Midwest Living

Midwest Living

July/August 2021

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
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8,76 €(IVA inc.)
6 Números

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3 min.
editor’s note

Growing up, I looked forward to each August, when more than a million people congregate in Des Moines for 11 glorious days of the Iowa State Fair. For me, it was a particularly special time with my grandparents, who some might say were fairground icons. A 6-foot-4 man with a huge Stetson hat might seem like a dime a dozen in that environment, but much like our beautiful region, Delbert was anything but ordinary. A fixture in Iowa’s livestock community, my grandfather had a hand in many of the contests that draw spectators from around the world. While he worked, my grandmother Bernadine and I spent the days exploring—learning to throw pottery on “the hill,” taking trips down the big slide, watching the horses parade to the Pavilion and browsing endless…

1 min.
home + garden

OUTDOOR LIVING EXTRA CHILL SUMMER Put your mayo anxiety to rest. Hydro Flask’s new outdoor kitchen line includes insulated, powder-coated, stainless-steel bowls and lids in three sizes (from $25) that work like your favorite water bottle to keep salads cool and serve-ready, even on steamy days. For a splurge, get the full bundle: a tumbler, plate, flatware, three bowls and two serving spoons in a tote ($288). hydroflask.com SUNNY DAYS AHEAD For those times in your life (er, garden) when you don’t want a 10-foot sunflower, consider SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl Helianthus, a new heat-tolerant hybrid that blooms continuously from spring to first frost—and has a compact, shrubby growing habit that’s perfect for a patio container. From $27. monrovia.com DOROTHY HERNANDEZ, MWL WRITER ALL THE COLOR I can’t stop scrolling around Viva La Vida Imports, a Detroit…

4 min.
aged in place

AS SHE WALKS THROUGH her 1947 cottage in the Chicago suburbs, Maggie Getz can’t help but name check: The rattan armchair? “My mom found it at a house sale.” The art camouflaging the TV? “Some of it’s by my grandma and great-grandma.” The too-cool boho wall hanging? “My husband’s aunt made it for my in-laws.” “I never want something to feel too new and too fresh,” says Maggie, who got her design start at a powerhouse local design firm and recently launched her own biz, Maggie Getz Studio. “I love walking into spaces that feel like they’ve always been there.” So after buying a flipped 1,200-square-foot home for its big-ticket updates, she and her husband, Dan, backtracked its look. They traded characterless satin nickel fixtures and ceiling fans for antique-ish brass…

3 min.
up, up and abloom

FOUR TO TRY Most garden centers carry clematis, but you’ll find more diversity online, including funky shapes, dozens of hues and even shrub varieties. One top source: Donahue’s in Faribault, Minnesota, a 49-year-old family business that grows 130 varieties under 4 acres of greenhouses—1 million plants in all. JOSEPHINE This 6- to 8-foot double pink clematis is a Donahue’s bestseller launched by legendary British breeder Raymond Evison. As its flowers age, the outer petals fall away, revealing a central pom-pom. Another stunning double is Diamantina in purple-blue. ‘SILVER MOON’ This cultivar thrives in shade to part shade, climbing up to 10 feet with large, silvery mauve flowers that will brighten dark spots in the garden. Other shade-lovers to consider include lilac Clair de Lune and compact pink Abilene. ‘STAND BY ME’ Instead of vining, this clematis grows…

2 min.
lights out!

FLIP THE SWITCH Afraid of the dark? Don’t fret. Charles Camacho of Circa Lighting sheds light on how to get a pro look in your yard. START AT THE DOOR You don’t have to take on all the outdoor areas at once. Focus on the entryway—with sconces, a pendant or a combination of the two. From there, you can bring in pathway lighting and subtle landscape lighting for the trees and the front of the house. All that will go a long way in upping your curb appeal. MIX IT UP Just like with indoor lighting, everything shouldn’t be lit with the same intensity. There needs to be a hierarchy, and there should be some black space. You want to manipulate the eye to highlight the positives like trees and shrubs and shield some of…

2 min.

Pop the Bubbly Started by Chicago friends (and conveniently available at Target), Heywell sparkling drinks tout vitamins and adaptogens, functional ingredients that promote calm or boost energy. Some flavors are even caffeinated. But personally? I just love those pretty cans—and that 1 percent of sales go to nonprofits advocating inclusion. livingheywell.com BOOKSHELF Pretty Fly Like bees to a blossom, 180,000 followers have found @soflytaxidermy, the quirky-cute Instagram account of Indiana artist Ali Beckman. For each post, she poses dead insects like bees, flies or butterflies in meme-y settings with inspirational, witty (and occasionally potty-mouthed) captions. Her new book, Bee a Good Human, is a giftable collection of her work (Red Lightning Books, $16). – ERIN KEEFFER, SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER GIVE BACK Every Acre Counts In Johnson County, Iowa, in the late ’70s, a parcel of land that could…