notice in our art, there are no people. Generally in staging, people don't like to see other people. They need to be able to picture their own family there with their own personality infused." For those that believe staging and decorating are one in the same, Cardinal

and Hill emphasize that the two should not be confused. "While decorating may help transform your house into your home with personalization, staging helps with allowing potential buyers to imagine themselves in the home," said Cardinal. "Staging can also pay off in time saved and offer a higher sale price. According to ZILLOW in 2014, home staging is one of two top critical improvements you can make in your home when selling." For more information contact: The Private Collection info@privatecollectionfargo.com privatecollectionfargo.com facebook.com/ ThePrivateCollectionFargo 701-715-3077

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Cabinets - Showplace Kitchens Tile - Alys Edwards, installed by Carpet, Tile & Stone Countertops - Spaulding Stone Appliances - Karl's Flooring - Hard Maple in Onyx, Carpet World

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AUBREY COSTELLO

our kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. It sees more traffic than any other room and puts up with the hot, the cold and the messy. To increase their house's market value and prepare for graduation, one West Fargo family decided on a kitchen upgrade by working with Aubrey Costello of Showplace Kitchens and C&N's contractor Chris Denman.

The Old and the New Working together, the team was able to create a mixture of old and new–keeping the keyhole island and china cabinet while incorporating new colors, textures and adding a wine fridge and bar counter to the china cabinet.

BY Lauren Wilson PHOTOGRAPHY BY Laura Cramer

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The first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen is the quartzite island that draws attention, not only because of its size, but because of the unique shape and design. Staying true to their original kitchen, the homeowners kept the keyhole design, but they changed things up by using two different pieces of stone countertop. The large circle is a leather quartzite, while the rest is a Tolberone Bianco quartzite to match the remaining counter space in the room. "This was our focus piece and we did

everything around it," the homeowner said. The edge of what the homeowner calls "her circle" is hand-chiseled, with the finishing touches being done after the piece was installed. "It was so fun to watch. Just this big, burly guy–he was an artist," said the homeowner. "He finished it up here because he didn't like exactly how it came out."

Finishing Touches With custom cherry Showplace Wood Products cabinets from Showplace Kitchens accompanied by hardware from Top Knobs, the homeowners were able to get a simple, sophisticated look that doesn't overpower the center island. Island – Sandalus Leather Quartzite - Stone Holding Supplier, Spaulding Stone Hardware – Transcend Collection in Sable Finish from Top Knobs Brand

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The cabinetry isn't just nice to look at, they have a few bells and whistles up their sleeves. With everything from a built-in pot and pan organizer to a custom-made paper shredder cupboard, the homeowner incorporated plenty of special touches that look nice, as well as improve efficiency and space-saving.

The clean look of the subway tile was chosen in a similar fashion with the goal to complement, but not distract from the rest of the kitchen. Relying on clean lines, Costello used an Alys Edwards' "Man About You" tile in silhouette. "We were going after a more simple look. We didn't want to take the focus away from the stone so we kept a single color but with a herringbone pattern," said Costello. "We made the graduation date, that's all that mattered," said the homeowner. "We've been so busy, we haven't had time to celebrate it. We're just celebrating now."

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Remodeling Contractor – Chris Denman, C&N Remodeling Cabinetry – Showplace Wood Products from Showplace Kitchens Perimeter – Tolberone Bianco Quartzite - Stone Holding Supplier, Spaulding Stone Backsplash Tile – Alys Edwards, Man About You Glass Collection 2x8 in Silhouette - Installed by Carpet, Tile & Stone Sink – Blanco, Silgranit Equal - Double Under-mount Sink in Truffle


By Christen Anderson Photos by Laura Cramer

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OUTDOOR LIVING ROOMS The summer season in the Midwest is short, but boy is it sweet. I’m determined to squeeze every ounce of sunshine out of summer, and creating an outdoor space has enabled me to do this. Here’s my outdoor living space, which is a balance of what I call “classic pieces” (higher end) and pieces that are less expensive. Let’s break it down so you can start shopping before the summer fades into the sunset.

CHRISTEN ANDERSON

GET THE LOOK Sectional– Pottery Barn Rug – Dash & Albert available at McNeal & Friends Lanterns - Target and HomeGoods Stripe pillows – Kate Spade available at McNeal & Friends Flower pillows – Fresh American available at McNeal & Friends

MAIN SEATING To create your outdoor living room, you need to be thoughtful about how you want to use the space. I knew I wanted to be able to host outdoor get-togethers so I opted for a sectional that had plenty of seating. If you plan to entertain, consider a sectional or two couches if you have the room. If you only need seating for four or fewer, a love seat or two large chairs are good options.

Tip: Buy a sectional that allows you to add seating. I loved this sectional because I can add additional seats if need be. I've already purchased one more.

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I also know there are times when it’s nice to have a chair to move around or to flip and face the pond for a morning coffee. I selected this classic adirondack chair in navy for my accent chair. It’s durable and lightweight—the perfect chair to be able to easily move around. Tip: Adirondack chairs are classic and you can now purchase them in bright, fun colors and modern designs featuring straight edges. 100

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GET THE LOOK Chair - Scheels Home & Hardware Garden stool - Baker Garden & Gift Accessories – HomeGoods


DESIGN&LIVING DESIGN FURNITURE COVERS Since the couch was an investment, I wanted to do my best to keep it in good shape. The sectional came with cream cushion covers that I knew were going to be hard to keep clean. I opted for navy cushion covers made out of Sunbrella fabric, a brand known for its durability through water-resistance and UV-resistance, keeping the fabric looking new for years to come. And no sofa would be complete without a pop of color achieved by the use of throw pillows and other accessories. Tip: I use my indoor vacuum’s hose with the brush about once a month to suck up any dust/debris. These clean up like a dream—worth every penny.

GET THE LOOK Ottoman – Pottery Barn Accessories - HomeGoods Lanterns - Target & HomeGoods

ACCENT FURNITURE Now that we have the seating taken care of, it's time to think about comfort and functionality. I opted for a large ottoman, used for putting your feet up, serving drinks and snacks, or allowing for additional seating. Tip: With or without an ottoman, garden stools are great side tables that can be tucked in next to your guests for their use. You can find these at local nurseries or even craft stores.

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ACCESSORIES Like any great cocktail, there needs to be garnish, so let loose and starting sprucing. Get your green thumb on and add planters in the white space of your outdoor area. Opt for a rug to truly make your outdoor space feel as loved as your indoor space. Select pillows that pop—I used yellow as the foundational color and pulled in bright pillows to layer over the yellow. Finally, as a romantic, I love having candles indoors and out. Find lanterns or glass vases, fill them with sand (if necessary,consider wind) and add a candle. Tip: If you struggle with real-burning candles due to the wind, opt for flameless candles. This provides the feel without the frustration. GET THE LOOK Lanterns – Target & HomeGoods Planter – Scheels Home & Hardware Plants – Baker Garden & Gift Stripe Pillows - Kate Spade available at McNeal & Friends

Other Outdoor Living Tips: Stemless glassware is where it’s at. These set easily on your trays or side tables and there are no worries with the wind. Tip: Now, for my real secret to hosting outside: my outdoor drawer. I have a drawer in my kitchen that is next to the sliding glass door that includes sweatshirts, blankets, sunscreens, hats and magazines. It makes your hosting flawless and keeps your guests relaxed and warm as the sun sets.

News flash! Many stores clearance out their outdoor furniture in the last couple of months of summer. Time to get shopping, create your outdoor living space, and as I love to say, live colorfully! For more information, contact: Christen Anderson christenjoyhomes@outlook.com Connect with me on Facebook at Christen Joy Homes or Instagram at ChristenJoyHomes

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Modern Craftsman For some builders, model homes are par for the course. For Footitt Homes, this first-ever model home is groundbreaking news. Based on the philosophy of putting the focus on the details, this model home is just another masterpiece in waiting. From the intricate front porch to the custom designed $10,000 curved shower door, this home is a must-see.

“EVERYONE WHO’S COME THROUGH THE HOME HAS MENTIONED HOW TIMELESS THIS HOME IS.” BOB FOOTITT, FOOTITT HOMES

Neighborhood: Eagle Pointe, South Fargo Style: Modern Craftsman Square Footage: 4,493 square feet 5 Bed/5 Bath/5 Walk-in Closet

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MAIN FLOOR The main floor of this model home features a kitchen, great room, dining room, powder room and office. Footitt sets the tone with wider crown molding and white trim, pocket doors with beaded glass, racetrack ceiling, granite and quartz countertops, three-panel doors and unique tumbled bronze hardware. Wire-brushed oak flooring with a gray-toned, matte finish was chosen to accent the timeless finishes and stunning darker-toned staircase.

STAIRWELL Putting our attention on the details, Footitt explains the stairwell, “We miter our step risers to skirt boards rather than using unsightly trim pieces as the majority of builders use. It takes more time but the finished look is far more aesthetic.�

FOYER Twenty-foot ceilings highlighting the intricate detail of the stairwell leading to the second level.

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OFFICE Use the space as an office, den or bonus room. Prairie style windows and a herringbone patterned floor mimic the exterior’s herringbone paver porch.

POWDER ROOM The main floor powder room is a nod to classic design with side-mounted wall sconces, wood flooring and pocket doors with beaded glass.

Archer vanity cabinet Staging and finishes by Reid Malm Interior Design. CID

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KITCHEN One of the first homes to have black stainless steel, Footitt and Malm chose only the best for the model home’s kitchen. Alabaster cabinets, quartz countertops, apron sink, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, copper sink and walk-in pantry are just a few of the amenities. Another nod to classic, contemporary design, Malm

DESIGN&LIVING BUILD chose subway tile with a beveled edge for the backsplash, high-end appliances with electric range and custom hood design. “For the door hardware, it’s a tumbled whitebronze, nobody else in town uses it,” said Footitt.

Lighting - The Lighthouse Cabinetry - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC, Wood Specialists Smart Home Technologies Staging and fireplace design by Reid Malm Interior Design, CID

DINING ROOM Footitt designed this spacious dining room to eliminate foot traffic away from the table when trying to reach the patio. In true Footitt style, a custom built hutch in rich alder serves as the dining room’s focal point.

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GREAT ROOM Bringing a true hearth feel to the great room, Malm designed the natural, slate stone surround and alder mantel on the fireplace.

Fireplace unit and stone - Hebron Brick Staging and fireplace design by Reid Malm Interior Design, CID Mason- Nitz Masonry

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A pre-treated, wood-look Smart Siding was chosen for its warmer feel versus steel siding. The same slate stone on the bottom portion of the home mimics the stone on the fireplace.


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In the upstairs, you’ll find four large bedrooms, three baths, laundry and massive walk-in closets. Crown molding details the bedrooms, hallway and bath.

MASTER BEDROOM & WALK-IN CLOSET Transom windows with functioning awning and racetrack ceiling details create a regal master bedroom leading to the spacious walk-in closet.

“EVERYONE THAT’S COME THROUGH THE FIRST COUPLE OPEN HOUSES CAN FEEL THE QUALITY VERSUS THE OTHER HOMES THEY’VE SEEN. NOTICE HOW TIGHT OUR WOOD IS TO THE WALL. YOU GO INTO MOST HOMES AND THERE’S A LOT OF GAPS. WE TAKE EXTRA TIME TO FIT THE MITERS AND TRIM TIGHTLY TO THE WALL. IT JUST TAKES MORE TIME BUT IT’S WORTH IT.” BOB FOOTITT, FOOTITT HOMES

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Quartz countertops, under-mount sinks and polished chrome fixtures are just the beginning for this master bath. A custom, curved glass shower with exquisite tile and dual shower heads was designed to be the showpiece of the master. Adding to the appeal, other features include a three-panel door with rain glass inserts, a linen cabinet and floor heat throughout. To add the tiniest of details around the door, the floor tile goes right up to the edge. “The tile guy, Scott Kazmierczak of Red River Tile, was a perfectionist,” said Footitt. “He’s one of the few guys that could do this project. Scott saved me six to eight weeks of waiting for special custom glass typically measured after the tile base is in place. The glass engineers provided Scott the specs for the curved shower door and he built the base to perfection allowing for immediate install of the curved glass.”

Tile and flooring - Sara Brown-CID, Floor to Ceiling Glass shower door - Floor to Ceiling / Fargo Glass & Paint Tile Install - Scott Kazmierczak, Red River Tile Cabinetry - Beth Kemmer, CKD, CLC, Wood Specialists

THEATER ROOM This model home’s lower level features an additional guest room and ample space for entertaining with two bar areas, one dining area and ample seating for watching movies on the 75” screen.

“I LOVE THIS HOUSE. IT’S VERY WARM. PEOPLE DROVE BY AS WE WERE FINISHING THE HOME AND THEY SAID, ‘WE HAD TO STOP BY JUST TO SEE THE QUALITY INSIDE.’ IT’S FUN TO KNOW THAT THEY JUST COULDN’T WAIT TO SEE INSIDE AFTER COMMENTING HOW THEY NOTICED THE QUALITY DIFFERENCE OF OUR EXTERIOR COMPARED WITH OTHER HOMES IN THE AREA. THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.” BOB FOOTITT, FOOTITT HOMES

To complete the custom movie theater effect, Footitt has included a 7.1 surround sound pre-built in to the cabinets, ten zones for audio and a specialty lighting and shade system that can be keyed in via iPad with iPad docks for easy access. The smart home technology includes audio, video, HD cameras and high-tech surveillance.

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MEDIA ROOM & WET BAR In the lower level, maple cabinetry and trim in barn wood stain create a beautiful and functional wet bar with copper sink off of the entertainment area. Cabinet details with wire mesh hide audio technology.

GUEST BEDROOM & BATH Even the guests reside in luxury with a walk-in closet and a bath with granite countertops, under-mount sink and brushed nickel fixtures.

“QUALITY TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER THE DOLLAR. IF I WANTED TO GO BUILD 30100 SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES THAT LOOK VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL, WITH OUR NAME WE COULD SELL THEM. BUT I’M NOT GOING TO TARNISH WHAT MY DAD BUILT FOR 30 YEARS. MY NAME AND REPUTATION IN THIS INDUSTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY. QUALITY AND PERFECTION TAKE TIME.” BOB FOOTITT, FOOTITT HOMES For more information or to tour this model home contact: Todd Kadrmas Town & Country Realty 2521 University Dr. S, Fargo 701-371-4234 (C) 701-293-3333 (O) fargomoorheadhomes.com


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G For more information contact: Carpet, Tile & Stone 2832 Sheyenne St., West Fargo 701-532-3330 ctsnd.com

arnering new-found attention on Sheyenne Street is the new, 8,000-square-foot showroom of Carpet, Tile & Stone in West Fargo. Owners Troy Fingalson and Ben Bergman not only bring a vast selection of flooring options from their first Detroit Lakes, Minn., showroom, but also decades of hardearned flooring and tile experience. Taking us on a tour, sales manager Gus Saleh and design consultant Sarah Dolyniuk gave us a glimpse inside the company's second showroom, giving our readers a look at some of the hottest tile and flooring trends under foot. BY Tracy Nicholson | PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. Alan Paul Photography

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aking the move to West Fargo from their Detroit Lakes showroom seemed like an inevitable move with an increasing number of their projects being located in the FM area. Specializing in residential and commercial flooring and tile, Fingalson and Bergman use their 23,000-square-foot building to house the showroom and warehouse, making it a one-stop shop from start to finish. Happy with the expansion to West Fargo from their Detroit Lakes location, Bergman sees West Fargo as a city on the grow. "We see a lot of potential here and really look forward to building relationships with the builders and homeowners around this area," said Bergman. "Clients are No. 1 for us and great customer service is what we strive for. We want people to know that we are not just some new store starting from bare ground, we have a lot of established roots. Troy's a third generation in the industry, I have 14 years of experience, Gus has 20 years of experience and Sarah was with us back at the DL location. We also want to show them our support for the community outside of our business." "I love working with clients and helping them make the selections that suit them," said Dolyniuk. "I really enjoy seeing all of the different styles, colors and patterns that they come up with; just when you think they've done it all, they come up with something else. It's really fun to watch the process and see how much flooring and tile have changed over the past few years."

BEN BERGMAN

"Materials these days are a lot different than they were ten years ago," said Bergman. "Not only does the style change, but the durability is so much better. There's way more technology, that's why we are now able to get tile that actually looks like wood, like granite, even marble. Technology has really upshifted the flooring industry in the last five years. It's really giving people the option of having a nicer, more elegant home and not have to spend as much."

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According to Dolyniuk and Saleh, the wood plank tile and luxury vinyl plank reigns. "For colors, we are now seeing a lot of grey tones, neutrals, even taupes, so an overall neutral palette," said Dolyniuk. "Then, as we did in the Giveaway of a Lifetime Home, we chose a neutral palette with pops of turquoise tile in the master shower."

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FloortĂŠ by Shaw enhanced vinyl planking has a lifetime wear warranty, comes in two different sizes and is a completely waterproof floor. Pointing out a plank of flooring sitting in a tank of water, Dolyniuk explained that this is a test to show how water resistant it really is after sitting in water for months now with zero damage. "This is a super resilient floor, so it's perfect for high-traffic areas and people with kids or pets," said Dolyniuk. "It's also a floating floor with a fold and tap, glue-less locking system, so it can go over virtually any type of existing floor from ceramic to vinyl." Looking for a waterproof carpet option instead? Try out the Lifeguard by Shaw collection. This is a completely waterproof carpet, which you almost have to see for yourself. Stop in to view the display or see it at work in the Giveaway of a Lifetime Home on the upper and lower levels.

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"This Casabella, high definition porcelain tile is amazing, I'm showing you the 12 feet by 24 feet, but it comes in a lot of different sizes," said Dolyniuk. "It kind of gives you that plank look, but not necessarily a wood look. In the larger format, they also have an 18 feet by 36 feet which is kind of a unique size. We've been seeing a lot of larger format tiles using this innovative digital printing for super accurate representations of stone textures."

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Showing us just a few of the most recent trends in tile, glass dimension, color, mosaics, crystals and mixed metallics are key. As mesh mounted tile designs, coordinating the design for a backsplash has never been easier. Dolyniuk explains that these tiles can be used for everything from backsplash to shower, to accent walls within the home, really creating that wow factor.

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"My very favorite thing that I've been doing in showers is off-setting borders," said Dolyniuk. "If somebody wants a horizontal border, we'll give it to them, but right now we love designing vertical lines and off-setting it on the right side of the shower head and then doing tile on left side of the back shower wall. I really like the asymmetrical designs. If you do choose the standard horizontal borders, I like doing two borders; one closer to the bottom and one closer to the top, maybe mixing up the tile in the middle."

Exclusive Line Right now, Carpet, Tile & Stone is FM's exclusive distributor of Fabrica fine carpet. "Fabrica offers lots of unique colors, but ultimately there's so many different patterns and the texture is amazing," said Dolyniuk. "There's a beautiful wool line in this collection and any of the carpets can be made into rugs. Also, if you need to color match a certain carpet they are able to do that as well." Carpet, Tile & Stone is the only Platinum Shaw Design Center in North Dakota. They will also soon be recognized with the Presidential award for Daltile for the region covering North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. According to Bergman, achieving this status is quite the privilege, with no one in the Fargo area having ever received this award.

GUS SALEH

"The right backsplash tile can create a masterpiece like a painting or work of art in your kitchen." Giveaway of a Lifetime: Flooring and Tile Sponsors As a sponsor of Designer Homes Giveaway of a Lifetime, Dolyniuk collaborated with Designer Home's designer, Cheyenne Jundt to create a beautiful, neutral mix of flooring with pops of turquoise and mixed metallic tile for the $500,000 giveaway home.

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