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Take a walk on the wild side with creative flooring choices  When Shannon Van Grinsven and her husband, Nick, were building their home in Combined Locks, details were everything.  “When we were designing this house, the little pops of interest were really important to me and the flooring was a big part of that,” Van READ MORE

Private Retreats 

Posted on May. 1, 2019 by Cody Wiesner

Escape the real world with a relaxing space at home   For many of us, finally going home after a long work week is a tremendous and reassuring feeling… for a moment, but then we’re faced with some impossible questions. Namely, what’s there to do this weekend? That’s when the dreaded “weekend paradox” takes hold. It READ MORE

Small Gardens, Big Personality

Sidewalk gardens give front yards a unique look They’re known as sidewalk gardens, hell strip gardens and even terrace gardens – but much like a rose, a garden by any name is just as sweet. Located on the lawn between the sidewalk and street, these miniature gardens can add curb appeal and big personality to READ MORE

Fixing to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Before making the leap, learn the do’s & don’ts By Meghan Diemel If reality was every HGTV show we’ve seen, homebuyers would be able to find a fixer-upper in a great neighborhood for a bottom-dollar price and have $200,000 to spend in renovations that are miraculously completed in seven days. Unfortunately, no matter how much READ MORE

Small Bathroom Solutions

Even the smallest bathrooms can be serene and functional with the right elements at play. Here local experts share their advice on how to make the most of a small bathroom space. Fox Cities homeowners are modernizing their kitchens with artisan features such as customized cabinetry, handmade tile backsplashes and reclaimed light fixtures. These bespoke READ MORE

Old Items, New Look

Posted on Jan. 2, 2019 by Sarah Wells

Transform your space with salvaged architectural pieces Architectural salvage is the artful reuse of historic elements that were once part of an old structure. By incorporating them into a new space, these pieces can create a unique statement in a home. When an aged object or material that was destined for the dump or demolishment READ MORE

Historic Holiday Decor

Borrow ideas from history for a time-tested holiday look  From Christmas trees to cornucopias, many holiday decorations trending today are variations on styles from decades gone by.  “People today have simply built on the traditions of the past,” says Ann Sager, a volunteer at Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton.  Debra Daubert, curator at the READ MORE

Artisan Kitchens

Posted on Oct. 1, 2018 by Sarah Wells

Adding personal touches to the heart of the home  Fox Cities homeowners are modernizing their kitchens with artisan features such as customized cabinetry, handmade tile backsplashes and reclaimed light fixtures. These bespoke details reflect the personal tastes of the inhabitants and infuse an element of artistry into the heart of the home.  Design Meets Function  READ MORE

Interior Mural Inspiration 

Customize your space with a statement-making wall mural  Paul Schroeder, owner of Schroeder Carpentry Inc. of Greenville, not only works with muralists in his business, but he is also the proud owner of a mural in his own home. The mural depicts the farm Schroeder lived on as a child in Greenville and features a READ MORE

The New Millennial Home Hotspot 

Move over Austin and Chicago – millennials are buying more homes in the Fox Cities than anywhere else in the country Realtor.com recently ranked Appleton as the number one market in the country where millennials buy homes. Millennials, as defined by the Pew Research Center, are the generation born between 1981 and 1996. Today they READ MORE