Brad Kringen grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and moved to Marshall, Minnesota, to attend Southwest Minnesota State University. He received a degree in Sociology, but began creating art during college. Kringen now works as an artist and has a studio in the 8th & Railroad Center in Sioux Falls.
Kringen enjoys painting with acrylic on canvas and often incorporates mixed media to convey his style. A blend of abstract art, impressionism and expressionism can be seen in his work. He enjoys experimenting and playing with new ideas in order to create a unique painting.Read More
On the east side of Sioux Falls, a beautiful tree-lined country drive leads you to the cozy Arbor’s Edge development. Nestled in the bustling development is a spectacular two-story home built by Trademark Homes.
The charcoal-and-white contrasting beauty makes an immediate statement as you pull into the drive. Deep grey siding with dark brick creates distinction against the white that defines the windowed garage doors and peaks in the roofing. A cozy front porch, framed by white pillars, sets to the side of a stately dark front door.
As you enter the home, you first notice the abundance of open space and brightness. The dark-and-bright disparities are seen everywhere; white millwork balances grey walls and wood floors, while white end posts support a wooden staircase. ThRead More
By "The Garage Guy" - Superior Garage Decor and More
These days, more and more homeowners are investing in giving their garages a look and feel like a garage never knew before. Once a place to put your car, (or random stuff you’re not sure what to do with), garages can be the key to expanding your passions, whatever they are.
Research shows that some garages are being converted to house some of the following:
Whatever the theme there are many options to look at when converting the garage to living space. Some examples include: flooring, cabinets, storage, doors, screens and heating systems, just to name a few.
Epoxy floor coverings are a great choice when converting a garage to liRead More
Where did you receive your training?
From my dad and Creative Surfaces. My dad is a general contractor. I started tagging along with him to job sites when I was really little, and continued on to work for him. With Creative Surfaces, I am constantly learning new things as the industry progresses.
How has your business changed/expanded over the years?
Creative Surfaces has grown in staff and has had numerous building additions. Our countertop division, which was once in the main building, is now a few blocks south and a new warehouse expansion was completed late last summer. We have newer, more efficient vehicles. We have incorporated new tools in production and install to do our jobs better. We have many new customersRead More
Few people are thinking about interior design during summer. We’re traveling, boating, swimming, biking, having barbeques, watching baseball—everything is outdoors.
But we always come home. And whether you have a vacation home or not, you want your home to be your special retreat, whatever the season.
A beautiful bedroom
When you need to relax, center and pamper yourself, nothing beats a fabulous bedroom. It’s private by definition.
Making a few seasonal changes to your bedroom can give it a completely different feeling. An iron bed with clean lines can be dressed up or down, as you choose. A taupe duvet with spectacular, all-over ruching transforms the room into a summery, airy room.
The lightweight, neutral-colored duvet creates a light, airy feelRead More
Read More Contributed by: Annette Amdahl Time: 4 hours Materials: Tools: Determine the size of your project
This project size was determined by the size of the dog pillow which was 36"x27" (see image 1). Once you know the length and width of your dog bed, cut your basic wooden dog bed sides (see image 2). The base of the box will be the exact same dimensions as the pillow. The two shorter sides are the same len
Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 4 hours
Determine the size of your project
By Emily Pogue
Photography by Michels Digital Solutions
Sitting neatly on the southern perimeter of Sioux Falls is an impressive 2,136-square-foot home built by Sierra Construction. This traditional two-story home boasts three bedrooms, three baths, and an oversized three-stall garage.
On the exterior of the home, white stone accents contrast beautifully against grey-green shakers and tan trim. Varying heights of the roofline are also outlined with tan trim and highlight the stunning design.
As you enter the home through the large front door, you are greeted by an oversized entryway and a gorgeous overhead light fixture. This is your first taste of the simplistic yet modern feel this home offers. Just to the right, you will notice a largeRead More
By Lorna Kohn
Did you know that in South Dakota, 59.5 percent of the workforce is employed by small businesses? By supporting local businesses, you are supporting over half of the working population of our state. Need more reasons to shop local? Here are five more:
Why drive to a huge city to shop for carpet when fantastic flooring options are just minutes away? Not only can it be overwhelming, but shopping at a massive store can be costly and time-consuming. Instead, simplify the process and peruse options right here in Sioux Falls. Local showrooms are full of inspiration for any type of flooring you’re interested in.
Hometown flooring showrooms are usually able to provide a better variety of products than big box stores. Likewise, they’Read More
Twenty years ago, a porch light timer might have been considered smart home technology. But today a "smart home" is equipped with network-connected devices for controlling, automating and optimizing functions. Temperature, lighting, security, safety and entertainment can be controlled remotely by a phone, tablet, or computer. Home owners in the Sioux Empire can look to Home Definition, Inc., a locally owned company, to provide home theater, structured wiring, home audio, computer networking and home automation solutions that are reliable and easy to use.
HOME THEATER. SIMPLIFIED.
A Control4 one-room entertainment solution from Home Definition offers a simplified one-room entertainment experience that consolidates all audio/video equipment into one remote that the whole family can use Read More
“Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.” - Goethe
Entryway? Foyer? Mudroom? Vestibule?
Whatever you call your home’s entrance, it’s a very special area of transition. Cultures around the world have specific requirements for home entryways—from the balance of elements in China’s Feng Shui to the directional rules of India’s Vastu Shastra. The entry is important because it’s where you welcome your guests into your interior space—and where first impressions are formed.
All too often, entryways are an afterthought. In some homes, they’re purely functional: think coat hooks, indestructible floor mats and backpack cubbies. In other homes, entries are void of personality or cues to help visitors know what to do next.
A warm welcome
While your home’s entrance shouRead More
House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes - appearance, size, price, location - it's easy to fall in love.
Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it's smart to take a deeper look at the overall structure and its systems, just to make sure warning signs of major and costly problems are not hiding in plain sight. If the house holds more issues than your budget (and drive to renovate) can handle, it might be best to walk away.
Of course, once the offer is accepted, it's always a smart idea to hire a third-party home inspector to take an in-depth look at the property. In the meantime, one last pass-through with this checklist in hand can give you peace of mind about taRead More
The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time - but quality time with friends and family.
Think sheds. No, not your grandparents’ tattered shed filled with a dusty mower and 30-year-old paint brushes. We’re talking highly personalized sheds. Intimate covered spaces that keep the sun’s rays out but bring the summer in.
Outdoor sheds come in all shapes and sizes and can be personalized to fit within all types of lifestyles. From fun-filled tapsheds where friends gather for a margarita and grilled salmon to an intimate she shed stocked with wine and cheese or even a hobby shed for the family to play board games while munching on braised ribs and root beer, sheds can do it all.
Building a personalizeRead More