Design & Living March 2018

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MARCH 2018


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s the editor of a monthly magazine, you get attached to each issue that you send off to the printers. Last month, I was proud to present our minimalist issue and this month I am even more excited to share our Renovation Inspiration issue with you.

When our team first started to develop this concept, I didn't just want to fill our pages with unbelievable before and afters. I felt the need to dig deeper and discuss the 'why' behind it all. Luckily, I was able to meet homeowners who were willing to share their stories, even the not-so-perfect parts. • Why did you decide to buy this house? • Why did you decide to take on a renovation? • What challenges did you encounter while renovating your home? These are the types of questions to which we can all relate. Most renovations don't resemble the content shown on HGTV, as anyone who's ever rolled up their shirtsleeves and found themselves knee-deep in the middle of a project can attest. This month, we'll introduce you to homeowners and renters who open up about the little hardships and abounding joys they experienced when updating their homes. Then they'll share the stunning results that will speak to your soul. I hope you enjoy reading this issue and walk away filled with the inspiration you need to take on your own home project. Although I no longer live in the


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115-year-old house where I was able to redo the kitchen and bathroom, (I recently moved into a historic building with exposed brick that has already been refurbished) I still love the idea of buying a character home and helping it reach its full potential. If you're like me and are not currently in a position to renovate, we have also included tutorials from local experts that will have you crafting your way into spring. Now please excuse me while I make my way toward the nearest craft store, my second-favorite place after Target.

Becca Opp Editor With article proposals, feedback or any other inquiries, please contact

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen


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


PHOTOGRAPHER 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.


CONTRIBUTOR Miller is an Executive Mortgage Officer at Town & Country Credit Union in Fargo.


CONTRIBUTOR Hart is the owner of Monica Hart Interior Design and is currently serving as president of the Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation.


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


Schulz is a VP, Retail Manager East at Town & Country Credit Union in Fargo.


Waverek is the co-founder of boutique custom builder, Studio West Homes. Houses are definitely a passion of hers, but nothing makes Waverek happier than family time with her husband and two children.



Stibbe is happy to be back in her hometown of Fargo after being away for 10 years. She is the Client Manager for Studio West Homes. She and her husband, Adam, have four young children.

Ham is a full-time wedding and lifestyle photographer with her husband at FloraPine Photography. In her spare time, she also loves to write, podcast and blog at FloraPine Home.



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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 8

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Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography






20 Renovation Inspiration

This month, we'll introduce you to homeowners and renters who open up about the joys they experienced when updating their homes. Then they'll share the stunning results that will speak to your soul.

Your 57 Financing Remodeling Dreams

Making your house a home is a process. With seemingly endless projects, it may feel overwhelming at times. However, there are many options available for financing your renovation and remodeling dreams.

Artist Tara 59 Ceramic Fermoyle Makes an Impression

Tara Fermoyle has been making an impression in the FM area with Fermie Studios. We met recently to discuss how her work is influenced by interior design as well as her involvement in the local art community.

Whimsy with 64 Adding Wallpaper

Wallpaper is back in a big way. Many of us have memories of outdated wallpaper in our grandparents' homes, but the modern prints being used today are anything but out of style. See how Kirsten Waverek and Trisha Stibbe of Studio West have used wallpaper in their West Fargo homes. Then, they'll show you how to achieve a similar look in your own space.

Bakery to 69 From the Construction Industry

You may recognize Matthew Mehl from Mehl's Gluten Free Bakery in Fargo. Though he loves being involved with the bakery, Mehl has found his calling within the construction industry. Join us as we find out what inspired him to start his new business, On Point Construction.


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Artistic Family 74 AnHome Tour

For the past eight years, Adam and Kayla Helenske pursued careers as artists in Seattle. Now, they're back in Fargo with two young ones and a baby due in April. To show how art can help homeowners to create a more personal aesthetic for themselves in their living space, we toured the Helenske family home.

Vintage Farmhouse 86 AParty

Here in Fargo, we are blessed with stores like Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique and Grace 1972 who feature the work of local vendors. In June 2017, we met with one of the personalities behind the distressed paint who put together a vintage farmhouse graduation party that her daughter would never forget. Now, you too can visit Angelique Goulet's backyard and see how she and her friends had it set up for Sophie's celebration.

Colorful New 89 AShowroom

Ashley and Ryan Ham stand in the kitchen of their 1950s Rambler in North Fargo. Photo by Hillary Ehlen

Color is an exciting industry for Randy Rusch, manager at Hirshfield's. Up until recently, the paints and coatings store had two locations in Fargo. However, they have found one space to call home in 2018. Now, you can join Rusch on a tour of their new showroom.

93 DIY Moss Decor

Nothing welcomes spring like forest-inspired, moss decor. This month, the owners of The White House Co. have shared two whimsical tutorials that will teach you everything you need to know to make your very own moss plaque and lampshade.

NEXT MONTH This April, join us as we visit local shops and boutiques in search of all things spring. For more exclusive, original content,

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MARCH 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.

Publisher Mike Dragosavich

CREATIVE Editorial Director Andrew Jason

Editor Becca Opp

Designers Sarah Geiger, Matt Anderson Photographers Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography, HBC, Ray J. Nelson, FloraPine Photography, Nicole Holden, Amanda Rydell, Town & Country Credit Union, Tara Fermoyle, Kirsten Waverek and Trisha Stibbe Contributors Becca Opp, Monica Hart, Ashley Ham, Trisha Stibbe, Kirsten Waverek, Eric Miller Social Media Becca Opp, Samantha Stark Web Team Samantha Stark, Huong Tran

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What started as an idea from a group of local female leaders jotted down on a napkin has become one of the premier leadership opportunities in the entire region. Join us as we celebrate a decade of the United Way's 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program and introduce readers to the 2018 class.

North Dakota State's success is built from the ground up. Student-athletes and coaches thrive when a solid foundation is installed before their arrival so they can grow from a nutritious base. We pounded the pavement on-campus to find that foundation. What we saw were the top-tier, state-of-the-art facilities that NDSU has available for its athletes. Join us as we dive into this subject in the March issue.

Live from Fargo-Moorhead, there are entertainment options for almost every night of the week! From comedy to the theatre to a symphony orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead has many opportunities for community members to attend or get involved with local performing arts. Join us as we discover more from some of the organizations offered in our area — hopefully, you'll be inspired to catch a show or maybe even audition and get a first-hand experience.



By Monica Hart Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation President Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc.

$500 Cash Prize, Tasty Food, Meat and Money Raffles at

Home Builders Care Fish Fry


or $15 on March 16, you get a chance at a $500 cash prize, a wonderful fish dinner, access to meat raffles (including bacon), a live and silent auction and a whole lot of fun. Better yet, the money raised will support a local charity, Home Builders Care of FM Foundation, which is celebrating 25 years in the community. Home Builders Care is the Home Builders Association of FM's charitable organization supporting a variety of housing-related projects and providing scholarships to students interested in construction careers. For example, we helped build a Homes For Our Troops house last year in Moorhead for a local Army veteran. We've built several Habitat for Humanity homes, and we've constructed handicap-accessible ramps for qualified homeowners.


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The Fish Fry will be 5:30 - 9 p.m., Friday, March 16 at the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Buy tickets at the Home Builders Association of FM office: 1802 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. The event will feature kid-friendly activities, including a photo booth, coloring contest and games. All ticket purchasers are entered into a drawing for a $500 grand prize. You do not need to be present to win. In addition to dinner and the grand prize, there will be raffles of meat, cash and even wheelbarrows full of various goodies. We'll also have a silent auction and a live auction. Some items include a North Dakota State University Bison football tailgating package with tickets to a game, University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks hockey tickets, dinner on the lake, including a five-course meal and a sunset boat ride, Fargo Force hockey tickets, local artwork, Redhawks

baseball tickets and a Holiday Inn pool party package. Anyone who has attended the Fish Fry in the past knows it is a fun, festive atmosphere. With all of the raffles, socializing and live auction, there is never a dull moment and it's a great way to spend a Friday evening supporting a great cause. For more information on the Home Builders Care, visit Thank you to our wonderful supporters who include Big Whopper Sponsor Lemke Home Improvements, Inc., Minnow Pond Sponsor Investment Consulting Services, LLC and Big Fish Sponsors Dakota Supply Group and Western State Bank.

Monica Hart is the current president of Home Builders Care of FM Foundation. She owns Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc., specializing in design services for new construction and remodels, as well as space planning, finish selections and home refreshers.

Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation provides a positive outlet for the housing industry to give back to the community, building a framework for the future. HBC is the Home Builders Association of F-M's charity.

For more information, contact: HomeBuildersCare

Renovation Inspiration


his month, we'll introduce you to homeowners and renters who open up about the joys they experienced when updating their homes. Then they'll share the stunning results that will speak to your soul. First, you'll meet Ashley and Ryan Ham, who purchased a 1950s rambler in North Fargo and have tackled DIY renovations in every room. Next, we'll introduce the Seth and Nicole Holden who are currently in the process of remodeling their 1918 home. Seth Holden is a local contractor and has done the all of the work himself. Then, meet Ria Czichotzki who has had professionals come in to update her home and add a new sunroom. Finally, see how Amanda Rydel of The White House Co. has renovated the bathroom in her Fargo apartment. Before we go on, it will be helpful to note the differences between a renovation and remodel. While a renovation involves cosmetic updates, a remodel typically involves changing the original structure of a home. With this in mind, see how these locals have each taken different routes toward making their respective spaces their own. 20

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Home Tour

i! My name is Ashley and I am a full-time wedding and lifestyle photographer with my hubs, Ryan, at FloraPine Photography. Together, we live in a 1950s rambler in North Fargo with our dog, Mailey. We've been in this home for a little over a year and have renovated every room in the house-and by renovated I mean painted, cleaned and styled. Ry is the handyman and I am the dreamer. I typically have the vision for the space and Ry has the brains for knowing how to fix it up! When I'm not shooting weddings, I also write, podcast and blog at our new venture, FloraPine Home, which was born out of the desire to start deeper conversations about life at home. In it, we cover topics from home projects, to marriage, to the definition of home. BY Ashley Ham BEFORE PHOTOS BY FloraPine Photography AFTER PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


Renovating a 1950s Rambler Ry and I decided to buy this house because we loved the layout and the potential we saw when we first stepped inside. We knew we could make it something really special.


Our entryway used to be a cramped space with a standard coat closet. Now, it has become open and functional for our home. This project was very simple and included removing the existing closet doors, painting an accent wall, adding storage bins, a mirror, a coat rack and a bench.


The house had been left vacant for over a year before we purchased it, so there was quite a bit of dust and grime throughout and each wall was a different, vibrant color.

"It’s amazing what a good cleaning and some paint can do to a space." - Ashley Ham


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We wanted a clean slate for our home, so we painted each room a neutral white with a few accent walls. It’s amazing what a good cleaning and some paint can do to a space. After we had the clean slate established, we were able to dream up new projects to enhance the home.

Bathroom Thankfully, we haven’t run into too many challenges while renovating our home. However, we are always reminded of the fact that projects typically take longer than expected. When we decided to renovate our bathroom, we discovered that there were seven different layers of paint on the built-in cabinets. In order to paint them well, we had to strip the paint to get to the original wood. While we love how it turned out, it was a lot more challenging than we intended.

Create This Look Hardware - Target



Living Room


Some of our favorite places to look for inspiration when renovating or decorating are Pinterest, Instagram and a variety of home magazines. However, we both find the most inspiration when we travel or are in other people’s homes, especially older homes. Sometimes you have to experience a space to be truly inspired. Most of our favorite furniture and decoration pieces are from thrift and antique stores or are hand-medowns from our grandparents. The wildest piece in our home is our sevenfoot floral couch in our living room. We scored it for $25 at a thrift store and while it wouldn’t fit everyone’s home style, I always smile when I see it.



Master Bedroom

Home is More than How a Space Looks If I could encourage anyone who is new to home ownership, I would love to do so by saying that a home is so much more than how a space looks. Give yourself time to live in your home for a while before starting a project. It took us living in our home for a year to know what we needed for both function and style. With platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, it's easy to forget that the beauty of a home is that it can be a safe place for the people that enter your doors. Don’t be afraid to tackle new projects, but always keep in mind that at the end of the day, it should feel like you.

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Kitchen Our favorite renovation has been our kitchen. We wanted to do our best to renovate the kitchen in a way that would fit the era of the home, so we kept the original mid century cabinetry and added a black and white checkered floor. Once we added a subway tile backsplash and painted the walls, the kitchen really came together. What also made the kitchen really special was that my grandparents helped us complete it. Now when we spend time cooking, we remember all of the memories that were made in the process of making the kitchen our own!

Dining Room

FloraPine Home Podcast We are so excited about the FloraPine Home podcast. It has been a dream of ours for over a year now, and we officially launched it in February. The podcast gives us an opportunity to interview people from the midwest and beyond, and also to have a more interactive platform to connect with people.

For more information, contact: FloraPine Home


A 1918 Remodel


in North Fargo

hen Seth and Nicole Holden first laid eyes on their 1918 North Fargo home, they were actually meeting a realtor to tour a house across the street. That was when the Holdens noticed a "For Sale" sign in their future yard. The couple fell in love with the 1918 home and purchased it with the intention of renovating. What they didn't know was that they would have a complete remodel on their hands. This month, we toured their newly restored second floor. BY Becca Opp BEFORE PHOTOS BY Nicole Holden AFTER PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

As the owner of Holden Restoration and Remodel, Seth Holden is no stranger to the construction industry. When he isn't on a project site, Seth Holden plays in a local band, The Human Element. Meanwhile, Nicole Holden is Director of Events and Facilities at NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. The couple currently lives in their 1918 North Fargo home with their two rescue dogs, Disco and Beta, and cat, Talley.


"We didn't anticipate owning a home that we were going to gut to the studs, but we basically bought a canvas." - Seth Holden

Stairwell & Hallway


The Second Floor The Holdens' second floor has three bedrooms and one bathroom connected by a hallway just off of the staircase. Though they were full of character, these rooms were nowhere near up to code. In order to update the electrical wiring, Seth Holden had to remove the lath and plaster walls and dark wood trim. After rewiring the electrical himself, Seth Holden had a licensed electrician put in their new service. Unfortunately, the trim was so damaged that it could not be salvaged. However, the Holdens wanted to retain as much of the home's original charm as possible. That is why Seth Holden carefully replicated each piece of arts-and-crafts-style trim after replacing the lath and plaster with new drywall. Throughout the stairwell and second floor, Seth Holden restored the original hardwood floors. "There's a difference between restoring a home and flipping a home, and I think by working on our home, Seth really found his passion," Nicole Holden explained. "We didn't anticipate owning a home that we were going to gut to the studs, but we basically bought a canvas," said Seth Holden. 37

Bathroom The bathroom was actually the first room that Seth and Nicole Holden remodeled. Although the original sink and claw-foot tub were still intact, they needed a functioning shower and counter space. Similar to what he did with the electrical work, Seth Holden installed all of the water lines but had a licensed plumber install the drains lines.

After he removed the plaster and lath, Seth Holden found space behind a wall to create new built-in storage. BEFORE BEFORE



Office The office is one of the Holdens' favorite rooms. In it, they display the works of local artists. It almost became a part of the master bedroom, but the Holdens simply decided to push back one wall to make one of the master closets a little bigger. This was a wise decision on their part because combining two separate bedrooms to create one large master would actually have decreased the value of their home.

Master Bedroom In the master bedroom, Seth Holden added an extra closet and made the preexisting closet bigger. On one wall, they feature pet portraits commissioned from local artist McCal Joy.


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Guest Bedroom The guest bedroom features an heirloom writing desk passed down through Nicole Holden's family and a print by Amy Joy, an artist whose work can be found at Unglued in Downtown Fargo. In anticipation of its 100-yearanniversary, the Holdens plan to have a centennial party for their home. However, they have a quite a few projects around the house that they would like to complete before then, including turning their old kitchen into a den. To see their mainlevel remodel, you can pick up future issues of Design & Living Magazine.


A Natural-Light-Filled,

Boho Chic Abode


f you are like Ria Czichotzki, your house is constantly changing. Whether that means rearranging furniture, a fresh coat of paint or bringing in a contractor, you feel best when your home is looking its best. See how Czichotzki has taken her space from cottage-themed to boho-chic. Now, you can tour her naturallight-filled abode. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography


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Meet Ria Czichotzki Czichotzki is the owner of RiaLee Photography and has a studio in Downtown Fargo. She is a mother of four and dogmom to two. Her oldest daughter has graduated from college, her twin boys are currently in college and her youngest daughter is a high school student. Czichotzki and her husband live in Moorhead and she enjoys traveling, photography and design.


Home Tour Entryway The Czichotzki family purchased the home 10 years ago in 2007. Since then, they have personalized the home and made it their own. For example, Czichotzki has painted and repainted the walls to reflect her everchanging style. The entryway currently features bright white walls and a plant from Baker Garden & Gift.

Create This Look

Rug - Etsy Map - Urban Outfitters Sofa - Article Console - West Elm Plants - Baker Garden & Gift Light Fixture - Etsy

On the bench is a monstera plant, also from Baker Garden & Gift.

In the corner of the living room is a bird of paradise plant from Baker Garden & Gift.


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Living Room Throughout the living room and entryway, Czichotzki added beadboard wainscoting. Although Czichotzki had Wendt Construction of Moorhead install the wainscoting, it is a simple project that anyone could replicate and an easy way to add character to any home. Czichotzki also had a checkerboard pattern painted over the honey-oak hardwood floors.

Dining Room The dining room features a tablescape set up by Czichotzki herself with pink glassware from the White House Co. Next to the table is a bar cart also staged by Czichotzki. "We used to display things in those oldfashioned hutches. Now, it's the bar cart," she said. Throughout both the living room and dining room, you'll notice an abundance of natural light. This is due to the fact that Czichotzki has removed the blinds from her windows, which is ideal for growing house plants.

Create This Look

Glassware - White House Co. Bar Cart - Target Light Fixture - Etsy


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Create This Look

Letter Board - Letterfolk

Kitchen Czichotzki's kitchen still retains much of the cottage charm left over from her previous renovations with its painted cabinets and crown molding. However, she has gradually incorporated boho flair. Back when they first redid the kitchen, Czichotzki installed the open shelving, which now houses vintage bottles and Anthropologie recipe box. The subway tile backsplash was the product of a more recent renovation.


Create This Look

Sofa - Room & Board Hanging Chair - Burke Decor Barn Lights - Barn Light Electric Co. Woven Wall Hanging - T.J. Maxx Stool - Michaels


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Family Room The family room boasts an electric fireplace with a beadboard mantle and shiplap wall feature. One corner features a whimsical hanging chair. "We were very careful to find a joyce and a stud to put it in because you can't just hang it in drywall. We got a sturdy eye hook to hang it in, but it wasn't hard once I looked up how to do it," Czichotzki said.


Sunroom The sunroom was an addition by Wendt Construction built in 2013. Czichotzki had them add wide shiplap to the walls. When she later decided to add an accent wall in the family room, Czichotzki went for a more modern, thin-shiplap look.

Create This Look

Dog Bed - HomeGoods Pendant Light - Etsy


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Playroom Czichotzki transformed her spare bedroom on the second floor into a playroom for the little girl she often babysits. This dreamy room features a day-bed with a textured throw from Anthropologie, perfect for mid-day naps. Above the bed, Czichotzki has created a fun conversation piece by overlapping various maps and atlases.

Master Bedroom The master bedroom features faux-brick wallpaper and a custom bed frame. To the right of the bed is a nightstand made by one of Czichotzki's sons.

Czichotzki styled her bookcase with the spines facing toward the wall, leaving the pages exposed.

Czichotzki's dog, Emme, lounges in her bed.


Amanda Rydell's

DIY Bathroom Makeover


t's not often that renters get to choose the fixtures in their own apartment. Recently, Amanda Rydell of the White House Co. made the move from Minneapolis to Downtown Fargo and has done just that by renovating her studio apartment (with permission from her landlord, of course). Now, you can see her on-trend bathroom reveal and discover her hidden tiling talent. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography Headshot & Before Photos provided by Amanda Rydell


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Convincing the Landlord At first, the landlord had agreed to let Rydell paint the apartment. However, Rydell decided that she was willing to pay out of pocket if it meant she could really make the space her own. "If you feel like putting extra work into your space because it makes you happy, I think that's really important," Rydell explained. Fortunately, the landlord gave Rydell permission to make each additional renovation.

DIY Bathroom Makeover One of the first projects that Rydell took on was the windowless bathroom. For this, she partnered with Wayfair to bring her vision to life. She got started by painting all of the walls white. "I really love white spaces because you can have so many pops of color," Rydell said. She then used a palette of gold, green and blush to create those pops. She also removed the trim and painted that white as well. Before she could put it back though, Rydell had tile that she wanted to put down – white hexagon and subway tile to be exact.

Hidden Talent

Meet Amanda Rydell Originally from Minneapolis, Amanda Rydell is one of three owners of The White House Co. and founder of Rydell decided to move to Fargo in December 2017, although she had been commuting to Fargo from the Twin Cities for about a year. For her, that meant transitioning from a house to a studio apartment. Luckily, she was already friends with the landlord who appreciates Rydell's taste in design.

Create This Look Tile - Wayfair

This wasn't Rydell's first foray into tile. Previously, she had asked a friend to teach her how to tile because it was something she always wanted to learn how to do. "It was such a fun experience to learn from a friend," Rydell said. For this bathroom, Rydell put down hexagon tile that came in sheets and added subway tile accents to two of the walls. She then went with a light grey grout based on what she's learned from other renovations. "I've done white before and as much as I love white, I wanted something that would be easy to keep clean," she explained.


Vanity Envy Right away, Rydell knew that she wanted green cabinets. She painted the vanity Behr Paint's Perennial Green and added new fixtures from Wayfair, including a faucet, mirror and modern light all with brushed gold finishes. Installing the light fixture was the only project that Rydell did not complete herself. She also replaced the countertop but kept the original for future tenants. That was one tip that Rydell shared for other renters. If there is a fixture that you'd like to replace, put the original in storage while you are living in the rental. Then, you can simply put it back before you move out. Of course, Rydell recommends communicating with your landlord or property management company to get written permission before altering any space.


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Create This Look Countertop - Wayfair Mirror - Wayfair Light Fixture - Wayfair

Finishing Touches Finally, Rydell staged the space with vintage items she has purchased from The White House Co., including a rattan end table and swanthemed paint-by-number. "Besides picking all of the products out, the biggest joy was seeing the before and the after," Rydell said of the renovation. Rydell completed this bathroom makeover in her spare time over the course of one month. Even though she still has plenty of projects in the works, you can already see how her personal touches have positively impacted the space. Truly, both the community and her studio apartment are places where Rydell can feel happy and at home.

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Financing Your

Remodeling Dreams Making your house a home is an exciting, frustrating, fun and exhausting process. It seems like around every corner and behind every door there’s one more idea, whether it’s a small DIY project or a large remodel. With the seemingly endless projects, it might feel like some of those projects are out of reach due to financial concerns. If you don’t have the cash on hand, there are many financing options available for projects, large and small. BY Eric Miller & Elizabeth Schulz PHOTO BY FloraPine Photography HEADSHOTS PROVIDED BY Town & Country Credit Union

Step 1. Determine how much money you’ll need to complete your project. This means getting estimates–either from a contractor or pricing out supplies from a store for your DIY project. It’s always a good idea to add some buffer room to the total you come up with. You never know when you’ll run into complications that can increase the cost of your project. Step 2. Once you have your total project budget in mind, consider your financing options. There are four main options: a cash-out mortgage refinance, home equity loan, home equity line of credit or personal loan.

Eric Miller is an Executive Mortgage Officer at Town & Country Credit Union in Fargo.

Elizabeth Schulz is VP, Retail Manager East at Town & Country Credit Union in Fargo.

Town and Country Credit Union is an Equal Housing Lender federally insured by the NCUA.

CASH-OUT MORTGAGE REFINANCE A cash-out mortgage refinance is a great option to finance large-scale remodel projects, such as an addition on your house or finishing a large basement. This type of loan allows you to take cash out from the equity you’ve built and typically allows for the longest repayment term out of all the options. With a cash-out refinance, you will receive the excess cash you’re borrowing up front to use as needed. HOME EQUITY LOAN A home equity loan lets you put all those mortgage payments you’ve been making over the years to work for you. The equity you’ve built up in your home is used as collateral to secure a second loan that you can use for remodel projects, landscaping or other purposes. This loan does require that you have enough equity in your home to support

the total loan amount you’re requesting. It’s not necessarily ideal for new home buyers who utilized a low down payment option for their first mortgage. A home equity loan provides you with the total loan amount up front when you take out the loan to use however you wish. The repayment period typically begins the following month and the term can range from 60 to 240 months. HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT A home equity line of credit functions very similarly to a home equity loan with one important difference – it’s a line of credit so you only take out money when you need it and will only pay interest on the money you’ve advanced. The home equity line of credit is great for projects that will be happening over a longer period of time because it will save you interest in the beginning months of the project since you are only advancing

what you need. It is also a good fit for those who just want to make sure they have excess funding. It is much more difficult to secure funding mid-project than if you set it up at the start. You only pay interest on the amount you use and you can typically access those funds for up to five to 10 years. PERSONAL LOAN Personal loans are great for smaller projects such as updating finishes or getting new flooring in your kitchen. This option typically has the fastest turnaround time for approvals and receiving the funds. There are two types: Secured and Unsecured. A secured loan is a loan that uses a piece of collateral that you have equity in or own free and clear. For example: a car, boat or camper. An unsecured loan is one that does not require any collateral. The type of personal loan and amount you qualify for will depend on your credit score and other factors such as your debt to income ratio. With so many options, you might not know where to start. If this statement rings true for you, it's reassuring to know that a mortgage professional at your local financial institution can help you determine which financing option is the best fit for your project.




Ceramic Artist


Makes an Impression


eramic artist Tara Fermoyle has been making an impression in the FM area with Fermie Studios. Because of her background in interior design, Fermoyle's art is heavily influenced by patterns and textiles. We met with Fermoyle recently to discuss her work as well as her involvement in the local art community. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and Tara Fermoyle


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The Formula for Fermie Studios Fermoyle grew up in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota and fondly remembers living in Pelican Rapids. She eventually moved to Fargo to study interior design at NDSU. During her last semester of school, Fermoyle signed up for a ceramic class. "I signed up for another ceramic class, and I was done for," Fermoyle laughed. She then stayed in school to complete a degree in fine arts. After graduating working full time for a few years, Fermoyle founded Fermie Studios in October 2016. "When I was playing around with different names, it just stuck," Fermoyle said of 'Fermie,' which was occasionally thrown around on the playground, but didn't become a true nickname until she started her first job.

A Series of Influences Tara Fermoyle's creative process often leads to the creation of a new series. "If I have an idea, I'll always put it into a series," Fermoyle said. "Some of the series are influenced by design and textiles, so all of the pattern and things that I see in that field transfer over to my ceramic work," she continued.

In each of her series, Fermoyle has used traditional ceramic tools as well as found objects. Her current favorite foundobjects to use are actually Christmas ornaments.


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The Dakota Series Tara has studio space at APT, A Creative Incubator and is involved in The Arts Partnership. For example, she has created a CSA (Community Sponsored Art) piece that consisted of coasters imprinted with a seal from the Dakota Business College. "I'm paying tribute to Downtown Fargo with something that I can relate to by incorporating those design and architectural elements," Fermoyle said. This was the inspiration behind her Dakota Series. She has also used ceiling tiles from buildings downtown to create textures on clay.

The Zip Series When she was a student, Fermoyle was working on a vase that resembled a woman's curves. "It actually was a studio mate of mine who told me that it looked like a dress," she explained. This inspired Fermoyle to add a zipper onto the vase form. At first, she would simply create an imprint with the zipper. Today, she uses a cast and mold to create a 3D clay zipper that she can attach to her vessels using slip, a mixture of clay and water. Fermoyle was hesitant to say that zippers are her signature, but she did explain that she enjoys using them in her work. She experimenting with different lusters that can give the clay an aged pewter finish or metallic shine, making the zippers look ultra-realistic. The glaze underneath the luster dictates how it will appear, and all of her pieces with luster have been fired three times. "I always tell people that at that point, the pieces are no longer dishwasher or microwave safe," Fermoyle explained. However, she always recommends hand-washing your ceramics.


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Fermoyle sells her mugs from $28-$42.

Fermoyle is also a member of Cone Pack, a group of local ceramicists who come together to host events and share their work with the community. In the past, they have hosted a Mug Market at 20 Below Coffee, for example. In the future, Fermoyle plans to continue working with The Arts Partnership and Cone Pack to make original artwork even more accessible for people in the FM area. One way she hopes to accomplish this is by hosting Clay Play classes. "Its always so amazing to me how everyone gets the same slab of clay and can create such different and unique end results," Fermoyle said. For more information, contact: Fermie Studios Studios Cone Pack


Adding with Whimsy Wallpaper Wallpaper is back in a big way. Many of us have memories of outdated wallpaper in our grandparents' homes, but the modern prints being used today are anything but out of style. Add a touch of whimsy to a child’s bedroom or a bold print to your powder room — make the space yours simply by adding wallpaper. It offers more drama than paint and it’s a fun way to transform a room in a cost-effective way.

1. 2. 3. The reemergence of wallpaper was bound to happen in an era of Instagram and Pinterest. It is a relatively inexpensive way to dress up a builder-grade home and an easy DIY option. One of the most alluring aspects of wallpaper is that now it is easy to change or move down the road. We love using wallpaper to bring personality into a space and because it is incredibly trendy right now, you should be able to find the exact print you envision for your space. Serena & Lily, Anthropologie, Hygge & West and Schumacher are some of our favorites. Local paint shops like Hirshfield's and Sherwin Williams have dozens of books to choose from.


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There are several things you should know when it comes to hanging your own wallpaper, but rest assured, you can do this as a DIY project.


Step 1

Gather your required tools. A few towels to cover your flooring, a sharp knife, plastic smoother, spray bottle and a scissors.

Step 2

Measure your walls and start cutting your strips. We recommend giving yourself a 4” allowance on both top and bottom.


Step 3

Match up your seams. The vertical repeat will vary with each wallpaper, but generally speaking, the larger the vertical print number, the more waste you will have.

Step 4

Spray your first strip with water (or submergefollow manufacturer’s recommendation) and begin the booking process. Booking refers to letting the wallpaper sit while the glue activates. The wallpaper will still need to be sprayed several times while applying to the wall to ensure a smooth result and limiting the number of air bubbles.


Step 5

Apply your first strip and begin the smoothing process. Your plastic smoother will be your best friend in ensuring there are no air bubbles and the seams are flat to the wall.

Step 6

Once the wallpaper is completely smooth, grab your razor knife and trim away the excess. Repeat until you have finished your wall!


Other important tips Tip 1: Measure, measure again, and then order extra just in case. When measuring your wall/room it is imperative that you take into account the vertical repeat of your print (speaking from experience). Tip 2: Ensure that your walls are as smooth as possible. Unless you have flat walls it is necessary to lightly sand the walls and then clean them with soap and water. Your wallpaper will adhere much easier and give your wallpaper a cleaner appearance. Tip 3: Pre-cut all of your pieces so you can plan the seams on your wall. If you’re not quite ready to commit to wallpaper that needs to be pasted to the wall and more than likely, eventually removed, there are some amazing removable options on the market. Finding a niche in this ever growing trend are shops like B Darling, Rocky Mountain Wall Decals and Chasing Paper.

AFTER Trisha’s house (daughter Claire’s room)

Stagg Design Shop, Vivienne Floral Wallpaper



Kirsten’s house (daughter Louisa’s room)

Anthropologie, Plumed Crest Wallpaper BEFORE


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Companies are recognizing that consumers recycle through home goods and trends much quicker than 30 years ago. Everyone wants their home to feel special and unique and wallpaper is a perfect way to achieve that vision.


Kirsten’s house (powder bathroom)

Serena & Lily, Feather Wallpaper

AFTER Kirsten’s house (laundry room)

Hygge & West, Daydream Wallpaper BEFORE

AFTER Tools Needed

• Spray bottle or water tray • Tape Measure • Breakaway razor knife • Level • Plastic smoother • Sponge


From Bakery

to the Construction Industry

Truck wrap and graphic design - Kustom Koncepts


ou may recognize Matthew Mehl from Mehl's Gluten Free Bakery in Fargo. Though he loves being involved with the bakery and will continue to be a part-owner along with his brothers, Mehl has found his calling within the construction industry. We spoke with Mehl to find out what inspired him to start his new business, On Point Construction. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

MEHL'S HISTORY A Fargo Native, Mehl began working for a local landscaping company at the age of 18. He then spent a number of years working for the Moorhead City Public Services Department. However, he left to start a bakery with his brothers in 2013, where he led operations and sales. While Mehl enjoyed working closely with his brothers, he missed the hands-on element of his job at Moorhead Public Services. In October of 2017, Mehl decided to start his own business, On Point Construction.

SUBTLE HINTS Since then, he has had a steady stream of clients. "I consider it a privilege when somebody asks me to update their home," Mehl said. When he isn't working on a job site, Mehl can be usually found renovating his own home after receiving subtle hints from his wife, Audra Mehl of Grace 1972.



GOODBYE POPCORN CEILINGS The Mehl's home featured outdated popcorn ceilings throughout, so Matthew Mehl added a shiplap ceiling to their formal dining room.


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HELLO SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH The Mehl's kitchen previously had a mosaic backsplash. However, Matthew installed a timeless subway tile back backsplash. He and his wife decided to go with a 1/4 inch grout, even though 1/8 inch grout is the current trend, because they didn't want the backsplash to compete with the pattern in their granite countertops.

Also in their kitchen, the Mehls have one set of cabinets that are physically removed from the other cabinets. It also features an accent countertop, so the Mehls decided to make it look like a stand alone piece. That was their inspiration behind using a lighter grout color with the second subway tile backsplash on this wall.



Throughout the home, Mehl also updated the doors for modern appeal.

You may remember the Mehls' fireplace from last year. Back then, it was covered in mirrored glass. However, Matthew Mehl carefully removed the glass and installed another shiplap accent and new, reclaimed-wood mantle.

THE FULL PICTURE However, these projects do not represent all that Matthew Mehl is capable of. He also does flooring, bathroom and kitchen remodels. For example, he added french doors to Audra Mehl's 1930s colonnial home shortly after they were wed. The couple then completely overhauled their next two homes together. Not to mention, they also flipped a house in Casselton. For a complete picture of the Mehls' previous adventures, you can visit

For more information, please contact: On Point Construction 1404 33rd St. S Fargo 701-541-4145


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An Artistic Family Home Tour


or the past eight years, Adam and Kayla Helenske pursued careers as artists in Seattle, Washington where they built a community arts studio. Now, they’re back in Fargo with two young ones and a baby due in June. We met with this artistic family in their home to find out what inspired them to make the big move and how they plan to build a bridge between new construction and visual arts with Holly & Co. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


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THEIR STORY Adam Helenske is a Fargo native, while Kayla Helenske is originally from Minot. The couple met as undergraduate students at MSUM and got to know each other during a study abroad trip to Scotland, though their first interactions occurred in a clay class. “I was always sitting next to her, trying to borrow tools and doing what I could to spark a conversation,” Adam Helenske laughed. The two have been married for eight years. Together, they have two young children, Madaak (5), Amarie (2), and are currently expecting a baby in June. The couple initially moved to Seattle so that Kayla Helenske could study art therapy. “I’d been teaching for Fargo Public Schools for a few years, and I was inspired by my students to be an art therapist,” she said. They eventually settled into Seattle, started a family and built a community arts studio, Circle of Art Studios, where they facilitated classes and where Kayla Helenske had her private art therapy practice.



THEIR GOALS Though the couple loved living in Seattle, they moved back to Fargo in 2017 to be closer to relatives, especially the kids’ grandparents, and to provide their children with different opportunities. “We wanted to raise our family in a place that is more stimulating for kids,” Adam Helenske said. They are also appreciative of the arts community in the FM area. A potter by trade, Adam Helenske has partnered with Holly & Co. to make local art more accessible to the public. In December of 2017, he and his wife displayed their artwork in a model home designed and built by Holly & Co Classic Homes. They want to continue hosting these events to show how quality art and handmade goods enhance the character of any home. “We hope to build this event to include fine artists from the region and create a means for working artists to engage the community in new and exciting ways,” Adam Helenske said. To show how meaningful art can help homeowners to create a more personal aesthetic for themselves in their living space, we met with the Helenske family in their home.

Madaak Helenske loves to make art and proudly displays his pieces alongside his parents’ work next to the front entrance of their home.



LIVING ROOM Above the fireplace is a painting by Kayla Helenske. In addition to being a registered art therapist, licensed mental health counselor and licensed art teacher, Kayla Helenske is an expressive painter who uses her fingers and hands to make art. “My mother is a cake decorator, and I grew up on the other side of our kitchen island watching her mix colors,� Kayla Helenske described how creativity was modeled for her at an early age.

Most of the pottery throughout the home was made by Adam Helenske, but the Helenskes also collect pieces made by former mentors and professors as well as artists whose work they admire.



DINING ROOM Kayla Helenske titles all of her paintings. The piece in their dining room is called “Transformative Growth.”

Adam Helenske uses a soda firing process to create contrasting effects on the surface of his pottery. “The kiln is the tool and the fire is able to crate the surface,” he said.


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KITCHEN The Helenskes don’t just collect pottery. They also use handmade pieces as eating and drinking vessels every day.



MASTER BEDROOM The master bedroom features another of Kayla Helenske’s pieces, “Dancing in the Garden.”

MADAAK’S ROOM Madaak Helenske has more of his own art on display in his room. Amarie Helenske has lots of art in her room as well.


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ART STUDIO The Helenske’s have transformed their unfinished lower-level into an art studio. It houses some of the equipment from their community art studio as well as Madaak and Amarie’s art supplies. It also features a seating area and a space where Kayla Helenske can take staged photos of her paintings for her website. Adam Helenske has an electric kiln in their garage for bisque firing, but has plans to build an additional kiln in the backyard where he can do his soda firing. “This spring, I’m going to build a hard-brick gas kiln in the backyard,” Adam Helenske said. He is currently working with the city to get the proper permits before he can move forward.


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FARMHOUSE PARTY MOTHER-DAUGHTER DIYERS Angelique Goulet is originally from Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and is the mother of two-daughter Sophie (18) and son Jack Newcomb (15). In her spare time, Goulet makes repurposed furniture and decor. She consigns with Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique and is a vendor for Grace 1972. Her daughter, Sophie Newcomb, is a Moorhead High graduate and first-year student at Concordia College who also has an interest in all things vintage. The mother-daughter DIYers graduated from high school 23 years apart to the day.


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The Red River Valley has a thriving repurposed community. Here in Fargo, we are blessed with stores like Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique and Grace 1972 who feature the work of local vendors. In June 2017, we met with one of the personalities behind the distressed paint who put together a vintage farmhouse grad party that her daughter would never forget. Now, you too can visit Angelique Goulet's backyard and see how she, her son, Jack Newcomb, and her friends had it set up for Sophie Newcomb's graduation celebration. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Ray J. Nelson

A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS "I've met a lot of people through furniture," Goulet said. When it was finally time to plan her daughter's graduation party, many of those people were eager to help. Some friends that were involved included Carrie and Scott Brusven of Gathered. Boutique Rentals and Events, Audra Mehl of Grace 1972 and local DIYer Kelly Binfet. The day before the event, Goulet expressed her appreciation for her wonderful support system. "Especially as a single parent, you appreciate everybody who offers to help," she said.


Carrie and Scott Brusven of Gathered. Boutique Rentals and Events helped Goulet and Newcomb stage this outdoor seating area.

A CELEBRATION OF HER Though vintage farmhouse design speaks to both Goulet and Newcomb, the party was truly a reflection of Newcomb's style. "This really captures her personality," Goulet said. In addition to planning the party together with her daughter, Goulet kept a few surprises to herself until the day of, including an acoustic duo from their church who performed live music at the graduation party.

THE PLANNING Though Newcomb started pinning ideas almost one year in advance, she and Goulet were busy planning up until the event. They decided to host the party in Goulet's backyard and as a family, they refinished 70 chairs and 15 tables for seating. Goulet's neighbors were kind enough to store these pieces in their garage up until the designated weekend. Prior to the event, Goulet wasn't quite sure how many people were going to attend because after mailing physical invitations, Newcomb sent out invites via social media. However, she was looking forward to spending time with their extensive extended family, who flew in from all over to celebrate Newcomb's graduation.

Because it was an outdoor party, one of Goulet's biggest concerns was the weather. "At some point, whatever is going to happen is going to happen. As long as Sophie enjoys the party and people are celebrating, that's what I'm here for. Ultimately, there's only so much you can control," she said. However, the graduation party came and went without any incidents and it was a day that Newcomb will never forget.

"As long as Sophie enjoys the party and people are celebrating, that's what I'm here for." - Angelique Goulet



A Colorful New

SHOWROOM Color is an exciting industry for Randy Rusch, manager at Hirshfield's. Up until recently, this regional paints and coatings store had two locations in Fargo. However, they have found one space to call home in 2018. We met with Rusch for a tour of their new showroom and to find out what inspired this move.

Randy Rusch is a manager at Hirshfield's and has been in the paintings and coatings industry since 1979.

BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen



The former Hirshfield's locations were at 13th Avenue South and Main Avenue. "Coincidentally, both locations' leases were up one month apart, so that is what got the ball rolling. We decided that if we could find a central location with good visibility, we should try to make a move," said Rusch. The new Hirshfield's facility is at 100 36th St South. While surrounded by paint chips in the new showroom, Rusch explained what attracted them to this location. "We needed a lot of square footage, so we got that. At neither of our other two locations did we have a loading dock facility, and in the winter that can get kind of tough. Now we have loading docks, which really helps us a lot."

The new facility is about 13,000 squarefeet total with a 4,000 square-foot showroom.


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Now when homeowners and contractors visit Hirshfield's, they will have access to all of their products and services including high-performance coatings, paint, wall coverings, window fashions and stain matching in one place. Though the transition has been a little chaotic, Rusch enjoys having all of their team members working at the same location. Hirshfield's serves both homeowners and contractors working on residential and commercial projects. The business offers delivery and call-ahead orders for contractors, though they often prefer to come in and visit with the team or browse for new product. "It's an exciting business, working with color every day. When a customer walks in the door, you never know what they may need. It's refreshing." Rusch said as he highlighted each brand's color of the year in their displays. He then described a few colors that he has seen go in and out of style throughout his career. Off-

white was extremely popular, then it was earth tones and later accent walls. Today, it is fifty shades of gray paint. Hirshfield's is a fourth-generation family-owned business that was founded in Minneapolis in 1894. The Fargo location is just one of 32 stores in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

For more information, contact: Hirshfield's 100 36th St. S Suite 130, Fargo, ND 58103 701-235-0549


Samantha Klinkhammer

Amanda Rydell

Katie Schiltz

Moss Decor Nothing welcomes spring like forest-inspired, moss decor. This month, the three boho and vintage-loving owners of The White House Co. have shared two whimsical tutorials that will teach you everything you need to know to make your very own moss plaque and lampshade. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

For more information, contact: The White House Co. 14 Roberts St. Fargo



DIY Moss Plaque Materials


Step 1. Use hot glue to attach floral foam to your wooden plaque. For this project, Klinkhammer and Rydell used wooden plaques that you can find at any local craft store while Schiltz opted for a piece of reclaimed wood.

• Live or faux moss • Faux monstera leaves, fern leaves and succulents. • Floral wire • Wire clippers • Hot glue gun • Hot glue • Wooden plaque

Step 2. Attach moss to your foam using hot glue. For this and the following tutorial, The White House Co. ordered moss from their neighbor, Love Always Floral. You can usually find moss at your local craft store or order it through your favorite flower shop.

Estimated Cost: Up to $25

Step 3. If needed, hot glue floral wire across the foam and moss to secure all of your materials to the wooden plaque. "The moss does break apart, so it can be kind of tricky. That's where the wire will come into play," said Schiltz.


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Step 4. Clip the stems of your faux leaves and stick them into the foam until you are satisfied with the arrangement.

DIY Moss Lampshade Materials


• Metal lampshade • Hot glue gun • Hot glue • Moss Estimated Cost: Up to $20

Step 1. Remove the fabric from your lampshade using scissors. You can find a vintage metal lampshade at most any thrift store.

Step 5. Display!

Step 2. Hot glue the moss to your metal base.

Tip If your moss begins to feel dry and brittle or starts to look brown, you can spray it with water to green it up again.

Step 3. Set to display or hang with clear wire for a magical, floating effect.


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