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f you're reading this issue and you're not from around here, there are a couple of things you need to know. First, Midwesterners love their lakes. Second, it's practically a life goal to land a piece of our own paradise on the lake, giant mosquitoes and all. This destination is the light at the end of the long, cold tunnel we call winter. There is truly no better feeling than leaving town and heading to a different landscape surrounded by lakes, rolling hills and wooded bliss. Merely an hour from Fargo-Moorhead, we have paradise. As we enter into another year of touring lake homes, I'm reminded that the lakes have a different meaning to different people. Some long for privacy and serenity, hidden among the trees in rustic log cabins, fishing the day away. Others crave the excitement of fast boats, entertaining lakeside and nights out at one of the many lakes country attractions. I personally think there are only two things that these people can all agree on: Zorbaz pizza and family. For most lake dwellers, owning a piece of this paradise is less of an acquisition and more of a need to create a central meeting place for family and friends to gather. Beyond that, it's a place to reconnect with nature and

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maybe find some inner peace to counteract the weekday chaos. Of course, we don't just throw out theories without proper proof. After touring lake homes for the past four years in an array of different styles and locations, we continously found that family is at the forefront of all of them. To steal from another holiday, it's practically the reason for the season. Thank the heavens, there also happens to be a Zorbaz near all of them. Whether you're residing in a cabin, palatial estate or rustic fishing shack, every one of them seems to offer a neutral environment where politics get left at the door and meetings are only permitted on the patio. Mix in a standard flip-flop dress code and Happy Hour all day, and that's enough proof that life really is better at the lake. We hope this summer brings all of our Midwestern friends safe travels and a little piece of paradise and pizza. Sincerely, Tracy Nicholson

TRACY NICHOLSON Associate Publisher/ Editor

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19 The Farmhouse Project




Escape to the Lakes Once again, Design & Living Magazine invites you to escape to lake country. Take a vacation with us as we road trip through the Land of 10,000 Lakes. During our tour, we'll visit stunning year-rounds, rustic fishing cabins and quaint lakeside boutiques. After flipping through these pages, you'll agree that life is better at the lake.

If you've been anticipating more remodel reveals from Maria Bosak and her Farmhouse Project, you're in luck. Bosak is back and bringing her best in design and remodeling expertise to reveal her gorgeous gathering space. See why this reveal is all about inspiration, collaboration and community.

27 Above Ground vs. Inground Pools

There's nothing like the feeling of being at the lake, but having access to a pool in your own backyard is the next best thing. For readers who are considering installing a pool, we've listed the facts of above ground versus inground pools side-by-side. Before you dive into a decision, soak up the info we learned from local experts at Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas.

109 Shopping at the Lake

Join us as we take a shopping trip to Perham, Minnesota. This quaint lakes country town is chock-full of summertime fun and charming storefronts. After showing you a couple of local boutique treasures, Nest and Refreshing Designs, we're certain you'll park the boat and head into town for a hot summer shopping spree.


ON THE COVER This is the Pelican Lake home of Ernie and Wilma Oberg. The home's architecture is by Tony Stoll of BHH Partners and the interior design and metal fabricating was completed by Eric and Tami Soyring of Straightline Design. The builder was Scott Stengrim of S&S Construction. Read more about this stunning lake home on page _____.



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Remodelers Council Helping community residents with handicap accessibility ramps


he Home Builders Association of F-M's leaders and many of our members care deeply about the community and giving back to those in need. In the past few months, volunteers from our Remodelers Council have constructed two handicap accessibility ramps for area residents. West Fargo resident Conrad Meisch received a wheelchair accessibility ramp on April 25. In December 2015, Meisch was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Meisch recently became wheelchair-dependent. He and his wife were relieved to find out about the partnership with Freedom Resource Center and the HBA’s Remodelers Council to build ramps from Ryan Silbernagel, Silvernail Carpentry.



With nice summer weather coming up, he looks forward to having the freedom to come and go from the house, which he and his family have lived in since 1986. Meisch and his wife, Deb, raised three sons in the home. Two sons now live in Fargo, and one lives near Wahpeton. "Because of this ramp, I can get out and go to the store with my wife," Meisch says. "I can also go for walks with her and the dog." West Fargo residents Gladys and Mark VerValin received a handicap accessibility ramp on June 9. Mark has myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD) which affects muscles and many organs in the body, causing him to use a cane or walker. He was also diagnosed with a form of appendix/colon cancer in October 2016. He had laparoscopic surgery but was unable to have a more complicated surgery to remove much of his intestine and receive chemotherapy due to issues with his MMD.

By Terry Lipp, Remodelers Council Chair Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom

Terry Lipp is a builder sales representative with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom, and has worked there for nearly 15 years. Ferguson Enterprises is a local supplier, supported by a nationwide distribution network of residential products including plumbing fixtures, HVAC products, decorative lighting fixtures and appliances.

Gladys says, "Now we are just waiting to see and hoping they were able to get all of the cancer. The surgery last fall has left him very weak, and he's been pretty much homebound since then except for doctor's visits. This ramp will help give him more freedom and to build up some of the strength he's lost." The VerValins live in a trailer home with stairs that are tough for Mark to navigate without assistance. "Stairs are so dangerous for Mark because he doesn't have good balance, even with his leg braces, and his hands have no grip. He also has to try to carry his portable oxygen at the same time," Gladys says. "This will be such a relief and a blessing. I have a disability, too, and can't lift much, so this will give us more freedom and allow him to do some everyday things like go down and get the mail." The Remodelers Council is a committee of the HBA of F-M that deals with issues affecting the remodeling segment of the building industry. Council members continually lend their efforts to these types of charitable projects building two to three ramps a year depending on funding and emergency needs. Projects are generally referred through Freedom Resource Center, an advocacy organization designed to assist people with disabilities in achieving and maintaining independent lifestyles.

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farmhouse THE

Cedar Room


It's been a few months since we visited or shared with you the progress at the farmhouse and I’ve missed you. You have all been so kind over the past few months. I’ve run into many readers at Eco Chic Boutique and out in public who have shared how much they enjoy watching the transformation occur at our house. You have become a warm and welcoming community and I’m glad to be back. You have shared that our renovation journey has inspired and encouraged you to try new projects in your own home. Well, the room we reveal this month is all about inspiration, collaboration and community.

A Gathering Room The room we reveal this month is my favorite. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s like having children. Each has their own special qualities that you love and admire them for and this room has a quality that was obvious the moment we walked into the house. I believe the sentence, “Think of all the women’s events you could have in this room," was uttered by our agent, Maria Roesch, and I heard my husband Tate moan in the corner. We all knew this room was special, and I was already planning the first event. The original owners of the home were very similar to Tate and I. They built the home when they were 40 and 44 and never had any children. Wait for

it–Tate and I bought the house when we were 40 and 44 and have no children (of our own) at this moment. As you may have heard, we are fostering a baby girl we love very much. The previous owners used this room to host many holidays with a large extended family of siblings, nieces, nephews and friends. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few and they always share stories of coming to this home for various holidays and events. So as you can see, this room is no stranger to large gatherings. That is why it is so special, and we knew that we had to do it justice by updating it in a fashion that welcomed the gathering of friends and family.







The Before Let’s take a look at what the room looked like when we bought the house and how it looks today. The room was originally decked out with restaurantstyle benches that spanned both sides of the room along with a corner unit vented and designed for indoor grilling. While we loved the practicality of the benches and grill, we felt it was time to make some changes. I’m not ashamed to say that we gutted this room last July while we had a dumpster for another project and it was February before we actually got to beginning the renovation and started putting it back together. Since this room is a completly separate section of the house, we were able to close the doors and leave it for a while. This may not work for all projects when needing to live in a space, but this time it worked. We are currently in the process of renovating the kitchen (you can see the photographs on my Instagram page) and I can tell you that we are not holding up the completion of that room. Making coffee on the floor of the laundry room isn’t something we want to do for too many months.



As with most of our room projects, Tate and I had different visions for what the room could be and what we would use it for. While I envisioned all white walls and glistening chandeliers, Tate really loved the cedar wood walls. He wanted a space that felt a bit more woodsy where we could incorporate some gaming options, such as a shuffleboard table. So, we compromised. We kept some of the wood and saved space for a shuffleboard table that will arrive once we have saved up the money to purchase one.

I began the transformation by picking a specific item that would be the foundational piece and focal point of the room and working around it. For me, this was the black French doors at the far end of the room leading to the backyard. I’m a firm believer that each room needs a focal point to make the room feel grounded and give your eyes a place to rest when you enter a room.




From there, we worked with both function and design to create the rest of the room. This is the only nonoriginal part of the house and since it does not sit above a basement it tends to be cold on your feet. So, we decided that since most of the rest of the house would have wood flooring, we would stay with carpet in this room to keep it cozy. When we removed the tiled walls around the grilling space, we were left with open walls and decided to add a brick feature wall to create a little interest and to also fulfill my love of red brick. This wall also served as the perfect place to display the vintage liquor bottles that Tate’s late dad, Harold, gave us when we purchased our first home. He had this box of old liquor and brought it to our house-warming party. We haven't drank any of it, we just love seeing it because it reminds us of him and his warm hospitality. What might seem like the easy part was actually the hardest for me with this room: the light fixtures. Given my love of chandeliers, I was determined to have a hanging light feature in this room. To find one that fit that style of the room and wasn’t too long was a challenge, but after many nights searching online, I found one that fit the style perfectly. Along with the dilemma of a hanging center light were the wall sconces already in the room. In order to save money, I didn’t want to cut new holes and pull more wires. Finding lights that were black, shallow, not too rustic and would go upward and downward to fit the space perfectly was a challenge. But once they were found, we were so happy, we didn’t settle. The sconces fit the space perfectly and don’t stand out too far from the wall. So, I suggest that you don’t hustle your fixture purchases. Be patient and find the perfect one. It really is worth it.




The light fixtures were the last piece to be completed and then the decorating began. We already had a grand table built by Grain Designs a couple years ago and it's currently giving us a place to have dinner while waiting for the kitchen to be renovated, but once the shuffleboard table arrives, we will change the layout of the furniture. To keep with the warm tones and woodsy feel of the room, I decided to go with these dark tobacco-colored leather couches and reading chair from Magnolia Home. It also contrasted nicely against the white board and batten walls. They also smell fabulous. I hope that new leather smell never goes away. This room has already served as a great gathering space for friends and for those quiet mornings spent drinking coffee and talking with God. I find myself settling into this room more and more since we completed it. Maybe it's the smell of the leather and new carpet, maybe it's the comfy couches, or maybe it's the lure of black French doors, but I believe it's the spirit and love of those who lived here before us and created this great room as a place for friends and family to come together. I look forward to hosting many gatherings in this room. I hope you will join me, because from the moment those words were uttered by our Realtor, I knew this room would be something special and many events would be held here. If you want a complete list of contractors and furnishing used in this room, join us on the Eco Chic website and check out our blog at Xo, Maria

For more information, contact: Eco Chic Boutique 701-356-6600 Or follow the #farmhouseproject on Instagram @ecochicboutique


Above Ground Inground Pools


There's nothing like the feeling of being at the lake, but having access to a pool in your own backyard is the next best thing. For readers who are considering installing a pool, we've listed the facts of above ground versus inground pools side-by-side. Before you dive into a decision, soak up the info we learned from local experts at Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas HEADSHOTS BY Paul Flessland

Landscaping by Precision Lawn Care & Landscaping, Pool by Olson Pools & Spas



O ABOVE GROUND POOLS Price Point Under $10,000

Pool by Tubs of Fun!

INSTALLATION "An above ground pool is something that anyone can assemble," said Tubs of Fun! owner Andy Maeyaert. While some homeowners choose to have a professional install their above ground pool, this is often not necessary. Homeowners can simply walk into the store, purchase a kit and assemble it themselves in their backyard in as little as one weekend. MAINTENANCE Above ground pools are simple to maintain. They require a pump to circulate the water, a filter and chemicals to keep the water clean. VISUAL APPEAL Because above ground pools are typically inexpensive, homeowners who choose this option are likely to have funds left over in their budget for extras, such as lighting features, fountains and slides.


O INGROUND POOLS Price Point $30,000 +

Pools by Olson Pools & Spas

24/7 POOL ACCESS Both Tubs of Fun! and Olson Pools & Spas have noticed a growing trend: more homeowners are investing in pools rather than lake properties. This may be because pools are much easier to maintain and homeowners can access them anytime. "You can use a pool seven days a week, 24 hours a day with no travel, no keeping up a second yard and no keeping up a second house," said Steve Olson of Olson Pools & Spas. Steve Olson is the owner-operator of Olson Pools and Spas and has been working in the industry for 29 years. Andy Maeyaert is the owner of Tubs of Fun! and has been in the industry for 10 years. For more information, contact: Olson Pools & Spas 1110 Hobart St., Hawley, Minn. 218-483-3541

Pools by Tubs of Fun!

Tubs of Fun! 4021 Main Ave. Suite A, Fargo 701-234-0705

INSTALLATION Unlike above ground pools, inground pools require professional installation. "An inground pool is a fullon construction process. It's like building a house. It requires permits, electricians and plumbers," Maeyaert said.

"You can have your own oasis in your backyard." - Steve Olson, Olson Pools & Spas

MAINTENANCE Inground pool maintenance systems are very similar to those used in above ground pools. During the summer, homeowners should devote about 20 minutes a week to maintaining their pool. VISUAL APPEAL Although they are more difficult to install, inground pools tend to be more visually appealing than above ground pools. "When people want to go with an inground pool, because it's such a construction project, it's something that completes their backyard. It becomes a part of the house and part of the landscape," Maeyaert said.



AN ARTIST AND A MOTHER Pam Killerlain BY Becca Opp PHOTOGRAPHY BY Paul Flessland


ou may recognize her paintings from past Eco Chic Junk Markets and Design Conferences, but there's more to Pam Killerlain than meets the eye. Much like her art, Killerlain's story is multi-layered and colorful. Join us as we learn how this mother of three from The Lone Star State came to bring her southern charm to the Upper Midwest.


ARTIST DESIGN&LIVING A TRAVELLING TEXAN Pam Killerlain was born and raised in Texas, where she met her future husband, Ben. Right before they got married, the Killerlains moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they started a family. First came a son, Pierce (8), who was soon followed by two daughters, Anna Kate (5) and Claire (4). While living in Memphis, Killerlain attended an art class that really sparked her desire to create. However, she is mainly self-taught. "I have always done art. I took a brief painting course, and I just

fell in love," she said. Soon, people took notice and began inquiring about her art. Pam Killerlain's art became a great provision for the Killerlain family, but Ben Killerlain was always supportive, saying, "Paint because you love it. We won't depend on it for income." Then, three years ago, it was her turn to be supportive, relocating the family to Moorhead because of her husband's calling as a pastor.

THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE In her paintings, Killerlain often features colorful florals, animals and rural scenery. Since moving to Moorhead, she has found plenty of inspiration in the local landscape. "I have been so pleasantly surprised, especially when we drive just a little bit outside of Fargo. I love the farms, and then the lakes, of course, when you get into Minnesota, and the old barns. I'm always making Ben pull over," Killerlain laughed.

Killerlain was inspired to paint this bison along with other farm animals while living in Moorhead, Minnesota.

This is one of Pam Killerlain's favorite pieces.





Killerlain has also been surprised by all that the Fargo-Moorhead area has to offer, including familyfriendly events like the Eco Chic Design Conference and Junk Markets. "The first Junk Market I went to, I knew immediately that I wanted a booth there. The customers are so great, and I just love Maria (Bosak)," Killerlain said.

Since then, she has set up shop at many Eco Chic-sponsored events. You may recognize her paintings by her signature, PAM, which she now writes in all-caps on every one of her paintings. "My original pieces, I signed P.K.-Pam Killerlain-but then I switched to PAM. There were at least two other P.K.'s, even just at Junk Market, and I thought, 'This is a little too common," she explained.

STUDIO, GALLERY AND HOME Killerlain's South Moorhead home is like a gallery for her artwork. "All throughout the house, you'll see pieces that I either haven't sold or pieces where I think, 'Is this finished? Do I like it?' I need to look at it for a little bit longer,'" Killerlain said.


ARTIST DESIGN&LIVING While giving us a tour of her home, Killerlain led us upstairs to what her kids call "The Get Messy Room," also known as Killerlain's art studio. It's a small room with sloping ceilings and paintsplattered, linoleum floors. Her easel is located directly beneath a large window that lets in the perfect amount of natural light. When we entered, Killerlain had a painting of an old church in hues of coral, mint and periwinkle placed upon her easel. To our surprise, Killerlain then picked up a palette knife, her favorite tool for applying paint, and began spreading a fresh,

new color across the canvas. Like many artists, if Killerlain isn't satisfied with a piece, she upcycles the canvas by simply painting over it. Killerlain uses a mixture of house paint, acrylic paint and palette knives to give her work that colorful patina. "I use a lot of palette knives. That's what gives some of the texture and layers of color," she revealed. This look fits with her subject material. "I just love charming old churches and barns. I love all of the old, weathered things," Killerlain said. She also experiments with colors that she likes to use in her own home dĂŠcor.

Pierce Killerlain proudly displays his paintings on a gallery wall in his room.

F U L L-T I M E PA R E N T A N D A RT I ST Killerlain isn't the only artist to make use of her studio. Sometimes, she paints with her three kids. In fact, her son, Pierce Killerlain, has his own gallery wall in his room, while Anna Kate and Claire Killerlain have decorated their room with their art. Both girls have also said that they want to grow up to be just like their mom, a full-time parent and artist. For more information, please contact: Pam Killerlain Art 901-828-0995 36






Escape to the


ump in and come along for the ride as Design & Living Magazine takes a road trip through the Land of 10,000 Lakes. We'll tour stunning year-rounds and beachside retreats. Also on our itinerary, see how these property owners have made the lake their home away from home. By the end of our trip, we'll be on the same page when we say that life is better at the lake.



Pelican Lake Perfection


esigning the 4,000-squarefoot Pelican Lake home of Ernie and Wilma Oberg would be a dream project for any architect or interior designer. Working with local architect, Tony Stoll of BHH Partners and Eric and Tami Soyring of Straightline Design, this talented team was given the ultimate creative control from start to finish. See inside the stunning beachfront retreat designed with family as the focus.

From the Ground Up

To start off the project, architect Tony Stoll of BHH Partners was contacted by Ernie Oberg to create the design and layout. "Ernie was quite open to design concepts and ideas. He wanted something one-story and to keep a view of the lake as you entered the lot. That was important to him, to be able to see the lake when you drove up to the front door," said Stoll.

BY Becca Opp & Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography



BHH Partners then did the exterior design and conceptualized the interior's layout and planning. "For the finite details, we typically let homeowners work with interior designers or handle it themselves. In this case, he chose to work with Straightline Design on the interior details and finishes. So, we plan it and conceptualize it and they do all of the fine tuning and the details that bring it all together," explained Stoll.




Besides not obstructing the lake view, one of Stoll's challenges was keeping everything on one level. "We had to get everything under one roof and not make it seem like a gymnasium. The other thing he wanted was the great room, dining, kitchen and bar area on the lake side," said Stoll. The four season porch was really important to him for a space to gather and entertain and bring the outside inside." After the drawings, Stoll relied on a great team and good connection between office and contractors to pull it all together. "Obviously, they did a great job. The end product is very impressive," said Stoll. "It's a great feeling as we step back from a project and finish our end, to feel really confident between S&S Construction, the other subcontractors and Straightline Design, that they're going to knock it out of the park."

Architect- Tony Stoll, BHH Partners Builder - Scott Stengrim, S&S Construction Metal fabrication and interior design - Straightline Design Cabinets, flooring, tile and countertops - Interior Designers, Kayla Cahoon and Christa Skauge- Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Lighting - Restoration Hardware, Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Arteriors Furniture - Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Hom Furniture, Furniture Mart, SCHEELS HOME & HARDWARE

Starting the Straightline Story

Straightline's story begins nearly ten years ago with Tami Soyring and a longstanding passion for design. She showed her husband a Pottery Barn wall easel and he immediately took one look at it and was not about to let her pay the high cost for something he was capable of building. "We started making the easels and selling a lot of them online and doing more fabrication," said Eric Soyring. Her interior design projects would often require her to find ways to build things and it eventually spiraled into architectural metals, where her husband was able to intervene.

A Labor of Love

The past six years have brought Tami Soyring more than her fair share of challenges caused by unexpected health issues. While enduring ongoing tumor treatment with periods of chemotherapy and radiation, her two grown kids often assisted on design projects. Today her condition is improving and she continues to design large-scale projects but is more selective about what type of projects she takes on. "This job is kind of special because it was a real labor of love through this difficult time with my wife's health. It is also special because it is one of those jobs where it was truly a collaboration with both Tami and I," said Eric Soyring.

Changing Paths

Looking at their work today, it's hard to believe that this was not the plan either of them had envisioned. Tami Soyring entered marriage with a passion for design but a goal to be a stay-at-home

mom, often managing both goals with her husband's support. Meanwhile, Eric Soyring's dreams were more of the rock star kind. He spent much of his career in music, touring with multiple bands and more recently a band named Noise Union. "Really what we were doing was ministering young people and trying to spread hope," said Eric Soyring. "She was always extremely supportive of what we were doing, so I thought the least I can do is be supportive of her and entertain her ideas." After collaborating with his wife on her interior design projects, Eric Soyring found metal fabrication to be a rewarding avenue for creativity, much like his music.

Marrying Talents

While Eric Soyring's skills are primarily self-taught and rooted in 15 years of prior machine shop experience, Tami Soyring got her formal interior design schooling at the Scheffield School of Interior Design, now known as the New York Institute of Art Design, in New York. Together, the Soyrings have traveled all over the lakes area, Fargo-Moorhead, western North Dakota, South Dakota and even Minneapolis for various projects. The Soyrings have two children together, a 20-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. The Soyrings are proof that in order to create the perfect end result, design and fabrication must go hand in hand. "The metal side of the business, is the fabrication and our best asset is the design," said Eric Soyring. "We work with builders and architects and so really we

have a relationship where we can trust each other and they can rely on us to help design what they need. They come to us and they say, we need this, can you help present some ideas? A lot of times we'll work directly with the customer for them, so we come up with a design for the metal fab stuff, then we actually go through and design, draw it and then fabricate, finish and install."

From Start to Finish

For the Soyrings, the best part of designing the Oberg lake home was starting from the very beginning. "Even before they broke ground, Ernie and Wilma said, 'Do your thing.' They had us come in right from the very beginning and meet with the architect and take over making every design decision from the exterior finishes and colors to every selection and furniture piece on the interior. This was just a really exciting one, to be able to do that, and have creative control over all of it," said Eric Soyring.

"We are kind of like proud parents of this job because we were so involved over the last nine months, plus I think Tami killed it with the design," said Eric Soyring. Adding to the home's creativity, Tami commissioned multiple, custom metal items that her husband was able to fabricate such as the kitchen range hood, fireplace wall, metal branch vase, custom window insert, bar shelving and live edge walnut bench. "Also, Scott Stengrim of S&S Construction did a great job at making sure all of the details were followed through with," said Eric Soyring. "He does really quality work and was there day in and day out throughout the entire process." "For this project, it's much more the interior design aspect. Tami's extremely talented with any style, but especially contemporary, beach and modern styles," said Eric Soyring. "We also do remodels and consultations. Her favorite types of projects are ones like this, where they say go for it, have fun with it and do your thing."

Principal architect Tony Stoll of BHH Partners is originally from the Perham, Minnesota, area, but moved to Colorado in the '80s and moved back here in the '90s, while remaining a partner. BHH has extensive knowledge in commercial, residential and lake property. Perham is just one of their branches, with their main offices located in Breckenridge, Colorado.




Upon first arrival, guests here are greeted with a beautiful glimpse of what is to come throughout the Ober lake home. Giving the foyer depth and warmth, the Soyrings used a reclaimed-looking wood on the ceiling. To contrast the more rustic feel of the ceiling, Tami Soyring chose a Phillip Jeffries, linen textured wall paper and Arteriors lighting. Off to the side, a custom, live edge walnut bench made by Eric Soyring creates a focal point with function.

Powder Room

The powder room features a beautiful, Phillip Jeffries birch-patterned wall paper to complement the stone and industrial elements.


Just off of the foyer, the Soyrings designed an office and den with a sliding two-fold barn door system to either show or hide the storage built-ins behind. A hide-a-bed is also used for additional guests.

Sink and mirror - Restoration Hardware

Smoked Glass paint - Ralph Lauren



Family Room

To provide an element of warmth for the 16-foot ceilings in the family room, the Soyrings customized select areas of the room like the live edge bench area with welded, metal wood storage underneath. A sleek, stacked limestone, quartz surround and maple flooring create the perfect backdrop for the custom, metal fireplace wall. "I love the beachy, homey feel. It works really well in the summer, but I think it feels really warm and could translate well to the winter too, so they can spend the holidays here," said Eric Soyring. "When it comes to flow, I think Tami kills it every time, it just feels cohesive all the way through."

This metal branch stand was custom built by Eric Soyring to fit the space. "It's such a great art piece. It's hard to find the perfect pieces for those types of spaces," said Tami Soyring.



"When you do a lot of lake homes, there are some aspects that are a given," said Stoll. "You're paying for the view and the lakeshore, so you've got to maximize and give people not just that postage stamp looking straight ahead at the lake, but open it up so they can take as much advantage of the property as they can."

Fireplace Wall

To draw attention to the expansive ceiling heights, Eric Soyring designed this acid-etched aluminum with a custom patina finish to flow from the fireplace quartz surround to the ceiling. "When we were in here before we put that up, even though it's so tall, it didn't feel tall," he said. "Once we installed this aluminum, it really drew the eye up again."



Lighting - Restoration Hardware Flooring, backsplash and cabinetry - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One


Bar Room

Happy Hour's view is made even more unforgettable in the bar area's reclaimed wood-inspired, coffered ceiling with cable track lighting. Carrying in the limestone from the fireplace, Tami Soyring chose a split-faced, more rustic version of the stone tile for the bar room backsplash. Choosing more masculine aesthetics, the Soyrings incorporated custom, live edge, walnut shelving, slate flooring and leathered granite counters. "We wanted this room to be more masculine because they have four boys. So, this is really the guy's hang-out room," said Eric Soyring.

To keep the bar noise contained but continue with the open feeling of the layout, Eric Soyring designed a glass panel wall with his signature, custom metal design. "We didn't want to do just the typical design on this glass, so we decided to switch it up a bit and do this fun design," said Tami Soyring. "Eric just drew it up and we went back and forth until we found one we liked."




In the kitchen, Tami Soyring chose a sleek, marble-look quartz for the contemporary, waterfall edge island and counter with an under mount sink. Creating even more design interest is a custom hood fabricated by Eric Soyring and a side wine bar. "We were trying to incorporate X's, that was kind of the theme throughout," said Tami Soyring.

Dining Room

In the dining room, Tami Soyring chose another textured, Phillip Jeffries wall paper, large buffet for entertaining, and more contemporary lighting to balance the design between the rustic bar and sleek kitchen designs. "With Tami, it's like watching an artist paint when she starts on the decorating side. It's fun to see it all come together design-wise too, but when she comes in to stage the furniture, it all happens so quickly," explains Eric Soyring. "It's always one of my favorite days."




Master Bedroom

The Oberg's home includes the master and three guest bedrooms that are all designed as on-suites.

Graber roller shades - Window Works Lighting - Modern Collection, Restoration Hardware Bedding - Ralph Lauren Chairs - Crate & Barrel Accessories - HomeGoods Paint - Smoked Glass by Ralph Lauren

Master Bathroom

Tile and cabinetry - Interior Designers, Kayla Cahoon and Christa Skauge - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Bathtub and fixtures - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

With the master bath, BHH Partners designed a creative layout conducive to easy flow and function. A unique walk-in tile shower design provides privacy without bulky doors. Tami Soyring then designed the mirrored, wood accent walls which illuminate the custom floor tile details, floating vanities, quartz countertops, undermount sinks and stunning soaking tub.



Guest Bedroom #1

"One unique thing about these three guest bedrooms, is that they all have the same base tile, but they each have their own character accents as far as accent tiles," explained Eric Soyring. The owners love blue, so Tami Soyring made sure to incorporate plenty of the shade with gray or blue-toned paint, accents and textured wall coverings.

Guest Bedroom #2

In this guest room, the Soyrings opted for a more masculine design with rich, nautical influence and bedding by Ralph Lauren.

Family Wall

"One of the key details is that we like designing in family walls and they've got that great family wall with all the built-ins and pictures in that hallway extending to the bedrooms. We love highlighting that, because that's the whole reason you gather at the lake, to hang out with family," said architect Tony Stoll of BHH Partners.

For more information, contact: Straightline Design 701-306-4392 BHH Partners Tony Stoll 650 3rd Ave. SE. Suite 10, Perham, Minn. 218-346-4505



Rustic Lake Home Tour


ouples don't always share the same taste when it comes to home dĂŠcor, but it is an interior designer's job to marry their two styles to create a cohesive space. That is just what Rebecca Knutson, certified interior designer (CID) of Floor to Ceiling, set out to do when working with the Andersens of Westhope, North Dakota. We'll take you inside this stunning year-round lake home with rustic appeal for Mr. Andersen and subtle hints of bling for Mrs. Andersen.

A Lakeside Location

Although the home is located on Lake Metigoshe, the Andersens were referred to Rebecca Knutson, an interior designer at Floor to Ceiling in Fargo. Knutson grew up in the Minot area and spent many summers on Lake Metigoshe, so she was more than willing to immerse herself in the project. "Right away, I think we clicked. Being from the same area, they were just awesome clients to work with. They were very open to ideas. The homeowners actually brought the floor plans to me at the store here in Fargo, and we did a lot of meetings in Fargo with them," said Knutson. BY Becca Opp & Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY Robb Siverson Photography



While Knutson helped the Andersens pick out finishes, Hight Construction of Minot was responsible for the build, which took 15 months from start to finish.




The Andersens' home has three levels, with a large great room on the main. This gathering space consists of a bar, living room, dining room and kitchen. Casting warm light upon the room from above is a chandelier, carefully selected to fit the scale of the room. After your eyes are drawn up, you'll notice vaulted, wood ceilings with exposed beams. For beneath their feet, Knutson helped the Andersens select oiled hardwood flooring. Meanwhile, the walls are made of wooden logs, and the whole room is surrounded by natural views. In the heart of the dining room is a banquet table that seats 10, which was a must-have for the Andersens. The result was an ideal space for entertaining their many children and grandchildren. "This is a house that's meant to host parties," said Knutson. To the left, the living room features comfortable, yet attractive seating for get-togethers, and hanging over the stone fireplaces is a red stag from New Zealand, one of Mr. Andersen's prized hunting trophies.

The Lean-To

Knutson and the Andersens referred to the bar area as the lean-to because it features a pergola built from hand-picked wooden logs. This unique structural feature was Mr. Andersen's idea come to fruition. Behind the bar, the cabinetry is from Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, which Knutson and the Andersens selected in a Camelot finish with Typhoon Bordeaux granite and live-edge wooden countertops. Behind the bar is also a wallmounted TV and built-in wine cooler.




The kitchen also features armoire-style cabinets in a Camelot finish, which is one of the finishes available at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One. A refrigerator and pantry are hidden behind these patinated cabinet doors. The backsplash glimmers with travertine, copper and glass tile, while typhoon Bordeaux granite countertops with a beveled edge give the kitchen a rustic feel. On the floor, porcelain tile provides a durable surface that mimics the look of slate with a border detail. One unique thing about this kitchen is the presence of two islands. While one island is intended for food preparation, the wing-shaped island was created with the Andersens' grandchildren in mind. However, this was a challenge to design because the islands had to complement the exposed beams on the ceiling. Then, pendant lights were strategically threaded through the beams to illuminate the islands.





A loft featuring a wet bar and home gym overlooks the great room.

Master Suite

Like the great room, the master bedroom features a custom, vaulted, wood ceiling. This room also has access to an east-facing patio. "They wanted to be able to drink coffee on the deck and watch the sun come up, so that was their inspiration," said Knutson. On the other end of the house, the Andersens can watch the sun set in the evening while sipping their martinis from a second patio.



Master Bath

The master bath really represents the blend of the owners' individual tastes. Painted cabinets give the room a lighter look, and a brushstroke glaze provides a rustic effect. Splendor cream granite countertops that resemble camouflage appeal to Mr. Andersen, while undermount, copper sinks add glamour for Mrs. Andersen. Likewise, the rough, chiseled tile in the walk-in shower is broken up by thin strips of glass tile with bronze accents. The flooring consists of a porcelain tile overlay of reclaimed wood and stone.




Lower Level

While the main and second levels feature plenty of amenities for the adults, the lower level is equipped to entertain all ages. This level includes a kitchenette, movie room, stone fireplace and a game room complete with a pool table. The kitchenette has rustic hickory cabinetry and decorative cabinet doors with reeds pressed between two clear panels to keep with the outdoor theme. It also has an ice machine and Tahoe granite countertops with beveled edges. On the floor, heated, porcelain tiles that immitate the texture of the wood are tough enough to handle heavy foot traffic. For more information, please contact: Rebecca Knutson, CID Floor to Ceiling Carpet One 360 36th St. S, Fargo 701-237-6601



Sweet Melissa Tomlinson Lake Home Tour


When you are on your way to the Tomlinsons' house, the turn is easy to miss because it is hidden by trees. "When we bought the lot, it hardly had a tree on it," Rita Tomlinson said. Now, their home is surrounded by green. "We did a lot of planting. It feels very private and tucked in. We love that it's off the main thoroughfare," she continued. To achieve this look, the Tomlinsons worked with Land Elements as their landscape architect as well as Lake Country Gardens of Ottertail Lake, Minnesota.

BY Becca Opp & Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography



Featuring dry-stacked Montana Moss Rock and cedar siding on the exterior, this home simultaneously fits in with and stands out from the landscape. When designing the house, the Tomlinsons worked with architect Craig Helenske from Helenske Design Group out of Fargo. "Craig designed and drew the plan for us, but naturally as builders, we had a lot of input," said Rita Tomlinson.


ust as some songs remain popular years after they were first released, this home on Lake Melissa is a masterpiece of timeless design. Though it was built almost nine years ago, the home of Rita and Dana Tomlinson has a modern mix of contemporary and rustic appeal. With over 5,000 square feet of living space and a 1,300-squarefoot home office, this location is currently the headquarters of their business, custom home builders Tomlinson Schultz. Join us as we take you on a tour of their lakeside retreat.



Tobacco Barn hardwood flooring extends throughout the main level of the home. These petrified planks not only possess character in their grain, but they’re also highly durable. Stonework - Jeff Paseka, J. Paseka Masonry




Great Room

When you enter the Tomlinsons' home, guests are warmly greeted by a great room to the left with an open floor plan that connects the kitchen, living and dining rooms. The living room has two major focal points: a picturesque view of Lake Melissa and a Montana Moss Rock fireplace, which is cohesive with the exterior of the home. Above, native pine timbers serve the space both structurally and visually. "They're a unique couple in that Dana is one of the most reputable custom builders in the region. With his attention-to-detail and Rita's creativity, they brought a lot of positive energy to the table," said Helenske. Throughout the design, Helenske strived to present the exposed beams and columns of the home’s structure to define the rooms, their character and scale. Throughout the great room, the floorboards consist of wood reclaimed from old tobacco barns. These petrified planks not only possess character in their grain, but they're also highly durable.




This kitchen is understated, yet elegant, featuring an exposed truss system that defines the space. Double dishwasher drawers and an integrated refrigerator offer discreet amenities behind mahogany cabinets. The subtle, inset mahogany drawer pulls are both timeless and functiona. Finally, neutral limestone countertops allow the eye to focus on the custom, tile backsplash from Heath Ceramics, a company based out of Sausalito, California.


Providing a warm glow on the pine ceiling hallway are two stunning antique light fixtures salvaged from the iconic El Zagel Shrine Temple in Fargo. On the left side is a drop zone laundry room with rift-cut oak cabinetry and a powder room. The opposite doorway leads to an adequately-stocked butler’s pantry.

The dining room includes a table that comfortably seats eight as well as a baby grand piano. Music clearly runs in the family. After a 40-year hiatus, Rita Tomlinson is playing her trumpet, while Dana Tomlinson enjoys playing guitar and banjo. Their sons, Austin (35) and Lucas (28) also play piano and the organ. “It’s a really great space for entertaining. It’s got a nice flow to it. It’s large enough that you can accommodate a big group, but it’s not so large that you feel like you are rattling around when it’s just the two of you,” said Rita Tomlinson.



Master Bedroom

The Master Suite is revealed by a set of double doors, and 11-foot windows allow peaceful views of the lake and gardens. Like much of the interior of the home, the decor was curated by interior designer Greg Walsh of Martin Patrick 3 in the Twin Cities. Of their collaboration, Rita Tomlinson said, “We had worked with Greg on several other projects, and when we started our house, we knew that he’d be a wonderful asset to the team. The direction and inspiration that he offered throughout the process was sophisticated, yet comfortable.”

Master Bath

In the master bath, adjacent vanities are enhanced with custom tile from Heath Ceramics and Lagos Azul quartzite countertops. Mahogany cabinets and a soaking tub come together to create a classic look. These finishes are complemented by Dorn Bracht fixtures.





Guest Bath

In the Jack-and-Jack bathroom, where you'd expect to see your own reflection, is a jaw-dropping view of Lake Melissa. Rita Tomlinson said, "We made a decision that we didn't want to have a mirror here because we wanted to capture the view." Instead, the Tomlinsons installed mirrors which open from the inside of cabinet doors attached to the walls adjacent to the vanity.


Screen Porch

This lake home has a true screenedin-porch, complete with a wood burning fireplace, which has been one of the Tomlinsons’ favorite rooms. Even as the Tomlinsons anticipate downsizing, they’re certain their next home will include more space devoted to a screen porch.

Guest Room

The second level of the home features a family room and two guest bedrooms that are connected by a Jack-and-Jill, or Jack-and-Jack, bathroom.




The Tomlinsons' attached, three-car garage has more than enough room for vehicles, as well as hobbies. The Tomlinsons love Lake Melissa because it's a great lake for windsurfing. Dana Tomlinson is an avid windsurfer who in retirement aspires to help grow this fading sport. Introduced to the sport while living in Colorado 30 years ago, he has been described as a windsurfing evangelist. "If you show even a remote sign of wanting to try it, I'll have you on a board," laughed Dana Tomlinson.


Growing up, Dana Tomlinson was inspired to pursue a career in carpentry by his father’s business, Tomlinson Lumber. As a young man, he and his wife, Rita Tomlinson, started a business building spec homes in Northern California. After eight years, they began to miss family and Minnesota. In 1991, the couple moved back to Detroit Lakes where they have had a home office ever since. Today, an annex connects their commercial space to the Tomlinsons’ private, residential property. This 1,300-square-foot office is the headquarters of Tomlinson Schultz, as the couple have brought on a third business partner, Mark Schultz.



Although they have enjoyed having everything in one place for so many years, the Tomlinsons look forward to having more distinction between their home and office. “With the growth of the company, we see the value in separating those two worlds,” Rita Tomlinson said

Whatever the future has in store, Rita and Dana Tomlinson hope to call Lake Melissa their home for years to come. It’s likely that the late Greg Allman was inspired by a beautiful woman, not a lake, when composing the lyrics to "Sweet Melissa," but to quote a line in the song “But, back home he’ll always run, to sweet Melissa.”



Part Two

Tiny Design with Chris Hawley Architects


s part two of our threepart series on tiny design, Chris Hawley of Chris Hawley Architects takes us inside some of his favorite lake cabin projects with smaller-than-average footprints. See why Hawley believes genuine lake living is best captured in close quarters. BY Tracy Nicholson PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography, Chris Hawley Architects and Paul Flessland



ABOUT THE TINY DESIGN SERIES If you missed out on part one of our tiny design series in June, Hawley took us on a tour of his favorite, small homes that offer big appeal. Each home proved that a lack of square footage doesn't have to mean sacrificing great design or efficiency. Part three in August will take us to the backyard to learn everything you need to know about small-scale designs for sheds, pool houses, backyard office spaces and dreamy playhouses.

Living Large in Tiny Spaces When it comes to lake living, Hawley believes that cabins should simply be cabins. "For me, being a kid who grew up at the lake, one of my favorite things in life was just having this sort of, nest," explained Hawley. "The word 'cozy' is overused, but I would take an intimate, well-done space over a poorly done, big space any day. If we've got family or friends out, I wanted to be able to say, 'Hey, why don't you guys stay the night.' In my mind, the lake is sort of like, beggars can't be choosers, so if you've got a bed, you should feel lucky. I don't think it needs to be a five-star hotel experience." For Hawley, the lake is not the place for dinner parties or stuffy conversation. It is a simple retreat for reconnecting with family and friends. "When we're at the lake, we want to spend our day outside, maybe ride bike, go for a run, go for a kayak ride, make breakfast–it's not about having this big building so that we can sit inside all day," said Hawley. BUILD AS YOU GO? One concept in question seems to be if one should build in the now or for the future, keeping in mind future grandkids and spouses. "As my family grows, maybe our needs will change, but I don't want to build for something that far down the road," said Hawley. "I think you just build what's comfortable to you right now, and if you need to make adjustments, you make those later. I could see with activities and so much going on, at some point maybe not getting out to the lake as much. I don't feel so bad about that. But, if I had this big house at the lake, I'd feel really guilty if it never got used."


"The word cozy is overused, but I would take an intimate, well-done space over a poorly-done, big space any day." Tiny Lake Homes

The Hawley's Retreat At 560 square feet, the Hawley's three-bedroom, single bathroom lake home is high on simplistic style and low on maintenance. All three bedrooms are bunk rooms with full-sized beds. "There's six full-sized beds in the cabin and a queen-sized bed in the boathouse. So, we can actually sleep 12 if needed," said Hawley. "This past weekend, we had seven out there. For me, it's really fun to make a list of all of the things that I want to accommodate and find a creative way to do that."




When the Hawleys purchased the property, there was already a 20x28 cabin and 8x14 boathouse on the site. With the square footage grandfathered in, Hawley's challenge was to rebuild new in the same square footage as the old cabin.

Located on an isthmus only 80 to 90 feet deep and thinning to around 50 feet, the Hawleys enjoy West McDonald Lake on the front side and Brown Lake on the back side. "Brown Lake is a really pretty, quiet sort of environmental lake that we kayak on," said Hawley. "The other (West McDonald) is the busier, more recreational lake." Hawley also designed the colorful neighboring cabin on the tiny isthmus. "We just kind of reinvented it in this new build. We liked the location, we liked the proximity to the lake, not having a big yard to mow, all of the aspects that made it low-maintenance, but all of the great amenities that come with being at the lake," explained Hawley. "It's super tiny, so every space has to give you the most bang for the buck.


"I kind of like all of the spaces for what they are. The kitchen, living room and dining room are pretty amazing because of their ability to transform throughout the day depending on weather, the sun and a lot of other factors," said Hawley. "When you're in the living room with all that glass on a nice day, the whole space feels like a porch. When it's not nice out, we can close it all up, and it can feel like a really intimate and cozy place to have a fire and enjoy dinner," he said. Since the cabin is year-round, the Hawley family spent Christmas there this year. "We go out there mid-winter, watch movies, have dinner, play in the snow–it's great," said Hawley.




Inside, the family's style utilizes a minimalistic, Scandinavian approach. "It's somewhat subdued and understated. We have this beautiful lake and great views to the west of sunsets through a wall of glass, but there's this really simplistic attitude toward the other side because there's a road 10 feet from the back of the house," said Hawley. "The design is more discreet, which is a response to the site, living in close quarters with other cabins."

MINIMUM MAINTENANCE For the exterior, Hawley chose a 50-year metal and natural cedar siding that will be allowed to weather and gray. "I'm just letting it be a cabin. We show up, open the doors and we're ready to be at the lake," said Hawley.



For the Hawleys, the biggest challenge was creating enough sleeping space that could accommodate friends and family, all while keeping the details minimalistic and affordable.

THE SURF SHACK After rebuilding in the same footprint of the original boathouse, Hawley now refers to this space as his "surf shack." It functions as storage for the family's lake gear and serves as a cozy guest bedroom for visitors that can transition to a more private office space.

RETREAT WITH RESTRAINT For Hawley, this was a project of restraint. "I would have loved to have been able to change the roof shape or do some crazy things with windows and openings, but we also wanted to balance the cost. We could have done a folding wall system across the front for roughly $25,000 or we could go with three individual patio doors that give you the same feeling. So, I was always sort of conscious of the cost of this project," he said.



"We couldn't change much about the original space, but I think we got the most project out of it that we could, given the situation," said Hawley. "But, we really ended up getting everything we wanted too. We knew we were never going to live at the lake, but we wanted to spend some time there when the weather's great. We didn't want to be so stressed out with how much money we put into it or feel like we have to go there every weekend."


Tiny Lake Homes

Rice Lake Scandinavian Cabin If you're on the search for a beautiful lake, don't just stop at Minnesota. Head to Rice Lake, North Dakota, to find the 900-square-foot cabin of Pam Haugen. Her son Chris Hawley is the architect, and this became one of his first projects while in college. Serene lake views set the perfect landscape for this red barn with a nod to their Scandinavian heritage. "We built this cabin for $45,000 with free labor when I was in college with my buddies. It was mainly paid for with beer and boat gas money," laughed Hawley






Tiny Lake Homes

Callaway Contemporary Cabin This 1,300-square-foot lake home near Callaway, Minnesota, features main floor living with a master bedroom, kitchen, porch and office on the ground level.

The mono pitch roof was a cost-saving measure to try and get as much home as they could under one, simple roof. "The drive for the whole project was really celebrating the views because it's a really quiet, secluded area. So, we could have a large, lake-facing piece of glass, then in the same breath, we have the simplicity of a really simple shape," said Hawley.

For additional sleeping, a custom, maple Murphy bed system is used in the den. 94




The owner is a kitchen designer, so she designed the maple cabinetry and island herself. She's also an avid furniture collector. Concrete floors and exposed ductwork add industrial charm to the gorgeous lake views and natural landscape.

The second floor serves as a loft and den for guests. Designed by Hawley's team and built by Detroit Lakes contractor Garret Johnson, this home's design is centered around the serene landscape and tranquil lake view.



PORCH LIVING "There's also this idea of porch living. In the summer, that's the room you mostly live in, and the rest of the space is more for functional needs. It's adjacency to the kitchen was really important so they could have bug-free cooking and dining inside, but feel like they're dining outside," said Hawley. "For them, they wanted main floor living, so there's a little office as well as a master bedroom and living space on the main level. For those that come to visit, there's the loft upstairs to accommodate guests as well as some adaptable furniture. It wasn't built to suit tons of guests, just more of a retreat."

"This was a nice, large site where they really had the ability to build anything they wanted, with no site restrictions," said Hawley. "It's a really pretty, not heavily developed lake and the owners were looking to build a summer retirement house. They grew up in this area, moved away and had been working all over the place for the past 40 years and they decided to build here for the solitude and to be close to family and spend their summers with their kids."



Tiny Lake Homes

Blanche Lake Beauty This fully renovated, 710-square-foot cabin on Blanche Lake features two bedrooms with a bunk room, one bathroom and a loft. The original cabin was once part of an old resort with all of the cabins eventually sold off to individual owners. Hawley expanded the original one-room cabin and added the two bedrooms to keep the space open with pitched ceilings.


"The owner had a pretty strong idea of what she wanted and brought in a bunch of photos, so we kind of made them all work together," said Hawley. It's even got a small, walk-in pantry and open kitchen area. For a little, 710-square-foot house, it's a really fun design."

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Hawley's team helped on all of the selections and finishes with the addition of reclaimed wood siding and reclaimed wood interior details by Grain Designs. The construction was done by S&S Construction out of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.




Tiny Lake Homes

West McDonald Lake Sitting at a mere 1,000 square feet and as Chris Hawley's neighbor on the isthmus, this vibrant cabin re-design has taken lake living from drab to fab with vibrant color tones inside and out. Hawley worked with the owners to keep the cabin's original footprint intact while creating a fun and functional space to enjoy the views. His-and-hers doors into the bedroom make the small space more functional and a screened in porch serves as the summer dining room and occasional camping-out space.




Tiny Lake Homes

Pelican Lake Cabin and Bunkhouse This 1,500-square-foot cabin on Pelican Lake is another example of how a small footprint can equal big design. In the main cabin, the fireplace was left to serve as an anchor in the layout's design, wrapping the living spaces around it for efficient flow. As a getaway for grandparents, the 160-square-foot bunkhouse was transformed into a charming space with multiple functions.







ince opening its doors last November, Nest in Perham, Minnesota, has been wildly popular among local patrons and is poised to be a hot spot for visitors to the lakes area this summer. With its modern design, Nest is more than a store–it's an experience. That's what the owners of parent-business, Wild Goose, wanted to

create when they spread their wings and expanded their kitchen section into this brick and mortar storefront. Follow us as we find out what this kitchen store, coffee shop and meeting place is all about. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. Alan Paul Photography | HEADSHOT BY Kim j. photography

Meet Erica Martin and Laura Bjerke. Martin is the marketing director for Nest, while Bjerke is the chief operations officer. "Laura and I were challenged by the owners with this project. When we were thinking of names for the store, our first thought was that we didn't want to be another goose in town to create confusion, so we thought, 'What does home tie into?' And we thought, 'Your nest. Like a bird, you build your nest, and that's your home.' That's where the name, 'Nest' came from," Martin said.


SPREADING THEIR WINGS Wild Goose has been a staple in Perham for almost 20 years, and it started out as a gift store with a coffee shop. They also had a kitchen section, a bedding section and a toy section. Then, three years ago, Wild Goose expanded their toy section into a brick-and-mortar store called Goose Gang Toys. Now, they have done the same with their new kitchen store, Nest. All three stores are subsidiaries of Goose Group, which is owned by the Huebsch and Mikelson families.

Today, Nest has 6,500 square feet consisting of the kitchen store, coffee shop, lounge and two meeting rooms. Though the coffee shop is three times larger than the one that used to be in Wild Goose, it retains some of the original features beloved by locals and visitors alike. "We still put the coffe drive-through in because we know that people want convenience," Martin explained. Their new drivethrough has been very popular, especially in the mornings. Between 7 and 9 a.m., it has a constant stream of traffic.


MAKING NEST Martin and Bjerke were in charge of coming up with the overall design of Nest. Together, they traveled to the Twin Cities and went around looking at coffee shops for inspiration, where they fell in love with a Starbucks in Dinkytown because of its large windows. Then Martin and Bjerke hired Sarah Carlson of Tyson Design Studio and showed her pictures of coffee shops with elements that they wanted to incorporate into Nest. After Carlson came up with the interior and exterior design, Hammers Construction was responsible for building the physical structure.

One feature that is unique to Nest is the addition of two versatile meeting rooms.



THINGS TO FILL YOUR NEST Nest receives new inventory weekly. The kitchen store also carries clothing and accessories, including the Sota brand, which is made in Minnesota. This brand is one of their best-selling products.

Brides and grooms can even create a wedding registry at Nest.




Nest sells everything from bakeware to organic cleaning supplies.

Nest also carries stainless steel Memphis grills, which are made in Minnesota. Unlike most outdoor grills, Memphis grills utilize wood pellets as fuel, providing flavor to everything from turkey to brisket with the touch of a button. This grill can even bake bread.

The kitchen store also features a demo kitchen, where Martin and Bjerke invite chefs to demonstrate new products and cooking techniques for customers.

For more information, please contact: Nest 902 Market St., Perham, Minnesota 218-346-4300 You can also find Nest on Facebook by searching The Nest of Perham, on Instagram @nestofperham and on Twitter @nest_of_perham.





ou may have noticed that home dĂŠcor trends tend to originate on the coasts and gradually spread in throughout the Midwest. At some point, you might find yourself wondering how these fresh, new styles make it all the way up to the FM and Detroit Lakes areas. For this, we can thank stores like Refreshing Designs, located in Perham, Minnesota, for

introducing the latest trends and making them more easily accessible to us.

Refreshing Designs Interior Design Team Leann Feldt, Shayla Hunstad, Bailee Schissel

We were lucky to have Bailee Schissel, one of the store's in-house interior designers, as our guide while we toured the store and showroom floors. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. Alan Paul Photography TEAM PHOTO BY Amanda Schultz - Studio 60 Photographic Art 115


A TASTEFUL PAST Unless you've lived in Perham for a number of years, you'd never guess that the building that now houses Refreshing Designs actually used to be a restaurant. However, with a team of trained interior designers as employees, they were able to transform the restaurant into a beautiful furniture, home dÊcor and interior design showroom. Only one remnant of the restaurant still remains–a ledge that runs almost the entire perimeter of the store and adds tons of extra square-footage for merchandise that wouldn't otherwise be available on the showroom floor.

Refreshing Designs also has a past in Perham, as it began over ten years ago with a different location just down the street. Then, two years ago, Aaron Karvonen, fourth generation owner of Karvonen's, moved back from the Twin Cities and took over his family's furniture and appliance business. He then purchased Refreshing Designs because he saw a strong connection. Together, they now address all of their customers' interior design needs, whether it be shopping for furniture or redesigning a space.




Refreshing Designs then moved to its current, much larger location. One of the major perks of their new space is a design studio separate from the rest of the showroom floor. This studio is complete with a conference room that is perfect for meeting with clients.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Refreshing Designs also collaborates with a few other local businesses. For example, they feature B&D Granite's countertop showroom on their floor as well as a custom cabinetry showroom from local cabinet makers.

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FRESH, NEW PRODUCTS Twice a year, the interior designers at Refreshing Designs travel the country to find the latest home dĂŠcor styles. "We go to market twice a year. We go to Las Vegas and High Point North Carolina, so we go to both coasts as well as Minneapolis," Schissel said. During these trips, the interior designers are exposed to popular trends. Then, piece by piece, they slowly start integrating these styles into the Refreshing Designs showroom. Think, for example, of trends like industrial dĂŠcor. Although it is gaining popularity in the Midwest, this trend first appeared on the coasts. Velvet is another example. The interior design team at Refreshing Designs is careful to avoid abrupt introductions of new trends, slowly incorporating new trends such as velvet into their showroom through accent pillows.

"If it involves your home or business, we do it." - Bailee Schissel 118


These succulents are modeled after live succulents grown in California, then they are hand-painted to mimic the real thing. This is yet another trend that Refreshing Designs has adopted from their trips to market.


Refreshing Designs also features a variety of high profile brands in their store such as Surya Rugs and Magnolia Home Furniture, for example. All of the items in their store can be ordered or purchased directly off of the showroom floor. In addition, they also offer white-glovedelivery courtesy of their sister-store, Karvonen's.

For more information, please contact: Refreshing Designs 103 E. Main St., Perham, Minn 218-346-2475 You can find Refreshing Designs on Facebook and Houzz by searching "Refreshing Designs," and for even more content, you can follow them on Instagram @rdperham.






DOORS 300 Block Condominium When walking around Downtown Fargo, you may wonder who or what resides above the businesses in the historic buildings that line Broadway. Well, high above the hustle and bustle of the busy street is a residential unit that is home to a private art collection. For the first time, these collectors have opened their doors to Design & Living Magazine to help us understand that fine art can be accessible to anyone, regardless of space and budget.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOGRAPHY BY Paul Flessland


Life is a High-Wire Act by David Ekdah


Unnamed by David Ekdahl Unnamed by David Ekdahl

Mark Weiler is the owner of Ecce Art Gallery, which features local and regional artists in monthly-rotating exhibits.

The Collectors Belonging to two long-time Fargo teachers, this condominium is adorned by the works of local and regional artists including David Norstad, Mike Marth, Dan Jones, Orland Rourke, Meg Peldo, Jay Pfeifer and Charles Beck. Though they have been collecting for 40 years, many of these pieces–especially the more recent additions to their collection–the couple has purchased from Mark Weiler at Ecce Art Gallery. 124





ART DESIGN&LIVING Assorted works by David Norstad and Mike Benson

Doll Trap Love Collection by David Norstad


Urban Grindster by Mike Marth, Knob Shrine by Mike Marth, And still another finish line by Mike Marth

The Space In this warm 300 Block condominium, the art-covered walls do not compete with the furniture or fixtures for attention. Each piece is unique, but complements the collection as a whole, which was clearly curated by two individuals with similar taste. Though the condo is modest in size, there is enough space to accommodate future additions to their collection. However, one of the owners joked that they could use another wall. Weiler acknowledged, "That's an issue people think about, 'We have such a small space, or we don't have a grandiose home.' There are just so many different ways of hanging, different ways of presenting, and I think that's also a fear that people have, that they're not going to do it right. I've been in situations where people have bought things and I go to their home six months later and it's still on the floor. They don't know where to put it, and that's fine. That's a part of the learning process." Assorted works by David Norstad




The Quilty Party by David Norstad, Party of One Could be Fun by David Norstad (above), Watching the Sweeper by David Norstad (below), NAME by Mike Marth, Birch Composition #17 by Mike Marth (above), Birch Composition #13 by Mike Marth (below)

Why Collect? Stories are very important to this couple. For them, each work of art represents a story that cannot be captured in words. For example, one look can take the collector back to when they first bought a piece. Now, their feelings toward that piece may differ from when they first laid eyes on it, which creates an entirely different narrative. When viewed as a whole, the collection also tells the story of the collectors. Rules for Collecting These collectors never try to fill space. They don't enter a gallery thinking, "I need a Mike Marth for this wall." Their process is much more organic. Luckily, both husband and wife have similar taste. "I don't think we've ever had a disagreement," said one of the collectors. "There could be 30 pieces in a row, and we'd probably pick the same piece." Investing in the Artist Some people approach collecting as an investment. For example, when you purchase an original piece of fine art, you know that it is a one-of-a-kind, which can increase in value over time as the artist garners recognition. In contrast, many people spend the same amount of money on a piece of artwork that has been mass-produced, which has little value in comparison. However, this is not the way that our collectors have approached art. Instead, they think of it as an investment in the artist. Every piece they add to their collection supports a local or regional artist. For example, some of their earliest works are from David Norstad. Those purchases helped Norstad realize that he could make a living off of his art.

Judy Had a Party and Everybody Came, The Girls Were Dressed In Fancy Rags, The Boys Were All Insane, They Opened All the Bottles and Danced Out in the Rain, and When The Party Ended, This is All that Did Remain by David Norstad



"I view the commitment of someone to collecting art as a reflection of the health of a culture and community. I see them as others who, like me, believe that art truly does have value and is a resource to enrich life. When they collect my work, I enjoy some satisfaction and affirmation that someone sees value in my vision. I think it might be the final step to completing each piece, that it moves out of inventory and into someone's collection." - Mike Marth, artist who has work residing in the 300 Block Condominium

Unnamed by Mike Marth

Birch Composition #17 by Mike Marth (above) Birch Composition #13 by Mike Marth (below)

DaDa pOEm by Mike Marth

The Ease of Collecting Though the idea of walking into an art gallery might seem intimidating, it is important to know that the curator is there to help and that the gallery owner would not hang a piece unless they saw value in it. Remember that regardless of the collector's age, space or budget, every collection starts with one piece. 128


For more information, contact: Ecce Art Gallery 216 Broadway N, Fargo 701-298-3223


Meet the Interior Designer Monica Hart is an NDSU graduate with a degree in interior design, received her NCIDQ certification and has been practicing for almost 20 years. She has owned her business, Monica Hart Interior Design, for nearly nine years. Hart is an active member of the Home Builder's Association, a board member for Home Builder's Care and is a member of NDID.


or many, Fair Hills Resort is a familiar place. Generations of the same families have been coming back each summer for decades. However, those who return this resort season may notice something slightly different about their favorite lakeside vacation spot. For that, they can thank Monica Hart, who came up with an updated design for the main lobby and library that would allow even the most frequent guests to continue feeling right at home. BY Becca Opp PHOTOGRAPHY BY Paul Flessland BEFORE PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY Monica Hart and Fair Hills Resort



The Challenge The owners of Fair Hills Resort, the Schupp family, asked Hart to update their main lobby and library, but this opportunity also came with some unique luggage, or design challenges. Despite these challenges, Hart really enjoyed working with the owners. "They were open to new ideas, pleasant and fun to collaborate with and relaxed when schedules weren't quite on track. It's no wonder Fair Hills feels so warm and welcoming. The owners set that tone, for sure," said the talented interior designer. The Spaces For this update, Hart was working with the main lobby, a snack bar, a library and a couple of cabins. Both the lobby and library were updated with new flooring. For this job, Hart chose carpet squares from Mannington Commercial with a natural, tree-like pattern. Coincidentally, the lobby is next to a large, 1960s-style dance hall where many large parties are held, and guests have been known to spill their drinks on their way in and out. Carpet squares offered a perfect solution because they are easy to replace in case of any mishaps.

When it was time to select furniture pieces to replace the lounge seating in the lobby, Hart contacted Jill Olson at Hom Furniture. The interior designer also introduced updated hanging pendants to help guests see the space in a different light.



The snack bar underwent the most drastic transformation with new flooring, a fresh coat of paint, new lighting and all-new cafe seating. Hart selected the new cafe chairs and tables with the help of Melissa LaBay from InterOffice in Fargo. Above the snack bar, vintage photographs of Fair Hills Resort continue to remind guests of what things were like back in the day, decades even before the last remodel.


BEFORE Several guest cabins also received pine walls and new flooring.

For more information, please contact: Monica Hart Interior Design 3481 University Drive S. #203, Fargo 701-235-4929 Fair Hills Resort 24270 County Highway 20, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 1-800-323-2849




Who You Gonna Call? MOSQUITO SQUAD


hen Jamestown, North Dakota, businessman Kevin Reuther stumbled upon the Mosquito Squad franchise, he was instantly drawn toward their customer-oriented approach. In fact, he liked it so much that he decided to buy in and open up his own branch that would serve the whole of eastern North Dakota. In the past three years, the Mosquito Squad of Eastern North Dakota has protected more than 500 families from those pesky, uninvited, summertime guests.


BY Becca Opp PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY Mosquito Squad of Eastern ND

Husband and wife Kevin and Jodi Reuther co-own Mosquito Squad of Eastern ND

Although it may look like the Mosquito Squad technicians are carrying proton packs straight out of "Ghostbusters," they use their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved equipment to repel real-life creepy-crawlies like ticks and mosquitoes from residential and commercial lawns. The Reuthers' also offer on-the-farm services for customers who have acres of land. As their name suggests, the Mosquito Squad of Eastern North Dakota services the entire eastern side of the state and anything between the Canadian and South Dakota borders.



HOW DOES IT WORK? Traditional Mosquito Control Technicians treat key areas of your property, eliminating mosquitoes on contact and providing continuous protection, reapplying every two to three weeks. All-Natural Mosquito Control Mosquito Squad's all-natural mosquito spray is made up of essential oils. As opposed to their traditional barrier protection, this treatment must be applied every 14 days. Intensive Tick Treatment This treatment involves the use of the traditional barrier spray and tick tubes placed around the property two times a season. Tick tubes are small tubes of treated cotton that mice like to take back to their nests. Because mice typically have six to 10 ticks on them at any given time, this is one way to prevent them from becoming carriers. Automatic Misting System Mosquito Squad can install a misting system on your property that automatically delivers a 30-second spray two to four times a day when mosquitoes are known to be at their most active. Special Event Spray A technician will spray the area before your event, such as a wedding reception or barbecue, creating an odorless barrier that eliminates mosquitoes.

WHO ARE THE TECHNICIANS? Mosquito Squad of Eastern North Dakota consists of owner, Kevin Reuther, two administrators and five technicians. Because mosquito season only lasts about three months out of the year, most of the technicians are actually college students and student-athletes staying in Jamestown for the summer. Even though they are on summer break, each technician must pass a six-hour test in order to get their certification through the state.




DIY PEST CONTROL TIPS AND TRICKS TIP over backyard items to reduce standing water Less Water = Less Mosquitoes TOSS unwanted grass clippings, leaves and mulch piles Clean Yard = Less Mosquitoes TURN over yard items that could hold water Less Water = Less Mosquitoes Tighten loose TARPS over firewood piles and grills Taut Tarps = Less Mosquitoes TAKE CARE of home maintenance to reduce mosquito populations Maintained Yard = Less Mosquitoes TEAM UP and share your mosquito prevention smarst with neighbors Group Effort = Less Mosquitoes Call the pros to TREAT your yard and stop mosquitoes for good Protective Barrier Sprays = No Mosquitos

For more information, please contact: Mosquito Squad of Eastern North Dakota 701-952-9735 You can also find them on Facebook by searching 'Mosquito Squad of Eastern ND' and on Twitter @MosquitoesprayND.

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