Sep/Oct
2015

FALL IN LOVE WITH RUSTIC MODERN: START YOUR ENGINES

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Written by By Sue Whitney

I hail from Minnesota, and I’m taking a wild guess that many of you agree with me that autumn is the best season of the four. It’s not too hot; it’s not too cold. At long last, fall is just right for the mamas, the papas and the baby bears. It’s time to relish in the final days of warm, glorious Minnesota weather and to get a jumpstart on bringing the outdoors in, as we prepare to embrace our longer-than-necessary winter hibernation season. 

Modern rustic is an excellent design option to do just that. Personally I’m a sitting duck for the radiance of rustic charm and modern amenities, so why not combine the two? It’s a big buzzword right now, I know, but there is no reason to follow all of the guidelines set forth in this article or any other, for that matter. I believe rules were meant to be broken. Pick a few of your favorite suggestions and insert your own special spin. Get ready to unleash your inner designer, JUNKMARKET Style.

 

 

 

Jul/Aug
2015

Shades of Grey: Start in the kitchen and go into adjoining rooms

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Written by By Bob Freund, Photography by Fagan Studios

Rick and Linda Seime had been comfortable with the look and workings of their kitchen for almost 14 years. It featured a center island, white appliances, maple wood cabinetry, yellow-hued walls and a nook dominated by a hefty table and chairs.

Over the years, they had grown accustomed to a narrow space around the island and close clearance for the automatic dishwasher. They got used to the limited counter space next to the cooking range. They were content to maneuver chairs around the table in the dining nook, a family gathering spot. Those inconveniences now are gone. A two-month remodeling project transformed their dated kitchen area and gave it modern appeal. 

 

Jul/Aug
2015

Healing Waters: Soothing Relief From A Devastating Diagnosis

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Written by By Jennifer Gangloff, Photography By Mike Hardwick Photography

In the face of a devastating diagnosis, Michelle Harris is finding ways to heal her heart and soul, especially against the now almost constant companion of fear.

These days, as chemo saps her energy, wraps a scarf around her bare head and tapes her fingernails in place so that she can play another tune on the piano, Harris is comforted by the everyday gifts of normalcy with her husband and four children and the calming gurgle of a waterfall garden freshly installed through the Healing Waters Project for breast cancer survivors.

“We already love having the waterfall,” Harris says. “We fall asleep to its soothing sound and wake up to it in the morning. I was so touched that there are so many in the community with such generous hearts.”

 

May/Jun
2015

Up in the Air, The Reikmann's home addition

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Written by By Bob Freund, Photography by Fagan Studios

Laurie Riekmann likes to sit high among the trees, enjoying a second-story view over her backyard. “We feel like we’re up in a tree house,” Laurie says. “You can see all the leaves surrounding the room.” 

It’s a vantage point with all the comforts of their home. About two and a half years ago, Laurie and her husband, Glenn, lopped off the home’s original, walk-out deck and built an addition with windows on three walls. It’s an almost seamless extension of their 16-year-old home on Rochester’s northwest side. “I think the whole goal was to create more living space, and I think we created that, indoors and out,” Laurie says.

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Taking Home the Win: Building Our Dream Home

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Written by By Jenee M Cummings, Photography By Jenee M. Cummings

In April 2014, my husband and I broke ground to begin building our dream home. By dream home, I mean a beautiful, functional space that would provide everything we need to raise six girls and two furry creatures, without sending this mom over the edge.   

 

Someone yanks open a closet door, and an avalanche of household stuff tumbles out. Is this comical scene happening at your house or office? 

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Rochester’s Own: Fascinating Old Homes

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Written by By Debi Neville, Photography by Dawn Sanborn photography

Old homes that span generations and economics spark the interest of many. We wonder about the people who lived there and are awed by the structures, which serve as calling cards for fascinating ventures into another time and way of life.  

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Inside “Minnesota’s Own”: Our state and city’s preserved historic homes

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Written by By Debi Neville, Photography by AMN photography

 

Minnesota has many treasures: 10,000 lakes, medical facilities and scores of architecturally significant homes. In the newly released book “Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes” by Larry Millett, the reader is invited to visit 22 historic homes located throughout Minnesota. Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press, the outstanding stories behind the people and the homes they built come alive, thanks to Millett, an architectural historian. Alongside Millet’s writing are 200 photographs of the historic homes taken by Matt Schmitt. 

At a book signing and lecture at the Winona Historical Society, Millett and Schmitt led an overflowing crowd on a photographic tour. “It was difficult choosing only 22 residences,” Millett says. “We began with over 1,000. There could have been many more, but we wanted to detail each home and its history, yet make the book a manageable and affordable size.”

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Remodelers Corner: Kitchen Remodel Snowballs

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Written by By Bob Freund, Photography by Mike Hardwick Photography

 

Carol Cooper and Matt Morgan’s kitchen was stuck in the ‘70s until last summer. That’s when the Byron couple set up a portable microwave downstairs and embarked on a complete revamp of the busiest room in the house. 

Quartz stone replaced scratched, laminate countertops; a peninsula of overhead cabinets disappeared in favor of a 5 1/2-foot-long island for food prep and storage; rectangular tiles replaced worn linoleum. In their new kitchen, Cooper and Morgan can slide a glass out of a hanging rack at their wine bar or jot down a note in a message center with a unique roll-top door. This kitchen remodel became the core of a renovation project that snowballed into other areas of their home. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Hot Trends for Your Home: Reflect your values and style

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Written by Jenee Cummings

 

Time has become a luxury for many families and individuals. If we can find opportunities to be more efficient—in any aspect of life—we take advantage. These ideas apply to how we construct our homes as well. Our homes are a personal reflection of our values. If you have the chance to remodel or build, do it in a way that not only gives you the biggest bang for your buck, but also optimizes your opportunities for comfort, quality time together and self-expression. 

 

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