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Kim Palmer

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Kim Palmer covers architecture, design, décor, gardening, landscaping and home-related lifestyle trends.
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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.

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.

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.
A kitchen with color cabinets, by City Homes, was featured on last spring’s Parade of Homes.

Color returns to the kitchen in upcoming Parade of Homes

After years of white-out, color is starting to return to the kitchen for the upcoming Parade of Homes.
A nearly 11,000-square-foot home in Inver Grove Heights comes with indoor pool, wine room, theater, seven garage stalls and a Corvette.

For $1.445M, this enormous party-ready Minnesota house comes with a Corvette convertible

Super-size home comes with an indoor pool, a sport court — and a Corvette.
The living room of Kathy and Vince Moccio's home looks just like it did before the fire, thanks to David Heide Design Studio and Dovetail Renovation.

After fire destroyed their Minneapolis home, a couple re-created it

While the original home had many beautiful, timeless features, a lot has changed since it was built in the late 1920s.
This midcentury modern house is located on Calhoun Parkway.

'Mad Men'-era dream home on Lake Calhoun Pkwy. hits market for $1.95M

The house has all the bells and whistles today's buyers seek — and a prime location.
Kitchen, Nordic house by D/O

Less is more in ultra-minimalist Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul

Less is more in a modern Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul.
Bryan Anderson kitchen

An unusual Minneapolis update removes the kitchen island

Architect bucked the popular trend when redesigning his own Minneapolis kitchen.
The koi pond in Karen and Emery Koenig garden in their home in Waconia, Minn.

Couple create a European-style garden paradise in Waconia

Inspired by living overseas, a couple created a European-style paradise in Waconia.
Bee balm

Waconia gardener shares her tips for gardening European-style

A gardener shares her tips for gardening European-style.
This Lake of the Isles home once sold for the highest sale price in Minneapolis.

Lake of the Isles mansion that once sold for record price hits market for $5.995M

A Mediterranean mansion set the record — twice — for highest-priced house sold in Minneapolis.
Margaret Kershner, left, worked with professional organizer Michele Vig to declutter Kershner’s Edina kitchen. Below, the reorganized snack drawer.

Marie Kondo-certified Edina organizer helps free you of clutter

An executive turned professional organizer — certified by tidiness guru Marie Kondo — shows how the whole family can maintain order on the home front.

Why no one wants Grandma's Christmas ornaments any more

When Carol Connolly, St. Paul's first poet laureate, recently downsized from a large apartment to a much smaller one, there was no room for all…

2-year-old killed in four-vehicle crash in Moorhead

A 2-year-old boy has died of injuries he received in a four-vehicle crash Saturday in Moorhead, according to the Moorhead Police Department.
A glass door connects the guest apartment to the outdoors and the deck it shares with the main house. The apartment sits atop a garage.

Tiny modern guest house near Lake Harriet generates income for future remodel

When the city of Minneapolis amended its zoning code to allow accessory dwelling units, Eric Tollefson saw an opportunity.
Finley Bork, 7, sleds down a hill, while being chased by a playful dog, on a golf course at the Isle of Palms, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. A brutal

'Snow drought,' unrelenting cold and even rain — it must be winter in Minnesota

Mother Nature is putting a different spin on this curious Minnesota winter.
The team behind the longtime Macy’s Flower Shows is creating a similar experience in Edina this spring.

Bachman's and Galleria resurrecting Macy's Flower Show tradition in Edina

The team behind the annual event at the downtown Macy's is taking the idea to suburbia.
The remodeled study off the living room of Renee Carlisle’s Minneapolis home.

Mpls. woman transforms historic home into free refuge for missionaries

A stately historic home near the Mississippi River inspires a makeover — and a ministry.
Holiday decorations, once cherished heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next, are now ending up in secondhand shops, thanks to changing t

Millennials have their own ideas on Christmas decorations

More interested in experiences than "stuff," the generation is opting out of opulence.
The Elephant Walk B&B in Stillwater.

Exotic Stillwater B&B with themed rooms on the market for $800K

Property is being offered "turnkey," including wine in the cellar, "treasures" in the attic and everything needed to pamper guests.
This contemporary-style home overlooks Cedar Lake

House with rooftop deck overlooking Cedar Lake hits market for $1.3M

Contemporary-style home overlooks Cedar Lake in Minneapolis.
Top: A tall elf-trimmed Christmas tree (one of three) greets guests when they enter Bonnie Speer McGrath’s Edina house. Bottom, left to right: A fea

Edina Christmas lover turns home into 'magical' holiday extravaganza

Enthusiastic hostess' whimsical decor combines heirlooms with designer style.
Angela Sharp of Detroit, with her son, Aaron, was the first to stay in the updated apartment while Aaron underwent surgery.

Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House apartment gets 'clean and beautiful' makeover

An apartment for families of seriously ill children gets a fresh modern update.
sleek and modern
A wood-burning fireplace is the focal point in a Pelican Lake home designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture.

Minnesotans covet fireplaces, and these styles and tech options are hot right now

Minnesotans love a cozy glow, and these styles and tech options are hot right now.
Architect Dale Mulfinger codesigned this Wisconsin cabin for twin sisters and their families. The sisters were inspired by gatherings at their grandmo

Minnesota's 'cabinologist' reveals why we love cabins

Architect Dale Mulfinger unpacks the allure and lore of the getaway home.
The Landings has a view of the downtown skyline.

$1.4M townhouse offers 'suburban living' in Minneapolis' North Loop

The home has panoramic views of the Mississippi River and Minneapolis skyline.
A novel idea — cabinets with etched-glass fronts and backs.

Cramped, dark kitchen in Kenwood is transformed into 'heart of the home'

How to turn an outdated kitchen into something stylish and spectacular.
Fur and antlers provide rustic accents.

Get fresh ideas for seasonal decor at holiday home tours

Holiday home tours showcase seasonal trends — from homespun to booze-infused.
Former Best Buy executive Wade Fenn remodeled the house extensively to accommodate entertaining.

Ex-Best Buy exec's Lake Minnetonka modernist home hits market for $1.9M

Former Best Buy exec's home was designed for entertaining with guest suite, pool and media room with bar.
Roshee Cryer-Greene in her dining room

After overcoming adversity, mom of two wins designer makeover in her St. Paul rental

She went from having a bare amount of furniture to a sleek midcentury modern-inspired dining set.
Halloween masks of on the wall of Charlotte Strait's Minneapolis apartment.

Creepy or cool? Some Twin Cities homes look like Halloween year-round

Quirky collectibles create a Halloween vibe all year long in some Twin Cities homes.
This castle/home in Eagan was once owned by the former Northwest Airlines CEO.

Secluded fairy-tale castle in Eagan hits market for $2.9M

The royal roost includes a turret, courtyard, seven garage bays and a chapel-turned-movie theater.
The showcase home’s great room, designed by Bonnie Birnbaum and Diane Lumpkin, features two-story windows to capture Lake Minnetonka views.

Massive mansion on Lake Minnetonka showcases super-sized luxury

This year's designer showcase home event goes big — a mansion on Lake Minnetonka with something for everyone — even a room for the family dog.
Go inside 5 of the most expensive lake homes on the Twin Cities market

Go inside 5 of the most expensive lake homes on the Twin Cities market

From $2.25 million to $11.9 million, these are some of the priciest luxurious lake shore homes in the metro.
The refreshed 1990s kitchen is comfortable for up to three cooks.

'90s home in Eagan gets a thoroughly modern kitchen makeover

Remodeled '90s kitchen has fresh style, better functionality — and a view of the backyard pond.
Catherine Oakeson

Catherine Oakeson, who advocated plus-size positivity, dies at 49

On her popular website “Cat’s House of Fun” (, Catherine Oakeson referred to herself as “the fat chick.” It wasn’t a putdown, but a statement…
The wine room at this European-style estate on Lake Minnetonka, priced at $11.9 million.

$11.9M Lake Minnetonka estate with shrine to wine is priciest on market

Grand Old World home has seven fireplaces, four kitchens — and its own 3-hole golf course.
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