November 2020

November 2020 Issue
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Dugnadsånd Bygger Livsreise

Main visitor gallery as seen from the map wall.
Photograph provided by Livsreise–Norwegian Heritage Center

“We have one chance to do it right because we can’t do it over.” Jerry A. Gryttenholm, treasurer for the Edwin E. and Janet L. Bryant Foundation, said this to everyone involved in building and designing Livsreise. He wanted to create something really special for downtown Stoughton, and Bryant Foundation would spare no expense.

Five Experts to Consult When Buying A Rental Property

Rental properties

A rental property can be a smart investment during an economic downturn. With mortgage rates dipping to record lows, real estate investing is more attractive than ever. If you’re ready to take the plunge, consider building a team of experts to assist you. Here are five key members of this team.

Accessorizing Your Accessorizer

custom closet storage
Photograph provided by Cabinet City

A 32mm closet system might be the longest-lasting investment you make for your house. The versatility is unmatched, the need for more storage is constant, and myriad accessories mean you’ll never have unused space.

Impact-Resistant Shingles

House showing shingles
Photograph provided by Christopher Eaglin

While hail damage may not be the first thing you consider when contemplating potential home risks, it’s a very common and expensive occurrence. In the 2018 webinar Hail: The Hidden Risk, Dr. Arindam Samanta says more than 10.7 million U.S. properties were affected by one or more damaging hail events in 2017.

Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

potted plants
Photograph provided by Avid Gardener

Spending time outside feeds our minds and bodies, and now more than ever, gardening takes on the importance of connecting to the healing of nature. The following is based upon a Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, article in Psychology Today (June 19, 2019) regarding health benefits from gardening.

Prairies In and Outside Town

prairie
Photograph by Pete Olsen Photography (peteolsenphotography.com) and provided by Garden Search & Rescue

Prairies, the heart of Midwestern scenery, are made up mostly of grasses, taller grasses, grass-like plants, sedges, and flowering plants. They can seemingly roll on forever or dapple the smallest spaces. Forbs that are present can vary greatly in color, bloom, and height, and reside mainly within the Great Plains of the Midwest. Prairies are only about 8,000 years old and, surprisingly, only about 1 percent are left. Care for and establishment of these land beauties is often only for the truly committed, but the reward is more than equal the endeavor.

Taliesin Forever Relevant

Students visiting the Taliesin farm on a field trip. Farming on this property has been continuous since the 1860s and carries on today.
Photograph by Aron Meudt-Thering

The endless relevance of Frank Lloyd Wright is obvious; he transformed 20th-century design. But the relevance of Taliesin, his personal home, might not be so clear.

A Minimalist Kitchen: Enhanced Function and Efficiency

kitchen by Washa Remodeling & Design
Photograph provided by Washa Remodeling & Design

Minimalist design is a popular trend in both kitchen and bathroom remodels—you take away the focal points and allow the room to speak for itself. It’s a clean, functional, less-is-more approach.

Sustainable Living: Make Your Home Comfortable this Winter

Hearth room
Photograph provided by MGE

Wisconsin winters mean snow, ice, and cold temperatures. While we enjoy the season's picturesque landscapes and outdoor activities, we also need to shift gears and adjust the way we keep our home comfortable. Implementing some easy strategies will help combat the winter chill and save energy.

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November 2020

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

August 2020

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

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
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Add a Little Edge to Your Home
Entryways
Madison Lighting–2020 Trends: Light Changes Everything
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Don't Rush Your Spring Cleanup!
Legacy
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Historical Integrity Meets Contemporary Design
Paint on Point
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Technology
Sustainable Living–Heat Smart. Cool Smart. Save Money.

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Northside Planning Council–Fostering a Stronger Northside Community
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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
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Sustainable Living–Smart Homes Save Energy and Money



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