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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
1522 Hillside in north Minneapolis, rehabbed by Nicole Curtis.

She's ready to sell: TV's Nicole Curtis completes her 'last' Minneapolis rehab

Visitors can see Nicole Curtis' controversial north Minneapolis renovation at an open house Dec. 9.
In designer Liz Knutson's home, a Santa figure watches over the basement bar.

Designing sisters team up to create Scandinavian-inspired holiday home decor

Design pros offer a peek inside their own homes and share their tips for festive seasonal decor.
Karen and Mark Swoverland wanted their kitchen to highlight the house's Spanish Revival influences and chose elements accordingly.

Vintage Minneapolis house gets Mediterranean-inspired kitchen makeover

A Spanish-style house in Mpls. gets a Mediterranean-inspired kitchen makeover.

$5.7M Edina estate set on Mirror Lake includes huge indoor pool

Grand English-style house on big private lot has been updated and enhanced for modern living.
Nearly a third of all bathroom remodels by baby boomers involve taking out the bathtub.

Houzz study reveals latest bathroom trends

Baby boomers are remodeling to age in place, according to Houzz trends study.
Matt Muenster (Of TV’s “Bath Crashers”) and his wife Katy Walthour recently restored a midcentury gem, a 1962 Ralph Rapson in University Grove.

DIY Network star renovates his midcentury 'time capsule' home in Falcon Heights

Matt Muenster of "Bath Crashers" tackles his own midcentury modern home in University Grove.
A condo for sale inside this 1909 mansion will host an open house 1 to 3 p.m. Nov 18 (1802 Girard Av. S., Minneapolis).

Condo in historic Mpls. mansion shares designer with Glensheen

Home's interiors were created by influential interior designer John Bradstreet, who also worked on Glensheen mansion in Duluth.
Dining room in Ricky Rubio's condo.

Former Timberwolves star Rubio selling North Loop penthouse for $1.225M

Ricky Rubio, the former Wolves point guard, has put his North Loop condo on the market, more than a year after he was traded to the Utah Jazz.
The penthouse condo is located on the top floor of Village Lofts at St. Anthony Falls in northeast Minneapolis.

$3.25M penthouse condo with party-size deck overlooks downtown Mpls.

The loft-style unit comes with 800 square feet of private outdoor space — plus a leather-floored library.

John Rummelhoff, artist in the vanguard of photorealism, dies at 76

Artist John Rummelhoff could draw "stamps" on envelopes with such skill that they fooled the postal system."They were whimsical," said his brother Tim, and so…
Home in Locust Hills

$5.9M lakeside mansion boasts maximum luxury in exclusive Wayzata neighborhood

The massive home sits along 178 feet of shoreline on Lake Minnetonka.
A statue is framed by a stone circle in Tom Hayden and Jay Peterson’s back yard.

Minnetonka garden has many moods — and a winning design

A Minnetonka garden is a study in contrasts, from rugged native plants in front to manicured, formal "rooms" in back.
Designer Bria Hammel at home in West St. Paul with her husband, Charlie, and their children Louie, 6, and Brooklyn, 3. Much of the family’s furnitur

West St. Paul designer (and mom) creates kid-proof home decor

Inspired by her two young children, a Twin Cities designer creates a home — and home goods collection — to stand up to daily life.
Aluminum panels framed with wood highlight the interior.

Minnesota's only Alcoa 'Care-Free' aluminum home is '50s time capsule

The 1950s time capsule is one of five well-preserved midcentury modern homes that will be open for touring Oct. 13.
Big Island properties seldom hit the market. This one costs $475,000.

Rare cabin on Lake Minnetonka's Big Island hits market for $475K

Homes on Lake Minnetonka's best-known island seldom go up for sale because they're usually kept in the family.
This 1912 Craftsman-style home is one of the 12 that will be open for touring on Sept. 30.

Exploring the architecture and history of St. Paul's Summit Hill

Homes in St. Paul's historic neighborhood will open their doors for tours.
The Excelsior home of Teresa Kain and Norm Domholt has an open floor plan and abundant windows, creating a light-filled interior.

New Lake Minnetonka cottage is scaled to fit Excelsior's vintage charm

A new lake home in Excelsior honors its roots — and its owner's.
The LightHotel was parked near the Stone Arch Bridge during Northern Spark.

For sale: Swanky Twin Cities Airbnb in 8-by-20-foot shipping container

Sleek, solar-equipped concept RV has been traveling the Twin Cities as an Airbnb rental.
Author and radio show host Garrison Keillor is selling his home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

Garrison Keillor's St. Paul home is on the market for $2.495 million

The Summit Avenue house has 10,207 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
The Colebeck family's new bathroom includes a shower with grab bars and a flip-up bench, a comfort-height toilet and lots of storage.

Make-A-Wish helps Minnesota teen gain independence with accessible bathroom

Make-A-Wish Minnesota and a Twin Cities builder teamed up to give a South St. Paul teen independence at home.
Rosa Bogar

Minneapolis activist, educator and designer Rosa Bogar dies at 77

Growing up in South Carolina, the fifth of 13 children, Rosa Mavins Bogar taught herself how to sew. After lights out, “she would finish an…
Matt Lewis and Natalie Wagner outside their Minneapolis condo in a 1920s-era fourplex.

Fourplexes are a debated housing model, but these Minneapolis residents love them

People who live in fourplexes — an old, heavily restricted and now debated housing model — say they offer community and affordability.
Morgan and Jamie Molitor in their kitchen in Elk River

Twin Cities DIY duo share home-renovation tips and strategies

The couple will share their insights about where best to spend home-improvement dollars during this week's Junk Bonanza.
The demolished remains of the Pillsbury Mansion were photographed Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Orono, Minn. ] AARON LAVINSKY ï aaron.lavinsky@startr

Demolished Pillsbury mansion's contents to be sold this weekend

Furniture from the demolished estate will be available this weekend.
Quentin Nguyen plants for pollinators, even in a patch off the alley.

Bee Nice: St. Paul gardner mobilizes to beautify boulevards, aid pollinators

A gardener in the Como neighborhood has transformed his yard into a pollinator paradise. Now he's set his sights on his neighbors' boulevards.
The demolished remains of the Pillsbury Mansion were photographed Wednesday in Orono.

Loss of Lake Minnetonka's historic Pillsbury mansion hits fans hard

The buyer and plans for the site remain a mystery.
Dr. Ralph Bashioum posed for a picture in front of his unique edible garden at his home in Wayzata.

Wayzata plastic surgeon grows rare fruit that ends up on Bellecour's menu

Surgeon by day, gardener by night, a physician pushes the limits of growing in Minnesota.
This Tudor Revival house is for sale in Summit Hill.

$2.35M Summit Hill mansion shares pedigree with Grand Central Station

House was designed by architect who collaborated on New York's Grand Central Station.
Southways, the historic former Pillsbury estate on Lake Minnetonka.

Last-minute pitch to save Lake Minnetonka's historic Pillsbury mansion

Entrepreneur who owns three Twin Cities venues proposes converting the massive home into wedding and corporate event space.
Southways, the historic former Pillsbury estate on Lake Minnetonka.

Lake Minnetonka Pillsbury mansion slated for teardown

Orono grants a permit to raze grand Lake Minnetonka estate.
Tom Palm also known as the Tonka Paparazza spends hours on Lake Minnetonka, telephoto in hand, photographing folks on their pontoons, speedboats and J

Lake Minnetonka's hometown paparazzi snaps boaters at play

Minnetonka goes Hollywood as boaters smile for the Tonka Paparazzi's camera.
This geodesic dome home is located on a cul-de-sac near a park in the Camden neighborhood of north Minneapolis.

Atheist activist's rare geodesic dome home hits market in north Minneapolis

The dome home, built in 1982, includes three levels and a spiral staircase.
Jen and Scott Hanson of Golden Valley built a new house for themselves with an apartment for Jen's parents, too. The couple is with their 7-year-old t

Family builds a modern, 3-generational house in Golden Valley

Multigenerational living goes green and modern when parents, kids and grandparents make their home under one solar-paneled roof.
Doug Peine and Christine Scotillo, St. Paul.

Star Tribune's 2018 Beautiful Gardens winners announced

The gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from lush urban boulevards to suburban gardens on a grand scale.
The exterior of a brewery complex that's on the market in Jordan. It comes with a cave.

$1.35M historic brewery complex in Jordan boasts 6 apartments, 2 houses and a cave

Built in the 1860s, the limestone building used to cool its beer in a cavern carved into a bluff.
Rick and Jeanne Carter remodeled the kitchen of their split-level home on Lake Minnetonka, as part of a larger home-improvement project.

1970s split-level on Lake Minnetonka is transformed for modern living

Older homes are an endangered species on red-hot real estate like Lake Minnetonka.
Tangletown Gardens’ Garden and Art Tour.

Garden tour, late-season crops, DIY patio seminar and more

Native plant sale It’s never too late to fill those empty spaces left in your yard or garden. Natural Shore Technologies is offering a
Patricia and Lee Justen built a green home, an Alchemy barnHouse, designed for aging in place next to their daughter.

Grandparents build a modern home in their daughter's Mendota Heights backyard

The family's unusual living situation means the grandparents can spend time with their grandson on the spur of the moment.
This mansion on Mount Curve is on the market for $5.99 million.

$5.99M Minneapolis mansion has a fame-filled, party-packed history

Urban estate in Lowry Hill has been an art world party spot that once hosted Andy Warhol.
Heather and Brad Fox at home in Edina with their sons, Wesley and Graham.

At home with Edina couple who landed new HGTV show

An Edina couple are poised to make their HGTV debut with a home-makeover show — featuring local faces, a North Loop hot spot and, of course, snow.
Debbie and Brad Young’s garden in Cokato was a 2017 winner.

Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Nominate your favorite in our annual contest to find Minnesota's best home gardens.
This 22,376-square-foot “Downton Abbey”-esque estate on Lake Minnetonka is on the market for $11.15 million.

$11M Lake Minnetonka castle with nine fireplaces once hosted Dick Cheney

Massive English-style mansion is "over-the-top grand."
Barbara Hensley had ‘an a-ha moment” about the needs of breast cancer patients after two of her sisters battled the disease.

Shakopee woman helps women battling breast cancer with Hope Chest

At age 52, Barbara Hensley left her well-paying career and began working full-time to bring her idea to reality.
This so-called ‘Moditerranean’ villa on the Mississippi is on the market now.

$1.5M Mediterranean villa on the Mississippi is car lover's dream home

Riverfront house in Coon Rapids comes with five garage stalls, a car lift and workshop.
Red cabinets make a statement in a kitchen designed by architect Ben Awes.

A new kitchen in Mendota Heights boldly breaks the mold

An island and dining table in one create the ultimate gathering spot.
Brad and Heather Fox will be featured in pilot for a television show on HGTV that airs July 9.

With debut show, Edina couple could be HGTV's next stars

Network will air pilot next month featuring the Twin Cities home-renovating duo.
Rosemary

Purple is this year's hot garden color

The royal hue is taking root in the garden this growing season.
New felt landscapes from Jaana Mattson are available online each December. jaanamattson.com

Beyond taxidermy: The best art to decorate your Minnesota cabin

Artwork for a getaway home should tell your personal story.
This home on Lake Superior includes a lighthouse-themed tower and other nautical characteristics.

$2.25M lighthouse-themed retreat overlooks Superior, comes with boat barn

Sailing enthusiast's getaway home boasts nautical details, plus authentic Norwegian sauna and 400 feet of shoreline.
Gary Anderson, left, and Tom Waade on the front steps of their 120-year-old home on historic Park Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

Handy homeowners spent 3 decades restoring historic home on Park Avenue

The 1898 home will be featured on a Park Avenue tour in June.
Tour offers inside look at Charles Harrington mansion.

Two walking tours will explore the gilded history of Minneapolis' Park Avenue

Two walking tours will explore the architecture and people of Minneapolis' Park Avenue.
Author and architect's compound includes three cabins, a shed with apartment and a tram.

Secluded compound on St. Croix River with 125-foot tram hits market for $826K

Author and architect's riverside retreat includes 3 seasonal cabins, a huge shed and a tram.
5 Minnesota homes now on the market where you can live the resort life

5 Minnesota homes now on the market where you can live the resort life

Some upper-bracket homes take summer living and entertaining to a grand level.
Wine room by TreHus

Cellar in Sunfish Lake chills the wine without freezing the sippers

Former kids' hangout space in Sunfish Lake is transformed into a sophisticated tasting room.
Blu Dot just won a huge award in the national design world.

Minneapolis' Blu Dot awarded 'Oscar' of the design world for its modern furniture

Firm's playful modern pieces win national award for best product design.
A young girl explores the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.

Minnesota's Arboretum dethroned, falls to No. 2 in Best Botanical Garden contest

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum shows its staying power in national contest, after winning last year.
This Linden Hills house can change the color of its exterior lighting with the tap of a smartphone.

Ultra-modern $1.399M house in Linden Hills lights up the neighborhood

It was a "Dream Home" on the fall 2014 Parade of Homes. Now it's on the market.
Marlo and Shawn Eilefson in the second floor family room they added when they built an attached garage to their home during the remodeling of their ho

A couple transformed their Lake Nokomis home without losing its cozy character

"It's a perfect-sized house now," Marlo Eilefson said. "It still feels like an old house, with little cozy nooks. I'm glad we didn't move."
A bird’s-eye view of Frank Fitzgerald’s backyard before a dinner party Saturday night.

A Minneapolis landscape architect creates a picture-perfect party garden

A landscape architect creates the ultimate outdoor entertaining spot at his Minneapolis home.
The Woodland house

See the next 12 Home of the Month projects

In the coming months, you'll get an inside look at the next 12 Home of the Month projects.
At $12.5 million, Wayzata estate is likely to be demolished because of its highly coveted site on Lake Minnetonka.

Most expensive teardown in Minnesota? Lake Minnetonka estate listed at $12.5M

Historic estate on Lake Minnetonka is likely to be leveled.
World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale is moving to next weekend.

'World's Largest Textile Garage Sale' in Minneapolis postponed due to storm

The winter storm barreling toward the Twin Cities has put the brakes on a shopping event dubbed the “World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale.” Volunteers have…
Charles Kennedy, left, Tiffany Chen and Paul Udris of U + B Architecture & Design in the room hey designed for the American Craft Show.

American Craft Council vignettes demonstrate how to craft an artful room

Room vignettes at annual show demonstrate how to incorporate handcrafted pieces at home.
Home of distinction: Salon Rouge owner Richard Staab has created a distinctive home featuring vintage taxidermy, church artifacts and offbeat collecti

Mpls. brownstone features 'mildly spooky' obsession with taxidermy, artifacts

Take a glimpse inside the Salon Rouge owner's house of curiosities.
JJ Haywood in her new and dramatically improved kitchen.

See Pizza Lucé CEO's kitchen makeover in Golden Valley

Modest-sized midcentury home in Golden Valley lives large after a transformative makeover.
Bachman’s Chairman Dale Bachman inspects colorful blooms at the flower show, “Spring is in the Air,” now on display at the Galleria shopping cen

Home design ideas, spring bulbs and more

Spring flower show moves to Galleria.
Entrance to a downtown Minneapolis house that's been called "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings.”

Urban castle in downtown Mpls. back on market for $2.995M after brewery pulls out

Downtown's only single-family home has been described as "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings."
Dan Allenspach says his works are “an offshoot of my search for the meaning of life.”

Minnesota sculptor creates a garden as his gallery

Gardening isn’t Dan Allenspach’s big passion. He just tends a living backdrop for his sculptures. “I was not at all a gardener,” he says of…
Dr. Samuel Carlson

Dr. Samuel Carlson, physician and health care leader, dies at 71

Dr. Sam Carlson was a big shot in his field — health care — who didn't feel the need to act like one."He's known nationally…
Architects and homeowners will share the stories and strategies of their projects at "Your Home, Your Way."

Create your dream home – get expert strategies at Home of the Month event

Architects share expert design ideas and strategies — and offer private one-on-one consultations — at Home of the Month event.
The main house of this Mayer estate is 7,178 finished square feet.

Massive $3.245M country estate in Mayer, Minn., boasts two houses

Home in Mayer is two houses in one, plus a super-size shed.
The great room at Spider Lake Lodge in Hayward.

Historic log B&B near Hayward, Wis., on market for $899,000

Former fishing camp on Big Spider Lake is now operated as bed and breakfast.
The award-winning home has multiple outdoor spaces.

$1.2M home with Duluth Harbor view was designed by celebrated architect — who lives next door

House overlooking Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor was designed by David Salmela — who lives next door.
Beth Meyers in her beach room with her beagles.

A sunny DIY 'Beach Room' warms up winter at a Minnesota cabin

Beach-inspired bedroom warms up winter at the cabin.
Empty nester Chrysanne Manoles enjoys the rooftop of her condo in Tower Lofts in the North Loop.

Baby boomers tell all about selling their suburban homes and moving to downtown Minneapolis

What's it really like to shed your big suburban home and move downtown? Empty nesters tell all — the good, the bad and the surprising.
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