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The six gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from small city plots to exurban gardens on a truly grand scale.
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.
A wave of front-yard patios spurs socializing on one convivial block in St. Louis Park.
Siblings star in a new DIY Network show focused on renovation of lake homes.
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.
Edwin Lundie's cozy Cape Cod-style home was a wedding gift that he transformed to reflect his signature style.
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.
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…
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.
Winners will be showcased in the months ahead.
The cabin is accessible only by boat, and the previous owner used a hovercraft.
Richfield rambler now has open, modern space for casual entertaining.
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.
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.
The simple, modern structure is tucked into a hillside on Pokegama Lake.
A dynamic new kitchen is the centerpiece of a whole-house makeover for a Minneapolis restaurateur and chef.
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.
The annual event has been postponed until fall to complete an 11,000-square-foot home on Lake Minnetonka.
"Basic builder bath" transformed into a soothing spalike retreat.
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.
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.
An Excelsior couple created a petite retreat for their grandson. Now it's everyone's favorite spot to read, rest and play.
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…
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…
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 design strategies, offer consultations at Home of the Month event.
A Plymouth couple transformed their home for vibrant family living. Take a tour during the Remodelers Showcase.
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.
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.
The house has dramatic windows that showcase views of its meadow site, and even Wright-designed built-ins, including a desk and cabinets.
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.
A Minnesota couple are coming to the Home + Garden Show to share what they've learned about living small.
With a fresh crop of new hotels open, the Twin Cities have more tempting staycation destinations than ever.
DIY makeover transforms the kitchen and main living area of a 1970s split-level in Roseville.
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.
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,"
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.”…
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."
The free show wilted away with the sale of the downtown Mpls. store.
Surya Bonaly, queen of the back flip, is now working on a new trick – being Minnesotan.
This historic Nicollet Island house is surrounded by nature, just steps from downtown Minneapolis. You can have it for $1.15 million.
Pantone's 2017 selection offers a soothing natural feel for turbulent times.
Northeast battle leads council member to ask city staffers to study the issue and make recommendations for defining and regulating such structures.
Nicole Curtis, star of the popular HGTV show, has written a candid memoir shaped by houses she's renovated.
Alternative to the tree skirt is winning converts for its modern look and compact footprint.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Now the city has proposed celebrating and preserving the homes by creating a new historic district, Tilsenbilt Homes.
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.
Longtime owners of modest houses in red-hot neighborhoods watch their community change around them.
Discolored, dropping needles may mean, surprisingly, that your tree is the picture of health.
Local poets and literary leaders laud Bob Dylan's Nobel nod, which embraces "poetry's ancient roots."
Homeowners who relied on research to preserve the legacy of their St. Paul home relate what they learned.
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.
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…
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
A St. Paul author's cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book about architect Edwin Lundie.
Her nonprofit provides affordable car repair in south Minneapolis for clients "in poverty and crisis."
Mega-budget landscape makeover includes sport court, in-ground trampoline, pool and more.
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.
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.
Native plant expert Lynn Steiner shares strategies for creating a garden that's pleasing to the eye and to wildlife.
Singer Jevetta Steele finally has the family gathering spot she's always wanted, thanks to a home-makeover TV show.
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.
A shrine to a lifetime of musical mementos and memories strikes familiar notes.
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."
“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…
The seven Beautiful Gardens chosen this year cover the spectrum among Minnesota gardeners.
This architect-designed contemporary cottage in North Oaks was one of the first Home of the Month winners in 2003.
A homeowner with a vision transformed a dark 1970s kitchen into a bright, inviting space.
Nominate your favorite garden – soon. We'll be taking entries through the end of day June 20.
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.
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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