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Kim Palmer

Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes
phone: 612-673-4784
Kim Palmer covers architecture, design, décor, gardening, landscaping and home-related lifestyle trends. She also blogs for Homegirls and Greengirls on StarTribune.com.
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Anoka County judge facing censure, suspension over residency

Anoka County judge facing censure, suspension over residency

A state judicial panel found that Alan Pendleton lived outside his district and violated conduct rules.
Homegazing: Orchestra director Osmo Vänskä's Minneapolis loft

Homegazing: Orchestra director Osmo Vänskä's Minneapolis loft

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.
Accessibility is key ingredient in Blaine kitchen makeover

Accessibility is key ingredient in Blaine kitchen makeover

Marge Brchan is a gourmet cook, but it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to navigate the kitchen of her Blaine townhouse.

Project: AIA Minnesota Home of the Month

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.
Couple convert old Mpls. rooming house into live-work space

Couple convert old Mpls. rooming house into live-work space

A choreographer couple converted an old rooming house into a customized live-work space in Minneapolis.
Mary Lucia stalking case not a first for local media

Mary Lucia stalking case not a first for local media

Unwelcome attention “comes with the territory” for women in the media.
Everyday Solutions: Cramped galley kitchen now has room for two cooks

Everyday Solutions: Cramped galley kitchen now has room for two cooks

A few more square feet was enough to turn a cramped galley into a highly functional kitchen, with enough space for two cooks.
Homegazing: $2.999 million lake retreat in Golden Valley is "cabin” in the city

Homegazing: $2.999 million lake retreat in Golden Valley is "cabin” in the city

A Golden Valley home, designed for entertaining, is “cabin” in the city.
Mary Lucia stalking case not a first for Twin Cities media

Mary Lucia stalking case not a first for Twin Cities media

Unwelcome attention “comes with the territory” for women in the media.
Minneapolis couple's garden is a feast for the eyes – and table

Minneapolis couple's garden is a feast for the eyes – and table

A couple joined forces to create a pair of distinctly different urban gardens – a productive front-yard plot and a tranquil back-yard retreat.
Edina couple collaborate on ambitious collection of plants, plots

Edina couple collaborate on ambitious collection of plants, plots

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.
Formal vegetable garden in St. Paul is beautiful, productive

Formal vegetable garden in St. Paul is beautiful, productive

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's beautiful garden in Golden Valley

Marcia Fluer's beautiful garden in Golden Valley

Marcia Fluer, of TV news fame, now gets her hands dirty in her Golden Valley garden, a collaboration with her husband, a train hobbyist.
Art background creates a painterly garden

Art background creates a painterly garden

Schooled in art, a gardener relies on what she learned to create beauty in her own back yard.
Growing a sense of place

Growing a sense of place

Beautiful gardens: For the past two decades, a Minnesota couple have been creating a massive, European-influenced shade garden in their suburban yard.
Garden reflects gardener

Garden reflects gardener

A self-taught gardener paints her exuberant landscape with a free but disciplined hand.
Tending a dream

Tending a dream

A design-savvy gardener fulfilled her vision of creating a beautiful landscape -- one worthy of a special event.
Partners in planting

Partners in planting

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.
The constant gardener

The constant gardener

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.
Garden is urban oasis

Garden is urban oasis

Drawing on his rural roots, a south Minneapolis gardener creates a country-inspired haven in the heart of the city.
Gardener's bloom ambition

Gardener's bloom ambition

A Stillwater woman was surprised to find her "best self" in her garden.
Her garden became his inspiration

Her garden became his inspiration

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.
Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are

Animals flourish among the flowers and foliage in a suburban landscape that’s part garden, part wildlife sanctuary.
AIA MN Home of the Month: Midcentury modernized in Golden Valley

AIA MN Home of the Month: Midcentury modernized in Golden Valley

A well-preserved '50s rambler in Golden Valley is updated for 21st-century living.
Urban lake home in Mpls. makes the most of its setting

Urban lake home in Mpls. makes the most of its setting

Each wing of Russ and Mary Horsch's Minneapolis house is one room wide, offering panoramic views of the Lake of the Isles and its bustling parkway. The distinctive dwelling is a stark contrast to the mostly traditional older homes around it — one of the reasons why it's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
$3M lake retreat in Golden Valley is 'cabin' in the city

$3M lake retreat in Golden Valley is 'cabin' in the city

It’s hard to imagine undeveloped lakefront acreage just 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis. But that’s exactly what Kathy and Norm Baer discovered in the early 2000s, when they were looking for property on which to build.
Tips for smart investing in your home

Tips for smart investing in your home

Is your home showing its age? Or has your family or lifestyle changed to the extent that you’re thinking about building a new home? Before you begin, you need a sound plan.
Reinventing home: Edina man remodels childhood home for his young family

Reinventing home: Edina man remodels childhood home for his young family

How do you reboot an older house to accommodate 21st-century living? Two Remodelers Showcase projects offer dramatically different examples of working within an existing footprint.
Reinventing home: A lofty makeover

Reinventing home: A lofty makeover

How do you reboot an older house to accommodate 21st-century living? Two Remodelers Showcase projects offer dramatically different examples of working within an existing footprint.
Before & After: Unfinished attic in Minneapolis is now a distinctive owner's suite

Before & After: Unfinished attic in Minneapolis is now a distinctive owner's suite

Unfinished attic space is transformed into a distinctive owner’s suite.
Sculpture, horticulture grow into one-of-a-kind landscape

Sculpture, horticulture grow into one-of-a-kind landscape

An artist combines sculpture with horticulture to create a fanciful garden space.
Jan. 19, 2014: HGTV's 'Rehab Addict' battles blight to save old houses

Jan. 19, 2014: HGTV's 'Rehab Addict' battles blight to save old houses

HGTV’s Nicole Curtis battles blight – and whatever else gets in her way – to save old houses.
Ready to garden? Go indoors

Ready to garden? Go indoors

If you're missing your garden and its fresh-picked goodness, why wait? Just about anyone can produce a few fresh edibles, even in the dead of a Minnesota winter.
Bloomington homeowner tackles massive remodeling on her own

Bloomington homeowner tackles massive remodeling on her own

A Bloomington homeowner tackled an ambitious remodeling project on her own, winding up with the house of her dreams – and someone to share it with.
Kitchen trends on Parade

Kitchen trends on Parade

The “heart of the home” takes a starring role in this spring's Parade of Homes.
Homegazing: Robbinsdale rambler is retro cool

Homegazing: Robbinsdale rambler is retro cool

A Robbinsdale rambler has throwback style, from its avocado kitchen to its pink bath. You can have it for $169,900.
Will your remodeling project pay off?

Will your remodeling project pay off?

If you’re planning to invest in some home improvements before you put your house on the market, choose your projects carefully.
Old front porch is transformed into home office

Old front porch is transformed into home office

Homeowners Andrea Hammel Wollak and Jon Wollak wanted an office for their home-based architecture and design business. Best option: a leaky, little-used front porch.
Dec.: Edina opens historic homes to discourage teardowns

Dec.: Edina opens historic homes to discourage teardowns

Preservationists have organized an Edina Historic Home Tour. It’s billed as a celebration of the city’s 125th anniversary and a fundraiser for the Edina Historical Society, but it has another mission: to foster appreciation of Edina’s historic housing stock.
Cooking up an award-winning kitchen on a tight budget

Cooking up an award-winning kitchen on a tight budget

After living in her St. Louis Park home for 15 years, Ingrid Liss was eager to redo her aging kitchen.
Historic Minneapolis home is back in character

Historic Minneapolis home is back in character

An award-winning remodel brings a historic home into the 21st century, while honoring its past.

Getting schooled on old houses

A preservation group's new education initiative targets homeowners, real estate agents and the public.
Obituary: Henry W. Norton Jr. invested in others' recovery

Obituary: Henry W. Norton Jr. invested in others' recovery

In the 1980s, he founded Kelly-Norton Programs, which operates residential treatment facilities for adults with mental illness and/or chemical dependency.
Designer adds personality to her St. Paul rental

Designer adds personality to her St. Paul rental

A resourceful designer combines creativity with bargain finds to infuse her apartment with one-of-a-kind personality.
Twin Cities radio personality Joyce Lamont dies at 98

Twin Cities radio personality Joyce Lamont dies at 98

The Hall of Fame broadcaster was a pioneer for women in the industry and was a regular for more than 40 years at WCCO.
Homegazing: 'Renovation Raiders' house in Shakopee hits market

Homegazing: 'Renovation Raiders' house in Shakopee hits market

Shakopee homeowners went out to dinner, and came home to a new kitchen and dining room as part of HGTV’s “Renovation Raiders.” Now, you can have it for $259,000.
Before & After: Designer transforms her guest bath

Before & After: Designer transforms her guest bath

The challenge: The guest bath in Linda Waddell’s Burnsville home was functional but hardly a showcase.
Some Minnesotans garden under the snow

Some Minnesotans garden under the snow

Season-extending structures are helping some Minnesota gardeners defy winter. “It’s so uplifting to see green when it’s kind of bleak outside,” one advocate says.
A fresh, fun and modern take on holiday decor

A fresh, fun and modern take on holiday decor

Two design pros deck their halls in dramatically different styles, and share their tips for adding festive flair. Lucy Penfield likes modern and funky.
Santa collector puts the ho-ho-ho in holidays

Santa collector puts the ho-ho-ho in holidays

After searching for Santas all over the globe, a Minneapolis man has discovered the character’s universal appeal.
Ruddy brown Marsala crowned as new hue for 2015

Ruddy brown Marsala crowned as new hue for 2015

The experts have crowned a controversial new hue for 2015 that triggers flashbacks to the 1970s.
What's new for holiday decor?

What's new for holiday decor?

The freshest seasonal trimmings borrow from the ski chalet, the seashore and the great outdoors.
Learning curve: Designing for autism

Learning curve: Designing for autism

After her son was diagnosed with autism, a local interior designer schooled herself on how to create environments with his needs in mind. Now she shares her expertise.
Before & After: Makeover for a master suite

Before & After: Makeover for a master suite

Empty nesters Tom and Mary Inglis loved their longtime neighborhood and their setting on Otter Lake in Hutchinson, Minn. But they’d never loved their bedroom.
Where does Garth hang out between shows? In this backstage retreat

Where does Garth hang out between shows? In this backstage retreat

Where do the country headliners hang out between shows? In their own “elegant cowboy” retreat.
Homegazing: 'Mushroom House' on Medicine Lake

Homegazing: 'Mushroom House' on Medicine Lake

One-of-a-kind Plymouth home has hobbit-like character, plus water views in every room. You can have it for $849,900.
Share your favorite room

Share your favorite room

Is there a space in your home that makes you smile? A room or nook where you feel most yourself? Don’t keep it to yourself.
St. Louis Park condo's redesign inspired by Lake Superior

St. Louis Park condo's redesign inspired by Lake Superior

With art-driven home design a growing trend, a condo's staging is inspired by art photos of Lake Superior.
How do you infuse personality into a bland condo? A lofty makeover

How do you infuse personality into a bland condo? A lofty makeover

A design enthusiast used rich colors, bold patterns and personal heirlooms to make his space his own.
Residents with HIV/AIDS find a home for healing in Minneapolis

Residents with HIV/AIDS find a home for healing in Minneapolis

At Clare Midtown, a housing complex for low-income people with HIV/AIDS, residents have access to support and services – and award-winning modern design.
What's it worth? Ask the appraiser

What's it worth? Ask the appraiser

What’s it worth? That’s the million-dollar question, whether you’re trying to assess the old stuff at your neighbor’s garage sale or the old stuff in your own attic. It’s also Megan Mahn Miller’s bread and butter.
Real-life remodeling projects open for touring

Real-life remodeling projects open for touring

The Remodelers Showcase tour highlights home-makeover projects of all types, from tiny additions to major rebuilds.
Heirlooms in the alley: a blooming public art project in Minneapolis

Heirlooms in the alley: a blooming public art project in Minneapolis

Using garages as her canvas, a south Minneapolis artist seeks to sow appreciation for native plants as part of her “Heirloom Project,” a public art installation.
Experimental farm produces food by the ton, and ruffles feathers

Experimental farm produces food by the ton, and ruffles feathers

The Lost Boys farmers hope to do more than fill fridges and stock pantries: They’re on a mission to sow change, by teaching and encouraging others to forge a closer connection to the food they eat.
For designer, transforming old stuff is both a business and a way of life

For designer, transforming old stuff is both a business and a way of life

Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design has mastered the art of reinvention, both of furniture and his career path.
Young architect is living the dream in north Minneapolis

Young architect is living the dream in north Minneapolis

After years of admiring a stately north Minneapolis house from afar, a young architect finally got the chance to make it her own.
Edible landscape makeover still growing strong

Edible landscape makeover still growing strong

If the name Schoenherr doesn’t ring a bell, maybe their garden does. They’re the family who allowed an artist/master gardener to tear up their suburban front lawn and replace it with a forest of fruit and vegetable plants.
Unfinished basement space becomes a rustic wine room

Unfinished basement space becomes a rustic wine room

An unfinished basement space is transformed into an inviting spot to sip and chill.
Beautiful Gardens winners announced

Beautiful Gardens winners announced

From veggies to waterfalls to “mudmen,” this year's top picks in our annual Beautiful Gardens contest are a sight to behold.
It's a guy thing: More young men dig into gardening

It's a guy thing: More young men dig into gardening

Today’s fervent green thumb is not your mom, but men in their 20s and 30s who are growing their own veggies for grilling and hops for home-brews.
Homegazing: Restored 1880s Victorian in St. Anthony Park

Homegazing: Restored 1880s Victorian in St. Anthony Park

One of St. Anthony Park’s oldest houses, built in the late 1880s, has been painstakingly restored, inside and out.
Winter tramples on Minn. grape crop; losses range from 0-80%

Winter tramples on Minn. grape crop; losses range from 0-80%

About 30 percent of the wine-grape crop on Minnesota's nearly 50 bonded wineries is missing in action. But connoisseurs who have developed a taste for Minnesota-grown wine likely won’t notice any difference in taste.
Restoring a historic house in old St. Paul

Restoring a historic house in old St. Paul

One of the Twin Cities' oldest houses begins its next chapter with fresh caretakers. For them, it's a project, a “treasure hunt” and a jewel to be polished.
Have balcony, will garden

Have balcony, will garden

Balcony and rooftop gardeners battle wind and sun, but these intimate little landscapes offer sweet rewards. Many longtime gardeners are trading big earthen plots for patio pots.
Twin Cities garden clubs retool for a new generation

Twin Cities garden clubs retool for a new generation

With members aging and numbers dwindling, some groups are expanding their mission and methods to lure a new generation of gardeners.
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