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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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Massive mansion on Lake Minnetonka showcases super-sized luxury

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

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

'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, who advocated plus-size positivity, dies at 49

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

On her popular website “Cat’s House of Fun” (catay.com), Catherine Oakeson referred to herself as “the fat chick.” It wasn’t a putdown, but a statement…
$11.9M Lake Minnetonka estate with shrine to wine is priciest on market

$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.
Harriet Lazaroff, farmer with artistic flair, dies at 87

Harriet Lazaroff, farmer with artistic flair, dies at 87

She died Sept. 11 at age 87 in a Golden Valley nursing home after battling heart and lung disease.
Twin Cities' gems of midcentury modern architecture will be on tour

Twin Cities' gems of midcentury modern architecture will be on tour

Like midcentury style? Seven Twin Cities area homes will open their doors for a tour Oct. 7.
New Hope rambler transformed into modern dream home

New Hope rambler transformed into modern dream home

Ready to downsize and set the stage for aging in place, a design pro created her own dream home in a 1961 rambler in New Hope.
Model spaces: Here's what caught our eye at the Parade of Homes

Model spaces: Here's what caught our eye at the Parade of Homes

Last weekend, we explored nearly two dozen homes on this year's Fall Parade of Homes to check out design features and decor trends. Here's what caught our eye.
Sick maple trees 'becoming epidemic' in Minnesota

Sick maple trees 'becoming epidemic' in Minnesota

A generation of container-grown trees are coming of age — and showing their distress.
Adventure in parenting: Raising kids in a medieval-style Spanish 'palace' in Stillwater

Adventure in parenting: Raising kids in a medieval-style Spanish 'palace' in Stillwater

Century-old house was originally built to be lumber baron's ballroom, next door to his mansion.
Stately St. Paul mansion and other historic homes will open their doors for Ramsey Hill tour

Stately St. Paul mansion and other historic homes will open their doors for Ramsey Hill tour

A stately mansion, now a Christian community for people in transition, will be open during the Ramsey Hill home tour Sept. 14.
Dog lover's dream home for sale near the Twin Cities for $875K

Dog lover's dream home for sale near the Twin Cities for $875K

Rambler has heated indoor/outdoor kennels and a dog-wash station, all set on its own private dog park.

Teen who disappeared while swimming in Duluth is pulled from river with no pulse

He was believed to be underwater for 18 to 20 minutes after jumping into a part of the swollen Lester River known as "the Deeps."
Was Golden Valley 'castle' home to a gangster? Landmark house gets 'Downton' makeover

Was Golden Valley 'castle' home to a gangster? Landmark house gets 'Downton' makeover

How do you decorate a castle? Tina Wilcox knows — and she didn't even have to switch up her signature style when she moved into her stone French Norman-style home in Golden Valley.
Pergola on steroids allows year-round outdoor living in Lake Elmo

Pergola on steroids allows year-round outdoor living in Lake Elmo

A porch in Lake Elmo is transformed into a year-round family gathering spot with a flexible indoor-outdoor room for all seasons.
Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders

Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders

Growing food is just one of the lofty missions of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. It's also a place where people committed to food justice, faith and climate change can work together on common goals.
$3.65M home on St. Croix River is all about the view

$3.65M home on St. Croix River is all about the view

Reclaimed timbers and rustic stone create an Aspen-like lodge on the St. Croix River near Hudson, Wis. You can have it for $3.65 million.
One-of-a-kind urban castle in Mpls. might become a 'destination brewery'

One-of-a-kind urban castle in Mpls. might become a 'destination brewery'

The one-of-a-kind house, which is just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium and the only single-family home in downtown Minneapolis, has been described as "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings."
Minnetonka home makeover is family-friendly by design

Minnetonka home makeover is family-friendly by design

Minnetonka makeover accommodates kids, cooking and casual modern living.
Ultramodern Mpls. house in shape of Star of David hits market for $899K

Ultramodern Mpls. house in shape of Star of David hits market for $899K

The house, commissioned by a U professor, was designed by an understudy to Frank Lloyd Wright and it sits on a lot overlooking the Mississippi River.
2 Minneapolis girls deliver backpacks full of cheer to chronically ill teens

2 Minneapolis girls deliver backpacks full of cheer to chronically ill teens

After the longtime friends each faced a health crisis, they were inspired to support others going through the same thing.
Unfinished attic transformed into deluxe master suite in northeast Minneapolis

Unfinished attic transformed into deluxe master suite in northeast Minneapolis

Ever since Paul Bramsen bought his century-old northeast Minneapolis duplex 10 years ago, he'd been dreaming of finishing his third-floor attic.
See the winners in this year's Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

See the winners in this year's Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

The six gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from small city plots to exurban gardens on a truly grand scale.
Want a rare peek inside Twin Cities gems of Prairie School architecture?

Want a rare peek inside Twin Cities gems of Prairie School architecture?

You've probably walked or driven past some local gems of Prairie School architecture and wished you could peek inside. This week you'll have a rare opportunity to do just that.
Front-yard patios spark socializing on one St. Louis Park block

Front-yard patios spark socializing on one St. Louis Park block

A wave of front-yard patios spurs socializing on one convivial block in St. Louis Park.
Cabin makeovers could turn Minnesota brothers into next DIY TV stars

Cabin makeovers could turn Minnesota brothers into next DIY TV stars

Siblings star in a new DIY Network show focused on renovation of lake homes.
NASCAR simulator is winning feature in remodeled St. Louis Park home

NASCAR simulator is winning feature in remodeled St. Louis Park home

The house that contractor Matt Wagoner recently remodeled in St. Louis Park has all the features that today's buyers expect — plus one feature they don't expect. You can have it for $729,000.
Famous Minnesota architect's home is on the market in Mahtomedi for $399K

Famous Minnesota architect's home is on the market in Mahtomedi for $399K

Edwin Lundie's cozy Cape Cod-style home was a wedding gift that he transformed to reflect his signature style.
Aching to own a lake place? Here's how to join Minnesota's cabin culture

Aching to own a lake place? Here's how to join Minnesota's cabin culture

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, summer fun means water. Is this the year to take the plunge and buy a lake home? And how do you find the right one? Here are some tips.
Libby Siegel, who died at age 88, was educator, activist and 'out there on the cutting edge'

Libby Siegel, who died at age 88, was educator, activist and 'out there on the cutting edge'

For years, Libby Siegel had been telling her family that when she turned 60, she would travel to Africa. “I thought it would be a…
Sisters who share St. Paul duplex tackle simultaneous kitchen makeovers

Sisters who share St. Paul duplex tackle simultaneous kitchen makeovers

When Susan and Peggy McKevitt bought their Arts and Crafts duplex 28 years ago, they accepted the cramped kitchens that came with each unit. But last year, they decided it was time for a dramatic makeover.

Nominate your favorite garden

Winners will be showcased in the months ahead.
Only home on private island in Prior Lake hits market — and sells instantly

Only home on private island in Prior Lake hits market — and sells instantly

The cabin is accessible only by boat, and the previous owner used a hovercraft.
Couple buy their first home, a Richfield rambler, then win dream kitchen

Couple buy their first home, a Richfield rambler, then win dream kitchen

Richfield rambler now has open, modern space for casual entertaining.
Gangsters' Prohibition-era hideout for sale in West St. Paul for $147K

Gangsters' Prohibition-era hideout for sale in West St. Paul for $147K

For three months near the end of Prohibition, the infamous Ma Barker and members of her crime gang lived in a nondescript duplex in West St. Paul. Now it can be yours for $147,000.
Architect's timeless '50s home near Lake Harriet hits market for $1.225M

Architect's timeless '50s home near Lake Harriet hits market for $1.225M

Completed in 1959, this 4,220-square-foot southwest Minneapolis house was so unusual that it attracted attention from the New York Times and Progressive Architecture magazine. Now, you can have it for $1.225 million.
'Mysterious' modern boathouse on Pokegama Lake was designed for family fun

'Mysterious' modern boathouse on Pokegama Lake was designed for family fun

The simple, modern structure is tucked into a hillside on Pokegama Lake.
Minneapolis cooking couple remake their home around the kitchen of their dreams

Minneapolis cooking couple remake their home around the kitchen of their dreams

A dynamic new kitchen is the centerpiece of a whole-house makeover for a Minneapolis restaurateur and chef.
St. Paul mansion, condemned, then restored, hits market for $1.75 million

St. Paul mansion, condemned, then restored, hits market for $1.75 million

This grand home on Summit Avenue sparked a rift between renowned St. Paul architects Cass Gilbert and Clarence H. Johnston in the late 1800s. Now you can have it for $1.75 million.
Designer showcase home will be a massive new house on Lake Minnetonka

Designer showcase home will be a massive new house on Lake Minnetonka

The annual event has been postponed until fall to complete an 11,000-square-foot home on Lake Minnetonka.
Eagan master bath goes from basic builder boring to spa-like

Eagan master bath goes from basic builder boring to spa-like

"Basic builder bath" transformed into a soothing spalike retreat.
Farewell to the flower show: Five decades of downtown in bloom

Farewell to the flower show: Five decades of downtown in bloom

A Twin Cities rite of spring for more than five decades, the downtown department-store flower show passed into history this year. Here's a look back to celebrate its long-blooming run.
Sneak peek at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs

Sneak peek at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs

What's your vision of the perfect home? Here are 12 designs of distinction singled out by AIA Minnesota. Each will be featured in the coming year as a Home of the Month, but you can get a sneak peek at them now.
My favorite room: Excelsior couple create a cozy cupboard bed for grandson

My favorite room: Excelsior couple create a cozy cupboard bed for grandson

An Excelsior couple created a petite retreat for their grandson. Now it's everyone's favorite spot to read, rest and play.
Minnesota Arboretum voted Best Botanical Garden in U.S.

Minnesota Arboretum voted Best Botanical Garden in U.S.

Take that, Big Apple! You're No. 2 — at least when it comes to horticulture. The Best Botanical Garden in the country is our own…
Obituary: Anita Segador Beaton, early childhood education pioneer, dies at 75

Obituary: Anita Segador Beaton, early childhood education pioneer, dies at 75

In the early '70s, when some women were asserting their independence by burning bras and marching in protests, homemaker Anita Segador Beaton made a quiet…
St. Paul craft show highlights home decor through the decades

St. Paul craft show highlights home decor through the decades

If you love midcentury modern style, how do you use it to create a home that feels like your life in 2017 — and not like a "Mad Men" set frozen in amber liquor?
Architects share strategies for creating your dream home

Architects share strategies for creating your dream home

Architects share design strategies, offer consultations at Home of the Month event.
A Plymouth couple transformed their entire home in vibrant color

A Plymouth couple transformed their entire home in vibrant color

A Plymouth couple transformed their home for vibrant family living. Take a tour during the Remodelers Showcase.
What caught our eye at the Twin Cities' annual Parade of Homes?

What caught our eye at the Twin Cities' annual Parade of Homes?

Last weekend, we slipped on blue booties and made the rounds of about two dozen Parade homes across the Twin Cities. Here are some highlights.
For sale: Adman's 'Mad Men'-era dream home on Lake Minnetonka

For sale: Adman's 'Mad Men'-era dream home on Lake Minnetonka

Minnesota ad executive Ray Mithun built his Lake Minnetonka home with walls of glass, inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs, Calif., during the "Mad Men" era. You can have it for $4.995 million.
Frank Lloyd Wright house in St. Louis Park can be yours for $1.39M

Frank Lloyd Wright house in St. Louis Park can be yours for $1.39M

The house has dramatic windows that showcase views of its meadow site, and even Wright-designed built-ins, including a desk and cabinets.
Minnetonka designer knows how to add personality to a rental

Minnetonka designer knows how to add personality to a rental

Who says an apartment has to look generic? A Minnetonka designer demonstrates how to add warmth, texture and personal style to a short-term home.
What it's really like to live in 330-square-foot house

What it's really like to live in 330-square-foot house

A Minnesota couple are coming to the Home + Garden Show to share what they've learned about living small.
How to staycation in style: 6 new Twin Cities boutique hotels offer fun getaways

How to staycation in style: 6 new Twin Cities boutique hotels offer fun getaways

With a fresh crop of new hotels open, the Twin Cities have more tempting staycation destinations than ever.
DIY makeover transforms the kitchen of a Roseville split-level

DIY makeover transforms the kitchen of a Roseville split-level

DIY makeover transforms the kitchen and main living area of a 1970s split-level in Roseville.
Teen passion for pool tables changed Twin Cities collector's life – and home

Teen passion for pool tables changed Twin Cities collector's life – and home

Decades later, Greg Peterson still owns and operates Peters Billiards, now a game and home furnishings store in south Minneapolis. And his collection of vintage tables has ballooned to nearly 90, including the four he keeps at his home in Edina.
Chanhassen couple create the ultimate mother-in-law apartment

Chanhassen couple create the ultimate mother-in-law apartment

The family designed the space – while transforming their home at the same time. The 1,000-square-foot apartment above the garage is "like a condo inside our own home,"
The Rev. John Hogenson-Rutford, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran in Mpls., dies at 58

The Rev. John Hogenson-Rutford, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran in Mpls., dies at 58

Facing the end of his life, the Rev. John Hogenson-Rutford, senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, was determined to “finish well.”…
Eden Prairie couple turn 'cookie-cutter' house into 'destination home'

Eden Prairie couple turn 'cookie-cutter' house into 'destination home'

An Eden Prairie couple thought about moving when their home no longer met their needs, but decided against it. "We had neighbors we really liked," she said. So they decided to invest in the home they already had "to make the house how we wanted it."
Farewell, flowers! Macy's Flower Show is no more

Farewell, flowers! Macy's Flower Show is no more

The free show wilted away with the sale of the downtown Mpls. store.
Olympic skating star Surya Bonaly makes a surprise landing in Minnesota

Olympic skating star Surya Bonaly makes a surprise landing in Minnesota

Surya Bonaly, queen of the back flip, is now working on a new trick – being Minnesotan.
What's it like to live on Nicollet Island? Historic house is on the market

What's it like to live on Nicollet Island? Historic house is on the market

This historic Nicollet Island house is surrounded by nature, just steps from downtown Minneapolis. You can have it for $1.15 million.
Pantone heads back to nature with 'soothing' Color of the Year Greenery

Pantone heads back to nature with 'soothing' Color of the Year Greenery

Pantone's 2017 selection offers a soothing natural feel for turbulent times.
Eyesore or worthy attempt? Sunken greenhouse pushes limits in Minneapolis

Eyesore or worthy attempt? Sunken greenhouse pushes limits in Minneapolis

Northeast battle leads council member to ask city staffers to study the issue and make recommendations for defining and regulating such structures.
'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'

'Rehab Addict' Nicole Curtis opens up in new book, calls Mpls. fight an 'uphill battle'

Nicole Curtis, star of the popular HGTV show, has written a candid memoir shaped by houses she's renovated.
Holiday tree trend: Skip the skirt, add a collar

Holiday tree trend: Skip the skirt, add a collar

Alternative to the tree skirt is winning converts for its modern look and compact footprint.
Mpls. designer adds global flair to modern home overlooking Lake Calhoun

Mpls. designer adds global flair to modern home overlooking Lake Calhoun

"It's beautiful every second of every day," she says. "I wanted to do the environment justice." But accomplishing all that on "the most complicated lot in Minneapolis" was a challenge.
Minnetonka home features floors made out of 97,000 pennies

Minnetonka home features floors made out of 97,000 pennies

A Twin Cities builder's remodeled 1953 house in Minnetonka now glows with the copper sheen of wall-to-wall pennies — 51,000 of them laid tails-up in a guest bedroom, and 46,000 laid heads-up in the office.
Next-door neighbors in north Mpls. share passion for gardening

Next-door neighbors in north Mpls. share passion for gardening

Today, it's hard to tell where Renee Allen's garden ends and Sheryl Hybert's begins; both women have filled the boulevard and just about every inch of their front yards with plants. "That's the cool thing — gardens bring people together," Allen says.
Here's a sneak peek at next year's garden trends

Here's a sneak peek at next year's garden trends

If the thought of another polar vortex has you dreaming about next spring, here's a preview of what – and how – we'll be growing in 2017.
Mpls. neighborhood made history with end of housing discrimination in city

Mpls. neighborhood made history with end of housing discrimination in city

Now the city has proposed celebrating and preserving the homes by creating a new historic district, Tilsenbilt Homes.
Survivalist's former fortress turned into Italian-inspired country house

Survivalist's former fortress turned into Italian-inspired country house

This 5,000-square-foot house in Independence comes with 64 acres of wooded land, a tunnel to the barn — and a fireman's pole. You can have it for $1.495 million.
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