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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.
Recent content from Kim Palmer
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.
St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod inspired him to write about architect Edwin Lundie

St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod inspired him to write about architect 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.
Before & After: Underused spaces transformed into 'cabin' room, storage

Before & After: Underused spaces transformed into 'cabin' room, storage

Underused spaces in a Minnetonka home are transformed into a retreat with much-needed storage below.
Bloomington couple rework '90s house for multigenerational living

Bloomington couple rework '90s house for multigenerational living

When Joan and Reed Nelson built their Bloomington house 22 years ago, it was a great fit for a young family with three active boys. But needs changed. Enter an ambitious whole-house transformation.
What's trending on the home decor front

What's trending on the home decor front

A Minneapolis trend analyst shares what's next for decor, from glass to cork to that '70s look.
Putting a price on Prince collectibles: Don't be fooled by rip-offs

Putting a price on Prince collectibles: Don't be fooled by rip-offs

The musician's sudden death boosts demand for related memorabilia. But be wary of rip-offs.
Kirby Puckett's Wisconsin getaway 'cabin' on market for $1 million

Kirby Puckett's Wisconsin getaway 'cabin' on market for $1 million

Baseball great Kirby Puckett and his family retreated to their Wisconsin getaway home for fishing, fun and precious privacy. "It really felt like our own world," his wife then says. You can have it for $1 million.

Prince fired a revolution in diversity in race and gender

Beneath the glyph, the flamboyant outfits and all that purple, a sociocultural revolution was brewing. Decades before “celebrate diversity” became a corporate buzzword, Prince was…
Mexican folk art collector's Minneapolis home is always fiesta-ready

Mexican folk art collector's Minneapolis home is always fiesta-ready

A collector and shop owner styles her Minneapolis house with a Mexican accent.
Beautiful Gardens: Secret garden grows in unlikely setting in Eagan

Beautiful Gardens: Secret garden grows in unlikely setting in Eagan

An Eagan couple transformed a small "useless space" in their backyard into an enchanted retreat.
REACTION: Twin Cities is ground zero for growing Prince tributes

REACTION: Twin Cities is ground zero for growing Prince tributes

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…
Deephaven Colonial, 1-room cabin among Home of the Month winners

Deephaven Colonial, 1-room cabin among Home of the Month winners

This year's Home of the Month winners include new modern houses, period-sensitive remodels and a one-room cabin.
Last call for "TheValue of Great Design" event

Last call for "TheValue of Great Design" event

Last call for AIA home event "The Value of Great Design."
Edina woman 'upcycles' furnace filters into art — and gives profits to charities

Edina woman 'upcycles' furnace filters into art — and gives profits to charities

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.
Before & After: A porch is born in Minneapolis

Before & After: A porch is born in Minneapolis

Longtime Minneapolis homeowners finally add the feature they've always wanted: a front porch.
Minnesota wine industry toasts new cold-hardy grape called Itasca

Minnesota wine industry toasts new cold-hardy grape called Itasca

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.
American Craft Council show: Designers demonstrate the craft of curated home decor

American Craft Council show: Designers demonstrate the craft of curated home decor

Annual craft show taps designers to showcase artisan pieces in the context of a room.
Add value to your home with tips from the pros

Add value to your home with tips from the pros

Architects share design strategies, offer consultations at Home of the Month event.
Minneapolis author shares tips for 'Pollinator Friendly Gardening'

Minneapolis author shares tips for 'Pollinator Friendly Gardening'

Want to support bees and other beneficial insects? A local author has tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden at home.
Obituary: Hideko Gowen, Excelsior hosta grower and hybridizer

Obituary: Hideko Gowen, Excelsior hosta grower and hybridizer

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…
Minnetrista man cave is filled with ducks, fish … and Badgers

Minnetrista man cave is filled with ducks, fish … and Badgers

This Wisconsin fan's rustic man cave, filled with hunting and fishing collectibles, overlooks Priest's Bay on Lake Minnetonka.
Get an early look at Macy's Spring Flower Show bursting into bloom

Get an early look at Macy's Spring Flower Show bursting into bloom

Flower show serves up a horticultural tour of "America the Beautiful," from sea to blooming sea.
Edina house was engineered to make the best of winter

Edina house was engineered to make the best of winter

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.
Before & After: Midcentury modernized kitchen in Crystal

Before & After: Midcentury modernized kitchen in Crystal

An outdated 1960s kitchen gets a sleek, stylish makeover.
Experimental sunken greenhouse in Mpls. weathers first winter – and it's growing food

Experimental sunken greenhouse in Mpls. weathers first winter – and it's growing food

Gardeners are optimistic that a sunken greenhouse will become a prototype for how to grow food in harsh climates.
Tiny house trend will be a big hit at Mpls. Home + Garden Show

Tiny house trend will be a big hit at Mpls. Home + Garden Show

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.
Are Lake Minnetonka cottages now an 'endangered species'?

Are Lake Minnetonka cottages now an 'endangered species'?

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.
What's trending in the kitchen?

What's trending in the kitchen?

Multifunctionality and stainless steel still rule, but the wide-open floor plan may be moderating.
Wildly imaginative music room creates rockin' space for house concerts

Wildly imaginative music room creates rockin' space for house concerts

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.
Woodsmith crafts the kitchen of his wife's dreams

Woodsmith crafts the kitchen of his wife's dreams

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.
A Medford, Minn., garden so nice, they planted it twice

A Medford, Minn., garden so nice, they planted it twice

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.
Minnesota's aspiring figure skaters, their families sacrifice for sport

Minnesota's aspiring figure skaters, their families sacrifice for sport

Time and money propel the dreams on display in St. Paul this week at U.S. championships.
Stained-glass artist transforms plain W. St. Paul condo into art installation

Stained-glass artist transforms plain W. St. Paul condo into art installation

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.
My Favorite Room: Readers share the spaces they love most

My Favorite Room: Readers share the spaces they love most

Readers share the spaces they love most – including a room for dreaming, a room for learning and a dining room inspired by a castle.
Getting organized: Experts' tips for decluttering top trouble spots

Getting organized: Experts' tips for decluttering top trouble spots

Resolving to "get organized" for the new year can seem like an overwhelming task. Better to break it down room by room.
Homegazing: Designer urban retreat in Golden Valley

Homegazing: Designer urban retreat in Golden Valley

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.
Stacey Hunter Hecht, Bethel political science professor, dies at 47

Stacey Hunter Hecht, Bethel political science professor, dies at 47

Hunter Hecht was familiar to viewers of Twin Cities Public Television's "Almanac," on which she appeared 50 times over the past several years.
Rose Quartz and Serenity? Colors of the Year serve up a double dose of sugar

Rose Quartz and Serenity? Colors of the Year serve up a double dose of sugar

A pair of sweet pastels, blush pink and baby blue, are the on-trend hues for 2016.
Local design bloggers share their favorite holiday hacks for DIY decor

Local design bloggers share their favorite holiday hacks for DIY decor

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.
Pillsbury mansion has a pedigree – and its own 'period room'

Pillsbury mansion has a pedigree – and its own 'period room'

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.
Harvest changes church's mission

Harvest changes church's mission

"We're letting the garden grow and take us where we need to go," says pastor about replacing grass with a veggie plot.
Cooking up a remodeling remedy: Pop-up kitchens

Cooking up a remodeling remedy: Pop-up kitchens

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.
Homegazing: Arts & Crafts gem in Minneapolis going for $800K

Homegazing: Arts & Crafts gem in Minneapolis going for $800K

A painstakingly preserved landmark has become a magnet for fans of vintage homes. You can have it for $799,900.
Minnesota Arboretum names Peter Moe as interim director

Minnesota Arboretum names Peter Moe as interim director

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…
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