Archive for February, 2014

Your Own Private Island: The focal point of the kitchen is now better than ever

Filed in Design and Decor by on February 28, 2014
Your Own Private Island: The focal point of the kitchen is now better than ever

As Mary and Mike Montplaisir of Fargo sipped their drinks at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville in Las Vegas, they were struck by more than the fun atmosphere.

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Pergolas: A shady way to beat the heat

Filed in Construction by on February 19, 2014
Pergolas: A shady way to beat the heat

Pergo what? Changes are you’ve seen or sat under one of these dazzling architectural denizens, but chances are equally as great you may not know their name. A pergola is a wooden, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass structure made up of a header that usually lies above your patio doors or windows and is supported by […]

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Give Yourself a Lift: Improved access for high bank lots

Filed in Lakeside Living, On The Lake by on February 19, 2014
Give Yourself a Lift: Improved access for high bank lots

Lake living is all about the water. It’s about walking into your lake home and being greeted by the view – that lovely expanse of peaceful water. It’ s about walking out onto the dock to breathe in sun-kissed lake air. The view is easy to get, but getting to the water can be a […]

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5 Common Lawn Challenges

Filed in Landscaping by on February 19, 2014
5 Common Lawn Challenges

Everyone wants a nice lawn, but maintaining that perfect patch of green grass requires a lot of work. While generally considered a very fertile area, Minnesota’s lake country has its own share of challenges for homeowners…

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Avoid These Top Ten House-Planning Blunders

Filed in Construction by on February 18, 2014
Avoid These Top Ten House-Planning Blunders

Once in awhile I receive suggestions for articles to write. For this issue, it was my “Top 10 list of major boo-boos when planning a house.” Good idea. I thought they asked for “Top 10 list of Phil’s architectural boo-boos.” Perhaps we’ll chat about those another time… 10. Not knowing what you want in a […]

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Perham

Filed in Destinations by on February 18, 2014
Perham

Located in the heart of Minnesota lakes country, Perham is a popular year-round destination. With a 27-hole championship golf course, plentiful gift and coffee shops, family-friendly turtle races throughout the summer, and beautiful blue lakes…

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Crosslake

Filed in Destinations by on February 18, 2014
Crosslake

Crosslake’s 2,150 year-round residents and 15,000-plus seasonal residents come together throughout the year to enjoy the Up North character of the vibrant community, located just 23 miles north of Brainerd in east central Minnesota.

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Wine Pairings for Summer Food

Filed in Food and Wine by on February 18, 2014
Wine Pairings for Summer Food

Local wine experts match wines to your favorite summertime dishes Summer’s a great time to gather friends, fire up the grill and pop open a cold bottle of … wine? Yes, you read that right. Wine can be a wonderful accompaniment to summertime foods. And we’re not just talking about a Riesling with strawberries. Minnesota […]

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A Window Buyer’s Guide

Filed in Construction by on February 15, 2014
A Window Buyer’s Guide

Do your research before investing in new windows The windows of a home reflect its soul – they reveal a bright and welcoming destination with a cozy, safe, restful appeal. Windows provide a portal to the landscape and natural surrounds that are stunningly beautiful season after season, year after year. And, ideally, those windows are […]

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Midwest’s Green Roots Grow Deep

Filed in Construction by on February 15, 2014
Midwest’s Green Roots Grow Deep

Green this, green that … you may be tired of hearing the word “green”. Alas, I would bet that you are green yourself, for we are all descendants of the Great Depression era, World War II, the energy crisis of the 70’s, oil/gas shortages and the latest energy push on these issues under the guise […]

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