Karen & Co. Undefined

Karen & Co. store
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

It’s the urban mixed with the natural, lived in but unsettled, that inspires comfort in exploration and discovery at Karen & Co. Exposed brick walls and warm wood tones of cherry and teak add dimension to a cream backdrop, and riveted leather armchairs soften the cool glow of white track lights to a coffee-lounge aura. All under a clay-colored tin ceiling, earthen vibrato.

Bringing Sustainable Homeownership to Dane County

Habitat volunteers celebrating with homeowners Mario and Brooke and their three children, Yoana, Aracely, and Thiago, as their home is nearly completed in Fitchburg.
Photograph by John Kalson

For 31 years, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has built and rehabbed homes alongside 281 local families and repaired dozens of homes for existing homeowners through the Habitat Home Repair program. The ultimate goal: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

For the Apple of Your Eye

items from Convivio
Photograph by Mary D'Alton of Convivio

Autumn in Wisconsin means delicious locally grown apples. Used in baking as well as savory recipes, and especially nice in apple brandy. Nothing is prettier than this calvados from France, where they have been making this spirit for generations. Apple brandy is an amazing flavor enhancer in anything made with apples—applesauce, apple crisp, apple pie…even savory stews. (And make sure to sip some as you enjoy the finished recipe!)

Let Us Entertain You!

custom entertainment wall
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

The burgeoning craft cocktail movement has changed the way adult beverages are served when entertaining at home. A simple Rum and Coke or Vodka Tonic is no longer considered a signature drink from a savvy host. Now we need to have a fully stocked bar including local spirits, local craft beers, assorted mixers, garnishes, flavored bitters, simple syrups, appropriate glassware, shakers, strainers, etc. You can create a true beverage center that gives you room for a state-of-the-art coffee machine and all the accoutrements that go with gourmet coffee.

Simplifying Rug Shopping

Photograph provided by Iconi Interiors and Consignment

Choosing area rugs for your home often feels overwhelming due to the vast array of choices available to the consumer. Where the perfect rug can be the element that pulls a room together, choosing the wrong rug can throw off the feel and continuity of the entire room. But by taking some basics into consideration, you’ll find the perfect rug to help set the tone and mood you’re looking for.

Basement Remodels

_**Fitchburg**_: Built-in shelving and recessed lights help solve spacing issues in the great room, and a couch divides the lounge area from the exercise area.
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

If your basement isn’t finished, odds are making use of that space is on your remodeling wish list. Maybe it’s an extra bedroom, room for entertainment, a workspace, a playroom, a gym, or just something to up your home’s resale value. A finished basement can be a cool place to hang out on a hot Wisconsin summer day.

Dont Fear the Wallpaper

Wallpaper in dining room
Photograph provided by Fontaine Home

Wallcoverings have come a long way since the traditional repeating patterns and cutesy borders of the '70s and '80s wallpaper designs. The term wallcovering encompasses the wide variety of products and textures available to the homeowner today. Products are more sophisticated than the old paper products, which were difficult to install and often became quickly démodé.

Fall Tree Planting Tips

Tree planting

Just because the weather is cooler and thoughts are turning toward scaling back your garden, it’s not too late to plant trees. In fact, autumn is an excellent time to plant deciduous and evergreen trees—it’s a season of more natural rain events and, therefore, less manual watering is required. It’s easy to forget to water as temperatures drop, so be vigilant about monitoring natural rainfall amounts to make sure new transplants are appropriately watered. When transplants are dug up, their total root volume is reduced, which results in less water uptake.

Innovative Design Solutions

Custom walnut-top kitchen island.
Photograph by Shanna Wolf

We recently worked with a wonderful couple who wanted to remodel parts of their home in the Country Grove Estate neighborhood. Their primary goals were improving the layout and look of the home. Though having over a combined 2,000 square feet of finished space, the rooms seemed small and dark. The homeowners had three improvements in mind.

Long-Distance Home, Local Interior Designer

A new kitchen island replaced the peninsula for better flow through. White cabinets, tile, and stone brighten the space while the dark grey cabinets provide contrast as well as ample storage.
Provided by Posh & Patina Interiors

Remodeling or decorating a second home doesn’t have to be stressful, and it can be done without you being present. The key is to choose a professional designer who understands your personality and goals, and who can also coordinate an on-site team to ensure your vision comes to life.

Paint on Point

Paint colors
Photograph provided by Hallman Lindsay

Lilac Blossom 1289 has a hint of grey, and adds life to a room without overpowering. A great color alternative for people that normally prefer tan or beige.

Plug In, Drive Green, and Save

Electric vehicle (EV)
Photograph provided by MGE

The electric vehicle (EV) market is exploding. From SUVs to crossovers, nearly 50 models are available today—and that number is expected to reach nearly 140 by 2023. Automakers continue to develop and sell EVs for drivers with different needs and who want different features and price points. Whether you take frequent road trips or commute to and from work, there likely is a model for you.