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An Eagan couple transformed a small "useless space" in their backyard into an enchanted retreat.
Shock, sadness, then a mushrooming explosion of purple and all things Prince. The sudden passing of the Minnesota music icon continued to reverberate rapid-fire across…
This year's Home of the Month winners include new modern houses, period-sensitive remodels and a one-room cabin.
Last call for AIA home event "The Value of Great Design."
Ten years after she set up her first booth at the Edina Art Fair, her "Relief Circles" are sold in galleries and shops, locally and nationally.
Longtime Minneapolis homeowners finally add the feature they've always wanted: a front porch.
The U's latest release is likely to give boost through a wine that some liken to a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, filling a hole in Minnesota offerings.
Annual craft show taps designers to showcase artisan pieces in the context of a room.
Architects share design strategies, offer consultations at Home of the Month event.
Want to support bees and other beneficial insects? A local author has tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden at home.
She grew up on a potato farm outside Tokyo, but Hideko Tajima Gowen knew very little about horticulture when she arrived in Minnesota in the…
This Wisconsin fan's rustic man cave, filled with hunting and fishing collectibles, overlooks Priest's Bay on Lake Minnetonka.
Flower show serves up a horticultural tour of "America the Beautiful," from sea to blooming sea.
A remodel of a 1920s Edina home was engineered to cure cabin fever — from the heated, ice-melting driveway to the golf-simulator room, complete with putting green, in the lower level.
An outdated 1960s kitchen gets a sleek, stylish makeover.
Gardeners are optimistic that a sunken greenhouse will become a prototype for how to grow food in harsh climates.
If you like what you see inside this year's Idea Home at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, you won't have to look far to find it after the annual event.
It's the end of an era on Lake Minnetonka, as modest vintage houses increasingly make way for bigger, grander ones. Their elimination is dramatically changing the character of the Twin Cities' largest lake. "It's the rise of the McMansions," one critic says.
Multifunctionality and stainless steel still rule, but the wide-open floor plan may be moderating.
You'll need an invite to get into this wildly imaginative home concert space — but we're giving you a VIP pass to peek inside.
When Judy Engel and Peter Schulzetenberg hired Gonyea Homes to build their new house in Golden Valley, they had one unusual request: All the cabinets would be a DIY project.
When a hands-on couple decided to build a new home on their Medford farmstead, they dug up their plants and rebuilt the garden, too. "Hundreds of plants … hostas … daylilies. Any perennial I had, I moved," Cyndi Maas said.
Time and money propel the dreams on display in St. Paul this week at U.S. championships.
His all-white condo in a 1970s-era building didn't have much character or personality. So he began adding flavor — not merely "decorating," but using his plain-white surfaces as a blank canvas for creating art.
Readers share the spaces they love most – including a room for dreaming, a room for learning and a dining room inspired by a castle.
Resolving to "get organized" for the new year can seem like an overwhelming task. Better to break it down room by room.
A Cape Cod-inspired house in Golden Valley is minutes from downtown in a nature-preserve setting. You can have it for $1.285 million.
Hunter Hecht was familiar to viewers of Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac," on which she appeared 50 times over the past several years.
A pair of sweet pastels, blush pink and baby blue, are the on-trend hues for 2016.
It's time to get festive on the home front! To inspire you, we asked three Twin Cities design bloggers to share their favorite holiday hacks.
Like many empty nesters, Uri and Melissa Camarena started thinking about downsizing to a condo. Instead they upsized — big time — to a gigantic limestone mansion. You can have it for $1.995 million.
"We're letting the garden grow and take us where we need to go," says pastor about replacing grass with a veggie plot.
Remodeling your kitchen? Some remodelers will ease your culinary pain by setting up a temporary kitchen to tide you over while your kitchen is a construction zone.
A painstakingly preserved landmark has become a magnet for fans of vintage homes. You can have it for $799,900.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Arb) has found its interim director close to home.Peter Moe, the Arb's longtime director of operations and research, will move into…
A budget-friendly makeover adds sleek, modern style and finishes.
Ed Schneider has been like a shot of Miracle-Gro for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, boosting attendance in his five-year tenure.
At Twin Cities houses of worship, water-guzzling, unproductive lawns are giving way to plots of veggies, fruits and herbs that can be tended and shared as a community, or donated to people in need.
Readers share the spaces they love most – from a playroom filled with vintage toys to a beach-themed winter getaway spot.
Along with local brew, food and live music, grass-roots organizers of a party in Stillwater hope attendees will soak up the message that bees are in peril and regular folks can help.
Austene Van has always felt most at home on the water. "It's magical!" she said. "There's some power in it."
The story began in the late 1920s when Alice and Frank Tisdale built a new home in a then-rural setting in St. Louis Park, just west of the Minikahda Club and east of Bass Lake.
An ultramodern addition to a century-old house creates space for a new kitchen and more.
This year's winning gardens in our annual Beautiful Gardens contest run the gamut, from a haven for wildlife to an oasis for grandkids.
When guests gather at Kent and Judy Hodder's place, it's not in the couple's Orono house — but in the rustic building next door. It feels old, but it's actually a brand-new structure with a pole-barn-inspired design and quirky vintage features.
Golfer Patty Berg lived in this Minneapolis Dutch Colonial as a child and left her mark, as well as some memorabilia. You can have it for $549,900.
Once again, it's garden tour season. What tours are coming up, and which is best for you?
If you've ever driven east on Hwy. 8, on your way to someone's cabin, you've probably noticed the cute little town with the coffeepot water tower bearing the greeting "Välkommen till Lindström."
A secluded fairy-tale castle in Eagan begins a new chapter as a family home – turret, courtyard, carriage house and all.
Now that it's officially summer, is your garden looking gorgeous? Or maybe there's another garden you've admired at your friend's or in your neighborhood. Why not share its beauty?
The challenge: Turn a pastel blue-and-white bedroom into an inviting shared space for two preschool brothers.
The Home of the Month program is a partnership between the Star Tribune and the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It features architect-designed houses selected by a jury of experts. The houses represent a range of prices, styles and locations.
Unwelcome attention "comes with the territory" for women in the media.
The first thing you notice are the rocks — thousands of them — forming intricate mosaics on walls, doors and even stair risers. The northeast Minneapolis house, a nature-inspired installation by the artist/homeowner, is on the market for $149,900.
After the arrival of Dutch elm disease, once-beloved elms quickly fell out of favor. Now a new disease-resistant, homegrown option — the St. Croix elm — will be available in some local garden centers, but demand is expected to outstrip supply.
A state judicial panel found that Alan Pendleton lived outside his district and violated conduct rules.
Minnesota Orchestra director Osmo Vänskä's loft in a restored mill boasts original brick walls – and its own Finnish sauna. You can have it for $899,900.
Marge Brchan is a gourmet cook, but it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to navigate the kitchen of her Blaine townhouse.
A choreographer couple converted an old rooming house into a customized live-work space in Minneapolis.
A few more square feet was enough to turn a cramped galley into a highly functional kitchen, with enough space for two cooks.
A Golden Valley home, designed for entertaining, is "cabin" in the city.
Unwelcome attention "comes with the territory" for women in the media.
A couple joined forces to create a pair of distinctly different urban gardens – a productive front-yard plot and a tranquil back-yard retreat.
One garden was not enough for Barb and Charlie Green of Edina. But unlike some gardeners who expand to create more of the same, the Greens are always game to try something different.
St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood is a long way from the French countryside. But Eileen and Bill Troxel have managed to create a little slice of Provence in their back yard.
Marcia Fluer, of TV news fame, now gets her hands dirty in her Golden Valley garden, a collaboration with her husband, a train hobbyist.
Schooled in art, a gardener relies on what she learned to create beauty in her own back yard.
Beautiful gardens: For the past two decades, a Minnesota couple have been creating a massive, European-influenced shade garden in their suburban yard.
A self-taught gardener paints her exuberant landscape with a free but disciplined hand.
A design-savvy gardener fulfilled her vision of creating a beautiful landscape -- one worthy of a special event.
The Fribergs of Roseville are tireless gardening overachievers. They host tours, they volunteer, and they're active in multiple clubs. And, oh yeah, they still find time to tend their awe-inspiring landscape.
An ambitious green thumb and her helpful husband team up to tend a winning garden in Lake Elmo -- and to collaborate on a humorous his-and-hers gardening book.
Drawing on his rural roots, a south Minneapolis gardener creates a country-inspired haven in the heart of the city.
A Stillwater woman was surprised to find her "best self" in her garden.
Jennifer Baldwin Peden was the star in the garden. Her husband, Tom, was waiting in the wings -- until a touring show took her away and inspired him to pick up where she left off.
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