Inspired Home Magazine - March/April 2016

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Art Design & Architecture

APRIL 2016

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FEATURE 50 CAPTIVATED BY CONTEMPORARY A couple’s dream incorporates intelligent design, modern-day comforts and a relaxing place to call home.

65 DISCOVERIES History and gears preserve time.


68 ART Local artist captures the natural ebb and flow of clay.

24 HUMOR The road to home organization is long and bumpy.

72 OUTREACH Learn more about the classroom of dreams in Kenya.

28 ELEMENTS Lighting plays a role in the dialogue of design.

76 PETS Keep your pets safe this spring.

32 ARCHITECTURE Simplify life with a smaller footprint.

80 GARDEN This couple’s garden is in tune with nature.

40 RESTORATION A Georgian home is restored to its original beauty.

84 CUISINE Cook up some stew for those lingering chilly days.

ADDITIONS 16 Contributors 20 Musings 90 Wine Wisdom 92 Reflections

58 DESIGN A family-oriented farmhouse built with today’s design elements. 12 | March/April 2016


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Sheri L. Fercho An NDSU business graduate, Fercho lives in Fargo with husband Bill, son Ben and their beloved black Lab Jaguar. Fercho appreciates architecture, and good design. Things that bring joy to her heart-a beautiful rose garden reminiscent of her grandmother’s, beautiful landscapes and her faith.

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.

ZACH DAVIS Davis loves capturing stories with his camera. He is a photographer and videographer who specializes in weddings and portraits. He has a weakness for wanderlust, feeling the urge to leave the country whenever possible. He currently curates The Open Window Exchange, a collaborative online travel journal.

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TERRI FERRAGUT Every issue, we take great pride in presenting this beautiful local home and lifestyle guide we call Inspired Home. 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.

Wanda Perkins For nearly 20 years, Perkins has creatively written stories about local, national and international people and topics. Her book, Blessing After Blessing − Seeing God’s Blessings in All the Seasons of Life was published in 2006. An NDSU speech communication graduate, she lives in Fargo with her intelligent rescued dog, Jake.

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. Zainah Haider Ever since she was young, Haider remembers her parents always taking pictures. “They have inspired me to love photography. We get pretty competitive when we travel, and we see who can take the best pictures,” she says. Competition or not, Haider says she will always love photography as an art form.



Every issue we share a fresh and local approach to your home and life.

JoAnn Ohma Ohma has always had a passion for words and how they work together. She loves working behind the scenes at Inspired Home, honing and polishing each story into what you read on the page, all while making sure the author’s voice shines through.

Bernie Erickson Specializing in helping his clients make small changes with maximum impact, Erickson is a sales associate with Park Company REALTORS® in Fargo. ANDREA BAUMGARDNER Baumgardner is a cook, talented eater and aspiring gardener. She most recently was the chef of Green Market Kitchen in downtown Fargo and previously worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and for the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo. Lauren Ferragut Ferragut, a Fargo native and geologist, is a research assistant at Cornell University at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station, where she conducts field work and data collection for the study of shrub willow as bio mass. She enjoys cooking, baking, running, renaissance art and writing.


Ashley F. Johnson Married mother of an active 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, Johnson also enjoys her career as an inpatient registered nurse in the heart of Oklahoma City. She is passionate about writing, entertaining, cooking with fresh foods and good wine. She adds, “I love traveling with my husband and look forward to exploring the world together as a family.” PHIL STAHL Stahl began his lifelong passion for all things creative in South Dakota, where time and long landscapes are plentiful. An NDSU architect graduate, with emphasis in art/ photography, his two-decade practice with Stahl Architects has led him places to observe life, including Europe and the Middle East. He is an adjunct lecturer at NDSU, national speaker for Intern Development, a regular contributor to regional and national home magazines, and has been featured on HGTV and in Dwell. Grace Estes Estes has always found writing compelling. Whether it is as simple as writing a card or writing for a local paper, words have great impact on others. She resides in Grand Forks with her husband and spends her free time cooking and hopes to start gardening at the local co-op this summer. Shauna Fellman A small-town girl at heart, Fellman states, “My dream is to raise our kids in the country with days consumed by exploration.” Until then, Fellman lives in West Fargo with her husband, John, and their two young boys. When not working as a registered nurse, she enjoys traveling, art, cooking, and being outdoors with her family. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM




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elcome to the Inspired Home Art, Design & Architecture issue. It is subject matter that has always been of interest to me so I am excited to share great information as we traverse subjects and ideas that are an integral component of architecture. Spring brings building, designing and planning projects large and small, that all claim a common thread from beginning to end. Art, design and architecture have walked hand in hand throughout the centuries. Ancient civilizations are often identified by their surviving architectural achievements. Architectural works throughout time stand as intriguing and beautiful art -defining a time and space for its people. From the Egyptian Pyramids to Frank Lloyd Wright and “form follows function� of modern day; design and architecture remain as human ingenuity at its best. Fargo is growing faster than imaginable and with a quick look around you will notice the interplay of design in our own community. Take note of your physical surroundings. They originated as ideas, sketches, and creative problem solving- eventually melding with construction of stone, brick and mortar. Just inside these pages we offer you ideas from designing a modern farmhouse to the painstaking restoration of a Georgian style home by interviewing some of the areas most dedicated and influential people in their field. Out hope is that you garner inspiration and ideas to incorporate great art, design & architecture into your everyday life. Enjoy the March/April 2016 issue!

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Creative Terri Ferragut Amy Pollard Michael Schofding Scott Schofding Susan Walker Contributing Photographers Zainah Haider Zach Davis Lauren Ferragut Contributing Writers Bernie Erickson Wanda Perkins Philip A. Stahl Ashley Ferragut Johnson Bailey Hovland Lauren Ferragut Grace Estes Social Media Director Bailey Hovland

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In quest of order The long and bumpy road to home organization

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m fortunate enough to work in a profession where if I’m not meeting with clients, I don’t need to go to the office every single day to stay connected. So as a public service, whenever possible, I keep my gloomy attitude and car at home and indoors—where we both belong. Then I start looking at the stuff around the house. And obsessing. Everyone knows we have a constant clutter battle, with me usually getting the upper hand through passive-aggressive “cleaning”—basically, throwing things out when youknow-who isn’t looking. Maybe I needed help from the pros. This might require a trip to that mega-home-organization-and-storage emporium from Scandinavia.

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iSEEya! One January morning, I got up early, gassed up the giant SUV, and hit I-94 east for the three-and-a-half-hour drive to Minneapolis. The iSEEya! building sits on stilts with convenient parking underneath. The 300,000-square-foot mega store has exactly one customer entrance, which upon arrival leads into a meticulously detailed maze with the sole purpose of tempting a purchase selection at each and every turn. The first area I encountered was the kitchen remodel/reorganize department. Like many guys, I use our kitchen mainly for preparing refreshing beverages, a place to stack incoming mail, and a spot for my car keys. I picked up a “Stoffissharp” utensil drawer organization system, a couple sets of “Sloppunmess” dishcloths and an “Oofdahot” spice rack and stuffed them into the blue environmentally responsible reusable shopping bag. Around the next corner was a veritable cornucopia of storage furniture. Whatever you had, they made a cabinet specifically designed to hold it, all of it affordably priced and easy to assemble. After careful consideration, I decided on a floor-to-ceiling “Fuulakraap” storage unit. One of the doors had an integrated tablet/touchpad for things like leaving notes, making lists, looking up recipes and constantly reminding us that we are hopelessly technologically disadvantaged. I thought it well worth the $300 upcharge. The other door had a cork bulletin board and dry erase board, which would come in handy when we finally gave up on the touchpad. Inside was an array of shelves, drawers, boxes and trays all screaming that I had no idea how blissfully organized life was about to become. I could hardly wait to get it home and begin assembling! The first indication that things may soon be getting out of hand was when I backed up to the loading zone and saw a huge diesel forklift groaning its way to my waiting SUV, straining to lift a box the size of a casket. The next indication: The lift gate of the SUV wouldn’t close with the “Fuulakraap” casket in the back. I had to drive 225 miles INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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back to Fargo in 15-degree weather with the lift gate open, warning bell beeping, extended load flag flapping. Oh, and it was starting to snow. After what seemed like 100 years, I was finally backing the SUV into our garage to unload the casket. We carefully peeled the wet cardboard away from the 639 pieces of damp particleboard. We spread the 639 pieces on the floor and brought a couple of box fans up from the basement to dry them out before they warped. Overall, it worked pretty well, except the fans blew away the stickers that corresponded to diagrams in the assembly instructions. Not a big deal, since the diagrams made absolutely no sense whatsoever. The good news is that this easy-toassemble piece of home organization ecstasy kept me busy through the cold days of January and most of February as I slowly figured out how this all was supposed to fit together. And it fit together pretty well, with only about 27 pieces left over. So did the “Fuulakraap” home organization system streamline our daily life? Not even close. But it did give me something to do during the dark days of winter and helped me realize that if the biggest complaint I have is trying to organize all the stuff we have around here, I really do have nothing to complain about. Well, except the giant pile of mail on the kitchen counter. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


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The transformative power of light. Lighting’s role in the dialogue of design BY Wanda Perkins | Photography courtesy TECH LIGHTING


one are the days when selecting lighting for your home meant deciding between fluorescent lights and a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Choosing the perfect lighting is an important aspect of design and plays a major role in the functionality of your home. Whether it is dimly lit and romantic or bold and bright, lighting is 28 | March/April 2016

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“By designing and manufacturing modern, sophisticated products, we hope customers will share our passion for the transformative power of light in a space.” ~ Tom Sargeant, vice president of new product development, Tech Lighting

He says there are three important components needed to implement a proper lighting plan: “general illumination, which lights the whole room; task lighting, which helps you perform certain tasks such as cooking, getting ready for the day and reading; and accent lighting, which is used to highlight a piece of art or an architectural detail.” He also recommends installing dimmer switches so you can adjust the emotional mood and climate of any given space. When designing light for a space, it is important to understand what you are trying to accomplish. Sargeant says to ask yourself the following questions: 1. What is each room’s function? 2. How much natural light already illuminates the space? 3. What kind of mood do I want to set in each room? 4. How bold a statement do I want the lighting fixtures to make themselves? 5. How closely do I want to follow a décor theme or rather create a more eclectic look? 6. How high are the ceilings? 7. Will my family or I do anything in this room that requires task lighting?

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8. Do I want to accentuate any art or architectural details? Once you have addressed these issues, you will have a better understanding of what your project needs. Lights bring drama, artistry and depth to an area or may blend meticulously with architecture. Whether your tastes are classic and timeless or modern and eccentric, the lighting you choose can be a direct reflection of you. Tech Lighting draws upon countless areas of life in search of creative impetus for their lighting design. “We find inspiration in architecture, furniture, jewelry, fashion and more. We look at our Tech Lighting fixtures as individual works of art, specially crafted by talented artisans. By designing and manufacturing modern, sophisticated products, we hope customers will share our passion for the transformative power of light in a space,” Sargeant explains. The Tech Lighting line of products is available locally at Border States Electric. Visit their website,, for inspiration and more information. Locally, visit this website: lightingcenter.

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This weeHouse and its cool, calming interior serves as a retreat space on the fairly remote site outside a small arts colony in West Texas.

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thinking big, weeHouse style Simplifying life with a smaller footprint BY PHILIP S. STAHL, AIA | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALCHEMY ARCHITECTS


ant to really simplify? Think smaller! The weeHouse, brainchild of Alchemy Architects in St. Paul, Minnesota, has greatly defined the growing prefab movement. The modern ethos house is factory made and then site-installed across North America. Internationally known for their designs, a large portion of Alchemy Architects’ business is traditional architecture design services, including new builds, commercial projects, remodels and renovations. The weeHouse has expanded as a prefabricated answer for cabins, houses, offices and multi-unit developments throughout the United States.



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Here is a Q&A with architect and founder Geoffrey Warner and designer Andrew Blaisdell. IH: What led Alchemy Architects to the weeHouse concept? AB: WeeHouse started with the way we handled the request for an inexpensive retreat in a cornfield in Wisconsin. They required no running water or electricity. People liked the way it was built and how it looked, and this became weeHouse. IH: What is the overall idea of weeHouse? GW: Quality over quantity—it never has anything to do with “big.” (Clients and architects are) tying spaces to our memories of what we value. Quality of space is not meant to be “cheap” by being smaller. We put energy into what’s needed and ax what’s not. WeeHouse clients tend to critically analyze their lifestyle needs, which comes down to spatial and living simplicity. IH: In addition to design, do you build the weeHouse? AB: We do not build the weeHouses ourselves but instead collaborate with

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factories around the country. In essence, we are a fully custom architecture design firm for great ideas we’ve discovered, but all are fully custom designed. That said, we also do hands-on experimentation, and we are typically present and vocal when a weeHouse gets set. IH: Who are your clients? Why do they want the weeHouse? AB: Cultural creatives both young and old. They really come from all walks, but most people are looking for a way to live with more intention in a space that responds to them and that is appropriate to their wants, needs, personality, aesthetic, etc. The key to weeHouse is that instead of just trying to build inexpensively, we try to build as high quality and sustainably as possible, but our focus on efficiency of space remains constant. IH: Is sustainability an integral approach to the weeHouse? AB: It is sometimes requested but never missing from our designs. We listen to the client, but we also let them know the cost benefit of things like decent insulation, efficient appliances and smart usage of space, like, “Hey, if we made the art studio into a flexible space, could we get away without the guest bedroom?” For the most part, the people who seek us are looking for the lifestyle weeHouses offer. IH: How varied are the designs of the weeHouse; is it a one-size-fits-all versus INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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one-offs typical to custom residential architecture? AB: In the end, every weeHouse is custom, but that doesn’t preclude us from utilizing effective past decisions. We often will start a project by looking at many different former floor plans and strategies and seeing how they might work together in this new design. IH: Do you build weeHouse exclusively? AB: It is a component of what we do, what you might call a piece of our product offering, which includes the barnHouse, lightHouse, and site-built design services. IH: Do you have a weeHouse for yourselves? What has been your experience in interacting with this space? GW: Yes, a 1,300-square-foot, threebedroom summer cottage in Canada for immediate and extended family and anyone wishing to rent to truly experience a weeHouse. It’s spacious and private at the same time—both where it counts. It was meant to be an experiment with ideas of size, sustainability, cost and quality of living—a huge success in my book. IH: I’m guessing a tiny book.


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A labor of her love

Restoring a Georgian home to its original beauty BY ASHLEY FERRAGUT JOHNSON| PHOTOGRAPHY BY Scott Hale

1. Ward’s daughter Hannah ascends the cherished staircase on her wedding day. The banister was nearly in a state of disrepair but amazingly preserved. Photo courtesy of Aubrie Marie Photography. 2 In the foyer, flanking the gold plaster of Paris mirror circa 1700s, are the home’s original blueprints, a gift from the previous owners. 3. This 1870 carved hunt table sits perfectly against the bay window off the dining room. Ward often uses it to serve desserts at dinner parties.



4. In the formal living room, a beautiful gold gilded frame contains intricate needlepoint created in Italy in the 1700s. Ward has 55 pair of authentic English Staffordshire dogs, two of which are seen here adorning the mantel.


ee Ward is an ambitious and talented woman whose passion for England, antiques and restoration began as a young girl. For 25 years, she has channeled this love into her work as owner of aptly named Notting Hill, a high-end British antique shop in Oklahoma City. Every three months, Ward travels to London to find her treasures and ships them back home to her warehouse-style business. After moving to Oklahoma City from a small town, Ward, husband Todd, and daughter Hannah, my dear friend, purchased a home in a well-known historic neighborhood near INSPIRED HOME | 41

The Georgian home sits regally in glory and grandeur. The exterior, complete with adorning “clotted cream” paint, has been restored to its intended beauty by the homeowners. Molly, the Australian Sheppard, relaxes in the sunroom, flooded with natural light. The antler chandelier has belonged to Ward for 25 years and has been a part of every home she has lived in.

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Once Ward moved into the neighborhood, she noticed a beautiful Georgian “yellow house,” as she referred to it, near her home. The house sat empty for some time, and though it suffered years of neglect, it was a regal home with great presence and potential.

downtown. The area is protected by laws and covenants to preserve historical charm. Dotted along these streets is an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, traditional, Greek revival and bungalows, adding a unique beauty and elegance to the city.After Ward moved into the neighborhood, she noticed a beautiful Georgian “yellow house,” as she referred to it, near her home. The house sat empty for some time, and though it suffered years of neglect, it remained a regal home with great presence and potential. It reminded her of the dream home she had always longed to live in. As a young girl, she would draw pictures of a home she one day hoped to own—a home exactly like the yellow house. After passing the yellow house day after day for 13 years and longing to own it, Ward finally saw the for-sale sign go up. “It had sat empty for three years,” Ward says. “We signed the contract that very day. I remember not being able to sleep, realizing my dream had finally come true.” INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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The kitchen, remodeled in the 1950s, was small. A large staircase in the original layout led to the basement, and once removed, the kitchen space gained 6 feet.

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The formal dining room in black boasts an English Tudor dining table circa 1760. Complementing the English sideboard (back wall), circa 1860, is English black and white Transferware, English dinnerware collection. (1700s-1800s.)

Double ovens and cabinetry once occupied this cozy coffee nook. The coffee and tea bar is always stocked and ready for guests.

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Ward told the Realtor that she wanted to purchase it before she even stepped foot inside. Ward recalls, “Once the Realtor opened the door, I cried. She turned to me and said, ‘I warned you it was in bad shape and had been neglected.’ I told her I wasn’t crying due to the condition; I was crying because I knew what I could do with the home.” Ward had her diamond in the rough and began the painstaking process of restoring the majestic but unkempt 1937 Georgian-style home. For a year and a half, the family lived upstairs as the renovations took place below them. Sketching her design plans on paper was the beginning of the roomby-room renovation. All wood floors were refinished throughout and countless rooms painted. The rotted exterior wood siding INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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was replaced with materials in accordance with the historical society. The paint color “Clotted Cream,” was chosen, the same as Agatha Christie’s home in England, Ward proudly claims. Especially important to her was the grand curved staircase she had dreamed of having. The badly damaged banister, thought unsalvageable, was repaired and painted a glossy classic black. Ward had visions of Hannah walking down the steps on her wedding day, a wish that came true last year. The interior of Ward’s home reflects her devotion to restoration and England. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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Gold adorns the stark white mantel and marble of the fireplace as the Stadffordshire Spaniels flank the ends at attention

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The master bedroom suite perfectly captures Ward’s sense of design style. Warm and luxurious, the romantic décor gives the space a beautiful and classic look.

Notting Hill antiques have lovingly found their way into her home. Authentic Staffordshire china, silver pieces, barley twisted chairs, armoires and antique jewelry are items she treasures. A favorite is her grand piano from London, atop which is a framed love letter from her mother to INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Robin’s egg blue adorns the room that is graced by a beautifully carved wooden bed circa 1880, a gift from Ward’s husband.

The beauty of an authentic Queen Anne’s print above the fireplace in the guest bedroom reflects the period-style elegance that Ward is drawn to.

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Jerrod Hanson and Sally Freese enjoy their new home, which reflects their interests and preferences.


fter finding a choice lot overlooking the King’s Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, Jerrod Hanson and Sally Freese embarked on a journey to build their contemporary dream home. The results incorporated intelligent design concepts, modern-day comforts and a relaxing place to call home. Crisp white trim, square architectural columns and peaked roofing combined with charcoal LP siding, Black Rundle cultured stone, and black garage and entry doors present striking curb appeal. Completed in 2015, the home has 4,014 of living space, including five bedrooms and three and a half baths. “We chose Roberton Construction as our builder because of their great reputation and wonderful designer, Delayne Wojciechowski, who walked us through the entire process of selecting lighting, plumbing and paint,” Freese recalls. She remembers visiting Waterfront Kitchen and Bath. “There will be no shiny, ’70s chrome,” Freese insisted. But after seeing the newest plumbing fixture trends, she announced, “Oh yes, everything will be bright, shiny chrome!” “Sally and Jerrod desired a home where family and friends felt welcome and comfortable. As professionals, the home reflects their individual and unique styles—sensible but fun,” explains Dave Roberton, owner of Roberton Construction. “They were well-informed on INSPIRED HOME | 51

Architectural attention to detail is displayed in the living room’s custom-framed tray ceiling patterns. Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray ceiling paint and a suspended drum lighting fixture add complementary contrast.

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Open with clean lines, the main living space joins comfortable furnishings with interesting metal and glass accents. Hunter Douglas Nantucket blinds offer soft filtered light and privacy.

products and requested energy-efficient Anderson windows, high R-value foam with fiberglass insulation, and quality exterior doors. The great room’s distinctive high ceilings and custom-framed tray detail pattern make dramatic statements, as does the cable stairway railing. A favorite architectural feature is the stainless steel fireplace mantel and hearth created by Grand Forks artist David Badman of Badman Design. He also crafted a stainless steel slate bench for the foyer. “Deep ebony-stained poplar interior woodwork and doors with custom-built cabinetry reflect quality and attention to detail,” Roberton notes. “We work with an incredible staff, team of subcontractors, and quality vendors that help us customize homes and build dreams.” With construction underway, the couple visited with interior designer Delrae Schefter of Northern Home Furniture and Design, who coordinated furnishings, window treatments and specific design INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

solutions. Abundant natural lighting highlights glass and metal accent pieces, while the open layout complements comfortable, stylish furniture. A palette of neutral grays, white, black and chrome flows throughout the home. “In a contemporary setting, a person needs less to give more of a statement,” Schefter explains. “The accessories throughout the home were kept to a minimum. Art is over-scaled and abstract with a concentration on the horizontal/ vertical axis. This gives a gallery-style simplicity throughout the home.” “We’re drawn to soothing colors,” Hanson explains. “Our home represents our contemporary style with minimal clutter, open design and clean lines.” White granite for kitchen countertops and island, a free-standing stainless steel hood and stainless steel appliances are consistent with this preference. Magnificent glass teardrop lighting above the island and a chrome LED fixture for the dining room convey artistry in lighting.

A lower level-bar is a family favorite gathering spot. Beautiful rough edge granite, a metal backsplash, canister lighting and utilitarian bar stools lend hints of industrial flair.


Like slivers of silver moons, a graceful LED dining room light fixture merges artistry with chrome. Elegantly simple, the dining room furnishings repeat soft curves, graceful lines, textures, and a tabletop circular patterned bowl that mixes metal and glass spheres.

“Sally and Jerrod desired a home where family and friends felt welcome and comfortable. As professionals, the home reflects their individual and unique styles—sensible but fun.”

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~ Dave Roberton, owner of Roberton Construction

The master suite features a free-standing tub, tiled shower and walk-in closet. “A shaggy Giulia taupe rug anchors the bed, which is upholstered in graphite-colored fabric,” describes Schefter. “The geometricpatterned headboard lends interest while artwork brings shine and movement.” A lower-level bar is another design favorite. “It’s a great spot for entertaining!” Hanson adds. The metal backsplash, roughedge granite countertop and utilitarian bar stools offer industrial flair. Canister lighting enhances this well-defined space. Two bedrooms, one bath and a family room complete the downstairs. Hanson especially loves the reclining sectional and flat-screen TV. “I still walk into my house and can’t believe I get to live here,” Freese admits. “There were no hiccups with the project. Everything progressed smoothly.” Recently, they purchased a HarleyDavidson motorcycle and began riding together. Freese has two sons, Alex and Blake, and is employed by Grand Forks Subaru Kia. Hanson has two daughters, Brooklyn and Ashlyn, and works at Alerus. They also adore 3-year-old grandson Nash. “Our home was designed for relaxation, family and entertaining,” Hanson concludes. “There’s room for everyone.” INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

Dark nightstands with gray glass tops in the master bedroom complement a shaggy Giulia rug and a geometric-patterned upholstered headboard. The foyer showcases oversized art, circular lighting, a simplified patterned rug and a custom-made sitting bench.

Simply relaxing, a free-standing bathtub was selected for the master suite. Dual sinks, granite countertops and vertical lighting reflect a contemporary design. Striking and dramatic curb appeal is highly visual through square architectural columns, peaked roof lines, cultured stone and black paneled garage and entry doors.

A close-up of the foyer’s stainless steel and slate bench reveals a unique design crafted by Grand Forks artist David Badman of Badman Design.

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ecause Sally clearly communicated her vision for their home, it was easy to offer design solutions. Keeping their contemporary style in mind, I used textured, neutral rugs to anchor open areas. The great room’s seating pieces have slim silhouettes, strong, clean lines and sleek, metallic bases. White leather on the sectional mixes with textured chair fabric and bold accent pillows. Tables combine wood, metal and glass, complementing the home’s natural elements. A dark matte finish on the dining table, along with upholstered gray fabric chairs, contrasts with flooring and chrome elements. The kitchen’s backsplash adds drama with horizontal and vertical tiles. Inset glass in cabinetry adds texture and pattern. Jerrod and Sally are a delightful couple who are also smart, stylish, design savvy and energizing to be around. I was thrilled with the opportunity to work with them to create a home uniquely theirs.

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In traditional farmhouse style, the large kitchen is a gathering place for family. White cabinetry with glass inserts, a stainless steel hood and appliances, industrial lighting and a large island with tuck-under stools convey an inviting space. The island features a granite counter with perimeter countertops in quartz.

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s colonial settlers migrated to wideopen spaces during the early 1700s, the classic farmhouse became a popular solution to accommodate the rural farm lifestyle they desired. Merged with its functional style, touches of historic nostalgia and simplified beauty, the farmhouse combined inviting front porches, formal and informal interior spaces and a family-friendly design. With the introduction of exciting building materials, the ever-popular farmhouse has transitioned to integrate all the newest design elements while keeping with its traditional charm. “Since many people from our area came from a farming background, everyone INSPIRED HOME | 59

The architectural charm of this main floor alcove is evident.

Simple and uncluttered calm, this quiet sitting area off the kitchen offers backyard views and a wonderful place to relax.

The maple staircase provides a visual accent for the second-floor hallway as well as a quaint sitting area to enjoy a book. Gorgeous maple flooring throughout the home complements white trim work. Stylish and serene, the second-floor master bath features a glass shower, beautiful free-standing bathtub and ceramic tile floors.

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can really tie back to the farm-style life. That’s one primary reason the farmhouse is so popular,” notes TJ Haugrud, Owner, H2 Custom Homes and H2 Design | Build of Fargo. “Some of the most appealing attributes of this home are the exterior craftsman-styling, its open layout and appearance, and the big, welcoming front porch accented with real stone and architectural columns that truly represents country living.” Historically, farmhouses featured a central hearth, which was utilized as a main heating source. Haugrud states that this updated farmhouse highlights the fireplace as a focal point to be enjoyed and viewed from other rooms. “We positioned this home off the street to create that same front yard, country feel, even though it is in town,” Haugrud says. “Inside, there is a distinct separation between the kitchen and dining that provides traditional formal dining. While modernizing the farmhouse, we created a distinctive space right off the kitchen for kids to do homework and parents to check email.” Intriguing interior design elements add interest including industrial lighting, beautiful maple floors throughout the home, and barn doors for the pantry and bonus room. Completed in 2012, this modernized farmhouse encompasses over 4,000-square-feet and features 4 bedrooms and 2½ baths. An eye-catching maple staircase framed with intricate trim work showcases a sweeping, elegant design which gracefully escorts guests to private second-floor bedrooms. Haugrud said a rear porch was incorporated, in addition to the home’s grand front porch, which allows homeowners options to enjoy both sunrises and sunsets, further incorporating a country-oriented abode. “Our design approach is creating high quality, one-of-a-kind, custom homes that complement a client’s life and family’s needs, ensuring no detail goes unnoticed,” explains Heidi Toso, Project Manager, H2 Custom Homes. “We’re dedicated to overseeing that each project runs as smoothly and predictable as possible, with a focus on honest communication throughout the entire construction process. Our team walks clients through selections and finishes at a pace that keeps the project INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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Preserving time

History, passion and gears combine to restore unique timepieces BY BAILEY HOVLAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZAINAH HAIDER


Mark Schutz stands in his perfectly organized and categorized clock parts storage area.

The work day begins as Dave Schutz starts the restoration process of an old clock.

The clocks can come into the shop looking like they were dragged out of ditches or clawed from dumpsters, and after a good amount of work, they look as though they’ve never been anywhere but atop the bookshelf. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

ucked away from the usual hubbub of downtown Fargo is a red brick building that houses hundreds of devices devoted solely to maintaining our sense of time—clocks. This business is called The Clockwerks, a store specializing in the sale and repair of fine clocks. The father-son duo responsible for keeping the gears of the business—and clocks—turning is Mark and Dave Schutz. Mark bought the clock repair shop 10 years ago when it was a modest clock fixerupper station in the corner of a lamp shop. Even though his sights had originally been set on the lamp shop, he thought that “the clock thing sounded entertaining” and started his entrepreneur endeavor with just 16 clocks. Pretty soon, business was coming in so quickly that Mark had to turn repair projects away. His workweek varied from 100 to 140 hours, and his workload was backed up by about nine months. When his son, Dave, asked about a part-time job, Mark did not hesitate to train him in. The two have been operating Clockwerks together ever since. Even though Mark is very passionate about clocks now, he did not know anything about them when he bought the business. It was a very steep learning curve for him, but Mark says, “Clocks are addictive. They get to you.” Mark learned along the way, creating some of his own repair rituals in order to keep each and every clock as true to the original as possible. The industrial revolution changed the world of clocks, making them easier to repair due to the mass production of their parts. Clocks made before this era are harder to repair but not impossible for the Schutz men. One of the oldest clocks they have ever repaired dates back to the 18th century. It’s

hard to nail an exact year down for a clock made that far back in history, but Mark and Dave have narrowed its origin down to the 1770s by finding the creator and honing in on his active clock-making years. These clocks are a piece of history but are rarely seen. Mark’s favorite style of clock to restore is ornate black mantel clocks. The clocks can come into the shop looking like they were dragged out of ditches or clawed from dumpsters, and after a good amount of work, they look as though they’ve never been anywhere but atop the bookshelf. The 1906 flip clock is a different species of clock, slowly turning with little fingers that release numbered pages to match the hour. It’s a classed-up, vertical version of the clocks seen in movies “No Country for Old Men” and “Groundhog Day.” Perched atop a golden base, metallic framework glints against a smooth glass cylinder that encompasses the tiny little notes that flip through time. Across the store, the gears of a unique clock hide in a small, green flower pot about the size of a Keurig K-cup. A small cable runs up a flower stem and halts at scarlet petals, where a clock face no bigger than a dime embellishes the center of the flower. Another clock, the Le Coultre Amos, rests atop the glass counter, its exterior glittering as its internal mechanisms expand and contract with atmospheric pressure to tell time. Thanks to Mark and Dave Schutz, Clockwerks manages to restore and recreate the beauty of elegant clocks like these that keep our lives running on schedule. They preserve the machines central to our very existence in a world dictated by one thing—time. INSPIRED HOME | 65

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he day of an artist has no beginning or end. Stephanie Seguin lives this. She is constantly absorbing and finding artistic catalyst in the things around her. She continually transposes inspiration from her garden, kitchen and studio, creating a natural ebb and flow between function and form. “The only thing that made sense was to pursue art,” this talented artist says. Growing up in Hudson, Wisconsin, Seguin had similar childhood ambitions as other kids—doctor, lawyer, marine

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assistant and instructor at Maho Bay Clay clay, but Stephanie was able to complete Works. Encompassed by the Caribbean projects that were complex from the very Sea breeze, Seguin not only taught beginning. By the time Stephanie was a classes but also had the opportunity college senior, it was obvious that she had to collaborate with the National Parks a talent and a work ethic that few possess.” Service, replicating ancient Caribbean Inspiration and influence for Seguin’s Taino pottery. Italy eventually beckoned, art comes from daily life, quilts, Korean where she spent the summer of 2012 and Persian historical pottery, and a teaching at La Meridiana, International multitude of experiences, including time School of Ceramic Arts Tuscany. in her garden. “I think of clay a lot like a Kelli Sinner, Minnesota State University garden; both can be easily spoiled if one Moorhead visual arts professor, recalls, “As is unaware of how to handle it, but when a student, Stephanie would often discuss handled appropriately, there’s an amazing her dream of traveling after she finished toughness and durability to both,” she says. college. She is a courageous person, and “The garden—through surface decoration, the adventures that she pursued in her form or both—the garden or components travels made her a better artist because that make up a garden are implied.” she was exposed to a variety of cultures.” This theme gives testimony throughout Seguin describes herself as a tactile her work. Floral patterns bold and subtle learner, which is relevant to life, education grace the surface of her mugs, pitchers, and art. “The play between mind and hands flower vases and serving dishes. Queen really allows me to move back and forth, Anne’s lace hugs the curve of her dinner into and out of both my work and my head,” plate set, flower petals serve as handles on she says. “Clay has always had a natural a serving bowl, and daisy or aster-inspired pull for me. I’ve continued to work in clay florets crown a butter dish. Her use of color for so long because of its malleability, long is feminine and impactful. history of functional and sculptural works, For now, Seguin, husband Tim and and technical properties.” dog Sue have set roots in State College, Sinner recalls, “I remember being Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing her impressed with Stephanie’s skill in her MFA at Penn State University. very first ceramics class, Introduction Her future? She is breaking bud like to Ceramics. This is unusual, because the gardens that inspire her, each petal at the introductory level, most students an opportunity to experience, journey are struggling with learning how to use and grow. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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Grateful school children in the community of Kathyoli show their thanks for the opportunity to learn.

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argo native Nathan Nerland, Chief Creative Officer for the Carson Glore Foundation, has made it his life’s work to provide everything possible to educate and assist were the need is great. Nerland created the Carson Glore Foundation to honor his late childhood friend and the organization’s namesake. As young boys attending Longfellow Elementary in North Fargo, Glore and Nerland vowed to become elementary school teachers one day. By INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

“We believe we are at the forefront of educating an entire generation in Kenya, because in a few years when these students graduate, go out and do well, they will be able to make a positive difference in their families, community and country.” ~ Nathan Nerland, CCO, Carson Glore Foundation

raising money to build schools in Kenya, Nerland is determined to create a legacy that will forever connect Glore’s memory with education. To date, the foundation has constructed three schools in Kenya and has provided students with backpacks and supplies—everything needed to make a classroom function and learning possible. The foundation will be hosting its fourth annual Classroom of Dreams fundraiser at Ecce Art and Yoga in downtown Fargo April INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

The schools built by the Carson Glore Foundation provide a place where a formal, structured educational program is made possible.

Classrooms like this are made possible by the dedication and hard work of volunteers and the generosity of donators.

21 from 5:30–8 p.m. The evening’s activities will include delicious appetizers, desserts, a cash bar and a live and silent auction. There will be 75 items on the silent auction and five items during the live auction, including an Apple watch and a variety of quality wine. Nerland says that 100 percent of the funds raised at the event will go toward building the Barb Bunnell Legacy Classroom at the Carson Glore Foundation’s third established school in Kenya. Bunnell, a

former Fargo resident who recently passed away, was a great friend and supporter of the organization. It is very important to Nerland and his team that she and her husband, Ron, be honored in this way. By providing these students with a proper school, Nerland explains, the kids are more likely to study successfully, have better attendance in class and obtain stronger test scores. In turn, they have a better opportunity to attend a secondary school, INSPIRED HOME | 73

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he tulip leaves are pushing their way through the cold ground, and the snow has begun to trickle down the streets as it melts. The sunbeams stretch out close enough to warm the skin. Yes, spring has begun the hard work of warming our frozen state. The changing of the seasons is a great time to discuss ways to keep our pets happy and healthy as things begin to thaw. From heartworm prevention to car safety, there are many things we humans can do to protect our pets as summer draws near. Dr. Amy Anderson of West Fargo Animal Hospital warns of the potential danger 76 | March/April 2016

some common springtime items can pose to cats and dogs. “Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, especially the Easter lily variety,” she says. “Most cats are intrigued by live plants in the house, and most will try to chew on the leaves or flowers if given the chance.” Do not keep this plant in your home, as even small amounts can cause kidney failure in cats. Decorative Easter grass can have some very serious implications if ingested by your pets. Because the stringy grass is not digestible, it can get caught and mangled inside the digestive tract. “This can lead to

plication (think accordion-like folds) in the intestine, which causes obstruction and perforation of the intestinal wall,” says Dr. Anderson. She also urges pet owners to be mindful of chocolate being left behind by the Easter Bunny. Chocolate can wreak havoc on the GI system and can cause serious heart disturbances. This is especially true for darker or baker’s chocolate. If you have reason to suspect that your animal has consumed any amount of chocolate, you should take it to the vet right away. As the temperatures continue to climb and the ground softens, people and their INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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pets spend more time outside. These warmer days tend to bring along some uninvited guests. Fleas, ticks and heartworms can be harmful to your pets but can easily be avoided. Dr. Anderson urges pet owners to stay up to date on preventive flea and tick medicine like Frontline or NexGard. These medications can prevent Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, a disease spread by ticks that can affect red blood cells and the cardiovascular system. It is also important to protect your pets against heartworms. Dr. Anderson explains, “Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Infected dogs in the area serve as a reservoir for infection, so give your dog a heartworm preventive monthly to kill any heartworm larvae that are introduced via a mosquito bite in the previous month.” Lake season is a time of year we all enjoy, but Dr. Anderson cautions, “When opening up the lake cabin for the summer, please remember to check for poisons that may have been put out last fall before you allow your pet to explore your property. Better yet, make a list in the fall of where everything was placed so that you can be sure to find all of it in the spring. If you don’t find it, I can guarantee your pet will!” Lastly, as the heat goes up, the windows come down. Who hasn’t let their dog ride with its head out the car window, ears flapping in the wind? Though not uncommon, this activity can put your pet at risk. Flying debris can cause trauma to your pet, and dogs with sensitive ears are put at higher risk of getting ear infection. There is, of course, a more obvious hazard: dogs jumping or falling out of windows. “We have treated several dogs over the years for this, and some have fared better than others. Serious, life-threatening injuries can occur from falling out of a car at any speed, and the other traffic is also a concern. If your dog is riding in the car with you, a harness that attaches to a seat belt is a great idea,” says Dr. Anderson. It is also important to note that if you must put your pets in the bed of a truck, make sure they are in a protective kennel that is securely tied down. Heed the advice of Dr. Anderson and your local veterinarian so you and your pets can enjoy a warm and safe spring together. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

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Soroptimist Garden Tour three times, not to mention one tour while in Alaska. They have walked through hundreds of gardens in the F-M area during the tours and are always taken aback by the beauty of others’ work. “It’s funny though; you believe your own yard is beautiful beyond compare until you see what other gardeners have done. Then all at once, it’s time for a change,” says Mitch. Joyce has also been involved with the Master Gardener Program through North Dakota State University, a program that invests in individuals who desire to serve the needs of their community through horticulture. During this time, Joyce volunteered hundreds of hours while in Grand Forks and Fargo. Though gardening encourages creativity and an active lifestyle, it serves many other functions for the Duenow family. Their yard is a place to read, eat meals alfresco and play with grandchildren and pets. It is an ever-changing garden, and each season brings a new appreciation for nature. Whether the branches are covered in snow, the sun is shining, or it’s raining cats and dogs, the garden creates its own beauty. Gardening has been a lifelong adventure for the Duenows. It takes true dedication, creativity, energy and companionship— all of which Joyce and Mitch share together. When they are not working on their own yard, the Duenows enjoy daily walks, admiring the works of others and watching the peaceful prairie sunsets from their deck.


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he weather in upstate New York at times reminds me of the intriguing and everchanging weather of Ireland, where I traveled recently with my mother and my grandparents. I will never forget the beautiful mountains, lush green forests and the warm people of the Land of Ire. I’ve lived in New York for three years, and each day seems at times a bit gloomy then instantly sunny and warm followed swiftly by clouds that turn dark as the fog sets in. During

these kinetic and abrupt weather changes, I often find myself reminiscing about the unforgettable beauty of the Irish countryside. This happened to me recently as I was on a run along Seneca Lake, one of the 11 Finger Lakes of New York state. Of course, nothing reminds me more of Ireland than a haunting mist, rainbows, and a Guinness, but on this particular day, the New York landscape came close. It inspired me to head home and make the time-honored dish of Ireland—Irish stew, INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM

the first meal I ate after stepping foot on Irish soil. Irish stew, or “ballymaloe,” I learned on my trip to the Emerald Isle, is rooted deeply in history and has many regional variances in ingredients. It is born of humble beginnings and remains the dish most important to the people of Ireland. In some of the oldest recorded recipes, Irish stew simply consisted of potatoes, onions, water and mutton—a mature sheep and a cheaper food source. INSPIREDHOMEMAGAZINE.COM


When a family deemed a sheep no longer viable for its wool or milk, it was eaten and not wasted. This recipe, as well as other stews, was common after the Celts invaded Ireland, around 500 B.C. Stewing was the most common method of cooking, employing only cauldrons and fireplaces; the fireplace, so vital to the Irish way of life, spurred a popular Gaelic saying of the time: “nìl aon tinteàn mar do thinteàn fèin,” which translates to, “There is no fireplace like your fireplace.” In the mid-1840s, the infamous potato famine of Ireland was raging. The stew eventually lost potatoes as an ingredient, and because of economic hardships, many Irish eventually immigrated to other countries such as America. As sheep was not always readily available, new substitutes such as beef and goat found their way into the evolving recipe, as did carrots, parsnips and herbs. In more modern-day stew recipes, the now famous Dublin, Ireland-brewed Guinness stout has also become a popular ingredient. The Irish stew recipe I use is from a friend I met while visiting Ireland. It is simple, has few ingredients, and does exactly what you want a stew to do—satisfy and warm you. This March, while North Dakota’s winter weather lingers on, I encourage you to do what the Irish do: Hunker down with a large bowl of stew, pour a pint, and enjoy. Cheers! Or as the Irish say, “Sláinte!” Barry Gorman’s Traditional Irish Stew Ingredients: 2 pounds lean stewing beef 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or drippings 1-2 tablespoons flour Salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste 2 large onions, coarsely chopped 1 large garlic clove, crushed 2 tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water 1 pint Guinness 1 cup carrots, cut into chunks 3 medium-sized potatoes, cut into chunks Sprig of fresh thyme Parsley, chopped to garnish Directions: Trim the meat of any fat or gristle, cut into cubes, and toss in 1–2 tablespoons oil. Season the flour with salt, freshly ground pepper and cayenne to taste. Toss meat in flour mixture. Heat oil over high heat in wide, high-sided pan or heavy-bottomed stew pot. Brown meat on all sides. Add onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the pan. Lower heat and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer browned meat and veggies to bowl. Pour half the Guinness into pan. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the brown bits. Pour the meat mixture back into the pan. Add remaining Guinness, carrots, potatoes and thyme. Cover and simmer 2–3 hours on stovetop or in the oven at 300 degrees. Season to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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