May 2019

May 2019 Issue
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Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce
Provided by Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce

Many spaces we interact with outside our homes tend to be designed around a single objective. In restaurants, you could almost pigeonhole the experience into merging meal with eminence—fast-food joint compared to a casual-dining chain compared to fine-dining bistro. In hospitals, the focus is ease in navigating their oftentimes complex layouts. But then there are the spaces that work to accommodate a diverse range of needs because they never quite know who will stop in for what.

Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development

Rehabbed home in Janesville, Wisconsin
Provided by Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development

The Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development (WPHD) was created in 1985 to expand affordable housing opportunities throughout Wisconsin. Since that time, we have been involved in the development and management of numerous programs, each addressing our mission and business strategy to expand options for affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods through partnerships between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Midcentury Modern Appeal

midcentury modern furnishings
Photograph provided by Odana Antiques and Fine Arts Center

Midcentury Modern furniture and décor is rapidly becoming all the rage in America’s heartland.


master closet design
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

Believe it or not, long, long ago, many people only owned one set of clothes. This kept clothing storage needs at a minimum. But storing weapons and armor is a practice dating back several millenia. These armoriums evolved into the 17th century French armoire, which eventually became the precursor to the closets we know today. These storage units were normally only owned by the wealthy, as they had long cloaks made of expensive fabrics that needed protecting.

Those Summer Nights

items from Convivio
Photograph by Mary D'Alton of Convivio

Gin and tonic is a great way to start a party. First set up a bar with the basics—tonic, ice, and limes—then add a selection of local gins to surprise your guests with unique spirits made in our own state. Wisconsin has many craft distilleries, and almost every one of them produces a signature gin recipe with a different botanical profile. For fun, you could ask guests to describe the flavor notes and even have a taste comparison of the different local gins.

Phase One Makeovers

Yellow Home: During
Photograph provided by Garden Search & Rescue

Madison’s east side is peppered with adorable single and multifamily homes that often have oddly shaped yards. The homes have taken priority on the landscape, and the result can be somewhat harrowing. The lucky have parking; the fortunate have small yards in the front, side, or back; and a few have patios, porches, or walkways. What the areas lack in luster space-wise often counters with character. They deserve special attention as they still impact our lives in a great way, if not even greater ways, as they are often our only connection to the outside.

Bella Domicile Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom remodel
Photograph provided by Bella Domicile

Few things in a house are more frustrating than having to share a vanity with your partner. For men, you might not know what all the different makeups are for and why they need to be out all the time. For women, you ask yourself why he can’t clean up all those facial hairs and rinse the sink when he’s done. For some couples, the issues might be double. Now imagine this master bathroom is connected to the master bedroom with no doors dividing the spaces. Better get used to waking up and going to bed when the other does every night and day.

Living On Your Own Water

Beach area and rock formation shoreline patio
Provided by The Bruce Company

The upper Midwest is known for beautiful lakes and the recreation that goes with them. We look forward to summer outings and activities on a lake or in an area with lake access, but there’s less and less available lakefront property. What if you could build a body of water on your own property? The cost is less than installing a pool, and the size can be much greater per dollar invested. Private ponds offer more versatility than a pool, and they offer additional leisure options to swimming, such as canoeing, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Modern Improv: Making a Downtown Condo Feel Spacious

In order to keep with the large scale of the pillar, a custom 10-foot-long, stainless steel hood was installed.
Photograph provided by Dream House Dream Kitchens

This 1,880-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo was already modern. But the new residents wanted more closet space, more-open kitchen space, and more of an overall expansive feeling to showcase their own ultra-modern style.


House siding rendering
Photograph provided by Legacy Exteriors, LLC

Once you’ve made the decision to replace your home siding, the next step of determining material, color, and style elements can be a stressful one. You can work with a company, like Legacy Exteriors, LLC, in order to make the process more relaxed by providing you with the information you need, including the benefits of each type of siding, the colors, and styles, and the warranties available with each.

Go Green: Support Clean Energy in Our Community

Wind power
Photograph provided by MGE

It’s an unprecedented time in the energy world. New technologies are creating new opportunities to be more sustainable in how we generate and use energy in our community. Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) continues to seize these opportunities, embrace new technology, and make investments to advance our clean energy goals.


August 2021

Business Design
From Weary Spaces to Wow-Worthy Offices
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Living Spaces
Furnishings & Accessories
Design Services for Every Budget
Kitchen Storage
Simplifying Rug Shopping
Trees: What's Going on Down There? A Glimpse at the Soil Layer and Below
Hardwood Floors
Modern Mountain Industrial
Sustainable Living: Plan Now to Get Energy Efficiency Upgrades Done Before Winter

May 2021

Business Design
International Crane Foundation: Cranes of the World
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Bathroom Renovations
Furnishings & Accessories
Organizing with Silver Track
Right Upholstery for Everyone
Trees: The Canopies of Our World
Back Porch Oasis
Paint on Point: Hope Comfort, and Possibility
Some Reassembly Required
Sustainable Living: What Contributes to the Energy Bill in Your Home?

February 2021

Sketchworks Architecture LLC
Business Design
Hop Haus Brewpub: A Sequel with Merit
Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Entryway Updates
Furnishings & Accessories
Large Storage
Personalized Furniture for Every Budget!
Creating a Backyard Oasis
Building a House to Make a Home
Coordinated Appeal
Sustainable Living: Save Energy with Smart Planting and External Shading Devices

November 2020

Business Design
Dugnadsånd Bygger Livsreise
Five Experts to Consult When Buying A Rental Property
Furnishings & Accessories
Accessorizing Your Accessorizer
Home Repairs
Impact-Resistant Shingles
Mental Health Benefits of Gardening
Prairies In and Outside Town
Taliesin Forever Relevant
A Minimalist Kitchen: Enhanced Function and Efficiency
Sustainable Living: Make Your Home Comfortable and Energy Efficient this Winter

August 2020

Business Design
Ochsner Zoo: Naturally
Reasons to Consider New Construction When Shopping for a Home
Furnishings & Accessories
For the Apple of Your Eye
Room to Grow
Butterfly Gardens
Perennial Food: What and How to Keep It
Education at Taliesin
Fixed Transition
Sustainable Living: Seal Air Leaks to Save Energy This Winter

May 2020

Read the Room
Business Design
Contemporary Problems Require Historical Solutions
Rising Salaries and Rental Costs Mean More Homebuying Among Single Females
Furnishings & Accessories
Custom Furniture is for Everyone
Garages: Get Off the Floor
Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Rain Gardens: Practical and Beautiful
Beyond Tours: Experiential Tourism
Inspiring Nirvana
You Get What You Pay For
Sustainable Living: Windows of Opportunity

February 2020

Business Design
Voices of Garver Feed Mill
Furnishings & Accessories
Add a Little Edge to Your Home
Madison Lighting–2020 Trends: Light Changes Everything
Don't Rush Your Spring Cleanup!
DIY–It Costs Time to Save Money
Historical Integrity Meets Contemporary Design
Paint on Point
Transforming a Family Home into an Empty Nester
Sustainable Living–Heat Smart. Cool Smart. Save Money.

November 2019

Linda Snyder–Designing the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
Business Design
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace–A Reflection of Wisconsin Culture
Community Initiatives
Northside Planning Council–Fostering a Stronger Northside Community
Dispelling First-Time Homebuying Myths
Furnishings & Accessories
Bakeware Trends
Holiday Lighting
Home Entertainment Experience
Kid's Closets
Sleep Allergy Free
Houseplants–Natural Air Purifiers
Current Design Trends Help Reclaim a Kitchen
No Space Ignored–Basement Rec Rooms Featuring Dream House Dream Kitchens
Sustainable Living–Smart Homes Save Energy and Money

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