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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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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…
Before & After: Budget-friendly kitchen makeover in Edina

Before & After: Budget-friendly kitchen makeover in Edina

A budget-friendly makeover adds sleek, modern style and finishes.
Arboretum director leaving Minnesota to head Texas research institute

Arboretum director leaving Minnesota to head Texas research institute

Ed Schneider has been like a shot of Miracle-Gro for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, boosting attendance in his five-year tenure.
Twin Cities churches are tearing up their lawns to grow food

Twin Cities churches are tearing up their lawns to grow food

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.
My Favorite Room: Readers share spaces they love most

My Favorite Room: Readers share spaces they love most

Readers share the spaces they love most – from a playroom filled with vintage toys to a beach-themed winter getaway spot.
Beer for a buzz? Minnesota bee boosters try to draw a new crowd

Beer for a buzz? Minnesota bee boosters try to draw a new crowd

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.
Twin Cities actor creates the home of her dreams — on a houseboat

Twin Cities actor creates the home of her dreams — on a houseboat

Austene Van has always felt most at home on the water. "It's magical!" she said. "There's some power in it."
Simple St. Louis Park house, with a name and back story, begins new chapter

Simple St. Louis Park house, with a name and back story, begins new chapter

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.
Before & After: An ultramodern addition on old Minneapolis house makes room for improvement

Before & After: An ultramodern addition on old Minneapolis house makes room for improvement

An ultramodern addition to a century-old house creates space for a new kitchen and more.
From Minneapolis to Northfield, here are our most beautiful gardens

From Minneapolis to Northfield, here are our most beautiful gardens

This year's winning gardens in our annual Beautiful Gardens contest run the gamut, from a haven for wildlife to an oasis for grandkids.
'His-and-hers' art studio in Orono is irresistible hangout

'His-and-hers' art studio in Orono is irresistible hangout

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.
Minneapolis home on the market is where golf legend Patty Berg grew up

Minneapolis home on the market is where golf legend Patty Berg grew up

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.
A garden tour for every taste

A garden tour for every taste

Once again, it's garden tour season. What tours are coming up, and which is best for you?
Day trip: How Swede it is in Lindström, Chisago Lakes area

Day trip: How Swede it is in Lindström, Chisago Lakes area

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."
Airline executive's former castle in Eagan is now a family home

Airline executive's former castle in Eagan is now a family home

A secluded fairy-tale castle in Eagan begins a new chapter as a family home – turret, courtyard, carriage house and all.
Nominate your favorite garden for our Beautiful Gardens contest

Nominate your favorite garden for our Beautiful Gardens contest

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?
Before & After: Long Lake mom transforms "babyish" room into "big boy" room

Before & After: Long Lake mom transforms "babyish" room into "big boy" room

The challenge: Turn a pastel blue-and-white bedroom into an inviting shared space for two preschool brothers.

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.
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.
Artist unleashes creativity on wild Mpls. house, selling for $150K

Artist unleashes creativity on wild Mpls. house, selling for $150K

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.
Disease-resistant St. Croix elm making its way to Twin Cities garden centers

Disease-resistant St. Croix elm making its way to Twin Cities garden centers

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.
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.
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.
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.
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