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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 1 FEATURE 42 SHOWCASE Come along with Inspired Home as we take you on a tour of a stunning Detroit Lakes home remodel project. DEPARTMENTS 14 ELEMENTS Discover the allure of the calm and composed Benjamin Moore color of the year — a soothing gray. 20 ART Meet and appreciate the talents of Grand Forks, North Dakota native artist Jessi Nelson.

28 TRENDS Discover comfort and beauty in the top design elements for 2019 in bed and bath. 6 |JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

36 HUMOR Bernie braves a hair styling salon in Central America. 52 ESSENTIALS Functional and sophisticated, Tech Lighting with impeccable design, creates perfect light for bed and bath. 60 PETS Prepare for the health and safety of your pet during the cold winter months.






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74 INGREDIENTS Sharing food, life and love with Lauren Ferragut Carlson’s Scandinavian baking.

68 CUISINE Winter has special requirements according to Chef Granville Wood — enjoying hearty, delicious sausages.


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appy New Year and Welcome to our Winter Issue! The hectic pace of the holidays has subsided, and we have settled into a comforting pattern of familiarity with work, home and family. At Inspired Home, this issue comes just in time during a season where we seek out the warmth and comfort of our own homes to spite winter’s grip. We love retreating to a place of solace, respite and relaxation. Our bed and bath areas should send us off into the busy world energized, ready to take on the day and welcome us back home at days end with a soothing calm. We’ll explore the area that is quickly becoming the second most important space in our homes — the bed and bath. We spoke with industry leaders to tackle the topic of elements and trends that 2019 are bringing to the design table. The results will inspire you! We have so much more to share with you, too. Inspiration abounds as we introduce you to the talents Kelli Nelson, North Dakota native and artist; winter is warmed by chef Granville Wood’s hearty comfort food; Swedish Fika is explored; and you’ll discover the everyday importance of functional lighting design. And there’s still more! As a fresh New Year begins, we’re excited to bring Inspired Home readers the most relevant and read-worthy content. We truly appreciate all your feedback and kind words. We do this all for you! Welcome to the Inspired Home winter issue!

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Contributing Photographers Travis Beauchene Lauren Ferragut Carlson Zainah Haider Kings Court Creative Photography Contributing Writers Lauren Ferragut Carlson Bernie Erickson Terri Ferragut Bailey Hovland Ashley Ferragut Johnson Dayna Del Val Granville Wood Copy Editor Keri Guten Cohen Social Media Director Bailey Hovland

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Every issue we share a fresh and local approach to your home and life. TeRRI FeRRAGUT Every issue, we take great pride in presenting this beautiful local home and lifestyle guide we call Inspired Home. From design to great food our goal is to provide you with relevant information you value. Truth of the matter is, without the heart and dedication of this talented and professional team, this publication would not be possible. Issue after issue, their creativity brings Inspired Home to your doorstep or area business. They inspire me. BAIley hoVlAnD As an English writing major at Concordia College, Hovland is passionate about writing and social media. "Blending my obsession for interior design with writing and scrolling through the endless feed of tweets, pins, and Instagram posts is my idea of 'living the dream,'" she says. Hovland enjoys reading, coffee shops, DIY projects and working out. BeRnIe eRIckson Specializing in helping his clients make small changes with maximum impact, Erickson is a residential real estate agent in FargoMoorhead.


Ashley F. Johnson Ashley Ferragut Johnson loves Fargo. She works as a registered nurse at Sanford Medical Center, and shares her home with her husband and 2 crazy kids. She loves traveling with her husband, enjoys fine food and wine, and can't wait to show her children the world. GRAnVIlle WooD Wood is an international chef who has worked in London, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Palm Beach and Houston before moving to Fargo with wife Susie, a doctor with Sanford Health. Most recently he operated The Blue Goose CafĂŠ in the Plains Art Museum. DAynA Del VAl Del Val is the executive director of The Arts Partnership, where she writes a monthly column on the arts for The Forum, manages two staff members and an active board, and works to support the mission of cultivating the arts in our community through a variety of ways. In other words, she wears 27 hats! She is also a professional actor and writer. She lives in Fargo with her husband and their golden retriever, and she loves when her college-aged son is home on breaks.

TRAVIs BeAUchene graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NDSU and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University in DC. Beauchene who has painted for 14 years and taught photography for 8, also does creative marketing for businesses. Upon returning to the F/M area, he and wife Brittany founded STUDIO THREE BEAU. Beauchene currently resides in Detroit Lakes, MN. GoRDen coURT Kings Court Creative Photography has been a dream of mine since I was in middle school and bought my own Minolta point and shoot camera. I am hooked on light.

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llen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill’s title, director of strategic design intelligence for Benjamin Moore, sounds like a spy novel hero and, in her real life, that’s actually not far from the truth. Each year, O’Neill and her team of investigative color experts travel the world, carefully building a case for a single color (chosen from the brand’s palette of more than 3,500) that captures the look and feel of the moment — beyond mere trends. Since announcing the fiery-red Caliente for 2018, the color team was gravitating toward a softer, more serene environment. “We felt the need to detach from 24/7 technology and were looking for spaces that were silent. Museums, monuments, gardens, statuaries, long walks along stone walls — we were gravitating toward spaces and moments that INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Subtle grays and a slight bush of soft pink are all this room needs to create an atmosphere designed to de-stress and calm. Ben Moore 2019 Color of the Year, Metropolitan helps define the word rejuvenate. Color of the year, Metropolitan AF-690, calm and composed, is the backdrop for the comfort of this bedroom. Subtle elegance creates beckoning for rest and relaxation.

“The world was ready for a pause. It was time to dial down all of the noise.” Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence

embraced this color palette,” O’Neill says. In her research, as she took society's temperature, something altogether different floated to the surface: People wanted quiet. Soothing, positive shades with strong links to nature are set to dominate 2019 after a year of unsettling global news and daily unpredictability. It was the frantic pace and constant news alerts of our time that inspired O’Neill and her team to discover the anticipated Benjamin Moore Color of the Year: Metropolitan AF-690, a sophisticated soft shade of gray. Metropolitan, a stylish "greige" color that is easy to imagine on every wall in our homes, is meant to reflect the desire for silence, or a “press pause," in our harried pace of daily life. “Not arresting nor aggressive, this glamorous gray creates soothing, impactful ground,” O’Neill adds. Head Over Heals, AF-250 in combination with the soothing calm of Metropolitan, defines this bed and bath with everything needed to provide rejuvenating respite.

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The blushy pink of AF-250 with perfect partner, Metropolitan, define a dramatic statement that even the most color-shy would revel in.

The calibrated silence of layered grays add a modern softness to this living room. Tone on tone layers create a satisfying and comforting space.

In the interior design world, the announcement of Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year was a defining moment influencing and guiding designers, stylists, art directors and homeowners alike. A stunning new palette of 15 harmonious hues was also unveiled for 2019 to compliment Metropolitan’s neutral beauty. These new shades all are reflective of a noticeable cultural shift towards quiet intensity in the arts, international architecture, textiles and home furnishings. The peaceful dove gray shade works

perfectly alone in any room adding sense and soothing calm. Pair it with the coordinating palette colors from blushy “Head Over Heals” and “Hale Navy” to the inky “Black Pepper” and “Kona” — and watch the magic. The influential color and its complimentary counterparts are destined to appear on throw pillows, area rugs and accessories as retailers eagerly clamor to incorporate the new color. Luckily for all of us, the calming shade of Metropolitan will have us considering every possible wall in our home.

Solitude and a sense of comfort dwell here as Benjamin Moore Color of the Year, Metropolitan gray is accompanied by soft pinks.

Deep color versions of greens, navys and grays are finding their way into 2019 design palettes. Here Hale Navy adds a sophisticated element along side soft grays.



Kendall Charcoal, hC-166, is a 2019 Benjamin Moore color pick for creating perfect harmony with Metropolitan gray- perfect for this cozy space.

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he supple hairs of the paintbrush bend as pressure is applied, interrupting the blank canvas with a stroke of color. Its just one stroke, one mark of paint on a white surface, but it’s enough. Enough to release a swarm of ideas—colors and figures and shapes— that flit across Kelli Nelson’s mind, eventually culminating in a finished painting. But for now, the one stroke is enough. It’s a beginning, and that’s what matters. Kelli Nelson is a North Dakota native, hailing from Grand Forks. She has taught 22 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

art classes across the state of Minnesota and holds a masters degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but Nelson’s art career began as an undergraduate student at the University of North Dakota. Originally a first-year English major, Nelson soon made the switch to fine arts. “I found out pretty quickly I didn’t like writing,” Nelson laughed. Initially she pursued printmaking, but realized her artistic calling was elsewhere. “A lot of my family members painted, so I wanted to do something unique. But I figured out that all

I would be doing was reproducing different versions of the same thing. I wanted to be able to branch out. So I found myself sketching, and soon enough I was painting,” she said. Nelson’s sketches explored the lines of the human figure, tracing the curves of each model she studied. But Nelson’s current work bears no obvious references to the human figure; each painting embodies an abstract art from where the subject is organic and sometimes elusive. “After a while, my figures started overlapping to a point where you couldn’t INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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see the original figure anymore. And I think that led me toward the paintings people are now seeing in the gallery.” Featured at the Ecce Gallery for the past four years, an art showroom hidden behind Blackbird Pizza and The Boiler Room in Roberts Alley, Nelson’s paintings fill the space with grace and uncertainty. Her 2018 exhibition is focused on her mental impressions of flowers, horizons, bodies of water, and ever-shifting images of the sky. Thin veils of paint create atmospheric qualities where light seems to burst through the layers. Nelson plays with light and dark in her most recent pieces, the light providing elements of clarity and focus while the darkness exudes mystery and obscurity. “My older works tend to be full of bright color,” she said, “but I’ve since shifted into using shadows and lights to add almost a third-dimension to my paintings.” Each painting is set apart from the others by a marginally different color palette, brush stroke, or subject, yet somehow the collection weaves itself together as though Nelson planned each painting to relate ever so slightly to the next. “I don’t know what I’m going to paint—I just move forward with whatever I think should come next,” Nelson said. “I paint from memory, so my work isn’t based off anything specific in reality. It’s a bit ironic, because I teach my students to only paint what they see, yet here I am doing the exact opposite of that.” INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Nelson plays with light and dark in her most recent pieces, the light providing elements of clarity and focus while the darkness exudes mystery and obscurity.

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Nelson makes another streak on the blank canvas, deciding one stroke at a time what her painting is meant to become. Guided only by the whims of her paintbrush and ideas that loom a little larger in her imagination, she continues to paint. Soon, each brush stroke will amass into a breathtaking painting with depth and insight. Still, the most important act is the first brave smear of paint, setting the stage for a painting not even Nelson can predict. For more information contact Mark Weiler, Ecce Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo 701.361.7067 or mark@eccegallery.com

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in a space that sets the tone for your entire day. You return home after a harried and fast-paced workday longing to disconnect. There are just two household spaces designated to calm and comfort you — your bed and bath. With planning, this restorative and rejuvenating area will absolutely change the way you think and feel from beginning of your day to its ending. Whether you are building, remodeling or just dreaming, explore some of our favorite bed and bathroom ideas and be inspired to dream up a few of your own. Enjoy what we found to be welcomed bed and bath trends for 2019!

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Nature will nurture as you immerse yourself, leaving all your cares behind. the travertine “Papillion,” by stone Forest is made in sante Fe, New Mexico. a natural work of art, it’s carved from one block of solid stone. stoNe Forest, stoneforest.com

Kallista won 2018 KBIs honors for Bath gold and Best of show for its “grid” bathroom faucet. Matte black and geometric, the stunning simplicity is a shift from excess to abstraction, creating a work of functional art. KaLLIsta, kallista.com



Unprecedented depth created by multi-dimensional graphics creates a deeply layered look of stone from natural landscapes. “Astral Plane” by Crossville Inc. brings nature inward, an important element for today’s bathroom. CROSSVILLE, crossvilleinc.com

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Metals, hammered or shiny, continue to dominate. This 48-inch double trough in black cabinetry by Native Trails is handcrafted and forged from recycled copper. Functionality, beauty and easy maintenance are achieved. NATIVE TRAILS, nativetrails.net



Gone are the days of tile floors mixing into the background of a room. In 2019, you’ll see the re-emergence of patterned tiles, perhaps reflective of this year’s renewed focus on artisanship and craftsmanship. IRISCERAMICA, irisceramica.com Designer Laura Kirar, an international designer with a sculpture degree created this “Pinna Paletta” collection for Kallista. This abstract textural pattern will deliver jewelry-like beauty and sculptural charm to the bathroom. KALLISTA, kallista.com



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Nordic attitudes towards simplicity and elegance reign in bed and bath with strong preferences of brass, black and white metals. On the color rise are cozy duvets in earthy tonalities of beige, blond, forest greens and ashy charcoals. IKEA, ikea.com



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Bigger than ever for the New Year are sinks in bright metallics, hammered finishes, intricate details and gold. Sink manufacturers like Kohler have owned this for years. Inspired by Old World art, Kohler’s “Mille Fleurs” captures the delicate artistry of rosemaling and tapestry. KOHLER, kohler.com

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Rustic elegance reigns. This Native Trails rectangular trough made naturally of cement and jute fiber is surprisingly lightweight and plays a heavy-duty and stunning role in the bathroom. Available in ash, slate and pearl colors. NATIVE TRAILS, nativetrails.com

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Scandinavian designed bedrooms are becoming device-free and made up of a palette of soothing greys and milky whites. Combined with natural textures such as soft linens, cozy sheepskins, chunky knit blankets and warm rustic woods, you'll create your very own oasis of calm. C STUDIO HOME, cstudiohome.com

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Encounters of a Central American kind… BY BERnIE ERIKSon


he list of things in life I’m grateful for could go on for days. One of the many things I’m grateful for is my editor at Inspired Home, who tells me the theme of the upcoming issue two months in advance, but also invites me to talk about whatever else may be on my mind. Typically, what I turn in has minimal edits at publication and, about half the time, I talk about the issue theme and the other half it’s about something I’ve recently encountered. So, here goes my recent “encounters of a Central American kind.” It’s my understanding that maintaining a woman’s hair-do on a regular basis takes a minimum of two hours shop time


and costs north of $100. I have nothing to say about that. Men have a different set of problems when it comes to dealing with hair, and reality is nothing like the shampoo commercials on TV. I had the overly blow-dried, feathered Shawn Cassidy haircut in the ’70s, rocked a pretty sweet mullet in the ’90s and now have a super-short cut that’s totally appropriate for a guy my age. Because unless you’re Sam Waterston or Sam Elliott, the hair has thinned out quite a bit and that cut from the ’70s just isn’t going to work. I’m one of those guys who has the same quantity of hair


follicles as mostly bald guys, it’s just that mine are evenly distributed over most of my head. And I’m also now one of those guys that the thickest, darkest, glossiest hair growing on my entire head is in my nose. With a supershort haircut, you can go from groomed to geek virtually overnight, which recently happened while I was traveling outside the United States in Central America. I’m fluent in any number of foreign languages, so travel outside the U.S. isn’t that difficult. I use the internationally recognized point, talk loud and slow method, occasionally adding an “o” to familiar words like music or spaghetti. Or, I shift the accent to the last syllable of common words, so AIRplane becomes airPLANE! And train STAtion becomes train staTION! Hotel remains hotel. I decided to try one of those salons that has fish tanks on the floor with fish eating the dead skin cells off your feet while an exotic hair designer creates a stunning new international look for each and every American tourist who walks through the door. At least that’s how I thought it was going to go. For starters, I don’t look like a Central American guy with their thick dark hair and bronze skin. I’m more of a bag of bones, draped over in grayish, crepe-y skin with hair the same consistency as that white angel-hair Christmas decorating product popular years ago. They hardly even sell hairspray in Central America. I once thought I had bought some at a local grocery store and it turned out I spent a week spraying my head with ladies’ under-arm antiperspirant. My hair was kind of limp and unruly, but it smelled just lovely. Constance the stylist looked at me, kind of made an audible sigh and gave me a look like “I don’t know what you expect, but I’ll do my best.” “Buenos dias, Constance! Ummm . . . hair-cut-O! and, ummmm . . . pedi-cure-O! Por favor!” I blurted out in my overly loud, halting pseudo Spanish. “Oh and ummmm . . . nose-O! wax-O!” I went over to her salon station, sat down and took off my sandals. Constance used some cleaning and disinfecting product on my feet I suppose to keep the fish tank clean and the fish living, and I gingerly dipped my feet into the fish tank.


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And then immediately screamed and giggled like a 12-year-old school girl that just spotted Justin Bieber. Dignified. Constance brushed through my hair, which I think probably felt like stale spiderweb compared to what she was used to working on and asked what I would like done. I looked around the room at the other tourists and locals with fish feasting on their feet and stylists busy transforming them. There existed no realm of reality where I could ever look like one of those guys, so I said, “Ummmm . . . same-O!” and pointed at my head. She got busy cutting away. The thing about the nose wax is that even when it’s done perfectly, it still kind of feels like getting punched in the face. When it’s done poorly, it feels like each hair in being pulled out one at a time, with roots that extend back somewhere near my ears. Let’s just say, Constance hadn’t done a lot of nose-O! wax-O’s! thus far in her career. The cool thing is when it comes to guy’s haircuts, the difference between a good one and a bad one can often come down to about two weeks. It’s hair. It grows back. By the time I was done, the fish seemed kind of listless and distracted. Obviously, they’d had enough dried-out, old-man Midwestern feet skin cells to keep them happy for a while. And I generously tipped Constance, thanked her for giving me a pretty good haircut and a great story to tell. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


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Looking east across the lake, the warmth of the winter sunshine floods the home. In a special place of honor above the doors, hangs a fish caught by Jill Majkrzak's father. To Majkrzak, an avid fisherman herself, its presence was essential.




ind ruffles the smooth surface of the lake, sending ripples toward the shore. The leaves flutter in the early morning breeze, allowing brief flickers of sunlight through the branches of the trees. Jill Majkrzak takes a sip of coffee as she gazes across the lake, savoring the fresh, warm air. Or at least, that’s the scene playing in Majkrzak’s head on this cold winter morning. Driving from her West Fargo home to their lake home in Detroit Lakes, Majkrzak admires the Minnesota winter wonderland from afar, separated by glass from the ice, wind and snow. “Relaxing,” she said, “there’s something about being by the lake and by the water that instantly relaxes me. It’s the perfect getaway.” And after the recent renovations, the home is even better suited to Mjakrzak and husband Bob's way of life on the lake. Their children each have lake homes on either side of them, which added to the excitement of the transformation of the home. “After our kids got their own lake places, there were so many things that didn’t fit our lifestyle,” Majkrzak said. “We didn’t plan on doing a complete renovation, just a couple of things that would accommodate our needs. We were going to repair a wall and fix up the kitchen, but we ran into a couple of problems and decided to do the full renovation.” That’s where Jan Mevold, owner of Mevold Studio and TJ Haugrud, owner of H2 Custom Homes, were able to problem solve, design and build a home for the Majkrzaks where they would continue to make warm family memories.

Another angle of the dining area reveals an additional look at the custom built rustic table, designed by Jan Mevold of Mevold Studio and built by Grain Designs of Fargo.



Architectural beauty beyond belief. The striking look of wood, metal and angular lines of step and railings create a stunning vision directly in the center of the Majkzrak home.

Mevold is a Fargo architect with 14 years of experience behind him and a passion for transforming his clients’ styles into architectural realities. “Jill wanted a warm modern style on the rustic side. I’d describe it as rustic modern with clean lines,” Mevold said. “We were always bouncing ideas off each other, and I took so much of the renovation inspiration from what she was coming up with.” Majkrzak echoed Mevold’s thoughts exactly, saying, “All you have to do is give him ideas and he almost immediately comes up with solutions. Our home underwent a drastic transformation, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” Another angle reveals the new catwalk, a harmonious merge of warm wood treads crafted by Nature's Gift Woodworking and steel railings fabricated by Integrity Steel, Mapleton, ND.



The rustic nature of the living room area blends textures of stone, wood, and tile together to create an intimate space. A gray leather sectional by designingwomen2 and cozy fireplace by Home & Hearth create a perfect conversation area for friends and family to gather comfortably.

Jill Majkrzak and her rescue dog Zoe, are seated against the backdrop of the transformed home. Although the Majkrzaks enjoy summers at their lake home, they also appreciate the quiet beauty that the snowy winter season brings.



A tone on tone backsplash from Showcase Tile in Fargo became a dramatic player in the design of the kitchen area in perfect harmony with 'Sparkle Gray' granite tops from Great Northern Granite and sleek Kitchen Aid appliances from Rigel's.


A perfect blend of rustic and contemporary, the tray ceiling creates stunning visual depths for family and guests. Majkrzak appreciates contemporary design which was achieved with careful planning throughout the home.


Warm morning sunlight floods through the lakeside windows providing natural warmth and comfort — a perfect scenario for a cup of coffee and a good book.

Majkrzak is also thankful for Haugrud’s expertise and his ability to problem solve. She adds, “TJ was a contractor that had an eye for design and functionality which I really liked about him. We worked with him on some other projects and developed a good relationship with him so he was our first and only choice for our lake remodel. Whatever ideas I wanted he would always say, “no problem…we will make it work!” TJ Haugrud of H2 Custom Homes has enjoyed every opportunity working with the family. “I have worked with the Majkrzak’s since 2012. This is the third project I have done for them and they were always successful because they are great clients who understand the design and construction process. I have a ton of respect for them. Another project I did for them was a larger undertaking, but similar in scope. We gutted an entire interior of finishes, mechanical, electrical and rebuilt from the inside out.” 47 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

A tray ceiling reflects the blend of modern clean lines and the warmth of wood. Relaxation is guaranteed with comforting blues and the up close views of the lake.


“It’s perfect for us because it’s a welcoming place for whoever wants to stop by.” Homeowner, Jill Majkrzak

Looking out to the lake, the beauty of the newly remodeled deck and the entrance are marked by oversized Pella windows. The original rustic cabin design is married seamlessly with its new contemporary face.

The road side new view of the lake home echos similar design elements to lakeside. Warm woods ground the home in traditional cabin style combine with modern open concept living spaces, drenched in natural light.

Despite the fact that the Majkrzaks originally only had a few lake home upgrades in mind, they ended up with a much bigger renovation project on their hands. “The key was trust,” Mevold said. “They allowed me to do what I thought was best and use my design instinct, which really helped the whole process. A lot of people don’t realize that when you want renovations done and you hire a professional, you just have to be aware of the fact that there may be more issues than your design plan allowed for.” 48 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Merging Majkrzak’s design theme of rustic and modern was difficult, as the styles are so often separated into distinct categories. But with their vision in mind, Mevold blended the two design themes seamlessly. Warm wood tones ground the home in the traditional cabin style, staying true to the rustic elements of the original lake home. The modern elements came with the open concept living spaces and abundance of natural light, accented by the modern furniture and unique lighting fixtures. “Everything I did, everything I came

up with, was to cater the home to the everyday lifestyle of the homeowners,” Mevold said. And the recent renovations only add to the overall feeling of serenity within the cabin. “It’s perfect for us because it’s a welcoming place for whoever wants to stop by,” Majkrzak said. “The cabin is a place for family, for making memories, so with our kids in the homes on either side of us and our new space, we feel like we have it all in this cabin.”


Pictured here is the original traditional log style cabin. It was an important project Mevold and Haugrud were tasked with — meld old with new and maintain the integrity of both. Pictured is the lakeside deck before the renovation. New Pella windows eventually will grace the renovated entrance to the home.

Framing begins the roadside phase of the project which shows the only actual added footage to the home — added space that replaced the old deck.

Pictured here is the former staircase leading to the upper level. The new staircase became a dramatic display of wood treads and fabricated metal railing.

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he snow has settled on evergreen branches and the heavy limbs hang tiredly. The sidewalks are shiny with a smattering of melting salts and ice, and scattered pine needles on the curbside from Christmas trees past remind us that the holiday bustle has subsided … and the air is now still. The lights have come down from the roof pitches, and we settle into the next phase of winter. The streets are snow covered and the air is cold, but there is still wintry life left to enjoy. January and February feel a bit more introspective and it is a wonderful time to reconnect and enjoy those closest to you — your family and friends, whether they walk on two legs or four. In the bitter-cold winter months, it’s easy to hibernate and hole up in our houses, but, sometimes, it’s good to leave our homes and appreciate these northern days for what they are. Venturing out into the cold does take some



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We are northerners. We are quite resilient when it comes to below zero wind-chills, and gale force winds, but we still must prepare for such weather, and we must do the same for our pets. preparation, and we need to be just as mindful of the cold-weather safety for our pets as we are for our family and friends. This month, we were fortunate to receive great cold-weather tips from Dr. Amy Anderson, veterinarian of the West Fargo Animal Hospital, as well as from Michelle Smith, owner of Natural Pet Center in South Fargo. After speaking with both Smith and Anderson, I found a common denominator that both emphatically mentioned as being critical to the wellness of our pets during the winter months: grooming. Smith says, “We hear it every year in our grooming department, ‘This is the last haircut until spring.’ We know it gets cold and you want to make sure your pet is kept warm, but regular grooming through the winter will actually help to keep them warm.” Dr. Anderson echoes these sentiments explaining that ensuring their fur is free from matting and dirt will help encourage a more effectively insulated coat. In addition, keeping your furry friend’s hair short between the paw pads and toes discourages the accumulation of snow and ice accumulation on your pet and keeps them from becoming frostbitten. Natural Pet Center has plenty of well-reviewed products that will keep paws warm and protected. Smith recommends a tight-fitting boot to keep the pads of your pet’s feet protected from the icy concrete and the potentially dangerous icemelt products (unless its labeled pet safe.) A good piece of advice volunteered by Dr. Anderson a few years ago was to purchase these winter booties in the early fall and get your pet used to wearing them prior to the


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Winter chill chaser — a hearty meal of grilled sausages with sweet and sour red cabbage and apples.

I have a personal passion for sausage. Standing on the street on a bone-chilling night in Stockholm, eating a korv straight off the grill was most memorable. The snap of that first bite and the hot juice, not captured by the roll, running down my chin, was pure bliss.

Laughter is the sun that drives Winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo There is something to be said for the purity and clarity of a fresh snowfall under the deep blue of a clear sky. Being in the North, the cold skies have a depth, a quality unlike those in the South. It’s like we are staring straight into the heavens. That gift always puts a twinkle in my eye and wry smile on my face. As much as I dislike having to put on boots and a parka to pop out for a quart of milk, I do like the long walks with my husky in the brisk air, knowing that the slow braise in the oven will have filled the house with intoxicating aromas and that a cozy fire awaits, along with a steaming cup of coffee. Every country has some sort of one-pot meal that includes a variety of flavors, and they all share one common ingredient — sausage. With all its different styles, flavors and complexities, sausage is a perfect conduit to bring a dish together. With the latest rise in popularity of charcuterie, the humble sausage is getting it’s notice along with prosciutto and pancetta. From the spicy Spanish chorizo, to the garlicy saucisson of France, Louisiana’s smoky andouille and the German bratwurst, they all deserve a place on our winter table. Sausage comes in a variety of ways: raw, cooked, aged and smoked. Breakfast sausage is a fine example of raw as are a variety of other pork items; Vienna sausages, which are much like our hot dogs, are cooked; salami and chorizo are aged and air-dried, while andouille is a tasty example of smoked. Sausage wouldn’t be, if not for the humble pig. Two thousand years ago, the Gauls embraced the scavenger hog, who was happy Visit a butcher shop in Britain and you will see baskets of signature sausages from every corner of the island. Pictured here is a classic aged French garlic sausage ready for a crusty roll and some cheese. Spanish Chorizo shown here, gains the deep red color from paprika and cayenne pepper. From chorizo to the garlicy saucisson of France, Louisiana's smoky andouille and German brautwurst, they all deserve a place on our winter table.



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roaming the forests living off acorns and tearing up the underbrush. The Gauls were curing these lean, rangy beasts living wild in the forests resembling wild boars more than the succulent varieties of pig we know today. The hogs of those deep forests lived off the land. The acorns created a luxurious layer of fat and marbling that made them

perfect for curing. Those cured hams ended up on the best tables in Rome, maybe even in the Vatican. It was an Englishman, Robert Bakewell, an avid stockman who, in 1760, crossbreed the plump, short-legged Chinese pig with the rangy wild European hogs. This gave us the huge, pink pig we know today. The French loved this fatty pig and saw all sorts

of potential in its size, forming the basis for making charcuterie and sausages. Visit a butcher shop in Britain and there will be a signature sausage from every corner of the island. On the continent, the French showcase their style with Saucisson a l’ail (garlic sausage) as do the Germans with bratwurst, knackwurst and the frankfurter. Spain and Italy have perhaps the most noticeable sausages in salami, soppresseta, bologna and chorizo. Immigrants brought these recipes and much more to our shores and birthed what would become our national contributions to the world of sausages — the hot dog and pepperoni. Sausages make for great weeknight meals. Italian sausage and peppers over a cheesy, creamy polenta or grilled knackwurst with sauerkraut and fried potatoes and, for a special treat, cumberland sausage toad in the hole with caramelized onion gravy, a British favorite. The options are limitless, and winter just calls for kielbasa with braised red cabbage, apples and a shot of Aquavit. For the weekend, a Spanish paella makes a great sharing meal for the family or a hearty cassoulet. Both are favorites, but, for me, a cassoulet with the hearty, meaty flavors of pork, duck and garlic sausage all soaked up in the beans makes for the ideal winter meal. By now you realize I have a personal passion for sausage. Standing on the street on a bonechilling night in Stockholm eating a korv straight off the grill was most memorable. The snap of that first bite and the hot juice, not captured by the roll, running down my chin, was pure bliss. Something so simple bringing so much pleasure. Hanging out with friends, standing around the street vendor’s fire, grinning like idiots eating those sausages was a memory that will never be repeated but never forgotten. During this winter’s cold make warm memories. Enjoy the brisk air and a crackling fire, savor a hearty braised meal, full of sausages and remember... Home is where the “hearth” is.

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Grilled Kielbasa with sweet and sour red cabbage and apples Ingredients


2 Pounds Kielbasa cut into 6-inch pieces and then split lengthwise

Soak the strips of red cabbage briefly in cold water and then drain. In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook slowly until soft. Add cabbage and stir to coat. Sprinkle sugar over cabbage, stir well and turn up heat. Stir in well the apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Lower heat and cover, stirring occasionally until cabbage is soft and cooked thru. Check seasoning.

1 Large red cabbage, split & cored. Slice crosswise into thin strips; approximately 8 cups 1 Red onion, peeled and cut into thin slices 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into medium dice 2 Tablespoons butter melted over medium heat in heavy saucepan 3 Tablespoons white sugar 1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar.

Cabbage can be eaten immediately but is better stored overnight in the refrigerator and then reheated. In a heavy frying pan (cast iron is best), grill sausage flat side down until brown, turning once. Cook until lightly brown. Mound heated cabbage on plate top with two pieces of sausage. Serve with sliced pan-fried potatoes and onions with chopped parsley and cold beer of choice.

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Pictured: Apelsinsnittar, a Swedish fika favorite.

It [fika] exemplifies tradition equally as a social engagement to strengthen bonds and relationships, as it does for the Swedish culture of food. It is about slowing down and enjoying those around you.


ife without fika is unthinkable,” one Swede puts it. In Sweden, fika is as common as breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is worked into travel plans, busy work schedules and frenetic family get-togethers. Simply translated it means “to drink coffee” or “coffee and cake break.” Culturally, it is so much more. It exemplifies tradition equally as a social engagement to strengthen bonds and relationships, as it does for the Swedish culture of food. It is about slowing down and enjoying those around you. It is difficult to compare an American coffee break to fika. In America, we have a very workdriven mentality. We may take a “quick 15” (or not) for a bite or a rest, then back to work. Typically, we may find the plastic container with leftover stale, crumbled cookies sitting sadly in our office break rooms. In contrast, in Scandinavian countries, family and quality time is rated highly above work. Fika is a state of mind and an attitude, even a ritual. It happens in every home, every work place, at multiple times during the course of the day. Even the Volvo Company in Sweden shuts down operations for fika.

Food and coffee are central to Swedish fika. Traditional fika consists of classic recipes that every Swede knows and can bake from memory. The recipes have been handed down from generation to generation like cinnamon buns, chocolaty kladdkaka, dense apple frysikaka or even open-faced sandwiches. The heart of the matter is that all are homemade and shared. Fika can range in time from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and anywhere in between depending on the household or company. Team leaders of many Swedish companies promote fika and encourage employees to bring baked goods to the workplace. Studies have shown fika to increase happiness, workplace camaraderie and production. To make things even more cozy and enjoyable, fika is often accompanied by candlelight. Scandinavians are wild about candles! Even a well-lit office or home at high noon will have candles at fika. Whatever you choose to eat at fika should be homemade and well presented. Sliced cookies are common because they are generally goodlooking and quick to make. Any good Swede has a freezer full of baked goodies if needed in a

Vetebullar with fragrant swirls of cardamom and cinnamon are a perfect choice for fika, (Swedish coffee breaks). Known for their twisted or rolled shape, these bullar, (buns) are perfect for sharing.


pinch! Skurna chokladkakor or sliced chocolate cookies are perfect for fika and something I make often in my home. It is a simple recipe, one of those that you simply roll, slice, bake and eat. Another classic fika treat are finska pinnar or Finnish sticks, which (as the name suggests) are adapted from Sweden’s neighbor to east. They were a big hit when I made them for the farmer’s market in Geneva, N.Y., this summer. They are an “old-time” fika cookie recipe, common at church gatherings and social events. Butter, flour and sugar are the base of most Swedish recipes, but sometimes they get spiced up a bit like , my favorite. They consist of homemade (of course) almond paste wrapped in spicy ginger dough, drizzled with a cheery orange glaze. I make these in the wintertime to add a little brightness to my taste buds. Whether you have 20 minutes or no minutes in your day to spare, I challenge you to add a little fika to your life. Slow down your busy pace with a cup of coffee, butter cookie, a conversation with a friend and a good book … or simply your own thoughts. You may find you’ll be feeling just a bit better.

There is nothing better than a slice and bake recipe. These "skiver sjokoladekake" are a perfect example. Their crumby texture and slight sweetness makes them perfect for dunking in your coffee for fika.



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Apelsinsnittar Or Orange Almond Slices Dough: 10 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup sugar 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1 egg yolk 2 tsp ground ginger

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Filling: 1½ cup almonds ½ cup sugar 1 tsp almond extract 1 egg white Zest of 1 medium orange (1-2 Tbs) Method:

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In large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add flour, egg yolk and ginger. Mix together until dough can be formed into a ball. Dough will be crumbly. Cover and let sit in fridge for ½ hour. For filling, mix almonds, sugar and almond extract in food processor until everything is finely mixed. Mixture will be sticky and smooth. In a bowl, whisk egg white until frothy. Mix in almond mixture and orange zest. Once dough has rested, divide into 4 equal parts. Roll our each ¼ with a rolling pin into rectangle about 10 x 4 inches. You don’t need to be perfect! Spread ¼ of the almond filling lengthwise in the middle of each rectangle of dough. Fold the top 1/3 of the dough down over the almond filling, then fold up the bottom INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

1/3 of the filling as if folding paper into thirds. Pinch together so filling doesn’t leak out. Repeat for each rectangle. When ready to bake, heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place each log seam side down and bake for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool. Drizzle with orange icing: ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tsp orange juice

Apelsinsnittar are easy to make and pack a delicious punch of flavor! With a perfectly sweet, chewy almond center engulfed in peppery ginger, guests will linger for fika! You'll want to have some of these in the freezer at all times.




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Feeding My Curiosity BY DAYNA DEL VAL | PhotograPhY BY DAYNA DEL VAL


t the end of 2017, I came across a friend’s Facebook post with a video attached, so I watched it. I was quickly immersed in some kind of dream statement video about what she expected in 2018. I did a little digging and discovered that our mutual friend Dawn Trautman had made her a Mindset Movie. I was intrigued, so I contacted her. I both believe in and absolutely don't believe in the power of sending out hopes and dreams that come back to you and, conversely, sending out fears and anxiety that can also come back to you from the Universe. It feels like such a privileged thing to articulate because my success is often no more earned or merited than another woman who develops terminal cancer, loses a child to addiction, has her marriage fall apart, etc. Saying all of that, however, I am attracted 80 |JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

to the idea of putting out what I want to receive and seeing if it comes my way. So Dawn and I got to work. I filled out the questionnaire in December, and I watched my first draft on a train in Norway between Oslo to Halden last January. The irony of having a section talking about seeing more of the world wasn’t lost on me. I can honestly say that much of what I put out there came true last year or wonderfully continued to increase. My video focused on extending what 2017 had already started in my life: peace and joy with my family, more travel, toned arms, increased spirituality and more opportunities to advocate about why the arts are so important. I don’t believe that those things wouldn’t have come true without the movie, but it’s a

reminder to me to be grateful for the things that can start to feel rote or insignificant and to celebrate those wins, even the small ones. Too often, goodness comes our way, and we fail to acknowledge it. One thing I love about these movies is that they can focus on anything you want. Are you struggling with your relationships, your health, your job, your debt, your spirituality? Then focus on that. Think about your own desires and write them down, create a vision board or contact Dawn for a Mindset Movie of your own. I have loved seeing and celebrating my own progress through this 2-minute movie. I think you will, too. Here’s to a positive and successful 2019 for us all! To contact Dawn, go to bigpicturebigpurpose. com/mind-movie. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


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