August 2019

August 2019 Issue
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Karen & Co. Undefined

Karen & Co. store
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

It’s the urban mixed with the natural, lived in but unsettled, that inspires comfort in exploration and discovery at Karen & Co. Exposed brick walls and warm wood tones of cherry and teak add dimension to a cream backdrop, and riveted leather armchairs soften the cool glow of white track lights to a coffee-lounge aura. All under a clay-colored tin ceiling, earthen vibrato.

Bringing Sustainable Homeownership to Dane County

Habitat volunteers celebrating with homeowners Mario and Brooke and their three children, Yoana, Aracely, and Thiago, as their home is nearly completed in Fitchburg.
Photograph by John Kalson

For 31 years, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has built and rehabbed homes alongside 281 local families and repaired dozens of homes for existing homeowners through the Habitat Home Repair program. The ultimate goal: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

For the Apple of Your Eye

items from Convivio
Photograph by Mary D'Alton of Convivio

Autumn in Wisconsin means delicious locally grown apples. Used in baking as well as savory recipes, and especially nice in apple brandy. Nothing is prettier than this calvados from France, where they have been making this spirit for generations. Apple brandy is an amazing flavor enhancer in anything made with apples—applesauce, apple crisp, apple pie…even savory stews. (And make sure to sip some as you enjoy the finished recipe!)

Let Us Entertain You!

custom entertainment wall
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

The burgeoning craft cocktail movement has changed the way adult beverages are served when entertaining at home. A simple Rum and Coke or Vodka Tonic is no longer considered a signature drink from a savvy host. Now we need to have a fully stocked bar including local spirits, local craft beers, assorted mixers, garnishes, flavored bitters, simple syrups, appropriate glassware, shakers, strainers, etc. You can create a true beverage center that gives you room for a state-of-the-art coffee machine and all the accoutrements that go with gourmet coffee.

Simplifying Rug Shopping

rugs
Photograph provided by Iconi Interiors and Consignment

Choosing area rugs for your home often feels overwhelming due to the vast array of choices available to the consumer. Where the perfect rug can be the element that pulls a room together, choosing the wrong rug can throw off the feel and continuity of the entire room. But by taking some basics into consideration, you’ll find the perfect rug to help set the tone and mood you’re looking for.

Basement Remodels

_**Fitchburg**_: Built-in shelving and recessed lights help solve spacing issues in the great room, and a couch divides the lounge area from the exercise area.
Photograph by Eric Tadsen

If your basement isn’t finished, odds are making use of that space is on your remodeling wish list. Maybe it’s an extra bedroom, room for entertainment, a workspace, a playroom, a gym, or just something to up your home’s resale value. A finished basement can be a cool place to hang out on a hot Wisconsin summer day.

Dont Fear the Wallpaper

Wallpaper in dining room
Photograph provided by Fontaine Home

Wallcoverings have come a long way since the traditional repeating patterns and cutesy borders of the '70s and '80s wallpaper designs. The term wallcovering encompasses the wide variety of products and textures available to the homeowner today. Products are more sophisticated than the old paper products, which were difficult to install and often became quickly démodé.

Fall Tree Planting Tips

Tree planting

Just because the weather is cooler and thoughts are turning toward scaling back your garden, it’s not too late to plant trees. In fact, autumn is an excellent time to plant deciduous and evergreen trees—it’s a season of more natural rain events and, therefore, less manual watering is required. It’s easy to forget to water as temperatures drop, so be vigilant about monitoring natural rainfall amounts to make sure new transplants are appropriately watered. When transplants are dug up, their total root volume is reduced, which results in less water uptake.

Innovative Design Solutions

Custom walnut-top kitchen island.
Photograph by Shanna Wolf

We recently worked with a wonderful couple who wanted to remodel parts of their home in the Country Grove Estate neighborhood. Their primary goals were improving the layout and look of the home. Though having over a combined 2,000 square feet of finished space, the rooms seemed small and dark. The homeowners had three improvements in mind.

Long-Distance Home, Local Interior Designer

A new kitchen island replaced the peninsula for better flow through. White cabinets, tile, and stone brighten the space while the dark grey cabinets provide contrast as well as ample storage.
Provided by Posh & Patina Interiors

Remodeling or decorating a second home doesn’t have to be stressful, and it can be done without you being present. The key is to choose a professional designer who understands your personality and goals, and who can also coordinate an on-site team to ensure your vision comes to life.

Paint on Point

Paint colors
Photograph provided by Hallman Lindsay

Lilac Blossom 1289 has a hint of grey, and adds life to a room without overpowering. A great color alternative for people that normally prefer tan or beige.

Plug In, Drive Green, and Save

Electric vehicle (EV)
Photograph provided by MGE

The electric vehicle (EV) market is exploding. From SUVs to crossovers, nearly 50 models are available today—and that number is expected to reach nearly 140 by 2023. Automakers continue to develop and sell EVs for drivers with different needs and who want different features and price points. Whether you take frequent road trips or commute to and from work, there likely is a model for you.

Issues

November 2019

Online
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
Financial
Dispelling First-Time Homebuying Myths
Furnishings & Accessories
Bakeware Trends
Holiday Lighting
Home Entertainment Experience
Kid's Closets
Sleep Allergy Free
Landscape
Houseplants–Natural Air Purifiers
Remodel/Renovation
Current Design Trends Help Reclaim a Kitchen
No Space Ignored–Basement Rec Rooms Featuring Dream House Dream Kitchens
Technology
Sustainable Living–Smart Homes Save Energy and Money

August 2019

Business Design
Karen & Co. Undefined
Community Initiatives
Bringing Sustainable Homeownership to Dane County
Furnishings & Accessories
For the Apple of Your Eye
Let Us Entertain You!
Simplifying Rug Shopping
Remodel/Renovation
Basement Remodels
Don't Fear the Wallpaper
Fall Tree Planting Tips
Innovative Design Solutions
Long-Distance Home, Local Interior Designer
Paint on Point
Technology
Plug In, Drive Green, and Save

May 2019

Business Design
Assorted Relevance
Community Initiatives
Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development
Furnishings & Accessories
Midcentury Modern Appeal
Shipshape!
Those Summer Nights
Landscape
Phase One Makeovers
Remodel/Renovation
Bella Domicile Bathroom Makeover
Living On Your Own Water
Modern Improv: Making a Downtown Condo Feel Spacious
Siding
Technology
Go Green: Support Clean Energy in Our Community

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



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