After the hustle and bustle of this year's Design Challenge, my team and I are ready to head into the festivities of the holidays and onto the ﬁnal two amazing issues of 2020!
This month, the Midwest Nest crew was ﬂattered to be a part of Dan Francis' artwork gracing our cover. We had such a had such a blast during its creation! Throwing it back to days gone by, the word ﬂashback gives a whole new meaning, especially as we enter into this new holiday season. With so many of these new changes among us, celebrations and gatherings are not like they use to be, and we are hoping to offer up a bit of sweet nostalgia of simpler times for our readers to enjoy.
This month, we came screeching in at the finish line, just in time to send a new magazine off to print, and officially launch our 3rd Annual Design Challenge: Boxed-In! at West Acres. Thank you to our sponsor SCHEELS Home & Hardware / Design Studio, and all 12 of this year's designers who so generously donated their time and talent. They conquered the design in one week, showcased a local artist, and gathered donations for their chosen charity!
While this pandemic has certainly been challenging, and frightening - it's also been life-changing in the strangest ways. Nearly all of our outside interaction has been virtual, via Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Live and Webex...etc. We've been face-to-face with our kids and spouses more in one month than in a year. Some would say, despite everything, they've grown, and I'm not talking about the "COVID-15", ha. I'm referring to people that have been forced to take a time-out; do all the family things, finally learn to bake bread, go for a walk in the middle of the workday, and the biggest one - teach our kids to use their imagination. If you got to do all these things, consider yourself lucky, for those on the frontline did not.
This month, the Midwest Nest family traveled the distance and brought our best ideas home. Starting at the Las Vegas Market, Kari Rasmus and Designingwomen2 recapped the trends, while Lindsey Christie and Donna Block brought us to Grand Forks to see inside their latest project at Blackmore Flats. We also ventured to the lakes area to hear how Helenske Design Group and Lighthouse Construction transformed Alexandria, Minn.'s Lure Lakebar. Closer to home, Monica Hart led us underground for a dramatic basement reveal, fusing rustic appeal with modern design.
Welcome to Chapter 12 of our Midwest Nest journey!
For those of you who eagerly joined Susan and me, or encouraged our off-the-wall endeavors this past year, we want to extend our sincere gratitude. You changed our leap of faith into leaps and bounds, with every passing issue. Thank you to the community, contributors, team members and devoted readers, for making our first 12 issues a leap of faith we've loved.
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