“As you can see with the
exterior view of our house,
we are a blue family.”
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Published on Sep 29, 2017
On a perfect Fall night, we ventured out to the Moorhead farm of Kristie and Chad Invie to shoot our inaugural cover. Although we couldn't fit all of our contributors on this month's cover, we whittled it down to nine talented locals, to help us introduce this new magazine. Each of them represents a topic Midwest Nest encompasses such as art, interior design, decor, kitchen design, cuisine and DIY.
With Fall entertaining in full-swing, I thought this was the perfect time to introduce one of my own party essentials, the gourmet charcuterie tray. I'm not a professional chef or an expert in wine and cheese, but when it comes to hosting, I love to make the presentation pop. With a little creativity, I'll show you how a gourmet tray can serve as a gorgeous and edible centerpiece that will impress even the most discriminating of guests.
For those that aren't yet familiar with us, Grain Designs is based in Fargo, N.D. and started out of a joint passion to build and develop new ideas through furniture making. As designers, our minds are in constant pursuit of inspiration and Grain Designs became our outlet to create tangible products out of ideas. We also quickly realized that the furniture market was over-saturated with poorly made, generic pieces and we knew that we could provide something better. We don't believe in buying new things day after day or year after year, we want the products that we create to hold value and func…
It has been just under one year since North Dakota native, David Borlaug, along with the Lewis and Clark Foundation, opened Capital Gallery in downtown Bismarck. This gallery is a gem not only for the community, but also for the state and the Midwest, at large. It’s an absolutely beautiful space for artists to showcase their work, and whether you’re a community member or a tourist, it’s definitely a destination worth seeking out. The space is large and open, allowing guests to step back from the everyday hustle and bustle, and breathe in some colors and inspiration.
Throughout my career, I've always been flattered when people in the industry ask me to be part of their home building process or remodel. It's really one of the highest compliments a designer can get. To this day, I've gotten the honor of working on two home builder's personal homes and countless other homes. When Ursula Hegvik, owner of Smart Spaces approached me about remodeling the main level of her home, I said yes before the words had even left her mouth. Ursula already had great ideas of what she wanted in her new space, so together, our goal was to make it happen in ten short weeks.
I’m so excited to finally be revealing one of the final rooms in our farmhouse, remodel project. Sometimes, well lots of times in remodeling, what you anticipate to be first on the list actually comes in at the end of the race. This was true for our kitchen remodel. When we moved into our home two years ago, I had great hopes of diving right into the kitchen because I was anxious to get it updated. But, it actually became the eighth room we tackled due to budget and time availability of contractors. Truthfully, I also had the need to live in the house for a while before I completely understood…
If the best things in life are free, the next best thing is a successful IKEA hack. When it comes to creating beautiful storage on the cheap, nothing works a room quite like a BILLY bookcase. Which is why when we realized my office seriously lacked storage, we turned to every discount shopper’s favorite Swedish retail giant, our local hardware store and Pinterest, to help us out.
As an Interior Designer with 12 years of experience, I've seen my fair share of beautiful homes, but this project was truly a designer’s dream. The recently completed project focused on the front entry, great room, kitchen and dining room. When a designer collaborates with homeowners who have phenomenal taste and unwavering trust, the results are dramatic.
Let us invite you inside The Kreps Residence…a home designed to create a variety of well-balanced spaces for fellowship with family and friends. One of our favorite dictionary definitions of fellowship is “…the cement of community.” When we began working with Keith and Erin on their home, it was with the greatest of intention we design spaces that allowed for an ease of circulation and comfort to spur communication. The Kreps wanted their home to be a space to cultivate time with their family and friends.
Both raised on family farms in Stephen, Minnesota, Angie and Jayson Kuznia are experts when it comes to combining home-grown heart with hard work. As the owners of Titan Homes in Fargo, N.D., this couple began their venture into building and designing in 2005 and have been happily raising kids and building houses together ever since.