Katy Read

Reporter | Niche products
Phone: 612-673-4583
Katy Read writes about aging, wellness and other feature topics for the niche products department. She joined the Star Tribune in 2011, and has written for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Duluth News-Tribune and the Crookston Daily Times. Her freelance writing has appeared in Salon.com, More, Real Simple, Working Mother, Minnesota Monthly and anthologies including “TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.”

Recent content from Katy Read

Plenty of ways to turn your trash into cash

If you’ve ever walked into a secondhand shop with a big box of items,you already know this: Sometimes selling secondhand stuff barely covers the gas to get to the store.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:51 AM

Spring cleaning: Tips for purging your unwanted stuff

Time to weed through the stuff stashed in your closets and drawers and the cobwebby corners of your basement, to decide which items to keep and which to give away or toss.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:51 AM

New life for old stuff

Rescued and presented in second-hand stores, the merchandise becomes often lovely, surprisingly useful, and fully functional.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:51 AM

The elements of style ... and taste

You've probably had the experience of walking into a room -- maybe even one in your own home! -- and instantly feeling relaxed and cozy. In other rooms, you've noticed feeling restless and on edge. Annoyed. Bored. Overwhelmed.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:48 AM

A winter survival guide for your house

How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:47 AM

10 ways to choose colors

The choice is overwhelming, so how do you pick the right paint for your decor?

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:47 AM

10 tips for arranging furniture

An interior designer offers 10 tips for better furniture arrangements.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:47 AM

10 ways to get organized

Some of the most vexing organizational problems are the ones you don’t often see addressed. We asked a professional organizer to offer solutions.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:45 AM

MIDLIFE: Finding their voice

When Gary Anderson took up playing the guitar again after 30 years, he realized he wanted to be able to...

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:12 AM

Midlife: The perfect time to take on new challenges

Many people find midlife to be a great time to tackle new challenges: a job, a hobby, a sport, or a cause. That’s because people in their 50s and 60s are often experiencing life changes that can serve as motivations to try something new.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 10:11 AM

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