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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
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 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.
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.
Located in Minneapolis, Stangler Works, started by Ross Stangler, specializes in custom furniture, home and sporting items.

Minneapolis furniture maker upcycles ash trees for custom pieces

Furniture and object maker Ross Stangler keeps it simple and local.
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.
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