Design & Living July 2018

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his July marks one year since I became Editor of Design & Living Magazine and since photographer Hillary Ehlen joined our team. However, we are still just getting our feet wet... sometimes quite literally. Now look at my editorial photo. See what I did there? All puns aside, our team looks forward to this issue all year long, and I hope you do too. After what felt like an endless winter with almost no spring, we deserve to soak up some summer sun. Whether or not you have a lake home of your own, this issue will inspire you to make the most of the warm weather. That means taking life slowly (a.k.a. being on Lake Time), taking off for the weekends and seeing more of your family and friends. When you do head out to Lakes Country, be sure to take us with you for a little bit of light reading while you sit on the beach and watch the boats go by. We've got three great lake homes and so much more to share with you. As always, feel free to let us know what you think by emailing

Rebecca Opp Editor

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

Thank you for reading,



At Design & Living Magazine, 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.


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 and veteran, lead editorial photographer for Spotlight Media. Hoorelbeke specializes in editorial, commercial, architectural and landscape photography.


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


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. He is currently serving as the HBA of F-M President.


Originally from Willow City, ND, Cote van Rensburg has made her home in Fargo with her husband, Piet van Rensburg. In 2017, the two founded the local lifestyle brand, Dak & Co.




efore we dive into the July issue, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our June issue such a success. It is because of you, our readers, contributors, subjects and advertisers, that our team is able to produce a publication of this quality each month. My daughter, Leila, was super excited to be a part of the June magazine. You might recognize her as the sassy little lady standing next to me in my editorial photo. On team delivery day, I made a surprise visit to her preschool to show her my editorial in print. She had the biggest smile and could not wait to share it with her teacher and all of her friends.

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

I hope that everyone featured in the magazine can have that same level of excitement when they see their names in print. If you or someone you know is featured this month, I encourage you to share their ad or article with your family and friends. If there's anything I've learned from meeting with clients, its that our local home industry is doing great work and that these businesses deserve as much recognition as possible for their contributions to our community.



Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let's dive right into July. As I sit here writing this, I have an extreme case of Lake Brain. That's what it's called when all you want to do is pack your bags, load up your family and head out to your cabin for the weekend. I'm sure lots of you can relate. The warmer it is, the harder it becomes to get ahold of people, but that's okay because we want everyone to experience the lakes. That's why we publish a lake-themed issue in July of each year. Finally, I'd like to say hello to all of our readers out in Lakes Country. For those of you who live in the FM area, did you know that we expand our distribution during the summers? Anyway, I am so happy that you have flipped open to this page and hope that you will enjoy reading the rest of the magazine. Until next month,

Chantell Ramberg Associate Publisher

Design & Living Magazine

Sarah Huckle Social Media Coordinator North Dakota Interior Designers

Melissa Rademacher President & CEO Downtown Community Partnership

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

Chris Hawley Licensed Architect/Member American Institute of Architects

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

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

Dayna Del Val President & CEO The Arts Partnership 14


Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography






40 We Love the Lakes

It's true; we love the Lakes. Each year, we travel to the heart of Lakes Country to find paradise amongst the lake homes, cabins and resorts. This month is no exception. We'll show you three private homes with amazing indoor and outdoor spaces that we'd love to call our own.

30 What is an Interior Decorator?

Each month, we interview members of the local home industry to find out exactly what their jobs entail. This month, we met with Jessica Christian and Holly Hagen, owners of Block 44 Designs, to see what being an interior decorator means to them.

32 A Tiny House Team Part II

We caught Gabe and Maia Skarphol right before they hit the road for the first time with their tiny house on wheels. You may remember them from last year's tiny house issue. Back then, their tiny house was still under construction. Now, you can see how they utilize 172 square feet and find out how it feels to embrace tiny house living.



Photo by J. Alan Paul Photography Hot Tub - Tubs of Fun


Bringing Joy to the SGC Apartments


Welcome to My She-Shed


Locally Trending: A Red, White & Blue Summer


A Lovely Little Garden SheShed

North Fargo is home to NDSU, the FargoDome and the airport. In the middle of these iconic landmarks stand the SGC Apartments. Interior decorator, Christen Joy Anderson, recently updated the SGC entryway to reflect the exciting nature of North Fargo.

This time of year is great for incorporating your favorite red, white and blue decor into your home. Keep the festivities alive and give your decor lasting power with a few of our favorite pieces this season.



Special thanks to Gail and Mike Hagen for allowing Hillary Ehlen to photograph their lake home that was built by Kochmann Brothers Homes for our cover.

Landscaping, curb appeal and outdoor living spaces, oh my! Next month, we will be exploring all things exterior. If you would like to see your home or yard in an upcoming issue of Design & Living Magazine, please email

Men have man-caves, but more and more women are longing for spaces to call their own. For local psychic medium Jodie Harvala, that place is her she-shed. Join us as we visit Harvala's she-shed-slash-office and discuss the strong, feminine energy that positively radiates from its walls.

Many of us would love to have a she shed in the middle of a charming, little garden. For Allison Kangas, that dream has been realized on her quaint farm located in Goodridge, Minnesota. Come along with us as we tour her she shed, which was partially fashioned out of an old porch. Then see it in person by attending an event taking place there on August 23.

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JULY 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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Editor Becca Opp

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As TEDxFargo continues to grow, so do the names and faces at the event. Check out Fargo INC! this month for an extended preview of the ninth TED to be held in Fargo, as we introduce you to the nearly 25 speakers and share exclusive interviews with Microsoft President Brad Smith, Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard, former Playboy Bunny Juliette Watt, and many more.

All of us strive for the latest information about NDSU athletics. Some of us go to social media, others turn on the television or the radio and some may even open up the newspaper. Regardless of your medium, we all see the same familiar faces when searching out the latest Bison news. So, we thought it would be nice to bring attention to the hard work these recognizable figures bring to our community. Without them, how would we stay up to date with our favorite school? The fact of the matter is that the FargoMoorhead area would be far less informed about NDSU athletics without these people. That is why we pieced together the Bison Media Guide.

Are you a pet owner in the Fargo-Moorhead area? Then the July issue of Fargo Monthly is right up your alley. We asked the city of Fargo, looked over the data, and came up with the things you need to know about owning a pet in Fargo. From adopting your pet to frequently asked vet questions, we have an all-encompassing list for you to peruse. If you want to give your pet the best life possible, you'll need to read this month's issue.


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

5 Ways to Prep for

Wild Weather Summer brings severe weather. It’s unavoidable. High winds, hail, heavy rains and flash flooding can all be threats. The good news is that you can be prepared by taking these five proactive steps now to protect your family and home when Mother Nature takes a nasty turn. 1. Inspect trees for potential hazards. Strong winds can cause trees and branches to fall – and potentially damage your home. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to prevent these flying objects. 2. Clear clogged gutters and downspouts. Make sure that heavy rain can easily run through the gutters and downspouts. Otherwise, it will spill over the sides and land in areas where it can soak through to your home’s foundation, causing flooding and structural damage. You should also check to make sure your gutters are securely fastened to your home. 3. Secure all doors. Consider installing high



quality doors. Strong winds can easily tear through double doors, french doors and sliding patio doors that have no structural support between the two sides. You may need to purchase and install special hardware to more adequately secure the doors where they meet. Try bolts that fasten the door into the framing at the top and the bottom. 4. Check your roof. A strong roof is essential for your house to withstand a severe storm. Apply sealing around your home’s chimney or vent pipes. This will help prevent water from seeping into your home. Hire a contractor to check the structural integrity of your roof system.

5. Create an emergency supply kit. It can help you with any type of natural disaster, especially if you are in your home without electricity or if you are forced to evacuate your home. Your kit should contain: • Three-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food • Battery-operated radio • Flashlights, with extra batteries • First-aid kit • Prescription medicines • Pet supplies • Important family documents For more ideas on stocking your emergency supply kit, visit

If your home does sustain storm damage, the HBA of F-M’s members are here to help. Check out hbafm. com/findamember for a searchable directory. You can also pick up our printed Membership Directory & Consumer Guide at any Hornbacher’s store. We offer tips to choose a contractor at There is no “silver bullet” to determine which contractor to use. It’s a matter evaluating many different aspects of companies and taking precautions to protect yourself. Remember, the lowest price doesn't mean it's the best value or best outcome.

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

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What is an

Jessica Christian

Interior Decorator? In upcoming issues, we will be interviewing members of the local home industry to find out exactly what their jobs entail. This month, we met with Jessica Christian and Holly Hagen, owners of Block 44 Designs. Read on to see what being an interior decorator means to these two women in their responses below.

Q. Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography

A. Holly Hagen - “My name is Holly Hagen and I grew up in Frazee, Minn., and graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead. I live with my husband and two girls in Moorhead. Our kids keep us busy with various sports and activities, and we all enjoy spending time at the lake. I’ve been designing rooms for myself (this is our fifth home we’ve owned and ninth place we’ve lived), family, friends and their friends for the past 15 years.” Jessica Christian - “My name is Jessica Christian, I am from Moorhead and graduated from MSUM. My husband and I have been married for five years



Holly Hagen

and just welcomed our first child. Since we have been married, we have moved four times and, with each move, I realized how much I love to decorate. I am never done decorating my own house. It is constantly changing and I am always starting new projects.”

Q. What can you tell us about Block 44 Designs? A. Hagen - “Our focus is on room and home finishes, home decor, whether its a new, blank space or finishing touches, and creating spaces to match each homeowner’s vision. Block 44’s goal is to make the process easy and stress-free.”

Q. What is an interior decorator, and what do they do?” A. Hagen - “An interior decorator’s objective is to give individuals “that feeling” when entering their space: utilizing colors, furniture, accessories, fabrics, etc. to align the finished product within the time and budgetary needs of the client.” Christian - “We can do anything from helping clients pick their finishing touches or completely reworking a room with new furniture, rugs and decor items.”

Q. What does it take to become an interior decorator? A. Hagen - “Becoming an interior decorator is something that is developed over time, as you gain experience working within various styles, budgets, timelines, and clients’ dreams for the space they wish to see created. I also believe some people

are simply blessed with an eye for color and a love for decorating.” Christian - “As an interior decorator, you need to have that desire to make a space something perfect for your client.”

Q. When do you think it is necessary for homeowners to reach out to an interior decorator? A. Christian - “Anyone can use the help of an interior decorator. Even if you have an eye for design, it is still great to get another person’s opinion, whether you have been living in your home for many years and haven’t changed the décor since you moved in or are moving into a new space.”

Q. What do you wish people in the home industry knew about interior decorators? A. Hagen - “We love to provide the finishing touches to a space that has been diligently created by home industry experts. Our intent is to be aware of the trends, but also to balance that with clients’ visions no matter what their design style is.”

Q. What do you wish people outside of the home industry knew about interior decorators? A. Christian - “That we can work with anyone. You don’t need to have a huge project to hire an interior decorator. Something as simple as hanging photos on the wall or picking out throw pillows can be enough to hire help.”


A Tiny House Team PART II his summer, we caught Gabe and Maia Skarphol right before they hit the road for the first time with their tiny house on wheels. You may remember them from last year's tiny house issue. Back then, their tiny house was still under construction. To be exact, the exterior was complete, but the interior was bare-bones. Now, you can see how they utilized 172 square feet and find out how it feels to embrace tiny house living. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen | GROUP PHOTO BY Becca Opp





Recap After attending a workshop in the Twin Cities in 2016, Gabe and Maia Skarphol decided to build their own tiny house using modified designs and a 24-foot trailer from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. To do so, they enlisted the help of Gabe's father, John Skarphol.

CATCH UP WITH MAIA & GABE After leaving his job to focus on the tiny house for a month, Gabe Skarphol got the interior move-in ready. Then, on Saturday, June 2, he and his wife moved their tiny house on wheels for the very first time. "It's been here for two years now, and we've never moved it," Maia Skarphol said the day before hitting the road. "We will take the interstate, but we'll drive slowly," Gabe Skarphol added. The couple was on their way to Luther Crest Bible Camp, where Maia Skarphol will be the arts coordinator and her husband will perform site maintenance from June to August. The camp is located on Lake Carlos, just north of Alexandria. Because she is a teacher at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School and has summers off, this opportunity was ideal for Maia Skarphol. "This will be like our trial run with the tiny house," Gabe Skarphol said. Before traveling to Luther Crest Bible Camp, the Skarphols had yet to live in their tiny house. "It's going to be a great adventure," John Skarphol said of his son and daughter-in-law's big move. While the Skarphols are away, a friend is taking care of their Fargo home. However, they will be traveling with their adorable dogs, a corgi and a basset hound named Kimchi and Ole. On June 1, the couple had a small going-away party and a tiny house reveal that was open to family, friends and the public. Richard Wright and Ruvee Chitemere, who were also featured in our Tiny House Issue, attended the gathering as well.

At the tiny-house reveal, Richard Wright, Ruvee Chitemere, Maia Skarphol and Gabe Skarphol discussed the process of building a tiny house. Wright and Chitemere shared what they have learned from living in a tiny house on wheels with the Skarphols. "Just make sure to work on your skirting ahead of time for winter," Wright recommended.



Tour the Tiny House Interior The interior of the tiny house is 172-square feet including the main living areas and sleeping loft. It features heated, laminate floors and a mini split heating and cooling system for temperature control, as well as holding tanks for sewage and a water heater. Behind the mini-split, the Skarphols have a mounted screen and USB charging station in the sleeping loft. In order to get a bed up into the sleeping loft, the Skarphol's ordered a queen-sized Casper mattress, which arrived compressed inside of a box and took only a few days to expand.

In addition to their mini-fridge, the Skarphols have a built-in convection oven and plug-in, single-burners that they plan to use when cooking.


Check out the Skarphols' spacesaving spice rack.

This live-edge countertop is made from a cypress slab. "We have a lot of different kinds of wood in here. The walls are knotty pine, the cabinets are knotty alder and the countertop is a slab of cypress with a live edge," Maia Skarphol said.

The Skarphols commissioned these pet portraits of Kimchi and Ole from local artist, McCal Joy.

Across from the kitchen is a storage area with sliding wood panels that hang on a metal bar.

The Skarphols' tiny house has a copper theme, from the roof color to their dinnerware. Many of these copper pieces were gifts from Maia Skarphol's birth family from Korea.

These wood panels can be pulled out to create a table or desk. They can be also pushed together to create one, large, solid surface. As if these wood panels weren't already functional enough, they can even be moved and used with the metal bar located next to the seating area. The Skarphols saw this design in a YouTube video and decided to try it for themselves.

The stairs leading up to the sleeping loft double as drawers. Though they have quite a bit of clothing storage, the Skarphols decided not to install a washer and dryer. Instead, they plan to take their laundry to the local laundromat.



This Scandinavian-inspired clock was a handmade Christmas gift carved by John Skarphol.

The main living area is separated from the bathroom by a pocket door. "We left the bathroom very open so we can figure out what we need cabinet-wise or storagewise," Maia Skarphol said.

What They Learned Although the Skarphols ended up changing the interior, the Tumbleweed Tiny House designs were very helpful when building the exterior of their tiny house. "I think buying the trailer for the tiny house is a really good idea," John Skarphol said. As they get used to living in the tiny house, the Skarphols will continue to make adjustments. "I think we'll continuously add things and change things," Maia Skarphol said. If you have a tiny house, please contact becca@ for the opportunity to be featured in Design & Living Magazine.





It's true; we love the Lakes. Each year, we travel to the heart of Lakes Country to find paradise amongst the lake homes, cabins and resorts. This month is no exception. We'll show you three private homes with amazing indoor and outdoor spaces that we'd love to call our own and so much more. Then, continue reading to meet an artisanal craftsman in Otter Tail County and come along with us as we pay a visit to a hidden gem of an antique store. So, without any further ado, let's dive right into the Lakes!

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen


rustic elegance IN A LAKESIDE RETREAT

Through the woods and over the river next to Star Lake sits the rustic, yet elegant home of Gail and Mike Hagen. With four grown daughters and nine grandkids ranging in age from 1.5 to 22 years, the Hagens needed a large lake place that would fulfill a wide array of needs. This month, we found out how the builder and interior designers met and far exceeded those expectations to create the ideal lake life experience for this family.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Landscaping - Crossroads Garden Center and Landscaping



the homeowners Gail and Mike Hagen have owned this property for the last 16 years, but have been coming to Star Lake ever since they got married. After falling in love with the property that was to eventually become the site of their lake home, the couple knew they had to act. "We went to the county seat, got the information, contacted the owners and were able to purchase the land," Gail Hagen said. First, the Hagens had built a steel cabin with plans to eventually build a lake house on the hill. Then, in 2015, the Hagens finally broke ground on their 4,200 square-foot lake home with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Today, they have been in it for about two years and are loving every minute they can spend at the lake.

the builder More than 30 years ago, Bob Kochmann and his brother started Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. Since then, they have been building custom homes in the FM area as well as Lakes Country. Kochmann and Mike Hagen had known each other for years through their shared love of motorcycles, so choosing him as their builder was an easy decision for the Hagens.

through the woods & over the river The Hagens' lake home sits on two lots because the individual from whom they purchased the property did not want the land to become overdeveloped. To get to the Hagens, you must drive through a wooded area and past a little stream.

the interior designers Kochmann is known for being a strong supporter of locally-owned businesses. That is why he referred the Hagens to experienced interior designers Sylvia Lunski (right) and Christina Mehl (left) of Design Direction, Inc. in Fargo. Lunski's role was to coordinate all of the interior finishes in this home. "She was with us wherever we went," Gail Hagen said of Lunski. Meanwhile, Mehl helped the homeowners pick out window coverings.


the interior The interior of the Hagen's home can described by the phrase, 'rustic elegance.' Lunski designed the space to function well for a large family who spends a lot of time outdoors and on the lake. For example, you will notice a mixture of hard and soft surfaces placed throughout the home to accommodate grandkids whose little feet are likely to track in sand. At the same time, she also wanted it to be comfortable enough for Gail and Mike Hagen to be able to enjoy their mornings and evenings indoors.



living room In the living room, Lunski drew her color palette from Gail Hagen's inspiration piece, a large wall clock, which she purchased at Periwinkle in Ottertail. "I brought that with when we were making our selections," Gail Hagen said. The Hagens then purchased most of their furniture and accessories from SCHEELS Home & Hardware.

This clock was Gail Hagen's inspiration piece.


kitchen The Kitchen features stunning cabinetry and a custom hood from Wood Specialists. The backsplash is a unique blend of metal and stone geometric tile. Because the Hagens love to entertain, it was a priority to have a kitchen that could handle company. Between both the dining table and painted kitchen island (which contrasts nicely against the dark wood cabinets), there is plenty of room to seat the whole family. Lunski also made sure that the luxury vinyl tile flooring was durable enough for heavy foot traffic.



Cabinetry - Wood Specialists Granite Countertops - Wood Specialists Appliances - Rigels Plumbing Fixtures - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

dining room

Window Coverings - Design Direction, Inc.

sun room The sun room features a lovely view of the surrounding trees and their wildlife. In fact, it's not uncommon to see a bald or golden eagle fly right by the window. However, if the sun ever gets too hot, they can use the automated Hunter Douglas blinds recommended by Mehl to create their own shade.



lower level Though the main level has access to the deck, the lower level has access to a large patio with a hot tub and outdoor shower. That is why Lunski made sure that the grandkids had a tiled surface to walk across when they come in to use the bathroom. She also had the tile hallway lined with hooks so they would have a place to hang up their towels. The lower level features bedrooms as well as a family room, theater room, game table, bar and sewing room for Gail Hagen.



The Hagens' patio features an outdoor shower.



the exterior The exterior of the Hagens' home features landscaping by Crossroads Garden Center and Landscaping. The location of the house was challenging for Kochmann and his team as well as the landscaper because they had to execute their designs on a steep hill. However, the amazing end result appears to be well worth their efforts.

For more information, please contact: Design Direction 3211 Fiechtner Drive Suite #1, Fargo 701-365-4040 Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. 3209 Fiechtner Dr, Fargo 701-235-2525


A Little Slice of Heaven ON DEAD LAKE

Contrary to its name, Dead Lake is surrounded by lively resorts. One of these lakeside escapes was formerly known as White Haven Resort. Built nearly a century ago, it used to operate as a weekly rental, but has been closed for a few years. Now, the innovative minds at Jade Companies are transforming this tired retreat into a condominium community of "small home" cabins. This month, we got an exclusive preview of the property and its bright future as Firefly Dead Lake.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography RENDERINGS PROVIDED BY Jade Companies

The view from Firefly Dead Lake


The Timeline This rendering tentatively represents a remodeled cabin exterior.

About two years ago, Jade Companies purchased what will become Firefly Dead Lake. Soon, they will begin remodeling the seven original cabins, which will be available by the end of this summer. Then, in 2019, they will build between six to nine additional cabins, which will be made out of shipping containers. Lee Schwartz has been acting as project manager throughout this process. "We took the existing foundations of the cabins and had an architect who has actually lived in a tiny home for three years design the interiors," he said. That architect just happens to be Richard Wright, who was featured in our "Tiny House Issue" in June 2017.

This rendering tentatively represents a remodeled cabin floor plan.

The vision The reason why they decided to make Firefly into a condominium community is because there were already so many other resorts on the same lake. Instead, condo owners will experience the benefits of having their own lake place, without all of the maintenance. There will also be two RV hookups available on site for when condo owners have guests. "Our plan for Firefly is to create a safe, fun place for young families and seniors. It's going to be a true condo association where you're going to own your condo and you're going to be a part of the association. You're going to share in the ownership of the entire property by owning one of the condos," Schwartz said.

This rendering tentatively represents a remodeled cabin interior.

Jade Companies President Jade Nielson said, "I had a lake home in northern Minnesota and although I loved the location, it was difficult to enjoy my time there when 75 percent of it was spent on projects that needed to be done." That is what inspired him to create a community of lake homes where the lawn is always mowed, the dock is already in the water and the firewood is stocked. "The lake should be a place to rest and relax," he said.

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lakeside view

For most people, going to the lake means taking out the boat. However, when you're not having fun in the sun on the water, you need a place to relax. This month, we'll take you to a lake home on Pelican Lake that has 10 distinct seating areas, each with its own lakeside view. Now, you can learn how to entertain in comfort and style with the ladies of designingwomen2.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

TIP Choose outdoor furniture that is stylish, yet durable.


This seating area is located in the front yard, near the main entrance. The homeowners utilize this space when the sun is too hot for their west-facing backyard. When staging a fabulous outdoor space, it is important to select furniture that looks the part and does the job. Notice how the homeowner, Anne of designingwomen2, found outdoor furniture with a mid-century modern vibe, which is visible in the shape of the furniture, especially in the chair legs. However, the pieces are also made out of durable material.




TIP DITCH DISPOSABLE PLATES FOR REAL DINNERWARE. Our next seating area is located inside of the house at the homeowners' beautiful kitchen island. Life may be more laid back at the lake, but that's no reason to resort to single-use dinnerware. Instead, it's nice to have real dishes that can be put in the dishwasher and forgotten about until later. Today, Anne has laid out dinnerware from designingwomen2. When on lake time, people come and go as they please, so this scenario allows family and friends to help themselves to whatever they may need.



If you've ever been at the lake on a rainy day, you know why it's important not to neglect your indoor living space. This particular seating area is anything but neglected because the homeowners live here full-time. See how the combination of live and faux greens from designingwomen2 brings the outdoors in, which is an easy way to lift your spirits when you're stuck inside. In fact, this comfortable, yet stylish sofa and chair combination is the best place to watch storm clouds roll in while staying dry and warm.


TIP POSITION YOUR INDOOR DINING TABLE FOR OPTIMAL LAKESIDE VIEWS. When at the dinner table, good company can be enhanced by great views.Anne has placed her indoor dining table where two walls of windows meet. Now, she and her guests can feel like they are outdoors, while still enjoying air conditioning during their meals.



TIP DEFINE A SPACE AS YOUR OWN PERSONAL GETAWAY. Entertaining is synonymous with the lake for this homeowner, but she enjoys spending quiet mornings on the deck with her husband. This space is only accessible via the master suite, which makes it the perfect place to get away from it all.



TIP MIX AND MATCH YOUR PATIO SET FOR STYLISH APPEAL. Anne has used a set of midcentury modern chairs at her outdoor dining table, which we recognize as pure genius. The plastic seats are durable enough for outdoor use, but they are also light enough that she can bring them indoors when there is bad weather. Meanwhile, the outdoor picnic table isn't going anywhere anytime soon, even in strong winds.


TIP YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY CHAIRS. Anne and her husband like to entertain spontaneously, so they need extra seating at all times. This ensures that everyone can enjoy the same space while watching the sun set over the lake. "I can accommodate everyone and their families in one small area," she said.



Because this seating area is located directly below the deck, they decided against installing a fire pit. Instead, the tabletop fireplace from designingwomen2 does the trick.


TIP ACCESSORIES ARE EVERYTHING. Outdoor sectionals are all the rage right now, but the homeowner has made this space her own by adding pillows and accessories from designingwomen2. Again, these pieces can be mixed and matched and brought inside when there is bad weather in store. Even the tabletop fireplace is from designingwomen2. It is just the right size for this seating area, which is situated below the deck.


You may find yourself wondering why this homeowner has more than one outdoor dining area, but the truth is that they both take form and function into consideration. This dining set is the perfect place to eat breakfast after a morning on the water or to have drinks after an evening in the hot tub.

Meet the Homeowner Anne and her husband purchased their lake home about three years ago. After retiring, Anne began performing administrative work for the ladies of designingwomen2. "I knew she had a set of skills that we really needed. We were five kittens in need of taming," said Mary Lystad of designingwomen2, who is also Anne's neighbor at the lake.


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

TIP CREATE A WATERPROOF SEATING AREA RIGHT ON THE DOCK. Taking the previous concept one step further, Anne has created a waterproof seating area right on the dock. That way, friends and family have a place to sit after coming off of the boat or out of the water.



lakeside, woodland hideaway

Scandinavian design meets passive design and sustainability in this lakeside, woodland hideaway. Though it is currently under construction, we can already see that this structure is going to be stunning. This is due to the homeowners' personal preferences and her decision to collaborate with innovators James Van Raden of engageBUILD and Brent Behm of Ruki Modern. Until it is completed, you can enjoy our exclusive preview of this amazing home.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography RENDERINGS PROVIDED BY James Van Raden

Designer - Brent Behm, Ruki Modern General Contractor - James van Raden, engageBUILD


who is james van raden? James Van Raden is originally from the FM area and grew up around the construction industry. "My dad built houses in Fargo-Moorhead, and I was the site gopher. It was always, 'Go get me the skill saw,' or whatever else he needed,'" Van Raden said with a laugh. Today, he runs his own company, engageBUILD, in hopes of helping people rethink the way we build our homes. Through the use of sustainable building practices, the engageBUILD process can be completed much faster than a traditional build.

moving the modular home Before van Raden could begin building, something had to be done with the cabin that was already onsite. Instead of having it torn down, the homeowner decided to recycle the structure, allowing Van Raden t obuild right on top of the foundation. "There was a modular home that we moved off of the property. We recycled that structure, and it went to Backus, Minnesota," he explained.



building in winter It is unusual to hear of a construction crew working outside during the colder months in North Dakota and Minnesota. However, it is even more rare to start building during the winter. Surprisingly, that is exactly when Van Raden started working on this home.

What is a SIP House? Working outside during the winter was made bearable due to the fact that this home is a Structural Insulated Panel house, meaning that both the exterior and interior walls are covered with OSB, a product that is similar to particle board. Then, the space in the middle is filled with EPS, which stands for Expanded Polystyrene, a material similar to Styrofoam. This means that fewer studs are needed, which drastically speeds up the framing process. It also prevents the escape of heat (thermal bridging) through the excess studs used in traditionally-built homes. In addition to being energy efficient, the SIPs are manufactured and distributed out of Watertown, South Dakota, which makes them an even more sustainable option in this case because they only had to be shipped a short distance to reach their desitination. "A lot of people look at this technology and think it's too good to be true," Van Raden said when asked to explain why he thinks more builders have yet to adopt these materials. In this case, the homeowner is looking toward the future. In fact, her home will also utilize a concept called passive design.

Utilizing Passive Design Van Raden holds a block of OSB and EPS, which are the materials that were used for the exterior walls.

The exterior of this home features wing walls that are both aesthetically pleasing and structurally significant.

For example, although it will feature heating and cooling systems, the home has been designed to manipulate the elements for lighting, heating and cooling. For example, the exterior features architectural wing walls that help direct sunlight to control the light and temperature of the home. Van Raden explained, "What we're doing is taking away unwanted heat from solar rays while using them for lighting. As the sun is going to go up, we're going to heat the house, but once those solar rays get too intense, we want to shade the house. That's why you see heavy wing walls on the exterior." The windows were also placed strategically to let in light and to help with passive cooling. "When we open those windows, we'll get cross-ventilation throughout the home," Van Raden said. Again, the homeowner will still have access to a cooling system as well as LED strip lighting throughout the house. However, she won't need to rely on them as much as she would in a conventional space.


looking toward the future Looking toward the future, the home will contain roughly 3,000 square feet of living space, including two bedrooms and two-anda-half baths. She will also have a "pool house" with an endless pool, as the homeowner is an avid runner and is beyond excited to have a place to relax after training for her next big marathon. As far as the design goes, the style of this home will be designed around the Scandinavian spirit of hygge. "It [hygge] is a simplification of our life to create comfort," Van Raden elaborated. Scandinavian modern is a favorite theme of both Van Raden and Behm of Ruki Modern, who designed the home.

Sheetrock Hanging - Hintzen Drywall Taping & Texturing - Bob's Drywall, Inc.

For more information, please contact: engageBUILD 819 30th Ave. S, Ste. 200, Moorhead 218-284-1010



BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

A Hidden Gem of an Antique Store

Out in Otter Tail County, there is a little shop named Elle's (pronounced Ellie's) Antiques. Now, not many people know about Elle's, but we're going to let you in on the big secret. This month, we met with the owners to find out more about the story behind their store. Elle Habberstad stands inside of Elle's Antiques with her husband, Richard, and their dog, Maggie, who waits eagerly all winter long to greet visitors to Elle's Antiques. Though Elle Habberstad grew up in the Detroit Lakes area, her husband was born and raised very close to where they live now. "My husband's greatgrandparents came to the US from Norway in the 1800s and broke this land," Habberstad said.



This sofa dates all the way back to the 1800s.

A True Antique Lover's Dream Elle's Antiques is an antique lover's dream or a DIYer's delight. Full of authentic, carefully-preserved pieces from around the world, a trip to this little shop is like stepping into a time machine where you can experience any decade from the past two centuries. "I like the true antiques," said Elle Habberstad. She is the owner for whom the store is named. During business hours, she serves as a knowledgable guide for curious visitors wandering about the shop. One of her favorite pieces to show guests is a pink, parlor sofa featuring walnut legs and arm posts with a matching foot stool. Habberstad enjoys researching and sharing the history behind all of the pieces in her store.

The Story Behind the Store Several years ago, Habberstad retired from her career as a nurse and decided to open her own antique store (she had previously been a vendor at another antique store). Back then, Habberstad's husband was planning on building a new garage, which he kindly offered up for her to use. However, the business soon expanded into her husband's man cave as well. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be doing this," Habberstad said, expressing her appreciation for her husband. Then, three years ago, the couple purchased a log cabin to add even more space for displaying antiques and storing inventory. The previous owner actually agreed to disassemble the cabin, transport the logs and reassemble the structure in the Habberstad's front yard.


This log-cabin was disassembled and transported to the Habberstad's front yard, where it was reassembled.

A Not-So Hidden Gem Anymore Because Elle's Antiques is not located within the hub of local antique and repurposed markets, it has a sort of hiddengem status. Habberstad often credits word-of-mouth for bringing visitors to her store. "I send people to the other antique shops, and I know they do the same for me," said Habberstad. She likes to support her fellow vendors and local shop owners by sharing a brochure that serves as a guide to other antique and repurposed stores in Lakes Country.



Elle's Antiques houses an interesting collection of high-end, antique and vintage costume jewelry from the 30s, 40s and 50s.

For more information, please contact: 27685 County Highway 35 Underwood, MN 218-826-6571 elle' Elle's Antiques is open May 1 through October 15 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

The Artisanal Craftsman One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Wendell Danielson is living proof of this old saying. After purchasing a farmstead in Otter Tail County, Danielson is busy bringing their 1896 farmhouse into the 21st Century and is using the outbuildings for his business. Though he started out as a tradesman, Danielson has carved out a career where he can utilize his astonishing skills as an artisanal craftsman. Through Danielson Design Co., he provides one-of-a-kind, custom-built furniture out of metal and reclaimed wood for high-end clients in Lakes Country. This month, we discovered that work and family tend to go hand-in-hand for Danielson, and for good reason. 76


Meet the Danielsons The Danielson family is made up of Wendell and Bethany Danielson and their three sons: Owen (8), August (6) and Elliot (3 Weeks). Bethany Danielson works as an elementary art teacher at a local school, but currently is enjoying the summer with her boys. Owen and August Danielson are also enjoying their summer, spending it riding their bikes, baking cookies and looking after their new baby brother. Wendell Danielson is from the area and started his career as a tradesman nearly 20 years ago. “My first job was for a cabinet maker. Then I got into decorative concrete and the guy I worked for was into salvaged materials,� he said. Today, Wendell Danielson is a husband, father and an artisanal craftsman, making furniture out of reclaimed wood.


The main living area used to have a second story, but Wendell Danielson opened it up to make the space feel more modern and functional. 78


This gorgeous feature wall is made of reclaimed wood from an old elevator.

Why They Chose to Make their Home on a Farmstead When they were house hunting, the Danielsons weren't exactly looking for something they had to completely remodel. "I grew up on a farm site, so I like the old ag buildings, but this was a little more of a project than we were hoping for," Wendell Danielson said of the farmstead. At first sight, the farmhouse itself looked pretty rough. The Danielsons debated whether or not they even wanted to go inside. However, Wendell Danielson needed lots of space for his business, and the outbuildings were perfect for that.

Wendell Danielson ripped up the uneven floors and replaced them with heated concrete. Now, the old floor joists serve as architectural beams, which add visual interest.

The plan is to eventually renovate the second floor of the barn into unexpected living space, but that will need lots of work. Last summer, they were deciding between building new or simply remodeling the existing farmhouse. "We weren't sure if we were going to re-do this house," Bethany Danielson said. It had sat abandoned before they purchased the property. "It was abandoned for 25 years," Wendell Danielson said. They ended up completely gutting the 1896 farmhouse. Then Wendell Danielson salvaged all of the material and incorporated it into the remodel, which he took on himself. "I've been building with scraps from the house," he said. Demo started in July 2017 and the interior is now nearly complete, while the exterior still needs a little bit of love.


This vintage stove came from Wendell Danielson's grandmother's house. "My grandma bought it new in 1954," he said. The cabinetry, he built out of scraps from the farmhouse.

These notches in the floor show where the floor joists used to sit.

August and Owen Danielson sit at their island and draw. While Owen Danielson wants to grow up to be a farmer like his grandfather, August Danielson wants to work with his dad.



Wendell Danielson designed this intricate feature wall in the master bedroom.

When adding on a little extra squarefootage to the original farmhouse, Wendell Danielson decided to keep the original framing and build around it. Now, you can still see where a window used to be and where the old farmhouse wall ended.

August and Owen Danielson sit on the bunkbeds that their dad built for their former house. Though they opened up the main living area, the Danielsons decided to keep a part of the upstairs for the boys' room.

These walls are made of regraded subflooring, the trim is made out of flooring, and this space still retains its original ceiling.


The Outbuildings Wendell Danielson uses one of the outbuildings (the quonset) to store materials, including parts of an old elevator. The owner actually approached Wendell Danielson and asked if he could work with the reclaimed wood from the elevator. "His dad built the mill in '59. He remembers playing in it when they were building it, and now he'll have some in his house. They took it down in pieces, and he was storing it until he could find someone to take on the project. I met with their interior designer and we're going to do a bunch of it in their new house," Wendell Danielson said. The wood contains amazing detail from years of use that you couldn't find anywhere else. However, the material is too heavy to put in any equipment. Wendell Danielson even had blade manufacturers come out and consult. "We're actually using pretty simple tools. Beam saws are about the only thing that's working for us," he explained.



Wendell Danielson made this bench out of wood from the old elevator.

Now, Wendell Danielson is cleaning and processing the material. However, he does not plan to process it all. "I want to leave some shapes to design projects around," he stated. There is so much material that the Danielsons even got to use it in their own remodel with plenty left over for clients. For example, Wendell Danielson just built a large table out of it for Thumper Pond, a local resort. The other outbuilding serves as the workshop for Danielson Design Co. Wendell Danielson's younger brother, Webster Danielson, also works in the shop. On one of the original walls, they hung up a sign made out of reclaimed wood from the old elevator. Next to the sign, you can see where one of the former owners, William Smith, wrote his name on the wall. One of Smith's sons actually visited the farmstead last summer. Wendell Danielson said, "One of his sons stopped by last summer. Then a couple of days later, he brought his sister over. They're excited to see what we're doing out here."

For more information, contact: Danielson Design Co. 84




udging from these pictures, you wouldn’t guess that you’re stepping into another show room. Well, when you step into Verity Homes’ new design studio, you’re stepping into a new type of showroom.


Showroom 86


4150 19th Ave. S. Ste. 201, Fargo 701-638-0057



Verity Homes Started by Arthur Goldammer in 2004, Verity Homes is a boutique home builder. They aim to give each of their customers a personal experience and will also work with home builders of most income levels. Everything in the design studio is meant to be completely interactive. Often times, when building a home, customers will be given an allowance and sent out to purchase everything else like carpet, tile and anything else their home needs. Well, this new space allows people to have all of the options right in front of them.

“Verity Homes is all about providing a fun and engaging home building experience for our clients. We don’t just build homes… we build peace of mind. We want our customers to love the experience as much as they love their new custom home.”




“There’s nothing else in the region that compares to the experience customers get when they walk into Inspirations by Verity. It’s what custom home building is all about.”

“At the end of the day, everything we do is for our customers. We want lifetime relationships with our customers, to be there when the day comes they want to build another home or maybe a second home. We built this space for them to make the experience as fun and relaxed as possible. "When they walk out of their selections meeting with our designer, they walk out with confidence, knowing exactly what their new home will look and feel like when it’s completed. You can’t put a price on that kind of peace of mind, and we see it in their faces as they leave excited to see their dream get built.” Dubbed Inspirations by Verity, Arthur Goldammer, Owner and CEO of Verity Homes, and his team worked with Opt for Success, a national expert in design studio consultation to create this new studio. This consultant did market research that proved that their customers were looking for an easier home building experience. No detail was overlooked while planning out this new studio. When it comes to actually selecting their various selections for their home, the customers will walk through with the team at Verity and actually select each item. This allows customers to leave the store knowing exactly how much they will be paying for.


Bringing Joy


BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Tara Swanson HEADSHOT BY J. Alan Paul Photography

North Fargo is home to NDSU, the FargoDome and the airport. In the middle of these iconic landmarks stand the SGC Apartments. Interior decorator, Christen Joy Anderson, recently updated the SGC entryway to reflect the exciting nature of North Fargo. We sat down with Anderson to find out how she took this space from austere to awesome with high-contrast selections and vibrant pops of color. About Christen Joy Homes Christen Anderson began Christen Joy Homes shortly after returning to the Midwest following five years on the West Coast. The Minnesota native reestablished her roots in Moorhead when building her first home and found a sincere love for the process. Her business specializes in both commercial and residential projects from new builds, remodels to the finishing touches.




Q. What can you tell us about SGC Apartments? A. The SGC apartments include 25 unique floor plans of urban loft-style apartments, located close to NDSU campus and the Fargodome. Residents range from students in their final year of college to young families and young professionals.

Q. How would you describe your first impression of SGC? A. The space had a great foundation with unique features such as the exposed brick, tray ceilings, but was lacking personality and functionality.





AFTER Q. What were your goals for SGC, and how did you accomplish them? A. Roers has established a unique brand within the marketplace, so it was important for me to echo their standards by making a space that is welcoming for residents and that is also functional for the high foot traffic and volume of deliveries. Specifically, my goals for this project were to refresh the entryway and within it, create a space for packages to be delivered. Here’s how I went about accomplishing this goal: 1. The Concept – I wanted the space to be a perfect blend of functional and “hot damn, this place is awesome!” Residents would be wowed by the breathof-fresh-air, white walls, black flooring for a highcontrast statement (making the walls feel even more crisp and vibrant) and photography that highlights North Dakota outside of city lines. A new built-in next to the mailboxes would be home for deliveries and a splash of greenery would welcome residents in and out of the elevator, along with a mirror to glance at before they leave the building. 93

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1. The Look – I began with a mood board to pull my ideas together and to give my client a vision of the end-result. This included shiplap walls, natural wood shelving and polished nickel lighting for a bit of bling (or as I call it, the jewelry of the project), coupled with photography that highlighted North Dakota, as I knew I would be able to find photos that had vibrant colors that would look great on top of white walls. 2. Selections – Once the look was approved I locked on the perfect selections for this to come to life: • Carpet – A mix of black with dark grays. This would be key in the high contrast concept we were driving towards, plus it’s perfect for high traffic areas for wear and tear. • Paint - Alabaster from Sherwin Williams 7008 for the shiplap and Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams 6258 for the mailbox trim. • Furniture – I worked with Grain Designs to bring my ideas to life, specifically for the mailbox area. The custom shelves from Grain Designs offer equal amounts of character and functionality, while the natural wood and dark piping provide the perfect solution the deliveries previously placed on floor. I loved their work so much, I had them create a matching table that is light enough to move when renters are moving in or out.

• Photography – A little secret, Grant Koenig of Grain Designs is also a photographer. He had the perfect piece that highlighted the out-of-city-limits theme I was going for through grains of wheat, stalks of corn and that blue, blue sky! • The Jewelry (Lighting) – If you look, you’ll see we squared up the top of the mailbox for a more contemporary look. To echo the clean design and to include lighting that was a conversation piece, I went with two Restoration Hardware polished nickel sconces, the Double Claridge with a metal shades. • Lifestyle Brand – Roers has been an awesome client to work with as they let me run with my ideas. For SGC, I wanted to add a bit more fun to what was already a great refresh, so I pulled in two of my favorites, Cory and Jared of Upper Hand Signs. I added a literal, “Hello,” near the elevator that can also be seen as you walk in and had them replace placards with mini-pieces of artwork and arrows. For a pop of green, I added a large fiddle leaf tree from Wayfair with a Restoration Hardware planter topped with moss for a finished look. I also brought in two moss planters on the entryway table. Again, easy to move as needed. To add finishing touches from the top to bottom, I layered two rugs for interest.

Get The Look

Paint - Alabaster from Sherwin Williams 7008, Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams 6258 Furniture - Grain Designs Photography - Grant Koenig, Grain Designs Lighting - Restoration Hardware Painted wall text - Upper Hand Signs Fiddle leaf tree - Planter - Restoration Hardware

For more information, please contact: Christen Anderson 425-922-5237




A Red, White & Blue Summer

This time of year is great for incorporating your favorite red, white and blue decor into your home. Keep the festivities alive and give your decor lasting power with a few of our favorite pieces this season. BY Kayla Cote van Rensburg | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

MEET KAYLA Kayla Cote van Rensburg is originally from Willow City, N.D., and has made her home in Fargo with her husband, Piet van Rensburg. In 2017, the two founded the local lifestyle Brand, Dak & Co.

red FAUX FLOWERS Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique

Bring in a fresh pop of color with faux flowers. Florals are a great way to bring nature indoors and these bright, red poppies will add vibrance to any space.

Kayla's Tip: Sprinkle these poppies all over your home or put them in a vase to create the perfect centerpiece for entertaining friends and family this festive, summer season.




This vintage white glassware can add a clean, crisp feeling to any space. The ornate shapes of these pieces add a fun, festive vibe and can be added as an accent piece to any room. Plus, their bright look transitions well from season to season.

Kayla's Tip: Fill these bowls with fresh salsa for a perfect addition to all of your summer gatherings.


HANGING GLOBES The White House Co. Think vertical with these unique, hanging globes. Their nautical feel makes them perfect for hanging on the front porch of your lake house. Kayla's Tip: These globes have a large opening at the top, and could be used to as a vase for a striking floral arrangement or unique Terrarium for succulents or other greenery.

PILLOWS Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique These playful pillows are a great way to mix and match textures and colors in your space. The beach motif and hues of blue are a perfect way to jazz up your lake house this summer.


Kayla's Tip: Tasseled pillows are this season's go-to. Decorating with texture is a great way to add visual interest to any home.

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Welcome to My

She-Shed Harvala painted the door purple for prosperity.


en have their man-caves, but more and more women are longing for spaces to call their own. For local psychic medium Jodie Harvala, that place is her she-shed. "What is a she-shed," you ask? It can be anything you want it to be, although it usually involves a small structure just outside of the home where you can practice your hobbies to your heart's content or spend a relaxing evening. Join us as we visit Harvala's she-shed-slash-office and discuss the strong, feminine energy that positively radiates from its walls.

Meet Jodie Harvala

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Jodie Harvala of Fargo is a local psychic medium and entrepreneur. She offers private mentoring, intuitive services and online classes, all of which she conducts out of her she-shed-slash-office. Harvala is married to her husband Eli, and together they have fifteen-year-old Foster and twelve-year-old Keaton.


"If you do a sheshed, put some love into it." He said She-Shed

Creating Balance

In the past, Harvala has gone back and forth between renting an office and working out of her house. However, neither option was truly ideal. Then, Harvala was inspired by the she-sheds she saw on social media. She said, "I was looking on Facebook and I thought, 'How can I get one of those she-sheds? That's the coolest idea ever! How can I convince my husband to do that for me?'"

Harvala has had her she-shed for a little over a year-and-a-half now, and the balance between her personal and professional lives has noticeably improved. When she was working from home, Harvala had a tough time keeping her work life and family life separate. Now, when she goes into her she-shed, she is able to focus on work.

It must have been fate because her husband came home from work that night with an idea. "He came home late because he was working nights at the time, so he came in the door and said, 'Wife, wife! I know what you need. Me and the guys figured it out. You need a she-shed!'" Harvala explained. Harvala's husband and sons then proceeded to build her a she-shed behind their house using mostly salvaged and reclaimed materials. "It was the best gift ever. I think it adds a lot of character to the backyard," Harvala said.

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"I was the main caretaker for the kids, and to have this in the backyard was amazing because I could come in and work for a few hours and then go check on the kids. As an entrepreneur, I had to learn how to be flexible, and this space really gave that to me in ways that I didn't expect it to," Harvala shared.

Harvala loves seeing positive affirmations in her she-shed.

An Intentional Space Harvala brought this piece back from a trip to Sedona, AZ.

From adding a touch of sparkle to the walls to filling the space with meaningful decor, Harvala has poured her heart and soul into her she-shed. "It really is a sacred space for me," she said. In addition to being temperature controlled, Harvala's she-shed has wifi. She conducts most of her consultations over the phone, but has a colorful tapestry behind her desk that serves as a backdrop for when she is using her web cam to host online classes. Harvala has also placed objects with personal meaning throughout the space. Many are gifts from friends, including a beautiful crystal that is currently on Harvala's desk. She even has affirmations hanging directly across from her desk so she can always be reminded of her intentions. Harvala loves having her she-shed and wishes all mothers could have spaces of their own. "I think all moms need a she-shed. I really do feel like I have an intentional space set up to support me, and many women don't have that. We just go and work hard and take care of everybody else, but this is the place where I get to receive," she said. For anyone who is thinking about building a she-shed, Harvala says "If you do a she-shed, put some love into it." The last thing anyone would want is to put their time and effort into a space that doesn't get used. For that reason, Harvala thanks her husband and sons for all of the hard work they put into her she-shed. "I think that this was definitely one of those projects he [my husband] did just because he loves me," she said. If you or anyone you know would like to have their she-shed featured in an upcoming issue of Design & Living Magazine, please email becca@

A Lovely Little Garden



any of us would love to our their own she shed in the middle of a charming, little garden. For Allison Kangas, that dream has been realized on her quaint farm located in Goodridge, Minnesota. Partially fashioned out of an old porch, her she-shed offers 144 square feet for relaxation. This month, come along with us as we tour her space. Then, you can see it in person by attending an event taking place there on August 23. Meet the "She" Behind the She Shed

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Chelsea Dallmann Photography



Allison Kangas is originally from Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She and her husband have made their home on his family farm where they are now raising their two kids, Cooper (10) and Charlie (8) along with four chickens and two geese. Kangas was a stay-at-home mom, but when her kids started school, she wanted something to keep her busy. That was when she began making wooden signs under the name Wheat & Beans. Her small business took off and soon Kangas was a vendor at all of our favorite local boutiques. After a few years, she took a break from sign making and instead focused on launching a clothing brand called Drift North, which is currently available at K&J Treasures in Thief River Falls.

Kanga's she shed can be heated during the colder months, but on hot days she usually just opens the windows to let in cool air.

DIY Gardening Kanga's she shed is surrounded by raised gardening beds. She came up with the idea because her husband is usually pretty busy during planting season as he farms quite a few acres. This lead to her saying, "I just want something simple and that I can take care of myself without any help." Then she saw some raised garden beds in a Martha Stewart magazine and asked her dad to build them for her. Together, her father and husband created the eight raised gardening beds that Kangas tends each summer.


Kangas stands in front of her she shed with her daughter.

Need that Porch

Secret Garden Market

Kanga's she shed has been through a lot. It was originally attached to a farmhouse that was over 100 years old. "We got the porch from another farm. A friend of ours was taking this porch off because he was remodeling his house. That was where he and his mom grew up, so I was like, 'I need that porch. You can't get rid of it,'" Kangas said.

In 2017, Kangas held her first ever Secret Garden Market in their front yard. "I had six vendors last year and over 400 people came," she shared. The event also had live music and a food truck, which actually ran out of food because there were so many people. This year, she is getting ready for an even bigger crowd. "It's the last hurrah of summer before the kids go back to school," Kangas said. The 2018 Secret Garden Market will have sixteen vendors, live music and Groovy Grub food truck will be back again. It will take place on Thursday, August 23. For more information about the upcoming event, you can visit secretgradenmarket.

Then, it was to be a playhouse for Kanga's son. "I was going to keep it as a playhouse for Cooper, but that didn't pan out, so it sat in our yard for four years. Now, it's supposed to be used for storage, but I like to make it really cute," she said. Kangas also increased the square footage of her she shed last summer by putting on a little addition that features doors and windows salvaged from her grandparents' farmstead. We couldn't think of a better use for it. "My she shed is like my sanctuary. I love going out there and just relaxing. Sometimes girlfriends will come over and we'll have some wine. Otherwise, I love planting the garden. I think that's the best, but I go a little overboard every year. I do give most of it away because my kids only eat so many vegetables," Kangas explained.



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