Dugnadsånd Bygger Livsreise

Main visitor gallery as seen from the map wall.
Photograph provided by Livsreise–Norwegian Heritage Center

“We have one chance to do it right because we can’t do it over.” Jerry A. Gryttenholm, treasurer for the Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, said this to everyone involved in building and designing Livsreise. He wanted to create something really special for downtown Stoughton, and Bryant Foundation would spare no expense.

Five Experts to Consult When Buying A Rental Property

Rental properties

A rental property can be a smart investment during an economic downturn. With mortgage rates dipping to record lows, real estate investing is more attractive than ever. If you’re ready to take the plunge, consider building a team of experts to assist you. Here are five key members of this team.

Accessorizing Your Accessorizer

custom closet storage
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

A 32mm closet system might be the longest-lasting investment you make for your house. The versatility is unmatched, the need for more storage is constant, and myriad accessories mean you’ll never have unused space.

Impact-Resistant Shingles

House showing shingles
Photograph provided by Christopher Eaglin

While hail damage may not be the first thing you consider when contemplating potential home risks, it’s a very common and expensive occurrence. In the 2018 webinar Hail: The Hidden Risk, Dr. Arindam Samanta says more than 10.7 million U.S. properties were affected by one or more damaging hail events in 2017.

Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

potted plants
Photograph provided by Avid Gardener

Spending time outside feeds our minds and bodies, and now more than ever, gardening takes on the importance of connecting to the healing of nature. The following is based upon a Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, article in Psychology Today (June 19, 2019) regarding health benefits from gardening.

Prairies In and Outside Town

Photograph by Pete Olsen Photography (peteolsenphotography.com) and provided by Garden Search & Rescue

Prairies, the heart of Midwestern scenery, are made up mostly of grasses, taller grasses, grass-like plants, sedges, and flowering plants. They can seemingly roll on forever or dapple the smallest spaces. Forbs that are present can vary greatly in color, bloom, and height, and reside mainly within the Great Plains of the Midwest. Prairies are only about 8,000 years old and, surprisingly, only about 1 percent are left. Care for and establishment of these land beauties is often only for the truly committed, but the reward is more than equal the endeavor.

Taliesin Forever Relevant

Students visiting the Taliesin farm on a field trip. Farming on this property has been continuous since the 1860s and carries on today.
Photograph by Aron Meudt-Thering

The endless relevance of Frank Lloyd Wright is obvious; he transformed 20th-century design. But the relevance of Taliesin, his personal home, might not be so clear.

A Minimalist Kitchen: Enhanced Function and Efficiency

kitchen by Washa Remodeling & Design
Photograph provided by Washa Remodeling & Design

Minimalist design is a popular trend in both kitchen and bathroom remodels—you take away the focal points and allow the room to speak for itself. It’s a clean, functional, less-is-more approach.

Sustainable Living: Make Your Home Comfortable this Winter

Hearth room
Photograph provided by MGE

Wisconsin winters mean snow, ice, and cold temperatures. While we enjoy the season's picturesque landscapes and outdoor activities, we also need to shift gears and adjust the way we keep our home comfortable. Implementing some easy strategies will help combat the winter chill and save energy.