Design & Living October 2019

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The Kitchen & Bath Issue


Designing with Joy


Kitchen & Bath Trend Rewind


Artist Feature: Catie Miller


Ask the Expert: JW Kitchens


Spaces that Work: Fargo Center for Dermatology


A Lakeside Haven Among Five Ecologies

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Forget Halloween, here at Design & Living, the arrival of October means it's National Kitchen and Bath Month! To celebrate the rooms in the house where you can often find the biggest statements, we are showcasing some noteworthy kitchens and baths in the FM area. Freestanding soaking tubs? Check. Custom Cabinets? Check. Statement tile-work? Double-check!

In each issue of Design & Living, residential and commercial designer Christen Anderson of Live Christen Joy showcases a joyful project of hers. This month, Anderson shows us a master bathroom oasis design, remodeled in a way that starts and ends each day on a high note.

Month to month, we see a lot of kitchens and bathrooms in the homes we tour. For our kitchen and bath issue, we rounded up some of the boldest and brightest ones we've seen this year.

Ceramic artist Catie Miller takes traditional tableware and incorporates unexpected playfulness with her use of surface design and color.

Have you ever wanted to get in the mind of an industry expert? In this ongoing series, we sit down with experts of a certain field and get answers to some frequently asked questions. This month, we spoke with Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens and learned all about kitchen design and execution.

NEXT MONTH'S ISSUE Our November issue will be our art-based edition of the magazine. We will be focusing on all things art, from artist features to incorporating local art in the home, we are excited to celebrate art this month! Do you have an incredible art collection that you think would look good on our pages? Are you an artist based in our area hoping to spread your work into more homes? Let us know! Email our editor at alexandra@

Gorgeous offices need love too! See how Dr. Ness and the Fargo Center for Dermatology teamed with a number of local businesses, such as Enclave Development, Stroh Architects and Trever Hill Designs, to create a beautiful brand new space for clients and employees to equally enjoy.

Join contributor Paul H. Gleye as he provides insight into some of our area's most interesting architectural feats. This month, he discusses landscape architect Kathleen Pepple's lakeside home and studio.

Their Hawley Dreamhome

Black, white and wood reign supreme in the Hawley home of Katie and Shawn McPherson. Blending modern and farmhouse traditional styles, this couple has crafted and curated their dream, custom home.

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DESIGN & LIVING 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.


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.


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


Gleye is a professor of architecture at North Dakota State University. His fields of expertise include historic preservation and urban design, and he leads the architecture school’s term abroad program in Europe each spring semester.


Gunkelman is current Home Builders Association of F-M president. He owns Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc., specializing in custom homes, commercial remodeling and residential remodeling.


Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. She is the owner of Christen Joy Homes and is known for her exceptional remodels, expert staging and accessorizing high-end living spaces. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains friends.


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KITCHEN BATH Month? Dear Readers, As you can see, this issue we are celebrating all things kitchen and bath, in honor of October being National Kitchen & Bath Month. But what is Kitchen & Bath Month? National Kitchen & Bath Month was established in 1982 by none other than the National Kitchen and Bath Association. This national holiday was established to welcome the season of interior change. As the summer months wrap up and we begin to head indoors, October tends to be one of the best months to give your home's most used rooms some TLC. While we might hang out in the living room and sleep in the bedroom, a lot of action happens in the kitchen and baths and therefore, they deserve some much-needed attention and rejuvenation. As the holidays approach, we enter a time where the family gathers, and don't you want to entertain your guests in a gorgeous kitchen and provide them an up-to-date guest bathroom? This month, get inspired by some of these projects we feature in these next pages and maybe find a way to refresh your own spaces this season. I know when I was on the search for a home almost a year ago, two rooms that needed to be perfect were the kitchen and the bathrooms. If a home we looked at didn't have a tub in the bathroom, I wasn't interested. If the kitchen was a bad layout, I continued on to the next house. I don't think I'm alone in that these two areas of houses are very important to homeowners and are therefore deserving of this month of celebration for them. If you already have your dream spaces and aren't looking to refresh it, take time to celebrate your kitchen and baths! Have guests over for entertaining and cook a multi-course meal in your kitchen. Or at the end of the day, take an extra-long bath (with candles and bath salts!) to wind down. Whatever you do, take some extra time this month to celebrate these heavily used and loved rooms. Until Next Month,



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Why Women Should Work In The Construction Trades


ctober is Careers in Construction Month! Skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons and painters are in high demand from general contractors in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Traditionally, trades careers have drawn higher interest from men, but they provide rewarding, fulfilling career paths for anyone. I’d like to point out some specific reasons why women should take a thoughtful look at construction:

“What I find most fulfilling about working in the trades is starting with an idea and turning it into something that people can enjoy for decades to come. Homes are beautiful, functional and personal, which is why I decided to go into homebuilding. Women offer a different perspective to this industry and we are good at multi-tasking!”

by Randy Cramer NAI North Central Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead

Randy Cramer is the current Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation president. He is broker/owner at NAI North Central, an international provider of commercial real estate services, and has been involved in land development and real estate in the F-M area for over 30 years

- Stephanie Lindemann, Purchaser at Eid-Co Buildings, Inc. - Construction Management Degree from North Dakota State University

1. Competitive Salary

A pay gap exists between men and women across most industries. On average, women in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. However, the gap is much smaller in the construction trades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns.

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2. Job Opportunities

The residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers has risen. Unfilled jobs in the construction sector reached a post-recession high earlier this year. A National Association of Home Builders survey found shortages of labor in various types of construction jobs including framers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and bricklayers. This is true on the local level, too.

3. Scholarships

Funding is available for students who are interested in or currently pursuing opportunities in residential construction. • Home Builders Care Foundation offers local trades-career scholarships to both high school and postsecondary students - scholarships • National Housing Endowment



is NAHB’s charity offering postsecondary scholarships - www.

4. Network of Experts

There is a growing community of women in construction who are willing to mentor and share insights with women entering the field: • National Association of Women In Construction has a local chapter in Fargo-Moorhead. • National Association of Home Builders offers a Professional Women in Building Council. • National Center for Women’s Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment is a consortium of groups representing tradeswomen’s organizations around the country.

5. A Sense of Accomplishment

Working in the trades brings a sense of satisfaction for completing high-quality work that contributes to homebuilding and ultimately helping to fulfill the American Dream. Home Builders Care Foundation provides hands-on experiences for young people to learn about careers in the trades like job site tours, Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades and the Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo. Visit for all the details!

Mission: Impacting our community through building projects, empowering students and shaping the future workforce.

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BY Christen Anderson | PHOTOS BY Tara Scherling Photography





hen you change your master bathroom from blah to beautiful, you create a personal retreat that elevates the start and end of each day. For years, a West Fargo couple dreamt of turning their master bath into an oasis in their busy home. In 2019, they reached out to Christen Joy Inspired Interiors and Events to bring their dream to life.

From first inspection, the room’s layout and bones were good, however its lavender paint, unframed mirror and outdated cabinets and countertops were craving modernization. A plan was set to update the shower and floors and refresh the space with new paint. LOOK AT THE LAYOUT Considering the size of the room, and placement of the shower and hidden toilet, I suggested creating the illusion of more space by layering white selections — including remodeling the shower. By removing the prefabricated shower and replacing it with tile and a glass door, it opened up the space and added a modern feel. We also gained several inches on all three sides of the pre-fab shower. The new shower space is larger and more luxurious. And by removing the curtain, the beautiful new tile comes into view. SELECT TILE The homeowners gushed over a hexagon white tile floor from one of my previous projects, so the hexagon tile became our starting point. Because I had worked on a past project with the homeowners, I knew they’d appreciate a farmhouse flavor mixed with a few Christen Joy timeless design elements. So, for the shower walls, we chose timeless white subway wall tile to compliment the hexagon flooring and to bring a hint of farmhouse flavor to the room.


CHOOSE CABINETS From tile onto cabinets, I suggested the idea of new white cabinets and/or a fresh coat of white paint on existing storage. Some people may be afraid of using too much white, however, the white palette provides a clean, fresh feel in small spaces. It also becomes a foundational element in the room on which wall paint color, art and accessories can become the main focal point. Because the client’s cabinets were a current style and in good shape, we opted to paint the cabinets a clean white, rather than replacing them. FIND COUNTERTOPS The countertops and sinks needed to go. We opted for quartz with light gray veining. It was a simple and elegant selection that highlighted the new rectangle under-mount sinks. To pull together a holistic look in the room, I recommended a new, framed mirror for a finished look to complete the space. ADD GLAMOUR In any bathroom, hardware is the jewelry. To add sparkle, we opted for polished chrome. Its high sheen is striking and its brilliance makes a statement in any space. We carefully selected faucets and shower hardware with intricate details and curves for a “wow” factor that’s sleek and feminine.



EMBRACE COLOR With the white foundation throughout the room, paint color was a big decision. I said, “Let’s go big and add a pop of color!” The homeowner loved the idea and trusted me to choose a brilliant shade of blue. The color complemented the white selections. And, it’s so luxurious, it almost hugs all of the areas of the refreshed room in a warm embrace. HANDPICK ART AND ACCESSORIES I shopped online and off to find the perfect accessory pieces. In most projects, art is my inspiration. I look for the exact piece to enhance the style and mood I’m creating. This dreamy pastel piece enhances the wall color and sets a tranquil mood in the room. Hung on the double rod towel rack are oatmealcolored towels with intentionally relaxed edging. The towels are crafted in Portugal. They and have a subtle sun-fade effect with a darker solid reverse for a unique two-tone look. To pull in another shade of blue, a midnight navy textured runner adds sophistication and keeps the toes warm. Accessories on the built-in and countertop complete the space and add a final pop of color. BEGIN AND END YOUR DAY IN BLISS By remodeling your master bath you can face each day with more energy and truly relax when the day is done. Imagine savoring fresh coffee as you prepare for your day or enjoying a last sip of wine before bed. It’s possible in a space that uplifts your spirit and beautifully supports your life.

Meet Christen Anderson of Christen Joy: Inspired Interiors & Events Anderson is a Minnesota native with an eye for decor and design. Christen Joy specializes in new-construction commercial projects, exceptional remodels, furnishing high-end living spaces and creating memorable special events. Anderson is also a passionate art collector, world traveler and home cook who frequently entertains for friends.

Join me on Instagram and Facebook to see my latest projects and email me your design questions at christen@




The arrival of October means a lot of things. The leaves have started to change color, Halloween costumes become available at all your favorite stores and pumpkin-flavored food and drink abound. But for us at Design & Living, we see October as time to celebrate National Kitchen and Bath Month! To celebrate the rooms in the house where you can often find the biggest statements, we are showcasing some noteworthy kitchens and baths in the F-M area. Dive into these pages and experience statement appliances at the Eisenbeisz home, a glamorous clawfoot tub at the Mark home, a drastic transformation at the Steffl farmstead and much more. BY Alexandra Martin | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen







This rambler model home by Krueger Construction features a modernmeets-farmhouse theme throughout, with a standout kitchen and master bathroom.




t family-owned business Krueger Construction, each floorplan they create is named after a family member. Meet Lila, one of Krueger's new model homes, named after a family grandmother and daughter. Krueger Construction has made this rambler model in different iterations before, but this time around, Design Director Kristi Krueger-Roscoe took the reigns and designed the Eagle Point home with a black, white and neutral aesthetic. "I wanted this house to speak for itself. In this neighborhood, there’s a lot of really big, nice houses out here. Even though it’s a little bit smaller of a footprint than some other neighbors, I wanted it to really stand out," said Krueger-Roscoe. In a few other Krueger Construction rambler home plans, they've designed the home with the concept of the master suite on one side of the house and a guest or children's area on the other side. "This particular floorplan, the goal is to speak to a lot of demographics," said Kim Krueger-Tehan, Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Whether it is empty-nesters looking for a one-level home with room for a hobby or guest room, or a younger family that wants room for their children, this space fills a lot of needs. With the bedrooms and bathrooms to either side of the floorplan, the kitchen and living room area are in the center, serving as the heart of the home. Nine and tenfoot ceilings throughout allow larger windows to let in natural light to the fresh, high-contrast rooms. For the kitchen itself, Krueger-Roscoe wanted a more modest and classic style. For practicality, she opted to not raise the cabinets all the way to the high ceiling, cutting out unusable tall space and lowering cabinet costs. In every house of theirs, the team likes to switch things up and implement different details, even if the

general floorplan remains the same. In this iteration, they went with a fun scalloped tile backsplash with accent dark grout. The cabinetry in the kitchen is white with contrasting black hardware. But on the oversized island, the cabinetry is black, matching the contrasting details throughout and making for a focal point. An oversized island lends itself to entertaining opportunities, seating seven comfortably around it. The sink in the island as opposed to against the wall means that when the host is entertaining, they can be at the sink and still looking over the party. "The living space was designed with entertaining in mind. With the huge island, there's a flow for hosting a dinner party or having a sports team over. There's a lot of flexibility in this living space, should you want to entertain," said Krueger-Tehan. There's ample space for a large dining set and the home is currently staged with a stocked bar cart, showcasing a variety of entertaining flexibility. To give the space some breathing room and to add modern touches, they opted for a stainless steel oven hood and quarter-sawn oak floating shelves. With an oversized pantry, there is still plenty of storage, even with the open shelving and cabinetry that doesn't go all the way to the ceiling. The mix of the organic floating shelves with the modernity of the stainless steel appliances adds to the farmhouse-meets-modern feel that carries throughout the house. Pendant light fixtures are a signature touch that Krueger Construction likes to add on many of their projects, so the two black metal pendants over the island were a must. Statement light fixtures in kitchens, in addition to recessed lighting, add drama and luxury.


Moving onto the master suite, the master bathroom continues the black and white theme. With pops of green, the high-contrast space is crisp and clean. A focal point of the master bathroom is a larger soaker tub, popular among adults, but also great for families with young children. White tiles with dark grout are executed again in the shower, but with subway tile rather than the scalloped tile we see in the kitchen. Two shower niches are sized for any size bottle of shower supplies and a built-in bench anchors the spacious shower. Hexagon penny tiles and subway tiles used together blend old-school and modern together in this style-blending home. Black hardware and faucets in the shower complement the black grout and add contrast to the chrome hardware on the floating vanity and tub. The black and chrome vanity light fixtures tie the mixed metals in and blend it all together. "We like to mix metals, we think it is fun to mix metals. I think that is making a comeback," said Krueger-Roscoe. The master bathroom flows into a large walk-in closet which then also flows into a laundry room. With everything connected, running laundry, putting away laundry and getting dressed each day are done with ease.



The Rest of the Home While we focused on the kitchen and master bath of this home for this kitchen and bath issue, the rest of the home is executed to flow together and complement every feature. See more of the home here.






In the woods on the outskirts of Horace, ND is the Mark family farmhouse. As featured in the 2018 Spring Parade of Homes by its builder, Carpenter Homes, the home is now decorated, lived-in and loved.


omeowners Katie and Doug Mark built their remote Horace home to reflect a true farmhouse feel, incorporating exposed brick, toile and lots of antiques. Driving up to the home, you pass through a new development before being lead down a winding, secluded road through wooded areas. A visitor no longer feels as if they are in North Dakota, but maybe the mountains of Georgia as the autumn foliage dances along the path. After about half a mile, a clearing opens to a white country house with a wrap-around porch and an American flag flitting in the breeze. The homeowners wanted this home to feel appropriate in its setting and they designed it with influences of their previous Minneapolis home and their lake home. With Katy Rott of Katy Rott Interior Design, the Marks were able to oversee every detail and turn this house into the farmhouse and western-influenced home of their dreams. Rott served as the kitchen, bath and cabinetry designer, working alongside the designers at Carpenter Homes to make the vision come to life. With Carpenter working on the home design, McNeal & Friends took on the interior decorating and Rott worked on the permanent or installed finishes, like cabinetry, built-ins and paint. Before transitioning to a new job and passing of design duties to McNeal & Friends, designer Kris Sailer of Rivka Designs assisted bigly in the interior design and furnishing choices. Rott has worked with the Marks on home projects of theirs over the years, so she knows their tastes well. "I've worked on so many projects with [Katie]. She's always been into wanting to use things like shiplap and reuse things from an old barn [and such]. She has been way ahead of Chip and Joanna [Gaines]," joked Rott about Katie Mark's style. "She loves flea markets and reclaimed




goods. She's got so many fun pieces from Minneapolis and her family and she really likes to showcase and use them all." Katie grew up in Fargo and lived in Historic Hawthorne on 9th Street. Rott noted that because of this, Katie has always been drawn to the historic character and she has taken that design inspiration with her through her whole life.

dear friend, Barb Hansen, who works in insurance by day, but is a gifted designer. Hansen collaborated with McNeal & Friends along the way, overseeing design choices she knew the Marks would like. Originally, Hansen had encouraged them to consider using the wallpaper throughout the kitchen, but they ended up making it the perfect accent in the pantry.

While the whole home reflects original styles, the kitchen and master bath especially showcase attention to detail and unique designs. In a modified open floorplan, The Marks centered their kitchen around the vision of a whiskey barrel island. "The whiskey barrel just seemed like a fun concept to center a fun farmhouse around. So we started there and branched everything out from that," said Rott. They incorporated the "X's" of traditional barn doors throughout, including on their statement refrigerator. Both the homeowners and Rott wanted the farmhouse and barn-inspired designs to make sense and be presented in the right setting in a manner that wasn't overdone.

Since the kitchen stemmed from the concept of the whiskey barrel island, white cabinets with brushed brass hardware surround the centerpiece, allowing it to shine. In the kitchen and throughout the house, Katie and Rott enjoyed mixing finishes and metals. Brushed brass cabinet hardware is accented by a few glass knobs, along with a brass faucet and a black faucet, black light fixtures and a stainless steel gas rangetop.

Off the kitchen is the cream and red toile wallpapered butler's pantry, something Katie knew she wanted to carry over from their Minneapolis home. In the design process, Rott and the Marks' had guidance from their

The oversized kitchen area includes a dining space and a seating area. "The kitchen ended up being so huge, it was a challenge figuring out how to fill the space. At first, we looked at doing two islands and we couldn't figure out where to go with that, so we decided to do a sitting area," said Katie. In their lake home, the Marks have two islands and Katie enjoys cooking there, even though she doesn't consider herself much of a chef.


Heading upstairs, the master suite takes up about a third of the second story of the home. Off the master bedroom is a show-stopping master bathroom, a walk-in closet and laundry room. The bathroom is large and his and hers vanities offer ample storage space. Contrasting grey and black cabinets keep the vanities from appearing oversized, serving as a design trick to make all the storage not feel heavy. When you enter the master bathroom, a few things immediately catch the eye. One is a standalone black tub with chrome clawfeet. Next, custom glass tile in the center of the flooring creates a rug-like appearance, but with a more luxurious touch. Being that it is in the bathroom, the delicacy of the glass is safe against hard shoes stepping on it. The brushed brass hardware and faucets complement those that are in the kitchen just down the stairs. More antique light fixtures live in the master bathroom, including two refurbished wall sconces found in the basement of Katie's parent's 1915 house. The chandelier hanging from the rustic beam at the peaked shiplap ceiling is one from an antique store that was brought back to life by 8th Street Lamps & Repair.



With the bathroom cabinetry design, the layout of the room and the window placements were key factors. "She gets me involved so soon, so that even if something [has to be changed] she is always open to anything that will make it just perfect," said Rott. Because Rott worked with the homeowners along the way, she was able to make suggestions and to design around what was built as it was happening. "She doesn't steer me wrong. She sees things I never would have thought of. And that's why it is critical to have a good designer," said Katie. Everything in the home is made on a big scale, from the crown molding that is over a foot tall to the custom kitchen island to the high ceilings. The Marks have been living in the custom home for about a year and a half now and have been enjoying finishing projects here and there, like adding new custom curtains or recovering the dining room chairs. From the barnwood to original art to their beloved selection of antiques and collectibles, such as red glassware, pink depression glassware and Waterford, the home feels lived-in and one wouldn't guess it was a new build. The home has a modern farmhouse feel to it with traditional elements and an overall timeless nature. "I don't think I would ever get tired of it. It's too big to stay in for forever, but I don't think I'll ever get tired of it," said Katie.

Builder: Carpenter Homes Consulting Architect: SKD Architects Cabinets + Installation: SWI Interiors Cabinet Design: Katy Rott Interior Design Countertops: Northern Stone Appliances: Rigels & JW Kitchens Flooring: Imperial Flooring Interior Decorating: McNeal & Friends Initial Interior Decorating: Kris Sailer, Rivka Designs






Homeowners Emily and Chris Eisenbeisz have begun renovating their house, in hopes of making it the perfect home to raise their three daughters in. First in the process: a complete kitchen remodel.



mily and Chris Eisenbeisz share their south Fargo home with their three daughters, Vera, Anna and Mary. They have been in their current home for about a year and it will be the third home that the couple has remodeled together. By now, they are wellversed in renovation projects. Following a Europeaninfluenced farmhouse style with naturally-inspired elements, they have been transforming each corner of their home to reflect their personal tastes. As they remodel their home, the kitchen was the first project they embarked on making their own. "We bought the house kind of knowing that [the kitchen] was going to be our first project. We started on that pretty much right when we moved in," said Emily. Chris wanted the kitchen cabinets to be wood, so that was the first decision that determined the rest of the finishes. Emily said, "Since this is the house we want to stay in for a long time, we wanted something not too trendy. Something just timeless." With Chris's decision for the wooden cabinets in place, Emily decided she would get to choose the appliances. She had seen on social media the CafĂŠ Collection from GE and loved its bronze finishes and matte white body. "Our fixtures and finishes just all went around the wood and those appliances, those were are starting places," she added.

From those initial choices, they opted with a honedfinish quartz countertop from Northern Stone, a bronze Delta faucet, black cabinet hardware and a glossy grey subway tile backsplash, installed by Chris. Chris is a handyman and the couple has honed their skills through projects in their previous two houses. The only work they hired out for the kitchen remodel were the installation of the cabinets and countertop and a plumber to move the gas line. By doing this, they saved a lot of money and got to put their own sweat equity into the project. Even though this took more time and patience, the result was well worth it in the end. Before the transformation, the layout wasn't ideal for the young family. The island in the center had a split-level countertop, lessening the space available for prepping dishes and entertaining. Also, the island housed the stove in a way that lent itself to being dangerous for their three young children. Another downside, the island was finished in tile and grout, which caught food crumbs easily. Now, the quartztopped island is spacious and perfect for hosting parties. Even though there is a dining room table just to the side, they've found that guests gravitate towards hanging around the island setup instead. Another priority for the renovation was to add more


storage. The previous design had a good amount of cabinets, but nothing that was ideal as pantry space. The previous homeowners added on a pantry that jutted into the living room, which the Eisenbeiszes have since torn down since it was not practical for their needs. Now, two large sets of doors along the kitchen wall serve as their pantry space. Behind both sets of doors are countertop space, shelving and pull-out drawers on the lower half. In the lower drawers, snacks for the children are conveniently stored for easy access. Similarly in the island, drawers with divider pegs make for ideal storage for the children's plates and cups, so they don't have to find their way up onto the counters to get their own dishes. The homeowners did not want their main countertops to be too cluttered with appliances, so within the two pantry cabinets, there are countertops for their small appliances, like the microwave, toaster and coffee maker. Now, the cabinets can be opened and there is easy access to the appliances, but they are just as easily concealed when the doors are shut again.



While there were a lot of cosmetic updates in this kitchen, the homeowners also made some big changes with the layout. The only appliance that remained where it originally was was the refrigerator. Getting a gasline installed for the gas stove was also a big change for the family. "Neither of us grew up with gas and we never had it in our previous houses we were in. But everyone we asked that had gas told us absolutely to do it. [...]I am so glad we did it," said Emily. Since their kitchen was already demoed, they decided they might as well take the extra step and get the gas line installed. Now, they can enjoy their new stovetop and hood with gas benefits like better cooktop control, quicker heating and cost-effectiveness on the utility bill. "It’s become a fun hobby for us to do together," said Emily about renovation projects. Chris's handiness and ability to complete a number of projects on his own and Emily's eye for style and design make them the perfect pair. They both have been able to practice their skills and enjoy the process of executing their visions in each room. With a duo like this, there will be ongoing projects for years to come, but they will certainly enjoy the process along the way.





PHOTOS BY Travis Beauchene, studio three beau

Designer and niece of the homeowners, Aubrey Costello.

Aubrey Costello of Showplace Cabinetry Design Center took on her aunt and uncle's Minnesota farmhouse to give it a locationappropriate refresh.



hen your niece is the showroom manager and designer at one of the premier kitchen design destinations in the area, it's easy to know whom to look to when renovating a dated kitchen. Debbie and Dennis Steffl did just this when they turned to their niece, Aubrey Costello at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center, for a complete kitchen reimagining. The Steffl family lives in Dennis's family farmhouse in Callaway, Minn., just north of Detroit Lakes. Dennis's parents had built the home in the 1970s and it has been in the family since. However, the kitchen had not been renovated since it's inception and was in much need of some updates. Z-brick served as the backsplash, a soffit divider with cabinets supported by decorative wooden spindles blocked off the space and ornate oak cabinets made the room feel busy and heavy. Designer Aubrey Costello had her work cut out for her with this project. Costello has worked with family on projects before and sees the benefits of designing for those close to her. "You really know the couple. You've been in their kitchen, you've used it. You know how it functions and what's working and what's not working," she said. She also jokingly added that family is more honest with her, but she also receives more trust from them as well. Costello shared that Debbie had been wanting a kitchen remodel ever since they bought the house from Dennis's parents. Since it is a family home, Dennis was long hesitant to disrupt what he was accustomed to, but it was time for a change. One priority for Debbie was to replace the dark, oak



cabinets with light, painted cabinets. "Since it is on a family farm —even though they are not farmers— they wanted that farmhouse look to it," said Costello. "[Debbie] also really likes that traditional flare, which you can see in the herringbone marble tile. Even her barstools that she picked out have that traditional feel to them. It's sort of a mix of a farmhouse with traditional." With the removal of the soffit and peninsula, Costello added an extra-large, cherry-stained wood island. Redoing the layout to an L-shape with a statement island in the middle has made the space more practical. "A big goal was to open it up. That peninsula was blocking it off," said Costello. Opting for a wood island gave warmth to the mostly-white kitchen and nodded to the trim work in the rest of the home. This island also houses the microwave, which used to sit atop the counter by the stove, allowing for more counter space. While they removed a whole corner of cabinets, the addition of this island ensured that they did not lose any storage space. "They had a large kitchen already, so they had a lot of kitchen items, so finding storage for it all was a key factor in this kitchen," said Costello. Costello also made sure to pick the right kind of storage. Every cabinet has an intended purpose and designated uses. Examples of this include a built-in mixer lift stand, garbage bin drawer, corner lazy Susan, two-tier utensil tray dividers and pegged organizer drawers. The homeowners were originally hesitant to move forward with the large kitchen island, as they were used to an open space in the middle of the kitchen. Having an island near to the cabinets made them fear a traffic jam, but now they really appreciate the layout. "They realized it was a lot better and they aren't taking as many steps

now. And they have this big island countertop as a work and prep zone. So I think they are definitely liking the new layout and getting used to it," said Costello. Another accent and focal point ended up being three Rejuvenation pendant light fixtures above the island. These fixtures were a splurge that Costello was able to convince her aunt and uncle to invest in, as she knew they would be the focal point of the room that would tie it all together. The black metal of the fixture matches the Schaub & Co matte black hardware on the cabinets. "The dark hardware gives it that farmhouse touch and more drama. It tied in with the light fixtures and the really light Wilsonart (Haida) quartz countertop with a little gray in it," said Costello. An added extra comes with a beverage center off the side of the kitchen. Where a built-in breakfast nook used to be is now a beautiful built-in with a different purpose. The homeowners now enjoy using the space for their coffee maker and supplies, also storing wine bottles in the built-in shelving. Another perk of having a family member work on the project, this built-in center was previously a display unit in the Showplace showroom. Luckily, it was just the right size to fit perfectly in the nook and Costello knew it would fit the style of the remodel well. "Everyone that walks in can't believe the transformation. It's so night and day. Everyone loves it. They see pictures and don’t believe its the same house." said Costello. Maintaining the history and the feel of the home was important to the homeowners and Costello ensured the farmhouse feeling remained, while also giving the space modern and practical updates. Now, the homeowners will be able to comfortably host more family gatherings and continue to awe family-members with the incredible transformation.




BE OUR G U E ST The Christen Joy team transformed three guest bathrooms into luxurious spaces that are worthy of attention.

BY Alexandra Martin | PHOTOS BY Tara Scherling, Hillary Ehlen

A master bathroom with heated flooring and a stand-alone tub is a luxurious attraction for a homeowner to enjoy. However, most guests typically don't get to experience the delight of such a space and, instead, use a powder bathroom off the main room. During gatherings, powder bathrooms are a place for guests to take a break, refresh and momentarily recharge. To the homeowner, they might not initially seem like a design priority, but your powder bathroom can be reimagined as the most hospitable part of the home. After all, don't your guests deserve the best? Because of, rather than in spite of, the limited space of a powder bathroom gives homeowners the prime opportunity to boldly showcase their taste and personality. The small square footage of a powder room allows for statement flooring or wall-coverings that might be too overwhelming or pricey for a larger room in the house. Interior expert Christen Anderson of Christen Joy took on two powder room refreshes and one new construction that prove that even these small spaces matter. In these three half-bath projects, Christen Joy showcases the beauty in the details and embraces making a statement. Since these spaces are often highly trafficked rooms, she treated them with the same attention to detail as any other room of the house. With limited space to work with, Christen Joy turned these powder rooms into perfectly accessorized and luxurious destinations.


A FIELD OF DREAMS POWDER BATHROOM After having Christen Joy assist with flooring a few years ago, the DeJong's were ready to refresh their powder room with her help. Christen Joy got to take the reigns on this project and put together a functional space that was stylish but not overbearing. What was once a beige and white room became a welcoming blue that paired with the new flooring impeccably. When decorating the blank walls, it wouldn't be a Christen Joy project without the addition of abstract art to tie it all together. In this project, they found the perfect piece that complimented the new paint while evoking the feel of North Dakota's own prairie fields. Above the toilet is a chic bundle of lavender hanging in the wall in a tin, farmhouse-inspired container. Add in a custom-framed mirror, new lighting, fresh linens and appropriate accessories and this powder bath is ready for guests. Redecorating bathrooms isn't all about paint colors and finishes. Christen Joy replaced the original toilet with a comfort-height toilet, making for a more pleasant experience for older guests. This new toilet also has more square edges, rather than rounded ones, complimenting the new rectangular vanity, mirror and other geometric elements. Keeping to a singular shape story (geometric rather than organic or rounded) ensures a higher-end and less busy feel for the small room. Another priority was replacing the existing pedestal sink with a larger, quartz-topped vanity. Now, the small space has extra room for storing toiletries and cleaning supplies —with style. With the additional space beneath the sink also came more counter space for soap and a pop of greenery, or other seasonal decor.


THE "CURRENT" WALLPAPERED BATHROOM Some powder bathrooms are purely utilitarian and others are statements of their own. This bathroom in the Johnson home is the latter. Christen Joy got to flex her vibrant and creative side on this high-impact project, providing the homeowners with a powder bathroom that cannot be overlooked. Instead of a sole piece of artwork hanging on the blank wall, Christen Joy opted to transform a whole wall into a piece of art with accent wallpaper. She was set on using this dark teal wallpaper with a current-like movement pattern that left a dramatic feel for the focal point of the room. As to not be too overwhelming in the small room, this dramatic wallpaper is only used on one wall, while the others are painted a complimentary dark teal. All the finishes in the room, including the toilet handle, faucet, toilet paper holder, towel rack and trash bin, were thoughtfully executed in warm brass. As chrome is a popular bathroom finish, this veering from the norm with gold-toned finishings makes for a special statement. Matching the hardware is a brass globe vanity light that parallels the organic shapes from the wallpaper. The final addition of a large, walnut mirror adds more warm tones and makes any guest feel right at home.


THE NOTEWORTHY POWDER BATHROOM As we've learned from many other Christen Joy projects, wallcoverings are a simple way to personalize a space with impact. The powder bathroom in this new home uses this Noteworthy Wallpaper from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines as a subtle and sophisticated take on wallpaper. This particular wallcovering is unique thanks to the raised, handwritten Latin script. The textured lettering implies a handcrafted nature with a blend of homespun and luxury. White wainscotting anchors the space, ensuring that the wallcovering isn't too busy for the room. Since the existing space was long and narrow, a pedestal sink kept the space light and airy, where a solid vanity might have weighed it down too much. A singular globe pendant light adds just the right amount of modernity to the otherwise very classic space. Eucalyptus stems in a glass vase atop the toilet add a quiet touch of color to contrast with the grey and white throughout. Overall, the finished product is a serene space, ideal for guests to have a quiet break to themselves.


KITCHEN B AT H Trend Rewind Here at Design & Living, we see a lot of stunning kitchens and bathrooms in our home tours each month. For this special kitchen and bath issue, we want to highlight some of these jaw-dropping spaces in one roundup of inspiration. See what trends we've uncovered this year and glean some inspiration for your own spaces.




Christen Anderson of Live Christen Joy took on this North Fargo Flip to prep it for the market. As with many flips, she took a big focus on the kitchen area and turned it into a crisp, white and luxurious focal point. Original cabinets were replaced with custom ones in a warm-toned white with polished nickel hardware. The oversized quartztopped island really steals the show and makes for an ideal workspace. Dear Decorator: The North Fargo Flip, May 2019

Michaela Bakken at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center worked with homeowners Mike and Kim Hendrickson to renovate their kitchen. In deciding whether to renovate or move, they opted with renovation and ended up with this industrial and modern kitchen. A main goal of the homeowners' was to add storage, so this kitchen is full of practical storage solutions and an extra-large island. An Industrial Meets Modern Kitchen, June 2019

The kitchen in Lauren and Steve Zima's custom Lake Sallie home is just as stunning as their lake views. Designed by Aubrey Costello at Showplace Cabinetry, they embraced quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances for a sleek look, with Dakota Timber beams to add a rustic touch. Not Your Grandmother's Lake Home, July 2019

Ole and Trish Rygg's Scandinavian-inspired home features cabinets and countertops from Western Products. This space features a combination of white surfaces, rock and reclaimed wood, making for a modern and clean experience. A Scandinavian-Inspired Social Space, March 2019


KITCHENS Tim and Raeann Landis' kitchen is the heart of their home, ideal for hosting friends and family. The reclaimed barnwood in lieu of a tile backsplash adds for an unexpected focal point and perfectly frames the black oven hood. A Bold and Eclectic Interior, August 2019



Colored cabinets aren't something we see often, but when we do, they are done impeccably. Ken Cottrell and April King's historic Hawthorne home was given a refresh with this remodeled kitchen by JW Kitchens. Eastern Inspiration in Historic Hawthorne, September 2019

Dark cabinets reign in the Culp family's newly remodeled kitchen. In a historic home, they opted to restain the existing cabinets and replicate additional ones to stay true to the home. The white hexagon-tile floor helps the space from feeling too dark, while also adding a modern accent. A Modern-Meets Historic Kitchen Refresh, September 2019

Janelle and Roger Bachmann's contemporary kitchen, designed by Rebecca Knutson (CID) of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, has a European influence and attention to finishes. The walnut veneer slab cabinetry and custom trim work by Dan Savageau make for a rustic touch to the otherwise contemporary space. Metal, Wood & Memorabilia, March 2019

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A stand-alone tub with a walk-in shower just steps away is ideal for any master bath. This Magnum Custom Homes build showcases a spa-like experience in the master bathroom, including features like a rain shower head, GROHE brand fixtures and heated flooring. That Farmhouse Feeling, November 2018

Christen Anderson of Live Christen Joy took on decorating Kaitlyn and Jace Foss's north Fargo Tudor, remodeled by Mike Dawson at Chris Hawley Architects. Not wanting something trendy and easily dated, the homeowners opted for timeless details like a clawfoot tub and chrome finishes. Florals from Love Always Floral make the white space burst with color and coordinate perfectly with the Amber Fletschock art, curated by ecce gallery. A Timeless Tudor in North Fargo, October 2018

Statement wallcoverings are a great way to add personality into a small space like a powder bathroom. Live Christen Joy staged this West Fargo home in hopes of a quick sell, adding details like this throughout. A little bit of pattern can go a long way! Designing with Joy: Make Your Home Stand Out in Today's Market, July 2019

The children's bathroom in Lauren and Steve Zima's custom Lake Sallie home is ideal for their four sons. Designed by Aubrey Costello at Showplace Cabinetry, they took a masculine angle and opted for navy cabinets with brushed gold hardware.Not Your Grandmother's Lake Home, July 2019



The Landis family bathroom's custom moss wall is a unique feature we have yet to see replicated. Their stand-alone oversized bathtub and wood beaded chandelier make this master bathroom an inviting space to end the day. A Bold and Eclectic Interior, August 2019

High-contrast finishes were the name of the game in Bostad's downtown luxury apartments. Rather than brushed nickel fixtures, this year we have been seeing more and more black or dark-toned hardware and fixtures. Find Your Bostad, May 2019


Ken Cottrell and April King's historic Hawthorne home required some changes in layout to make their vision come to life, including turning a bedroom into this stunning master bathroom. Brushed gold fixtures throughout add warmth to the white and grey-toned walls, counters and flooring. Eastern Inspiration in Historic Hawthorne, September 2019




Ceramics For the Eclectic Home FEATURING CATIE MILLER BY Alexandra Martin | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen & Catie Miller


Artist Catie Miller takes traditional tableware and incorporates unexpected playfulness with her use of surface design and color.


In Catie Miller's kitchen cabinets are plate racks with wooden pegs, dividing one unique ceramic plate after the next. A creator of vibrant tableware herself, this collection of ceramics from independent makers from across the nation is reflective of her passion for the art. Miller is a ceramic artist, specializing in ceramics decorated with graphic monoprint illustrations. Her illustrations are often simplified and colorful, featuring natural subjects such as florals, animals and insects. In her own words, she describes her style as, "Whimsical. Colorful. Playful. Eclectic." She has a library of patterns and designs that she pulls from to mix and match, but a consistent color story ties together all her pieces. Introduction to Ceramics To trace back Miller's interest in ceramics, you must go back to when she was in high school and worked at Clay Your Way. Working there, she saw the business side of ceramics as a career. While Clay Your Way is much more commercial that what she does now, it was a fun job for her and sparked the idea that she could have a ceramics-based career. "I think that got me interested in the idea that you could draw on clay. You could do more than the traditional pottery that you see that is formed and glazed," she said. Here, she began seeing the flexibility of the medium. "I always liked drawing, I liked every art medium. Ceramics felt like this way to do it all. To do printmaking, drawing, painting and ceramics, all in one."



Her skill and passion for different art mediums show in the execution of her graphic, patterned-based work. Often, her work is rooted in the surface design, and she notes that she would love to be a graphic designer and to branch out. "I think a lot of ceramic artists are branching out and doing more. Artists are realizing there's a lot of ways to diversify their income," said Miller. She herself has been diving into new mediums, having designed children's graphic tees for the first time this last year. Going further out of her comfort zone, this year, she was selected to create the artwork that hangs on 12 panels on the sides of the new City Hall building in Fargo. She designed the pieces on a small scale and they were then translated to the large-scale steel panels. From Education to Practice Miller graduated from MSUM in 2013 with a B.F.A. in ceramics and a B.S. in Art Education. While at school, she

intended on becoming an art teacher and had a desire to share her passion for art through education. However, a professor of hers convinced her that she was way too into being an artist to go into teaching rather than producing. After finishing her program at MSUM, she moved to Kansas City to do an art residency program there. After her time in Missouri, she returned to Fargo and worked at the Plains Art Museum in their education department. After a year of working at the museum, she said she thought, "I can either pour my life into this job and this nonprofit, or I can be an artist." She took the leap and left the position and has been a full-time artist for three years now. "I don't know if I'd do it again, looking back. But it's been a few years and things have grown and it's definitely much more stable now than it was at the time," she said.

By being a full-time artist and running her own business, she has grown the business substantially. Mother to two young sons, she has the flexibility needed to do art on her schedule. At home, she has a full studio in the garage (including her own kilns) and an office inside. While she used to show at craft fests and sell her work in-person, lately she has been focusing on wholesale and has found success in that area. Building a Community When Miller was in her artist's residency program, she was surrounded by like-minded artists. "When you're in residency, there are all these people

doing the same thing you're doing and you feel really connected," said Miller. When she returned to Fargo, she wanted to replicate that same sense of community. To do this, she helped found Cone Pack, a collective of ceramic artists with a shared vision to create a contemporary clay community in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Other members of Cone Pack are Tara Fermoyle (Fermie Studios), Jen Nelson (Jenny Sue), Chris Boedigheimer, Chris Alveshere, Sam Norman, Adam Priebnow (Dakota Crystalline), Kelli Sinner and Brooke Stewart. At Cone Pack, these artists put on events (like Mug Market at the Red River Market) and have built a community together.

The Process The process Miller uses to create her pieces is similar to a monoprint process. She draws the illustrations on newsprint and coats with underglaze and colored slips (thinned-out liquefied clay). She then transfers the newsprint design to whatever clay surface she is working with. "The fun part is the big reveal to see how they transfer," she said. She particularly enjoys when designs don't transfer perfectly, giving the pieces a worn and aged look, and also confirming their imperfect, handmade quality. Even though the designs may be the same, the hand-painted and hand-transferred process makes each piece unique. Miller states that surface design is her favorite part of the whole process. However, since she is running her own business, she has found ways to enjoy the parts that are less exciting. "When you're running your own business and you’re trying to be an artist, you have to figure out a way that you can enjoy the things that you don't really like to do, like accounting or photography or packing and shipping," she said. Since her work is mainly distributed via online sales, a large part of her business includes administrative work and marketing herself. Miller produces a variety of different products, from ornamental to utilitarian. Some examples of popular pieces of hers are vases, various dishes, bowls, mugs, butter dishes, trinket dishes, platters and Christmas ornaments. "We host a lot and have a lot of parties, so I try and think about what we would want our food to be on," she said. As she continues to diversify her product offerings, Catie Miller will proceed to produce joyful and whimsical goods for stylish homes.

Catie Miller Ceramics @catiemillerceramics






Audrey Newman JW Kitchens Owner

For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. An impeccably designed kitchen has the power to turn a regular house into a real stunner. To learn more about what goes into crafting some of the area's most jaw-dropping kitchens, we spoke with certified kitchen designer Audrey Newman of JW Kitchens. With technological advances and design trends ever-shifting, working with a professional on your kitchen needs is a must. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER AT JW KITCHENS? We are a full-service appliance retailer offering installation and repair, along with cooking classes to learn about your new or future appliances. We offer kitchen design services, project



management and all aspects of kitchen remodeling, from initial design through installation of all related products. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE THAT SET YOU APART? Our showroom is live, so you are


able to try out the appliances before purchasing, as well as attend cooking demonstrations. We start your remodeling or new construction project by selecting appliances first, then designing the kitchen around them. We can provide every piece of the project from start to finish including the flooring, lighting, hardware, wall treatments, appliances, plumbing products, countertops and cabinetry, all at the same or lower prices that people find elsewhere. HOW DO YOU WORK WITH CUSTOMERS TO MAKE THEIR VISION COME TO LIFE? We start by learning about the client, their family, lifestyle, interests, and budget, then begin creating several design ideas to bring their dream space to life.

WHAT ARE SOME TRENDS YOU'VE BEEN SEEING LATELY? -“Connected or Smart” appliances -Layered lighting applications -Clean lines with mixed materials -Interesting ceiling and wall treatments -Natural materials such as stone and wood -Built-in and hidden appliances -Outdoor kitchens -Art… lots of beautiful artwork WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO FIRST WHEN PLANNING FOR A NEW KITCHEN, WHETHER NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REMODEL? Educate yourself on appliances, cabinetry, lighting, etc. and be sure you are working with a professional trained specifically in kitchen design. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEWEST ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND

DESIGNS FOR APPLIANCES? Wifi connected appliances are becoming huge! Start your oven from your car, make your coffee from bed, be notified if you forget to turn the oven off and the list goes on and on. Also, steam cooking is becoming more popular, which is great for cooking healthy, faster, easier and more convenient than traditional ways of cooking. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OR QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN CABINETRY? Be sure to ask about the quality of the construction, the finishing process, framed versus frameless, drawer construction, door hinges, even the shelves and “locking” shelf clips are important. There is a huge difference in features, construction and finish qualities from one cabinet to the next.

JW Kitchens

5675 26th Ave. S, Suite 144, Fargo 701-551-0625



BY Alexandra Martin | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


Each month, we are excited to feature spaces that work. Design & Living has always been a community resource to all things home and design. As more and more outstanding commercial spaces throughout town have caught our attention, we cannot overlook them any longer! 77


argo Center for Dermatology opened its doors 11 years ago in August of 2008. Dr. Ness was the solo provider with only one nurse, one receptionist and one billing specialist. Since then, her staff and services grew out of the 1,500 square foot space she began in and they moved to a 3,000 square foot facility. That practice was also outgrown quickly and the need for a new, practical space arose. To continue to provide the level of care and services they achieve, Dr. Ness sought to expand the practice once again. This September, The Fargo Center for Dermatology hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their brand new, 8,000 square foot facility. Dr. Ness worked with Enclave Development at the lead. Enclave helped them assemble a team of experts to make the vision for the new facility come to life. Partnerships with TL Stroh Architects, Trever Hill Designs, Magnum Electric and many more helped this impressive vision come about. About Fargo Center for Dermatology For your medical, aesthetic and surgical dermatology needs, Dr. Rachel Ness and the team at Fargo Center for Dermatology are the premier source. Dr. Ness and her providers provide the highest-quality patient care to all genders and ages. On the medical side, they treat everything dermatology related, from skin rashes and acne to chronic skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis. They also provide medically-overseen aesthetic services meant to enhance natural beauty and help patients feel more confident in their own skin. These aesthetic treatments include injectable fillers, micro-needling, chemical peels, CoolSculptingÂŽ and CoolToningÂŽ. The Fargo Center for Dermatology is proud to be the only independent medical, cosmetic and laser clinic in the Fargo-Moorhead area that offers comprehensive cosmetic dermatology with a board-certified dermatologist on site.



A Need for Growth To keep up with the needs of the community, business expansion was important to Fargo Center for Dermatology. Dr. Ness found that her patients wanted a one-stop-shop where their medical and cosmetic skin care needs could be addressed, and one they could refer their whole family to. As she outgrew her previous location, they had to make a decision. "Do we try and expand on the current site, go through a wall and make it work? Or do we take the leap [and start over]? We decided, let's do it right, start over and design it where it would flow a little bit better. That's ultimately how we decided to make the jump," said Dr. Ness. More than doubling in size, the new facility now has separate wings for medical versus aesthetic services, with a hallway for staff connecting the two. Further privacy for patients was achieved, including a separate back exit for aesthetic patients.


A Flexible Aesthetic Dr. Ness knew that the design of the new space would have to be unique, as they are both a medical facility and an aesthetic facility. To find a blend of design elements that would match the cleanliness of a medical center but the warmth and richness of an aesthetic center was something they worked on along the way. From patients' first impressions, the practice is indicative of this. Trever Hill of Trever Hill Designs said, "There are so many beautiful features of the space, but one of my favorites is the front desk. I love the soft curve but also the mix of textures. The raw wood, "marble" quartz, stacked stone, cork and glass." The front desk isn't loud, but it also isn't understated. "We put so much thought, detail and discussion into each area," Hill added. Continuing in the lobby, the mix of contemporary LED pendant lights with natural touches of the Grain Designs mantle and oversized Home & Hearth fireplace serve all their patients' tastes. Organic details like the wood ledges and greenery throughout mixed with the sleekness of Hannaher's Workplace Interiors' leather seating and luxurious high ceilings achieve this perfect blend. The lobby is crisp, but not too sterile or medical feeling, giving patients a feeling of cleanliness and professionalism. Being able to treat multiple generations of a family was another priority they considered when designing the practice. Dr. Ness expressed that, often, they see whole family units coming in for different services. From a mother coming in for aesthetic services to the husband coming in for hair-loss treatments to the daughter being treated for acne and the son for warts, many generations of families can be helped here and can feel comfortable in the space. "If they have a skin issue at some point, they know where to come. Regardless of age and gender," said Dr. Ness. Before the move, medical appointments and aesthetic appointments were performed in the same rooms. Now, patients can have a distinct difference between their medical treatments and aesthetic treatments. The rooms that services are provided in now are a much different feel. "You can provide the same service in a basic room versus a pretty room, but it's a whole different feeling you get from the experience," said Dr. Ness. Making patients enjoy the whole experience, no matter what they are in the building for, is a priority at Fargo Center for Dermatology.

Added Space, Added Services With more space comes opportunities for growth in multiple areas. For one, Fargo Center for Dermatology has been able to expand its staff, now employing over 20 staff members. In addition to Dr. Ness, they now have two dermatology physician assistants, three registered nurses, several licensed practical nurses (LPNs), several medical assistants, a surgical tech, a billing specialist, medical interns, several front-desk professionals and an office manager. By expanding, they have been able to hire more aesthetic staff, like the addition of an esthetician. They no longer have to refer patients out for certain procedures such as microdermabrasions and cosmetic chemical peels. With more staff and services, they also added a new conference room, something they didn't have in their old practice. A stunning, custom Grain Designs table anchors the room, with statement light fixtures illuminating the space. "We didn't have a conference room before, so this was a really needed space. A place that we can have more formal meetings and meet with other people in the community," said Dr. Ness. This physical growth also means the addition of more services provided. For instance, there are now rooms dedicated to services they weren't able to provide before due to space constraints, such as body contouring room and a skin-safe spray tan room. In each aesthetic service room, they designed the spaces with each service or procedure in mind. Rooms feature TVs, great lighting, access to snacks and appropriate temperature control for each service. "It's about being able to be comfortable in the space [...]Just being really comfortable I think is really important when you're here for any projects," said Dr. Ness.


Room for Products Another feature of the new practice is a product room to showcase the line of dermatology products they carry. "Over the last seven years, we have developed a skincare product line. It's my product line developed for the needs of our patients," said Dr. Ness. Dr. Ness's own products are designed with specific needs in mind and use non-irritating ingredients. With more product space, they were able to add an additional product line, ZO Skin Health. Being able to add more products allows the facility to refer their patients to the best products out there, without having to send them online or all over the city to find them. Beyond the products themselves being top of the line, the artfully crafted space they are displayed in is clean, well-lit and luxurious. Be Their Neighbor Within the new facility, Fargo Center for Dermatology designed ample room for their practice and their patients, but they also planned some extra space for an additional tenant. In the building, there is a 2,000 square foot business space that is unfilled. Fargo Center for Dermatology is currently looking for a respectable business to come join them in this space in the new building. While the new business doesn't necessarily have to be medical, they'd love for it to complement their practice and services. With a separate entrance, Fargo Center for Dermatology and whatever business rents out this space can run their own business hours without interference. However, the do share a corridor with restrooms and water fountains, all perfectly ready for a new business to call it home. While incredibly practical for all the services provided, the Fargo Center for Dermatology has created a facility that is equally stylish as it is functional. With the comprehensive and accessible new facility, more of the Fargo-Moorhead community can now receive dermatological care. Development and Construction - Enclave Development Architecture - TL Stroh Architects Interior Design - Donna Wiger, TL Stroh Architects Interior Decorating - Trever Hill Designs Electric - Magnum Electric Flooring - STC Flooring Woodwork - Grain Designs Furnishing - Hannaher's Workplace Interiors Lighting - Border States Lighting Dept. Landscaping - S&S Landscaping Painting and Wall Coverings - Weyer for Hire Interior Signage - Indigo Signs Fireplace - Home and Hearth

Fargo Center for Dermatology 3173 43rd St. S., Fargo


A Lakeside Haven

AMONG FIVE ECOLOGIES When Kathleen Pepple was seeking a place to build her lake cottage, she had a special kind of environment in mind. As a landscape architect, she wanted a site that would incorporate all of the ecologies of Minnesota lakes country, plus a location for a home and art studio. She found her ideal spot along a quiet inlet of East Lost Lake, on the shore behind a lush wetland. BY Paul H. Gleye | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hillary Ehlen 84


Home and studio reside in two buildings, both designed by her husband Jay Pepple, an architectural designer, and built by Karl Foley Construction of Perham, Minn. The buildings, which sit tall atop an abandoned county road to assure solid foundations, have steeply pitched roofs to shed the snow and are clad in black corrugated steel highlighted with red window frames, so they sit modestly within the dense lakeside forest. Yet the interiors are light and bright, with crisp white walls and custom cabinets of natural fir fabricated by Don Denning Fabricating of Fargo. Large windows emit a soft light filtered by the forest trees, and indirect lighting in the glulam beamed ceilings bathe the interior with a uniform warm glow when needed. Both home and studio are small in footprint, but the spaces are made larger by openings from first to second floor and staircases with small-profile rails and cable stays. In winter the home is heated with a Belgian wood-burning stove in the small living room. In summer, there is an outdoor shower.


The site itself has been left in as natural a state as possible, from the lake to a meadow at the upper end, so that animals large and small, from chipmunks and snakes to deer, continue to live largely undisturbed in their natural habitat. Five hens in a coop provide eggs. The lake itself is reached via a dock, 180 feet in length, that passes through pussy willow, rushes, ferns, cattails, and wild rice plants, eventually to water lilies and the open water beyond. The dock is winter-proof so it can remain in place the entire year, allowing for access through the wetlands even in winter. Since construction began in 2016, the site constitutes a work in progress with more to come. This lakeside haven set within the five ecologies of Minnesota lakes country – lake, wetland, meadow, forest edge, and forest – provides an outstanding example of the harmony between the natural and human environments that can be achieved through carefully-considered architecture and landscape design that are set gently within a natural lakefront habitat.

Paul H. Gleye is a professor of architecture at North Dakota State University. His fields of expertise include historic preservation and urban design, and he leads the architecture school’s term abroad program in Europe each spring semester.




Dreamhome In Hawley, Minn., the McPherson family has crafted and curated their dream, custom home. 88




lack, white and wood reign supreme in the Hawley home of Katie and Shawn McPherson. Blending modern and farmhouse traditional styles, this couple has been enjoying their custombuilt home for just under a year now. Four days before Christmas of 2018, they moved their family, including their two children, Olivia and Calum, into their new home and have been enjoying further customizing it ever since.

THIRD HOME'S THE CHARM As a couple, the McPherson's began in an old home that they fixed up parts of along the way. Next, the lived in a bit newer of a home before taking the dive to build a brand new home to settle in for good. In the past five years, they lived in three different houses and were ready for "home." "After living in two homes prior, we just knew what we wanted," said Katie. Having this insight into what worked and didn't work for their family helped their design process. In total, the build process was about seven months long. They worked with Greg Larson of GRL Custom Homes as their architect and Chad Larson as their general contractor. HOME SWEET HAWLEY Having lived in Hawley, Minn. for five years prior to building their new home, the couple knew they wanted to stay there. "We wanted space," said Katie. They looked at a variety of lots, all with ample acreage. While they wanted a good amount of acreage, they wanted it to be maintainable as well. Ultimately, they found their current four-acre plot and teamed with GRL Custom Homes, who owned the property at the time. "We just stumbled across this land and I was like, yep this is it," said Katie.

BY Alexandra Martin | PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen


NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOUSE Through the designing, building and decorating process, the McPhersons had one agreement they were sure on: they wanted it to be different. They knew they wanted a home that was unique to anything they had seen in the area and something that was uniquely theirs. "That's why it is a custom home, because we wanted something different," said Katie. For this process, they researched a lot and pulled together ideas to present to their architect. Katie said that having watched a lot of HGTV and having been a "house junkie" for most of her life, she had lots of inspiration and ideas to pull things from. Much of the design and build process came from planning beforehand and doing lots of research on what they wanted. MUST-HAVES Beyond the concept of being unique, the homeowners had a number of must-haves they knew needed to be accomplished. On the outside, Katie was set on having a mixture of board and batten and steel siding. The vertical board and batten on the front door and porch area makes the entrance of the home a focal point against the horizontal steel siding slats on the body of the home. Along with the siding choices, they were strategic with window placement, ensuring a lot of light would be let in, but also that the window placements would make sense on the exterior design as well. On the inside, they knew they wanted their children's area completely separate from the adult's area. "Just for the future when they get older, that was one thing we seriously considered, was them as they age and not necessarily just now," said Katie. Having spent the time building and designing this home,



they want to make sure the home grows with them as their family's needs change over time. The master suite is on the first floor, off of the kitchen and living area and the children's bedrooms, bathroom and game room are all on the second floor. The need for adaptability is also why they decided to include a spacious basement in the design of the home, even though it currently is unfinished. As with many modern homes, the kitchen was a priority for the homeowners. Wanting to veer from a traditional L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen, they wanted the kitchen to be a mainstay of the living area. "I wanted a larger kitchen that was more of a showcase," said Katie. As for the details, Katie knew she wanted a white kitchen with white quartz countertops. With many new-build projects, a kitchen design offers endless options on what finishes to include, but Katie knew exactly what she wanted. About her shaker cabinet choice, she said "I wanted them to have that classic, traditional look, but not too traditional." The choice to incorporate a white subway tile backsplash came from the same desire to achieve a classic and timeless feel. Katie joked, "Even though I would love to, I'm not going to put a blue tile backsplash, because I will change my mind in six months and be upset about it. I change my mind a lot." For Katie, the kitchen was what she was certain on, but for Shawn, he wanted a three-car garage. Shawn enjoys the outdoors and wanted enough space for his gear. Off the garage they made sure to include a powder room for ease. Another must-have for Shawn was a home office, as he works from home most of the time. Off the master suite and looking out to the front lawn, Shawn has his private getaway where he can focus on work, while still being near family.


PERSONAL STYLE When asked about her own style, Katie had a hard time putting to words what she classified her taste as. She said, "I would say in-between a modern farmhouse traditional. I like the farmhouse look, but I also like the modern look, so I try and incorporate the two without being too one way or the other. I would say I'm a very black, white and woods person. "I'm a mixer of styles. There's not one way or the other." She has always had an eye for design. As a graphic designer who has studied art history and architecture, the art side comes easily to her. However, she considers herself more of a home planner rather than a decorator. She's not into "stuff" and tries to maintain a minimalist collection of decor, preferring the process of laying things out and executing the composition and concept side of design. "I'm a very simplistic person in design," she said. The McPherson home shifts stylization as Katie sees things that spark her interest. She noted that a lot of her home goods are collected from grocery trips to Target (Threshold and Project 62 are her favorite collections). She also loves finding goods from EcoChic Home and HomeGoods. "I’d rather shop for home stuff than clothes," she said. THE HEARTH With any custom project, there are bound to be bumps in the road and unexpected design changes. One design change the McPhersons faced was around their fireplace. Originally, the fireplace was supposed to be against the wall. To save space, they integrated a special-order, three-sided fireplace feature from Hebron Brick Company. When entering the home, guests are greeted with this unique fireplace that serves as a separator between the entry and the main living area. Besides the practicality of this design, it also serves as a standout statement in the room."It's different. That’s what my husband and I always said when [people] asked us about what style we wanted, we wanted something that other people don’t have, that’s not normal. So that the fireplace is not normal," said Katie.


@OUR_MN_DREAMHOME Beyond enjoying the home in person, Katie has created an online presence of the home on Instagram under her account, @our_mn_dreamhome. What began as her personal account, she slowly swung to posting more interior projects and noticed that people were interacting with those posts well. In this, she has joined the home community on Instagram and is able to share inspiration, tips and tricks with followers. She joked that she and Shawn are not professionals, but just "average Joes," but that they can provide inspiration for others out there like them. "Going through this process is also to record what we did. I like to flashback and show my husband where things were a year ago and just laugh," she said. By having an Instagram account for the house, she can look back at old posts and reflect on the building and designing process. "There are always snags, but in the end, I am never going to remember certain things were a certain way," she said. The account helps the homeowners look back at the process with positivity. MORE TO COME Since Katie enjoys homes, architecture and design, the process of refreshing the home will be ongoing. Up next, they have plans to finish the basement, which will have two additional bedrooms, a family room, a theater room and two bathrooms. As the next spring season comes around, they also plan on landscaping being a big project to take on. Katie also wants to add more thoughtful details throughout. She likes the idea of incorporating stationary, physical appearance details that will make it more "home" to them, like shiplap or vertical wallings. "One thing I learned about living in a new home, is just because you stylize your home like that right away, you're not going to like that six months from now. Certain things are an evolving change," Katie said. About building and designing the new home, Katie said, "It was fun. I kind of missed it when we were done." With her eye for style and Shawn's craftsmanship skills, this home will continue to grow with the family and adapt their needs and styles, all in a classic and timeless way.

GET THE LOOK Architect - Greg Larson, GRL Custom Homes General Contractor - Chad Larson Cabinetry - Poss Woodworks & Design Carpeting - Carpet Garage Fireplace - Hebron Brick Company Siding - ABC Seamless Garage Doors - Midland Garage Doors