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Tips for buying and displaying your first (or fortieth) piece of art   The art world can feel like an inside joke – one that everyone gets except you. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. When it comes to art, you determine the punchline.   “As I look around my home, the art READ MORE

Showstopping Holiday Tablescapes


By Colleen Riordan The holidays are a delightful rush of dinner parties and family gatherings. Before you dig out great-grandma’s recipes, create a beautiful tablescape to charm your guests. A stunning centerpiece, table setting and decor will make both the meal and conversation shine. Magnificent Metallics “This season, there’s a reemergence of shiny metallics,” says READ MORE

Trend Focus: Lighting


Lighting is an important fashion accessory in any house, and just like fashion, it is changing all the time. For a lot of homeowners, it’s important to keep up with current styles in lighting so that their home can look designer, but with more variety in the industry now than ever before, it can be READ MORE

Material Focus: Concrete


No longer just for driveways, sidewalks and patios, concrete has embraced its softer side and the results are surprisingly pretty. Concrete accents work well with popular industrial aesthetics, but can also add texture and interest to rustic farmhouse decor. No matter your style, here are a few ways to try the trend at home. 1. READ MORE

Shipping Out

Photo credit: Michael Gehrman

West Coast style meets Midwest sensibility in Grand Chute’s first shipping container home This summer Grand Chute gained a little architectural diversity in the form of its first residence made from recycled shipping containers – heavy-duty steel boxes often used for transporting materials and products around the world. The use of shipping containers as structural READ MORE

Don’t Miss: 2016 Summer Parade of Homes

Hoffman-Strobel Builders
Photos shown are of previous parade homes, courtesy of Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities

See the 2016 Parade Homes here. When it comes to home design, everyone’s a voyeur. Ever catch yourself slowing down to get a better look at that new construction? Do you daydream about what lies beyond a pair of great reclaimed wood double doors? Well, voyeurs rejoice! The 2016 Summer Parade of Homes is your READ MORE

Firing Up

Posted on May. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Bringing the inside out has become a popular concept when it comes to outdoor kitchen spaces. While Wisconsin may present seasonal challenges, for those who appreciate the taste and experience of cooking on the grill, the possibilities of what can be brought to patios are endless. “Lately, we’ve seen a surge in the bells and READ MORE

Test of Time

Posted on Apr. 1, 2016 by Rob Zimmer
Photo courtesy of Valley Custom Fence

The white picket fence has come a long way over the decades, yet it’s as popular as ever according to fence manufacturers and installers throughout the Fox Valley. The traditional classic gets an uplift with higher-quality, long-lasting and durable materials, as well as more style options. “I’m kind of a wood purest,” says Jim Marks, READ MORE

Remodel rundown

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Kate Mothes
Photo courtesy of Welhouse Construction

If you’re a homeowner, does hearing the word “remodel” make you giddy, or send chills down your spine? Sometimes it can go both ways. Maybe your 1970s-era kitchen cabinetry is in need of an update, or a bathtub on its last leg inspires a bathroom redo. Whether it’s a brand-new fireplace or something as simple READ MORE

Bathroom beauties

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

From the ornate to the functional, bathrooms have come a long way since the days of outhouses. No longer are they just another room in the house, but rather one that can make a design impact in a tiny space or put a getaway retreat within your own home. “It’s all about the look” and READ MORE