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November, 2016

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By Sara Lancaster Special to HomesPlus When it comes to achieving the perfect balance of farmhouse simplicity, rustic charm and a touch of elegance in your home's décor, famed renovation and dec- orating experts Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" are your go-to experts. But, if like most of us, you can't get onto their busy schedule, there are some simple tips you can follow to create their signature rustic-chic, modern farmhouse look in your own home. Begin by creating the right backdrop, said Matt Retzak, project designer at Bartelt Remodeling, 528 Wells St., Delafield. "The modern farmhouse look really boils down to the underlying style of the traditional farmhouse," he said. "The simplicity and beauty of the materials used, an uncluttered and clean look, no over-the-top decorations or overdone ele- ments. Simple is better, which is really in line with a lot of the elements of mod- ernism design, too." The modern farmhouse, however, is warmer thanks to incorporating those natural materials into the design. "Metal, wood, stone, anything that looks like it would've come out of the ground or from the yard fits this design because farmers used what was on hand," said Retzak, whether that was stone from the field to build a fireplace or wood from the trees to create floor- boards. C O N T E N T S How to keep the draft out without having to replace your doors No beating around the bush: Timing, technique go a long way in keeping shrubbery coming back, year after year A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • November 2016 Your Guide to Homes, Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden and MORE! HOMES HOMES WAUKESHA + Achieving rustic-chic look 'Simple is better' See RUSTIC CHIC/Page 7 "13 9DULDEOH5DWH3ULPH 1RWD7HDVHU5DWH 1R&ORVLQJ&RVWV_1R*LPPLFNV 6KRZ\RXUKRXVHVRPHORYHZLWKD )PNF&RVJUZ-JOFPG$SFEJU * Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is variable and will adjust according to the U.S. prime rate (as published by the Wall Street Journal) + 0% with a minimum APR of 3.75% and a maximum APR of 18.00%. An annual loan commitment fee of $ 36 with autopay or $ 50 without autopay is waived for the first year. An early termination fee of $ 300 may be assessed if the home line is terminated within the first 3 years. There will be no fees imposed to open the new home line. Property insurance will be required. This special offer is valid only for new home lines of $ 25,000 - $ 250,000, or existing home lines with an increase of $ 25,000 or more, with a loan-to-value (LTV) not exceeding 80% and subject to credit approval. Other financing options may be available to customers that do not meet the terms of this offer, including LTV ratios as high as 105%. The interest on the portion of the credit extension that is greater than the fair market value of the dwelling is not tax deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Consult a tax adviser for further information regarding the deductibility of interest and charges. Other conditions or restrictions may apply. Member FDIC. Submitted photo Grain sack fabrics, distressed wood and other simple items that can be found at a farmhouse are part of the rustic-chic look found at Lynndale Farm. "Metal, wood, stone, anything that looks like it would've come out of the ground or from the yard fits this design because farmers used what was on hand." — Matt Retzak, Bartelt Remodeling in Delafield

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