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NOVEMBER 2017

COMPLIMENTARY

MASTER

Craftsmanship


FROM THE EDITOR

Come November,

we begin counting our blessings.

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED HAVING YOUR HOME IN DESIGN & LIVING MAGAZINE? Here are our responses to common concerns:

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his year, I have pages full of reasons to be thankful. I won't list them all, but I will say that I am extremely grateful to have been hired at my dream job. Because of this, I've met so many kind, intelligent, innovative and artistic people that I would not have otherwise known. Before I describe the creative process that led to our November issue, I'd like to thank the winners of the 2017 People's Choice Awards who attended our celebration at Tru Blu Social Club. It was a wonderful night of hors-d'oeuvres, wine drinking and photo ops. To everyone who was able to make it, your presence meant the world to us. In the midst of planning this exclusive celebration, production of the November issue of Design & Living Magazine was already underway. The first concept we came up with was "Local Luxury," but I'm so glad we went with "Master Craftsmanship" instead. We made this decision after getting to know the homeowners who generously allowed us to feature their homes in our cover story. During our interviews, these homeowners humbly requested

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Chris Thomsen, Thomsen Homes CEO; Becca Opp, Design & Living Magazine Editor; Rebecca Knutson, CID at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Floor & Home; Trever Hill, owner of Trever Hill Interior Design

that the articles focus on the attention to detail that went into the making of their homes and the people who were truly to thank for it. The enormous efforts of these homebuilders, tradesmen, interior designers and decorators resulted in the unbelievable craftsmanship and artistry that you're about to see. The three homes we've chosen will show the unlimited potential of our local home industry. By the time you flip to the back cover, we hope you'll say, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like this before.' Happy fall, Becca Opp

Editor becca@spotlightmediafargo.com

PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

Concern #1: I'm worried about home security. Response: We give homeowners the option to remain anonymous. For example, we can use first or last names only, or even avoid using names entirely. We also need permission to print exterior photos and will never publish your street address. Concern #2: I don't want it to seem like I'm boasting. Response: Our goal is to share the efforts of our local home industry with our community, which wouldn't be possible without your help. Concern #3: I have some projects that I'd like to finish first. Response: This is something that I'm guilty of myself. Right now, I'm putting up new wall coverings. I just have to cut around the trim, and then...I'll probably start working on another project. The beauty of having two professional photographers is that they know how to find flattering angles, and not just when photographing people. Another option is to focus on other rooms or to do a follow-up feature with before and after pictures once your project is complete.

As always, thanks for reading and please continue to share your ideas and feedback with us by emailing becca@spotlightmediafargo.com.


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

HILLARY EHLEN

CHRISTEN JOY ANDERSON

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.

Anderson is a Minnesota native and owner of Christen Joy Homes, who has always had an eye for interior decorating. She enjoys working on residential and commercial projects.Anderson has a passion for working with local clients, but her clientelle has extended as far as Seattle, Washington. Her style is influeced by her world travels to more than 20 countries, time spent living abroad and five years living in Seattle.

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SARAH GEIGER DESIGNER

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

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TYRONE LESLIE CONTRIBUTOR

Leslie founded Heritage Homes in 1995. It is a custom residential home building company serving the FM metro and lakes areas. He currently serves as the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead's president. He is also a director on boards of the North Dakota Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders.


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2017 NOVEMBER

FEATURE STORY

26 Master Craftsmanship

This month, we'll show you three grand homes with incredible attention to detail. You'll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, tradesmen, interior designers and decorators have resulted in unbelievable craftsmanship and artistry. By the time you flip to the last page, we hope you'll say, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like this before.'

72 In the Studio with Zhimin Guan

Zhimin Guan's expression changes when he talks about painting. His eyes come alive and his voice contains vigor. We sat down with this renowned artist and charismatic teacher to discuss his creative process as well as his recent exhibition at Ecce Art Gallery in Downtown Fargo.

93 Forward-Thinking Design

In 2009, Rachael and Jeff Boyer and their son, Caleb, lost their North Fargo home to frigid flood waters, which forced them to begin afresh. Seven years later, this family has rebuilt new dreams atop of old. We'll take you on a tour of their new home that features forward-thinking design and one-of-a-kind finishes.

103 From Midwest to the Pacific Northwest

When it comes to interior design and home dĂŠcor, the Midwest usually looks coastward to cities like Los Angeles or New York City for inspiration. However, a decorator from Moorhead recently brought her influence to the Pacific Northwest. In true Seattle fashion, we sat down for a cup o' joe with Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes to discuss her work in Kirkland, Washington.

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We would like to thank Rita Tomlinson and Rochael Vogt of Tomlinson Schultz for providing this photo of the Arvig residence exterior, taken by Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios.

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HBA EDITORIAL DESIGN&LIVING

Demand is High Find your fit within the trades By Tyrone Leslie, 2017 HBA President, Heritage Homes

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t's been widely reported across the nation that skilled trades people are needed, especially in the face of many natural disasters encompassing flooding, high winds and wildfires recently. The National Association of Home Builders has seen rising rates of open jobs over the past four years, and there is an inability for builders, remodelers and other trades to fill them. It's a concerning issue locally as well, as employers struggle to find skilled workers. It’s important for parents, educators and students to consider construction or technical careers. At the very least, they should be aware of the potential salary, job security and cost of education. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and construction managers are needed to build new structures and update existing buildings. Locally, the construction industry has been stable. It's a wonderful environment to enter a trade, grow a business or career and leverage it to provide for a satisfying lifestyle or to support a growing family. The Home Builders Association and its charity, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation, persistently promote our building industry to area youth through several events and programs throughout the year.

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Scholarships In the spring, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation will award scholarships to high school students who are interested in attending Minnesota State Community and Technical College or North Dakota State College of Science, and studying in an available construction program. Applications will be available in January at hbcfm.com. Last month, Home Builders Care awarded $14,000 in scholarships. Students attending our local colleges and trade schools, who are members of a National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, are eligible to apply for assistance in the fall.

Herdina Academy for The Construction Trades The Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades is a two-week camp each June for students age 15 years or older. Working side-byside with industry professionals, students get to explore the world of construction. The cost is only $25 and students can earn three college credits. Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo Home Builders Care is a major sponsor of the Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo. This event is held Nov. 30 at the Fargodome. It is designed to help ninth graders explore different careers and education opportunities in a handson environment. The Expo supports industries that are in high demand of qualified, skilled workers.

Tyrone Leslie founded Heritage Homes in 1995. It is a custom residential homebuilding company serving the FM metro and lakes areas.

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CRAFTSMANSHIP This month, step inside of three grand homes with incredible attention to detail. Two of these humble abodes feature a more modern take on craftsmanship, while the third is an homage to old-world craftsmanship, even though it was built in 2006. You'll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, tradesmen, interior designers and decorators have resulted in unbelievable craftsmanship and artistry. By the time you flip to the last page, we hope you'll say, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like this before.'

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ECLECTIC ABODE When it comes to style, these homeowners are self-described risk-takers. Along with their team of designers and builders, the homeowners went on a 15-month journey to acheive their dream home. Although you may not associate craftsmanship with such clean lines, it took many years to develop the expertise that was necessary to conceptualize and execute a design this precise . 'I've never seen anything like this before,' is a common phrase heard when people walk through this unique and special home. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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FOYER

In the foyer of this home, you can catch a glimpse of natural cedar ceilings, as well as a staircase designed and fabricated by P2 Industries. As you're about to see, the rich orange and purple hues in this rug tie are tied together throughout the rest of the interior design.

"THIS ROOM SETS THE TONE AND COLOR PALETTE OF THE HOME. MANY OF THE MATERIALS, SELECTIONS AND FORMS ARE NATURAL, ORGANIC AND NEUTRAL IN COLOR. THE HOMEOWNERS LIKE COLOR SO WE ACCENTED PRIMARILY WITH PURPLE, ORANGE AND NAVY BLUE. THESE COLORS GIVE THE ROOMS SO MUCH ENERGY AND FUN PERSONALITY, JUST LIKE THE HOMEOWNERS." - MONICA HART GREAT ROOM

The living room furniture is comprised of custom pieces from Room & Board. The homeowners also commissioned a painting from Jessica Wachter, who won Best Artist in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Design & Living Magazine People's Choice Awards. Above the fireplace, the mantle was designed by Finnu in collaboration with the homeowners. When it came to designing the focal wall in the great room, Hart said, "We wanted to make sure that each piece stood on its own, but that they didn't overpower each other."

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KITCHEN

Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens designed the kitchen with lots of input from the homeowners. They spent several months planning appliance selections, finishes and organizational features. The cabinetry throughout the home is Wood Mode Custom Cabinetry from JW Kitchens. This kitchen is equipped with Thermador Column refrigeration, a Thermador gas range top with grill, steam oven, two sinks and dual dishwashers also from JW Kitchens. In addition to the unique cabinetry, Newman designed the range hood and freezer panel that were fabricated by P2 Industries.

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DINING ROOM

The dining room features an organic light fixture and plenty of natural light. A glass wall from Panoramic Doors allows the homeowners to combine the dining room and three season room into one big, open space. The glass doors simply fold away when the homeowners want to enjoy some fresh air. The walls and ceiling in the three-season room are a white-washed pine.

THREE-SEASON ROOM


MASTER SUITE

The master bedroom features 3D, sculpted wall panels from Monica Hart Interior Design that serve as a focal point. Just off of the master bedroom, the master bath features underlit, gray-painted, Wood Mode Cabinetry from JW Kitchens.

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Upstairs, the man cave was designed by the homeowner with help from Hart and Newman. An avid pool player, he had a pool table custom-built to convert into a dining table by adding walnut tabletop panels and adjusting the height. The benches also double as hidden pool cue storage. The man cave has bonus outdoor deck space featuring glass railings by P2 Industries. The half bath features a unique mirror, stone vessel sink and a urinal.

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For more information, contact: Monica Hart Monica Hart Interior Design 3481 University Drive S. # 203, Fargo 701-235-4929 monica@monicahartid.com monicahartid.com Audrey Newman JW Kitchens 5675 26th Ave. S. Fargo, Suite 144 701-551-0625 info@jwkitchens.com jwkitchens.com


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MODERN

Craftsmanship IN A WEST FARGO HOME This West Fargo home was built by Dietrich Homes for the Frieze family. Featuring modern craftsmanship and a monochromatic color pallet, this newly constructed abode is a space where the Frieze family relaxes–that is when they aren't hosting a Vikings or Bison watch party. Join us as we tour their 8,000-square-foot home. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Jeremy and April Frieze stand in front of their home with their daughters, Kennedy (9) and Sydney Frieze (14).

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ENTRANCE

Featuring 14-foot ceilings, a hanging chandelier and hand-scraped, acacia hardwood floors, the entryway is full of wow-factors.

LIVING ROOM

This clean, modern living room features a monochromatic color pallet consisting of warm grays. "We came from two houses where we had every wall painted a different color and we changed them often," said April Frieze. In their new home, the Frieze family wanted to go for a more soothing look. Design Consultant Heather Sagvold of Dietrich Homes said, "Their goal was to have something sleek and streamlined without it feeling sterile."

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KITCHEN

Both April and Jeremy Frieze love to cook. That is why they needed a kitchen and pantry with plenty of storage space, and Dietrich Homes delivered.

PANTRY

Cabinets - Ira's Custom Cabinets, Inc. Countertops - Spaulding Stone Lighting - Valley Lights

The Frieze's pantry is hidden behind a sliding door designed by Dietrich Homes.

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OFFICE

April Frieze works from home, so she wanted a private office where she could meet with clients for her business, Splash Promotions. After searching high and low for the perfect desk, the Friezes commisioned Josh Larson, artist, designer and proprietor of Unisign - Unique Design, to craft a desk for April's office. You can see his signature logo carved nto the wood.


MASTER SUITE

The master suite features 12-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors.

GUEST BATH

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LOWER LEVEL

The lower level of the Friezes' home is a walk-out with access to their patio, which is complete with a fire pit and hot tub. The lower level serves as a family room and bar, which was custom-built with special attention to detail by Dietrich Homes.

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REAR EXTERIOR & WALKOUT

GARAGE

The 1,991-squre-foot garage is Jeremy Frieze's favorite part of the home. It features double screens so that he can watch the Vikings and the Eagles at the same time. All of the screens as well as the sound system installed throughout the home were by Custom Cinema. The Frieze's home security system was by Laser Systems.

For more information, contact: Dietrich Homes 4151 38th St. S. #B, Fargo 701-364-2781 dietrichhomes.com info@dietrichhomes.com

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CRAFTSMANSHIP While touring this home, you may feel as if you've been transported to Italy. Completed in 2006 by Tomlinson Schultz, this Little Pine Lake estate is located not too far from Fargo. We met the homeowners, Carmen and Allen Arvig, who were eager to honor the skilled local and regional artisans who were responsible for bringing their vision to life. Because this home has never been featured in a publication, we have the pleasure of sharing it with you for the very first time. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

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Homeowners Allen Arvig and Carmen Arvig stand with Dana Tomlinson and Rita Tomlinson of Tomlinson Schultz in front of the Arvig's home.

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Home Tour INTERIOR No detail was too small in the interior of this home designed by architects David Heide and Dan Teske of David Heide Design Studio. Dana Tomlinson of Tomlinson Schultz was general contractor, while Scott Johnson was job superintendent on this project. Their twoyear build started in the fall of 2004 and was completed in the fall of 2006. This home features two stories, a lower level and plenty of outdoor living space. With five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, this home is ideal for hosting Carmen and Allen Arvig's large family. The Arvigs love to entertain their five grown children and their spouses, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, which they took into consideration when planning the layout of their home with David Heide Design Studio.

LIVING ROOM

Our tour begins in an informal living room on the main floor of the home. One of Carmen Arvig's favorite parts of the room is the custom bookcase, which AUM Wood Products, formerly Schiller Custom Cabinetry, built to look like a stage for her puppets.

Woodwork - Tomlinson Schultz and Paul Muckenhirn, Creative Wood Designs PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

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Cabinet finishes - Margaret Aho PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

KITCHEN

The kitchen is the heart of the Arvig's home. It shares a hearth with the living room and is just steps away from a breakfast room and enclosed porch.

This tile backsplash was inspired by the tapestry above the fireplace.

Carmen Arvig asked to incorporate iconic household brands into a second tile backsplash.

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"AFTER THE ARVIGS SETTLED INTO THEIR HOME, THEY GRACIOUSLY HOSTED A PARTY AND INVITED ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH THE PROJECT. THE GUESTS ENJOYED A DELICIOUS BUFFET PERSONALLY PREPARED BY ALLEN AND CARMEN ALONG WITH A TOUR OF THE HOME." - RITA TOMLINSON

Carmen Arvig acquired this tapestry while on a trip to the Aix-en Provence of France. It served as the inspiration for the extraordinary custom tiles that can be seen above the range.


BREAKFAST ROOM

The Arvigs wanted their home to be child-proof, so they had a pocket door installed in the breakfast room, which allows Carmen Arvig to close off the formal dining and living rooms from the rest of the house.

Cabinets - Paul Muckenhirn, Creative Wood Designs

BUTLER'S PANTRY

This charming window flanked by wooden shutters allows natural light to pass from the breakfast room to the butler's pantry.


Wall treatment - Damian Garner Ceiling - Paul Muckenhirn, Creative Wood Designs Tile installation - Baker Tile PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

DINING ROOM This work of art is a reproduction of a famous religious painting, which was brought to life on stained glass. They were responsible for the stained glass installed throughout the house. Stained glass - Gary and Mary Schultz, Genesis Stained Glass

The Venetian plaster treatment features a stipple glaze finish, which involves using a light hand to apply metallic glazes to paint.

The Arvig's dining room is absolutely stunning. The true scale of the artistry in this space is impossible to capture in a single photograph. Starting from the floor up, the heated terracotta tiles were installed by Lowell and Troy Baker of Baker Tile, the Venetian plaster treatment on the walls was applied by Damian Garner, and the wood ceiling was crafted by master carpenter, Paul Muckenhirn of Creative Wood Designs.

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Ceiling - Paul Muckenhirn, Creative Wood Designs PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

FORMAL LIVING ROOM

Just when you think you've seen it all, the formal living room will leave you in awe. The gas fireplace was crafted from cast limestone and features an onyx hearth. Carmen Arvig envisioned pendant lights hung from the intricate ceiling at different heights to create the illusion of stars in the night sky.

PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

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PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

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Grand Staircase - Gregory Johnson Woodworking and James Virnala

FOYER

The main entrance features a hand-cut tile mosaic, which was also inspired by the homeowners' experiences in Italy.

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POWDER ROOM

The powder room features an onyx countertop, leather paneled walls with a hidden linen closet and a metallic wall covering on the ceiling.

Tile - Baker Tile

MASTER BATH

Upstairs, the Arvigs opted for a softer color pallet. Their master bath houses windows that Carmen Arvig received from her local church. These windows are over 100 years old. On the walls, the master bath features a Venetian plaster similar to the treatment that was used in the dining room.

GUEST BATH

The guest bath features a raised soaking tub. "Raising the tub was a last-minute decision," Carmen Arvig said. "You didn't want to sit in the tub and not be able to look out the windows," Allen Arvig explained.

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LIBRARY

Woodwork - Paul Muckenhirn, Creative Wood Designs Cabinetry and casework - AUM Wood Products, formerly Schiller Custom Cabinetry

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PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

WINE CELLAR

The Arvig's love of travel is nearly matched by their love of wine. Carmen Arvig said, "This room is one of the most spectacular rooms in the house, really." Dana Tomlinson explained how it took several artists to construct the curved walls and ceilings. "The architect drew it, and our carpenters built it," he said. Dana Tomlinson also revealed that it required intricate framework and maybe even a miracle, he joked.

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The spiral staircase was crafted out of cast concrete with iron supports and the steps consist of reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in the Twin Cities. The wine cellar's cobblestone floor contains stone sourced from the old streets of St. Paul. Spiral staircase - Oland Stair Systems and Gregory Johnson Sandstone finish - Damian Garner PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

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CRAFT ROOM PLAY HOUSE Woodwork - Scott Johnson, Tomlinson Schultz

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Carmen Arvig came up with the idea to include a playhouse in the lower level of their home.

While Allen Arvig likes to spend his time in the library, the craft room is Carmen Arvig's space. It has everything that she needs to experiment with her creative side, which comes out when she prepares her home for each season.


Stone work - Green Masonry and Huesman Schreiber Masonry Landscaping - Chris Mensing, Lakes Country Landscaping

EXTERIOR

Both the interior and exterior of this home were inspired by the Arvig's travels. PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

PHOTO BY Craig Caulfield of Caulfield Studios

Once again, the Arvigs would like to express their appreciation for everyone who helped make this home possible. Whether at home or abroad, the Arvigs will always be reminded of their travels, thanks to the talents of our local and regional craftsmen.

For more information, contact: Tomlinson Schultz 218-847-3092 info@tomlinsonschultz.com tomlinsonschultz.com

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ARTIST FEATURE

in the studio with ZHIMIN GUAN Z himin Guan's expression changes when he talks about painting. His eyes come alive and his voice contains vigor. We sat down with this renowned artist and charismatic teacher to discuss his creative process as well as his recent exhibition at Ecce Art Gallery in Downtown Fargo. BY Becca Opp PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

Guan has painted water on metal. The metal symbolizes industrialization of the Western world while the water represents the eternity of nature.

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"MY WORK IS ALWAYS RELATED TO WATER." ZHIMIN GUAN

Working Within a Series Before Zhimin Guan determines whether or not a piece is finished, he will hang it in his studio to observe its composition. "Before I put a frame on it, I will stare at it," he said. The pieces that currently hang in his studio were originally intended to be a part of his Water & Stone exhibition that was on display at Ecce Gallery. "We planned the Ecce exhibition a year ago. I titled it water and stone, which is a favorite of Eastern culture. I explored that a long time ago, but I just never used oil painting to represent that stone and water," said Guan. Guan usually likes to work within series, exploring abstraction and realism at the same time. The pieces within each of his series are connected by a common theme. One theme that can be seen throughout the majority of Guan's work is the presence of stone and water. "I think that stone and water can be a constant theme," Guan said when discussing his art. Guan has a deep appreciation for water. He went on to explain, "My work is always related to water because water has virtue. Life depends on water, but at the same time, water can go to the very lowest place. It is very humble and modest." Emotion in the Medium Guan uses all media to express emotion in his art. "The medium can create different feelings. Watercolor has a cheerful, spontaneous quality. Oil painting has a strong, orchestra-like quality. Pastels have a soft, drawing quality. My goal is to combine them to see how they can work together to create a new medium," Guan explained. However, he still tends to favor oil because it is flexible and forgiving. "You can get everything you want from oil," he said.

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Zhimin Guan, WATER LILIES III, 2017, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

Zhimin Guan, WATER AND STONE V, 2017, Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches


Zhimin Guan, GREEN MOUNTAIN, 2017, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Zhimin Guan as a Teacher Born in Anhui, China, Guan came to the United States in 1995. After he received his MFA in painting and drawing from Fort Hays State University in 1998, he applied for a teaching position nationally and was matched with MSUM. Guan currently teaches Intro to Painting, Intermediate Painting and Advanced Painting at MSUM. While Guan challenges his introductory students with rigorous curriculum, his advanced students enjoy creative freedom. Guan's former students include Plains Art Museum Director Andrew Maus, Rourke Art Museum Curator and Director Jonathan Rutter, NDSU Professor Andrew Stark and MSUM Adjunct Professor Jessica Matson Fluto. Viewing the Viewer For Guan, working on personal themes in his own art helps him become a better teacher. For those who enjoy his work, this is quite a treat. Guan's solo exhibition, Water & Stone, was on display at Ecce Gallery from September 21 to October 18.

Zhimin Guan, WATER AND STONE II, 2017, Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches

We asked Guan how it feels when other people view his work. "Sometimes it can be heartbreaking, but sometimes I also feel really happy. When people live with my work, I feel happy and proud to be a part of their everyday lives. It is a really happy thing," Guan shared. Guan has exhibited throughout the U.S. and China and has received numerous awards. He has also been featured in art magazines in the U.S. and China. Though he has gained such recognition, Guan is happy with the art scene in the FM area. "I enjoy the community. They have really cool taste," he said. Guan was here to watch the local art scene grow. "I witnessed the whole process. I think we are really catching up with major metropolitan cities like New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Beijing. I think we have decent collectors in this region, where in other places, only the super rich collect," Guan said. For more information, contact: Zhimin Guan guanzh@mnstate.edu


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UPSCALE DESIGN AT

300 LIME Downtown Fargo has seen the completion of several upscale apartment buildings this year, including 300Lime, which is located at 303 11th St. N. The 300Lime resident is someone who values experiences. Not only are they looking for a place to eat and sleep, they also desire a place to play. That is why Lux Communities is offering exclusive, branded amenities for residents of their new apartment complex.

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The lobby features a real lime tree in a large planter next to the main entrance. Here, residents have access to a coffee bar and lounge.

Lux Communities commissioned local artists to create custom work for 300Lime. While some pieces are permanent installations, like this piece by Chelsea Burns, a collection curated in collaboration with the FMVA on a gallery wall near the main entrance will be switched out every two months.

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300Lime is unique because of their use of branding. For example, you may have noticed that the building's exterior is a bright, lime green, which is referenced in the name 300Lime. Donna Block, Vice President of Lux Communities, the company that manages the property, shared how they came up with the catchy name. "The color was first. Then the owner looked at the building and said, 'It looks like a fruit that's been cut in half.' That's where the inspiration for

PAWS PAWS is located on the first floor of the building. Featuring a pet grooming station and a treadmill, this facility was designed with your four-legged best friend in mind. Local artist Steve Knutson painted this mural of dogs riding bicycles. Knutson teaches art at Discovery Middle School in Fargo.

300Lime came from," Block explained. Though the property is managed by Lux Communities, it was designed by Cuningham Group in collaboration with Enclave Development. TL Stroh Architects was the construction archiect. The project was completed in August 2017. At 300Lime, even the amenities have names. Join us as we take a tour of these artfully branded spaces.


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Barkyard Barkyard is not just any rooftop terrace. It comes with green space for residents and their pets to enjoy. "Green space is a must-have with downtown apartments," Block explained.

Spoke & Wheel Spoke & Wheel is a bicycle repair and storage station, also located on the first floor of the building next to PAWS.

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Zest Zest is the name of the combined community room, game room and theater room. Warrior 360 / Elevate The yoga studio is known as Warrior300, while Elevate is the fitness center.

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"Green space is a musthave with downtown apartments." - Donna Block

Level 360 300Lime has not one, but two rooftop terraces. This terrace on the westfacing side features a putting green, grill and outdoor lounge space as well as two fire pits.

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Studio Apartment 300Lime offers studio, one, two and three bedroom floor plans. The studio and one-bedroom units shown here were staged by Alyssa Asheim of Lux Communities

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1 Bedroom Apartment

DONNA BLOCK

Donna Block is the Vice President of Lux Communities in Fargo.

For more information, contact: Lux Communities 300Lime Office 701-478-3131 303 11th St. N, Fargo info@luxcommunities.com

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f you walk into any home décor store in the United States, odds are that you will find copper in some way, shape or form. Even Target’s new home line, Project 62, features rose gold silverware, which is a combination of gold and copper. Another trend that is slowly sneaking its way into our hearts and homes is amber glass. It started earlier this year with colorful depression glass making a comeback. Now, as the leaves turn brown this fall, so will our glasses. However, you don’t have to spend hours online looking for copper and amber. You can support local businesses and be on-trend with these smart, FMarea finds. BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen 87


DÉCOR DESIGN&LIVING These antique goblets from The White House Co. will bring warm, amber tones into your home. Arrange them on open shelving with your vintage glassware collection.

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DESIGN&LIVING DÉCOR These Paddywax Apothecary Collection candles from MINT + BASIL will add oldtime luxury to any room, especially your master bath.

These authentic, Portuguese copper tea kettles from Grace 1972 would make a bold statement while sitting on the buffet at your next family gathering.

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These Tag measuring cups and spoons from Zandbroz Variety are just too pretty to keep hidden away in a kitchen drawer.

EDITOR'S TIP Incorporate these products into the ultimate, luxurious evening:

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First, place Paddywax apothecary candles around your home to permeate the air with the soothing scents of Amber & Smoke and Geranium & Basil.

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Then, brew yourself a cup of tea in your authentic, Portuguese copper tea set.

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Next, add a teaspoon of sugar with your copper measuring spoons.

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Optional: tidy your living space between sips of tea, which always helps you relax at the end of a long day.

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Finally, pour your favorite wine into an amber goblet to enjoy with the latest issue of Design & Living Magazine.

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Forward-Thinking

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DESIGN

In 2009, Rachael and Jeff Boyer and their son, Caleb, lost their North Moorhead home to frigid flood waters, which forced them to begin afresh. Seven years later, this family has rebuilt new dreams atop of old. We'll take you on a tour of their new home that features forward-thinking design and never-before-seen finishes.

BY Becca Opp | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hillary Ehlen

EXTERIOR The exterior of the Boyer's home is all cedar. “The style, we want it to blend with the natural environment. That’s why everything on the exterior is all natural–all cedar. That’s what we do. We stain and finish exteriors as well," Jeff Boyer said. Although some people may think that natural wood siding is less durable than metal siding, it actually lasts just as long as steel or vinyl with the same amount of maintenance. While the Boyers finished the exterior, they would like to express special thanks to Signature Landscapes and Valley Green for the work that they did on the yard, which was also devastated by the flood.

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MEET THE BOYERS Rachael and Jeff Boyer are the owners of The Coatings Authority, Inc., which started out as The Brush’s End 20 years ago. They provide surface preparation, painting and decorative concrete coating options. Ambition runs in their blood as their son, Caleb, is a published author. He had a teen-adventure-action novel, "Island Games: Mystery of the Four Quadrants," published at the age of 12. This November, he is relaunching a remastered version of the book. STARTING OVER Many residents of the FM area will remember the flood of 2009. This is especially true for the Boyers, who not only lost their home and everything in it, but also their shop, which was located in their backyard. For the next three months, they stayed with a friend and then rented a home in South Moorhead.

"We were evacuated for about three years and finally got to the point where we were able to resettle and rebuild," Rachael Boyer said. In 2012, they built their new home atop of the ashes from their old place. RESTORE AND REBUILD The Boyers decided to do a controlled burn of their old home, but they were able to restore their shop. Their new home can be considered a showcase of The Coatings Authority's abilities. The Boyers hired Dave Anderson Construction to serve as the general contractor of the project, then had Scott from Bob’s Drywall do all the sheetrock and drywall. While Jeff Boyer did the finishing work, Rachael Boyer designed the interior from the ground up. When it was built in 2012, the Boyer's selections were ahead of their time.

ENTRYWAY The main entryway is one of the only rooms where you'll notice a high ceiling because the Boyers wanted their home to feel cozy, and they did not want to waste any space. Rachael Boyer explained, “Even though it’s a bigger house, we wanted it to feel small. When we rebuilt the house, we started with an architect. It didn't quite fit our needs, so I just redesigned it and made the floor plan functional and efficient for our family."

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Furniture - SCHEELS Home & Hardware and Scan Design

LIVING ROOM The Boyers wanted their fireplace to be visible from anywhere in the space, so they raised it to be the same height as the TV. The living room features lots of natural light. "We wanted to take in nature and the environment that we live in because it’s so beautiful up here. It’s like being in a resort every day. We were really careful about that when we designed it," Rachael Boyer said. Much of their home décor calls back to nature, as well.

"We built the house to have a reminder of what we lost so that we would always remember how blessed we are to have what we have now." - Rachael Boyer

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DINING ROOM Rachael Boyer designed the dining room around a square table and, lucky for her, she found exactly what she was looking for at Scan Design.

KITCHEN This stainless steel-wrapped island is at the very center of the main floor. It is a place where the Boyers can sit, watch TV, enjoy the fireplace and each other. When they entertain, everyone can participate in the conversation due to their open floor-plan and the placement of the second island.

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Barstools - Scan Design Lighting - Valley Lights Appliances - Rigels


The Boyers' kitchen has a large pantry with an extra fridge and freezer. Rachael Boyer designed everything from floor to ceiling in the kitchen, including the cabinets that Jeff Boyer finished. Throughout their build, the Boyers tested different finishes. Jeff Boyer said, "This is what we do. Anybody can do it, but how do you do it? There’s a lot of people who paint and do construction, but we want to do it right the first time." The Boyer's kitchen features quartz countertops and exposed shelving, both of which have gained popularity with homeowners within the last five years. When Rachael Boyer made her selections, she put efficiency first. That's why the glasses and plates that see the most use are placed on exposed shelving.


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THREE-SEASON ROOM This three-season room features a never-before-seen finish. A new wood chip floor product is in production by Torginol, a supplier to Sherwin Williams. This product has yet to be released to the nation, but was released to the Boyers for first use. This unique floor covering consists of maple-colored wood chips covered in a clear, glossy finish.

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GARAGE The Boyers' garage also features unique, cedar-colored wood chip, clear-coated floors. “It’s a product that hasn’t been released yet so we’re the first ones to apply it and the first ones to receive it as a customer," Rachael Boyer said. Sherwin Williams has even expressed interest in featuring the Boyers' garage in their national advertising campaign.

MASTER SUITE Rachael and Jeff Boyer's handicap accessible master suite is off of the main living space. It features an ensuite sitting room, master bath and walk-in closet with laundry. "We knew that Caleb would be hanging out with friends [in the living room] and we wanted to have a separate spot where we could get away and relax," Rachael Boyer said.

For more information, contact: The Coatings Authority, Inc. 6904 2nd St. N, Moorhead 218-287-1249 coatingsauthority.com info@coatingsauthority.com

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From Midwest

Meet Christen Joy

Christen Joy Anderson is a Minnesota native and owner of Christen Joy Homes, who has always had an eye for interior decorating. She enjoys working on residential and commercial projects. Anderson has a passion for working with local clients, but her clientelle has extended as far as Seattle, Washington. Her style is influeced by her world travels to more than 20 countries, time spent living abroad and five years living in Seattle.

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Pacific Northwest Meet the Deasons Jenny and Ryan Deason live in Kirkland, Washington, along with their three children. Ryan Deason is the owner of RD Homes, a custom home builder. He initially built this house to sell, but the Deasons knew they had to call it home.

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hen it comes to interior design and home decor, the Midwest usually looks coastward to cities like Los Angeles or New York City for inspiration. However, a decorator from Moorhead recently brought her influence to the Pacific Northwest. In true Seattle fashion, we sat down for a cup o' joe with Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes to discuss her work in Kirkland, Washington. BY Christen Anderson | INTRO BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Dale Tu

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The Project

Anderson met Jenny and Ryan Deason while she was living in Seattle. "The couple asked me to help bring warmth, color and personality to their modern home. My goal was to achieve an environment that was both visually stunning and familyfriendly for their busy lifestyle with three children." Christen Anderson Anderson traveled to Seattle to kick off this large project, then continued to work remotely, communicating with the Deasons via FaceTime and email. This September, she flew back to see the project to completion.

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Kitchen "The Deasons' goal was to add warmth, color and personality to their kitchen without compromising function. I began by selecting pieces for both their appearance and purpose, such as wooden bowls for storing and displaying fruit, glass canisters for holding accessible snacks and beautiful soaps to help keep little hands clean.

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These functional finds from Target, Williams-Sonoma and boutiques add color to the space. The succulents on the windowsills also provide fresh pops of color while the oversized bouquet of white orchids create a beautiful focal point for the large space. Next, I focused on bringing warmth and personality to the space by adding rugs and other finishing touches like artichokes nestled into the corner for interest." Christen Anderson


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Dining room "In the dining room, I added a modern plant stand and bright greenery to achieve a pop of color without taking away from the real heroes in the room: the accent wall and light fixtures." - Christen Anderson

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Living Room In the living room, the Deasons thought it was important to choose midmod furniture that would complement their home's modern design. Anderson helped them select a neutral sofa, velvet chairs and a patterned rug, which she then tied together with colorful throw pillows.


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Master Bath "The master bath whispered 'spa-ahhh' to me, so I couldn’t resist making the space luxurious for the couple. I layered plush, white linens and rugs throughout the space, along with candles and bath salts. I also added a tray of daily necessities to the floating vanity and bamboo greens to break up the large mirror and neutral colors of the room." - Christen Anderson

Adrianna’s Room "The goal with this room was to allow Adrianna Deason’s personality to shine. This can be seen in the artwork she chose to fill the Pottery Barn frames. These brightly-colored works complement the elegant, yet playful Land of Nod bed set. Meanwhile, pillows and poufs provide the perfect amount of comfort and playfulness, ensuring that the room doesn't feel overly serious." - Christen Anderson By the end of the project, the Deasons felt as if each piece had been made for their space. Although being almost 1,500 miles away from her clients could have presented unique challenges, Anderson was happy to share her FM area style with Kirkland, Washington through quick trips to Seattle and the use of modern technology. For more information, contact: Christen Anderson Christenjoyhomes@outlook.com You can also find Christen Joy Homes on Facebook & Instagram by searching @christenjoyhomes.

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“When it came to decorating the master bath, I gave Christen zero direction. All I wanted was to feel relaxed. It’s one of the few spaces in the house that we can call our own, and thanks to Christen, every day feels like a spa day.” – Jenny Deason


Design & Living November 2017  

This month, we'll show you three homes with incredible attention to detail. You'll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, t...

Design & Living November 2017  

This month, we'll show you three homes with incredible attention to detail. You'll see how the enormous efforts of our local homebuilders, t...