December 2015 | January 2016 Feature Articles



Where the Spirit Moves You

Written By Rosemary Carstens      

LET YOURSELF STAND BEFORE AN ORIGINAL PAINTING by a favorite artist and feel your spine tingle. There is no substitute for being able to see the brushstrokes, the real-life color, the subtle details up close. There’s an added magic when the work is crafted in a way that speaks to an earlier time and is imbued with an unfailing sense of…

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Modern-Vintage

Written By David M. Brown       By Matt Wado      

"WE WANT THIS HOME TO BE FUN,” the couple told their architect and interior designer when they first met to plan a retreat at Martis Camp in Truckee, California.  “We wanted a place where CEOs and kids feel equally comfortable,” says the wife, an attorney-turned-stay-at-home-mom, reciting the mission statement she formulated with her husband, an Internet media executive in San…

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Show and Tell

Written By Rosemary Carstens      

"BEING AN ARTIST IS ADULT SHOW-AND-TELL," says artist Don Coen. And what Coen’s large-scale body of work reveals is a Western landscape peopled by hardworking men and women bound deeply to the soil — farmers, ranchers and migrant workers. It’s the daily West, not the romanticized West of old movies — no John Wayne or Tommy Lee Jones, just real people…

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Gateways

Written By Toby Thompson      

THE GATES SWING OPEN. One passes through and it’s as if a hail of discarded ranch tools and auto parts fill the air: a sawtooth blade, a cast-iron meat grinder, a draft horse hame, leaf and coil springs, an auger, elongated drill bits and picket pins, open-end wrenches, gears, horseshoes, pliers, thick chains, railroad spikes and, almost as afterthoughts, a…

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For the Love of Character

Written By Elizabeth Murray       Photography By Ryann Ford      

ANNIE HURLBUT ZANDER AND RICK ZANDER never dreamed of leaving the Craftsman bungalow where they had lived for 19 years in the Volker neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. But with a growing child and a neighborhood that hadn’t quite flourished the way they had hoped, the Zanders began the process of looking for a new place to call home.  The couple…

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The Big Wild

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

UNBELIEVABLE THOUGH IT MAY BE, collectible wildlife photography in some circles is dismissed as a lesser fine art form. But consider the impact and proliferation of imagery by American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. Mangelsen’s epic landscapes adorn corporate boardrooms in urban skyscrapers. His animal pictures, sometimes billowing with atmosphere, fill wall spaces in the great rooms of multimillion-dollar trophy homes.…

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Passion for Color

Written By Shari Morrison      

IN A 101-YEAR-OLD Prairie Style home in Kearney, Nebraska, artists Martha Pettigrew and her husband, Delmar, live and work. Their home, designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple, is modern even by today’s standards, but was built when most houses in Kearney were Victorian. The modern vibe suits Pettigrew’s taste for design, which she describes as “simplicity of line and shape.”…

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