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JANUARY 2016

COMPLIMENTARY

ND

DESIG REWI

Take a second glance at the area's most intriguing spaces


FROM THE EDITOR

Mix, Match

& Merge!

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tepping into the new year has never been more exciting... or confusing. Each year we anticipate Pantone's color of the year. It's the chosen one. The holy grail of color tones which designers live by. This year, and for the first time, they've chosen not one, but two blended shades. With all of the edgy palettes and bold choices I've seen in design this year, I was a bit surprised to take in the pale pink-toned Rose Quartz and a soft blue named Serenity. For those of us that have considered either one of these tones, it was likely following a trip to the doctor for a gender reveal. For the moms like myself who have considered these nothing more than nursery colors, you may want to sit down for this. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute, "Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace." Well said Leatrice, but what does this really mean? In my own, probably distorted, interpretation, I believe this means that design lines are being blurred. In 2015, we saw styles that were once exclusive, suddenly merging. We saw textures and metallic tones mixed together making a mockery of matching. Shiny silver, antiqued gold, brushed nickel and bronze united,

PANTONE Serenity

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PANTONEŠ Rose Quartz TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher/ Editor tracy@spotlightmediafargo.com

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playing off of the complementary undertones and varied textures. Just as half of the homes in the valley had made the switch to an "updated" brushed nickel, their dated gold fixtures seemed almost trendy again. Making the merge even more apparent was a lack of uniform style. Homeowners are no longer expected to choose a style like traditional or contemporary and carry it through their entire home. In fact, what's on trend right now? Any trend. Any trend you want... as long as it complements your architecture, color palette and personal taste. Some of the most beautiful trends we've seen emerging are really just about finding what speaks to you, not just choosing a picture perfect room setting from the nearest furniture store. If it doesn't have the element of you in it, it's likely not working. For all of the readers who request previous issues and if you're still on the search for your own personal style, this issue's for you. We've dug up the past and compiled our favorite spaces of the 100+ featured homes over the past two years. This issue is brimming with hot trends that aren't cooling off anytime soon. Let this be your inspiration to re-think traditional color tones, keep your once outdated metallics and mix in a perfect balance of style that speaks only to you. Whatever you do, make sure to blur the lines and enjoy the design.


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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 31 THE FARMHOUSE PROJECT: MASTER'S LOUNGE

Maria Bosak does it again with the third reveal in the renovation of her farmhouse project. A DIY pro, Bosak shows us just how to create chic charm with this updated lounge area using a little paint and a dash of creativity.

92 WHITE: 2016'S COLOR OF THE YEAR

Karla Krengel brings us Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore's 2016 color of the year: white. Find out why this achromatic color is actually the "it" color of the new year.

DESIGN REWIND

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When it comes to making a house a home, our readers are constantly on the search for local inspiration. Taking a step back in time, we analyzed every featured home in our past issues and chose just a few of the spaces that deserve a second glance. From contemporary lofts to country chic design and traditional elegance, we've mixed it up to create the ultimate design resource.

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Take a tour through the South Fargo home of Jenny and Clay Routledge. This family showcases a unique mix of style with a collaboration between their worldly travels and their love of retro video games.

ON THE COVER

NEXT MONTH’S ISSUE

For this Design Rewind cover we took a trip down memory lane, pin-pointing three photos that have truly timeless design and craftsmanship. From top, this CNC Wood Design bar was featured in our March/April 2015 issue with homeowners Adam and Ashley Voigt as well as Trever Hill Design. The middle photo is a Designer Homes estate we featured in the Oct/Nov 2015 issue, located on The Peninsula of Charleswood Estates in West Fargo. The bottom photo is a kitchen featured in our September 2014 issue. The gallery style condo, is the home of Jane Hella with kitchen design by Lark Lomsdal and Bill Tweten of Western Products.

With anticipation building for the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, we're piecing together our Ultimate Home Issue. This issue will be an overview of the hottest trends for 2016 as well as the builders and craftsman that pull it all together.


DESIGN & LIVING MAGAZINE

JANUARY 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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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 that so affably use their time and talents to tell a story and give our pages purpose.

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Contributor Maria Bosak is the owner and creator of Eco Chic Boutique, which has retail locations in Fargo and Bismarck. Bosak is the founder of Junk Market, a twice-a-year, two-day event featuring the best in repurposed furniture, vintage finds and unique handmade products in the Upper Midwest. She is highly sought-after for her expertise in painted furniture, vintage design and entrepreneurship. Bosak loves combing garage sales, auctions, estate sales and flea markets to find that unique piece that brings joy to your home without breaking the bank.

Karla Krengel, a Minnesota native, is a third generation, industry entrepreneur at the helm of Krengel & Hood. She represents kitchen and bath luxury products, including Corsi, Greenfield and Siteline Cabinetry. She has written for Chicago Home & Garden, Chicago Agent Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine, the NKBA magazine and various local newspapers and online resources. Krengel has also been the face of kitchens.com, a speaker for the local and national NKBA chapter, a member of Jenn-Air’s Design Advisory Council, Powerhouse Smart Group and Whirlpool’s “think tanks”.

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.

Erica Rapp is an editor at Spotlight Media for Fargo Monthly magazine and is also a web content strategist for fargomonthly.com. She graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and management communications, along with a Bachelor of Science in international studies, and has spent time living and studying in New Zealand. Feel free to contact her with story ideas at erica@spotlightmediafargo.com.

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Energize your next home improvement. New construction, Remodel, Service work, Theater rooms, & Surround sound systems.

Joel & Debbie Peterson 803 28th Street South Fargo, ND 58103 Ph: 701-232-1991 Email: info@jdpelectric.net


HBA EDITORIAL DESIGN&LIVING

Tom Spaeth owns Accent Contracting with Mike Arnold. Their company provides designbuild remodeling services to the FM area. Spaeth has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry.

HOME & GARDEN SHOW INVITES YOU TO

‘EXPERIENCE

LOCAL’

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

Offers culinary, DIY, gardening, design workshops

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ome see us! The 55th annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show ushers in spring and welcomes local experts sharing their knowledge. Take in workshops about repurposing items for your home with Eco Chic Boutique; cooking with Mosaic Foods/Mezzaluna/ Rustica; gardening with Forum columnist Don Kinzler and design trends and remodeling with my team from Accent Kitchen & Bath. Workshops

Local DIY expert Maria Bosak founded Eco Chic Boutique in 2010. Her store sells chalk paint, re-purposed furniture, vintage home decor and many other unexpected gifts and goodies.

Eric Watson is head chef and owner at Mosaic Foods, including restaurants Mezzaluna and Rustica, with his wife, Sara. He has cooked in

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By Tom Spaeth, HBA President, Accent Contracting

many fine-dining establishments in Colorado, Hawaii and Rhode Island. Eric believes food should be prepared with quality ingredients and classic technique combined with a simplistic approach. Don Kinzler is a lifelong gardener, worked as an NDSU Extension horticulturist and owned Kinzler’s Greenhouse in Fargo. He currently writes a regular gardening column for The Forum. Accent has nearly 30 years of experience in the community and we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable of the latest remodeling and design trends. Save the Date! Running Feb. 26-28, the show’s seminars offer a workshop feel, aiming to educate on specific topics homeowners and prospective homeowners are interested in and care about. We also have added features for families with children and admission discount opportunities.

Bring the Kids Bring your children to go on a treasure hunt around the dome for items to put in a tool apron and take home. Sign up for the Lego Homebuilding Competition offered for ages 5-13 with great prizes. Both activities are free. The Lego competition requires pre-registration. Find out more at hbcfm.com. Admission & Exhibits Admission is $10. New this year, we’ll offer a $2-off coupon good Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, we are offering two-for-one admission all day. You can also buy tickets Feb. 8-25 at the Fargodome for just $6. Come to gather ideas. In this age of the Internet, nothing beats human interaction and the Home & Garden show’s social setting. The show is overflowing with more than 300 exhibitors at the Fargodome, including the largest selection of home and garden exhibits in the region. It is one-stop shopping. Come see us!


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FROM HOUSE

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oving into their new Titan house in Shadow Creek just two years ago, Heidi and Lon Ihry had a love for their home, but not their decor. Browsing Facebook, Heidi Ihry came across the work of Trever Hill Design and immediately liked his style. Wanting to streamline their space, the Ihry's figured this redesign might be beyond their budget. They soon learned how affordable a redesign can be by accenting what they already owned. By Trever Hill & Tracy Nicholson | Interior photos by J. Alan Paul Photography | Family photo courtesy of Michelle Warren Photography

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"We had been in our home for almost two years and had done very little decorating. I've just never been good at that. Our house was brand new and I loved it, but it didn't feel like 'home'. It was missing that final touch." - Heidi Ihry

DESIGN GOALS With a main goal to make their house more homey and inviting, the Ihry's contacted Trever Hill Design to complement their existing space and update their furnishings. DESIGN BUDGET "We didn't really have a set budget in mind. Actually, when I contacted Trever I figured it would be something that wasn't in the budget. I was surprised by how affordable it was, especially considering the hours and dollars we had already spent trying to do it ourselves," said Heidi Ihry. THE RESULT "I love our new space. We get so many compliments. I wasn't sure how it would hold up with our three-year-old running around and throwing balls, but we haven't had anything break yet. We added extra seating and that's been great when we have friends and family over, especially the table Trever picked out, which expands to seat 10," said Heidi Ihry. TREVER'S TAKE: Family Room "The Ihrys loved their home but they had an older sectional in there that was two-toned brown microfiber. They really wanted to spruce up the space with updated furnishings and colors. They loved the gray tones and they wanted a fresh palette. I used the chairs that were flanking the fireplaces in a different color at a previous client's house and I knew they'd work well here too. Once I showed her the furniture she really loved it and was leaning toward that country chic look. It's slightly rustic with a casual, cottage flair to it. This gave her a Pottery Barn, cozy, living environment. I loved the over-hang sofa lamps we found. They had a really coastal look to them and paired perfectly with the weathered, sawhorse type side tables. Heidi had a ladder in the corner that was made by friends for a housewarming gift but was a bit too short for the tall ceilings, so we brought in a taller ladder and layered them. Throughout the space, I used what they currently had but relocated things like vases and accessories.

TREVER HILL

GET THE LOOK: LIVING ROOM Tufted nail-head, wingback chairs - The Furniture Mart Lamps - HomeGoods Sawhorse side tables - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Linen, fur and velvet pillows - TJ Maxx Silver cocktail table - HomeGoods Metal wall art - Furniture Mart

"For ample seating, I brought in a bench under the window so when they have a lot of guests over, they can pull that bench in as additional seating. So really they have seating on every wall of the room. Heidi was not sure if the sofa table's more traditional style would fit with this new look, but I really liked it. It was fun mixing in that traditional look with some of these cleaner lines and just giving it that fresh look."

"I was surprised by how affordable it was, especially considering the hours and dollars we had already spent trying to do it ourselves." - Heidi Ihry

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TREVER'S TAKE: Built-Ins "In the nook and reading area, I wanted to incorporate some pillows and a throw just to really give them that cozy area where they could grab a book and read to the kids. Heidi and Lon just welcomed their second child into the family and they wanted to accentuate the built-ins using their family photos. The Ihrys loved the metal wall art hanging in the stairwell above. Their three-year-old thought it looked like puddles, so I think he approved."

"As far as the kitchen goes, I didn't have to do a whole lot in this space, mostly just accessorizing. They had great, white cabinetry and granite countertops with the diagonal placed island. For this space, we just kept it simple and classic."

GET THE LOOK: KITCHEN Wood art - Scheels Home & Hardware Pottery - Gordman's Glass Jars - TJ Maxx

- Trever Hill

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TREVER'S TAKE: Dining Room "In the dining room, I wanted to give the appearance of a chandelier but we didn't want to go through having it rewired. They did have ample light in there, so I found three orbs that were the exact same size at Gordman's. They were each a foot in diameter. When we were at restaurant one day, I noticed they had these small glass bottles and I thought it was such an interesting bottle. As I was sitting there, it dawned on me that I could make them into a chandelier. I talked to the manager and had him save me some for the project. To complete the chandelier, I put three glass bottles within the orbs to reflect light inside and hung them at different lengths. Since there was plenty of light in there, it just added a little more interest and sheen, then hung the orbs from the ceiling.

GET THE LOOK: DINING ROOM Chandelier Orbs - Gordman's Candlesticks - HomeGoods Sticks, burlap runner - Scheels Home & Hardware Mirror - Ikea Dining room table and chairs - Unclaimed Freight Furniture

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Trever Hill Design 701-715-3077 trever@treverhilldesign.com treverhilldesign.com

"The homeowner already had the Ikea mirror and I added a stick art installation below, to give it that earthy, cottage feel. We moved the table diagonal so that you could walk around it more easily. It also makes the dining room look much larger. Straight on, the table seemed a bit too long for the space. It works well because the diagonal table then mimics the diagonal design of the nearby kitchen island."

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This month we take a look at the “master’s lounge.” At least, that is what it's called in the blueprints we found. It is essentially the upstairs living room and it has quickly become my favorite room in the house, until next month of course.

By Maria Bosak | Photos by Paul Flessland

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THE

MASTER'S LOUNGE

BEFORE

THE BEFORE Let’s take a look at how it looked in the beginning and my thoughts on bringing the room into this century while maintaining its charm and not breaking the bank. When it came to dark trim and walls, this room was no exception. While I can appreciate and enjoy the warmth and coziness of these darker tones, we were looking to brighten and lighten the room using a more neutral palette and brighter tones. This will be a consistent design element even as we move to the lower levels.

TATE'S ONE ROCKSTAR DEMAND Tate was very open to my design ideas for this room with only one demand. If you know Tate, he doesn’t make demands often, if at all. He is easy tempered and low key and almost always happy-go-lucky, but one thing was staying put and there was no discussion about it. That one thing was the built-in record player and eighttrack player. He loves this feature and I admit, so do I. The entire house is fitted with an intercom system that is tied into the doorbell and the radio/record player/ eight-track player. You can talk, listen and respond from any room in the house, even the garage. This house was totally pimped out for 1978. Luckily, I have my parent's entire record collection so don’t be surprised to hear Elvis or The Oak Ridge Boys playing the next time you visit.

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DESIGN&LIVING DIY

THE

MASTER'S LOUNGE

AFTER

THE RENOVATION The project started with painting the walls and trim. For this task, we called on long time painter and all around good guy Gene Finneman with Gene’s Painting. After much struggle with selecting a wall color, we finally settled on "Agreeable Grey" from Sherwin Williams. We all agreed upon it. (Pun completely intended.)

PAINTING TIPS Here is a painting tip: try, test, try and try again. You cannot sample too many paint colors. All in all, I think we tried 16 different colors. I just purchased the sample pots from Sherwin Williams and painted a 3’x3’ sections on the wall, let it dry and stared at it for a day or two before making my decision. You will be amazed at how a color looks different in various light and rooms. Do not, I say it again, do not just pick from the color swatch and run. You will regret it. Try it out first. Sit with it for at least 24 hours before going forward. This will save you money and heartache. Believe me, I almost had a purple room. It looked gray on the color swatch but the light in this room made "Alpaca" look like lavender. That's just the way it works.

THE FIREPLACE Once the wall color was done, it was on to the fireplace. Oh boy, the fireplace. What seemed like a simple decision took about seven different detours before we settled on white with gray mortar. You can read the complete saga on my blog at ILoveEcoChic.com. The details are a little too long and gruesome for this pretty magazine. Basically, we filled the mortar in with a concrete filler and tried four different paint colors before settling on white brick. The brick was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White and the mortar lines with the color Paris Gray®. The guys at Grain Designs helped us out with a beautiful mantle and sides to finish off the look.

FIREPLACE IN PROGRESS

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THE

MASTER'S LOUNGE

AFTER

SHAKING IT UP Once the fireplace mantle was in place, we decided to remove the shakes from the wall in the section just above the fireplace. Doing so draws the eye upward and gives more definition to the entire area. When you come up the stairs and turn into the room, the fireplace is on the wall directly across from you and is the focal point of the room. We wanted to be certain to give it the attention it deserved so that it didn’t just fade into the wall. The definition between the white brick and the dark mantle did this. THE LIGHTING The finishing touches involved updating the light fixtures. When choosing light fixtures, I once again went with black. This room is just off the main bathroom and master bedroom and both of these rooms have black hardware so we wanted the rooms to tie together. The black also looks really sharp against the white.

THE REVEAL Let’s take a look at the finished room and talk about the elements we saved to preserve the history of the house and save the budget. As mentioned before, we kept the record player, but along with that, we also decided that the popcorn ceiling could stay and the carpet was in great condition and a great color so we left it as well. Both of these decisions saved us money that we can now spend on heated floors in the kitchen and main living areas. At least, that is the plan right now. You never know what happens once you get deeper into a project. GET THE LOOK Wall Color: Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams Painter: Gene’s Painting Mantle: Grain Designs Clock: Eco Chic Boutique Side Tables: Home Goods Chandelier: Eco Chic Boutique Ceiling Lights: Menards

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STAY TUNED Next month, we will either be taking you through a bathroom or another bedroom. We will see what gets done first. Until then, you can keep up with our progress on ILoveEcoChic.com or on Instagram @EcoChicBoutique. Xo, Maria ILoveEcoChic.com maria@ILoveEcoChic.com facebook.com/ beingecochic


STORE DESIGN&LIVING

shop feature

Joining FORCES

Prairie Petals and Rustic Trunk Event Design & Rentals have teamed up to offer unique services.

Carrie Brusven (left) and Kimberly Hess

By Erica Rapp | Photos by Paul Flessland

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Carrie Brusven, owner of Rustic Trunk Event Design & Rentals, and Kimberly Hess, owner of the floral company Prairie Petals, have merged their businesses together to form the ultimate design company for events, weddings and more. After working together on so many projects over the years, Hess and Brusven finally decided to team up to create an entire all-in-one design destination for their clients. “We have such similar styles. We knew that we could help each other out and fulfill each other’s needs, and that way

we could offer a certain service to our clients that isn’t like anything else in town right now,” said Brusven. “They can come to one place and get flowers, rentals, design work – all of that stuff from one place rather than going to several different places.” Now under the name Prairie Petals Events & Design, the company offers services to clients that allow them to design weddings or various events on a larger and more convenient scale. Bottom line: these two are skilled designers and can help you plan

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everything from the flowers down to the dishes. Brusven and Hess interview clients and possess a special skill when it comes to knowing exactly what someone’s style might be. “We are really designing everything. People can come to us with a blank slate, and we can figure out what they like to come up with a style with our own twist on it. We’re not confined to any rules here,” said Hess. In With The New With the merger have come new endeavors. First and foremost, the duo is expanding the rental side of the business to offer all sorts of styles

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beyond vintage and rustic that Rustic Trunk Events & Design previously offered. This also includes providing dishes and linens to clients to complete the design experience. The shop location in Downtown Fargo is also diving into a little bit of retail, selling locally-made décor items and having fresh flowers on hand for take out. The shop also plans to hold design workshops in the near future. Hess and Brusven explained that they also want to expand their businesses into the commercial world, whether it’s designing offices for holidays or sprucing up a space with flowers of the given season. Another market that


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they hope to dive into within the next year is personal events such as dinner parties. Maybe you don’t have an extra table to host your guests or you don’t have the proper décor to go along with your theme or you don’t have enough matching dinnerware. Prairie Petals could take care of all of that for you. “You don’t have to have a wedding to do themed parties, and you don’t have to have a huge budget to do it. You can get all of the ambiance taken care of. We would set it all up and take it down for you,” explained Hess. “I think there’s a good market for it. Sometimes people can have the house for it and provide the

food, but then there’s something else missing.” Hess and Brusven have big plans in store for the new company and are very dedicated to helping clients find their style in any way possible. If you know what you want or you have absolutely no clue where to start, either way, these two are here to make all of your design dreams come true. 210 Broadway N, Fargo Search “Prairie Petals Events and Design” on Facebook. rustictrunk.com prairiepetalsfm.com

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When it comes to making a house a home, our readers are constantly on the search for local inspiration. Over the past couple of years, we've toured some of the area's most beautiful homes and it's time we show you a few of our favorites. Taking a step back in time, we dusted off our old issues and chose just a few of the spaces that deserve a second glance. From contemporary lofts to country chic design and traditional elegance, we've mixed it up to create the ultimate design resource.

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography, Rick Hammer, Scott Amundson, Helio Studio, Mike Kaskell, Greenfield Cabinetry, DIRTT Environmental Solutions & Paul Flessland

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CURB APPEAL DESIGN&LIVING

Designer Homes, T.L. Stroh Architects

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DESIGN&LIVING CURB APPEAL

Sport Court by Deckmasters

Home of Darrell Hansen, Building Concepts

Roberton Construction

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Lands End Development, Leech Lake


DESIGN&LIVING CURB APPEAL

Footitt Homes

Exterior Design by Reed Malm, Footitt Homes

Natural Environments Landscaping

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Lands End Development, Leech Lake

T.L. Stroh Architects, Dakota Construction, Michael Lloyd, Landscape Architect, Natural Environments Landscaping

Home of Ron McMartin, Land Elements, Lakes Area Landscaping

Radiant Homes, Chris Hawley Architect

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Home of J.P. and Jill McDonald, Design by Bill Tweten, Western Products

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DESIGN&LIVING KITCHENS

Home of Erin and David Sapp, Remodel by Maria Bosak

Home of Darrell Hansen, Building Concepts

JW Kitchens Showroom

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Home of Nicole and Jon Birnbaum, PK Construction, Poss Cabinetry, Trever Hill Design

Thomsen Homes

Footitt Homes, Wood Specialists

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Home of Jane Hella, Kitchen Design by Bill Tweten, Western Products, Lark Lomsdal

Radiant Homes remodel, Interior Design by Shelly Neal of McNeal & Friends, cabinetry by Wood Specialists

Woodhaven Plaza Condos, Home of Jason Cardinal and Susan Hozak

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DESIGN&LIVING KITCHENS

Dietrich Homes

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JW Kitchens Showroom

Home of Chris and Matt Myrvold, Design by Monica Hart Interior Design

Home of Drue and Deb Haarsager, Design by Aubrey Costello, Showplace Kitchens

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Home of Chris and Matt Myrvold, Design by Monica Hart Interior Design

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DESIGN&LIVING DINING ROOMS

Design by Jayne Harms, McNeal & Friends and Kimberly Hess, Prairie Petals

Designer Homes, Trever Hill Design

Home of Ami and David Baxter, Contractor, Rick Sampson and Ami Baxter Design

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Home of Sheila Hanson, Northern Home Furniture & Design

Home of Chris and Connie Schuler, Century Homes

Historic home of Kelly Lankow and Nate Bruce, Trever Hill Design

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Home of Chris and Matt Myrvold, Design by Monica Hart Interior Design

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Woodhaven Plaza Condos, Home of Jason Cardinal and Susan Hozak

Home of Darrell Hansen, Building Concepts

Woodhaven Plaza Condos, Home of Jason Cardinal and Susan Hozak


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Smart Spaces

Home of Andrew Young, T.L. Stroh Architects, Trever Hill Design

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WHITE Meet 2016’s “Color” of the Year:

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hite. In the midst of winter here in North Dakota and Minnesota, sometimes it's just simply difficult to be inspired by talk of more “white.” Yet, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are on the same page this year my friends and they say, with a nod to Meghan Trainor, “Because you know we’re all about that white, 'bout that white 'bout that white, less color. We’re all 'bout that white, 'bout that white, less color.” Alabaster (SW 7008) is the Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year and Simply White (OC 117, pictured above) is the Benjamin Moore 2016 Color of the Year.

By Karla Krengel Photography by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Siteline Cabinetry

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Why White? Why are these two major, trend-setting, paint companies on the same page for 2016 in choosing something from the white family as their go-to-color? I think Benjamin Moore’s Creative Director Ellen O’Neill sums it up nicely when she says, “White is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivaled. From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form – that’s why we chose it as our color of the year. Turn down the noise and celebrate the simplicity of white.” Sherwin-Williams color experts hit home for us with the Nordic tie-in to their choice of Alabaster. Drawn from Pura Vida, one of Sherwin Williams’ four palettes in Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2016, they explain Alabaster represents the prominent use of light, which is a key element for traditional Nordic design. It also pairs nicely with other popular Scandinavian décor influences including sleek lines, copper metallic finishes, marble and wood grain materials. “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white,” explains Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.

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White Noise Dialing into the concepts of “turning down the noise” and “less is more visual relief,” we do know the Baby Boom Generation is all about clearing out and getting rid of stuff, and “stuff” equals noise. From a design perspective, Boomers are asking for cleaner lines in design and are drivers behind transitional styling becoming the most requested look. Boomers have done the over-the-top traditional, full of busy details and now, in order to have more, they want less these days. Boomers don’t want to be busy with their “stuff,” they want to be busy with their families and experiences. So, I understand the concept of white turning down the noise and providing calm.

Right on Time...or Late to the Party? I am however, wondering if the color gods are a little late to the party. Far be it from me, no color expert, but a trend watcher, well; I just think I would have been more inspired by a white if it had been crowned color of the year a couple of years ago. Here is why. Back in 2012, for the first time since the National Kitchen and Bath Association began tracking annual design trends, it was noted traditional was no longer the most requested design style. And hey, this was a big deal. We aren’t just talking design here – this desire reflected a shift in how we lived and what we deemed important in our lives. In both the kitchen and the bathroom, transitional (the cross between contemporary and traditional) became the most common style in North America. A trend to transitional styling equals less noise and less noise equals white.

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White Hot Trend vs. Economically Safe When it comes to kitchens, and I hope I’m not “speaking out of school” here, I think I’d be hard pressed to find a kitchen designer in the United States who hasn’t designed more than their fair share of white kitchens in the last five plus years. As I’ve mentioned before in this magazine, white is a color we see increasing in popularity in cabinetry choice when the economy is down, because white is safe and timeless and creates a good investment.

Confessions of a Clean Palette I’ve seen so many photos of white cabinet doors and kitchens. But, when you step into the white kitchen, a well-designed white kitchen, it really is refreshing. It feels clean and simple – and draws you in. As much as I hate to admit it, it happens to me every time I walk into one of these crisp, white kitchens. Additionally, you are inspired by having been given the gift of a clean palette. The designer may have designed the kitchen, but by adding your own pops of color, your own personal touches, then the kitchen becomes custom. It becomes yours.

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White done right Why and how can you incorporate white into your home? Benjamin Moore tells us angles and edges become sharply defined when white is cut with black. They want you to use it to frame and flatter, to guide the eye to color. White is the art of timelessness.


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Sherwin-Williams suggests the following ideas for the why and where of incorporating Alabaster ■■It can set the tone for healing, rest and meditation in a bedroom or nursery. ■■It can stand alone as a chic hue in an entryway or home office. ■■It can be paired with light blushes or grays and bridge transitional and traditional styles. ■■You can create a yin and yang harmony with contrasting dark colors.

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Manic Monotone

The Alabaster Predicament

Is there a pitfall for singly decorating a room completely in white or alabaster? Yes! Why? Because it creates stress; oh, how it creates a stressful space. When you decorate a room with a singular color, your eye darts around the room seeking a place to rest and in doing so, your eyes send a message of stress to your brain. You can layer textures or hues of that same color in a room, but until you add a pop of color somewhere, your eye has no where to stop and rest. Hence, overtly monotone rooms are anything but restful.

With all this talk of white and alabaster, I need to reflect on my own home. I’ve simply got to take a moment to close my eyes and mentally walk room by room through my house, trying to figure out just which rooms I’m changing out the wall color for white or alabaster. (Insert 60 seconds of thoughtful consideration here.) My decision? I’m waiting until 2017 to call my painter.

FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT: Karla Krengel Krengel & Hood Greenfield Cabinetry karla@krengel.com


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Linen wingback chairs - Holly & Co. Sofa table with industrial wheel - Scheels Home & Hardware Home accents and pillows - Scheels Home & Hardware Bench - Scheels Home & Hardware Moroccan style hemp rug - Scheels Home & Hardware

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or Holly & Company Classic Homes, creating a timeless cottage starts with traditional design and a focus on the architecture. Taking on the task of styling this home for the latest Parade of Homes, Julie Alin, interior decorator at Scheels Home & Hardware, kept the architecture at the forefront with a soothing mix of natural tones, textures and organic details.

LIVING ROOM In the main living area, Waverek chose a laminate flooring with the attention on the shiplap mantle surrounded with a reclaimed wood beam. “We wanted a real monochromatic, simple color scheme in the greys, mochas and the cement tones so it would look very vintage, or very worn. We also mixed in some mercury glass because it has a very antique look to it. Keeping things natural, we used a lot of linens, furs and cottons with mixed metal so it would give the look of simple farmhouse living,� said Alin. To create a lighter version of a

reclaimed wood beam, Waverick had wood from her family's farm in central Minnesota constructed into a wrapped ceiling beam. EXTERIOR Holly & Company has made a name for themselves for perfecting traditional exteriors. Older neighborhoods inspire their new designs. Higher roof pitches, craftsman windows, detailed porches and vinyl siding create lasting curb appeal. A fun punch of color on the door and a charming landscape complete the look.

By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Island stools - Target Candles, plants and accessories - Scheels Home & Hardware

THE STYLE "It kind of evolved as we went. At Holly & Company we always try to build a very timeless house. So, as trends come and go, the details that you can't easily change about your home are neutral enough that you can mix things up. Details like a wider trim throughout the house is standard for us," said Waverek. KITCHEN "We started with the kitchen and knew we wanted to do a vintage, farmhouse look. The oak has come back big time, but it's more


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KIRSTEN WAVEREK

Holly & Company Classic Homes

"WHEN YOU WALK IN IT JUST FEELS COZY. IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE HUGE AND IT DOESN'T FEEL TOO FANCY."

white oak instead of the typical golden oak. We build houses for a lot of busy families and the oak hides dirt, scratches and wear and tear, " said Waverek.

a reproduction of an old milking stool for the full farmhouse effect using vintage accessories and flameless Luminara candles to set the tone.

DESIGN BY NATURE "We used a lot of botanicals, ferns, natural herbs and florals; that happens to be our punch of color in the house," said Alin. For the kitchen's farmhouse style, Waverek chose black metal, creamery lights with edison bulbs, quartz countertops and a white-painted island and cabinetry in Flint, a warm grey tone. On the island, Alin chose

ON THE MARKET This three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home is currently listed at $368,400 and is located just south of the Microsoft campus. It features a four-stall tandem garage and 1,885 finished square feet. This particular home was featured on the Homebuilder's Association of Fargo-Moorhead's Fall Parade of Homes.

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Artwork, rug and accessories - Scheels Home & Hardware Bedding - Ikea Boatwood chair - Scheels Home & Hardware

SPARE BEDROOM In this spare bedroom, design details such as clipped ceilings create a throwback charm reminiscent of older homes. To pull together an authentic nautical theme, Alin puts the attention on a gorgeous side chair constructed from reclaimed boat wood. "One trend that we've noticed is that people aren't spending as much time in their bedrooms, so you can really get by going with smaller room sizes. With a nice size closet, all you really need is a side table and a bed," said Waverek.

Poplar cabinetry with Merlot and Espresso mixed stain HD Laminate countertop Sheet vinyl - linen look flooring

JULIE ALIN

Scheels Home & Hardware

"I THINK THEIR ARCHITECTURE BECOMES THE ACCESSORIES TO THE HOUSE BECAUSE IT'S SO WELL DONE. IF WE DON'T ADD A LOT OF COLOR IN A ROOM, SOMETIMES THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS REALLY STAND OUT."

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Decor and accessories - Scheels Home & Hardware Desk - Scheels Home & Hardware Chairs - Holly & Company

Stained Poplar cabinetry Walk-in shower with subway tile and glass door LED lighting accents

MASTER BEDROOM "For us, all of our masters have a lot of windows and tray ceilings. There's a huge walk-in closet, master bath with double sinks and walk-in, tile shower," said Waverek. For the design, Alin mixed contemporary with traditional and gave the space a neoclassic look with industrial elements. "We used simple colors, black and white with metallic accents. Kriss Lecocq's pillows go perfectly in here, their all natural cotton, and bleached white," said Alin. ABOUT HOLLY & COMPANY CLASSIC HOMES A dynamic duo, Holly & Company's team consists of Kirsten Waverek, who walks the client through the entire process from contract to closing while helping to choose the design and finishes. Elliot Steinbrink is the project and job site manager handling the client's customization details through the build and construction process. Helenske Design is the parent company that manages the architectural design of the home.

For more information contact: Holly & Company Classic Homes 304 10th St. N, Fargo 701-318-5759 hollyand.co Scheels Home & Hardware Julie Alin 3202 13th Ave. S, Fargo, N.D. 701-232-8903 scheelshomeandhardware.com

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Magnet memo boards - Scheels Home & Hardware Kriss Lecocq His and Hers pillows - Scheels Home & Hardware Bedding - Ikea Table and chairs - Scheels Home & Hardware


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ARTIST FEATURE

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or most artists, being asked to paint the bishop would send them into a creative tailspin. For local artist Elizabeth Schwankl, it was all in a day’s work. With a career spanning 26 years, Schwankl rarely falters under such divine stress. Whether it’s repairing an $80,0000 Tang Dynasty statue or painting a life-size mural, her inspiration and unwavering calmness seems to hail from above. By Tracy Nicholson Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography, Paul Flessland and Elizabeth Schwankl

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(right) Cornucopia, Mirglas (below) Schwankl served on the Core Building and Liturgical Devotional committees for the building of Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo and painted a 15’ x19’ mural for the church’s Grief Shrine in 2012 in addition to refurbishing many of the church’s statues.

isiting Schwankl’s home of 20 years on the picturesque Round Hill Drive in South Fargo, Schwankl gave us a tour of her new in-home studio. It’s been 15 years since she primarily worked from her home, having recently resided from her ARTrends Gallery on South University in Fargo. Showing me her portfolio of works, Schwankl pointed to one of her earlier paintings, “I started off doing little pieces, you can see on this one I used wallpaper in the background, so that’s how I started off,” Schwankl says with a grin. Making no apologies for the use of wallpaper, her art shows the transitions and varying techniques stemming from 1989 to current day. Her portfolio tells a story of an artist exploring through painting portraits of family and friends, church murals, bishops and water color paintings. Schwankl sits in her studio overlooking an empty canvas and tell us of her days prior to painting. She spent years doing commercial modeling, starting out as a ramp model then doing a dozen or so commercials as the principle actor. “I did one national commercial for a vacuum company. It was down in the cities. I had my own trailer, make-up person, wardrobe and craft services. I felt like a real star that day,” laughed Schwankl. Her goal was to do a national commercial, but once she attained it, she gave it up and moved on. When asked why on earth anyone would give a career at its peak, the Barnesville, Minn., native easily explained, “I love Fargo and have lived here since I was 21. I love that we’re close to the lakes. My two sons both live in Bozeman, Mont., It’s fun to visit, but I love coming back home. I love the art community here, the other artists and the camaraderie that we all have. It’s a great place to be an artist. There’s an appreciation of art in the community and I’ve had a great career here,” said Schwankl. Schwankl lights up when she talks about her work and the stories behind each painting and technique. She talks only briefly of obstacles with earlier family portraits and seems to thrive on the challenge of commissioned work,

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which now makes up over 90 percent of her paintings. Although husband Bill Schwankl has never picked up a paint brush, Schwankl said he is really her best critic, “I can go to him with a painting and just like that he knows exactly what it needs and he’s always right on.”

ORIGINAL PERSPECTIVE

Two techniques she’s proud to have pioneered is the Mirglas and Aluminart methods. Aluminart and Mirglas are her original techniques. Mirglas is glass paints on mirror. Aluminart uses thin sheets of aluminum embossed on the back-side and painted on the front. “I love the Aluminart pieces. The material accepts paint beautifully and it’s my own original technique. Nobody else does it that I know of, I’ve never seen it anywhere else. When people look at it, they know they’re looking at an original piece of artwork. It’s obviously not a print, it has a lot of depth, it has a lot of texture," she said.

(above) Bishop Fulda (top right) Sailboat, watercolor

She started this technique in 2002. It was the one-year anniversary of 9/11 and the Women’s Perspective had the theme of "Liberty". "So, I did Lady Justice in Aluminart and it was the very first piece in this style that I did. I actually had the aluminum for ten years before I knew what to do with it. Who knows when another idea will come to me and I’ll start on something new,” said Schwankl.

INSPIRATIONS

“Before I even dreamt of being an artist, Ellen Dietrich really struck me with her work. I would visit with her at a show and now she’s a close friend. I’m still inspired by Ellen and so many other artists in town too. Today, and always, nature inspires me a lot. If you look at my art, you’ll see a lot of organic shapes in there. I have a stack of reference photos for future pieces. They’re all nature photos and many from last summer,” said Schwankl.

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WORKS OF ART

People’s requests have taken Schwankl in all different directions. Water media is her preferred method with abstracts leaning toward her personal style. Acrylics are what she uses more than anything else though. Her multimedia paintings range in style from non-objective abstract acrylics such as the 33 commissioned works in the Ramada in Fargo, to near photo-realistic works of three bishops' portraits she was commissioned to paint, now hanging in the bishops' residence in Fargo. “The bishops kind of came to me out of the blue and I thought, 'Okay God, you sent this to me. I’m going to say yes and you’ve got to get me through this.' Then I had to study on my own and really figure out how to do it. I hadn’t done an oil portrait before,” says Schwankl. Refusing to give up, she used artist magazines studying articles where they show step by step what to do. “I was doing both of the first two bishops at the same time and finally got them done. By the time Bishop Folda came along, I was much more confident in what I was doing so it took a lot less layers of paint,” says Schwankl.

ART RESTORED

Beyond paintings and murals, a talent for statue restoration has emerged into one of the strongest suits in her career. “It’s kind of taken over my business. It’s given me a lot less time to create art. I’m stripping paint, adding plasters, fills and different types of paint and porcelain. But it’s something that I really enjoy,” said Schwankl. Proving her unfaltering talent, she has restored everything from church statues, family treasures and even pieces from the Tang Dynasty worth an estimated $80,000. “For some reason, I didn’t even flinch. I have no intimidation with working on these pieces. I got right into it and now you can’t even tell they were ever broken. It’s a very rewarding thing to do.”


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“I LOVE THE ALUMINART PIECES. THE MATERIAL ACCEPTS PAINT BEAUTIFULLY AND IT’S MY OWN ORIGINAL TECHNIQUE. WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT IT, THEY KNOW THEY’RE LOOKING AT AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK.” SCHWANKL

CREATIVE EDUCATION

Schwankl has benefitted from instruction by nationally known artists such as Judi Betts, John T. Salminen, Cheng Khee Chee and Carl Dalio, among others.“I took a lot of workshops from nationally known artists through the water color society. I got a lot more technical training that way. My schooling was in marketing at MSCTC. I always loved art, I didn’t even take it in senior high, but I always painted or sketched on my own. I did a contemporary piece for myself and then was asked by a friend to create one. That was very exciting and I thought 'Wow, if she likes it maybe other people would too.' It just took off from there," said Schwankl.

ACCOMPLISHED PATH

One could write a book simply by listing out all of Schwankl’s accomplishments from director and committee roles to award winning artist regionally and nationally. More recently and in the past year, Schwankl has served on the planning committee for the Red River Watercolor Society Art Show at the Moorhead Center Mall, acted as the Director of the RRWS Anda Styler Workshop and has spent time working with the children at Charism, creating artwork for Integrion. Schwankl is a member of the FMVA, past Director of the National Show and past Vice President of the Watercolor Society. Beyond her studio, Schwankl is very active in her church and attends daily Mass,

often delivering Communion to patients at Essentia. “My spiritual life is very important to me. I am open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but I give all the credit to God every time. Without that talent that he’s given me, it just wouldn’t happen,” Schwankl said.

ENVISIONING THE FUTURE

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire. It’s who I am, I can’t imagine not doing it. I’m open to what will come and I’m a very spontaneous person,” said Schwankl. With her work well received in California and Colorado, Schwankl has ambitions of being on the national scene with her art. “I kind of feel like that may play into my future. It’s just up to me, if I want to be in these places, I know I could be. So, that’s kind of the next stage, to expand outside of this region a bit," she said.

(above) Exhilaration I, acrylic (left) Exhilaration II, acrylic

For more information on purchasing or commissioning Elizabeth Schwankl’s artwork contact: ARTRENDS GALLERY ELIZABETH SCHWANKL eschwankl@gmail.com elizabethschwanklart.com 701.235.4356 GALLERY 4 114 Broadway North, Fargo 701-237-6867

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Retro

Retreat

By Tracy Nicholson | Photos by Paul Flessland

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aving previously lived in England and Missouri, Jenny Routledge and her family planted their roots in Fargo eight years ago for her husband Clay's career as a psychology professor at NDSU. Working with Heritage Homes to build their South Fargo home in 2012, they asked to keep some of it unfinished. Those unfinished spaces would mean room to create their own retro character and cultured style.

MAIN FLOOR: LIVING ROOM "We had so much fun building this house with Heritage Homes. It was the right floor plan and within our budget, so we kind of just went crazy picking out all of the elements. The first time I walked into the The Georgetown layout, I just really loved the flow", says Routledge. One of their first unfinished spaces was the living room fireplace, left undone until they decided what kind of a look they would settle on. Eventually, Routledge decided on a clean, marble surround for their fireplace to play into the marble tile in the marble backsplash tile in the kitchen. For their at-home style, Routledge leans toward simplistic elements mixing designs from different eras. Throughout the home, she's displayed unique finds from antique stores, places like Mid Mod Madhaus and pieces from their travels to Morocco and England. "We've traveled a lot so I try to buy something that I like that I would decorate with. It's eclectic," said Routledge.

Hom Furniture - Sofa Wayfair and Pier One Imports - Side Chairs Scan Design - Side tables

"I don't want things to look like I just bought it off the showroom floor and put it together. I kind of like the way it looks when you've accumulated it." -Jenny Routledge

DEN: MAIN FLOOR "I'm kind of embarrassed about my collection of cookbooks. It's kind of a lot," laughed Routledge. Alongside her cookbooks, Routledge displays a vintage record player that she admits barely works but she keeps for sentimental reasons. Creating a stunning focal point, she uses an India-inspired rug she found at Pier One Imports. "I just buy things I like, then find a place for them as I go," Routledge explained.

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Mill Creek Custom Cabinets - cabinetry and wine storage panels Stone Countertop Outlet - quartz countertop Frontier Glass - wine storage glass doors Floor to Ceiling - marble and glass backsplash Stact - wine storage template Mid Mod Madhaus - ice bucket

MAN CAVE In the lower level, Routledge has created a family retreat with an ode to her husband's love of retro gaming. "My husband is proud of his man cave. He's a big-time retro gamer so we have a lot of video games and standup games. It's definitely a fun party space. We like to have sci-fi nights and lots of movie nights. I knew we wanted to have distinct levels. We have two teenagers so it's nice to have a hangout space for them," said Routledge. MAN CAVE: MOVIE AREA Taking a cue from her husband's retro gaming hobby, Routledge smartly

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played off the bright colors of their vintage arcade games. "The hardest part was trying to find a pillow that would incorporate every color in the room. I just love the rich fabrics like velvet, so this one was perfect for incorporating every color in that velvet texture," said Routledge. Taking notes from the parade of homes, magazines and online, the Routledge family gathered ideas and put them in motion. "The whole man cave project took about six to eight months to have it totally completed," said Routledge.

WINE BAR Originally drawing us to the home, this recently finished project in the lower level man cave is their custom-designed wine bar. "We were looking through a lot of magazines and happened to see a house in West Fargo that had a glass wine case. Not quite like this but similar. So, I knew I wanted to do some type of glass wine storage. I wanted something with the bottles that would go out this way as opposed to sideways. We found this company online out of California called Stact. They had just started a couple years prior, but they do these great panels in all different colors and in a configuration," said Routledge.

The fabricated wine storage is a wood panel in the back with metal framing and metal pegs. "It came with a template so I installed it myself, sliding the panels into place. It was hard, but I just worked as the project manager and contacted Frontier Glass to do the side and glass door and Mill Creek to come up with the wood elements. So, as one trade finished, another would come in," explained Routledge.


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WINE BAR CABINETRY "For the cabinetry, I wanted something that was kind of asymmetrical. Because I'm short, they put a lift-stay and soft close on the cabinetry to make it easier to open. They were great to work with. If I wasn't totally satisfied with it, we'd try again and get different elements of it in," said Routledge. Adding in a sleek quartz countertop and marble and glass backsplash with a vintage ice bucket, their modern wine bar was complete.

"We just kind of think of the arcades as a piece of art in the room. We're 80's kids so it's kind of fun for us." -Jenny Routledge

ARCADE GAMES "Within the last couple of years, we bought one of the games from a guy on Craigslist and the other used to be in the Memorial Union at NDSU. There's a grad student in my husband's program that's an amateur arcades guy. He came and worked on them for us. One needed a new power supply and the other one was a little bit buggy, but he got them both running for us," said Routledge. QUILT For a personal touch during family movie night, Routledge made this t-shirt and jeans quilt with her husband's vintage gaming t-shirts and donated jeans. "It was a lot of work, but I put a call out on Facebook and people donated their old jeans. So when it gets really cold here in the winter, we cuddle up under that blanket. It's super heavy."

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Mill Creek Custom Cabinets - cabinetry Wayfair - counter stools Scan Design - Dining room table Ikea - clear dining chairs

KITCHEN: MAIN FLOOR In the kitchen, Routledge chose granite countertops and a marble backsplash coordinating with the living room fireplace surround. "I wanted the tile to not totally match the fireplace marble but more relate to it," said Routledge. Throughout the space, eclectic antiques accent the space with impeccable organization and simplistic elements.

PANTRY Liking the look of a baker's cabinet, Routledge chose to mimic this look with their pantry cabinetry. "I didn't want to lose any storage in the corner, so that's why I did open shelves. It originally had just wire shelving, so we took that out and redesigned it. It took a while because there were so many angles, but Mill Creek did such beautiful work," said Routledge. To keep the cleaning supplies and vacuum separate from the food, she designed a tall cabinet to be hidden away off to the right inside the pantry.

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MASTER BEDROOM Creating a rich and colorful focal point, Routledge displays a hand-woven, Moroccan silk throw from their travels to Marrakesh. Adding a personal touch to their space, she displays some of her husband's own paintings. "He just creates art for fun. He's kind of embarrassed by it, but I love it," said Routledge.

Puppy Sidenote: Another family member, Portswood, an eight year-old half-toy poodle, half-Shih Tzu, was named after the family's old neighborhood in Southampton, England.

UPSTAIRS OFFICE Just off the bedrooms, this space is an ode to her husband's love of retro video games. The Routledge family uses the room for an office and gaming den with vintage gaming posters and modern Fatboy bean bag seating.

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Design & Living January 2016  

Revisit some of the most gorgeous homes and rooms in Design and Living's history. We show off dozens of photos from homes we have photograph...

Design & Living January 2016  

Revisit some of the most gorgeous homes and rooms in Design and Living's history. We show off dozens of photos from homes we have photograph...