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In with the Old: Family combines old and new to create a perfect fit

In with the Old: Family combines old and new to create a perfect fit

When Deb Benedict is asked to name the aspect that was most influential in the design of her home, she replies simply “Mike.” It is easy to see why as you walk through the 6,000-square-foot home…

Filed in Feature Homes by on January 1, 2015
Scenic Serenity: Franklin Lake home blends Tuscan design with architectural charm

Scenic Serenity: Franklin Lake home blends Tuscan design with architectural charm

They never entertained a grand plan to move to the lake or desired to build a home on a lake lot. So when Cameron Wischer came home one day – shortly after looking at a lot…

Filed in Feature Homes by on December 18, 2014
From Sketches to Success: Twenty years of planning pays off in this Lake Lida home

From Sketches to Success: Twenty years of planning pays off in this Lake Lida home

For over twenty years, Jeff and Connie Schoenack dreamed of a rustic lake home that echoed their love for the outdoors – inside and out. About a year ago, they took those dreams and…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on December 2, 2014
A Renovation Built for Today and Tomorrow: Lake Louise Home is a Labor of Love

A Renovation Built for Today and Tomorrow: Lake Louise Home is a Labor of Love

Renovation is more than a vocation for retired real estate broker Dick Owen; it’s a passion. Owen, along with wife Judy, has been honing his remodeling skills for more than three decades…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on December 2, 2014

Gardening

Three Plants to Bring Holiday Cheer

Three Plants to Bring Holiday Cheer

Blooming plants are welcome at my house during the holiday season. Whether welcome as guests or housemates depends on how easy the plans are to care for after they bloom…

Filed in Gardening by on November 15, 2014
Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards: It's not too late to plant for beautiful blooms next spring

Autumn Planting Brings Spring Rewards: It's not too late to plant for beautiful blooms next spring

When the Midwest turns red and gold, it’s time to get out a garden spade. Autumn is the ideal time for planting trees, shrubs, and bulbs.

Filed in Gardening by on September 17, 2014
Branching Out: Selecting the right tree for your yard

Branching Out: Selecting the right tree for your yard

Trees serve a number of important functions, and one of the most important is enhancing home and landscape.

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2014

Landscaping

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Managing storm water is a big deal on lakeshore properties. Excess water running too fast can cause erosion and send pollutants into our lakes.

Filed in Landscaping by on June 30, 2014
Mowing 101: Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Mowing 101: Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Spring is here, and that large patch of white surround your house has turned green. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn.

Filed in Landscaping by on May 30, 2014
A Bright Idea: Light your way to a perfect patio

A Bright Idea: Light your way to a perfect patio

One of the ideal ways to unwind after a long day at the office (or on the water) is to head out to your patio. Whether you grill and have a glass of wine with friends…

Filed in Landscaping by on May 16, 2014

Destinations

Forestedge Winery

Forestedge Winery

Nestled among dense woods at the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest is Forestedge Winery. With bountiful gardens, a cobblestone patio area and a tasting room, it is a perfect setting for an afternoon outing with family and friends.

Filed in Destinations, Food and Wine by on November 27, 2014
Welcome Back: A Homecoming for Detroit Mountain

Welcome Back: A Homecoming for Detroit Mountain

It’s back to the future for Detroit Mountain. With a touch of nostalgia mixed with new technology and an eye on the future, the four-season, 200-acre Detroit Mountain Recreation Area near Detroit Lakes, Minn….

Filed in Construction, Destinations by on October 1, 2014
Ghosts of North Dakota

Ghosts of North Dakota

Empty houses. Abandoned, crumbling buildings. We’ve all seen them around the Midwest. But have you ever wondered about the stories behind them?

Filed in Destinations by on October 1, 2014

Design & Decor

Hot Rocks, Cool Edges: New granite edging options help to create stylized spaces

Hot Rocks, Cool Edges: New granite edging options help to create stylized spaces

Want to make a fashion-forward statement in your kitchen, bath or rec room? Look no further than granite. Offering timeless texture, durability and style, granite is a natural material with endless design possibilities.

Filed in Design and Decor by on January 28, 2015
Light and Color Go Hand In Hand

Light and Color Go Hand In Hand

I have a word, not for the faint of heart, which is one of the many considerations homeowners need to keep in mind when selecting and matching colors. That word is metamorism. It’s a big word with a big impact.

Filed in Design and Decor by on January 21, 2015
Aubry Costello: Designer Portfolio

Aubry Costello: Designer Portfolio

Aubrey Costello Sales Designer at Showplace Kitchens in Fargo shares with us some of her favorite designs where she derive her inspiration from and a few designer tip that bring extra style to her projects.

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on December 2, 2014
Create a luxurious space that Welcomes & Pampers holiday guests

Create a luxurious space that Welcomes & Pampers holiday guests

When travel-weary friends and relatives arrive for the holidays, why not offer them the ultimate, personalized gift: a welcoming guestroom that evokes the same comforts and hospitality of a hotel suite.

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on December 2, 2014

On The Lake

The Home Management Tool You Never Knew You Needed: What to look for in a Home Inventory System

The Home Management Tool You Never Knew You Needed: What to look for in a Home Inventory System

Owning a home (or two) can be difficult. There’s knowing what stuff you have, where it’s located, when you acquired it, warranty expiration information…

Filed in Maintenance by on October 1, 2014
Lake and Home Interview: Lifesaver

Lake and Home Interview: Lifesaver

Summertime at the family cabin is typically a dream vacation. But the threat of severe weather can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare…

Filed in Lakeside Living by on August 9, 2014
Materials For Your Dock

Materials For Your Dock

The first walk to the end of the dock at the beginning of each season signifies a fresh start. It’s a fresh canvas for summer memories of swimming, boating, eating, toasting, playing and relaxing with friends and family.

Filed in Lakeside Living by on August 3, 2014

Ask the Home Experts

Q: What are the major differences  between hardwood and engineered  flooring?

Q: What are the major differences between hardwood and engineered flooring?

A: “Hardwood flooring is a solid 3/4 inch thick product that consists of the same material throughout,” says Denny Johnson of Cullen’s Home Center, “Solid hardwood requires…”

Filed in Home Experts by on December 31, 2014
Q:  What’s the difference between a construction loan and a conventional mortgage?

Q: What’s the difference between a construction loan and a conventional mortgage?

A: “A construction loan is used to build a home or complete a significant remodel and/or addition,” says Chris Marvel of American Federal Bank in Fergus Falls, “It is typically a line of credit…”

Filed in Home Experts by on December 9, 2014
Q: How can I bring a pop of color into our relatively neutral lake home? We’ve got a lot of wood, darker or neutral finishes and fabrics, but I’d like to brighten things up a bit with color, any suggestions?

Q: How can I bring a pop of color into our relatively neutral lake home? We’ve got a lot of wood, darker or neutral finishes and fabrics, but I’d like to brighten things up a bit with color, any suggestions?

A: “Having a neutral base is not a bad thing,” says Betty

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on October 30, 2014

Food & Wine

Forestedge Winery

Forestedge Winery

Nestled among dense woods at the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest is Forestedge Winery. With bountiful gardens, a cobblestone patio area and a tasting room, it is a perfect setting for an afternoon outing with family and friends.

Filed in Destinations, Food and Wine by on November 27, 2014
Pumpkin Bars and Spaghetti Squash

Pumpkin Bars and Spaghetti Squash

Despite our area having a somewhat strange growing season this summer, our weekly baskets overflowed with fresh, locally grown garden veggies all season long. At this time of year, it’s always hard to say goodbye…

Filed in Food and Wine by on September 29, 2014

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