May 2021

May 2021 Issue
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International Crane Foundation: Cranes of the World

ICF's indoor viewing room at the George Archibald Welcome Center introduces visitors to the grace and beauty of all 15 species of this endangered family of birds.
Photograph provided by International Crane Foundation

When the International Crane Foundation (ICF) designed their Cranes of the World wildlife exhibit and education center, their vision shared inspiration from zoos, parks, and gardens all across Wisconsin. The end result turned out to be something familiar, yet all its own. Hands-on learning displays and cultural and ecological exhibits, stages for informative talks from on-site experts and guest speakers, and an exploratory outdoor space featuring each crane species found around the world come together to form one seamless experience.

Maximize Your Home's Return on Investment: Bathroom Renovations

master bathroom

If you’re going to choose one area of your home to upgrade, the bathroom is likely to give you plenty of bang for your buck. This is true, according to Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value Report, whether you add an upscale bathroom or choose a more modest remodel.

Organizing with Silver Track

garage organization
Photograph provided by Dream House Dream Kitchens

Organizing the garage is something on a lot of our to-do lists. We’ve discussed HyLoft shelving systems to utilize ceiling space for storage, but what about wall space? “The garage typically, when you do square footage of wall, has more wall space than multiple rooms in the home combined,” says Chris Schmidt of Dream House Dream Kitchens.

The Right Upholstery for Everyone

White couch
Photograph provided by Waunakee Furniture ETC

Have you ever been confused about fabrics and leathers and what would work best for your home and your lifestyle?

Trees: The Canopies of Our World

Oak Tree

Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on Earth, being in existence for over 370 million years, an estimated 25 to 35 percent of the world’s plants, and spanning the globe in both diversity and commonality. They provide oxygen, habitat, food, and shade while devouring carbon emissions, managing rainfall, and stabilizing different soils. They lend a permanence and maturity to the landscape that expands beyond most our lifetimes. With the tallest trees reaching heights of almost 400 feet and the oldest of them estimated at 9,550 years old, it’s no wonder they demand so much amazement and respect.

Back Porch Oasis

View of new deck and backyard pool area.
Photograph by A&J Photography

Bryan and Lori were referred to us by one of our repeat clients, as well as having found us at home shows. We quickly discovered that the network of shared friends goes much deeper. They had remodeling done on their 1990s, two-story, formal home the years prior, but determined that working with a different remodeling company for this project was the right decision for them.

Paint on Point: Hope Comfort, and Possibility

Color of 2021, Simple Serenity 0614
Photograph provided by Hallman Lindsay

After the unexpected and challenging year that 2020 turned out to be, we can all use a lot of reassurance and calm. Enter Simple Serenity 0614; comforting, hopeful and full of possibility, this heavenly hue is our color for 2021.

Some Reassembly Required

bathroom remodel by Dream House Dream Kitchens
Photograph provided by Dream House Dream Kitchens

Sometimes we need to talk about the jacuzzi tub in the room. Everyone has to walk around it, it takes up almost a third of the bathroom, and it’s lucky if it gets used once every other year. When these homeowners wanted to update their bathroom, which meant bye-bye jacuzzi tub, they were giving themselves a significantly more functional bathroom. The catch for Lindsay Nelson, designer at Dream House Dream Kitchens, was that she wouldn’t have the normal two months to work on it.

Sustainable Living: What Contributes to the Energy Bill in Your Home?

Kitchen
Photograph provided by MGE

It's no surprise that heating and cooling are responsible for about half of the energy we use in our homes in Wisconsin. But what makes up the rest of our energy bill?

Issues

August 2021

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

May 2021

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

February 2021

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

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
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

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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



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