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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2019 PUBLISHER

Andrew Stavast | andrew.stavast@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Nancy Renneke | nancy.renneke@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Kris Axelson | kris.axelson@lifestylepubs.com

"Home." EDEN PRAIRIE. Your hometown. Your house. A cabin. A college dorm home-away-fromhome. Millennials may call both our empty nests and their own apartments “home.” We

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Wendy Ivins, Alex Ramey, Maddie Renneke, Nancy Renneke, Mary Walcker CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

John Wagner

had fun brainstorming ideas for this home issue. Dream kitchens, organized garages, historical homes, color trends, and landscaping. To add heart, we included a story about rescuing animals who’ve been left out in the cold. The wind chills are frigid as I write this, and I’m remembering that there are homeless teenagers seeking shelter, too. Homeless teens may “couch hop” – sleeping on a rotation of friends’ sofas – or even spend cold nights in cars. I’m inspired by MoveFwd. It’s a nimble, nonprofit agency offering free counseling, drop-in services and housing help for homeless and at-risk young people – right here in our children’s hometown. For lots of homeless kids, school is a safe, warm place, so MoveFwd collaborates with Eden Prairie High School to reach out to them. They facilitate groups at the high school and offer support to students at the Tassel Transitions Program, too. One thing most of these kids have in common – striving to stay in school and earn a diploma. MoveFwd provides a safety net for young people in our community.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Many of us are looking forward to spring home projects while local nonprofits are

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

helping our neighbors find and set-up stable housing. Re-designing your living room?

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

Ask the PROP Shop (propshopep.org) to pick up your old furniture. If you ordered a dog collar that’s too small, Secondhand Hounds (secondhandhounds.org) accepts donated pet supplies. Take a break from pondering the perfect shade of gray for the heart of your home, and think about how a donation to MoveFwd (movefwdmn.org) could help prevent homelessness for an Eden Prairie student.

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FEATURES 12 Gimme Shelter Eden Prairie's Rachel Mairose Finds Homes For Pets

19 Common Grounds Coffee In The Kitchen For Over 140 Years

26 Unlock Your Dream Home By Zone Local Experts Talk Trends

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32 Give and Take Helping Nature Nurture Us

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Books, blooms and bubbles The Loft launched its inaugural WordPlay book festival celebrating writers and readers. Track loft.org/wordplay for their celebrity authors lineup and literary events. May 11-12. Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's "Passport to Spring" took a break from winter to enjoy blooms in the Great Hall. Eden Prairie's Mr. Bubble company presented $12,000 to children at a Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House.

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5.

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1. Eden Prairie neighbors - Stephanie McGuire, Liz Martin, Mary Fenske and Beth Schutz - at the Loft’s event. | 2. The crowd gathers at the Wordplay launch party. | 3. Author Dawn Quigley, St. Kate’s sponsors and Eden Prairie executives - Jean Ryan and Mary Fenske - celebrate WordPlay. | 4. Arboretum guests take in one of the nine vignettes. | 5. Flowers representing nine countries graced the Arboretum’s Great Hall through March 3. | 6. The Mr. Bubble company raised funds on social media to support the Ronald McDonald House.

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GIMME SHELTER ARTICLE WENDY IVINS | PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN WAGNER

FINDING HOMES FOR HOUNDS

EDEN

PRAIRIE

CONSISTENTLY

RANKS

AS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA. With its excellent public schools, residential neighborhoods and thousands of acres of land for parks and open spaces, Eden Prairie offers residents a high quality of life. But is it a good place to be a pet? Rachel

Mairose,

Founder

and

Executive

Director of Secondhand Hounds, a nonprofit animal rescue that saves dogs and cats in highkill shelters or who have been given up by their owners, thinks Eden Prairie is a great place for

“ We start wi th a lovi ng h ome and go f rom th e re .”

pets and their humans. “I love Eden Prairie! I live here.” said Mairose. “I get really excited when one of our animals is adopted by someone in Eden Prairie because I have an idea of what kind of life it will have.” Mairose says that Eden Prairie is a dog-friendly community with people who tend to like the outdoors - exploring hiking trails, walking in the parks or romping with their four-legged companions at one of six off-leash

Mairose also had an innovative idea about how

exercise areas. “Pets really take part in the lives of

she could have the biggest impact for the animals

people who live here,” said Mairose. “It’s a testa-

that need it most. She made her inspiration sus-

ment to what kind of community we live in.”

tainable by creating a nonprofit based on a busi-

Helping animals in need seems to be instinctive for Mairose. Fostering and volunteering from

ness model. “I’d never taken a business class,” said Mairose,” but I knew it made sense.” 

a young age, she “always wanted to be with ani-

In 2009, seven months pregnant with her first

mals.” With a degree in environmental science

child, a houseful of rescued dogs, and an ingenious

from Washington University in St. Louis, Mairose

plan, Secondhand Hounds was born. “I literally was

planned to go to law school. Instead, her life took

in labor while texting volunteers about rescues,”

a different direction.

Mairose laughed and shook her head in disbelief.

“I was already involved with trying to help res-

It’s that tireless commitment to the animals that

cues,” she explains. Taking desperate pets into her

drives the mission and success of Secondhand

home while trying to find people to adopt them, “I

Hounds. In just 10 years, Secondhand Hounds has

knew that was what I really wanted to do.”

found homes for over 17,500 dogs and cats.  

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Mairose found the perfect match: kids and puppies.

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GIVNG BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

With an operating budget of $2,000,000, and an extensive network of dedicated volunteers, Secondhand Hounds continues to grow and expand. It’s programs include hospice foster care, low cost spay and neuter clinics in White Earth reservation, medical care for rescues requiring surgery due to abuse and accidents, international rescue efforts, visits to assisted living facilities and most recently, a youth program to develop future leaders in animal rescue. The ability to help more animals also means finding more homes. At any one time, an average of 400 rescues are waiting to be adopted through Secondhand Hounds. Mairose is positive a home is out there for each pet. The key is matching the rescue with the right home. “The best habitat reflects what the pet needs” explained Mairose. She emphasized that it isn’t about the biggest house or a fenced in yard, it’s about finding a home that has the best chance of a successful adoption. “We start with a loving home and go from there.”  Mairose talked about a dog that recently came to Secondhand Hounds.

“There is a person f o r e v e ry d o g .”

The rescue had an eye infection so severe its eyes had to be removed. “He’s blind, so one of the things we are looking for is a home with one story - no stairs to fall down," explained Mairose. “Taz is so sweet. It looks like he’s sleeping because his eyelids are closed.” Mairose stressed that

readers of Eden Prairie Lifestyle can help Secondhand Hounds rescues by sharing the nonprofit’s information on social media. Increasing the audience increases the chances of matching a person to a pet. “Even if you can’t foster or adopt, you can really help by spreading the word about our rescues.” Interested in adopting? Mairose asks that you consider a dog or cat that has been overlooked.  “If you really want to affect change,” said Mairose “then adopt a rescue that has been waiting a long time for a forever home.” Mairose nodded, looking up at the photos of rescues covering the office walls, hope and determination in her eyes. “There is a person for every dog.” 

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Common Grounds

ARTICLE MADDIE RENNEKE | PHOTOGRAPHY EDEN PRAIRIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES

COFFEE IN THE KITCHEN FOR OVER 140 YEARS

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The Smith-Douglas-More house today.

SHELDON AND MARY SMITH MOVED FROM

THE SMITHS

PIKE, NEW YORK TO EDEN PRAIRIE IN 1857

Sheldon Smith was a farmer and held the posi-

WHEN THEY WERE JUST 26 AND 22 YEARS OLD.

tion of Postmaster Depot Agent. He and Mary had

The young couple lived in a small cabin by Duck

three children together: Nettie, Amie, and Etta. In

Lake in their early years in Minnesota and moved

addition to raising their children in the home, the

into a beautiful red brick, five-bedroom home in the

Smith’s frequently hosted guests, including teach-

early 1870s, which was built by Sheldon himself.

ers, preachers and travelers looking for somewhere

Today, we know their home as Smith’s Coffee &

THEN

to stay near the train depot.

Café, but the house has many stories to tell about the

Nettie died at the age of three in 1861, but Amie

generations who spent their days there when Eden

and Etta grew up in the house. We know from

Prairie’s rolling hills were home to just a small commu-

letters to and from the girls and their friends that

nity and travelers came through the township by train.

much of their youth was relatable: they gossiped

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COMMON GROUNDS

(CON TI N U ED)

1.

4.

1. The Eden Prairie Creamery, near the depot in early "downtown" Eden Prairie.

2. Kate and Fred Miller, store owners

3. Aimee Douglas and her son, Sheldon.

4. Inside the Miller Store

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2. about their friends, shared excitement over new babies in the neighborhood and enjoyed visits to Big Island and Minneapolis. Etta was frustrated that she had to stay at home and do chores while her older sister got to go to work at the depot like her father. Etta died of tuberculosis when she was 16 and Amie got married and moved away to Montana, but Mary and Sheldon weren’t alone in their home for long. Amie’s husband, David Douglas, and Sheldon both passed away while Amie was in Montana, so she brought her baby, also named Sheldon, back to Eden Prairie and returned home to her mother. Amie also lost a daughter during her time in Montana.  Amie grew old in the house her father built. She became the well-respected “matriarch” of the town – someone her neighbors came to for advice about everything from money to raising children. She was indubitably the person to ask – she kept a well-maintained, large home that was equipped with lightbulbs and woodburning stoves by the time she passed away at 88. She raised an educated and successful son who lived to be 100.  THE MORES The More family moved into the house in 1952.  They 3.

added electricity and a furnace, but intentionally refrained from making any changes that would affect the integrity of the home. They built an add-on kitchen but made it deliberately different in appearance from the historic home, so passersby would know it was an addition. Earl More was an active community member and welcomed visitors into his home for a tour and a cup of coffee. He and his wife, Helen, took immaculate care of the house. Because of their care and dedication to the historical home, the original floors, walls, windows, doors, shutters, and even the old wood porch are still intact. They sold their home to the City of Eden Prairie in 1985, contingent on their lifetime estate, and the city took over the house in 1999 after Earl’s death. THE 21ST-CENTURY SMITH-DOUGLAS-MORE HOUSE The Heritage Preservation Commission and the Eden Prairie Historical Society took responsibility for the house and plans for its future. Although there was a movement to sell the house, it was protected by a petition led by the Historical Society.  The city still owns the house today and has found success in occupying it with coffee shops. The house was first open for business in 2002, with a Dunn Brothers settling there almost 130 years after the Smiths. CONTINUED >

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COMMON GROUNDS

(CON TI N U ED)

1.

2.

The coffee shop has changed hands a few times, but in the last year has been reimagined as Smith Coffee and Café, an ode to the original residents. In addition to serving as a gathering place for Eden Prairie’s current inhabitants, the Historical Society ensures that the Smith-Douglas-More House is a place to remember its storied past. They are currently preparing a historic timeline to donate to the house that will be displayed in the parlor. They also offer presentations and tours at the house regularly and have used it as a site for antique shows and fairs. Thanks to Kathie Case at the Eden Prairie Historical Society. Visit edenprairiehistory.org 22

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1. Outside the Miller Store,

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2. The Eden Prairie Depot, just north of the Smith home.


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OPEN HOUSE

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Unlock your dream home by zone LOCAL EXPERTS TALK TRENDS

WITH SPRING UPON US, YOU AREN’T THE

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FRESH. Because our surroundings affect our mood, now may be the perfect time to dive into some welldeserved updates. We reached out to four local industry experts to talk trends  for kitchens, living rooms, entertainment, and garages.  26

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KITCHENS Utility and gathering space meet in your kitchen. We talked to Dick Noltman, the owner of Eden Prairie Appliance. He's proud of its on-site experts and values keeping clients informed. “Because of our specialized… appliances, our philosophy is to make sure our customer is educated.” Noltman caught us up on kitchen design trends for 2019. Integrated appliances with exteriors matching your cabinetry are very popular. Although this trend lends itself to a sleek aesthetic, it’s versatile when it comes to selecting your desired visual focus. “[Homeowners] may want to do a nice heavy range that can be a focal point of a kitchen. It goes both ways,” said Noltman. Another welcomed trend: colors and finishes. Appliance manufacturers are making chic finishes like slate, black stainless steel, and even matte finishes. “Stainless steel isn’t the only option anymore,” Noltman said.  CONTINUED >

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OPEN HOUSE

(CON TI N U ED)

“Because of our

There’s a surprisingly easy update you can make to bring visual harmony to your kitchen: making sure all of your countertop

specialized…appliances,

appliances are within the same color scheme, or better yet, the

our philosophy is to

ital displays across a line of products, your space becomes more

make sure our customer i s e d u c at e d .”

same brand. Because each brand uses the same handles or digaesthetically seamless. Noltman also recommends making space for a Microdrawer, integrated into cabinetry to free  up precious counter space and add to a streamlined appearance.  For bigger changes, form can meet function. “A good hood is a pretty important kitchen improvement,” Noltman told us. Ventilation is vital. Not only does a good ventilation system make the cooking more pleasant, it protects cabinetry and kitchenware in the long run. Noltman also mentioned column refrigerators, another exciting consumer-friendly innovation in kitchen appliances.  Think of a separate refrigerator and freezer that you can choose in variable sizes and specs to suit your needs. “You build the size you want,” Noltman said. 

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LIVING ROOMS Where else can you eat, nap, and entertain but your living room?

Accessorizing exemplifies the “a little goes a long way” mantra

Since 1941, Yetzer’s has been the go-to site for home furnishing in

in your home. A new piece of wall art in a room can tie elements

the greater Twin Cities area. Thomas Wiest purchased Yetzer’s in

together; an interesting mirror can trick the eye into thinking the

2015 and has offered his expertise to Eden Prairie Lifestyle before.

space is more open and brighter. Throw pillows or a noncha-

From uniquely sourced statement pieces to classic items that will

lantly folded blanket on the arm of a sofa add textural interest in

feel at home in any house, the Yetzer’s “different by design” motto

your space. Sherpa textiles and wide knits add an instant dose

definitely rings true.

of coziness to an otherwise sterile space. Linen and recycled

“Colors this spring are in the coral family,” Wiest told us. Energizing and optimistic, Pantone named “Living Coral” the color

cotton materials offer a fresh and modern take on spring-tosummer readiness while staying warm.

of the year for 2019. Pastel colors emphasize both airy and cozy

New pieces of furniture are investments, but their visual impact

spaces in a modern way. Two-toned furniture also remains import-

can update your living room. A custom piece isn't a daunting

ant in 2019 and can be versatile in your home. A chair with a differ-

option. Whether you’re looking for a chair you dream about that

ent colored seam welt (in contrasting or complementary tones) can

doesn’t exist yet, or the perfect sofa to complement a family

come across as either modern or eclectic depending on the color

antique, Yetzer’s custom approach may be the way to go for you.

story. Pillows with different colors on each side add visual interest

“Just because it’s custom doesn’t mean it’s expensive,” Wiest said.

while leaving an open door for you to mix and match looks. 

“It means you get what you want.”

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OPEN HOUSE

(CON TI N U ED)

ENTERTAINMENT  Stereoland was founded in 1964 by owner Bill Soderholm’s

Identify where your family listens to the earworm of the day or shares a

father. The expertise is generational: “We’ve been through all the

new find and consider one of these devices (that come at many price

iterations of audio.” The local audio/video store carries a wide

points). Another upgrade - a good pair of headphones for solo listeners. A

range of products, and they make it accessible to any consumer.

good pair of pro headphones will put your kid’s Air Pods to shame.

“We specialize in affordable, high performance audio and video with personalized service.” Soderholm told us.

Larger updates in entertainment can come as big as you can dream. Performance speakers are coming in smaller and smaller sizes.

The trends in audio are coming from opposite sides of the spec-

Many folks dedicate areas - or even full rooms - to audio enjoyment.

trum but are easily married in places like the Stereoland showroom.

Wildly high-quality 8k resolution televisions have hit the market. At

Vinyl records and streaming systems. Turntables and smart home

the same time, projectors are becoming more affordable and perfect

devices. Perhaps the biggest trend in the industry is how custom-

for room-to-room (or garage, or deck) portability. No longer the tech-

izable and individual-specific home entertainment systems can

nology brought in on wheels from grade school days, projectors can

become. “We make it simple and easy,” Soderholm told us.

be used from anything from movies and YouTube videos to playing

One small way to update your home entertainment setup would be to add “a simple music streamer with access to literally millions of songs,”

video games. Soderholm also told us about acoustic room treatments that improve sound quality in a room and can double as decor.

Soderholm told us. While we all have the ability to pull up YouTube on our

Home entertainment is where self-care meets community. With

smartphone and blast a song on those speakers, a dedicated machine

diverse price points and an open door for customization, upping your

provides superior sound and is a great addition to any room in the home.

game is worth the investment.

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“We specialize in affordable, high performance audio

GARAGES Garage Floor Outfitters is in its 9th year of serving the entire Twin Cities metro area. The CEO and President of Garage Floor Outfitters, Bob Davis, is also the President of the award-winning Window Outfitters.

and video with

Inc. Customer satisfaction is their main priority, and

p e r s o n a l i z e d s e r v i c e .”

they offer custom cabinetry, storage solutions, and

their garage expertise is top-tier. Alongside flooring, garage door treatments. One of the most innovative products in garage flooring is polyaspartic coating. “Every layer we put down in 100% polyaspartic flooring,” Davis said. The UV stable and heat tolerant technology has been continually improved. Garage Floor Outfitters also offers a lifetime warranty on delamination. Their four layers of polyaspartic coating are VOC-safe, without fumes and off-gassing, making it safe for children and pets. “It’s got a lot of versatility,” Davis told us. “We can coat basically anything with the product.” From concrete to wood, this versatility means that it can also be applied to flooring in mechanical rooms, storage rooms, recreation rooms, and a variety of commercial applications. In addition to adding value to your home, the flooring is easy to clean and improves the look and feel of your space. “It makes the garage another room in the house.”  Garage Floor Outfitters’ variety of cabinetry and storage solutions offer options for every home. Versatile and cost-flexible slat-wall  and ceiling storage, and  stylish, durable storage products backed up by big names. Custom garage cabinets are a growing trend. With years of expertise, Garage Floor Outfitters solves storage challenges. “A good cabinet set can be the storage equivalent of two to three rooms in the house,” Davis said.  Garage Floor Outfitters also installs garage screen

“A g o o d c a b i n e t s e t c a n b e t h e S T O R A G E e q u i va l e n t o f t w o t o t h r e e r o o m s i n t h e h o u s e ,”

doors for use in the spring and summertime. As Davis told us, with beautiful flooring, stylish storage, and the ability to screen out bugs, your updated garage can even function as a porch or lanai. With warmer days approaching, that sounds like a dream. When it comes to updating your home, you get what you give. Two overarching design themes stand out this year.  Customization. Optimizing garage storage, mixing and matching the perfect audio setup, designing your perfect couch, or streamlining your kitchen.  Local experts. Nothing beats having a real-life (human!) expert help you with your home. When you shop local and support the industry experts in your community, not only will you get customized service, but you also receive hands-on investment in your satisfaction. That means you get exactly what you need.  March 2019 | Eden Prairie Lifestyle

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RENOVATE & REFINE

Give and take

ARTICLE MARY WALCKER

HELPING NATURE NURTURE US

LETTING NATURE NURTURE US IS A GARDENING

GROW YOUR OWN PRODUCE

TREND RECOGNIZED BY MONROVIA, ONE OF THE

More than ever, consumers want to know where their food

COUNTRY’S PREMIER GROWERS. With the promise

comes from and how it's grown. Cultivating food doesn’t have

of spring around the corner, Minnesotans look forward to

to be limited to homes with acres of land. Possibilities include

seeing green trees and blossoms begin a new season of

containers on porches and decks; adding a few vegetables to

growth and beauty. Make plans now to surround yourself

your current planting design; or even hanging herb planters

with nature and lend it a helping hand, too.

from your home’s eaves or in front of a kitchen window.

HOUSEPLANTS

POLLINATOR GARDENS

Spending quality time with nature can be a challenge

It’s easy to help take care of our pollinator friends.

when we’re juggling work and family time. Bringing

Nurturing their habitat protects our ecosystems. Consider

plants indoors can help us get a little bit of nature every

adding nectar-rich flowering plants to your landscape. The

day. There’s something therapeutic about taking care of

varieties with single flower tops usually make it easier for

plants, and it’s easy to do when they’re right there on

bees to access pollen. Planting a diverse selection of flow-

your kitchen counter.

ers so both you and the pollinators enjoy the blooms for an extended growing season helps busy bees stay healthy.

COMPOSTING

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composting trend for both food and yard waste. It turns into

Facebook or sign up for their E-newsletter to catch nature trends,

a sustainable mulch to help your plants grow.

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LOCAL’S CHOICE SERENE SPRING COLORS

Neutral Territory SPRUCING UP WITH FRESH PAINT FOR SPRING? We caught

Unless you thrive on tedious prep work and have a steady hand,

up with Sara Trosen of Madison House Interiors and WOW 1 Day

you may be in the market for a professional painter. Sandness tells us

Painting’s Mike Sandness for up-to-the-minute advice.

to look for hundreds of A+ reviews on various sites (Better Business

Trosen recommends grays and cool, neutral tones for a fresh, current

Bureau, Angie's List, etc.) to vet potential painters. “Be wary, be care-

look. “Grays can be the most difficult color to pick. The key to picking a

ful, be diligent in your research. Verify the contractor and their work

great gray paint color is in the undertone. Red undertones tend to look

history. Be sure to check credentials, insurance, reviews, and …refer-

purple, too cool, and [gray] looks like cement." Trosen's secret is to use

ences. Your investment is at stake…” Even the prettiest gray only looks

"mushroom tones" when seeking out the perfect gray. Looking for a little

perfect if it's applied with precision.

more color? Grays with "slightly blue and green undertones tend to work with many styles and colors, and slightly warmer neutrals are wonderful.” 

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