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Kim Palmer

Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes
Phone: 612-673-4784
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Kim Palmer is editor/reporter for the Homes section of the Star Tribune. Previous coverage areas include city government, real estate and arts and entertainment 

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Palmer currently lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Jim. She graduated from St. Olaf College with majors in English and Psychology. After many years as a hockey/figure-skating mom, she now spends her leisure time singing in choirs.
Recent content from Kim Palmer
SpacecraftingAerial view of backyard pool, double house, St. Paul

Half of St. Paul's iconic 'double house' listed for $2.35M — complete with half a skyway

Fairy-tale Tudor Revival, built in 1910, has a "skyway" connecting it to the look-alike house next door.
This new kitchen evokes a 1920s English cottage kitchen.

Home in Bloomington now has a proper English kitchen

Cheery cottage-style makeover combines Old World charm with modern functionality.
This renovated 1959 split-level home in Golden Valley has a wide-open floor plan and a new loft-style studio for its owners, an artist/educator and an

9 cool Twin Cities homes from the Atomic Age

Midcentury modern tour showcases houses with retro character — and "mindful" updates.
A "European country casual”-style home in Prior Lake.

After lightning destroyed home, owner rebuilt $1.9M Prior Lake estate

Huge home includes a pool, theater, basketball court and cavelike wine cellar.
Debbie and Scott Grieve embrace the seasons thanks to their pavilion-topped outdoor space, created by Mom's Design Build.

Luxury backyard oasis in Deephaven shows how upscale a patio can be

The arrival of crisp fall weather doesn't bring an end to outdoor entertaining for Debbie and Scott Grieve.
A large lodge on Lower Hay Lake, in the Whitefish chain.

$2M 'fantasy cabin' Up North hits market on Whitefish chain of lakes

The lodge-style lake home can comfortably sleep 24 people.
Flowers from Twin Cities Flower Exchange.

Getting married? Designers make case for 'unusual and beautiful' Minnesota-grown flowers

Thanks to colorful and surprising choices, using locally grown flowers doesn't mean you're limited to daisies in a jar.
The new kitchen in the Asa Parker house, which will be open during the Homes by Architects tour. The house was already more than a century old when th

How one of the oldest homes in Marine on St. Croix was rescued and restored

"Ultimate volunteer" rescued and rejuvenated a historic landmark house in Marine on St. Croix, a passion project carried on by his daughter after his death.
Carol and Frank Bennett in their freshly updated home, which will be open during the Remodelers Showcase (R35).

Edina home is transformed for a couple's next chapter

An Edina couple with grown children remake their kitchen and sunroom for entertaining. The home is part of the Remodelers Showcase.
This restored Victorian will be on the Ramsey Hill House Tour.

Ramsey Hill tour will open doors to homes of St. Paul's Gilded Age

The juxtaposition between 21st-century lifestyles and 19th-century architecture is the theme of this year's Ramsey Hill House Tour.
Irwin Jacobs estate

Massive estate sale at Irwin Jacobs' former Orono home this weekend

Artwork, furniture and other belongings of the late Jacobs and his wife will be offered this weekend.

Minnetonka Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. house saved from demolition — and headed to Pennsylvania

The house, designed by the renowned architect's son, had been approved for demolition but now will be moved to a public park in Pennsylvania.
This home is located on the point of Enchanted Island in Lake Minnetonka.

$1.95M Enchanted Island home offers rare privacy on popular Lake Minnetonka

Secluded Lake Minnetonka setting feels like being Up North.
The remodeled kitchen features Carrara marble countertops, a built-in table, also topped with Carrara marble, a farm sink and period-looking light fix

Vintage Minneapolis house adds new spaces with Old World character

A century-old Minneapolis house lives larger with a new kitchen, pantry, bath and porch that look like they've always been there.
Brad and Heather Fox, owners of Fox Homes and residents of Edina, star in the new HGTV series “Stay or Sell,” which premieres Aug. 27.

Edina couple's new HGTV series will show off Minnesota Nice all season long

The network debuts new Twin Cities-based series "Stay or Sell," starring Edina husband-wife duo Brad and Heather Fox.
Michael Wright

Michael Wright, food entrepreneur who backed kidney cancer research, dies at 55

When the Wright family gathered at their cabin in Wisconsin, they often went out for barbecue at the original Famous Dave’s restaurant in Hayward. That…
Aerial view, cottage on Lake Minnetonka

$4M retreat on Lake Minnetonka is mountain lodge, beach house in one

Lake paradise is prime for entertaining with ultimate indoor and outdoor spaces, including a wine cellar in the kitchen.
Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. house in Minnetonka to be razed to make way for luxury homes

Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. house in Minnetonka to be razed to make way for luxury homes

"So-so" modern '60s home, designed by the famed architect's son, will soon be the site of 13 new luxury homes.
Octagon house in North St. Paul is on the market for $485,000.

Rare octagon house is one of only a handful left in Minnesota

The restored Victorian-era home is the only surviving octagon house in Ramsey County.
Marcy Roy's garden, Minneapolis

Meet the 6 winners of this year's Beautiful Gardens contest

The gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from a small but lush urban plot to a huge parklike paradise.
Kristen and Jake O’Toole (and their dog Penny) bought a 1921 bungalow in the Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis.

What do Twin Cities millennial home buyers want? Not what boomers are selling

Millennials gravitate to clean lines, casual living and open floor plans, and view many baby boomers' homes as too big, too formal and too traditional.
A lobby at RidgePointe in Minnetonka now features a water-themed wallcovering and modern seating, after a redesign by Cy Winship.

Sleek, hip design is the latest look of senior living in the Twin Cities

Twin Cities elder communities are investing in fresh, modern design to woo a style-savvy generation — and their adult children.
This castle-like home is set on 2.6 acres in Eagan.

Enormous fairy-tale castle in Eagan is back on market after $1M price drop

Former Northwest Airlines CEO's mansion comes with a turret, and its Bavarian prayer chapel is now a theater.
The gabled house has a large front porch.

Landmark Excelsior home, on one of city's largest lots, listed for nearly $1M

Restored 19th-century home sits on almost an acre just a short walk from the lake community's historic main street.
Crow Wing Lodge is set on Pelican Lake near Breezy Point.

Priciest home in greater Minnesota is this supersized $5M lake lodge

Mountain-style retreat can handle a crowd — plus a flotilla of boats and water toys.
Catherine McDonnell-Forney and her husband, Nick Schroetter, have installed raised beds on their side yard for growing vegetables and herbs. Their dau

Concerned about climate change? Plant a Victory Garden

Victory gardens, a war effort from the last century, are being rebooted for a generation concerned about climate change.
After visiting with her mom after the show, co-show director Alexa Ernst carried her ski back to the staging area.

The heat is on: Heat index of 103 expected in Twin Cities on Sunday

Dangerously steamy weather makes it a "good weekend to stay inside."

Throw out fresh produce from Andover Walmart, state officials advise

The advisory concerns fresh, unpackaged produce, such as apples, peaches, grapes, herbs and onions, bought between 6 a.m. June 23 and 10:30 p.m. June 26.

Looking back at 10 showstopper Minnesota gardens

Here are 10 memorable entries from more than two decades of Beautiful Gardens contests.
A 1884 Victorian castle on Summit Avenue, now on the market.

$1.7M 'castle' on Summit Avenue is restored survivor of St. Paul's Gilded Age

The 11,000-square-foot brick mansion comes with a secret room (among many other things).
View from Dick Vogel and Pat Slaber’s downtown Minneapolis condo.

Suburban empty nesters 'start fresh' in new downtown Mpls. condo building

An empty-nest couple transitioned from a house in the suburbs to a condo in downtown Minneapolis, with a designer assist.
Prince's Caribbean estate sells for $10.8 million

Prince's Caribbean estate sells for $10.8 million

Beachfront home with purple driveway was bought by North Carolina businessman
This 1926 bungalow is in Minneapolis' Corcoran neighborhood.

Are Twin Cities bungalow homes an endangered species?

A beloved American house style faces new challenges — urban development and a generation of buyers with an HGTV-honed aesthetic.
The Friday Boys of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, from left, Sandy Erickson, Glen Hohenstein, Phil Brusius, Knute Gilbertson, Ed Sorebo, Geo

Minnetonka's gray-haired Friday Boys are church's worker bees — and BFFs

For 18 years, the Boys have been showing up on Friday mornings at the Minnetonka campus of Bethlehem Lutheran to tackle odd jobs.
Aerial view of the dome home.

Rare dome home in Inver Grove Heights is a futuristic throwback to another era

Rare geodesic house sits on more than 5 acres in Inver Grove Heights.
providedEmma Small, voice teacher and singer

Minnesota Opera singer, teacher Emma Small dies at 85

Emma Small was short in stature. But there was nothing small about her glorious mezzo-soprano voice."She was tall in the rich sound she produced and…
A Lake of the Isles Tudor.

Historic party palace on Lake of the Isles hits market for $2.28M

"We spent nearly as much on the remodeling as we did on the house," the owner said.
Keith and Kelly Harding recently remodeled the kitchen of their Minneapolis bungalow. The room is now open to the dining room.

Transforming a Minneapolis bungalow kitchen by moving a built-in-buffet

Moving a built-in buffet helped transform a cramped, dark space into a bright, efficient and inviting one.
A well-known St. Paul mansion on the market for $2.1 million.

19 fireplaces, 17 bathrooms fill St. Paul mansion on market for $2.1M

Stately Victorian-era house by renowned architect has been home for people in transition.
The kitchen inside a remodeled Wayzata home.

'Starter home' on steroids: '80s Colonial in Wayzata transformed into modern farmhouse

A Wayzata couple's first house is reborn after a seven-month build.
The Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Minneapolis is rarely accessible to the public.

Last call for Doors Open — free tours of intriguing places in Minneapolis

Explore rarely seen sites during Doors Open Minneapolis this weekend.
Mary Flesher's living room has bold color statements in her new apartment designed by her son award winning designer Andrew Flesher.

Acclaimed Mpls. designer tackles apartment project for a very important client — his mom

Andrew Flesher restyles his mother's Minneapolis apartment, combining bold hues and fresh finishes with cherished heirlooms.
Victorian-style house in Jordan

Free house in Jordan, Minn. — but you have to move it

City says century-old home must go, so owner is offering to give it away.
The couple remodeled a 1950s rambler to have an open floor plan and to be more energy efficient.

Childhood home in Edina is reinvented for modern living

After inheriting her childhood home, the owner and her husband returned to Minnesota to make it their own.
Sara Jane Van Allen tends to the plants inside a Walipini, an underground greenhouse, in Minneapolis on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

City orders experimental sunken greenhouse in Northeast to be removed

The makeshift structure called a "walipini" (a passive solar-heated greenhouse with earthen walls) has been an object of fascination, attracting hundreds of visitors since it was built in 2015.
Nathan Lockwood, Malcolm Lockwood, 3, Ian Lockwood, 9, and Daisy Cross in their new kitchen in NE Mpls. house on MSP home tour

How a 'dump,' a drug den and a 'weird' house became 3 cool Twin Cities homes

Resourceful homeowners who tackled extensive renovations will open their doors during the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour.
Get help creating stone sculptures from artist Peter Juhl, above, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

3 upcoming home and garden events

The St. Paul Art Crawl returns next weekend.
The St. Paul home that was used in the movie “Grumpy Old Men” sits on a large corner lot.

Own a piece of movie history: 'Grumpy Old Men' house in St. Paul hits market for $250K

The home had a starring role in the 1993 film comedy and its sequel.
This 1901 house in Lowry Hill is on the market for $2.95 million.

With an epic top-to-bottom renovation, century-old Mpls. home hits market for $2.95M

Century-old house was just renovated from top to bottom.
Alex Ghebregzi has created a boulevard garden that extends across two side-by-side homes he owns on Portland Avenue. He calls his boulevard garden “

Minneapolis gardener transforms busy boulevard into lush oasis

A tireless urban gardener has transformed two adjacent lots — and is preparing to tackle a third.
Aerial view of a luxurious home and grounds now on the market in Orono.

$2.5M Orono estate comes with huge pool, poolhouse and 2019 refresh

The party-size home comes with four fireplaces and more than 3 acres of manicured gardens.
Jason and Alyssa DeRusha's new designer kitchen, created using artisan-crafted tile.

WCCO-TV's Jason DeRusha shares his Minnesota-crafted kitchen makeover

Local materials and artwork are the special sauce in the new kitchen of DeRusha and his family.
Create a spring centerpiece during a workshop at Tangletown Gardens April 6.

5 home and garden events to get you ready for spring

Setting a spring table Are you hosting Easter brunch or some other festive event this spring? Learn how to make your own table decoration at…
Junjiro Tsuji

Salon owner and senator's longtime partner, Junjiro 'Jun' Tsuji, dies at 78

As a child in Japan, Junjiro Tsuji was fascinated by the United States he saw in John Wayne movies."He fell in love with America," said…
A former Home of the Month winner.

Learn how to create 'Your Ideal Home'

Architects will share ideas and strategies at upcoming event.
Join a flower CSA like Blue Sky Flower Farm for bouquets all summer long.

Love fresh-cut blooms? Keep 'em coming with a flower CSA

Flower CSAs offer a fresh way to keep your home abloom all summer long.
This home will be open during the Remodelers Showcase (#19).

30 years later, Eden Prairie 'starter house' transformed into couple's dream home

The couple bought the home when they were newlyweds, expecting to move into a bigger house later. But they're glad they stayed.
Designer Jeralyn Mohr created a cozy refuge in her small St. Paul efficiency apartment.

St. Paul designer transforms her efficiency apartment into a cozy refuge

She works wonders with the small space on the third floor of a turn-of-the-century house in St. Paul.
Living room of a farmhouse-style home in Wayzata.

Ultra-modern $2.25M farmhouse in Wayzata comes with own vineyard

The dramatic yin-yang designed home sits on a 2-acre site just four blocks from Wayzata's upscale shopping district.
Cohousing members dine communally once or twice a month. Scott Zien Edgar spoke with his daughter, Avadya, 5, while he was eating with Cleo Murphy Den

St. Louis Park's cohousing community seeks like-minded people to join its 'tribe'

This "intentional community" consists of 15 private households that share ownership of the "main house" and grounds.
The living room has a wall of windows overlooking Lake Minnetonka.

$2.65M dream home is 'all about the views' of Lake Minnetonka

Traditional-style house on Palmer Point will host a steady stream of visitors as a "Dream Home" on the upcoming Parade of Homes.
This massive house in Orono was made from 2 million stones, 74 tons of steel and a lot of glass.

$10M castle home in Orono has 'surprise' inside

"Game of Thrones" and steampunk style were influences for this newly constructed stone-and-steel fortress.
Konrad Kruger built his Swiss chalet-style home in Tonka Bay using salvaged materials. The home's design was inspired by a vintage music box.

Storybook chalet-style home in Tonka Bay is 'like stepping back in time'

A resourceful homeowner transformed an abandoned property into a storybook chalet with his creative use of castoff materials.
Brad and Heather Fox with their two sons.

Edina couple's reality home-makeover show picked up by HGTV

The couple, both Realtors and renovators, will help Twin Cities clients renovate their current home or buy and remodel another nearby.
Interior painting is the most common DIY project, but it doesn't always go as planned.

Regretting your DIY home project? You're not alone

A new survey says many homeowners have second thoughts about tackling home-improvement projects.
The backyard patio overlooks downtown St. Paul.

Garrison Keillor reflects on life in his Summit Av. mansion, now on market for $2.5M

Grand, gated home includes concert-size living room, catering kitchen, billiards room and 8 fireplaces.
This cutting-edge Stillwater home boasts walls of glass and a dramatic, tuxedo-black exterior.

Ultra-modern $4M Stillwater home is 'like being in a James Bond movie'

This architectural award-winner features an unusual enclosed glass bridge.
This cutting-edge Stillwater home boasts walls of glass and a dramatic, tuxedo-black exterior.

Ultra-modern $4M Stillwater home is 'like being in a James Bond movie'

This architectural award-winner features an unusual enclosed glass bridge.
A new master suite occupies what was formerly unfinished attic space in this recently remodeled 1920s house in northeast Minneapolis.

Long-vacant house in northeast Mpls. transformed into hot property

A couple bought the Minneapolis home through a city program, then renovated it for resale.
Ikea is holding organizing and decluttering workshops at the Bloomington store Jan. 19.

4 Twin Cities home and garden events this week

Home Expo at Target Field, and tips for tidying up.
William Kimes

William Kimes, Hamline theater professor emeritus, dies at 82

Bitten by the acting bug in high school, Bill Kimes devoted his career to educating young theater enthusiasts. A professor at Hamline University for 38…
Sarah Cronin, owner of Simply Inspired Home Organizing, in front of the “command center” in her Savage home.

Twin Cities pro shares 5-point strategy for getting organized at home

Organizing pro shares her five-point strategy for decluttering and maintaining order.
Glenda Nelson and Kate Steinkopf, right have been collaborating on Christmas decorations for the past 12 years. It has become an annual ritual.

'All about the sparkle and twinkle': Two Minn. women come together to share their talent for holiday decorating

The two women's holiday partnership and year-round friendship started 12 years ago.
The Tudor-style house that caught Chip Pearson’s eye when he was 14. Today, he and his wife, Amy, own the home and recently completed a major restor

St. Paulites rediscover, then restore teenage dream home

A committed St. Paul family complete a major restoration of a turn-of-the-century Tudor.
A strain of drug-resistant salmonella that has sickened more than 200 people has been found in raw turkey products and live turkeys.

Minnesota's Jennie-O widens recall of ground turkey

The poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products amid a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened more than 200 people nationwide.