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Honoring 5 Years of Elegance with


FROM THE EDITOR

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think we can all agree that 2017 went by in the blink of an eye. One year ago this month, I had just become a team member of Design & Living Magazine. While I never would've imagined that I would be sitting where I am today, I couldn't be happier to be here. Long before I became Editor, this publication had a vibrant history of passionate editors, staff members and contributors who helped make Design & Living Magazine one of the leading authorities on local art, architecture, home decor, interior design and landscaping. Back in September, Design & Living Magazine had its five-year anniversary-and it almost went unnoticed by our staff! In honor of this occasion, we decided to create a lookbook celebrating the faces, spaces and places that have graced our pages since 2012. The following photos were hand-picked for your viewing pleasure. While going back through our archives, our main criteria was to determine which photos had the biggest "wow" factor. As always, we were in no way compensated by the businesses featured in the editorial content of this issue.

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Before we continue, I'd like to share a brief history of Design & Living Magazine. A Brief History of Design & Living Magazine • Before 2012, the publication existed as Outdoor Design & Living Magazine. • In 2012, Spotlight Media was approached by the previous owners, acquired the publication and rebranded it as Design & Living Magazine. • In September 2012, the first issue hit the stands. • In December 2013, Design & Living Magazine debuted its larger format. • In July 2014, Design & Living Magazine released its first Lake Living issue. • In May 2015, Chip and Joanna Gaines were featured in Design & Living Magazine. • In June 2015, the first Design & Living Magazine People's Choice Award winners were announced. • In January 2016, Design & Living Magazine published its first lookbook. • In June 2017, Design & Living Magazine unveiled a Tiny House issue.

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

and Happy Belated Birthday to Design & Living Magazine!

Finally, I would personally like to thank everyone who has been involved with the magazine in the past five years, including you, our reader. Whether you've been with us from the beginning or you've just opened your first copy of Design & Living Magazine, I am happy to have you here and hope that you will enjoy our content for many years to come.

Becca Opp Editor Pssst... we love hearing your feedback! If there is anything you'd like to share with us, please reach out to becca@spotlightmediafargo.com.


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

HILLARY EHLEN

JESSE HOORELBEKE

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHER

SARAH GEIGER DESIGNER

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

PHOTOGRAPHER

DUSTIN MURRAY CONTRIBUTOR

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


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2018 JANUARY

FEATURE STORY

25 Faces, Spaces & Places

Honor five years of elegance with Design & Living Magazine. This month, we went through our style files to reminisce about the many remarkable people and places that have graced our pages. Also in this issue, we've curated our best content from 2017.

Trend 63 Year-End Report

What will we remember when looking back on 2017? We reached out to local experts in to find out which trends are here to stay and which trends they would like to see disappear. Looking to the future, we've also gathered their predictions for 2018.

66 Relief of an Artist

Eric A. Johnson exudes an air of calm despite his what-somemight-consider-hectic schedule. We met with this prolific local printmaker at the Spirit Room to discuss his creative process. During this time, he also reflected on his life in and outside of the studio.

Year, New 73 New Kitchen

For those who are thinking of upgrading in 2018, we met with certified kitchen designer Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens to learn more about what appliances are available on the market today. We then looked at different price ranges because whether you're looking for something high-end or budget-friendly, style is for everyone.

ON THE COVER This month, our cover features a unit from the Woodrow Apartments staged by Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design. The original photograph was taken by John Borge of John Borge Studios.

NEXT MONTH What is minimalism, and are there any minimalists in Fargo? These are just a few questions we hope to answer in our February issue

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Home by Fiske Construction Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Photo by Hillary Ehlen


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

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ADVISORY BOARD DESIGN&LIVING

Introducing the 2018

Meet the Board Members

Design & Living Magazine

Editorial Advisory Board This January, we are proud to introduce the first ever Design & Living Magazine Editorial Board.

Dayna Del Val President & CEO The Arts Partnership

What is the Design & Living Magazine Editorial Advisory Board? • This board is made up of representatives from unbiased organizations who will meet quarterly with the staff of Design & Living Magazine and provide monthly feedback. Their mission is to keep us up-to-date on what is happening in the industry and to ensure that our content remains accurate and unbiased. How were these organizations chosen? • Each organization is an authority on one of the subjects covered in Design & Living Magazine, including local art, architecture, home decor, interior design and landscaping. How were the representatives selected? • Each organization nominated a representative who was then approved by the staff of Design & Living Magazine.

"The Arts Partnership is a dynamic umbrella arts organization devoted to cultivating the arts in our community. We communicate about, fund and advocate for the arts across many sectors, including the business community, educational centers, government and the general public." - Dayna Del Val

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Melissa Rademacher President & CEO Downtown Community Partnership

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"The DCP leads efforts within the community to shape public policy that advocates for the betterment and enrichment of downtown. We serve as a liaison between the private sector and public sector in the processing of applications and permits. The DCP drives initiatives in marketing downtown as vibrant, clean and safe while supporting, maintaining and attracting businesses." - Melissa Rademacher

Krista Mund Executive Vice President Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

"The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a nonprofit organization founded in 1956 that represents the home building industry in several community events and projects throughout Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding areas. The HBA of FM's efforts focuson promoting homeownership and fighting legislation that would result in cost increases to residential home buyers. It is the Association's goal to represent the FM metro area's home-building and home-remodeling industries." - Krista Mund

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Sarah Huckle Social Media Coordinator North Dakota Interior Designers

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Chris Hawley

"NDID is a non-profit organization with the primary objective of promoting public awareness and education about the Interior Design profession. The organization provides continued networking and growth opportunities for the design community in North Dakota. We take pride in supporting students and getting involved in our local communities." - Sarah Huckle

Licensed Architect/Member American Institute of Architects

"The AIA is the 'American Institute of Architects.' The AIA is the governing body that facilitates licensure, education and outreach for the profession. I like to think of it as our professional community and an assembly of peers that gather to discuss the past, present and future issues of the profession." - Chris Hawley

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

"We are an association that represents the green industry, landscapers, nursery growers, greenhouses, tree services and suppliers to the green industry in the state of North Dakota." - Rich Lahren

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HBA EDITORIAL DESIGN&LIVING

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

HBA members

bring home awards

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he HBA of F-M is a volunteer-driven, trade organization serving the home building industry that consists of over 900 builder, associate and affiliate members. Late last year, several members were honored by the HBA of F-M and its state association, the North Dakota Association of Builders.

Builder and Associate of the Year are the highest honors a member can receive at the HBA of F-M. These members are nominated by their industry peers and judged by a committee of past award winners and current HBA staff. These awards are meant to recognize one outstanding Builder member and one outstanding Associate member for their efforts and volunteerism related to the Association and the community. Congratulations to Builder of the Year winner, John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc, and Associate of the Year winner, John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Decorating Services! Both went on to compete and win these awards at the state level with NDAB! The BEAM Award was given to Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. BEAM stands for Builders Engaging Associate Members and the honor recognizes Builder members who exemplify the motto “it’s good business to do business

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with a member.” The teamwork that exists between Builders and their trade partners who are HBA of F-M members is vitally important. Home Builders Care Volunteer of the Year was presented to Monica Hart, Monica Hart Interior Design, and Dan Parrow, ISR Homes. The HBA of F-M board of directors approved creating the awards last fall. They will be presented annually to members working to further the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation’s mission. HBC is the HBA of F-M's charity. A staff-selected honor, the Extra Mile Award went to Terry VanWatermulen, CenturyLink, as his volunteerism and willingness to work behind-the-scenes to assist the HBA staff and helps to make events happen. Congratulations to all the winners! You deserve to be commended.

UPCOMING EVENTS On Feb. 23-25, the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and its over 300 exhibitors will showcase our local building and home improvement industry at the Fargodome. Our show includes the largest selection of home and garden exhibits in the region. This year, workshops will include home brewing, home buying, gardening and reclaimed wood. Families can also look forward to the annual Lego Homebuilding Competition and Treasure Hunt. If you're a craft beer lover, plan to take part in the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation Beer Walk, featuring Fargo Brewing Company. Watch out for next month’s issues for more details on these exciting events happening during the show! If you are interested in exhibiting, or simply learning more, visit www.hbafm.com or contact Allison Weckman at (701) 232-5846, allisonw@ hbafm.com.

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

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

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FACES, SPACES & PLACES Honor five years of elegance with Design & Living Magazine. This month, we went through our style files to reminisce about the many remarkable faces, spaces and places that have graced our pages since 2012. Also in this issue, we've curated our best content from 2017. Before you turn the page, we'd like to express our sincerest thanks to every single architect, artist, homeowner, interior decorator, interior designer and landscape architect that we have worked with over the years. We'd also like to thank you, our reader, whether you've been with us from the beginning or you've just opened up your first issue. Here's to many more great interviews, photoshoots and articles to come. Complete Access Due to the limited number of pages and time constraints we faced when putting together this issue, it was not feasible to represent every article that has ever been featured in Design & Living Magazine. However, for complete access to our previous issues you can visit designandlivingmagazine.com/design-and-living-magazine

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FA C E S , S PA C E S & P L A C E S

Before we show you the best of 2017, let's take a moment to honor the many remarkable faces, spaces and places that have graced our pages during the last five years.

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Artist Bracken Rourke Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

2012

Rocking Horse Farm Photo by Andrew Jason

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Sturdevant Home by BHH Partners Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

2013

Hotel Donaldson Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Artist John Offutt Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


Home by Chris Hawley Architects and Radiant Homes Photo provided by Chris Hawley Architects

Artist Micheal Strand Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

300 Broadway By Land Elements Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Hella Condo Interior Design by Western Products Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Connie and Chris Schulyer open the doors to their home. By Century Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Loft of Andrew Young by TL Stroh Architects Interior Design by Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


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Artist Kimble Bromley Photo by Alison Smith

Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Tile by Syverson Tile Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

By Chris Hawley Architects and Radiant Homes Photo by Scott Amundson

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Porterfield Condos By Terry L. Stroh of TL Stroh Architects Photo by Bill Kloubec - Heliostudio


Artist Marjorie Schlossman Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Home by Century Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photographyy

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The Foss Home Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


Mechtel Home Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design

Artist Jessica Wachter Photo by Zach Davis Photography

Home by Land's End Development Photo by Rick Hammer, courtesy of Land's End Development

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Home by TL Stroh Architects and Designer Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Artist Boyd Sharp Photo by Tiffany Swanson

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Interior Designer Ami Baxter stands in front of her home, which she designed. Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


Home by TL Stroh Architects and Designer Homes Interior Design by Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Staging by McNeal & Friends Florals and Greenery by Prairie Petals Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


Hector House, home of Dr. Mary Aaland Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Artist Brad Bachmeier Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

2016

The Streyle Home By Tonlinson Schultz and Tony Stoll of BHH Partners Photo by Heliostudio

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Fargo Laundry Building, the McGovern home By Chris Hawley Architects Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Hector House, home of Dr. Mary Aaland Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Home by Dietrich Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Home by Heritage Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Artist Ashley Kuntz Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

The Dietrich home by Dietrich Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography


FA C E S , S PA C E S & P L A C E S

Within these pages, we've curated our best content from 2017. These photos have been arranged by design. From contemporary to farmhouse, what's your favorite style?

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Home by Designer Homes Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

CO N T E M P O R A R Y Contemporary design features rounded lines, natural elements and pops of bold colors.

The Anderson Home By Limelight Builders LLC Photo by Hillary Ehlen

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The Oberg Home Home by BHH Partners Interior by Straightline Design Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Home by Fiske Construction Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Photo by Hillary Ehlen

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Woodrow Apartments Interior Decor by Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design Photo by John Borge Studios


Home by Fiske Construction Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Photo by Hillary Ehlen

The Boyer Home Interior by The Coatings Authority, Inc. Photo by Hillary Ehlen

The Friederichs Home Interior Decor by Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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Home by Designer Homes Photo by Paul Flessland

Home by Designer Homes Photo by Paul Flessland

The Oberg Home Home by BHH Partners Interior Design by Straightline Design Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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The Hawley Home By Chris Hawley Architects Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

MODERN Modern design features streamlined furniture, geometric shapes and asymmetry.

Home by Hanson Brothers Construction Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Photo by Paul Flessland

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Home by Fiske Construction Interior Design by Monica Hart of Monica Hart Interior Design Photo by Hillary Ehlen Photography

The Tomlinson Home Home by Tomlinson Schultz Interior Design by David Heide Design Studio Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

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The Deason Home Home by RD Homes Styling by Christen Joy Homes Photo by Dale Tu


The Frieze Home By Dietrich Homes Photo by Hillary Ehlen

The Deason Home Home by RD Homes Styling by Christen Joy Homes Photo by Dale Tu


Property of Audrey Farol and Elizabeth Stewart "The Gray House"

TRADITIONAL Traditional design is a blend of styles that were popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The Arvig Home Home by Thomlinson Schultz Interior Design by David Heide Design Studio Photo by Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

The Andersen Home Home by Hight Construction Interior Design by Rebecca Knutson, CID of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home Photo by Robb Siverson Photography

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The Anderson Home by Benjamin Custom Homes Photo by Hillary Ehlen

ECLECTIC Eclectic design involves mixing textures, time periods, colors and trends to create a harmonious look.

The Thompson-Trefz home Staging by Karis Thompson and Matthew Trefz Photo by Hillary Ehlen

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The Former Iepson Home Staging by Elizabeth Iepson Photo by Paul Flessland

The Anderson Home By Benjamin Custom Homes Photo by Hillary Ehlen

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The Sullivan Home Interior Design & Styling by Katie Sullivan Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

The Anderson Home Interior Design & Styling by Melanie Anderson By Benjamin Custom Homes Photo by Hillary Ehlen

The Sullivan Home Interior Design & Styling by Katie Sullivan Photo by Paul Flessland

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R U ST I C

The Tomlinson Home Home by Tomlinson Schultz Interior Design by David Heide Design Studio Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography

Rustic design is a warm and rugged style that's inspired by nature.

The Andersen Home Home by Hight Construction Interior Design by Rebecca Knutson, CID of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home Photo by Robb Siverson Photography

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Home by Thomsen Homes Staging by Maria Bosak Photo by Paul Flessland

FA R M H O U S E Farmhouse design combines traditional and contemporary elements with salvaged materials and antiques.

Home by Thomsen Homes Staging by Maria Bosak Photo by Paul Flessland

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The Anderson Home By Limelight Builders Photo by Hillary Ehlen

The Mehl Home Home Decor by Audra Mehl of Grace 1972 Photo by Paul Flessland

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DESIGN&LIVING TREND REPORT

YEAR-END

TREND REPORT

SYLVIA LUNSKI Owner Design Direction

Everyone knows that trends come and go, but style evolves. What will we remember when looking back on 2017? We reached out to local experts in the field to find out which trends are here to stay and which trends they would like to see disappear. Looking to the future, we've also gathered their predictions for 2018.

KARI RASMUS Co-owner DesigningWomen2

TREVER HILL Owner Trever Hill Design

REBECCA KNUTSON Interior Designer and Studio Manager Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home

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TREND REPORT DESIGN&LIVING

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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TREND FROM 2017?

"I have loved seeing more of the minimal midcentury modern finishes and shapes showing up in product lines and becoming more popular in the midwest! This design style dates back from the 1930s-1960s and includes colors and materials such as brass and navy along with geometric shapes and uncluttered living spaces." - Rebecca Knutson

2 WHAT TREND FROM 2017 HAS TO GO?

"Dramatic and bold to subtle romantic patterns, fabrics and textures used in wall coverings." - Sylvia Lunski "I love the natural elements that are being brought into home dĂŠcor. With our long winters stuck indoors, this trend resonates with me and brings back fond memories of warmer days. I also love Mid-Century Modern design. However, as it has been around for 60+ years, it is hardly a trend. The ergonomics of a welldesigned chair are baffling in a good way. Seriously, how did they figure out how to make the curves just right to hug everybody's unique body?" - Kari Rasmus "Blush pinks and brassy golds." - Trever Hill "Recycling and using what you have." - Linda Birmingham

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"Unfinished reclaimed wood. It needs to have a twist or finish along with it as we are already seeing from various companies. Everything evolves and changes, and raw, reclaimed wood has seen its days." Trever Hill


DESIGN&LIVING TREND REPORT

Former home of Brett and Elisabeth Iepson Photo by Paul Flessland

Home of Ben and Melanie Anderson by Benjamin Custom Homes Photo by Hillary Ehlen

3 WHAT TREND DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO BE POPULAR IN 2018?

"Bring on the all-white interiors, dark paint for contrast and not-your-mother's brass on lighting and cabinetry hardware!" - Rebecca Knutson "Everything neutral." - Linda Birmingham "The heavy looking, multicolored reclaimed look in furniture." - Sylvia Lunski "Purple. I will wear it to support both the Vikings and Prince, but I've had a hard time embracing the color in decorating." - Kari Rasmus "Solid grey rooms: grey-toned flooring with grey painted walls and grey cabinets. Too much grey! Used sparingly, this color is not too trendy and can be very timeless." - Rebecca Knutson

"Gold has been making a comeback for a couple years now, and the fact that we're seeing mixed metals in art and lamps means that no one is restricted to using just one color or sheen. Also, the burnished gold hardware being shown in kitchens is beautiful and timeless!" - Kari Rasmus "More warmth through color with coordinating browns." - Trever Hill "Brighter, bolder colors in fabrics and paints." - Sylvia Lunski "Designing from the heart. Not looking at trends, but decorating and designing your home in colors and furniture that you truly love." - Linda Birmingham

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ARTIST FEATURE

relief of an artist IN THE STUDIO WITH PRINTMAKER

ERIC A. JOHNSON OF BIG OAK PRESS

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ric A. Johnson exudes an air of calm despite his what-some-mightconsider-hectic schedule. We met with this prolific local printmaker at the Spirit Room to discuss his creative process. During this time, he also reflected on his life in and outside of the studio. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and Eric A. Johsnon

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HIS ROOTS

"Time Screen" by Eric A. Johnson, 2016

Originally from Embden, North Dakota, Johnson came to Fargo in the 1990s to attend NDSU. "I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do. I could have easily skipped college and started farming, but I don't know if I would have lasted very long doing that," he said. Luckily, Johnson did well in art classes and eventually gravitated toward printmaking. Now he is a well-known printmaker and an adjunct art professor at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, as well as Mayville State University. Surprisingly, he is not currently teaching printmaking, though he does spend a lot of time at PEARS, the Printmaking Education and Research Studio at NDSU. "I'm there, usually three times a week, helping with classes and working on my own prints," Johnson said. In addition to being involved with PEARS, Johnson has a studio space at the Spirit Room. He had his first show at the Spirit Room in 1997, three years before they made the big move to their Broadway location.

"The Nature of Things" by Eric A. Johnson, 2016

HIS LATEST EXHIBITION

In April 2017, Johnson had a solo exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead titled, "The Nature of Things." He also had his work on display at Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, during the months of October through November. Johnson plans on having his next show at the Rourke in 2020. For Johnson, having more time between exhibitions is "relieving" because the reduction relief process requires a patient and methodical hand.

By the time Johnson is done with them, the blocks themselves become pieces of art.

HIS PROCESS This is how Johnson's prints look when they are still in progress.

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Johnson usually begins with a sketch, then scans the image and has it blown up. Next, he transfers the image onto a block, which is made out of plywood PVC sintra, a dense foam. Johnson then carves the sintra, sets it on top of the paper and sends it through his hand-crank press. He repeats the process, carving layer after layer until he is satisfied with the composition.


ARTIST DESIGN&LIVING

HIS INSPIRATION

Johnson likes to switch back and forth between abstraction and realism to keep himself entertained. "I try and keep myself interested," he explained. Though his inspiration may seem random, it usually has something to do with Johnson's past. Recently, he found inspiration in family research, which resulted in the print of his great-great-grandfather titled "Connection." Another print titled "Still" was inspired by a buffalo nickel that belonged to Johnson's father. "There are so many people doing bison, I was kind of resisting doing one for a while," he explained. However, the result is undeniably intriguing and unique.

"Still" by Eric A. Johnson, 2017

"Connection" by Eric A. Johnson, 2017

"July Afternoon" by Eric A. Johnson, 2015

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This image was a collaboration between Johnson and his daughter, Hannah.

HIS LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO

When he isn't teaching or carving sintra blocks in his studio, Johnson likes to spend time with his five kids. He revealed that the reason why he decided to stay in Fargo after graduating was to be close to his two eldest children, Alex age (age 21) and Hannah (age 18), who are now away at college. Today, Johnson lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Dera, and their three little ones, Ethan (age 5), Emmett (age 3) and Evelyn (age 1).

HIS ADVICE TO YOUNG ARTISTS

Because Johnson chose to remain in Fargo, he was able to watch both his children and the local art community grow. "I think it's a great time for younger artists here," he said. If there was one piece of advice that he wants his many students to take away from his classes, it is that you have to be able to do different things such as network or promote your art. He also says, "Don't be afraid to show your work. No one's going to see your art if it's hidden away under your bed or in your closet."

For more information, contact Eric A. Johnson 701-799-6518 eric@eajarts.com eajarts.com


DESIGN&LIVING KITCHEN DESIGN

New Year, New Kitchen

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ow did your kitchen hold up this holiday season? For those who are thinking of upgrading in 2018, we met with certified kitchen designer Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens to learn more about what appliances are available on the market today. We then looked at different price ranges because whether you're looking for something high-end or budget-friendly, style is accessible to everyone. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen | MANUFACTURER PHOTOS PROVIDED BY JW Kitchens

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MODERN KITCHEN APPLIANCES

About Audrey Newman Newman practically grew up in a showroom. Her parents founded JW Kitchens and they've been in the appliance business for close to 40 years. They have two showroom locations in Iowa and a third in Fargo. Nine years ago, Newman opened a JW Kitchens showroom in Fargo because her husband is originally from the area. Then, two-and-a-half years ago, Newman moved to her current showroom space just off of Veterans Boulevard.

About JW Kitchens More than Just an Appliance Store JW Kitchens is a kitchen design center and full-service appliance store. They carry a wide selection of products at various price ranges, including Wood-Mode custom cabinetry, countertops, hardware, lighting, wall coverings, flooring and more. "We started with appliances, but over the years, we observed customers coming in and wanting appliances that their kitchens just weren't designed for. We saw a need for helping people pick out appliances first and designing the spaces around them," Newman explained. That is why JW Kitchens works with area builders and contractors on new construction and remodels by assisting clients with appliance selections and the overall design of the house. 73


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High-End Kitchens GAGGENAU KITCHEN At the very front of the showroom, customers are greeted by JW Kitchens' most luxurious live kitchen. This experience center features appliances by Gaggenau, a German brand that has been around for more than 300 years. This kitchen includes a plumbed steam oven, as well as a convection oven, warming drawer, a paneled refrigerator, paneled dishwasher, dual sinks, incounter steamer and a design-your-own cooktop.

"A lot of our appliances we have paneled to look more integrated, and they're easier to clean than a stainless finish," Newman explained.

This design-your-own cooktop features an induction cooktop, which is 90% energy efficient, as well as a Tappenyaki griddle.

Next to the prep sink is a steamer, which is great for cooking things quickly and conveniently. "I have one of these at my house and I use it almost every day. It functions as a pot on your cooktop, but you don't have to stand there and stir it," Newman said.

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Both ovens feature side-hinge doors for accessibility.


MONOGRAM KITCHEN Monogram is GE's premium appliance line. This live kitchen is outfitted with every gadget that Monogram has to offer, including a speed oven. It also features a two-level island with a butcher-block countertop with a raised dishwasher underneath, which eliminates strain when loading and unloading dishes.

This Monogram speed oven is straight out of "The Jetsons." "It cooks two to four times faster than a regular convection oven. It has four different heat sources in it. It also can double as a microwave. GE is the only manufacturer that utilizes the four different heat sources" Newman explained. This futuristic device features 175 pre-programmed cooking options and eliminates the need to preheat.

The Monogram kitchen also features an induction cooktop. Induction heat uses magnetic fields and electric currents to heat up the pan instead of the cooktop. Induction cooking is quick and often requires little cleanup, not to mention that it is safe for the whole family. However, it requires stainless steel or iron cookware to function. Basically, if a magnet will stick to it, it will work.


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THERMADOR KITCHEN The live Thermador kitchen features a built-in coffee maker, smart storage solutions, and a steam oven, which is great for reheating left-overs without compromising their flavor.

Can you find the hidden television in this picture? That's right, it's hanging above the concrete sink. When not in use, this television can be disguised as a mirror.

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This Kitchen Aide Mixer cabinet comes equipped with its own outlet, so all you have to do is pull the shelf up and out.


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Budget-Friendly Kitchens On the other side of the showroom, JW Kitchens offers more budget-friendly options. These appliances are available in four finishes: stainless steel, black stainless steel, slate and black slate.

LUXE PANTRY The JW Kitchens showroom also features a luxury pantry. With marble hexagon floor tiles, this space is one of Newman's favorite nooks in the whole store. It features an under-cabinet freezer by Perlick, a brand that will be unveiling a whole new line of appliances this year. JW Kitchens also carries custom cabinetry and appliances for bathrooms, laundry rooms and outdoor kitchens.

Cooking Classes Throughout the store, there are 10 live ovens and five live dishwashers. These fully-functional appliances really come in handy when JW Kitchens offers cooking classes. Newman plans to host more cooking classes in 2018, with tickets ranging from $25 to $40, depending on the dish..

For more information, contact: Audrey Newman JW Kitchens 5675 26th Ave. S. Fargo, Suite 144 701-551-0625 info@jwkitchens.com jwkitchens.com

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Design & Living January 2018  

Honor five years of elegance with Design & Living Magazine. This month, we went through our style files to reminisce about the many remarkab...

Design & Living January 2018  

Honor five years of elegance with Design & Living Magazine. This month, we went through our style files to reminisce about the many remarkab...