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boyfriend and I have an agreement: he cooks and I clean. Therefore, the kitchen is moreso his domain. I've never been interested in cooking or baking, much to my mother's dismay. However, there is someone who occasionally inspires me to pick up a measuring cup. That person is a popular food blogger, cookbook author and Food Network darling, Molly Yeh. This month, I had the opportunity to meet Molly at Unglued: Summer Camp, thanks to event founder and host Ashley Morken of Unglued. To learn more about Unglued: Summer Camp and Molly Yeh, you can turn to page 26.


TeamBATH? PHOTO BY Hillary Ehlen



Also at Unglued: Summer Camp, I got to take a workshop from another Mollie--Mollie Douthit. She just happens to have a solo exhibition up at ecce gallery right now, which you can read more about on page 38. Needless to say, my photographer and I got so much out of that weekend. I'm already excited for next year, if I can snag a ticket! Although Nick has claimed the kitchen in our apartment, the bathroom is my favorite place. I think that there is nothing better than a large soaking tub, preferably clawfoot. Whether you're on team kitchen or team bath, we can all agree that these are two of the most important rooms in the home. When house hunting, most people pay extra attention to these spaces because their renovations usually involve a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint. This month, we have three distinct homes with a total of two bathrooms and two kitchen remodels. Oh, and did I mention that it is National Kitchen and Bath Month? This makes sense to me because it's that time of year when we start spending a little more time indoors. After reading this issue, we hope you feel refreshed and ready to tackle renovating those rooms where you spend the most of your waking hours. As always, thank you to everyone who participated in the making of this issue. We have a lovely lineup of contributors this month, and I hope you enjoy reading about their recent projects as much as I enjoyed working with them. Again, I'd like to thank Ashley Morken, the makers and our fellow campers for an unforgettable experience at Unglued: Summer Camp. Of course, thank you to our Associate Editor, Chantell Ramberg, for supporting our brand and making sure that the ads in Design & Living Magazine are relevant to you, our readers. Last but not least, a special thank you, the reader, for showing an interest in and for caring about local design by flipping through this magazine and by following our content on social media.


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Ehlen is an editorial photographer for Spotlight Media and owner of Hillary Ehlen Photography. She is a native of Fargo and attended North Dakota State University for visual arts with an emphasis in photography.


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


Costello is the Manager and a Designer at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center in Fargo. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from North Dakota State University and twelve years experience in the kitchen design field. Follow current projects on the company’s Instagram page @ showplacedesigncenterfargo.


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Moe is a Fargo-native and Concordia College graduate. She studied marketing and art and one year ago, began her career as a Marketing Content Specialist at the Concordia College Communications and Marketing Department. She loves to travel, create art, make good vegan food and spend time with her husband, Gavin Moe.


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This shouldn't be surprising, considering that one of the main goals of our editorial content is to show that the FM area can be on the same level as the rest of the country in the quality of our local art, architecture, home building, home decor, interior design and landscaping. It is only natural that our graphic designers and photographers are also on the same page as national publications. That is why we include large photo spreads; to portray the potential of our local home industry. In addition to our extremely talented graphic designers and photographers, our writing style sets our publication apart. This is because our editor is committed to sharing stories that are relevant to our readers, without any fluff.


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This month, our theme is Kitchen & Bath related. While Becca stated that she is on team bath, I think the kitchen is the center of the home where memories are made. Growing up, some of my most cherished memories are helping my grandmothers and my mother in the kitchen cooking for our family and friends, especially during the holidays. Now, I am making memories in the kitchen with my own daughter, Leila. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I did and I appreciate your support of our publication as we continue to shine the light on local talent.

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44 Kitchen & Bath Design

October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, so of course, we here at Design & Living Magazine have decided to honor two of the most important rooms in the home within this issue. Join us as we visit three different homes that have just undergone extensive kitchen and bath renovations.

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If you didn't happen to make it to Unglued: Summer Camp this year, have no fear because we've got your back with exclusive, behindthe-scenes coverage of this event and a Q&A session with awardwinning food blogger, cookbook author and Food Network darling, Molly Yeh of East Grand Forks that you donut want to miss!


Seeing Life Through the Mollie Douthit Filter

Grand Forks native Mollie Douthit captures the everyday in her paintings, creating a series of visual vignettes. We met with Douthit at the grand opening of her first solo exhibition at ecce gallery, which runs through October 21, to learn more about the stories behind her work.

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Young couple Danyel and Gavin Moe had no intentions of buying a house in 2018. Then, in the middle of the summer, they found a North Fargo home that fit their style.

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omplications from bone cancer sometimes make it difficult for him to walk without help. He and his family learned that a temporary ramp George had been using daily to come and go from home would be taken away. His 1940s rambler needed to be updated with a permanent handicap-accessible ramp. Lisa Spriggs of M & J Construction of Moorhead, Inc., is an HBA member and friend of the Rick family. She knew the HBA Remodelers Council is a resource for assisting in building permanent ramps. M & J Construction of Moorhead, Inc., and Stenerson Lumber were willing to provide the materials and plans. They just needed skilled volunteers to help construct the ramp.



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BY Becca Opp & Molly Yeh PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen & Kelsey Sargent




Photo by Kelsey Sargent 2018 Unglued: Summer Campers

Photo by Kelsey Sargent Unglued: Summer Camp Crew

First of All, What is Unglued: Summer Camp? Unglued: Summer Camp is an annual retreat hosted at YMCA Camp Cormorant in Lake Park, MN, by Ashley Morken, founder of Unglued in Downtown Fargo. She and her tight-knit crew of family and friends wanted to create a memorable event where adults could relive their childhood summer camp experiences, only this time, with artisanal coffee, beer, wine and mimosas. The first ever Unglued: Summer Camp took place in 2014, and it has been going strong ever since. People came from as far away as California and Louisiana to



attend Camp this year, which was made even more unforgettable thanks to sponsors like Drekker Brewing Company, Proof Artisan Distillers, Twenty Below Coffee Co., Wondermade and Yeobo Sweet Shop. This magical Labor Day weekend was made up of choose-your-ownadventure-style workshops with local makers. Between the four workshop sessions, campers enjoyed sweet treats, savory snacks and home-cooked meals prepared by none other than Molly Yeh and her friends from up North.

Who is this Molly Yeh? A native Midwesterner, Yeh (pronounced yay!) was raised in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago, by her Chinese father and Jewish mother. After graduating from high school, Yeh flew the coop to earn a degree in percussion at Juilliard. This is also where she met her farmer husband, Nick Hagen, whom she lovingly refers to as "eggboy" on her blog. The couple uprooted from Brooklyn, NY, in 2013 to call Hagen's family farm on the outskirts of East Grand Forks home. "my name is yeh" Yeh soon began documenting farm life on her blog, "my name is yeh," where she shares recipes inspired by her Asian and Jewish roots, influenced by her new surroundings in the Upper Midwest. "my name is yeh" has since been recognized by The New York Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, Saveur (Blog of the Year) and Yahoo (Food Blog of

the Year). Yeh has also authored two much-beloved cookbooks, "Molly on the Range" and "Yogurt." "Girl Meets Farm" "Girl Meets Farm" aired in June 2018 with seven episodes to its name. Throughout the series, Yeh gives Food Network viewers a taste of the everyday goingson in her kitchen and on the farm up in East Grand Forks. If you haven't tuned in yet, there is one thing that you can always expect: Yeh's spunky personality is sprinkled over every episode. You can also look forward to actual sprinkles. On a less sweet and more technical note, the pilot was shot in Yeh's own kitchen over the course of one week in December 2017. Then the production team came back to East Grand Forks in April 2018 to shoot the next six episodes over a two-and-a-half-week time span.




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WITH MOLLY YEH Girl Meets Unglued: Summer Camp Yeh has been a camper at Unglued: Summer Camp for four years now and this was her third year cooking for her fellow campers. Between prepping for breakfast and lunch on Saturday, she even offered a 90s-Inspired Cookie Cake Decorating workshop. We here at Design & Living Magazine were granted an exclusive interview with Molly, who provided the following responses, including special insight into how she cleverly elevates classic camp foods.

Q. How did you first find out about Unglued in Downtown Fargo and how did you get involved in Unglued: Summer Camp? A. I stumbled into the shop [Unglued] when I visited Fargo for the first time, right after I moved here in 2013, and I immediately fell in love with it! It opened my eyes to so many awesome things about the Upper Midwest that I didn't know about before moving here and it made me even more excited to live in the area. I found out about Summer Camp when Ashley [Morken] mentioned it to me and I jumped at the opportunity to go because since I was little, I have LIVED for summer camp. I went to camp in Wisconsin every year growing up and "The Parent Trap" continues to be one of my favorite movies. Q. What were your camp experiences like as a kid, and how did they prepare you for Unglued: Summer Camp? A. I went to Camp Chi, a Jewish summer camp outside of the Wisconsin Dells for a month every summer, and it was the best place ever. I climbed the rock walls every day and took outdoor cooking lessons, and even though my parents

weren't allowed to send any candy in my care packages, they eventually learned that they could smuggle it in by hiding it in tampon boxes. Unglued Camp is just as special and kickass as Camp Chi, maybe a little better since there's so much candy there already that you never have to smuggle it in. Q. This is your third time cooking for Unglued: Summer Camp, and fourth year as a camper. What all went down last year? A. Hotdish and cookie salad, my two favorite Upper Midwest delicacies! I think there was also mac and cheese. And so much cake. If anyone didn't gain five pounds last year, they're fired. Q. What was your strategy going into Unglued: Summer Camp this year? A. My strategy was to put as many things on walls as possible. We had a pretzel wall and a donut wall. It was the most Instagrammable year yet. Q. How did you bring your signature style to the wildly photogenic food served at Unglued: Summer Camp? A. For camp menus, I aim for finding tons of nostalgia and sprinkling in just a little bit of fanciness. It's just as if the

summer camp cafeteria food of my youth grew up and found kale, tahini and lemon, the kind of ingredients that I use every day in my own kitchen. And also, when in doubt, sprinkles and tater tots can never go wrong. Q. How much prep work was involved in this year's Unglued: Summer Camp on your end? A. Lots of lists! Prep lists, grocery lists, recipe lists, dietary restriction lists. As long I have my lists and awesome camp helpers, things go smoothly. I love working up new recipes each year for camp, so I usually start testing new ideas at the beginning of the summer, and by Labor Day, they're ready to debut. This year I had Heather Schneider, a chef in Grand Forks, as my right hand lady, so it was awesome being able to work with her. Q. Would you ever do anything like this again, or are you ready for a year off? A. I've already got next year's menu drafted. Q. Personally, what is your favorite thing about Unglued: Summer Camp? A. I love how it embodies all that is

awesome about the Upper Midwest. It truly is the coolest display of this area that I have ever experienced. The people are welcoming, down to earth, hilarious and passionate about so many different hobbies, and the crafts burst with personality and kick major butt, and at the center of it all is the magical unicorn of glee, camp director extraordinaire, Ashley Morken. She is a force of nature! Q. Since you have quite the following, you probably have a lot of opportunities at your fingertips. How do you pick and choose which events you want to be a part of, and what is it that makes you want to keep engaging with the local community? A. I'm drawn to things that are fun and creative and meaningful in some way, whether it means introducing people to new foods and ingredients or cooking for other people in a fun environment. It's gotta be a place where I can use a lot of sprinkles. Q. What surprises have you encountered since "Girl Meets Farm" started airing? A. That walking to my refrigerator while talking to a camera is...hard.



SUMMER CAMP MENU Molly's Workshop

Campers started Saturday morning off right with breakfast egg bake and cinnamon rolls with tahini frosting made by Molly Yeh and her friends, who all volunteered to help out in the kitchen. Beverages included mimosas, sparkling watermelon juice and coffee from 20 Below Coffee Co. For lunch, the hungry campers had a choice of sausage lemon pizza or veggie lemon pizza served with two types of salad and fruit. For desert, each table had a cake from Yeh's 90s Inspired Cookie Cake Decorating workshop. After supper on Saturday, Yeh made a pretzel wall for those in need of a late-night snack.

For Sunday brunch, Yeh made homemade donuts with sprinkles presented on an extremely Instagrammable pegboard display. She also cooked breakfast sandwiches and a tater tot casserole, both of which were the ideal comfort foods for campers, some who had just woken up after a night on the dance floor and many of whom had already been up for hours, not wanting to stay in bed due to the excitement of camp.

Molly's friends from up North prepping for lunch

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90s-Inspired Cookie Cakes




Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS For the dough: • 1 1/2 c (356g) warm water • 2 1/4 tsp (1 envelope) active dry yeast • 1 1/2 tb sugar • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt • 3 tb olive oil • 2 c (256g) bread flour • 1 3/4 c (224g) whole wheat flour For the pizza: • 5 tb olive oil • 1 c tomato sauce • 1/4 yellow or red onion, thinly sliced • 1 bunch kale, chopped • 1 pound pork sausage, browned • 1 c whole milk ricotta cheese • kosher salt • 6 oz shredded mozarella • 2 oz shredded parmesan, plus more for serving • black pepper • crushed red pepper • zest of 1/2 lemon • leaves from 2 sprigs fresh thyme




For the pizza:

For the dough:

Preheat the oven to 450ºf (if the dough was refrigerated, let sit at room temp for about an hour before shaping). Brush a half sheet pan with 1/4 cup olive oil and pat out the pita dough to the edge. This might seem like a lot of olive oil, but it'll make it good. Brush the top of the dough with another tablespoon of olive oil. Top with a layer of tomato sauce, the onions, garlic, kale, sausage and dallops of ricotta. Sprinkle the ricotta with a pinch of kosher salt, then top with mozzarella, parmesan, black pepper, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and thyme leaves. The toppings should go almost all the way to the edge. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese and crust are browned. Let cool slightly, cut and serve.

In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy. With the mixer running on low speed, add the salt and oil, then gradually add the flour. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky, 7 to 10 minutes, adding just enough additional flour so that the dough no longer sticks to the bowl (alternatively, mix by hand and knead on a lightly floured surface). Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it once or twice to coat it in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, 1-2 hours.

Top with crushed red pepper and additional parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!



Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS For the dough: • 1 1/2 c (356g) warm water • 2 1/4 tsp (1 envelope) active dry yeast • 1 1/2 tb sugar • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt • 3 tb olive oil • 2 c (256g) bread flour • 1 3/4 c (224g) whole wheat flour For the pizza: • 5 tb olive oil • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, torn • 1 lemon, cut as thin as possible with a sharp knife or mandoline, seeds removed • 1/2 purple onion, cut as thin as possible with a sharp knife or mandoline • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 6 oz zucchini, chopped • kosher salt • black pepper • 2 oz parmesan cheese, shredded, plus more for serving • crushed red pepper • flaky salt


For the pizza:

For the dough:

Preheat the oven to 450ºf. Brush a sheet pan with 1/4 cup olive oil and pat out the pita dough to the edge. This might seem like a lot of olive oil, but it'll make it good. Set this aside to rise (uncovered) for another 20 minutes or so. Now is a good time to chop your toppings.

In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, yeast and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy. With the mixer running on low speed, add the salt and oil, then gradually add the flour. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is smooth and slightly sticky, 7 to 10 minutes, adding just enough additional flour so that the dough no longer sticks to the bowl (alternatively, mix by hand and knead on a lightly floured surface). Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it once or twice to coat it in oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, 1-2 hours.

Bake for 25 minutes or so, or until the cheese is browned and splotchy and the crust is golden. Top with crushed red pepper and additional parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!

Brush the dough with another little drizzle of olive oil and top it with fresh mozzarella, lemon, onion, garlic, and zucchini. Add another drizzle of olive oil on top. Sprinkle the toppings with a couple pinches of kosher salt, a ton of black pepper and shredded parmesan. Sprinkle the edges of the crust with flaky salt and don't be shy with it.


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Life is made up of a series of moments, insignificant and important. How often do we let those moments pass us by without a second thought? Grand Forks native Mollie Douthit captures the everyday in her paintings, creating a series of visual vignettes. We met with Douthit at the grand opening of her first solo exhibition at ecce gallery, which runs through October 21, to learn more about the stories behind her work.

Formal Training Before Douthit developed her signature aesthetic, she earned her BFA from UND and her Post Baccalaureate Certificate from School of the Museum Fine Arts in Boston. Then in 2012, she relocated once more to Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, after which she completed a series of artist residencies. A Freeing Moment In 2015, while at the Tony O'Malley Artist Residency in Callan, Ireland, Douthit abandoned a negative body of work. “I ended up destroying most everything, and it was a really freeing moment,� she said. This metamorphosis lead Douthit to experiment with new subject matter. Following personal and artistic growth abroad, Douthit returned to Grand Forks last year to prepare for an exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art.


Traveling with Her Work By 2017, Douthit had begun documenting the everyday in her paintings, which slowly started to shrink until her canvases were seven-by-five-inches and five-by-five-inches. This gradual change occurred naturally because working on a smaller scale enabled Douthit to travel more effortlessly with her work. Becoming Acquainted with Douthit The director of ecce gallery, Mark Weiler, got to know Douthit’s work through the North Dakota Museum of Art. He and Douthit have been coordinating her first solo exhibition at ecce for the past six months. Color Blocking & Painting Workshop at Unglued: Summer Camp The weekend before the show’s opening, Douthit lead a color blocking and painting workshop at Unglued: Summer Camp, where she was also a part of the kitchen crew along with Molly Yeh and the rest of her friends from up North. This is where we initially became acquainted with Douthit as she shared her commitment to color with her fellow Unglued: Summer Campers. How Douthit Makes Her Palettes During the workshop, Douthit showed us how she carefully forms her palettes, starting with white paint and mixing in primary colors, which she then uses to make secondary colors. Douthit did so with a palette knife, meticulously wiping it clean after each new hue was made. “I can’t get over that, when two colors talk to each other on a canvas,” she later imparted to us at her exhibition.

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“Experimenting Table, 2018” | Oil on panel | 7 x 5 inches “Snow’d in, 2018” | Oil on panel | 5 x 7 inches “Simple, 2018,” | Oil on panel | 5 x 5 inches


From left to right: “Black swan, 2018,” “Girls for boys, 2018,” “Match point, 2018”

“Cake, 2018” | Oil on panel | 7 x 5 inches

“GF, 2018” | Oil on panel | 7 x 5 inches

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Ecce Gallery Exhibition Douthit’s solo exhibition at ecce gallery runs through September 6 to October 21. The intimate space lends itself particularly well to displaying her intuitive works, which allow the viewer to see life through the Mollie Douthit filter. Many of these works are the result of her recent productivity, specifically during the summer of 2018. “There’s a story behind each of Mollie’s paintings. Maybe you don’t know hers, but you can create your own,” said Weiler, who curated the show. That didn’t stop us from asking about her stories though. Regarding “GF, 2018,” Douthit said, “My mom would kill me, but I left the fridge open so I could paint the birthday cake that she baked for me.” Another piece depicts a two fortune cookies encapsulated in one clear, plastic package, which she and her sister got on Valentine’s Day one year. “Isn’t that serendipitous--that you would get two fortune cookies in one pack on Valentine’s Day?” the artist laughed.

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“Danish Knees” | Oil on panel | 7 x 5 inches

Moments like these inspire Douthit to paint. In yet another painting, she portrays a stick of butter that had been left sitting out on the water dispenser of a refrigerator. Some of the stories behind her works are extremely funny, while others conceal more personal meaning.

In October 2018, Douthit will be going back to Ireland to teach a Master Class. Then in November 2018, she will be starting a new residency in Vermont. Wherever she travels to next, it will be interesting to see how her aesthetic evolves with new experiences.

So far, reactions to Douthit’s exhibition have been positive. “Mollie is able to take ordinary, everyday objects and elevate them into something much bigger, without making them anything besides themselves,” said Tessa Beck, assistant at ecce gallery.

For more information, contact: ecce gallery 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo 701-361-7067 Mollie Douthit

"GF, 2018" Oil on panel 7 x 5 inches

There’s a story behind each of Mollie’s paintings. Maybe you don’t know hers, but you can create your own. - Mark Weiler, ecce gallery



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October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, so of course, we here at Design & Living Magazine have decided to honor two of the most important rooms in the home within this issue. Join us as we visit three different homes that have just undergone extensive kitchen and bath renovations. Along the way, we'll see a classic clawfoot tub, timeless tile and so much more. Then, meet the local interior decorators, designers and homeowners behind it all.


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Master Bath

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BY Becca Opp | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


North Fargo, there stands a 1935 Tudor owned by Kaitlyn and Jace Foss, who live together with their old English sheepdog, Murf. The second story of their home recently underwent a complete transformation that was revealed in the September issue of Design & Living Magazine. This month, we'll take you on a tour of their gleaming master bath. You might be thinking that this room looks familiar, and that is because with its honed marble elegance and vintage-inspired clawfoot tub, we couldn't not put this master bath on our October cover.


Taking Their Vision to the Next Level When remodeling, the Fosses relied on the amazing Mike Dawson of Chris Hawley Architects, who helped them mentally strip their second story down to the studs and build it back up again through meetings, renderings and final plans. RV Construction Co. then executed those plans as the general contractor. However, when it was time to select finishes, the Fosses trusted local interior decorator Christen Anderson of Christen Joy Homes to help them take their vision to the next level.

Timeless Vs. Trendy From the very beginning, Kaitlyn Foss knew what she didn't want: "I told Christen from the start, I don't want trendy and I don't want gray," she said. Instead, it would be more fitting to call the master bath timeless or elegant. From the lighting down to the hardware, no selection was considered insignificant in the eyes of these homeowners and their interior decorator. "There wasn't one detail that was overlooked. Every decision we went through, we reviewed three or four times," Anderson explained.

Interior Decorator - Christen Anderson, Christen Joy Homes Architect - Mike Dawson, Chris Hawley Architects General Contractor - RV Construction Co. Curator - Mark Weiler, ecce gallery Florals - Love Always Floral Closet - Smart Spaces




From Atrocious Avocado to Timeless Elegance Though Kaitlyn has a great eye for design, she was overwhelmed, understandably so, by the master bath before the remodel. "I can envision a lot of things, but I remember sitting in this bathroom and thinking, 'I don't even know how to make this better because it's so atrocious,'" she said. Previously, the bathroom featured an eight-person jet tub surrounded by avocado-green painted walls. "Getting it out was very comical. I don't know if they threw it out the window or actually got it down the stairs," Kaitlyn Foss said. Today, it's hard to imagine that this master bath has ever looked any other way. "Each area has it's own wow-factor and it's own moment," said Anderson. Tile floors, cabinets, honed marble countertops, a vintage-inspired clawfoot tub and a steam shower seem at home in this 1935 Tudor (the steam shower was pretty high up on Jace Foss's wishlist). Above the clawfoot tub is an Amber Fletschock painting, curated by Mark Weiler, director of ecce gallery. "Anyone who has worked with Mark knows that he's amazing at what he does," Anderson esteemed.

Adding Some Much-Needed Storage The master bath now offers storage, not only underneath the vanity, but also in a custom-built-in designed by Dawson. At first, this built-in was supposed to be hidden behind a set of cabinet doors. Then Kaitlyn Foss asked him to open it up. "We tried to think of different ways to execute it," she said. Eventually, it evolved to have glass shelving and a mirrored back. In addition, the homeowners transformed what the previous homeowners had been using as a TV room into a master closet, designed by Smart Spaces. "If we were going to do a complete renovation, we were going to need a new closet. There was only one small one that was in the master and that was it," said Kaitlyn Foss. Now, that is no longer an issue for the couple.




Windows Into the Past While remodeling, the Fosses found history hiding just beneath their window trim. "We found original wallpaper, which I kept. We found a whiskey bottle from the 1930s, and all of the window trim, when we took it off, had our last name printed on it," Kaitlyn Foss said. "Everyone asks us if there was any whiskey left in the bottle," the homeowner laughed.

A Joyful Partnership Anderson enjoyed every minute of this collaboration. "Kaitlyn has a knack for this, so for me, it was just taking her ideas to the next level. It was a very easy partnership," Anderson said. For the Fosses, the feeling was mutual. "I now know what people mean by not calling work 'work,' because it wasn't," Kaitlyn Foss elaborated. This master bath reveal shows how much joy everyone truly took in the process of this remodel. For more information, please contact: Christen Anderson 425-922-5237

Christen Anderson is seated in a green, velvet armchair from The White House Co., next to florals from Love Always Floral.

Kaitlyn Foss is seated in an orange, velvet armchair from The White House Co. next to the lovable Murf, her and her husband's old English sheepdog.






name is Aubrey, and I am a designer and the manager at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center in Fargo. Showplace is a retail showroom for Showplace Cabinetry, a cabinetry manufacturer located in Harrisburg, South Dakota. This particular project was near and dear to me because the customers are my aunt and uncle, Dave and Carol Foltz, who live in the heart of Lakes Country in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. These homeowners have given so much of their time and support to the community, and I wanted to return the favor and give them a space they thoroughly deserved and could enjoy with their family for many years to come. The Homeowners Dave is founder and owner of Foltz Buildings located in Detroit Lakes and Carol is a retired elementary teacher who now, along with her daughter, owns Beautiful Junque boutique located in downtown Detroit Lakes.

Before Before, Dave and Carol had golden oak everything, with a lot of unnecessary interior walls with smaller enclosed rooms. The house seemed small, closed off, and dark.



KITCHEN Overhaul


A Complete Overhaul This all started with the idea of building an addition onto the home to increase the size of the original kitchen and bring the laundry upstairs. Rather than an addition, it turned into a complete overhaul of the entire first level. Everything was brought down to the stud walls. It was a great design challenge for me to have the opportunity to reimagine the function of the house. Starting with only the exterior rectangular shell and windows of the home, I needed to recreate the kitchen, dining room, living room, half bath, and master suite including the laundry. All of this had to be done while keeping in mind the costs of relocating and adding plumbing and electrical fixtures.

Timeline Last summer we started designing different floor plan options, which took several months. Over the winter we finalized selections and created a construction schedule. In April the homeowners moved out and demolition began. The project was completed at the end of August.

Design Inspiration The inspiration behind this design stemmed from Carol’s love of worn and old pieces. Then, I put a modern take on it to keep it timeless. The two styles mixed together created a Farmhouse Chic look. I encouraged Carol to go outside of her comfort zone with the finish selections, such as the large dramatic pendant lights in the kitchen and a wow factor half bath with eye catching brass wall sconces, colored patterned cement tile and a bold paint color. .




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Stunning Results The finishes in this house are amazing. Each one is unique, but when put together it created rooms that leave you speechless. This is my first take on the Farmhouse style. I was very happy with how it turned out and would love to do this style again. Dave shared, “It turned out even better than I thought it would, and I am in the industry.” That is saying something, as he is a man of few words. I couldn’t ask for a better compliment than that! Carol is still in shock and doesn’t believe that this is really her house. Both are happy to feel at home again and are enjoying their new spaces

Contractor – Steve Swanson Construction LLC out of Detroit Lakes Designer – Aubrey Costello Cabinetry – Showplace Cabinetry Quartz Countertops – Spaulding Stone Wood Island Top – Grothouse Lumber Light Fixtures – Valley Lights Vinyl Flooring – Ramsey Flooring Inc. Tile – Syverson Tile & Stone


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BY Sophie Syvertson | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


name is Sophie, and my other half's name is Logan. We are 24-yearold homeowners residing in Wahpeton, ND. I am the owner of Sophie Grace Photography based out of Fargo. I may have a slight obsession with HGTV, and Logan makes all of my crazy ideas come true. We closed on and moved into our house in March 2018. It is a 1973 model home, and oh boy, was it in need of an update!


Straight Out of the 70s The kitchen was STRAIGHT out of the 70s. It had dark (fake wood) cabinets with soffits and some crazy design on the front. They were falling off of the walls when we moved in, and it was so dark in the kitchen that I knew it needed to be renovated. When looking at houses, I wasn't too concerned with the kitchens as I knew I'd want to renovate any kitchen anyway.

From Demo to Dream Kitchen I started busting out the cabinets and soffit the weekend of June 23, 2018, and I finished the tile on August 15. There are still minor little things I'd like to touch up here and there, but for the most part, that is when it was done. If you are like us and plan to tackle a big kitchen renovation, be prepared and know you will spend more. Our initial thought was to just re-face and paint the cabinets, then we did a complete demolition instead! Our new cabinets are from Dakota Cabinetry in Wahpeton. They were awesome to work with and super prompt with ordering and questions. Almost everything else, we purchased from your typical home reno stores: Lowes, Home Depot and Menards.




Concrete Decisions The most challenging part of our kitchen renovation was the waiting time. Certain things had to be done before we could move on to the next. For example, when we DIYed the concrete countertops, it took Logan and I about three weeks of pouring, curing and sealing before they were done. Of course, we had to have those in before the appliances and the tile, so the process just seemed to take forever! I work from home, so living in a demolition zone drove me nuts, but the end results were so rewarding and worth it.

When we aren't renovating, Logan and I enjoy traveling, the lake and of course, our two fur babies, Loki and Ivy.

Now, my favorite part of the kitchen is the open shelving, with the concrete countertops running a close second. I just love how the open shelves make the space feel so clean and bright and how the wood matches the barn wood of the farmhouse table that Loganbuilt for us. Our family and friends helped out a ton in the renovation process, and they really love how it turned out when we have them over.

Kitchen Inspo For kitchen inspiration, I usually look to Pinterest and Instagram. One of my favorite Instagram reno pages to follow is Vintage Revivals. Actually, I also pull a lot of inspiration from the City Brew Hall in Wahpeton. I dig the industrial style and I get a lot of ideas out of that building. To see more of our home renovation projects, follow @sophigracephoto on Instagram.




Hearth & Heart of the Home

Traditionally, the hearth of the home was a place where loved ones gathered together for warmth, conversation and food cooked over the fire. Today, we still hold the hearth close to our hearts, especially during this time of year when we are met with a chill in the air. This month, my selections were inspired around the hearth, togetherness and all things cozy. These pieces can be found at a handful of my favorite local shops: O'Day Cache, Cozy Timber Co. and Eco Chic Home. While sitting next to the hearth at Eco Chic Home, which is reminiscent of the fireplace I had growing up where my family would spend most of our time during the colder months, I remembered oversized pillows, cozy blankets, the old wicker basket in the corner that was full of kindling and hangings on the wooden wall that was salvaged from my Grandparents' old house. The following selections were deeply influenced by cherished, childhood memories of mine, and I hope they help you and your loved ones make memories too.

BY Kayla Cote van Rensburg | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen

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



TEXTILES Blankets, pillows and throws with a chunky sweater feel are great to keep you warm and cozy this season. These down throw pillows from Eco Chic Home are heavy and warm, perfect for getting cozy around a fire. This cozy throw, also Eco Chic Home, is neutral and pairs well with any setting.


Use throws to change up the color of your space. Drape a light colored one the back of a sofa to lighten up your space. Or get boldly colored ones to add a pop of drama, or to fit with seasonal decor.

WALL HANGINGS These Cozy Timber Co. handmade signs are sure to create a warm ambiance in your home this fall. Kayla's Tip: Many of their pieces are double sided, one side being festive for holiday season, and the other for year-round decor. Get a double use out of one sign by simply flipping it around depending on the time of year.


DECORATIVE BOWL: This "Nesting" bowl from O' Day Cashe truly is just that. The bird-nest motive created with a ceramic lace reminds us that our home is our nest. This contemporary design adds a touch of welcoming elegance to any space. Kayla's Tip: These bowls are neutral so you can add a splash of color for any season. Create a contemporary cornucopia by filling these large bowls with your favorite fall gourds, pumpkins and other vegetables.

VINTAGE WINE BOTTLE: This Indian Wine Bottle from O' Day Cache is a great conversation starter with his historic story. The 100 year old wine bottle was used on old ships. The woven casing adds texture and intrigue. Kayla's Tip: Sprinkling in unique pieces like this one create character. I enjoy buying pieces when I travel to inspire conversation when entertaining guests. Not a traveler? You can find great pieces from all over the world at O' Day Cache in downtown Fargo.

WICKER BASKET An antique wicker basket adds charm to any home. This one originates from China, and can also be found at O' Day Cache. Kayla's Tip: What I like about about pieces like this is that they can be used as functioning pieces as well as decoration. This large basket can hold your favorite blankets and throw pillows, or use it to store hats, mittens and scarves. All of these things remind me of childhood memories of family and friends. Today's pieces capture those heartwarming moments that I, as well as many of you, have created while gathered around the hearth of the home.



A Graceful Transition

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y name is Audra Mehl and in August 2018, I announced that I was closing the retail boutique aspect of my business, Grace 1972, a curated vintage and found home décor store inside of Mehl’s Gluten Free Bakery, to focus on providing design services. Since then, I rebranded my business as Grace 1972 Design and have been having so much fun working with clients who love modern farmhouse and cottage style. I thoroughly enjoyed owning a store, but my heart is in interior decorating and design. Before I started working on the Timberline Flip House, I had already flipped two homes with my husband, Matthew: a 110-year-old A frame in Casselton and a massive home south of Fargo on Wild Rice River. I believe that all homes started as someone’s dream. This flip house, formerly home to the Simonson family, was built in love and is now ready for new love to fill its walls.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD This flip house is located in Timberline, a neighborhood that came to life in the 1990s. It is full of expansive, two-story and ranch-style homes. The neighborhood is well established with tall trees along winding streets, but unfortunately, that also means the finishes can be dated in these sprawling beauties. People want to live here, but don’t want to be the ones to spearhead a time consuming and costly remodel. However, The Timberline house has now been fully renovated, so buyers can have both the neighborhood and the finishes they are craving.




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Jeni Gunderson, Audra Mehl and Carrie Brusven stand in the foyer of The Timberline Flip House.

THE INVESTOR Friends who love my design style considered purchasing this house when it was on the market last winter. I toured it with them to talk through the types of changes, updates and finishes I would recommend for this property if they bought it. The realtor, Tina Kraft, accompanied us on the tour. When my friends decided not to purchase the home, Tina introduced me to the new owner, Jeni Gunderson, an investor whose intention was to flip the home. Jeni called me when she had the home gutted and realized that there were a lot of decisions to make. I visited with Jeni and offered to author a design plan for the entire home, which she commissioned me to do in February of 2018. Jeni was a joy to work with. The trust I established early on with her clearly instilled her confidence in my abilities. That was exceptionally flattering, especially as a person who has no formal training. I am a self-taught enthusiast who spent years eating up everything I could get my eyes on that had anything to do with interior decorating and design. "It has been a joy working with Audra, and her presence is like that of an old friend," Jeni said.


BEFORE This house was a 1990’s time capsule. Finishes that were desirable when it was built have long since lost their allure, but the layout and bones of the home were spectacular, with an immense foyer, a great room off a large kitchen and highly-desirable, functional areas (a home office, mudroom, large family spaces and several bedrooms). It was the perfect canvas. As an investor, Jeni wanted finishes that would appeal to the majority of buyers, while bringing this property up to the price point of its neighbors. The traditional style that was already present in the carved spindles and traditional floor plan of this home made it ideal for incorporating cottage and farmhouse style, a trend made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper.




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LIST OF RENOVATIONS Here is a quick list of the renovations we did: Added fresh paint - The trim was all cream, a 1990s trend that dated this home. Painting it all bright white made the beautiful architectural features like the two story windows become stunning focal points. I also had Jeni paint the spindles white and the railing black on the large, sweeping stairway in the foyer. Added new flooring - I recommended a hand scraped patina with cool wood tones and color variation to warm up the large space. I also included in my design plan the stairwell carpet--tight loop for a clean, high-end look. Added focal point lighting - I chose all of the chandeliers, incorporating grand scale and patinas that would provide contrast and interest to each room. (The beaded wood globe in the foyer is my favorite!) Added Board & Batten - The home was traditional in style originally, but I brought in trending finishes like this to elevate the design. Added a new, custom drop zone in the mudroom - I had a closet removed so that a custom drop zone could be added, which was built by my husband, Matthew Mehl of On Point Construction. Added subway tile in mudroom Added Black french doors to the home office Added Italian, porcelain tile in the main floor powder room - I chose the mirror and light fixtures in this room as well. On Point Construction installed the tile. Updated fireplace facade - We brought it all the way up to the ceiling to highlight the height of the room. We also incorporated a double mantel with symmetrical shelving and cabinets flanking it. Decor from Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique - Burlap is my go to local store that I like to source from for my design clients. The two stained-glass windows on either side of the fireplace are from Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique. Renovated the kitchen - Kitchens are big. Jeni took my advice and ripped out the original and installed all new cabinets–white shaker style with a contrasting black island. Redesigned the footprint and lay out of the master bath - I suggested putting a soaking tub at an angle in the corner.


Staging by Carrie Brusven of Gathered. Boutique Rentals & Events - I first met Carrie Brusven when we were in a book club together, then I hired her to decorate for my wedding to Matthew in 2013. She has an incredible eye! Last November, we teamed up to decorate for the Homes for the Holidays tour. Carrie has recently expanded her business to include home staging services in addition to her usual wedding and event decorating. Her gifts are exceptional. She knows how to show people the potential of any space. Statistically speaking, staged homes sell for 20 percent more than non-staged homes. Potential buyers sometimes can’t visualize what a bed would look like in a master bedroom or where they would put their sofa, and staging allows them to better see themselves actually living in a home. Jeni said, "Carrie Brusven made this house a home with her beautiful staging. There is just something about Carrie that I trusted and felt comfortable with from the moment I met her."


THE END RESULTS I want to live here myself, which is always the goal. I decorate every home as if it were my own. I put the same care into my clients that I would for my own family. The home is so cozy and inviting. The transformation–taking something dated and creating a place that people swoon over and love–is my favorite part of the flipping process. The future homeowner will appreciate the established neighborhood and proximity to the bike path along the creek that borders Timberline. The future homeowner will feel blessed to have their breakfast at the beautiful island and enjoy a chilly, winter evening cozied up next to the fireplace in the great room. The ideal buyer will know it when they step foot inside. Isn’t it how that works? We fall in love with a house, and that is what makes it home. For more information, please contact: Audra Mehl Instagram: @_grace_1972_ Facebook:


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A S TA RT E R A HOME Hello! I’m Danyel Moe, a Fargo

native, Co-Founder of Ladybosses of Fargo-Moorhead and Content Specialist at Concordia College Marketing and Communications. My husband, Gavin Moe, is a Corporate Communications Specialist at Corelink. Together, we have created a small family of four–us and our two cats, Tamari and Tahini.

BY Danyel Moe | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen & FloraPine Photography

To be honest, we had no intentions of buying a home in 2018. Then, in the middle of the summer, my boss found a North Fargo house that fit my style and criteria. She quickly sent me the Zillow link, and to say I fell in love is an understatement. It was five days between my boss sending me the link and us putting an offer on the house. When we toured, it simply felt like us – the bones of the house had so much potential and it was the right amount of space.


- The Responsible Decision Even though we weren’t in the market (our plan was to rent for a few more years and save up), once we crunched the numbers and compared renting to owning, it seemed like the responsible decision. Our realtor was Ryan Rettig from Beyond Realty in Fargo, and our Home Loan Officer was Peter Johnson at Town and Country Credit Union, who was absolutely incredible! He explained everything without making us feel like we were asking dumb questions. Gavin knew our realtor, Ryan, from high school days playing basketball against him. It was so awesome to have that connection throughout the process. We were so well taken care of!

- Our Spontaneous Wish List 1. Old, family-friendly neighborhood with large trees 2. Within walking distance of Downtown Fargo 3. Historic home (This house is just under 100 years old! It was built in the early Roaring 20s) that is also structurally sound (We got an A- on our inspection. We’ll take it!) 4. A large backyard filled with plants and trees that would be perfect for bonfires 5. Simplistic, classic design that can stand the test of time Beyond our aforementioned criteria, the three-season patio was a bonus. We had no idea this was even on our wishlist, but now that we have it, we can’t imagine daily life without it. It’s the perfect space to drink morning coffee and hang out with our cats as they watch the cars go by.

- The Previous Homeowners Before we start talking timelines and renovations, I want to say a huge thank you to Heidi and Troy Reisenauer, the previous owners of this house. They were so excited to have us purchase their home because we shared the same understanding of how special an old home can be. They even gave us celebratory champagne and a list of all the odd things to know about the house when we moved in.






- Our Timeline We closed on the house on June 20, 2018. Our lease on our unit at Woodrow Apartments ended on August 31, so we were completely moved into our new space by August 30. By September 15, all of our large home renovations were complete. We had a housewarming party with 30 of our closest family and friends on September 15. It was originally supposed to be on September 1, but it turned out that we were a bit too optimistic on our home renovation timeline so it had to be pushed back a couple weeks. - Renovations Before we started the renovations, I went crazy on Pinterest. I was pinning photos daily, looking for patterns in the pins that I would save–color schemes, textures, architectural styles, etc. I have a total of 1,200 images saved to my “Home” board and, in the end, I think I stuck pretty close to it. - Kitchen This was probably our largest project of them all. We installed all new appliances, freshened up the walls with some white paint, tiled over top of the old linoleum, replaced the existing backsplash, installed new butcher block countertops, installed new cabinets, built open shelving and added a new light. Needless to say, it was a lot of work! The only thing we contracted out was plumbing. (You don't want to go wrong there, especially in an old house! Laney’s did a fantastic job.) - Bathroom For the bathroom, we ripped down the stained plastic shower walls and replaced them with square white tile all the way to the ceiling. We added new brass accessories and re-painted it white. The original cast iron tub and floor tiling we decided to keep and just reglaze. - Living & Dining Room These rooms were the most ready-to-go when we moved in. We changed the wall color to "Sleek White" by Behr, added new lights and curtains and called it done. - Master Bedroom This room is quite simple and small, so we updated it with a simple coat of paint and finished the windows with some curtains.

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- Upstairs Bedroom & Office Upstairs was the only place that had carpeting. We decided to remove all of the carpet and put down faux hardwood to make the space feel more open and clean. Other than that, we simply repainted. - Three-Season Porch We re-painted the floor and window trim to from it’s original blue-gray to a warmer khaki color to go with the rest of the house. - Landscaping So far, we have mainly tackled indoor projects. This fall, my dad has volunteered to help me with landscaping. He is a master at landscaping and plants in general. My parents' home is known in their neighborhood as the “lollipop house” for my dad’s ability to form trees into perfect spheres. I’m excited to learn from him and to place some perennials to come back next summer. - What We Learned For other first-time-homeowners looking to renovate, we recommend that you make a list of all the things you want to do, then prioritize. Also, take your time on projects. You don’t have to do everything in one go! (We didn’t really follow our own advice on this one, but I still think it would help would prevent mental and physical burnout.) Homeownership comes with more responsibilities than renting, but for us, the benefits outweigh the struggle of the homeowner learning curve. You can view our full home renovation process in my Instagram Story Highlight “Our Home” on my profile: @danyelmoe


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The Compression Seal Technology

DIFFERENCE. What is it? It's a special gasket compressed between the operable sash and frame of a window or door, to seal the joint by resisting air, noise and water innltration for thermal and accoustical performance. What is it good for? It facilitates a more efficient and quieter design using special gaskets that are compressed, via multi-point locking hardware, between the operable sash and frame of the window. These gaskets seal the joing by creating a virtually air-tight barrier that inhibits air, noise and water innltration. What does it mean to you? Compression seal technology provides the best noise reduction and energy efficiency in the market. Why are we telling you? So you can conndently suggest compression seal technology products to your customers. Provide them with valuable energy efficient products at a fair price with Minnkota Windows.


Window Vinyl Lifetime | Insulated Glass - 20 Years Exterior Coating - 15 Years | Non-Prorated & Transferable Labor Included | Accidental Glass Breakage (Material Only)

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