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Homefront | Fall 2017

Homefront | Fall 2017

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By Abby Hinz, RN, BSN Public Health Nurse

While dating violence can happen to anyone, teens and young adults
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Minimalism, Here are just a few trends in kitchen
Muted Tones & countertops and islands with a little
other Modern information on the practicality and cost:
Kitchen Trends For counters, there are quite a few exciting
new trends to look out for. Where once
By Emily Vanda bold, bright and colorful was the name
of the game for kitchen décor, it looks
Thinking about a kitchen upgrade? like neutrals, muted tones and even gray
Have you dreamed of sleek, custom scales are trending favorites. It’s perfect for
granite countertops or an island with quartz, granite and even custom concrete
a built-in butcher block? Well, dream countertops.
no more because 2017 is the year of One material that isn’t going away anytime
sleek industrial looks, 50 shades of soon is engineered quartz. A very durable
grays for color (as the bright and bold material that lends a polished and subtle
pallets are out), quartz countertops sophistication to any kitchen, quartz also
has a wide range of styles and colors, from
and reclaimed wood. bright candy colors to muted and neutral

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Cont. from page 7

Colin O’Meara, owner of Precision Countertops, a Precision Surface Industries is to educate customers
custom design store in northwest Wisconsin, noted so they know exactly what they are getting.
that he has seen simpler patterns in countertops In Eau Claire, Gerhards offers new styles and current
these days. O’Meara primarily services lakefront trends. Store manager Ronda Rindy is a Wisconsin
homes and he’s noticed a trend of thicker registered interior designer who has seen plenty
countertops and more neutral tones. But he still sees of changes in the industry. Rindy has noticed that
plenty of browns, greens and darker colors. lighter colors, whites and grays are popular. But she
For materials, Precision Countertops offers 50 also has seen marble and black gain notoriety. And
different varieties of stone handpicked from Brazil. while she agrees that quartz is one of the strongest
And while the shop offers engineered quartz, materials around today, selection really depends on
the majority of the jobs he is contracted for use the budget of each customer. If engineered quartz,
granite and natural stone. Although engineered which can run about $90 and $100 a square foot
quartz doesn’t require as much resealing and other with installation, seems a little steep, Rindy suggests
maintenance as granite, Meara suggests choosing cheaper laminates. Although not nearly as durable
the aesthetic you are looking for first. as engineered quartz, Rindy has seen a huge change
On the topic of kitchen islands, O’Meara said that in laminates, including a large variety of colors, and
although current trends may call for sleek designs, styles meant to mimic quartz or granite.
thinner tops, and even transportable islands you can On the topic of kitchen island trends, Rindy said
roll around the kitchen, he noticed that most people butcher block tops, two-tiered designs and two-
generally want bigger islands which can serve as the toned kitchens are popular. Imagine no longer
gathering hub for the family. having to haul out the cutting board because your
In Southern Wisconsin, it seems quartz is the new kitchen island has its own built-in butcher
order of the day. Bob Houle of Precision Surface block. An island top made of hard maple or teak
Industries in Madison said that quartz is known gives a timeless, yet modern flair to any kitchen. And
for being durable and strong, and doesn’t need the if you prefer something more durable like a quartz
maintenance and upkeep of granite or marble. top, you can always have a reclaimed wood base,
However, it can stain and show wear and tear. Each which both recycles and seals in a minimalist flair.
material is different and part of the mission of The two-toned look Rindy talks about centers on
keeping the island a different, contrasting color from

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Cont. from page 8

the rest of the kitchen. With
two-tiered islands, you might
have a raised bar area or a
lowered baking section. It’s all
about maximizing the kitchen’s
Style is still in the eye of the
beholder. Just because these
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maintained and has such a
wide variety of colors, styles
and looks, you can really
design the kitchen of your
dreams without being limited
to materials or a certain color.

Vanda is a freelance writer based in
Spooner, WI.
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Fine, I’ll ad­mit it. By Alyssa Van Duyse
I may have got­ten “let’s sell
our house” fever.

My hus­band would say at
least it wasn’t “let’s have

another baby” fever, which
I’ve heard is just about
the worst fever to have.

Compar­ing the two, I’d say
they’re equally as painful.

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Cont. from page 13

There was mo­tiv­ a­tion be­hind my de­sire
to sell. I found a house in a beautiful
neigh­borh­ ood near the midd­ le school
in Chippewa Falls, which made sell­ing
my home imp­ era­ t­ ive.
I’ve never sold a home before. It was
im­port­ ant that I do res­ earch and talk
to the exp­ erts as I navigated my way
through this process.


We bought our cur­rent starter home
in 2006 just bef­ore the hous­ing market
crashed. We paid thousands more than
we should have, but we were young and
exc­ ited.
We looked at more than 20 homes in
our search for the right abode. When
we found our raised ranch nuzzled
among ma­ture pines, oaks and maples
minu­ tes from gas sta­tions and groc­ ery
stores it was all but a done deal.
We walked ins­ ide and were pleasa­ ntly
surprised — hard­wood floors, clean
white walls, barely any furnit­ ure to
im­pede my vision. I re­mem­ber whisper­
ing to my husb­ and, “Does anyo­ ne live
The an­swer was yes. But this guy was a
pro at de­clutt­ er­ing and stagi­ ng.
He was so good at it, in fact, that I
hadn’t rea­ li­zed until we moved in
that there was no dish­washer, or that

Cont. on page 17

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Pull fur­ni­ture away from walls. Float furn­ i­ture away
from walls to cre­ate con­ver­sat­ ion ar­eas. Group­ing fur­ni­ture feels
more inviti­ng. The space be­tween furn­ it­ure and the wall act­ua­ lly
makes the room feel larger.
Set aside spec­ific items for show­ings. Wash and
pre-fold nice hand towe­ ls so they’re ready at a mo­ment’s no­tice.
Ready ext­ra pil­lows for the beds and dishes for the ta­ble so you’re
not scramb­ ling at the last minute.
Neut­ral doesn’t need to be bori­ng. While ev­ery room
shouldn’t be a dif­fer­ent bold color, there is noth­ing wrong with
acc­ ent walls or fun dé­cor as long as they work within the space.
Cons­ ider soft colo­ rs like sage green or blue grays that add color
while still re­maini­ ng neut­ ral.
Light­ing is key. Nat­u­ral light is the best, but laye­ r­ing with
over­head light, lamps and tar­geted light gives depth and
intere­ st to a room. It makes the home seem warm and inviti­ng.

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Cont. from page 14

it sported a wooden garage door with no
automatic opener.
Eleven years later, we’ve made lots of im­
provem­ ents to our lit­tle slice of heaven. The
dish­washer and garage door were im­med­ i­ate
imp­ rove­ments.
Now, if we wanted this home to app­ eal to
someo­ ne else, what should be at the top of
our to-do list?


Sissy Knopps, a re­alt­ or with Coldw­ ell Banker
Brenizer Realt­ ors in Eau Claire, said to think
about what I like to see, or not see, when I
walk through a home for the first time.
“Peop­ le prep­ ari­ng to sell a home al­ready
figu­ re they might have to make some min­ or
changes and rep­ airs in ord­ er to have their
home ap­peal to the masses,” Knopps said.
But she takes it one step fur­ther — clean and
dec­ lutt­ er.
“You can’t over-clean,” she said. “Also, the rule
less is more ap­plies here. Re­move per­sonal
items and traces of pets. Keep things org­ a­
nized to show off stor­age spac­ es.”
Most peop­ le wond­ er what they’re going to do
with all of their stuff as they declutter. Knopps
said to rent a stor­age unit. The money you pay
out will save you money in the long run when
your house sells quickly, she said.
Hav­ing heard these words from Knopps a
month ago, I dug right in. I asked Knopps to
come to my house and to scour the roughly
1,800 square feet with a crit­i­cal eye.

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Cont. from page 17

“Move your TV here,” she said, point­ing at a dif­fer­ent
corn­ er of the room. The move would all­ow for a cozy
sit­ting area.

“Store this shelv­ing unit,” she said nodding at
wooden cab­in­ etry in the kitchen. Tak­ing it out of
the kitchen would make the room seem much larger
with amp­ le walki­ng space.

The hubby and I dove in head first. Our eyes were
on the prize of a new home. We made an of­fer and
fe­ro­ciously began cleani­ng our own home in hopes
of receiv­ing an ac­cepted of­fer and putting our Lake
Hal­lie house on the mar­ket.

In two days we had rented a stora­ ge unit, cleaned out “I reco­ mm­ end (keepi­ng) subt­ le pers­ onal items that
the first floor and base­ment of eve­ ryt­ hing unn­ ec­es­ don’t dis­tract from the over­all quali­­ties of the home,
sary and took three trailer loads to the stora­ ge unit. like a taste­fully done photo gallery,” she said. “Other
A day later Knopps came with a prof­es­sional phot­ og­ pers­ onal things such as … colo­ r­ing pages on the
ra­pher to take pict­ ures. fridge or pap­ erw­ ork on the dini­ng room ta­ble should
We were on our way to buyi­ng and sell­ing. The be re­moved.”
process was goi­ng smoothly — maybe too smoothly. Other tips in­clude pulling furn­ it­ ure away from walls
to crea­ te con­vers­ a­tion ar­eas, and usi­ng as much
Stagi­ng for the sell light as pos­sib­ le — nat­u­ral and art­ if­i­cial — to set the
Once we cleared our house, it was time to clean and Unf­ or­tu­nately for us, our sell­ing ex­per­ ie­ nce came to
then stage. an end bef­ore it even be­gan. After a week of counter
Ale­cia Plaetz, owner of Gray Area Int­ er­ i­ors based in of­fers we dec­ ided to let that house go and con­tinue
Eau Claire, said many times peop­ le are told to re­ looki­ng at other homes in the area.
move all pers­ onal items and to paint the walls white. Our house will hit the mar­ket as soon as we find a
That was the theo­ ry years ago, but not any­more. house we like and re­ceive an ac­cepted of­fer.
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said. “Peop­ le like see­ing a po­ten­tial home where they
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FGRAORZDEENN TSOUNSOSHUPINTOE I grew up in Eau Claire and now live on an 80-acre, certified organic
farm in northwest Wisconsin. Here in Prairie Farm, like many of
you city folks reading this, we find ourselves with a little too much
time on our hands while enduring the long winter months. What to
do? Order seed catalogs, of course. Some of our favorites are www., and All are
online, but very difficult to circle and add Post-Its to, let alone page
through over and over. You will certainly need their catalogs.

By Jay Gilbertson Of course, once you order a few, they all Which, in the long run, is truly not
come flying into your mailbox and the the worst thing. Limits are good when
race is on. Around January, when the it comes to this very serious level
thought of more snow makes you reach of decision-making on garden seed
for the wine box, we get out a yellow selections. So, on we plan and plot,
legal pad and diagram out our garden hope and dream and — order. Keep in
plots. This leads to much discussion mind this kind of an addiction is far
about color — it’s wonderful to have better than, say, needing to buy stacks
some sunflowers towering above your of dark chocolate bars.
watermelon patch — and height, Eventually, the seed packets begin to
timing and zones. Zones can knock you arrive, the ice starts to melt off the
sideways as you sit by the living room shovel you left in the garden, and soon
window watching snow wrap around all the mud settles and the ground
your asparagus — that you neglected begins to warm. You order one more
to trim last fall — in hopes that maybe, packet of broccoli for fall harvesting
just maybe, you could actually grow and then organize those marvelous
one avocado tree. envelopes of hope in alphabetical order.
We live in zone 3, (the edge of 4) and Maybe, as the spring rains splash the
this limits our vegetable selections. living room window, you triple-check

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of dirt you bought on sale — now frozen solid
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things up, but, you imagine all that good exercise
and on you swing. If you play your cards right,
you can bring a few seedling trays inside and,
after carefully placing old newspapers on the
countertop, plant them in the comfort of the
kitchen with a mug of something hot nearby.
Or you may wait until May when the threat of
a frost is nearly over, the ground has warmed
up and you can haul that tiller out or borrow or
rent one and get the vegetable garden all ready.
Make sure that you only plant items that can
take a few zaps of cold because it’s not until the
first week of June that we can all safely assume
summer is finally here and the threat of a freeze
is gone.
If you aren’t in the mood to wait for things to
sprout, you can head to your local greenhouse
and bring home seedlings that are ready to
transplant. It can save you an awful lot of time
and you can always tell garden visitors that yes,
of course, you personally grew them from seed,
all those rows of broccoli, chard, spinach and
squash. You can explain that in mid-May, or
perhaps even earlier, you’re able to snap off fresh
asparagus shoots and make some of those stalks
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Cont. from page 21

We don’t use a strict soup and let it simmer until
soup recipe and you can the vegetables are tender.
transfer this to just about For asparagus, that’s about
anything that is soup 15 to 20 minutes. Stir once
material, but I caution in a while, bringing up the
that ordinary green beans bottom. Once the asparagus
do not make a tasty soup. softens to the point a fork
Trust me. If you have too (since your goal is to create
many green beans blasting a puree) easily passes into
off your vines, bag them it, remove from the heat.
up and share with your Place a damp dish towel
neighbors. in the bottom of your sink
One thing you should do and plunk the pot down,
during the winter months fire up your immersion
is eat your yogurt. Lots hand blender and whip that
and lots of it. We enjoy soup into a smooth and
a particular brand that creamy consistency. Once
comes in 32-ounce plastic it’s cooled enough, you can
tubs. They are perfect for add a dollop of sour cream or
freezing your homemade yogurt to make it creamier
asparagus, broccoli, fall and then ladle into your
squash or red pepper yogurt containers. Make
soup. sure to leave about an inch
We are meat eaters and for expansion, slap a strip
save all the bones for soup of masking tape on the top,
stock. But, if you aren’t a label and date and off to the
stock maker, zip on over to freezer.
your local market and get It’s that simple and that’s
any of the many different the key. By keeping the
flavors to make a quick ingredients to mostly the
stock without all the fuss. single vegetable, stock and
To begin, place your largest covered pot on the some seasonings, you’ll be
stove at medium heat, half-filled with stock. Add able to enjoy their true flavor all winter long. Of
the asparagus stalks until you are barely course, you can use this as a base for more complex
able to cover them with the soups by adding noodles, barely, rice or meat. Use
liquid and bring to a boil, your imagination and should you
along with a dash of have any questions, feel
salt and pepper
and any other free to email me. jay@
spices you
enjoy in Soup’s on!

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