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NOVEMBER 2018

COMPLIMENTARY

COME YOUR LOCAL GUIDE FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING


FROM THE EDITOR

Entertaining the Thought

B

y now, you probably know that I live in a 600-square-foot apartment in Downtown Fargo. So far, the lack of space hasn't hindered my love of entertaining.

A few weeks ago, I had a couple of friends over for dinner and drinks. It's common sense that good company is the most important ingredient in the recipe for any gathering, but I don't think it hurts to set the scene. My favorite way to do so is with candles from Kindling Supply Co. If I'm being completely honest, I may have gone out and purchased some just a few minutes before guests started knocking on the door. It's the thought that counts, right? Of course, we went with an entertaining theme in this issue for the upcoming holidays, but also because this is the season when we inevitably start to spend more hours indoors. So, why not make them count by coming together with friends, family and loved ones?

PHOTO BY J Alan Paul Photography

I am so thankful to share this issue with you and for the coworkers who help make this publication each month. Within the following pages, you'll find a cornucopia of tips and hints that will make your table as Instagrammable as it can possibly be. As I write this, it is October 30 and we are going to start working on the December issue in two days. I can't believe it's already here! Soon, Hillary Ehlen and I will begin visiting local shops and boutiques near you. If we do run into you when we're out and about, please don't be a stranger!

Until next month,

Rebecca Opp Editor becca@spotlightmediafargo.com @becca-opp

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FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Fall

TRANSITIONS

O

ctober was an exciting month here at Design & Living Magazine and our parent company, Spotlight, as we announced our expansion of print beyond paper into social media, video, websites, podcasts, events and more. For nine years, Spotlight has been in the storytelling industry. Now, we're using what we've learned to help the community more than ever. Some of our new services include design and branding, publishing and packaging, photography and videography, just to name a few. Not only did we expand our services, but we have also expanded our team. It has been such a pleasure getting to know the new additions to our Spotlight family. Speaking of, this month's publication has a theme of gathering. With the holidays around the corner, I am welcoming the arrival of fall and looking forward to spending time with my loved ones. With relatives spanning all the way from North Dakota to Texas, I truly am grateful for our holiday get-togethers. With Thanksgiving approaching, it is a good reminder for me to slow down and count my blessings. Not only am I blessed with my beautiful daughter, loving relatives and some of the best friends you could ask for, I am also blessed to have a job I love with co-workers that are like family. I am also grateful for you, the readers. Your support, loyalty and kind words mean more than you know. Thank you for contributing to our continued growth,

Chantell Ramberg Associate Publisher chantell@spotlightmediafargo.com

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PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen

Until next month,


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TEAM

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

HILLARY EHLEN 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.

JESSE HOORELBEKE PHOTOGRAPHER

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

SARAH GEIGER ART DIRECTOR

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

SARAH STAUNER GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Originally from central Wisconsin, Stauner relocated to the FargoMoorhead area in 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she recieved her BFA in Graphic Design and Marketing.

BRYCE JOHNSON CONTRIBUTOR

Johnson has been with the HBA of F-M for 25 years, serving as its executive officer over the past 19 years.

KAYLA COTE VAN RENSBURG CONTRIBUTOR

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

TOM & CAMILLA STADUM CONTRIBUTOR

The Stadums grew up in Fargo and have been married for 6 years. In 2015, they purchased a house in North Fargo. They have two spunky French Bulldogs, Pancake and Buzz, and are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019. They have enjoyed modernizing their 1947 home and have renovated nearly every room.


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Sarah Huckle Social Media Coordinator North Dakota Interior Designers

Melissa Rademacher President & CEO Downtown Community Partnership

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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

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2018


contents FEATURE STORY

2018 NOVEMBER

34 Come Together

When the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, we retreat indoors. This is not only where we go to relax and unwind, but also where we come together to host family and friends during the holiday season. Let us be your local guide for everything entertaining this month.

Farmhouse 59 That Feeling with Magnum Custom Homes

Farmhouse is one of the most sought-after design aesthetics in the FM area. We believe that this trend has taken root here because those white exteriors and warm wood tones evoke a sense of nostalgia for North Dakotans, as many of us have fond memories of our family farms. However, we no longer need to look outside the city limits to find that feeling of being at home.

Multidimensional 30 AArtist

Rather than limiting himself to one medium, local artist Brandon LaPlante chooses to pursue all of his passions. From September 15 to November 11, you can visit his studio space in West Acres where he currently serves as the artist in residence.

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Locally Trending: Graceful Transitions

As our nights become longer, days become shorter and a crisp feeling is in the air, Kayla Cote van Rensburg shares her favorite ways to embrace the transition from fall to winter.

Sauna for the 24 AStadums

72 Station Renovation

Captain Levi Nesvold and Chief Daniel Fuller of the West Fargo Fire Department have collaborated with Terry Bartsh of Century Builders to create living quarters in a West Fargo fire station that will make volunteer and full-time emergency responders alike feel at home between calls. Now, let us take you on a tour of the space that they have made their own.

Modern 88 AScandinavian

Kitchen Reveal

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from one Faye Sexton of Moorhead, who kindly invited us to a get-together she was throwing as a thank-you to all those who helped with her home renovation. Join us as we tour Sexton's Scandinavian-modern kitchen and dining room.

Character to 80 Adding a New Home:

Eden at Home Part II Until about a year-and-a-half ago, Iepson and her family lived in a 1912 character home near Downtown Fargo. However, a recent move to a new build in South Fargo has given her a new perspective on what makes a house a 'character' home.

Join new contributors, married couple Camila and Tom Stadum as they describe what inspired them to build a backyard sauna. We'll give you a hint: it had a little something to do with their trip to Norway last spring.

For more exclusive, original content,

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ON THE COVER

NEXT MONTH

Special thanks to Carrie Brusven from Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events for bringing a small selection of her inventory up to our studio for a staged shoot.

Join us for our next issue titled, "Joy to the World: A Global-Inspired Holiday." We'll be visiting all of your favorite local shops and boutiques to curate a collection of home goods inspired by one of this year's biggest trends.


NOVEMBER 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

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Chief Operations Officer Steve Kruse Associate Publisher Chantell Ramberg

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CREATIVE Editorial Director Andrew Jason

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Editor Becca Opp

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Art Director Sarah Geiger Designer Sarah Stauner Creative Director Simon Andrys Photographers Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography, HBA, Camila Stadum, Elisabeth Eden Contributors Becca Opp, Bryce Johnson, Camila & Tom Stadum, Kayla Cote van Rensburg Social Media & PR Coordinator Ariel Holbrook Web Editor Jessica Kuehn ADVERTISING Associate Sales Director Neil Keltgen Senior Sales Executive Ryan Courneya

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INDUSTRY CELEBRATES

TOP VOLUNTEERS AT AWARDS GALA The HBA of F-M is a diverse volunteer-driven trade organization serving the homebuilding industry made up of over 900 Builder, Associate and Affiliate members. Last month, our top volunteers were honored!

Builder and Associate Volunteer of the Year are the most prestigious awards a member can receive in recognition of their efforts to support the Association and their community. These members are nominated by their industry peers and judged by a committee of past award winners and current HBA staff. Congratulations to:

Associate Volunteer of the Year winner Monica Hart Monica Hart Interior Design, Inc.

The HBA of F-M also presents an award annually to a member working to further community outreach and charitable efforts through its Foundation, Home Builders Care. Congratulations to:

Home Builders Care Volunteer of the Year winner Sylvia Lunski

Builder Volunteer of the Year winner Dustin Murray

by Bryce Johnson HBA of F-M Chief Executive Officer

Design Direction, Inc.

Bryce Johnson has been with the HBA of F-M for 25 years, serving as its executive officer over the past 19 years.

Dustin Murray Construction

Serving as HBA president this year, Dustin has gone above and beyond in taking action to engage emerging professionals in the homebuilding industry. He helped establish the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange, a group dedicated to serving the needs of the next generation of HBA leaders. The group’s goal is to further professional development, networking and knowledge of the building industry. He also worked with HBA student chapters to prepare them to compete at the International Builders Show in Orlando.

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All while running her own business, Monica has served as a long-time Parade of Homes Committee leader. She has helped the HBA navigate many different changes, from awards to event date adjustments, to upgrades in Parade technology. Monica is focused on workforce solutions, serving as this year’s Home Builders Care Foundation president. She volunteers at many events like career fairs, school visits, the Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo and more. Monica was also involved in the HBA’s annual Holiday Drive, gathering donations for residents at the Dakota Boys and Girl Ranch.

This year, Sylvia was a key player in remodeling our local Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch youth home. It’s a place dedicated to helping troubled kids by providing guidance to help them become their best selves. She donated her time and resources to the project alongside many Home Builders Care volunteers. They remodeled the basement family room, kitchen and living room of this impactful youth home. Sylvia has a passion for promoting workforce development and inspired young kids by being a judge at the Lego Homebuilding Competition at the Home & Garden Show. She is also active in the local schools to provide internships and job shadowing for students interested in interior design.

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

For more information, contact: hbafm.com info@hbafm.com facebook.com/ HBAFargoMoorhead twitter.com/HBAFM


A SAUNA FOR THE STADUMS HELLO, we are Tom & Camila Stadum. We grew up in Fargo and have been married for 6 years. In 2015, we purchased our home and committed to being North-siders for life. We have two spunky French Bulldogs, Pancake and Buzz, and are expecting our first child in the Spring of 2019. We've enjoyed modernizing our 1947 home and have renovated nearly every room in the house. Then, this past summer, we started making improvements to the backyard. BY Tom & Camila Stadum | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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O U R I N S P I R AT I O N Last spring, we traveled to Norway on vacation and got inspired by their sauna culture and the way they embrace winter. In Oslo, we stumbled upon Salt, a seaside sauna park that has one of the biggest A-frame saunas in the world, which holds up to 100 people. They also have multiple barrel saunas and even some saunas floating in the water with people jumping into the Oslo fjord to cool off.

E M B R A C I N G CO L D E R W E AT H E R We were so impressed with the Norwegian mindset towards winter that it got us thinking of ways that we could better embrace winter back home, especially in the middle of January. We purchased a sauna kit from Almost Heaven Saunas, which is based in Michigan. Included in the kit were pre-cut cedar boards, an electric sauna heater, accessories, and a roof. All components came ready for installation so we were only responsible for the assembly and wiring. We first had to build a solid foundation to hold the 900-pound sauna. The foundation included digging 18 inches into the ground and using a mixture of rock and sand with pavers on top. We then assembled the sauna and hired an electrician to dig a trench and bring out electrical power to the sauna. Once it was all ready, we stained the cedar to give it a finished look and protect the wood through the seasons. Lastly, we built a border around the sauna and re-planted grass in the areas that had been dug up. From beginning to end, it took us nearly two months to finish from ordering the sauna, assembling, staining, wiring and landscaping. It was a labor of love, but it was so worth it!

NORWEGIAN SAUNA CULTURE BROUGHT TO FARGO

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TOM'S MORNING RITUAL The sauna gets used every day. Tom has a morning ritual of waking up at 6 a.m. on weekdays and using the sauna for 25-35 minutes before work. He uses it as a dry sauna, but occasionally, he will pour eucalyptus water over the stones to turn it into a steam sauna. In the evenings, we have longer sessions with friends and family. Unfortunately, Camila can’t use the sauna due to her pregnancy, but she has never been more excited for next winter. Aside from the health benefits and waking up earlier, it’s a way of forced relaxation. Due to the heat and humidity, you have to leave your phone and distractions inside the house. It’s a peaceful and quiet time that you don’t get anywhere else.

"THE SAUNA IS ANOTHER WAY FOR US TO EMBRACE WINTER AND HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHEN THE TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW ZERO."

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NEW TRADITIONS We’ve always been proud to live in Fargo and have always had the mentality of loving the place where we’ve been planted. It’s no surprise to anyone that winters in Fargo aren’t for the faint of heart, but even with that mindset, it can sometimes get challenging mid-January to stay positive about the weather and where we’ve chosen to call home. The sauna is another way for us to embrace winter and have something to look forward to when the temperatures drop below zero. For us, it’s an investment in our emotional and physical health. Some of the health benefits to using a sauna frequently are increased circulation, elevated heart rate similar to moderate exercise, muscle relaxation and stress relief to name a few. One of our favorite things about the sauna is that it’s given us an outlet to have intentional community. It’s a great place to have good conversation with friends and family and enjoy a season that most people don’t look forward to. We’re excited to create new family traditions in the sauna and share the sauna experience with others.

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Multidimensional Artist "What do you do with a 500-pound table that is more sculptural than functional?" asked Brandon LaPlante. This was a real dilemma that the local artist had to come to terms with regarding his body of work, which includes sculpture, furniture, paintings, drawings and murals. Rather than limiting himself to one medium, LaPlante has chosen to pursue all of his passions and from September 15 to November 11, you can visit his studio space in West Acres where he currently serves as the artist in residence.

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Early Life Brandon LaPlante is originally from Crookston, MN, and spent many a summer days on the shores of Lake Superior. Before starting a family, his mother was also an artist. She liked to paint landscapes and animals on saw blades from the scrap yard. "My mom's always been kind of a scavenger. I got that from her," LaPlante explained. His mother was supportive of LaPlante's interest in art, which became apparent at an early age. "I have been making art, or 'marks, noise and mess' I like to say, ever since I learned how to use my thumbs," the West Acres Artist in Residence laughed.

Contrasting Critiques After high school, LaPlante went on to study at MSUM where he trained in classical figure drawing. However, LaPlante was exposed to sculpture in his last semester and received meaningful feedback on his work. Up until that point, he had been hearing the same critique over and over again. "I had too much contrast," LaPlante explained. However, instead of trying to change his style, LaPlante chose to embrace the critique. "I thought, I'm not going to let anyone else spin the narrative. I'm going to embody contrast. Contrast defines me. Everything that I do has it, so rather than trying to change it, I'm going to use this as the inspiration in all that I do," he said.

Adventure, Wonder & Curiosity LaPlante earned his BA and immediately went on to pursue yet another passion when he left the day of graduation to tour with his progressive rock band, Sleeping in Gethsemane. LaPlante discovered that travel inspires his senses of adventure, wonder and curiosity. Since then, he has visited 47 states and 27 countries. "The purest and most fulfilling artistic endeavor I've taken part in is writing and composing music, recording it and performing all over the world with it," he shared. LaPlante likes to go abroad during the colder months, but spends his summers in Fargo. "Winters are a good time for me to decompress and to get re-inspired. Then I come back to Fargo—I've developed a community here," he said. It is this strong support system that makes him want to return year after year.

"I thought, I'm not going to let anyone else spin the narrative. I'm going to embody contrast. Contrast defines me." - Brandon LaPlante

"The Diving Bell"

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West Acres Residency In his studio space at West Acres, LaPlante displays a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. There, viewers can see pencil drawings, oil pastel paintings and even an award-winning sculpture. However, perhaps the most impressive pieces are his furniture, ranging from utilitarian and functional to sculptural in design. LaPlante would describe these pieces as "different materials interlocking, contrasting each other in a way that heightens each one of them rather than taking away from them," LaPlante said. It's true. LaPlante manipulates his building materials so that all of the parts interlock, eliminating the need for bolts, nails or screws. His favorite part of the process? "I love the problem solving. That part is really fulfilling for me, which is why I generally only do one of everything because there are no more problems to solve after you've already finished building it once," he said. The utilitarian furniture, LaPlante made for his own apartment; the sculptural furniture, he made for an exhibition at The Rourke Art Museum last year. For this exhibition, he was to be the solo artist. LaPlante soon realized though that with his sculptural furniture sitting low to the ground, the walls would look empty. Jonathan Rutter, director of The Rourke, then encouraged LaPlante to select an artist to be featured in the show alongside him. LaPlante chose photographer and printmaker, Cameron Seibold for this purpose. The table near the back of his space at West Acres, LaPlante was commissioned to make for Fargo Startup House. This was years before he began experimenting with interlocking design. "The dining table is something that I'm very proud of," he said. Although he has always loved minimalist modern architecture and interior design, LaPlante only picked up the skills he would need to manipulate stone, metal and wood later in life. In the beginning, he would select the materials and come up with a design, then collaborate with others to make his vision a reality. All of LaPlante's furniture is made out of reclaimed materials. Let's take his coffee table, "Brother Butterfly" for example. LaPlante found the two limestone slabs in a field and held onto them for years before turning them into a table. "I sat with them for years stacked up against the wall in one certain way and was never able to figure out what to do with them until I moved them and had them set up so that they looked like the wings of a butterfly.

Temporary Mural Near his studio at the south entrance of West Acres, LaPlante is painting a temporary mural for the beautification of the mall. "Whenever there is an un-leased store, they close it up with a sheetrock partition wall," the Artist in Residence said. This wall has acted as a blank canvas for LaPlante. "With planning, prepping and painting, I'll have over 500 hours into it," he revealed. Because he has been working on the painting during business hours, many curious shoppers have walked up to LaPlante and started conversations about art. "I'm really proud of it and I'm excited that it will be up for as long as it is," he said. For more information, contact: Brandon LaPlante 218-289-1130 instagram.com/brandon.laplante

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"I love the problem solving. That part is really fulfilling for me, which is why I generally only do one of everything because there are no more problems to solve after you've already finished building it once."

"Hourglass Table"

- Brandon LaPlante "Brother Butterfly"

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COME BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen PRODUCTS & STAGING by Carrie Brusven, Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events

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hen the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, we retreat indoors. This is not only where we go to relax and unwind, but also where we come together to host family and friends during the holiday season. From transitional tablescapes to furniture rentals to cookware essentials and a fall foliage tutorial, let us be your local guide for everything entertaining this month.

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FA L L Meet F O L I A G E Christy & F LO R A L T U TO R I A L

Foliage Used: Seeded eucalyptus Smoke bush Silver dollar eucalyptus

Florals Used:

BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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BEFORE YOU BREAK OUT YOUR WINTER DECOR you may want to embrace what is left of fall. Just because there's snow on the ground, it doesn't mean we have to cut the season short in our home decor! If you want to celebrate fall but don't want your decorations to be overbearing or cliche, substitute faux autumn leaves for a fall foliage and floral arrangement with the help of Christy Tehven from Love Always Floral.

Red hanging amaranthus Pampas grass Chocolate Queen Anne's lace Blue thistle Peach ranunculus Blackberry scoops Purple ranunculus An ascot rose A tess garden rose Sedum


COLOR COMPOSITION For the foliage, Tehven knew she wanted to use smoke bush, which is very dark in color. That is why she went with lighter green eucalyptus to keep the arrangement from feeling too heavy for the florals in this arrangement, Tehven stuck with mostly reds, burgundies and purples to achieve those dark, fall tones. For accent colors, she chose blue and peach to lighten things up a bit.

PLACEMENT This arrangement could be used as a coffee table accent, on the middle of your kitchen island or at your dining table. "This arrangement is low, so you could place it on a dining room table and it shouldn't cause too much obstruction. Really, flowers can go anywhere as long as they're not blocking view of conversation. They're there to add to the conversation, not take away from it," Tehven explained. For more information, contact: Love Always Floral hello@lovealwaysfloral.com 701-205-8710

SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS

SEDUM PURPLE RANUNCULUS TESS GARDEN ROSE

PEACH RANUNCULUS

RED HANGING AMARANTHUS

BLACKBERRY SCOOPS CHOCOLATE QUEEN ANNE'S LACE

ASCOT ROSE

BLUE THISTLE

SMOKE BUSH

SEEDED EUCALYPTUS

PAMPAS GRASS

INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Start with greens, cutting the stems according to how tall your vase is. Always give your stems a fresh cut before you put them in your vase!

TIP Christy likes to line the stems up with the bottom of her vase and then cut at a sharp angle so they soak up as much water that they possibly can.

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Step 2: Layer in your greens piece by piece, starting with seeded eucalyptus, then adding in smoke bush and using silver dollar eucalyptus to fill in any gaps.

TIP Save one stem of smoke bush for later.

Step 3: Next, use sedum. These should sit around the rim of your vase.

TIP Sedum can be grown in any garden around here. They are a wonderful fall flower that first blooms green, then blooms into a really pretty dark, burgundy-red.

Step 4: Put your tess garden rose in the front and leave it hanging out a little bit so you can really see it pop. Then, fill in around the vase with ascot roses.

TIP Put one ascot rose in the middle of your arrangement.

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Step 5: Add hanging amaranthus. Use three stems make more of a statement, but put all of the stems in the same place to make it look like one big hanging amaranthus instead of three small ones.

TIP Hanging amaranthus is grown locally as well. It grows like a wildflower. If you have seeds, it'll just grow. You can't stop it!

Step 6: Add pampas grass, chocolate Queen Anne's lace, blue thistle, blackberry scoops and your ranunculuses. These can rise above and create different layers of dimension for our arrangement.

TIP The pampas grass could easily be replaced with wheat grass.

Step 7: Fill in any holes with remaining greens.

TIP Use the last stem of smoke bush to complete your arrangement.

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A NEW WAREHOUSE FOR

G AT H E R E D . B O U T I Q U E R E N TA L S & E V E N TS BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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hen it comes to entertaining, you're going to need a seat at the table for every one of your guests. To really wow your friends and family members at your next big dinner party, you can rent a dining table large enough to accommodate them all. Local rental company Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events has been helping happy couples host their weddings since 2012. However, in 2018, owner Carrie Brusven also added home staging to her list of services for anyone who could use a hand setting the scene—and she's doing it from her new warehouse.

WHERE IS THE NEW WAREHOUSE? Brusven wasn't looking for a new warehouse space when one became available at 2201 14th Ave. S in Moorhead. Sure, she had been dreaming of a larger space for a while, but, "the timing wasn't optimal. We moved in the middle of June, which is the busiest time for wedding season," Brusven said. Over the course of just four days on one weekend, she and her family moved everything from their previous location in the Sanctuary Events Center to the new space. Even her two sons, Miles (9) and Simon (7) wanted to help. "It was wild and it was a lot, but we did it in four days," Brusven shared.

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INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT BLISS The new warehouse came with features that were appealing for the owner of a furniture rental business, such as a garage door and loading space. Everything else had to be added by Brusven and her husband, Scott, after the fact. "We had to bring the character in ourselves," she explained. It was true. The metal structure was an empty shell—a blank canvas, if you will. Brusven and her husband split the warehouse in two by building a separation wall. On one side, they filled the space with shelves, which house the bulk of their inventory, while the other side is intended for client meetings and small events. "We're planning to use the space for small events and hope to host workshops there over the winter. There are just so many possibilities," Brusven divulged. The best part? The two sides are separated from each other by a sliding barn door.

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PREPARING FOR A PARTY While anyone can rent from Gathered. Rentals & Events' inventory for their next big dinner party, Brusven decided to throw a party of her own to celebrate the grand opening of the new warehouse. The party was on October 25 and was open to the public, including past and present clients, as well as Brusven's fellow vendors.

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SET THE TABLE This month, we brought Carrie Brusven into our studio to style a harvest table. This scene could easily be recreated in any space. Jasper Table Whipstitch Chairs Harrison Cross Back Chair Plaid Table Runner Brass Candlestick Holders Burgundy & Peach Candlesticks Acacia Wooden Chargers Levi Stoneware Plates Violet Glassware Gold Flatware Dried Greens & Florals Assorted Pumpkins Apples 45


Holiday Kitchen Essentials BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

The holiday season is almost upon us, and soon we will gather around the dining room table to celebrate. What better way to prepare than to stock up on these oft-overlooked holiday kitchen essentials? This month, we came together with experts at locally-owned, independent kitchen supply store, Creative Kitchen, to find out what most of us are currently missing in our cupboards.

1 "These make life so much easier. You put it on your counter, and when your recipe tells you to roll out a 10-inch circle, the pastry mat has a 10-inch circle right on it." - Mari McCullough

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Meet the Experts Mari McCullough is a senior buyer at Creative Kitchen. "I've actually been working for over six years, but cooking has been a passion for a long time. It's fun for me— it's creative," she laughed.

Kay Arthur is a store manager at Creative Kitchen. Arthur has a passion for organizing displays and making sure that all of the products are easy to find in the store.

Mark Sinner is the owner of Creative Kitchen, an independent specialty kitchen supply store in Fargo. Creative Kitchen was founded in 1976 when he and a former business partner opened a store in the Black Building of Downtown Fargo. However, the store has been located inside of West Acres for the past 40 years. "We got the nerve to make the leap to West Acres in 1978," Sinner explained. Creative Kitchen has been in its current space near the north entrance of West Acres since 2001.

Baking

1. Tovolo Pastry Mat - Non-stick surface - Includes measurements on the mat 2. French Rolling Pin - Made of stainless steel - Dishwasher safe 3. Sanding Sugar - Ultra-fine sprinkles - Easily give your pastries a festive feel 4. USA Bakeware - Nonstick - Commercial-grade - Locally exclusive to Creative Kitchen

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1. Granny Fork - Modeled after the Foley Fork from the 1940s and 1950s - A great, multipurpose kitchen tool - Made for cutting fat into flour 2. Wusthof Knives - Forged - Lifetime warranty - Easy to maintain - An 8-inch chef's knife works for everything - At holiday time, you need a slicer for carving meat 3. Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Cooks food evenly - Can go in the oven, on the stove or on the table - Any utensils can be used on the cast iron and enamel - Lasts multiple generations 4. Fargo Shake & Other Spices - Regional goods made in Wayzata, MN - Fargo shake, only available at Creative Kitchen 5. Gravy Separator - Used to separate fat from gravy - Doubles as a liquid measuring cup

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1. Lucaris Wine Glasses - Durable - Made with titanium - Lightweight - High-end appearance - Dishwasher-safe 2. Stumbeano's Coffee & Le Cruset Mug - Regional coffee brand - High-end mug, available in an assortment of colors

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A D V E R TO R I A L

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ince Wuebker's Sunday morning routine consists of waking up early and relaxing in his sauna with the morning paper. This ritual is something he can partake in all year long, no matter what the weather. Vince and his lovely wife, Sarah, are the owners of HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2, a local business that has been elevating morning routines and spreading wellness in North Dakota for more than 21 years.

The Wuebkers relocated to Fargo in 1997 when the previous owners of what is now known as HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2, a family-owned business for over 40 years, decided to retire. "My parents had a store in Watertown, SD. Once you are in this industry, you're in a tight-knit group," Vince Wuebker shared how he found out about the opportunity in Fargo. He has since expanded the local business to serve all of North Dakota with showrooms in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Devils Lake and West Fargo. "Vince started out with just one location here in Fargo and has grown that to where we are today," said Carrie Kantola, Marketing Manager at HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2. The company is known for their products, delivery, installation, maintenance and repairs. Today, the Wuebkers live in South Fargo with their two teenagers and golden doodle, Paxton, while their oldest daughter is away at college.

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The Wuebkers have been living in this house for the past four years. Since then, they've transformed the lower level into a game room, complete with a shuffle board table, Olhausen billiards table (HotSprings also carries Brunswick brand billiards tables), foosball table, table hockey and bar-height table from HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2. With this setup, it's not uncommon for neighbors to gather in the Wuebkers' game room to watch Sunday football. You may notice a common theme in this game room, and that is because Vince Wuebker is licensed through the NCAA to personalize products with collegiate team logos, including Fighting Hawks and Bison. He has even provided products for Carson Wentz's Philadelphia home.

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While their lower level is for meant watching and playing games, the backyard is where the Wuebkers go to relax. "When we moved in four years ago, it was Vince's vision to have a pool in the backyard because there wasn't anything back here. With our business, our backyard needs to be our oasis," Sarah Wuebker said. Instead of heading out to the lakes during the summers, the Wuebkers go to their backyard, which has a pool, Finnleo sauna, Hot Spring Spas hot tub, a Tropitone fire table and outdoor furniture from HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2.

During the winter, the pool is hidden underneath an automated cover, but the sauna and hot tub are used yearround. "True relaxation is hot water or a sauna that brings your autonomic nervous system down to its ideal state," Vince Wuebker said. Studies have shown that saunas don't just feel good; they really are good for you. Their many health benefits include improved cardiovascular performance, muscle and joint relief, reduced chance of Alzheimer’s disease, stress relief, deeper sleep and a strengthened immune system, just to name a few. Hot tubs also share a number of these benefits.

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Wellness is about more than your physical health though. "Wellness is community. It's family. It's togetherness. These types of products bring everybody together without cellphones or without the TV," Vince Wuebker explained. Certainly, the sauna and hot tub have become important parts of the Wuebkers' daily routines. Nearly every morning, Vince and Sarah Wuebker use the sauna before getting ready for work. Then, in the evenings, the whole family enjoys the hot tub together. For Vince and Sarah Wuebker, a day without a sauna is not a good day. It's like not making your bed or not having breakfast. For the Wuebker family, the hot tub is the new dinner table where conversations happen. "They [Vince and Sarah Wuebker] are a testament to what we would like our customers to achieve wellness-wise," Kantola said.

Vince and Sarah Wuebker roast marshmallows over a Tropitone fire table on their backyard patio with their three-year-old golden doodle, Paxton.

For more information, contact: HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2 1620 13th Ave. E West Fargo, ND 844-200-7727

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Bobbi Jo Cody is an art instructor with the Fargo Public School System and owns The Red Silo in Downtown Fargo along with her husband, Todd Cody.

t seems like Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. However, there are some who strongly believe that Thanksgiving should have its own moment. Here at Design & Living Magazine, we say, "Why not both?" This month, Bobbi Jo Cody of The Red Silo staged a table setting that could easily transition from fall to winter-themed.

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Now, you might be wondering why anyone would ever want to celebrate two seasons at the same time in their home decor. Well, there are several situations in which this mixture of fall and winter would come in very handy. Maybe you have distant relatives flying into town for a visit around holiday time, but not actually on Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you have ever been caught under similar circumstances and felt torn about which season to decorate for, Cody has some helpful advice to share.

T R A N S I T I O N A L TA B L E S E T T I N G S : T I P S To create a table setting that would transition easily from fall to winter, simply use leafshaped placemats with your choice of plates and a poinsettia napkin ring. In this case, Cody did not use a charger plate because the ones that she had were larger in size and featured an intricate border. "The pattern around the plate is a little busier. If I had just a white dinner plate, I would use a charger," Cody explained. She also likes to incorporate greens when she can. For this table setting, her greens are the poinsettias, but they can be switched out for spruce clippings and a different set of napkin rings. Another hint from Cody is to leave your formal dining table set, no matter what the time of day. "I absolutely love setting my table and I leave it set all the time. We do a lot of eating at our island, so I love to have our table set for all of the different seasons," she said.

On the reclaimed wood shelves that stand next to her formal dining table, Cody decorated with elf heads from an old Dayton's display, architectural spindles from an old house, an antique scale, a primitive bread bowl, milk glass, crystal and a canvas print of an old photo that has significance to her family. "The woman in the garden is my great-great grandmother who came, when she was 16, from Norway. She came by herself with a trunk and somehow made her way to Minnesota, where she married my great-great grandfather. Those are her children, and one of the smallest girls in the photo is my great-grandmother. That is their house that they settled in, up in the Turtle Mountains, by Bottineau," Cody shared.

T R A N S I T I O N A L TA B L E S E T T I N G S : P R O S There are many pros to transitional table settings. For one thing, it takes care of the dilemma of what season to decorate for during the last week of November. This means less work for you because you can slowly start to add winter decor. Eventually, you can just swap out the leaf placemats, and voila, it'll begin to look a lot like Christmas in your home. T R A N S I T I O N A L TA B L E S E T T I N G S : CO N S Obvious cons to decorating for two seasons at the same time is that it might feel a bit strange at first. The natural instincts that remind you what time of year it is may be a little confused. (Although, doesn't the weather have this effect too?) If you prefer to keep your seasonal decor separate, we completely understand. However, you can't deny that there is a time and a place for transitional decor and you never know when you are going to need some inspiration!

No gathering is complete without a couple of grazing plates and a bottle of wine on your buffet or as a part of your tablescape. Cody's choice of cheese plate comes from Luna, her candy dish is filled with goodies from Rogue Candies and her wine is from Rookery Rock Winery.

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armhouse is one of the most sought-after design aesthetics in the FM area. We believe that this trend has taken root here because those white exteriors and warm wood tones evoke a sense of nostalgia for North Dakotans, as many of us have fond memories of our family farms. However, we no longer need to look outside of city limits to find that feeling of being at home. In West Fargo, Magnum Custom Homes designed and built a farmhouse that was listed on the HBA of F-M Fall Parade of Homes. If you didn't get the chance to see it then, we would be positively delighted share it with you now. Join us as we tour this stunning, 4,120-square-foot home that any one of us would love to call our own.

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Farmhouse Feeling BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY J. Alan Paul Photography

This farmhouse-inspired home is located near Legacy Elementary School in the Wilds 6th Edition. Excavation - Northwest Excavating Concrete - Opatril Concrete Framing - Tester & Holman Construction Siding - Winter Wilson Siding Masonry - Swenson Masonry Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical - Precision Plumbing, Electric, Heating & Cooling

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Tony Rabideaux, April Rabideaux, Cristy Haugeberg, Wade Haugeberg

Meet the Builders Magnum Custom Homes is co-owned by couples Tony and April Rabideaux Wade along with Cristy Haugeberg. The Rabideauxes and Haugebergs launched Magnum Custom Homes because they enjoy getting to know residential clients and building homes that fit the needs of a specific family. This is a standard that the busy co-owners are accustomed to, as the Haugebergs have four kids ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old, and the Rabideauxes have three kids ranging in age from 1 to 8 years old. The first time we visited with Magnum Custom Homes, we were actually covering their Spring Parade home, which was featured in our September issue this year. During that visit, we became aware that they were also building a home right next door, which was was to be ready in time on the Fall Parade of Homes. Back then, this farmhouse-inspired home pictured here was still under construction, but its stunning potential was plain to see.

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The Tour Entry Upon entering this home, we saw a custom drop zone with shiplap accents. It would make a great place for kids to hang their backpacks when they get home from school, maybe even the one right across the street. Regarding the drop zone, April Rabideaux said, "It looks like a really nice piece of furniture." To the right of the drop zone is access to the 1,008-square-foot garage, and directly ahead is the main floor living room, which opens up to the kitchen and dining room.

Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Staging - Maria Bosak, Eco Chic Home

Living Room The main floor living room features a brick facade fireplace surrounded by beautiful built-ins. Left of the fireplace is a staircase with alder risers, which are warm in tone, much like the wide-plank laminate flooring. The main floor living room is complete with staging by the talented Maria Bosak of Eco Chic Home. "We are always so impressed [by Maria]. She's so easy to work with, and her style just lends itself so nicely to this house," April Rabideaux said. Bosak staged the entire home just in time for the Fall Parade.

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Kitchen An alder archway helps define the kitchen from the main floor living room. The statement woodwork Magnum Custom Homes chose to install calls back to the days when what we now consider "add-ons" were simply standard. In the kitchen, white cabinetry with barn-inspired accents and quartz countertops stun. To the right is a pantry with a glass-panel door that shows off the beautiful tile backsplash. Finally, fingerprint-resistant, stainless steel appliances from Rigels add a timeless touch to this space.

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Dining Room To the left of the kitchen is the dining room, which was staged with a farmhouse table, and large windows let in an abundance of natural light. A door leading off of the dining room has access to a covered patio. Come summertime, this spacious backyard will be the perfect retreat for the future homeowners.

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Flooring - Carpet World Staging - Maria Bosak, Eco Chic Home

Bonus Room Immediately to the left when you walk in through the front entry is a powder room and bonus room, which Bosak has staged as a craft room. "It's a multipurpose space, but when Maria walked in she said, 'I see a craft room here,'" April Rabideaux explained. However, it could also be used as a guest bedroom, office or whatever the future homeowner desires.

Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Staging - Maria Bosak, Eco Chic Home

Landing & Command Center This home by Magnum Custom Homes features a spacious second floor, coming in at 1,750 square feet. The landing features custom built-ins complete with a bench and transom windows above. Also in this area is a custom, built-in command center.

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Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Countertops - Northern Stone

Patterned tile really makes this laundry room pop. This space is conveniently located on the same floor as three of the bedrooms and the master suite. This house has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths total, plus the main floor bonus room that could be used as a guest room if desired.

Bathroom "Our master bathroom gets a lot of talk, but this kids' bathroom seemed to be the most exciting one for people on the parade," Tony Rabideaux said. It's no wonder why this room was so popular with parade goers with its penny tile floors and painted cabinets.

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Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Countertops - Northern Stone Shower doors: Majestic Shower Doors by Red River Glazing Staging - Maria Bosak, Eco Chic Home

Master Suite The master suite features a large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet that is just to die for. In addition to a freestanding soaking tub, the master bath also has a walkin shower with GROHE brand fixtures including a standard shower head, wand and rain shower head. Underfoot, heated tile floors further create a spa-like experience.

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Lower Level

Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Staging - Maria Bosak, Eco Chic Home

The lower level of this home features an additional living room, guest room, kitchenette and full bath. It also comes equipped with plenty of storage and an unfinished space. The heart of the additional living room is a fireplace with custom-built ins. On the right side of this room is yet another bedroom and a barn door that slides open to reveal a kitchenette. The privacy of the lower level would be ideal for a growing teen or college student, but it could function well as an in-laws' retreat. With a kitchenette right next to the bedroom and bathroom, guests could sip coffee while get ready in the morning.

The Details When designing this house, the owners of Magnum Custom Homes paid attention the the little things. For example, the sliding barn door features an x-shaped accent that mimics the style of the kitchen cabinets upstairs and the heated tile in the lower level bath is the same flooring that was used in the master bath. It's the little details that can make a larger home feel cozy. "We're more picky than we need to be on the final touches," explained Tony Rabideaux. Even the window wells come with aluminum ladders, which are of a higher quality than what the building code actually requires. This home is currently listed with Anna Scholl of Beyond Realty. For more information, contact: Magnum Custom Homes 4686 13th Ave. N Fargo 701-446-7810 magnumcustomhomes.com

Flooring - Carpet World Cabinets - Clearwater Custom Cabinets Countertops - Northern Stone

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BY Kayla Cote van Rensburg | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

This is the time of year we're in transition as fall turns into winter. Nights become longer, days become shorter and the crisp feeling of winter can be felt in the air. This is the time to take note of how we're feeling and allow for some self care. One of my favorite ways to ease the transition from fall to winter is to make my home an oasis of comfort. This month we're featuring items by SCHEELS Home & Hardware and a few of my tried and true ways to keep the cozy vibes flowing in your home.

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BRING IN SOME GREEN (AND COLOR)

Use botanicals, greens and florals to add color and life to your home during the winter months. Bring in your favorite flowers and colors to compliment parts of your home.

KAYLA'S TIP:

Use florals and greens to liven up holiday decor. Create a unique centerpiece or add to other decor, such as your Christmas tree or wreath to add an unexpected element.

ADD CANDLES TO FEEL EXTRA COZY Candles are great for adding even more warmth and coziness to your space. They're also a fun way to bring in festive smells into your home. Add them to a tree branch candle holder to bring a sense of nature to your space.

KAYLA'S TIP:

Have fun with different candle scents to create different moods. If you're having friends over for coffee, try burning candles that smell like baked goods to enhance the experience. If you're planning a date night in, try something with notes of teakwood or merlot. If you're planning a holiday movie night in with the kids, try one with hints of balsam or cinnamon.

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LIGHT UP YOUR SPACE As we all know, this time of year our North Dakota and Minnesota days get rather short! Keep your space well lit during the winter with the addition of stylish floor and table lamps. These contemporary brushed nickel lamps will not only brighten up your space, they'll definitely highlight your home.

KAYLA'S TIP:

Lighting is like jewelry for your home and worth investing in. Good lighting can do wonders for a space and can add character. This season check out Scheel's Home & Hardware for a variety of different styles and sizes.

INVEST IN A SALT LAMP Himalayan salt lamps create a relaxing atmosphere that can help you unwind at the end of a long day. Their "glow" also brings warmth to any space.

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If you have a faux fireplace in your home, try setting the glowing salt lamp inside to resemble the warm glow of a fire. This is perfect for curling up with loved ones and with a cup of hot coco.


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ith the rate at which West Fargo has been expanding to the south, the city built a new fire hall in 2011 for volunteer firefighters. However, this station will soon become a combination station, meaning that full-time firefighters will be living there while on duty. Captain Levi Nesvold and Chief Daniel Fuller of the West Fargo Fire Department have collaborated with Terry Bartsh of Century Builders to create living quarters that will make volunteer and full-time emergency responders feel at home between calls. Now, let us take you on a tour of the space that they have made their own.

SECOND HOME "This is where we're going to live. This is our second home," said Captain Nesvold as he opened the door to the second floor of the fire station and lead us into the living quarters. The space features an open-concept kitchen, dining and theater room, and down the hall are two bathrooms, a gym and bedrooms. "The Chief and I wanted to separate the downstairs from the upstairs because you can go out on some pretty stressful calls, so it's nice to have a place to relax," Captain Nesvold explained.

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THE RENOVATION PROCESS "This is where we're going to live. This is our second home," said Captain Nesvold as he opened the door to the second floor of the fire station and lead us into the living quarters. The space features an open-concept kitchen, dining and theater room, and down the hall are two bathrooms, a gym and bedrooms. "The Chief and I wanted to separate the downstairs from the upstairs because you can go out on some pretty stressful calls, so it's nice to have a place to relax," Captain Nesvold explained.

KITCHEN The kitchen features every amenity that the firefighters would need at home. This is where their day usually begins with a cup of coffee, followed by chores, training and lunch. Just like any house, the kitchen is where the whole family comes together, so there had to be enough for all of the firefighters on duty to cook. Not pictured is an attached laundry room. Cancer is a leading cause of death for firefighters because they regularly come into contact with carcinogens when out on calls, so being able to change out of their uniforms immediately after returning to the station is a necessary precaution.

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DINING ROOM The dining room was also designed with accommodating all of the firefighters on duty, as well as local police officers, in mind. Below the fire station is a substation for the West Fargo Police Department, and those officers are welcome to use the second floor as well. Captain Nesvold and Chief Fuller noted that officers had difficulty sitting in the conference room with their duty belts on, so they chose chairs without arms for the dining room on the second floor.

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THEATER ROOM The theater room features dream loungers, which are also wide enough for officers to sit in comfortably with their duty belts on.

BATHROOMS Both bathrooms on the second floor are complete with showers, which also help to reduce prolonged contact with carcinogens after firefighters come back from calls.

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FIRE POLE One thing that sets the West Fargo fire station apart from other newer fire stations is the addition of a fire pole. "A lot of stations are going away from them, but we really wanted one," Captain Nesvold said. The fire pole was made locally in Moorhead by S&M Enterprises.

Fire Pole - S&M Enterprises Platform - All Fab Railings

GYM After 5 p.m., the firefighters have downtime, which they typically like to spend in the theater room or in the gym. The gym includes equipment from PRx Performance, a local business that was featured on SharkTank, and equipment donated from Family Wellness. In addition, one of the exercise bikes was won in a Five Alarm Crossfit Challenge between different departments.

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Here at Design & Living Magazine, we are extremely thankful for these emergency responders and we so are happy to see that they have what they need to transition into a combination station as of January 2019. Congratulations and happy holidays to Captain Nesvold, Chief Fuller, the West Fargo Fire Department, Century Builders and their families from all of us here at Spotlight.

Firefighters who accompanied us on our tour included Andrew Dotas, Chief Daniel Fuller, Zach Banister, Brandon Gaugler, Mike Sylstad, Captain Jason Carriveau, and Captain Levi Nesvold.

Chief Daniel Fuller, Captain Levi Nesvold, Project Superintendent Terry Bartsh


Adding Character to a New Home E D E N AT H O M E PA RT I I

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Some of us love our old houses and would have trouble imagining what it would be like to live in anything built after 1960. This was true for Elisabeth Iepson, who grew up in a 1912 farmhouse in South Moorhead. Until about a year-and-a-half ago, Iepson and her family lived in a character home near Downtown Fargo that coincidentally, was also built in 1912. However, a recent move to a new home in South Fargo has given her a new perspective on what makes a house a 'character' home.

MEET ELISABETH IEPSON (A.K.A. BETHY)

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Iepson is a lifestyle photographer-slash-blogger at Elisabeth Eden. She was raised on a hobby farm along the Red River and currently lives in South Fargo with her loving husband, Brett, and their two little boys, Clark "who talks a lot" (4) and Miles "who runs a lot" (2). They enjoy traveling together, but some of their favorite nights are spent at home.

Although going from a 1912 home to a 2017 home was a little bit of a leap for Iepson, she is glad that they made the jump. "I wasn't sure what I would think moving into a brand new house, but it's way more convenient for raising kids," Iepson shared. Needless to say, the utilities are more efficient in their new home. Now, she can see Clark and Miles playing in the living room even when she is in the kitchen. Having a laundry room on the second floor is also a big plus.

T H E I E P S O N FA M I LY ' S N E W H O M E The Iepsons found their current home built by Jordahl Custom Homes while on the HBA of F-M's 2017 Spring Parade of Homes. The house was already completed at the time, so there weren't very many decisions left to be made regarding the design. "I switched out a couple of light fixtures and that was it," Iepson said.

D E CO R I N S P I R AT I O N Iepson has always had a love of vintage, and in her current home, she went for a more midcentury-bohemian vibe. With her love of travel, it's no surprise that she gets much of her home decor inspiration from their other locales. Most recently, the Iepsons just got back from a trip to Palm Springs, CA, which is famous for its midcentury modern architecture. However, a lot of their furniture they originally purchased for or discovered in their 1912 house. "A lot of the same pieces filtered into this house," Iepson explained. For example, the chest of drawers was a craigslist vintage find and the antique television was left behind in their old house by its previous owners.

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LIVING & DINING ROOM Iepson's husband built this table after finding a tutorial on Pinterest. Then, they came up with their own stain color to add even more personality.

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Lepson loves bringing greens into her home. "I love my plants—I work hard to keep them alive," she laughed. Some of her favorites are snake plants, which are extremely low-maintenance, and a fiddle leaf fig, which she has managed to keep healthy for over a year.

Lepson added midcentury legs from IKEA to her modern sofa, which instantly made it fit in with the rest of her decor.

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MUSIC ROOM Rather than using the flex space as a home office, Iepson has transformed it into a music room. The piano actually came from her grandmother. "I really lucked out that it was still in the family," she said.

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H O W TO A D D C H A R A CT E R Iwepson is proof that it doesn't matter when your house was built—it is what you bring into the home that truly adds character. "There are ways to add that character back in," she said. You can use the following tips to add personality to any home: 1. Build your own furniture 2. Buy vintage when you can 3. Mix in local finds here and there 4. Add midcentury legs to modern furniture 5. Bring in some greens To keep up with Bethy's adventures at home and on the road, you can follow her on Instagram @elisabeth.eden or visit elisabetheden.com.

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BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from one Faye Sexton of Moorhead, who kindly invited us to a get-together she was throwing as a thank-you to all those who helped with her home renovation. This reno, which was more than four years in the making, truly took a tribe. Join us now as we tour Sexton's Scandinavian-modern kitchen and dining room.

Sexton and Morken sit at the table in Sexton's new dining room.

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Like Molasses It all started back in 2013 when Sexton's husband and mother passed away within months of each other. Afterward, Sexton felt as if she was moving through life slowly without any direction or purpose. "Everybody thought I was fine, but inside, I was just like molasses," she said in reflection. Then one day her cousin, Darlene Morken, who often comes to stay at the house, planted the seeds of what was to become a yearslong renovation that would help Sexton heal from the inside of her home out. A Full-On Renovation People who have endured loss sometimes find themselves taking on big projects, but Sexton's renovation started out small and just kept growing. What simply began with a new coat of paint turned into new flooring, new trim and new doors on the main floor. Eventually, it became a full-on renovation. A Dining Room All Along Sexton and her husband first moved into their home in 1975. They then built an addition in the late 70s, which included the kitchen and family room. However, when Morken looked at the then-family room, she saw potential. Sexton shared the story of how her cousin encouraged Sexton to change her plans to whip the family room into shape. "She stopped right here [in the middle of the family room] and said, 'This is where your table belongs,' and my jaw just dropped. I said, 'You mean, I don't have a family room? I have a dining room? I had no idea that this was the house's dining room,'" Sexton laughed. Be There In An Hour Although she resides in Climax Minnesota, Morken was there for Sexton every step of the way throughout the renovation. "'I'll be there in an hour,' is what she usually would say," Sexton smiled. The rest of her family was supportive too. This included Morken's sister Dorothy and Sexton's children, Brady and Heather. Even the grandchildren got involved, whether that meant picking up a paintbrush or just being there to help. Sexton also received help from companies in West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead. Decisions, Decisions When it comes to renovations, lots of decisions have to be made. After a while, it can become tiring. "Decision-wise, I had to look at everything," Sexton said. One of her priorities was that she wanted to be as environmentally friendly as possible while staying within her

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budget. For the flooring, she initially wanted cork, but eventually went with hardwood. "I'm a little kid who grew up in the woods, so I finally settled on rustic hickory," she said. Sexton also chose formaldehyde-free, bertch cabinets from Pine Country Carpet & Cabinets out of Park Rapids, MN. "I thought 'how cute, a play on birch,'" she declared. 1a, 2b, 3c Sexton and Morken came up with a unique system for laying the flooring. While her son helped with the installation, he told Sexton to place the boards the way that she wanted them and that he would do the rest. However, this was no easy task because each board had beautiful variations in color and grain, so Sexton and Morken labeled them with a number and corresponding letter before placing them on the floor. That way, even if her son had to move the boards off to the side, he would know which went where. The order was important because Sexton and Morken placed their favorite pieces where they were most likely to be seen. They even came up with nicknames for a few. Scandinavian-Modern Style After Sexton selected lighting for in the kitchen, she texted her daughter for a second opinion. She said, "Mom, you have Scandinavian-modern style!" This took Sexton by surprise, as she was simply picking out the things that she liked. The kitchen also differs from the rest of the house because almost every room has a theme. For example, the living room has a western look and feel in honor of Sexton's late husband, Terry. The main floor is also home to "Auntie Anne's Summer House Room," which is a spare room that is only furnished with things Terry's Auntie Anne owned or would've loved. "Almost all of the things came from her house or are things she would have loved," Sexton said. A Thank-You Get-Together After the kitchen was nearly complete, Sexton and Morken threw not one, but two thank-you parties for all of the people who helped with the renovation. They held one get-together on a Friday in October for all of the local businesses who took part, and another for family and friends that Saturday. Those who attended and those reading this article may wonder what's next for Sexton. Well, a the end of our visit, Morken gestured to the basement and said, "We're going to gut that next."


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