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Bathroom beauties

Posted on Feb. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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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

Furniture finesse

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Rounded edges, smooth lines, intricate handiwork, keepsake stitches, bold patterns, touchable textures, simple stains, colorful hues and memorable etchings. A favorite piece of furniture can include some or all of these things. Whether it’s a naugahyde keeper or a turn-of-the-century heirloom filled with stories, one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Breathing new life into READ MORE

Transitioning Technology

Posted on Dec. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

As time has evolved, so has technology. From the days of the first telephone to crowding around a television to get a glimpse of a historical event or favorite variety show, the possibilities have become endless as to what can be found inside today’s homes. “I think one thing that people need to understand is READ MORE

Lower level living

Posted on Nov. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
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’Tis the season for family and friends, laughter and memories, and gatherings galore. The last thing you want, however, is for guests to be stuffed into a room tighter than the dressed turkey on the dinner table. So, where do you go with everyone who brings holiday tidings this time of year? Place to gather READ MORE

Everything in its place

Posted on Oct. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
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Form meets function when it comes to cabinets in homes today. From kitchens to locker spaces, design is tailored to the purpose the storage solution serves. Customers are looking for “good, simple, functional storage,” says Nick Arnoldussen, owner of Arn’s Custom Cabinets in Little Chute. Gone are the 1970s blonde tones and the dark oaks READ MORE

Start your engines

Posted on Sep. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Stephenson

Some see cars as a means of transportation. To others, they’re a piece of artwork constructed with intricate design down to the finest of details and the sounds they make. Whether building them, detailing them or creating a place to enjoy them, Fox Cities area car owners enjoy vehicles — old and new — for READ MORE

Building Upon the Past

Posted on Aug. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
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As the old adage goes, what’s old is new again. Such is the case for homes being showcased by five companies with entries in this year’s Valley Home Builders Association Summer Parade of Homes that will incorporate reclaimed materials. The 38th parade will include 34 homes and be held throughout the Fox Cities Aug. 22-23 READ MORE

Wonderful walls

Posted on May. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
Photo courtesy of Katie McGuire

White. Off white. Eggshell. While walls in some homes may continue to be of the typical vanilla variety, more are making a statement with texture, wood, wallpaper, metal and bold pops of color. While it may take longer than those living on the East or West coasts to flirt with design trends, Houzz, Pinterest and READ MORE

Home office havens

Posted on Apr. 1, 2015 by Emma Martin
Photo courtesy of Timber Innovations

Work spaces for productivity, inspiration Wake up, brew a pot of coffee and begin your work day. For some people commuting to their job is not required, their work day starts by simply walking into their home office and turning on their computer. Home offices are no longer dark dens with large built-in desks and READ MORE

2015 NARI Level Best Awards

Posted on Mar. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson

Every space within a home serves a purpose. No matter how large or small, attention to detail can make all the difference. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry “Level Best” Awards honor the remodeling work of local contractors who help homeowners achieve their dream spaces. This year, the judges recognized standouts in five categories READ MORE