Connie Nelson

Senior editor | Lifestyle
Phone: 612-673-7087
Connie Nelson is the Senior Editor for features coverage at the StarTribune. During the growing season, she produces how-to videos and is part of the Greengirls and Homegirls blogs.

Recent content from Connie Nelson

Mary will remain a mystery

Even 130 years after her death, former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln remains inscrutable.

Updated: January 30, 2009, - 03:06 PM

An ugly duckling basement gets a main-floor-worthy makeover

The challenge: To update a tired, catch-all of a basement and turn it into a multifunctional space for a Minneapolis family.

Updated: January 21, 2009, - 08:03 AM

A New York state of mind

Interior designer Andrew Flesher built his own Little Apple atmosphere in a converted Minneapolis hotel.

Updated: January 20, 2009, - 09:33 AM

Inexpensive gestures are often priceless

Use old photos atop your traditional wrapping. Find an old photo (the kids with Santa, your parents kissing under the mistletoe), scan it and enlarge it to fit the package. (If you don't have a scanner, use the original photo.)

Updated: December 23, 2008, - 02:56 PM

Before & After

A kitchen in St. Louis Park loses that '70s look and gets a stylish, same-size makeover.

Updated: December 23, 2008, - 02:53 PM

Recipes for savings and fun gifts

"Every year I create a small recipe book that I give to family, neighbors, teachers, party hosts, etc.," said Gina Sekelsky of Minneapolis.

Updated: December 17, 2008, - 07:57 AM

Readers share ideas for recycling cards, food or gifts

Penelope Johnson of Hopkins: When you receive an attractive greeting card, clip off the side of the card with the artwork, then attach it to plain cardstock. Just write your personal greeting on the inside, and you've made a beautiful new card.

Updated: December 09, 2008, - 02:26 PM

Savings abound, from party wear to tableware

To get a new-to-you holiday outfit without spending a dime, invite some gal pals over and stage a temporary clothes swap.

Updated: December 02, 2008, - 02:12 PM

Holidays on a budget: Here's how

Spending less on the holidays doesn't cheapen them. It can make your events more homespun and heartfelt.

Updated: November 25, 2008, - 12:10 PM

How to choose a Christmas tree

Horticulture expert Nancy Rose joins Home & Garden Editor Connie Nelson at the Halley Tree Farm in Forest Lake to offer tips on how to find the best Christmas tree.

Updated: November 20, 2008, - 11:54 AM

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