August 2018

August 2018 Issue
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Becoming an Art Collector Can Sneak Up on You

Artwork in home
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

Last week it was reported that the painting Past Times, by Kerry James Marshall, sold for $21.1 million to Sean Combs, music mogul and art collector. The same week Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917 painting Nu couché (Sur le côté gauche) sold for $157.2 million. Purchasing high-value work and donating large sums to museums are what most people picture when they think of art patronage. But what about those who live modest lives and still fill their homes with original art, visit museums and galleries regularly, and follow the careers of living artists? When does someone become an art collector?

Foundation in Aesthetics: Pasquals Cantina

Pasquals bar area
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

When it comes to designing within any existing structure, the limitations can feel inhibiting. But in July 2016, Benjamin Roberts didn’t just find a way to make his newest Pasqual’s Cantina work in a tan-bricked historical building on East Washington, he created a restaurant that feels both fresh and familiar with key elements lending themselves to efficiency.

Common Wealth Development

main office
Photograph by Jyothi Froemming

In 1979, when Common Wealth Development (CWD) opened, Willy Street was considered a blight. CWD was created out of this with dedicated neighbors. They said we need affordable housing in perpetuity—housing as if people mattered. We need to have business incubators to cultivate a local economy, and we need workforce training. Thirty-nine years later, with parallel processes that occurred in Madison’s city development, here we are, in an invigorated Willy Street.

Is Your House Breathing or Suffocating?

Ice on roof

One of the main purposes of a house is to keep the elements out—to be a barrier between yourself and a blizzard or a heavy spring rain. But your attic is a very important exception to the rule. In fact, many aspects of attic ventilation may surprise you.

Moving to the Country

Renovated porch and terraced gardens framing the entrance.
Photograph provided by ZDA, Inc. Landscape Architecture

Our clients thought it would be fun to move to the country and found an old farmhouse on 27 acres in southern Wisconsin. But moving from a shady, well-established urban garden in Appleton to an expansive rural landscape presented a few challenges. Having seen many changes, the two-story, 1904, brick farmhouse looked lost and disconnected. Its porches had been renovated with little thought to historical accuracy or accessibility. The patios had breathtaking views of the countryside but felt too exposed and detached. Transforming this farmstead into a country paradise required recreating its sense of place to be both sheltered from and connected to the surrounding landscape.

A Home that Works!

kitchen
Photograph by Home Works Remodeling

Due to a shortage of available properties, homeowners are electing to stay in their homes and invest in updates to meet their needs as they age instead of automatically thinking about moving. They’re getting creative about how to adapt their existing residence and investing more in interior cosmetic updates that will make their home feel like new for years to come.

Middleton Hills

Walls were removed between the kitchen and living room to open up the spaces to each other. A custom-built console table, by Baraboo Woodworks, sits below the window.
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

In late 2016, our clients contacted us to say they were about to close on a home in the highly desirable Middleton Hills neighborhood. The neighborhood is idyllic and one that my clients had long considered. When the property became available, they jumped at the opportunity. The only problem was that the interior of the existing home did not fit their clean, tailored, and more modern style. The home had great bones, but was in need of extensive renovation and rethinking to better suit their wants and needs.

Electric Vehicles: Time to charge ahead?

Charging your vehicle overnight is easy and convenient.
Photograph provided by Madison Gas & Electric

Have you been thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV)? With lots of models to choose from, now could be a great time to take the leap. Let’s learn a little bit more about the why and answer that burning question that might be holding you back from an EV purchase.

Issues

November 2018

Business Design
Stoughton Hospital Practices Intuitive Design
Community Initiatives
Planning Your Garden to Make a World of Difference
Financial
Using the Equity in Your Home
Furnishings & Accessories
Brass is Back
Decorating Your Holiday Table
Shop Like a Chef
Landscape
After: An Exterior Makeover
Remodel/Renovation
Bathroom Trends The Spa Feel in a Smaller Space
Cook Residence
Love Your Fireplace

August 2018

Art
Becoming an Art Collector Can Sneak Up on You
Business Design
Foundation in Aesthetics—Pasquals Cantina
Community Initiatives
Common Wealth Development
Home Repairs
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
Remodel/Renovation
Remodeling for the Future: Preventing Basement Water Damage
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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