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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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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.
Are these the last little homes in Linden Hills?

Are these the last little homes in Linden Hills?

Longtime owners of modest houses in red-hot neighborhoods watch their community change around them.
What's up with this fall's brown evergreens?

What's up with this fall's brown evergreens?

Discolored, dropping needles may mean, surprisingly, that your tree is the picture of health.
Minnesota poets praise Bob Dylan's Nobel nod

Minnesota poets praise Bob Dylan's Nobel nod

Local poets and literary leaders laud Bob Dylan's Nobel nod, which embraces "poetry's ancient roots."
What's your old house trying to tell you? St. Paul homeowners share their tips

What's your old house trying to tell you? St. Paul homeowners share their tips

Homeowners who relied on research to preserve the legacy of their St. Paul home relate what they learned.
Sister, brother and dad remodel Edina home for multigenerational living

Sister, brother and dad remodel Edina home for multigenerational living

After their mother died a few years ago, Melissa, Adam and their father, Richard, chose to remain in the home so the siblings could continue to provide help and care for their dad.
Obituary: Mike Mueller owned Snuffy's Malt Shops and sparred with Muhammad Ali

Obituary: Mike Mueller owned Snuffy's Malt Shops and sparred with Muhammad Ali

As a young southpaw boxer, Mike Mueller sparred with Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, to help him train for the 1960 Summer Olympics…
Gardening into fall: Plant now for instant gratification – or a head start for next year

Gardening into fall: Plant now for instant gratification – or a head start for next year

September is a bittersweet time in the garden. While many plants still look lush and lovely, others have faded to straggly echoes of their midsummer glory. And we all know what's soon to come.
Minnesota's 'overlooked' architect: St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book on Edwin Lundie

Minnesota's 'overlooked' architect: St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book on Edwin Lundie

A St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book about architect Edwin Lundie.
Twin Cities social worker learns auto repair to help folks in need

Twin Cities social worker learns auto repair to help folks in need

Her nonprofit provides affordable car repair in south Minneapolis for clients "in poverty and crisis."
$1M yard makeover in Corcoran creates recreation destination

$1M yard makeover in Corcoran creates recreation destination

Mega-budget landscape makeover includes sport court, in-ground trampoline, pool and more.
New retiree builds ultimate kid-friendly 'Grandma house' in Mendota Heights

New retiree builds ultimate kid-friendly 'Grandma house' in Mendota Heights

Building a big house as a new retiree isn't the norm. "Once you have grandchildren, you want places that work for them — where they can slam doors and throw things on the floor," said grandma Jackie Chase.
1958 St. Louis Park rambler gets 'Finnish lake home' makeover

1958 St. Louis Park rambler gets 'Finnish lake home' makeover

An Eisenhower-era rambler in St. Louis Park was crying out for a makeover, telling its remodeling designer what it wanted to be — clean-lined, simple and quiet, like a midcentury modern Scandinavian home. You can have it for $550,000.
How to grow a garden with 'natural beauty'

How to grow a garden with 'natural beauty'

Native plant expert Lynn Steiner shares strategies for creating a garden that's pleasing to the eye and to wildlife.
Singer Jevetta Steele's new kitchen is a family gathering spot

Singer Jevetta Steele's new kitchen is a family gathering spot

Singer Jevetta Steele finally has the family gathering spot she's always wanted, thanks to a home-makeover TV show.
Woman behind 'wallpaper house' was a designer who loved bold look

Woman behind 'wallpaper house' was a designer who loved bold look

A Golden Valley designer loved bright color, bold prints and florals from floor to ceiling. The result was a wallpaper-covered home that you can have for $674,900.
My Favorite Room: a shrine to music and memorabilia in Minneapolis

My Favorite Room: a shrine to music and memorabilia in Minneapolis

A shrine to a lifetime of musical mementos and memories strikes familiar notes.
What's it really like to live in a 267-square-foot house? Minn. family tells all

What's it really like to live in a 267-square-foot house? Minn. family tells all

Members of a Minnesota family say living in a tiny house has allowed them to live on one income, home-school their kids and "instill amazing values — valuing experiences and time together over stuff we store in our house."
Obituary: Mike Tegeder, outspoken priest and passionate outdoorsman

Obituary: Mike Tegeder, outspoken priest and passionate outdoorsman

“Fearless.” “A rare bird.” And a burr under the saddle of authority. The Rev. Mike Tegeder was all those things, according to those who knew…
Who has our most Beautiful Gardens? Check out this year's winners

Who has our most Beautiful Gardens? Check out this year's winners

The seven Beautiful Gardens chosen this year cover the spectrum among Minnesota gardeners.
For $1.25 million, a house that 'says hello' in North Oaks

For $1.25 million, a house that 'says hello' in North Oaks

This architect-designed contemporary cottage in North Oaks was one of the first Home of the Month winners in 2003.
Before & After: Kitchen makeover in New Prague

Before & After: Kitchen makeover in New Prague

A homeowner with a vision transformed a dark 1970s kitchen into a bright, inviting space.
Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Nominate your favorite garden – soon. We'll be taking entries through the end of day June 20.
Life at the top: Tour highlights 'race cars' of Twin Cities home-building

Life at the top: Tour highlights 'race cars' of Twin Cities home-building

If you love gawking at ritzy real estate, June is your month. This year, though, you won't have to choose which tour of swanky high-end houses to attend. The Artisan Home Tour, sponsored by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, is the only one.
Handy guy in Chanhassen dishes on building your own deck and patio furniture

Handy guy in Chanhassen dishes on building your own deck and patio furniture

It's possible to create the backyard retreat of your dreams at a reasonable cost if you have a few tools, clear instructions and some basic carpentry skills, Michael R. Anderson says.
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