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Farm to Table On the Cover Cheese[wheel] Cake: Milk Made At the center of a spectacular, styled photoshoot with The White House Co., Milk Made and Glasser Images, this three-tiered cheese wheel cake nearly stole the show. This rustic, fall-inspired masterpiece was created by Megan Lewis of Milk Made. For an unlikely, but perfect pairing for the (cheese) cake, Lewis incorporated a mushroom cake topper she handpicked at Prairie Roots Co-op, hailing from Doubting Thomas Farms. Combined with stunning flowers from Love Always Floral, this was a centerpiece worth savoring. Read more on page 32. November Cover photography by: Glasser Images



Pray for Gray: Giving & Gathering

Miranda Roen: Minimalist Makeover

Recently, Midwest Nest donated an educational evening in the kitchen to the Pray for Gray benefit, which took place this fall. It was auctioned off to the highest bidder and four guests were promised a behind-the-scenes seat at the table. This month, you’re invited inside their unforgettable evening, with four autumn-inspired courses.



Trever Hill & Ben Anderson: Behind the Scenes Remodel & Journey to HGTV


Mike Dawson & Rebecca Knutson: West McDonald Lake Embracing the changing seasons, we made a quick trip to the lake to see the latest collaboration by designer, Mike Dawson of Chris Hawley Architects, and Rebecca Knutson of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One. These homeowners went from a tiny cottage on a hill, to a dream home built to conquer their steep terrain, and accommodate each transition of their growing family.

#RedBallProject: Recap of FargoMoorhead’s Largest Public Art Display In case you didn’t notice the massive red ball around Fargo-Moorhead this past month, let us show you its remarkable journey. Follow along as we take to the streets for a recap of the area’s most impactful public art display.


Cassandra Grenz & Brock Dickson: Mid-Century Modern Farmhouse


Kelly Schulz: Mudroom Makeover Five years ago, the Schulz’ mudroom seemed to have more than enough space. Two children later, their expanded family proved more than their small mudroom could handle. Since they couldn’t feasibly increase square footage, Schulz and her husband recruited Rebecca Knutson of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, to get creative and redesign their existing footprint.



Midwest Nest Magazine is a monthly print and online publication which features content and photography focusing on culture, entertaining and home design.



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dan francis photography dennis krull, 5foot20 m. schleif photography studio three beau glasser images

EDITOR tracy nicholson

GRAPHIC DESIGN - LAYOUT alison monke, creative monke monica murray

GRAPHIC DESIGN - ADVERTISING alison monke, creative monke dennis krull, 5foot20 design lounge

COPY EDITORS kelly schulz tracy nicholson reyna bergstrom

CIRCULATION darren gibbins hal ecker


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CONTRIBUTORS shayla knutson laneil skaff julie stoe christine skaff jesse masterson jim and vonda leiner rebecca knutson mike dawson trever hill ben anderson cassandra grenz kelly schulz the white house co. milk made glasser images plains art museum

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT susan hozak-cardinal tracy nicholson kari lugo darren gibbins

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contributors + team


Contributors + Team Morgan Schleif

Susan Hozak-Cardinal

Schulz is Midwest Nest’s Copy


contributing photographer and

Editor and works full time in

Nest’s publisher and owner.

is the photographer and founder

marketing at Butler Machinery

She graduated from Minnesota

of M.Schleif Photography. With

Company’s corporate office in


a degree in Graphic Design

Fargo, N.D. She has a bachelor’s

with a BS, and then from the



degree in Mass Communications

University of Mary, Fargo Center,

Concordia College, she found

from Minnesota State University

with an MBM. Hozak-Cardinal

photography to be a natural


is the Marketing Director and Office Manager at Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry and

combination in serving her abilities with people and composition. She has a passion

University of Mary. She resides in North Fargo with her

a REALTOR® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier

for connection, community, and creativity which leads to

husband and two children. In her spare time she enjoys

Properties. She is also co-owner of The Private Collection,

endless opportunities in the F-M area. Her style is less

camping, thrifting, chalk paint projects, pretending to read

a furniture rental business in Fargo.

‘posed’ and geared toward capturing a realistic impression

books for book club and chasing after her little ones.






Kelly Schulz Nest













of whomever she is photographing- allowing her clients to be themselves and fully embrace their current phase of life. A photographer by day and pint pourer by night at Junkyard Brewing Company, she is an extrovert who is most inspired by atmospherics, conversation, and human expression. She is eager to add her take on the vibrant

Kari Lugo

lifestyle that is Fargo, North Dakota to Midwest Nest. To

Dan Francis

Fargo native, Lugo partnered

find more of her work, connect with her on Facebook or

Francis is the lead photographer

with Midwest Nest to specialize

Instagram @ Mschleif Photography, or view her full portfolio

for Midwest Nest and owner

in business development and


of Dan Francis Photography in

advertising sales. Twenty years

Fargo, N.D. He is Fargo’s only

in media have taken her through

Master, Photographic Craftsman

national radio, television, and


film markets as well as global



currently vice president of the




Professional Francis


her an interesting palette of experience. Upon her return to the Midwest five years ago,

Rebecca Knutson, CID

Lugo has held positions in both media and marketing in



15-years of experience and quality work to Midwest Nest,

Fargo. She is happy to be living and working back in her

expertise as an Interior Designer

contributing stunning home, art and portrait images to

hometown again, where she is also a caregiver for her


our pages. He is looking forward to showing readers his

mother, who has ALS.

Manager at

brings Cabinet



Floor to

Professional Photographers of N.D. and past board member of the FMVA. Francis brings


unique approach to his art that you won’t see anywhere

Carpet One in Fargo, N.D. She

else. Francis works out of his downtown Fargo studio and

holds a Bachelors of Science

can be found at

degree from NDSU in Interior Design, is NCIDQ Qualified, and offers over 12 years of experience in residential and commercial Interior Design. Knutson’s

Reyna Bergstrom

projects are all-encompassing from electrical, plumbing,

Bergstrom is Midwest Nest’s first

appliances, cabinetry, countertops, flooring and tile. Knutson

intern. A born and raised North

will be showcasing her projects throughout North Dakota

Trever Hill

Dakota gal, Bergstrom attended

and Minnesota with a focus on the importance of having

Opening his design business




a good team to rely on during new builds and remodeling.

in 2009, Hill quickly secured



May 2018

Knutson believes that taking the time to plan and not rush

his spot as one of the top

from Concordia College with a

the install process gives the best possible outcome at the


degree in Communication. While

end of any project. Follow her features as she works closely

In 2016, Hill was named the

in college Bergstrom enjoyed

with contractors and clients to coordinate finishes and

F-M’s Best Decorator in the

singing and touring with the

trades with contractors, architects, and subcontractors.

People’s Choice Awards and

Find Knutson at

has consistently ranked in the

Lutheran in

Concordia Choir and interning for Senator John Hoeven in





Washington D.C. She spent her past four summers working

top three for various, local

in western Montana as a counselor and art coordinator at

nominations. As the owner of Trever Hill Design, he takes

Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, a place she loved because

on a wide range of projects including remodels, spacial

it stimulated her creativity, passion for people and love for

planning, staging, decorating and designing new homes.

the outdoors. She currently works as a Marketing Assistant

Hill takes readers on an exclusive tour of his latest

at Family HealthCare and serves the Grand Forks region as

commercial and residential projects, dissecting the design

Miss HollyDazzle 2019, promoting her platform on servant

elements that create beautiful and functional spaces.

leadership. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, yoga,

Find more on Hill’s work at

acrylic painting, and whipping up big batches of chocolate chip cookies for friends and family.

contributors + team


Monica Murray

Dennis Krull

Alison Monke

Krull is the owner and creative

Monke is the owner and designer

A native of Rochester, MN and

at 5foot20 design lounge in


current undergraduate student

Moorhead, M.N., where on any

N.D. As Midwest Nest’s lead


day you will find him working

advertising and layout designer,

passion for order and beauty



a designer,











to the Midwest Nest’s layout

and artist. He received his BFA

experience working with a variety

design. While working toward

in Graphic Design from MSUM.

of companies in their design

a BS in Marketing with a Web

He creates and photographs



Design minor, she gives many

for many different businesses,

She received her BFA in Graphic

both locally and nationally. When he is not designing or

Design from MSUM. Monk has worked on everything from

free hours over to the execution of brand identity expression—from concept development

working in photography, he can be found creating art with his encaustic medium. He is currently president of Gallery 4 artist co-op in Downtown Fargo.



t-shirts and brand strategies to websites. She is currently a full-time freelance designer helping many small to mediumsized businesses and non-profits in the F-M area. Monke designed Midwest Nest’s logo and works closely with our

to content visuals and logo design. Her free time is most enjoyed when spent baking a new recipe, hiking in the mountains, and engaging in authentic conversation over a quality cup of coffee.

team to create branding strategies and bring expertise to ad designs, helping local businesses speak their own brand and capture the audience’s attention. Find Monke’s work at

Darren Gibbins Jesse Masterson

Gibbins is a believer in the power of print. An itch for

As an estate manager with a


prior restaurant management




awareness led him to pursue a




Mike Dawson




a deep passion for food and

upon graduating with a BS in

Dawson is a contributor and

entertaining. He brings over nine

communications at Minnesota

has been with Chris Hawley

years of food industry knowledge



home to help readers create the


University at

Moorhead. newspapers


graduating from

2011, NDSU’s






throughout the Midwest for the better part of two decades

Architecture Program. Dawson’s

offers tips and creative ideas on

molded him into someone who is not easily overwhelmed.

experience working on various

how to make every party atmosphere memorable. Whether

Are you? Marketing a product or service doesn’t have to be

types of projects has made

he’s coordinating a bar cart, baking “secret family recipes”,

difficult. He understands that. His role here is a simple one.

him an important player on

or creating a stunning cheese platter, Masterson will show

the CHA team, with a keen eye for design. In addition to design, Dawson is responsible

readers how to duplicate his entertaining prowess. Follow

for supporting client relationships, material selection/

to buy the supplies to make your presentation pop.

Get your brand noticed. Eat. Sleep. Repeat!

his features to find unique recipes, hosting tips and where

coordination, and the production of project graphics.

Travis Beauchene Beauchene is an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from

Jim & Vonda Leiner

Shayla Knutson

NDSU and a Master of Fine Arts from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Beauchene has been painting for 14 years, studying and teaching photography for eight years, and marketing for a variety of businesses for five years. When Beauchene returned to the Fargo-Moorhead area, he founded a business in

Jim Leiner studied architecture

Knutson is an NDSU graduate


and local food writer with her

worked for Wood Specialists

blog entitled Sweetly Simple

for over 30 years as a master














self-taught from her time in

industry. Vonda Leiner studied

the kitchen at a young age.


She loves creating new recipes

worked for Dayton’s/Macy’s as a



that are healthy, fun, and family

manager, customer service rep and merchandiser for over 19 years; she is now employed

The business consists of three branches: Paint, Photo,

friendly. Knutson hopes to share with our readers her love of food and Midwest culture.

and Market. His artistic approach to everything he does,

Follow her adventures in recipes on Facebook or Instagram

fused their expertise, working side by side to build unique

both in business and in life, provides him a unique insight


and handcrafted spaces. With a passion for design, cooking,

conjunction with his wife Brittany-STUDIO THREE BEAU.

by Spaulding Stone. Married since 1988, the two quickly

that leads to exciting and innovative output. Beauchene

entertaining, and celebrating life, the Leiners are known by

currently resides in a tiny home in Detroit Lakes, M.N.

many for their gracious hosting and ability to capture each

where it is equally likely to find him painting in his studio

season to perfection.

or climbing a tree with his daughter Millie.




Thankful for the Thoughtful On the eve of publishing our 14th edition, I sat down with the team and hit rewind. I wanted to take a look back at our very first issues and make sure we had done our job. Like any editor, I saw things I love...and maybe a couple of teeny, tiny things I’d rather forget. All grammatical errors aside, what surprised me the most, was the job our contributors had done. Over the last year, we’ve accidentally built a team of contributors that feels more like family. We spend a lot of time with them, laugh with them, and ultimately, work hard with them. They flip their schedules, donate their time and devote every ounce of energy to make a single story shine. So, in our month of Thanksgiving, I think it’s the perfect time to say, “Thank you.” This month, we worked with Pray for Gray’s non-profit to auction off four seats at the table to one of our cuisine shoots. We weren’t sure if anyone would ‘bite’, so we were pleasantly surprised when the highest bid came in at a whopping $800. Now, we know our food shoots are really fun, but with this bid in mind, we thought we’d better step up our game. We reached out to four of our cuisine contributors to see if they’d be willing to offer their time and talents in our four-course, behind-the-scenes dinner. Not a single one faltered in their answer of, “I’m in.” They knew it was for a good cause, and even though we offered, they didn’t ask for a single thing in return. This is just one of many scenarios that remind me of why I’m forever thankful for Fargo-Moorhead, family, and wonderful friends who continue to say, “I’m in.” All of this is because of you. November Events! Holiday Art Sale | November 2 - 4 [Plains Art Museum] Homes for the Holidays Tour | November 3 - 4 [Hosted by NDSU’s Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae] Fall Tap Fest! | November 3 & 10 [West Acres Mall] Wild Terra Cider + live music Christmas Market @ The Pines | November 30 - December 1 [by Eco Chic Home] Festive Fridays on the 400 Block | November 2 - December 21 [hosted by Stabo Scandinavian Imports, Unglued, Boots & Heels, Zandbroz Variety] See Facebook for a full schedule of events!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! With Midwest regard, Tracy Nicholson, Midwest Nest Magazine Editor

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Giving + Gathering Story by Tracy Nicholson | Photography by Dan Francis Photography Recently, Midwest Nest donated an educational evening in the kitchen to the Pray for Gray benefit which took place this fall. Auctioned off to the highest bidder, board member, Tom Shirek - four guests were promised a behind-the-scenes seat at the table. Shirek had placed a handsome bid with the intent to send his wife, Sally Shirek, a Pray for Gray committee member, on a fabulous girl’s night out. To give the group an unforgettable experience, we called on four of the most talented at-home chefs we knew and two of the most giving hosts, Jim and Vonda Leiner. All graciously gathered and donated their time to display their skills in the Leiner’s beautiful kitchen. You’re invited to see inside their autumn-inspired evening, with four delectable courses - served up in style.


BE OUR GUEST Thrilled with her husband’s gift, Sally Shirek wasted no time gathering her three friends, Shannon Aannerud, Janessa Morrow and Allison Faller, to join in the food shoot fun. This VIP gathering began their foodie adventure in Leiner’s picturesque backyard, then headed inside for a behind-the-scenes tasting of four fall-inspired courses.

THE CHEFS You might recognize our featured chefs, they grace our pages many times a year. Each at-home chef offers our readers an in-depth, but down-to-earth education in family favorites, comfort food, cocktails, desserts and specialty dishes they’ve recreated from their worldly From Left, Dinner Guests; Allison Faller, Janessa Morrow, Shannon Aannerud and Sally Shirek

travels. Our sincere thanks to hosts and chefs, Jim and Vonda Leiner, food blogger and at-home chef, Shayla Knutson of Sweetly Simple Life, our resident cheesemonger/”Culinary Masterson” (Jesse Masterson), and last but never least, our favorite family of world travelers and cuisine contributors, Laneil Skaff, along with her daughter Julie Stoe and daughter-in-law Christine Skaff.

SAVORING THE SEASON This is the third time we’ve shot at the Leiner home and there’s no question we’d beg them to host again. In fact, the Leiners have become known for their gracious hosting, regularly entertaining on behalf of many different fundraising dinners. This is one couple who we consider experts in creating and capturing the perfect seasonal ambiance. Guests at each dinner enjoy a backyard riverside oasis, inviting ambiance and impressive tablescapes. Chefs from Left; Shayla Knutson (Sweetly Simple Life), Jim & Vonda Leiner (hosts), Jesse Masterson, Julie Stoe, Laneil Skaff and Christine Skaff




One of the coziest features in the home is their

“It is all of the wonderful people we know and

authentic woodfire pizza oven from Italy. Jim

have gotten to know, gathering for causes and

Leiner is a long-time cabinet builder for Wood

celebrations that are filled with so many stories

Specialists in Fargo. He installed the woodfire

and wonderful memories; that is what makes

oven, crafted their beautiful cabinetry and

our house a home,” said Vonda Leiner. “Of

created the stone surround. With the oven’s

course, it’s always fun to design and come up

interior temps reaching around 800 degrees, fall

with new ideas to create an environment that

is the perfect time to fire it up.

makes people feel special, warm and cozy.”


Woodfire-Roasted Pizzas FENNEL WITH PROSCIUTTO

Brush pizza dough with olive oil. Top with fontina cheese, roasted fennel slices, prosciutto and red pepper flakes. After baking, sprinkle with chopped fennel fronds, sea salt and balsamic vinegar glaze.

HARVEST BUTTERNUT SQUASH Spread chipotle oil on pizza dough. Top with caramelized onion, butternut squash, mozzarella cheese, thin apple slices, chopped bacon and a sprinkle of blue cheese. Garnish with sage and walnuts. Tips: The Leiners use a basic dough recipe, but you can purchase dough or make your own. If you don’t have access to a woodfire pizza oven, you can also use a pizza stone in the oven at 450-500 degrees.



Preheat oven to 425° 1. In a large salad bowl massage kale with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. This


helps make the kale not so bitter. Toss Brussel sprouts in with kale.


2. Toss walnuts in one tablespoon of olive oil and add a dash of paprika,


cinnamon and cumin. Using a cookie sheet, bake the walnuts in preheated


oven for 10 minutes.


3. Prepare the fig balsamic dressing. Whisk ingredients together.


4. Prepare the Brie and white cheddar grilled cheese. Once done, cut the grilled cheese into small cubes. Don’t cut them too small or they’ll fall




5. Top the kale and sprouts with carrots, apple, walnuts, grilled cheese


croutons and salad dressing.

“I was able to find most of the ingredients at the Red River Market in Downtown Fargo. On the weekends from July through October, this is a great place to




local produce, floral, handmade goods and dishes



owned restaurants. Make sure to check out their upcoming schedule of events at com.” Jesse Masterson, Midwest Nest Cuisine Contributor






“I learned how to make this at a cooking school; it’s easy to make, but it has really interesting, warm flavors that mix a bit of Mexican with a bit of fall. The tomatillos grow in a husk and have a denser texture with a little bite to it. The pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) give the dish a hint of fall without screaming pumpkin. It’s great served with plain rice, jasmine rice or a simple risotto. I prefer to use chicken thighs because they’re so moist and flavorful. You can even double the chicken and still only make one recipe of sauce. The sauce can be made up to two days ahead of time. If you have leftover sauce, try it on cheese quesadillas, steak, fajitas or fish tacos.” Laneil Skaff, Midwest Nest Cuisine Contributor


Preheat oven to 450 degrees 1. Roast tomatillos and onions: In a medium bowl, combine tomatillos and onion and toss with oil to coat. Transfer to a baking sheet and lightly


puree until smooth. Tip: Take the center knob out of the blender and place a paper towel over the hole – otherwise, you will have a hot explosion on your hands!

season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until

6. Once pureed smooth, pour back in pan, add cream (or sour cream) and

tomatillos and onions are dark and crispy on the edges.

reheat over medium-low heat. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and

2. Season chicken generously with salt, pepper, and one teaspoon each of cumin and oregano; set aside.



With a large heavy skillet, over

3. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add one Tablespoon

medium-high heat - add remaining oil. When oil is simmering, place

of oil. Toast the pumpkin seeds in the hot oil, stirring continuously, until

thighs (or your preference) presentation side down in the pan. DO NOT

they have expanded and begin to pop; 1-2 minutes. Carefully remove one

move them around. Cook until evenly browned, about five minutes.

Tablespoon of the toasted pumpkin seeds, lightly season with salt and set

Carefully turn thighs over and finish cooking; by either placing cover on

aside for garnish.

and turning heat down to medium-low or finish in oven. Roast until the

4. Add garlic and jalapeno to the pan and sauté until aromatic, about one

thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees, or about eight minutes.

minute. Add remaining teaspoons of cumin and oregano, roasted tomatillos, onion, ½ teaspoon of salt, and chicken broth; bring to a simmer, stirring

To serve: Spoon ¼-inch of sauce into warmed shallow serving dish. Arrange

occasionally for 10 minutes.

pieces of roasted chicken on top of the sauce. Drizzle sauce over chicken

5. Remove saucepan from heat, add cilantro, then pour into a blender and

lime wedges and extra sauce on the side.

until well coated and garnish with pumpkin seeds and cilantro. Serve with



Brown Sugar Glazed Fall Squash INGREDIENTS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees


1. Wash squash and slice in half – top to bottom. Dig out middle seeds, then slice ¼


to ½-inch slices. Place on foil-covered sheet pan. 2. Melt butter, using a pastry brush, brush each piece generously with butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 3. Place in oven and bake for five minutes. 4. While squash is baking, make glaze. In a saucepan over medium heat, place honey, butter and brown sugar in pan and cook until brown sugar is melted. 5. Take squash out of oven and brush with glaze. Return to oven and bake for five to seven more minutes or until tender and glaze has caramelized. (Time will vary depending on thickness of squash.)




Pumpkin Crème Brûlée 4 - C. HEAVY CREAM




1 - C. SUGAR






Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Placelroasting pan on oven rack. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting

1. In a small saucepan, heat whipping cream and spices over medium heat,

pan to reach halfway up the sides of the pumpkins or ramekins. Bake for

just until bubbly. Remove from heat; set aside.

40 to 50 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

2. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, sugar, pumpkin and salt. Beat with

5. Carefully remove pan from oven. Remove pumpkins or ramekins from

a whisk or mixer just until combined. Slowly whisk the hot whipping cream

water; cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill for at least two hours or up to

into the egg mixture.

24 hours. Before serving, let custards stand at room temperature for 20

3. Use a small serrated knife to cut off the top half-inch of the baby


pumpkins. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Place the pumpkins in a

6. Pour a thin, even layer of sugar over the refrigerated custards, ignite the

roasting pan.

torch, and use slow, sweeping motions. The sugar will melt slowly at first

4. Divide custard mixture evenly among the pumpkins or ramekins.

and then caramelize.

“This is a normal creme brulee, but I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices for a seasonal touch. Expect your creme brulee to be less firm than usual. You can use regular ramekins, but I thought the presentation would be more festive to serve it in carved-out, mini pumpkins. I would suggest preparing this recipe a day ahead of time. Also, cook time will vary with pumpkins versus ramekins; due to the moisture, plan for a longer bake time with pumpkins.” Shayla Knutson, Sweetly Simple Life & Midwest Nest Cuisine Contributor Follow on Facebook or Instagram @sweetlysimplelife



ABOUT PRAY FOR GRAY Pray for Gray was founded by Julie Fletcher and is currently the only North Dakota 501(c)3 nonprofit brain tumor organization. The organization’s goal is to educate and raise awareness of brain tumors, to help meet the needs of other brain tumor patients and their families. Through their annual events, they strive to raise funds for new research and patient survival. Pray for Gray proceeds go to help area brain tumor survivors and their families, as well as brain tumor research programs.

For more information regarding Pray for Gray, contact:

Pray for Gray Foundation


PO Box 446

Fargo, ND 58107

“Thank you to all the local chef’s involved for the wonderful meal, and especially Jim and Vonda for hosting the beautiful evening and delicious food. Thank you to Midwest Nest for the donation of the food shoot package for the Pray for Gray Gala and all of the generosities in this community. My friends and I had a great time and will forever cherish the memories together!” Sally Shirek

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That’s a Wrap! BEHIND THE SCENES REMODEL & JOURNEY TO HGTV Story by Tracy Nicholson | Photography by Dan Francis Photography

For designer Trever Hill and contractor Ben Anderson of Benjamin Custom Homes, this was a remodel project they would never forget. Earlier this year, the two had spent months being interviewed by a production company that worked with HGTV. Finally, they were given the green light to take on a local remodel in the Horace home of Autumn and Steve Hareland. For 14 days this spring, a crew of cameramen followed their every move, documenting the remodel progress to create a sizzle reel and pilot episode that would be presented to HGTV executives. Although the pilot episode, which was given the name, Fargo Fabulous, would unfortunately not see its day on TV, the end result of the remodel was nothing short of fabulous.

The Hareland’s home was built in 1999, and naturally, golden oak was a dominant feature throughout. The outdated floor plan left them longing for a more open and cohesive living space. The couple had initially recruited Trever Hill Design to redesign their main floor and kitchen; then as the major construction began, Ben Anderson of Benjamin Custom Homes entered, to help them overhaul the space. “We did the entire main level, aside from the laundry room and the pantry,” said Anderson. “If you walk


through the door you can see the stark difference between what it originally looked like.” Since the home had golden oak trim and doors from top to bottom, Anderson and Hill opted to install new painted oak trim in the remodel; this way the wood grain would still show through and tie in the new oak to the old oak. “It can be difficult because so much graining shows through, but Shawn Weyer of Weyer-for-Hire did a great job,” said Anderson. Inside the remodel, all of the floorings were replaced and the lighting was updated with new fixtures including pendants, sconces, chandeliers and square LED ceiling lights.

TV TIMEFRAME Typically, a project of this magnitude would take six weeks or more, but with a TV timeframe to work around, Hill, Anderson and a team of local talent completed the entire main floor remodel in 14 working days. This meant a lot of late nights and early mornings for every subcontractor involved. The house was constantly bustling with top priority. Even city inspectors and engineers worked around their fast-paced schedule to keep the process running smoothly.

SUSPENDED STYLE One of the biggest challenges of their remodel was redesigning the staircase. It's a major focal point that's front and center at the entrance and within the living room area. Removing walls to create an open floating staircase meant dealing with a few structural issues that required new engineering and a fabricated H beam. Before the team could install the new staircase, they had to tear down the ceiling downstairs and create structural support that ran all the way down to the concrete flooring. "We wanted to make the beam tie into the design, so we had it powder coated by Powdercoat Specialists, then Grain Designs cut the post's wood inlay. Hill and Anderson then worked with Bob's Custom Hot Rods to fabricate the metal staircase which weighed in around 850 pounds and took a team of ten guys to install.


many of the subs and fabricators making it their



GORGEOUS GATHERING Beyond the showstopper staircase, Hill designed the gathering space so the eye would be drawn to the fireplace and custom floating shelves built by Grain Designs. This feature was designed with extra long, dry stack bricks from Hebron Brick to create a more contemporary finish. "The Harlands wanted ample seating in the living room, but because of the short time frame, we were not able to special order anything," said Hill. "Despite the extra challenge, we managed to find this beautiful sectional at Gabbert's."

KITCHEN OVERHAUL With a total overhaul in the kitchen, golden oak cabinetry was donated to Habitat ReStore and replaced with an Arbor glaze cherry cabinetry designed by Hill and Rebecca Knutson of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One. The perimeter received a new quartz countertop, while the island now displays the biggest slab of Glacier quartzite available. Hill and Anderson worked closely with Robby Wysuph of Northern Stone to install and illuminate the natural stone with backlighting, while Grain Designs created the stunning butcher block feature.



The custom features don't stop at the island - Hill fused an oversized raw-edge subway tile seamlessly with handmade ceramic tiles by local artist, Tara Fermoyle of Fermie Studios. Hill visited her studio to personally handpick and lay out the pattern for these beautiful tiles.

"This island is a natural stone; it came out of a quarry looking like this and it was just polished," said Hill. "In order to backlight it, Robby at Northern Stone had to miter and drop down the edges; so if you feel underneath, there’s a big piece of steel metal where the LEDs are. This is there to provide a gap so the stone wouldn’t crush the LEDs."

QUIET GETAWAY When the kitchen wall got bumped back into the den, Hill and Anderson reconfigured the den space to provide an intentional design and quiet space for guests. Calming elements like the wood bead chandelier and raffia wall covering, installed by Weyer-for-Hire, set the tone for the perfect transitional space that can easily double as an office.

INSPIRED DINING "This is the art that I had envisioned for the dining space from the very beginning," said Hill. "Colorwise, this piece by local artist, Jessica Wachter, was really the inspiration for the entire space, which trickled into the kitchen and living room." As a central location between the kitchen and living room, Hill wanted to do something extraordinary for the dining table chandelier. He came up with an idea that would require brainstorming with Anderson and a little extra help to fabricate. The room's birch-log chandelier was sourced from Anderson's father-in-law's property in the lakes area and hand-picked for color and width; all while TV cameras trudged through the snow behind them. Red River Electric was on site late into the night helping the two assemble it and get the LED strips trimmed and routered into the logs. “There are so many stories behind every custom Anchoring the space, a 600-pound custom concrete table, created by landscaper Mike Nicholson,

piece in this home; the Harelands know all of

took six men to haul into the dining room. The custom steel base added another 120 pounds, making

these stories and I think that creates great

it roughly the weight of a pool table. "The table itself is art, it's another one-of-a-kind piece that

conversations for family and friends that visit. “

makes the room special," said Hill.

Find the Finishes:

Kitchen cabinetry, flooring & tile - Rebecca Knutson, CID, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

Design - Trever Hill Design

Handmade, ceramic tiles - Artist, Tara Fermoyle - Fermie Studios

Contractor - Ben Anderson, Benjamin Custom Homes

Kitchen pendants & main floor sconces - Wayfair

Staircase wood fabrication - Grain Designs

Custom concrete dining table - Mike Nicholson, Custom Landscaping

Staircase metal fabrication - Bob's Custom Hot Rods

Dining & living room art - Artist, Jessica Wachter

Staircase powder coating - Powdercoat Specialists

Dining room rug - Hom Furniture

Staircase engineering - Adam Adams, Liberty Structural Engineering

Dining room captains chairs - recycled rag design, Hom Furniture

Interior wall & trim paint - Weyer-for-Hire

Living room sofa - Gabbert's Design Studio & Fine Furniture

Fireplace - Cozy Heat, Hebron Brick

Den furnishings - Hom Furniture

Kitchen butcher block - Grain Designs

Den wood bead chandelier - HomeGoods

Kitchen countertop install and lighting - Glacier Quartzite, Northern Stone

Blinds - Budget Blinds

Quartzite supplier - Level 9 Quartzite, Stone Holdings


Trever Hill & Ben Anderson


When designer, Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design and Ben Anderson of Benjamin Custom Homes were confronted to create a pilot and sizzle reel for a potential HGTV show, Fargo Fabulous, these two could not have imagined the adventure they were in for. We sat down with them both to get the behind-the-scenes outtakes on their nearly one-year journey to TV and the excitement and challenges that followed.

Q: How did this project with the Harelands get started? Hill: Autumn Hareland reached out regarding

Q: What was the beginning process like and how did they choose a contractor?

a bathroom remodel before the production

Hill: They interviewed many people via Skype

Anderson: We were contracted on October

company and I had even met. She didn’t feel

to potentially be part of the show, including

5, 2017. They did a sizzle reel in December,

like her space was functioning very well and

my business partner in The Private Collection,

right around Christmas. That was pitched on

after we talked, it made sense to invest in the

Susan Hozak-Cardinal, and various contractors.

February 16th, and they filmed in April 2018.

main living area that’s primarily used by her

Eventually, they decided on partnering me with

family. Meanwhile, the producers were talking

Ben as the contractor; he’s amazing. After our

to me about doing a show; they had seen my

Skype session, they decided to pitch us to HGTV

work online, in magazines and the newspaper.

to get the paid sizzle. We started at the end of

I thought it was potentially a scam at first, but

June 2017, and then Ben started work with us

eventually, I could see they were serious about

in September.

moving forward.



Q: Have you always had ambitions to be on TV? Hill: I remember telling my friend, Jessica Wachter, that I wanted to design at a national level and she asked if I disliked living in Fargo. My response was, “No, I love Fargo; I want to stay here.” She said, “Then just stay in Fargo. It will come to you.” A couple months later, boom, they came to us.

Q: What was your favorite part of filming a TV pilot? Anderson: Filming with a great crew felt very natural and fun! Also, what made this project exciting and unique, was the time frame it was completed in. The entire project was done in two weeks with one day of pre-filming, 12 days of construction and part of a day for staging. It was fun to see things happen so quickly; there were usually two or three subs around all the time.

Q: What was it like completing a sixweek remodel in only two weeks? Hill: Ben had it all laid out, hour-by-hour, of what was going to happen on a 24-hour schedule. There were many people who made it their top priority and worked around the clock to complete their part of the project. Some donated or discounted their product and many of them donated extra time to help us stay on schedule. Toward the end, Ben even pulled off a 37-hour shift to make sure the project got done.

Q: Did the homeowner or production company front the remodel costs? Anderson: The Harelands had a significant investment in this remodel, but it definitely helped us to do more and stay within budget when the subcontractors donated material, volunteered extra time or offered additional discounts, with the idea that it was being taped for a potential show.

Q: Were there any unique challenges to filming while working? Anderson: Definitely. We would have all these people working, and then the camera crew would need to start shooting, so everyone would have to leave. For two to three hours of a workday, you might have 15 people just standing outside waiting to go back to work. A city building official came on a Saturday at 6:30 am to do an inspection and a structural engineer had to wait for over an hour during filming; that is not typically how construction goes. We had some structural things we had to overcome during construction, but Shawn Weyer came in with his crew and cut a day out of the schedule to get us back on track. I think that was one of the coolest things, to see how our community comes together when you need them.

Q: What was life like after shooting the pilot? Anderson: It was weird when they left. It was like making the best friends in the world; you get to know these people really well, and then they vanish. Hill: It’s almost like we went to camp, but professionally. For 14 days, you eat, practically sleep, work really long hours with them...and then poof, they’re gone. I think Ben said it best, “Did we just dream that?” It’s so strange and there’s so much energy. I went right back to meeting with my clients again, but couldn’t tell them what we had just been through. The network and production company asked that we not speak of the project, so we had to pretend like nothing happened.

Q: What did you think when you finally saw the pilot episode? Anderson: They did a fantastic job on the sizzle reel which was about three-and-a-half minutes; it took them three days to film. When we finally got to see the sizzle reel, we were wowed - they did a great job and it had such a fun tone. Many of these elements were carried through to the pilot, but it was certainly disappointing to know that the cut we saw would not be aired.



Q: What was it like spending months preparing for a TV series, then finding out that it would not be aired? Anderson: I think the whole experience was amazing and surreal, it didn’t feel like it was

Q: If you were approached to shoot for a network again, what would you do differently?

really happening. There was a period afterward where Trever and I were pretty bummed about the outcome. But then again, at the same time,

Hill: Ask a lot of questions. We’re hoping moving

we’re super grateful we had the opportunity.

forward that we’re going to find a company that wants to show Fargo for what it really is. And I

Hill: There was never a 100% guarantee that

think it’s a special place with people who care

the show would get picked up by HGTV, but the

about one another and that’s what we would

conversation around the project, from day one,

want to portray.

was pretty much, “There’s no way they wouldn’t air this.” To hear the news that it wasn’t going to air was really disappointing to us, but the worst part was knowing how much everyone else had put into this project, then having to tell them that it wasn’t going to air. Cozy Heat, a division of Hebron Brick donated the fireplace, Grain Designs discounted the wood products and volunteered countless hours, especially with the staircase install. Robby Wysuph of Northern Stone donated money, product and time to the kitchen countertops, while Mike Nicholson of Custom Landscaping donated his time to create the concrete dining table. It was sad to see it not air, but it was still an amazing experience that we were so excited to be part of.

Q: What was it like the day of the final reveal?

Anderson: The process would change; from us

Anderson: We were four or five hours behind

Now that we’ve experienced the process, we

on the last day. While they were setting up

know what to expect from the production

cameras to do the final filming and reveal, we

company. In the end, I believe everything

were vacuuming the steps and still in a scramble

happens for a reason and I’m super grateful for

to make things look great. I would say we had

the experience and relationships that came out

it television worthy, but there were still a few

of it.

being interviewed, to us doing the interviewing.

things that needed to be done. Hill: It was an intense experience. I don’t think

Q: Is there a chance a TV series could still happen?

people realize how much work goes into one

Anderson: There are some 80 hours of footage

episode. That night, after two weeks of shooting

that were filmed. There’s always a possibility that

and three hours of sleep, you’d think I’d never

the footage could be purchased and a new show

want to do something like this again, but when

could be completely remade. Our contract with

I was driving away, I really loved the idea of this

the production company was up last month, so

potentially being my new life. I loved all of the

anything could happen.

people, the process and the idea of working hard towards a goal.

Hill: When we flipped over the Jessica Wachter painting in the Hareland’s dining room and the title was, ‘You Can Always Come Back To This’, it definitely resonated with us. Maybe our journey in entertainment has just begun.

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Story by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Glasser Images Setting the stage at The White House Co.’s warehouse near Downtown Fargo, the perfect collaboration was born. This stylized shoot was dreamed up by three groups of creatives, with their hearts set on pushing the boundaries of beautiful. Together, Megan Lewis of Milk Made and Amanda Rydell, Samantha Klinkhammer and Katie Schiltz of The White House Co., worked closely with Glasser Images to document and create vintage inspiration, with an edge.



CREATIVE COLLABORATION The White House Co. and Milk Made were already in the midst of planning their stylized shoot when Glasser Images contacted them about staging and styling their own photography project. Since the two were planned for the same day, they decided to combine their creativity and collaborate. Inside The White House Co. warehouse, they had their pick of hundreds of vintage furniture pieces, arches, table settings and everything in between. With The White House Co.’s setting, two gorgeous couples to model, and Glasser Images to document - Megan Lewis of Milk Made had the perfect opportunity to showcase her passion for high-design charcuterie and cheese creations. Lewis started Milk Made Catering in May of 2017 and works out of Square One Kitchens in Downtown Fargo. Utilizing her extensive education in cheese, she has become well-known for her artfully catered designs; combining exotic fruits, nuts, vegetables, meats and cheeses in an eye-catching and edible display.

“The idea behind this shoot was to take the inspirations behind what we view as a typical ‘North Dakota Wedding’

Noah Kilsdonk & Beth Vetter

SITTING PRETTY Using the warehouse’s brick walls as the backdrop, The White House Co. set the tone with rich velvet textures, a tablescape and



grass-adorned rustic


modern pampas





Rather than designing a more traditional head table, Rydell, Klinkhammer



created a vintage bar setup with a stylized sweetheart table.

and put a fresh, modern twist on the rustic feel so many couples in our area look for. We really wanted to use the opportunity to team up with some of our favorite local vendors in the Fargo area to create something wonderful.” Liz Tomek, Glasser Images



Travis & Steff Mack

“We knew we wanted the shoot to be fall-

and aesthetic,” said Liz Tomek of Glasser Images. “While I coordinated

inspired, so we took a play on those colors and

the team, our creative team, Jenna, Connor and Nick, each brought their

added some unexpected brighter tones; playing

personalities and energy to the shoot. Their talent and creativity are what

with them in a unique way,” said Schiltz. “We

made the imagery unique and spectacular.”

can work with brides to bring in furniture and help stage the venue; we deliver, setup and tear

Collaborating with local talent, the team relied on Love Always Floral

down. We don’t do full-on wedding planning,

for the couples’ bridal bouquets, cake topper, pampas grasses for the

but we can help collaborate their decor with

ceremony arch and custom dog collars. A modern menu card and invite

ours and provide things like soft seating, cake

were designed by Kailey Louise Designs, while Lettering by Samantha

plates, vintage dishware, tables and arches. We

created the custom calligraphy detailing. Serenading the models was a

collaborate a lot with Love Always Floral and

local musician, Wyatt Dronan.

have people we can contact for custom things like signage and calligraphy.” Aside from their retail store at 14 Roberts Street in Downtown Fargo, their Main Avenue warehouse holds the inventory that The White House Co. rents out for staging weddings and events. They have recently added on more storage space, allowing them to extend their offerings and create their own vintage venue to host more intimate events or classes.

REAL-LIFE LOVE To document their stylized shoot, Glasser Images brought in two real-life couples to model attire, jewelry, hair and makeup. “Our models, Steff and Travis, and Beth and Noah could not have been more perfect for the vibe





CHEESE[WHEEL] CAKE At the center of their scene, a three-tiered cheese wheel cake nearly stole the show. This rustic, fall-inspired masterpiece was created by Milk Made. For an unlikely, but perfect pairing for the (cheese) cake, Lewis incorporated a mushroom cake topper she handpicked at Prairie Roots Co-op, hailing from Doubting Thomas Farms. Combined with stunning flowers from Love Always Floral, this was a centerpiece worth savoring. Lewis’ cake is designed with three tiers of cheese wheels; the top tier is a French Regal de Bourgogne Moutarde or soft cow’s milk cheese, wrapped in whole-grain mustard seeds. The middle tier is Coppinger, a washed rind cheese, and the bottom is an aged Vella Dry Jack with a cocoa rub. “When I’m doing a cheese wheel cake or platter, I really love the process. I have a storyboard of the colors that the client wants, so I’ll spend well over an hour in the store, just thinking about what types of unique cheeses and vegetables I want to use,” said Lewis. “I usually have around 20 different fruits and vegetables and I consider the surroundings and colors before I piece it together. Everything that I do is ‘cheesemongers choice’, and I do that purposefully, so it really allows me to pair and curate things. It helps to broaden people’s horizons.” Lewis special orders her cheese wheels primarily from local and American-made cheese and charcuterie makers, allowing roughly 30% to be imported. She uses the cheese wheel’s wooden box lids as a sustainable base for her designs. Clients can choose from a menu of savory or sweet options including antipasto, fruit and crudites or cheese and charcuterie. In her cheese creations, Lewis often includes Fargo-made finds like honey butter from Butter Creations by Ann and Three Bears Honey. “With every image, you can feel the dedication and the energy each person put into their creations. You can tell that every aspect of this shoot was done with a great amount of passion,” said Tomek. “The end result truly was an incredibly beautiful, collaborative experience.”

Lewis’ cake is designed with three tiers of cheese wheels; the top tier is a French Regal de Munster or soft cow’s milk cheese, wrapped in whole-grain mustard seeds. The middle tier is a Coppinger washed rind cheese, and the bottom is an aged Vella Dry Jack with a cocoa rub.




try before you buy. You can also check out the selection at Pinch & Pour and Prairie Food Co-op in Downtown Fargo.

1. Embrace seasonal produce and offerings. When building your own cheese tray, Lewis suggests choosing one or two more approachable

5. Go green. Try foraging for seasonal greenery, wheat or grasses in

cheese options, then keep your eye out for the seasonal cheeses

your own backyard. If you’re interested in boxwood or spreading

that come out right before Thanksgiving and Christmas.

out seeded eucalyptus or ruscus, contact your florist about two to three days in advance, just in case it needs to be ordered in. Don’t

2. Get creative with your tablescape. As Schiltz noted, swapping

be afraid to get creative with what you have; smaller houseplants,

out your glassware, flatware and dishes is as simple as a trip to the

moss and succulents can also do the trick.

thrift store. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, textures and metals for a fun, vintage appeal.

6. Get the glow. Once you’ve created your tablescape with dishware and floral or greens, give it a glow with dramatic candelabras or

3. Don’t forget to focus on floral. According to Klinkhammer, a floral

simplistic tea candles.

centerpiece can allow you to play with the color palette and give your tablescape a simple pop of color or instant elegance.

7. Layer it on. Make sure your tablescape has dimension by layering floral, wood, vintage books or tiered candles in the center. Also,

4. If floral is your foe... Lewis suggests trying an edible design

try using more than one layer of placemats in contrasting sizes

by laying down a clear saran wrap or butcher paper runner and

underneath your dishware or layer your napkin atop your place

creating a grazing centerpiece of cheeses, nuts, fruits or meats. If

setting with a mini pop of greenery.

you use butcher paper, grab a permanent marker and draw arrows labeling each cheese. If it seems like more than you can tackle,

8. When in doubt, add pink. According to Rydell, a pop of pink with

let Milk Made create a curated, edible centerpiece for your holiday

unexpected hues like oranges and yellows can make for a striking

gathering. If you love to create your own cheese boards, check out

combo that suits any occasion. If you don’t like the idea of pastels,

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Klinkhammer suggests opting for richer, jewel-toned palettes.



From back left; Samantha Klinkhammer, Katie Schiltz & Amanda Rydell of The White House Co. Front & center; Megan Lewis of Milk Made

Glasser Images Team, Clockwise from left; Nick Biewer, Liz Tomek, Connor Picard, Jenna Botner

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and a fifth generation of family now visiting their lakeside



homeowners knew it was time to make a change. Saying goodbye to their 900 square foot cottage on a hill, they set out to build a more manageable walkout design with an adaptable interior. To design and build their lakeside dream, with space for their expanding family,



worked with designer Mike Dawson, of Chris Hawley Architects.




foot lot and no room to spare, Dawson perfected the then







Rebecca Shannon

Simon of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, to help make every inch of their interior, efficient and beautiful.

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ARCHITECTURAL ENDEAVORS After a few frustrating attempts at finding a contractor, the homeowners made a visit to their neighbor, architect Chris Hawley of Chris Hawley Architects. They had spotted one of his designs on a magazine cover and it resonated with their own challenge of residing on a steep grade. This was published proof that a cleverly designed build could be a game changer. Perched on a hill that was no longer manageable for them, the homeowners needed to find a way to redesign their 70-foot lot. Taking on the challenge of the unwanted slope, CHA designer Mike Dawson, had to first consider the lot’s shallow depth and close proximity to the lake. “With the way the house sits on the site, we had to deal with a higher grade on the roadside but needed to incorporate a walk-out feature on the lakeside,” explained Dawson. “The difference in grades established the ceiling heights.” Like many lake builds, planning for the walkout was a challenging, lengthy process. Due to erosion control, the county dictated how much earth could be cut out to achieve the grade. “With us getting older, we wanted to have a maintenancefree cottage and be able to take care of the yard ourselves; so being on a walk-out now, is a great thing,” said the homeowner. “Before we noticed that other project of Chris’, we didn’t know there was anything we could do about being on a hill. We met in August and we were in the ground October 1, so that’s how fast the process went.”


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INTERIOR COLLABORATION Drawing up a more efficient floor





growing family, the new lake home would end up touching the lot line in all four points. On




collaborated with Knutson and Simon for the kitchen finishes and cabinetry. “We’d done a project with Rebecca earlier in the

“Working with Mike, Rebecca and Shannon was great, they made it so it

year and had a great experience, so I knew that it would be a good fit,”

wasn’t just my husband’s and my project to figure out; it really became a

said Dawson. “The nice thing about collaborating with them is that we

project that was all of ours,” said the homeowner. “The entire group took

could pick out the flooring, grout color, countertops, cabinetry, hardware,

ownership in it; they helped me do everything.”

and tile all in one place.”

ENTRY Starting in the small foyer, Knutson and Simon designed a super efficient drop zone that would allow for maximum storage. “We used quartersawn white oak with a laminate seating bench,” said Knutson. “Wood is pretty, but we like to do laminate on bench seats because we can do a lot of really beautiful, wood-grain laminates that are far more durable.”

“It’s unbelievable that they were able to put this house and this size of kitchen on our 70-foot lot.”


KITCHEN In the kitchen, their creation was a collaborative effort. Dawson had already drawn up the layout with reclaimed wood beams and the range area as the main focal point of the kitchen. Since there wasn’t an upper floor above them, Dawson was able to bump the ceiling heights up to nine and 11 feet, adding beautiful, transom windows. Together, they met with the homeowners, finalizing finishes and plans to install the tops of the cabinets in line with the top ceiling tier. “They’ve got a big family, so this layout had to be a place that has a healthy footprint but feels comfortable with a lot of people in it,” said Dawson.

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Choosing three

unique finishes, the team


as the quarter-sawn oak island. For the elegant

ideas to run with. For this kitchen, it was the

incorporated crisp white Decor cabinetry on the


silverware divider, the pots and pan storage and

perimeter, a stained 5x8 island, and custom,

perfectly with custom subway tile.

the utility and spice pull-outs.”

“I really think it turned out perfectly,” said

“There is a massive catalog of cabinetry and

“I love the pull-out spice racks. I’ve found that

Knutson. “I love standing in the kitchen visiting

kitchen ideas, but, it can be overwhelming,” said

with typical cabinet spice racks, they can be

with someone at the island and getting the visual

Knutson. “I like to educate clients on everything

hard to use because everything is straight up

of the beautiful, blue cabinetry behind them.”

that’s available and then scale it back. I ask a

and down; with them angled, I can finally see

To accent the three finishes, they chose quartz

lot of questions about the way they use their

everything,” said the homeowner. “I’m also really

countertops for the perimeter cabinets as well

kitchen, then we discuss and pick four or five

glad Rebecca talked us into the knife pull-out



detail paired

blue-painted cabinetry on the back wall pantry.

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and full-width silverware drawer. For storage, the back wall pantry

Eight-foot patio doors and nearly 25-foot, vaulted, gable ceilings give

keeps me much more organized. Nothing gets hidden and there’s

the smaller footprint the illusion of more space. To elevate the design,

no need for roll-outs.”

the homeowners opted for reclaimed wood beams from Dakota Timber Company, then accented the vaulted space with multiple lighting sources.


Beyond the lake view, beautiful masonry and a shiplap hearth were

With the idea of sharing the footprint, Dawson designed the new

designed with custom, built-in seating and media storage. “Even though

living room to cohabitate with the dining room and allow for easy

everything’s white and light, it’s all easily cleanable, including the blinds,”

access to the kitchen. “In our family, everyone hangs out in the

said the homeowner.

kitchen or living room, so it’s really nice to have the two spaces connected like this,” said the homeowner. “We are so thrilled what Mike got into a 70-foot lot is incredible.”

Although the main floor plan called for borrowed space, Dawson knew the entrance to the stairwell and master suite needed to have a slightly different design. As an aesthetically pleasing solution, Dawson incorporated a white column screen to separate the spaces.

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MASTERING THE SUITE In the main floor master suite, a stunning lake view opens to a light and with

bright, a






designed the walk-in shower with custom subway tile, marble chair rail and a marble mosaic. She also designed a cabinetry system with extra storage, while the homeowner incorporated a walk-in bathtub and an instantaneous hot water heater. This feature runs their water through the floor heat boiler below, so their larger family saves money and never runs out of hot water.

FAMILY-CENTRIC FUNCTION The idea for the lower, basement level was to give their growing family a space that would be easy for kids and friends to walk in, straight from the lake (sandy feet and all). Consisting of a bar, bath, kitchen, family room and bedrooms - this level doubles as a secondary, more informal entertaining space with adjoining porch. When they’re not entertaining, the room easily accommodates their two daughters who are both married with young children. Incorporating a refrigerator, microwave, beverage fridge, sink and dishwasher, was one way to make their stays more comfortable. As a contrast to the upstairs crisp white tones, the homeowners wanted their lower-level living to be cozy, with warmer features. To create an informal social space, walls were designed with reclaimed wood planks and the hearth features a contrasting stone. For the flooring, a water-resistant vinyl plank was chosen for its ability to withstand the elements and be resilient enough to handle sandy toes.

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EMBRACING THE ELEMENTS Due to some of their square footage being deemed impervious by the county, Dawson and the homeowners opted to use the space as a screened-in porch or secondary living room. Higher placement of windows on the side give the porch plenty of natural daylight without peering into the neighbor’s property. For an authentic porch feel, Dawson designed the interior with an LP composite siding and vinyl ceiling. Knutson






homeowner to design the porch’s Quartzite bar and window pass-through leading into the kitchen bar. According to Dawson, natural stone like Quartzite is the perfect material to withstand a space that is not temperature controlled. Soon, bar stools will be added so seated guests can watch TV via the passthrough’s open window.

LOFTY TRANSITIONS Upstairs in the loft, this space was left open for interpretation. Designing the room with a gorgeous lake view, Dawson worked with Knutson to custom-design a clever, connected bedding system. “We talked about how this

designed desk base, towards the back of the

family. We had to ask if they liked what we were

loft would be used throughout the years; the

room, the homeowner came up with a fun idea

building because this was their lake home too,”

grandbabies are little now, but as they grow, this

to incorporate a whiteboard desktop for the

explained Knutson. “I had never experienced

space can transition with them,” said Knutson.


that before, but it was a really fun and emotional family meeting; it was wonderful to get to know

As the kids get older, it can easily turn into a recreation room with a TV or reading nook.”

“They brought their grown kids to the last finish

When Knutson was working on the custom-

and sign-off meeting and we met as one big

“Right now, the downstairs is for the babies and our kids, but the loft is a space that will give them room to grow. I think of it as a space that will be everchanging.” Homeowner

the family we had designed it for.”

architecture + design Find the Finishes Architecture - Mike Dawson, Chris Hawley Architects Cabinetry design - Rebecca Knutson with Shannon Simon, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Countertops, cabinetry & flooring - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Cabinet installation - Dan Savageau Construction with Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Lighting - The Lighthouse, Border States Electric Flooring Installation - Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Flooring - Vinyl plank by Jackson Hill, carpet by Via Lido Reclaimed wood - Dakota Timber Company Fireplace - Home & Hearth Area rugs - Custom order, Milliken Carpeting Appliances - Karvonen’s, Perham Window coverings - Dakota Blinds Deck & pergola - Lakeman Construction Landscaping - Laura Bowles, Hebron Brick Lawn - Aqua Lawn of Perham Framer - Red River Construction Finish contractor - Tony Eider Electrician - KD Electric Plumbing - Sonneberg Plumbing & Heating

Kitchen Breakdown Cabinetry manufacturer - Decor Cabinetry at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One Painted Cabinetry - White and Blue Lagoon Stained Cabinetry - Quartersawn oak, stained Mist Hardware - Jeffery Alexander and Atlas Countertop fabrication & install - Spaulding Stone Quartz Countertops - Marabella White and Concerto Quartzite Countertop - Ice Crystal

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minimalist makeover Story by Tracy Nicholson Photography by Dan Francis Photography

Deciding to make a lifestyle change, minimalist and local photographer, Miranda Roen, did what so many homeowners dream of, but so few have conquered. She swapped her big mortgage for a smaller space with even bigger potential. Two years ago, Roen and her son Eli made the move from a 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Moorhead, to a cozy, 520-square-foot home in South Fargo. Built in the 1940’s, the small home lacked the character Roen was looking for, but with its functional floor plan and large detached garage, she knew she had found a fixer-upper that would be worth the work. Once considered a tiny home in shambles, Roen’s minimalist redesign is now the picture of perfection.




minimalist’s dream home. With a $15,000 budget

“When you have a house this small, it can be

One of the deciding factors to make the move

in mind, Roen has perfected every inch to suit

tough in the winter to be inside all day, so

was the realization that in their large home

the needs of her photography business, her six-

I wanted something that I would feel was

they only used the upstairs; the downstairs

year-old son Eli and their wiener dog, Lincoln.

beautiful right when I walked in the door and would love being here. So, the overall look was

was completely untouched. “The mortgage and utility expenses were insane, so I decided to

Throughout the home, the worn-out carpet

make a radical change; sell the big house, and

was replaced with bamboo veneer flooring

move into our current home,” said Roen. “This

that would be durable enough for kids and


was the best financial decision I have ever made.

pets. Since the original layout didn’t provide

In the main living space, Roen kept her style

Now the mortgage is next to nothing. I’m really

the space she needed, a side entrance door

simplistic and meaningful. Her personal style

passionate about minimalism and living within

near the kitchen was removed and the kitchen

blends modern design elements with vintage

your means, even if it means going small.”

itself was completely reconfigured to add more

character and a touch of archeological influence.

cupboards and counter space. Since each room


At the time, Roen was married and the two

was minimal in square footage, Roen needed

archeology career but eventually led her to her

bought this house for $125,000 with a down

to her design to be aesthetically pleasing and

current passion for photography. In her home,

payment of $60,000. With the remodel beginning


hammerstone, fossils, skulls and other artifacts

remodel projects still in the works. To figure out a feasible game plan before moving in, Roen researched minimalist design ideas and new concepts geared toward living efficiently in small spaces. Online, she found a wealth of knowledge that helped her transform their twobedroom home with a bonus loft space, into a







reside alongside local art and photography.

two years ago, there’s been about $10,000 worth of equity put into the home with additional

really important to me,” said Roen.

“I’m really passionate about minimalism and living within your means, even if it means

KITCHEN Roen finished her remodel just over a year ago, with four months of that time spent solely on the kitchen redesign. Before the remodel, the

going small.”

kitchen was comprised of three cupboards and

-Miranda Roen, Homeowner

meal. One money-saving tactic she used to

Roen could hardly find the space to prepare a free up cupboard space was replacing the huge



water heater tank in the cupboard with a much smaller tankless version. “I actually researched minimalists who live in buses and smaller spaces to see what they had done to make it more livable for them,” said Roen. Since she didn’t have a designated laundry room or basement, the kitchen had to play double duty. As a clever solution, Roen found a Haier washer/ dryer combo that took three months to ship from China. “Trying to maximize the space and fit in four appliances was a big challenge,” said Roen. “This is the only washer/dryer combo in the world that would fit into this space, otherwise, we would have had to eliminate some of the cupboards.” Extending her artistic eye beyond the lens, Roen had custom-built, curvededge shelving made by Dakota Timber Company. She also took on the

project of installing new tile with a raw-edge stone backsplash, laminate countertops and new cabinetry. In line with the kitchen counter, Roen had a dining table custom built to make the most of the space.

DESIGNING FOR DOGS Since they had removed the side door near the kitchen, it created one major problem; there was no longer a doggie door. As a hidden solution, Roen designed a lower cupboard to tunnel her dog through to the doghouse and backyard space.

MASTERING SMALL SPACES In the master bedroom, Roen kept her style simple and functional. A sliding door to her closet gave her an aesthetically pleasing wall feature and preserved space for proper flow. Roen’s office is an ode to her travels, local art and photography. She found her desk at an online garage sale and tested her DIY skills by refinishing the piece, painting it a more modern grey and updating the hardware. Near the desk, she displays work from her travels in Jerusalem and art by local talent, Karen Bakke.



LOFTY GOALS With the bonus loft space on the top level, Roen’s home equates to roughly 720 square feet. This smaller space made the perfect bedroom for her six-year-old son Eli. The steps leading to the loft also got a makeover, and since there was no closet, Roen created an organized storage space for his clothing and toys.

A DOG’S LIFE Outside, this fun space-saving solution allows their dog to enter a hidden doggy door from a kitchen cupboard that leads to the exterior’s attached dog house and fenced-in backyard. Last summer, the yard was given a new look by adding an array of new plants, the custom doghouse, cedar fence, and now this summer, a chicken coop. Roen loved the idea of fresh eggs but she also wanted to teach her young son to learn how to take care of animals.

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Office desk stain - Leathered Grey

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Porcelain tile - Lowe’s

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Art - Deborah Mae Broad, Karen Bakke

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#REDBALLPROJECT Debut of Fargo-Moorhead’s Largest Public Art Display Story by Tracy Nicholson | Photography by Dan Francis Photography, Dennis Krull - 5foot20

In case you didn’t notice the massive red ball around Fargo-Moorhead this past month, let us show you its remarkable journey. The RedBall Project, created by artist Kurt Perschke, has traveled around the world and recently became a community phenomenon at seven must-see locations. To date, RedBall has made its debut in over 30 international cities, and is currently considered “the world’s longest-running street artwork”. To get the 250-pound ball to bounce our way, clay artist and MSUM Professor, Brad Bachmeier spearheaded the campaign, working closely with Andy Maus of Plains Art Museum and a long list of local supporters and sponsors. Follow along as we take to the streets for a recap of Fargo-Moorhead’s most impactful public art display, the RedBall Project.

photo by Dan Francis Photography


From left; Brad Bachmeier of MSUM, RedBall artist Kurt Perschke, Andy Maus of Plains Art Museum

LO CAT I O N #1: P L A I N S A R T M U S E U M , D O W N T O W N F A R G O

photos by Dan Francis Photography




LOCATION #2: M I N N E S O T A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y MOORHEAD “I don’t think we had initially realized how selective Kurt is about choosing communities for this project. He actually turns down roughly nine out of 10 inquiries, so we were extremely lucky to have been able to play host to RedBall.” Brad Bachmeier, MFA, Professor - School of Art, MSUM

photo by Dan Francis Photography


photos by Dan Francis Photography



photos by Dennis Krull, 5foot20

“I think the RedBall Project was fabulously received in Fargo. It was wonderful to see the size of the crowds at each site and how great the attendance was. The best part was seeing the joy it brought to people of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. I think the project produced some really great conversations and awareness around public art that will be really productive for our metro moving forward.” Brad Bachmeier, MFA, Professor - School of Art, MSUM




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by the RedBall Project with creative challenges in their art studio. This public art piece in our community unified our student culture, and overall school community even more. Thank You!” Mrs. Hoots - Visual Arts Educator, Centennial Elementary

photo by Dan Francis Photography


photo by Dan Francis Photography



had on the last day of the RedBall Project, in early October, turned out to be the perfect ending to the project; resulting in some fabulous photos in front of our iconic Fargo Theatre.” Brad Bachmeier, MFA, Professor - School of Art, MSUM

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“To me, the best artworks are those that appear simple but are actually complex. I feel that these works are a metaphor for people; you see someone or hear about someone – but, until you interact with a person, you don’t know them. I have never been a part of a project that was so incredibly simple, yet so impactful. Of the thousands of people that came out to see RedBall, several of them have thanked me for being a part of the team that brought it to Fargo-Moorhead. I think people loved it because it made them feel connected to the world, to each other, and to our built environment in a way that I think only it could do. Seeing it here reaffirmed to me that RedBall is indeed really about people – just as the artist (Kurt Perschke) intended.” Andrew J. Maus, Director and CEO, Plains Art Museum

photo by Dennis Krull, 5foot20

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Restoring Rural C A S S E LTO N , N D

Story by Tracy Nicholson Photography by M. Schleif Photography

Arriving at a home in rural Casselton, N.D, the home’s exterior was unassuming; like most 1950s ramblers, that at one point, had received a few subtle upgrades. It didn’t take more than one step inside the door before we realized that our unassuming rambler, had a stylish story to tell. This was a Mid-Century Modern gem, which had recently been updated and preserved to perfection. Giving us a tour of their extensive remodel project, was design consultant Cassandra Grenz of Casselton, N.D., and contractor Brock Dickson of Harwood, N.D.



Kitchen Before


windows, siding and roofing. So, when the

A preservation and remodel unlike any other, this

homeowners decided to remodel the interior,

rural rambler was once the home of the owner’s

nearly two years ago, they once again reached

grandparents. Built in 1951, the home had good

out to Dickson. Realizing the extent of the design

bones with a layout that’s unusually spacious.

and preservation, he decided to collaborate with

Inside, it held a treasure trove of Mid-Century

his high school friend and design consultant,

Modern appeal that simply needed a little T.L.C. To

Cassandra Grenz. While Dickson took on the

recreate and update the homeowner’s childhood

work of moving walls, reframing and updating

retreat, they requested that the original 50s details

the electrical, furnace, trim, flooring and doors -

be preserved, restored and fused with modern

Grenz managed the entire main floor’s design and


finish. After the main living space had set the tone, Dickson would go on to overhaul the basement on


his own. Together, the two would successfully fuse

Back in 2011, Dickson had been hired to do

the home’s 1950s elements with modern amenities

improvements on the exterior, updating the

and high-design.

PRESERVING THE KITCHEN At the heart of the home, Dickson tasked

and with


Grenz preserving 1950s

were her metal

cabinets. These retro cabinets would become the inspiration for the entire remodel. Before they could get started, Dickson gutted the area, reframed the space, added central air and updated the flooring, plumbing, electrical and trim. The original floorplan stayed the same, but the overall finishes were a major upgrade.



Keeping the metal cabinetry intact, Brock and Grenz did their research, going online to find new hardware that would mimic the 1950s style they needed. They also recruited Grenz’s dad, Harold Lemar, to wet sand and refinish the original metal in a more modern tone. Silestone quartz countertops from Northern Stone were added, along with a textured, Walker Zanger modinspired backsplash. Since the tile had a heavy texture, their installer, Tile Tec, opted to mount and hide the electrical outlets underneath the cabinetry.

“The homeowner’s favorite part of this project was definitely the kitchen. It was really the inspiration for the entire remodel. She has so many childhood memories with these metal cabinets; the idea that we were able to restore them for her own family, is a great feeling.” Cassandra Grenz, Design Consultant,

Embracing the curved counter and sharp corners near the dining room, Grenz and Dickson had IMS Decorative Ironworks fabricate floating stainless steel shelving for a 50s diner feel. Near the dining room, small details received extra attention; after updating the furnace and adding central air, they no longer needed the radiators, but instead, opted to keep them and have Lemar repaint and preserve them in place. Continuing their retro vibe with the appliances and fixtures, the homeowners chose industrial faucets from Ferguson, a La CornuFe range from Williams and Sonoma and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

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Powder Room Before

POWDER ROOM PRETTY Directly off the kitchen, Grenz redesigned the small powder room in an exquisite, Birds & Butterflies




Adding to the retro look, Grenz chose clear globe lighting, a pedestal sink and Julia Mosaic Field tile from Walker Zanger. Another treasure worth preserving in the foyer, was the 1954 Rittenhouse Sheffield, Westminster doorbell chime in brass. “I had reached out to Lamps & Repair in Fargo - Dale had done lamp repair work for me in the past and I had proposed the restoration to him. He was open to the challenge, and took the old oil and cylinder construction and completely rebuilt a computer board for it to function; it turned out awesome,� said Dickson.



ART DECO INSPIRATION Taking on the living and dining room remodel, Grenz looked no further than the family heirlooms and art deco collector’s pieces that remained. After moving a wall and updating the electrical, new COREtec flooring and carpet were installed, along with placement of a custom rug. Grenz found new furnishings from West Elm, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware to complement the home’s original 1950s vibe. Grenz also had the original, curved velvet sofa fixed and re-upholstered to suit the refreshed space. The original wood-burning fireplace got a more convenient insert and the home’s lighting was replaced with timeless globes, pendants and mod chandeliers, similar to the original fixtures of the era. A fun find, that is now a treasured keepsake, is the home’s original cork and mahogany coffee table by designer, Paul Frankl. Using art deco pieces like these as her inspiration, Grenz chose walnut side tables from Rejuvenation, and a matching, walnut shelf from Sofa/Living Room Room Before

West Elm. Custom linen drapery, made of exquisite Schumacher fabric, finishes the living room and displays a traditional, Japanese dye technique referred to as Shibori.



Master Bath Before


Schoolhouse globe lighting and Restoration

Typical of the home’s era, the original master

Hardware vanity with a similar look as the 1950s

bath was cramped and closed off. Dickson

kitchen cabinetry.

opened up the small space by eliminating excess walls, while Grenz gave the room a crisp,

The homeowners nearly disposed of their old

monochromatic tone. Lighter and brighter, the

bedroom furniture, but Dickson and Grenz

new bath features custom glass and subway tile,

quickly intervened; recruiting Paul’s Furniture

walk-in shower, and a unique herringbone tile

Restoration out of Buffalo, N.D., to refinish the

accent in marble. Since they had removed much

solid wood pieces with modern appeal. Five-

of the original character to manage the remodel,

panel sliding doors lead the way to redesigned

Grenz made intentional design choices like the

walk-in closets by Lampert’s Lumber.



LOWER-LEVEL LOVE After the main floor was completed, Dickson took over the remodel of the lower level, gutting the space and removing an entire floor’s worth of white tile. New COREtec flooring extends down the stairs, while new carpet was installed in the communal area. The original fireplace was also updated with a more modern and convenient





space, two bedrooms were reconfigured for more space, with a back hallway hiding the new mechanical, electrical and water softener system. This hallway gave the owner’s sons easy access from their bedrooms to the newly renovated bathroom. At one point, the home’s lower level featured a kitchenette with 1950s elements. Having access to these original pieces gave Dickson an opportunity to refurbish the original cast-iron and porcelain sink for use in the new bathroom. He also added in decorative, stainless steel shelving behind a sliding barn door, cleverly hiding the linen closet. To utilize more of the space, Dickson added a side quartz countertop with a small vanity and shower area.



Find the Finishes: Contractor - Dickson Design & Construction, LLC Designer - Sassi Cassi Designs Countertops - Silestone Quartz - Niebla, Northern Stone Shower door- Frontier Glass & Mirror Sinks, bathtubs & plumbing fixtures - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Custom stainless work - IMS Decorative Ironworks Tile installer - Tile Tech Flooring & tile supply - Tollefson Contract Flooring Carpet - Tuftex: True Inspiration, Misty Taupe Sofa reupholstery - Rocky Performance, Velvet Asphalt by Schumacher Dining table & chairs - Restoration Hardware Side, upholstered armchairs - West Elm Custom drapery - Andromeda, linen by Schumacher Closet systems - Lampert’s Lumber Hard flooring - COREtec Plus HD, Klondike Contempo Oak planks Painting - Harold Lemar, H&S painting - Casselton, N.D. Stove - La CornuFe, Williams and Sonoma, France





wash sink and washing machine dating back to the early 50s. Dickson had the washing machine repainted by a local body shop. Above the wash sink, he opted to keep

Fridge - Sub-Zero, Wolf Drop glass pendants - Room & Board Dining chandelier - Restoration Hardware Powder room wallcovering Birds & Butterflies by Schumacher Powder room tile - Julia Mosaic Field, 6th Ave, Walker Zanger Globe lighting - Schoolhouse, Shades of Light

the water lines exposed for added character.

For more information, contact:

Sassi Cassi Designs Cassandra Grenz / Design Consultant Casselton, N.D. 701.730.6165 Facebook: Sassi Cassi Designs Dickson Design & Construction, LLC Brock Dickson Harwood, N.D 701.238.9371 dicksondesignandconstruction@





Makeover Story by Kelly Schulz

Photography by M. Schleif Photography

When my husband and I moved into our North Fargo home five years ago, the mudroom had more than enough space for us. A countertop with cabinet space below and closet proved to be adequate storage for our every day in-and-out needs. Fast forward five years and two children later, and the room grew small in a hurry. We knew that increasing the square footage of the space, which doubles as our laundry room, wasn’t an option for us or our budget. That meant we had to get creative to maximize the current space. To do this, we consulted with Rebecca Knutson of Floor to Ceiling Carpet One to lend her expertise in cabinet design; and she did not disappoint.


Rebecca Knutson, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, & Kelly Schulz




THE COAT CLOSET When we started the project, I


wanted the room to be practical and functional. To me, that meant a lot of coat hooks instead of coat hangers. I’ll be the first to admit that hanging coats on hangers is a huge pain to me. That’s why our coat closet was eliminated from the room – it was never used for our day-to-day items, but instead, for storage of things that rarely got used. The closet was transformed into an open space with hooks and bench seating. Preston Flaten from Floor-toCeiling, designed a piano-hinge opening





allowing us to utilize the space below for storage.

THE LOCKERS Opposite the closet was a narrow


countertop that, especially in the winter, became a chaotic mess of jackets, hats, gloves, kids daycare artwork, coffee tumblers, purses, keys, wallets – you name it, and it was on that countertop. A lack of hooks, organization and designated space for each family member




storm of a mudroom catastrophe. I was certain a locker system would solve all my mudroom problems. That was until we received the estimate and my financially



put the kibosh to all my locker hopes and dreams. That’s when thankfully, Rebecca came to the rescue.

AFTER Since the first estimate was more than we (ahem, my husband) wanted




suggested that we go with a mock-locker



This would eliminate the physical dividers between each section and instead, we would place trim


board to create a visual divider, providing significant savings.



A 4.5-inch shelf above, lends storage for small items and each section has two rows of hooks;


the lower row is the perfect height for our kids to reach. Beneath the locker bench are two


rows of shoe storage. I wanted the bottom row slightly taller so that larger items, like winter boots, could easily fit beneath.

FEEDBACK FROM THE DESIGNER: Rebecca Knutson, Floor to Ceiling Carpet One “When Kelly and I first met, we discussed everything their family needed





dreamed up a mudroom chock full

installed a large countertop area that now has…

of organizers and locker dividers. We

take a guess…a real laundry basket! I also use

threw the book at it, knowing this

the space, which includes a pull-out garbage

was our ‘go big or go home design.’

cabinet, to stage items that need to go to

Once the visual met the budget, it was time to

daycare the next day and to fold clothes.

scale it down. We discussed with Kelly their true needs and budget max and we chipped away

The previous wall cabinets, above the washer

until their budget was comfortable and the

and dryer, were tall and placed too high on the

space was perfect.”

wall so I couldn’t reach the top shelf without using my handy-dandy little step stool. The new

“Even though lockers were out of the budget,

cabinets were installed at a lower level so my

Kelly still wanted to keep a visual divider between

five-foot, four-inch self can reach everything in

each family member’s wall hooks. To do this,

the cabinet and even baskets above, should the

we created a wainscoting look by applying trim

need for more storage arise.

pieces to the flat wall paneling. The paneling is extremely durable and dresses up the look of

Saying goodbye to mudroom madness has

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the wall. Sometimes I feel the locker dividers

been a lifesaver. These rooms are often the

at Floor to Ceiling Carpet One:

can be stuffy in a tight space so I was happy

entrance and exit points for families, meaning

Cabinetry Design - Rebecca Knutson, CID

to suggest cutting them out and saving money.”

functionality is crucial for saving time in our

Cabinetry Install - Preston Flaten

busy lives. Now, if I could just figure out how to

Countertop: Black Forrest Cake finish by Pionite

get the laundry to fold itself.

Cabinetry: Diva finish by Decor Cabinetry

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