February 2019

February 2019 Issue
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Open Symmetry

Tempest Oyster Bar
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

An established space isn’t a confined space when it comes to redesign. I’m reminded of the struggles an artist friend of mine had when creating assignments for his design students. He’d establish parameters, anything from using specific techniques to approaching a select medium, and his students would initially question why he was stifling their creativity. They would learn that creativity isn’t about doing whatever you want—it’s the challenge of making an idea or a concept accessible in a defined setting through design choices that train an audience to intuitively navigate that world.

Eclectic Mix

Home furnishings
Photograph provided by Iconi Interiors and Consignment

New custom lampshades bring vintage table lamps into the 21st century. The warmth of brass and taupe look fresh and updated when placed on a cool-grey, metallic-accent chest. Mix vintage and new, and warm and cool, for modern impact.

Shipshape!

room layout with Murphy bed
Photograph by ORG Home

What began at the turn of the century as a way to receive and court female visitors in a small San Francisco apartment without raising eyebrows has become a modern, stylish way of making the most of small spaces in today’s homes.

Thinking Outside the Bonbon Box

items from Convivio
Photograph by Mary D'Alton of Convivio

We’re all hungry for color and fun this bleak time of year. Flowers, sweets, small décor, and personal items are all inexpensive ways to brighten our spirits at the end of a long winter. Be bold when expressing your sentiments throughout the year.

What a Comfort

Madison Lighting ceiling fan
Photograph provided by Madison Lighting, taken by Shanna Wolf

Enthusiasts of ceiling fans say that in a climate like Wisconsin’s, a ceiling fan makes a huge difference in comfort. In summer, a quality ceiling fan quietly moves heavy, humid air when you want to open your windows. Air stirred by a ceiling fan feels cool to your skin because the fan actually makes a light windchill effect. This gentle movement of air makes a room feel fresher without the chilled, shut-in-with-the-air-conditioning-on feeling. Come fall, simply flip the switch so the blades turn in the opposite direction and the fan pulls cold air up from the floor to mix with the heated air near the ceiling, recirculating it, making the room feel warmer as it evens out the temperature. A ceiling fan that’s correctly sized for a room is often run throughout the year for comfort.

The Understory

Forsythia

The understory is a compilation of mostly native, mostly deciduous small trees and multistem shrubs—extremely hardy to variant conditions and beautiful most of the year. They offer screening from unsightly views, shade, and health to the canopy floor, and are a fantastic variation between tree and herbaceous layers. They not only plant and play well together when stacked, but also stand well alone.

Stress-Free Cats

cat playing

Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) staff and volunteers keep very busy reuniting lost pets with their families, creating new matches, and counseling community members who are facing issues with their pets. DCHS staff find the top reasons cat owners seek help are litter box issues and poor reactions to people or other pets in the house. These issues, and many others, are usually caused by stress. What can you do to help make your home less stressful for your feline friends?

Maximizing the Hidden Gem of a Diamond in the Rough

Remodeled living room
Photograph by Zane Williams

This 100-year-old house with Lake Mendota views needed some TLC. Aspects of the house were very outdated, but there were also signs of serious neglect: water stains, musty odors, extremely worn flooring, and even structural problems causing the porch to slope and feel unsafe. The new owners, although eager to make improvements to function, foundation, and style, also realized that this house had some serious historical charm. Their goal was to make the home brighter and more modern while preserving the quirky details that define Madison lake homes of this period.

Paint on Point

paint swatches
Provided by Hallman Lindsay Paints

A balanced palette of modern, yet timeless, colors for bedrooms, guest rooms, office spaces, and other auxiliary rooms in your home.

Digital Design Renderings

Kitchen rendering
Photograph provided by Coyle Carpet One Floor & Home

Experience your own HGTV moment with new technologies that allow clients to see their dream room before it comes to life through some impressive technologies. With an iPhone, we hold all the information we could possibly need in the palms of our hands. An Amazon Echo can play your favorite music and switch off the lights just from simple voice commands. And where would we be without Google?

Sustainable Living: Support Clean Energy, Use Energy Wisely

Solar power
Photograph provided by MGE

Maybe you take shorter showers or collect rainwater for your garden. Maybe you access tickets and receipts electronically from your smartphone instead of printing paper copies. Maybe you bike to work. Whatever your contribution, the reality is that more people are choosing to live sustainable lifestyles.

Issues

February 2019

Business Design
Open Symmetry
Furnishings & Accessories
Eclectic Mix
Shipshape!
Thinking Outside the Bonbon Box
What a Comfort
Landscape
Understory
Pets
Stress-Free Cats
Remodel/Renovation
Maximizing the Hidden Gem of a Diamond in the Rough
Paint on Point
Technology
Digital Design Renderings
Sustainable Living

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



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