Grand Opera House

Author: Meghan Diemel

Anja Gridley

Appleton-area artist Anja Gridley credits her early childhood schooling as the impetus for her creative expression. Gridley says her home-schooling gave her the skills she needed later in life, when she embraced her creativity as a young adult. “It was really important for [my mom] to raise my siblings and I bilingual because she’s from READ MORE

Kitchens of the Future

How to be more eco-friendly in the heart of your home The “go green” movement has taken residence in our home-improvement vernacular, as companies and homeowners try to find ways to use sustainable, more energy-efficient materials and appliances for their new or remodeled kitchens. LED lighting, quartz countertops, recycled-glass tile backsplashes, cast-iron sinks, and bamboo, READ MORE

The Art of the Entryway

As the popular adage goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is not only applicable in how we represent ourselves through dress, attitude and appearance, but also to the outside world through the aesthetic of our homes.  The entryway of the home is the focal point for visitors and READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Marinette County 

With the advantages of a bustling, burgeoning county seat juxtaposed with 231,000 acres of county forest and exceptional inland waters – including lakes, trout streams and waterfalls – the city of Marinette and greater Marinette County are a vacationer’s paradise.  “We’re a unique area that’s not often thought about,” says the city of Marinette’s former READ MORE

Fair Food Frenzy

Local restaurants offer sweet & savory options with a side of nostalgia As the days grow longer and Wisconsinites head outdoors to soak in summer, the warmer weather also ushers in the start of fair season. This time-honored tradition brings communities together for several days of agricultural education, carnival fun and loads of culinary delights. READ MORE

Recipes from the Heart

Favorite recipes & fondest memories from local restaurateurs Mother’s Day is a time for gathering and honoring those mother figures in our lives who mean so much to us. In reverence to this holiday, local chefs and restaurateurs in the Fox Valley have kindly shared their fondest memories — and best recipes — from the READ MORE

Independence Gained

Creative home solutions promote togetherness and self-sufficiency Whether for aging parents or a dependent child or adult, the latest in creative home solutions offer regained independence, both financial and physical. They’ve also provided an answer for the many families across Northeastern Wisconsin who are looking to join multiple generations under one roof, while still offering READ MORE

Green Space Guardians

Celebrating the caretakers of our favorite outdoor spaces One of the positives of the past year was a renewed appreciation for the outdoors. Any walk in the park, bike trip along the trails or picnic at any of our wonderful outdoor spaces was a welcome reprieve from Zoom meetings, virtual schooling and the heaviness of READ MORE

An Evening of Excellence

Annual event honors NARI members’ success Across this country, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) serves as a trade association for remodeling professionals. As part of the association, members are committed to integrity, professional education, continuous advancement, ethics and home improvement excellence. The Fox Valley NARI chapter received its charter in March of READ MORE

Create Your Own Outdoor Oasis

From perfect pergolas to welcoming ramadas, your backyard never looked better Now more than ever, our own backyards have become our retreats. With a pandemic waging war on our ability to escape our own homes, creating a backyard sanctuary has never been more appealing or more needed.  Andy Vande Hey, president of Vande Hey Company READ MORE