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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