May 2020

May 2020 Issue
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Read the Room

Suchi Reddy, award-winning architect
Photograph by Heather Hazzan

Suchi Reddy, award-winning architect and founder of the celebrated Reddymade Architecture and Design, added Abel Contemporary Gallery to her long list of accomplishments. The historic tobacco warehouse no. 5 finds a revived voice amongst contemporary works of art. Each patron overhears these conversations—evolving banter, chatter, and soliloquy—with their own degree of sensitivity to the space and artist creations, and distinct voices take shape. It’s a hallmark of Suchi’s work. Her approach to guiding interpretation proved instrumental in realizing the vision of gallery owners Theresa Abel and Tim O’Neill.

Contemporary Problems Require Historical Solutions

Abel Contemporary Gallery space
Photograph provided by Abel Contemporary Gallery

Space needs order. Not that everything is in its place, but that navigationally things need to make sense. Even the most cluttered pack-rat wonderland jives with someone. But the task for a business taking on space is to make it comprehensible to everyone. When Theresa Abel and Tim O’Neill of Abel Contemporary Gallery moved their business from Paoli, the pieces fell into place for them to take on the old no. 5 tobacco warehouse in Stoughton, which had been living its latest life as an antique store.

Rising Salaries and Rental Costs

Woman in kitchen

Efforts to achieve gender equity in the workplace are fueling home sales. According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest survey of buyers and sellers, single women are now the second-largest group of Americans buying homes. That’s 18 percent of the homeowning population, up more than 10 percent from the early 1980s. Demographically, single women buying the most homes are baby boomers, but women age 37 and younger are also eager to purchase a piece of the American dream.

Custom Furniture is for Everyone

custom items from Pieces Unimagined
Photograph provided by Pieces Unimagined

There’s nothing more impressive than a custom set of furniture in any room of the house. It’s art you interact with every day that can be overengineered to last forever. These are the pieces your heirs will fight over.

Garages: Get Off the Floor

garage storage
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

Where do you keep your vacuum cleaner? How about your dishes? Card table? Pet food? My guess is the answer to most of these questions is not leaned up against a wall in the living room or kitchen. So why do we give things in our garage this treatment?

Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Milkweed
Photograph by Samara Eisner

As Wisconsinites, most of us have our food thing: our irresistible, can’t-live-without-it thing. Whether it’s fresh squeaky cheese curds, beer brats, apple kringle, Friday fish fry, or locally crafted beer, most of us have one thing we’ll go the extra mile for. For the monarch butterfly, milkweed (Asclepias) is it. In fact, it’s the monarch caterpillar’s (larvae’s) one and only thing.

Rain Gardens: Practical and Beautiful

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan

When the rain comes lately, it pours down hard, leaving trails in its wake and amazing us with how much it collects. How we manage rain can vary, but a rain garden is nature’s truest solution. With a little work on the install, you can be left with a treasure that will delight you, nurture the earth, and manage your rainfall without you having to think much about it.

Beyond Tours: Experiential Tourism

Soaring high above Taliesin Preservation, the Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization charged with preserving the history and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wrights personal home and estate.
Photograph by Mike McDermott

Taliesin was originally intended to be used as a center for experimentation, sharing new ideas, and creating improved ways of living. Taliesin Preservation, the Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization charged with preserving the Taliesin legacy and methods of educating the public, makes innovative thinking and living its guide to future visitor experiences.

Inspiring Nirvana

Attractive slate-grey porcelain tile with contemporary fixtures, a recessed shelf,
Photograph provided by Washa Remodeling & Design

We spend one-third of our day in the bedroom, so investing in a bed makes sense. The living room, den, or rec room gets similar treatment with furniture and entertainment expenses. But the bathroom is often about practicality. Functional sink? Check. Toilet? Check. Shower? Check. In and out, with the exception of getting away from the kids until your feet fall asleep from prolonged toilet cowering. But when the team at Washa Remodeling took on an en suite master bathroom, they set their sights on creating a spa experience that the homeowners look forward to.

You Get What You Pay For

kitchen dining area
Photograph by S.Photography/Shanna Wolf

As design professionals in the building industry, we often hear, and sometimes even say, that you get what you pay for. This Madison area teardown and rebuild home is a perfect example.

Sustainable Living: Windows of Opportunity

Windows in living room
Photograph provided by MGE

While new windows enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal and can increase its value, they also can improve energy efficiency. It’s an important consideration as heat loss and gain through windows is responsible for up to 30 percent of the energy used for residential heating and cooling.

Issues

May 2020

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

February 2020

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

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



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