The front door: "100 Makeover" premieres

  • Article by: KIM PALMER and CONNIE NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 15, 2010 - 4:18 PM

Plus: It's time to let your grass grow longer


"$100 Make Over" host Leslie Segrete applies a fresh coat of dark blue paint to the walls of a Kenmore, Wash., home.

Photo: Matthew McDermott, A&E

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Decluttering is usually a matter of purging, not investing in new stuff. But if you want to spruce up while paring down, you might want to check out a new A&E Network show, "$100 Makeover." The show "aims to inspire" viewers to streamline, organize and redesign their homes for $100 a room. The makeover team includes interior designer Leslie Segrete, master carpenter Rib Hillis and professional organizer Robbie Laughlin. The show will premiere at 9 a.m. Saturday.


With the weather warming up, it's a good idea to let your grass grow longer. That will help protect the crowns of the grass from the heat of summer, help hold in moisture after a rain or watering and encourage the roots to grow deeper. So raise the lawn-mower blades to about 3 or 4 inches.



Don't delay. The deadline to nominate a great private garden for the annual Beautiful Gardens contest is Friday. The winning gardens -- and the gardeners who tend them -- will be featured in this section and online. To nominate, just send a letter briefly describing the garden and the people who tend it. Please include a few photos, and the gardener's name, address and phone number, as well as your own. Mail nominations to: Beautiful Gardens Contest, Home+Garden, Star Tribune, 425 Portland Av. S., Minneapolis, MN 55488. Electronic submissions may be sent to


Local garden writer Bonnie Blodgett lives by her senses. But she took one of them for granted, until a cold remedy damaged her olfactory nerve, snuffing out her ability to smell. That experience and what she learned about the power of scent is the subject of her new book.

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