February 2018

February 2018 Issue
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Creating Art Part II

Jessica Calderwood exhibit at Abel Contemporary Gallery
Photograph provided by Abel Contemporary Gallery

Meaningful art is an important part of our society. You may purchase art for the joy it brings and to enhance your home’s interior, but it also helps support artists so that they can devote themselves to their craft. How does one become an artist and how is art priced? In my last article, I explained how one becomes an artist through formal education and practical experience followed by the challenge to create a professional and consistent body of work. The final steps include getting the work from the studio to exhibition, then hopefully to being purchased.

Creating a Home with Useful and Beautiful Things

Refurbished cabinet and accessories
Photograph provided by Pieces Unimagined

It can be intimidating to fill your home without recreating what someone else has already done or ending up with a mess. I did the copycat way of decorating, and it left me feeling like…a copycat! Then I encountered a quote by poet and designer William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Decorate with What You Love

Home interior
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

It was 1986 when Lauren and Michael fell in love with a 47-year-old Tudor-style home. Besides a quaint neighborhood, they were attracted to many charming details of the home, like the built-in nooks and crannies, leaded glass windows, and sprawling stone fireplace.

Illuminate Your Home with Lighting

Kichler Montavello pendant
Photograph provided by Kichler

From dim to dazzling, lighting transforms any space. Beyond illumination, lighting can instantly change the look and style of a room from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. A good choice is fixtures that incorporate LED, as they are energy efficient, occupy minimal space, and allow for a variety of designs while still providing an exceptional quality of light.

Returning to the Garden: A Progress Report

front yard landscape
Photograph by Michael Krakora, Krakora Studios

A year ago, we featured A Garden to Grow With—One Family’s DIY Approach to Landscaping. The article told the story of a busy family’s landscaping project. With the help of a professional landscape designer and their own sweat equity, they transformed their front yard into a beautiful and welcoming garden. Now, after four full seasons, we are checking in to see how it’s going.

Housing Initiatives

father and daughter
Photograph provided by Housing Initiatives

Housing Initiatives is a leader in providing hope, homes, and healing to people who are homeless because of mental illness. In the last 20 years, Housing Initiatives has brought over 600 people in off the streets.

Kitchen Renovation

Remodeled kitchen
Photograph provided by Kitchen Ideas Center

Brett Allaman’s wife, Lisa, admired an unusual, beautiful ceramic drawer knob while browsing a local antique store. Brett secretly purchased it and gave it to her as a wedding anniversary gift. It was the first element they determined to be part of their kitchen renovation. You could say they rebuilt the kitchen around it.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

White fence
Photograph provided by Qual Line Fence

There are many reasons people choose to get a fence: to keep out intruders, to contain their pets, to protect their children from running across the street, to hide a neighbor’s unsightly yard, and to give flowers and vegetables in a garden a solid structure to climb. But wanting a fence and going through the process of installing a fence are two different things that require much consideration.

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Art
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Foundation in Aesthetics—Pasquals Cantina
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Is Your Home Breathing or Suffocating?
Landscape
Moving to the Country
Remodel/Renovation
A Home that Works!
Middleton Hills
Technology
Electric Vehicles

May 2018

Art
Mixing the Highs and Lows
Community Initiatives
Road Home
Home Furnishings & Accessories
Chicken Coop: Movin on Up
Landscape
Before: An Exterior Makeover
Remodel/Renovation
Changing the Game in the Kitchen
Cooking Out: Modern Wisconsin Style
Foundation of Quality
It's Not Just Where You Park Your Car

February 2018

Art
Creating Art Part II
Home Furnishings & Accessories
Creating a Home with Useful and Beautiful Things
Decorate with What You Love
Illuminate Your Home with Lighting
Landscape
Returning to the Garden: A Progress Report
Nonprofit
Housing Initiatives
Remodel/Renovation
Kitchen Renovation
Service
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

November 2017

Art
Creating Art
Home Furnishings & Accessories
A Better Way to Sleep—Naturally
Energy-Efficient Homes: A Look at Our Windows
European-Inspired Living Walls
New Home
Enjoyable (yes, enjoyable!) Homebuilding Process
Nonprofit
Wisconsin is Getting Grayer and Greener
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Service
Three Important Questions Youre Not Asking Your Insulation Contractor

August 2017

Art
Sculpture in Your Outdoor Design
Landscape
Bringing the Beauty Inside
Remodel/Renovation
Convenient, Current, and Clean
Granite vs. Quartz
Helping People Stay in Their Homes
Lake Mendota Classic Reborn
Service
Sustainable Moving

May 2017

Art
Custom Art Glass
How and Why to Live With Sculpture
Furniture & Accessories
Sit, Stand, Repeat!
Landscape
Creating a Suburban Oasis
Remodel/Renovation
Blue Kitchen
From Drab to Fab
Technology
An Automated Life
Energy Efficiency

February 2017

Art
Hands of a Designer
Financial
Finessing Your Financing
Interior Design
Salvage Style
Landscape
A Backyard Transformation
A Garden to Grow With
Remodel/Renovation
Accessible Home
Complete Remodel
Design Process Measures Up
Remodeling Done Right



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