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Lynn Underwood

Reporter | Homes
Phone: 612-673-7619
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Lynn Underwood is a reporter for the Star Tribune's Home & Garden section covering remodeling, design, trends, new housing, architecture and gardening. She also writes for the Variety section.  


Underwood grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a journalism degree. After college, she was a camp counselor at Camp Tamarack, St. Croix State Park. She lives in Plymouth with her husband and son, and spends free time gardening, traveling, going Up North to the family cabin, movies, checking out the newest taproom, playing Bunco and keeping up with pop culture.
Recent content from Lynn Underwood
Irwin Jacobs, in the mahogany-paneled office of his Lake Minnetonka mansion, plans to downsize from the 32-acre estate in Orono.

Homegazing: Inside Irwin Jacobs' retreat on Lake Minnetonka

The financier made his fortune dealing in the fast lane. But after business hours, he liked to retreat to his traditional family home on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. You can have it for $22 million.
This lodge-style home is on Grey Cloud Island.

$1.59M island home is a 'hidden treasure' south of St. Paul on Mississippi River

Grey Cloud Island property boasts five bedrooms, swimming pool and serene setting only 13 miles from St. Paul.
The art-collector homeowners have filled the spaces with curated art and furnishings, upscale materials and finishes and luxe amenities. This Artisan

Luxe Euro-modern Lake Minnetonka mansion stands out on Artisan Home Tour

A new 12,000-square-foot Orono mansion with an international vibe is on the roster of residences open for the Artisan Home Tour.
Robin White helped Stephen Spielberg, 84, browse through titles at Knollwood Place Apartments, courtesy of her nonprofit Green Books.

Seniors read, then recycle, with Green Books' free used-books outreach

Green Books has given away about 148,000 books so far.
A reimagined mansion on Lake Minnetonka's Crystal Bay in Orono.

$6 million stone mansion brings a taste of Italy to Lake Minnetonka

Revitalized lakeside home features seven fireplaces, 100 feet of shoreline and a carriage-house apartment.
An Avon farmhouse is reborn by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

After a devastating fire, a new eco-friendly farmhouse is born in Central Minnesota

After losing what they thought was their "forever" home, a couple built a new country house in Avon.
Lavender from “Beyond Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme,” by Theresa Mieseler.

A Minnesota expert's guide to unusual herbs

Twin Cities grower shares her cultivating tips, savory recipes and plants that go "Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme."
Triple Treat: Shade container garden from Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery.

How to make a creative container garden for your home

Garden designers share recipes for creative containers to bring a mini-garden to your doorstep or deck.
Views of downtown Minneapolis skyscrapers off the balcony.

$1.17M penthouse offers sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Mpls.

The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.
Sustainable age-in-place lake home near Stillwater by Ben Awes, CityDeskStudio.

Home in the woods near Stillwater is serene Scandinavian sanctuary

Gables, a thickly wooded site and a Scandinavian sensibility define the design of a sustainable home.
Coastal Modern, designed by Swan Architecture.

12 one-of-a-kind Minnesota homes from top Twin Cities architects

These homes and more are among this year's Home of the Month selected projects.
Q&A with architects on the panel of the HOME OF THE MONTH event at ASI. Project by Andrea Swan, Swan Architecture. Credit Landmark Photography

Tips for designing 'your ideal home' from top Twin Cities architects

Architects David O'Brien Wagner, Christine Albertsson and Andrea Swan talk about designing for better, not bigger.
Erica Feldmann's book "HausMagick" explains magical ways to make your home a more cozier welcoming place using taste, touch, scent and sight.

How to use 'modern witchcraft' to create a feel-good home

Author of "HausMagick" shares ways to harness positive energy to create a feel-good living environment.
Raina Eberly

Raina Eberly, PTSD researcher, dies at 66

Raina Eberly and her husband, Brian Engdahl, were professional partners and life partners. Both received doctorates in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and…
For sale: A home on private Eagle Island in the middle of Lake Vermilion.

Private island with log home selling for $1.5M on one of Minn.'s largest lakes

There are no neighbors on the one-owner island in vast Lake Vermilion.
Home of the Month - Complete renovation of a cabin to make it a year-round lake home by Bryan Anderson, SALA Architects,

Weekend cabin near Avon, Minn., is transformed into like-new year-round retreat

A 1990s cabin in Central Minnesota has been reconfigured and refreshed.
Founder and lead designer Brianne Boettner calls Timber & Tulip’s one-of-a-kind designs “fearless.”

Minneapolis' Timber & Tulip makes industrial modern furniture with art vibe

Brianne Boettner can take an ugly “tree wart” and transform it into an eye-catching maple cocktail table. “It looks like the shape of a lake…
An Edina home from the Remodelers Showcase.

Edina home makeover was inspired by vacations on Cape Cod

A family put a fresh spin on a traditional Edina home with thoughtful updates and a two-story addition. It's open for touring during the Remodelers Showcase.
Denny Hecker's former main lodge-style retreat is $4 million.

Go inside Denny Hecker's former lakeside mansion retreat, now priced at $4M

The lavish compound near Crosslake has been divided into three lots.
Perennials and grasses shaped by a fieldstone wall and brick pathway feel like they’ve always graced the front entry of the century-old Craftsman.

Restored prairie pairs perfectly with renovated Lake Minnetonka Craftsman home

Native plantings and tried-and-true perennials surrounding a 1905 Craftsman-style home create a postcard setting on Lake Minnetonka.
The finished front yard patio project by Bachman's Landscaping.

Before & After: How to turn your front yard into a popular hangout

Landscaped sitting spot in front yard encourages connecting with neighbors.
Beat the winter blues by visiting the Meyer-Deats Conservatory at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

5 upcoming home and garden events in the Twin Cities

A freebie at the Arb Escape to the tropics or cross-country ski for free every Wednesday in March at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. There’s no…
Light woods and birch tree trunks bring a warm organic feel to the interior of the Newlands' home.

Nordic modern home makes the most of small Minneapolis lot

A Minneapolis architect designed his own Nordic-inspired, eco-friendly home.
The three-level dwelling boasts two big decks and a patio. The Schafers live in the main and upper levels and the Newlands live in the lower-level wal

Ultra-modern home in Golden Valley houses three generations of family

Multigenerational living in a cube-shaped home composed of glass, wood and steel, with dramatic geometric lines.
This 1930s stone mansion in Minneapolis comes with a saltwater pool.

$2.99M brick mansion is a Lake Harriet landmark

Elegant 1930s home preserves the past, while adding upgrades such as a stone terrace and saltwater swimming pool.
HGTV's favorite home-improvement twins: "Property Brothers" Jonathan Scott, left, and Drew Scott.

'Property Brothers' dish on what it'll take for them to do makeover show in Minn.

The superstar twins bring their renovation expertise and sibling snark to the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show.
Wealshire resident Lorraine Erdmann is surprised by fresh flowers from Jill McCarty, a volunteer with Bluebirds & Blooms.

Childhood friends from Edina recycle flowers into bouquets of beauty for seniors

Their simple mission of giving a gift of recycled flowers has sprouted into a flourishing enterprise.
Author Melissa Rappaport Schifman built a sustainable home, which features a sedum-planted green roof, across from Cedar Lake.

Minnesotan wrote the book on how to build a 'green' dream home

Minneapolis homeowner shares her hands-on experience of "Building a Sustainable Home."
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the corner unit of a $1.875 million condo on the 32nd floor of the Carlyle tower.

$1.8M condo in Minnesota's tallest residential tower boasts bird's-eye views

Corner unit in the Carlyle offers sweeping vistas of downtown Minneapolis' skyscrapers and stadiums.
The homey wraparound front porch adds architectural character, outdoor seating areas and shelter from the rain.

Century-old Linden Hills farmhouse is reincarnated for family life today

A family outgrew their 1907 home in Linden Hills — so they remade it for today.
Leland Krebs Jr.

Leland Krebs Jr., Great River B& B owner, dies at 88

Lydia Gnos met Leland Krebs Jr. when she was waiting tables and he was tending bar in 1987 at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin,…
$1.2 million Queen Anne brownstone on Summit Avenue, St. Paul..

$1.2M Queen Anne mansion on Summit Avenue is postcard from the past

The well-preserved Victorian brownstone was designed by a renowned architect.
White farmhouse-style kitchen with beadboard ceiling, brick-pattern subway tile and shaker cabinets, the most popular style.

What's hot in kitchen renovations right now

Quartz is king, white rules and black stainless steel is ascending, according to uber-popular 2019 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
The new office/sunroom has plenty of light, a built-in desk and storage, in-floor heating and energy-efficient windows.

How to transform an unheated Minnesota porch into a comfortable home office

A Roseville telecommuter converted an unheated porch into a comfortable office.
Dark and moody colors. Trends 2019 by Houzz. Credit Alexandra Crafton

Twin Cities designers forecast home decor for 2019

Kitchens with color, herringbone patterns for tile and flooring, and dark and moody hues are trends to look for.
The North Shore cabin’s light-filled living spaces are composed of expanses of glass, Douglas fir built-ins and heated concrete floor.

Cozy 'little gem' cabin shows off dramatic views of Lake Superior

This hygge heaven creates an intimate connection to Lake Superior.
Willie Willette held a bourbon board made of solid walnut.

Minneapolis woodworker crafts custom furniture inspired by art

Minneapolis artisan crafts one-of-a-kind custom furniture inspired by art and architecture.
Urban Tree House from “Connections,” by Charles R. Stinson Architects.

Architecture book, final Glögg tour, butterfly gardens, apple tree tips

Universal connections to ‘home’ Architect Charles Stinson’s “Connections” ($70, Wise Ink Creative Publishing) is more than a showy cocktail table book packed with pretty pictures…
Living Coral color palette in a living room designed by Massucco Warner Miller.

Twin Cities designers weigh in on Color of the Year

Twin Cities design pros are either big fans or unimpressed by Pantone's audacious Living Coral.
This double-duty boathouse/home combo on Gull Lake is on the market for $2.599 million.

$2.6M cabin on Gull Lake features luxury boathouse

Up North getaway home on the water comes with easy, remote-controlled mechanical boat-launch system.
Architect Christopher Strom designed a partial tear-down and rebuild of a 1940s rambler in Edina to create modern functionality.

Edina couple fine-tuned their modest rambler for modern living

They transformed their modest midcentury home to maximize a prime corner lot.
Backyard swimming pool, patio, pergola, and metal sculpture.

Inside $3.45M mansion where Mark Dayton and Dean Phillips once lived

The 1913 Georgian Revival in Minneapolis boasts a huge family room addition, multiple office spaces and backyard swimming pool.
You never know what you’ll find at area resale shops. A set of Holly and the Ivy china by Royal Gallery was spotted at the Langdon in Mound.

Where to find bargain-priced, secondhand holiday decor in the Twin Cities

Castoff holiday trees, ornaments and home accents are available at bargain prices at Twin Cities resale shops.

S. Scott Nicholas, allergist and respiratory disease advocate, dies at 81

In 1966, he joined Eisenstadt Allergy & Asthma in Minneapolis, where he treated children and adult allergy sufferers for 52 years.
Top Christine Scotillo and Doug Peine, with their dog Gracie, view their backyard beds shaped by limestone walls. Above Concrete lambs accent the outd

St. Paul garden features landscaped living rooms – one in the center of a pond

A small St. Paul backyard boasts various spots for relaxing — including one in the center of a pond.
Tia and Cory Vandenberghe preserved the old exposed brick and terra-cotta character, while adding modern efficiency and functionality.

St. Paul couple transformed condemned industrial building into modern loft-style home

Outside, it looks like an old industrial building, but inside is a comfortable loft-style home in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
Twin Cities designers share tips on adding pizazz to spruce-tip pots

Twin Cities designers share tips on adding pizazz to spruce-tip pots

Two design pros offer tips for creating seasonal containers that will brighten your door all winter long.
Architect Dan Nepp took design cues from exisiting spaces in his 1911 Craftsman-style home, above, such as the diamond-pane windows, for his seamless

A Minneapolis architect fine-tunes his own Arts and Crafts gem

This Craftsman-style home has been updated for 21st-century living.
This earth-sheltered house on a wooded acreage in River Falls, Wis. on the market for $285,000.

Futuristic earth-sheltered home in River Falls is '70s blast from the past

Five skylights and three wood-burning fireplaces brighten the house built into a hill in western Wisconsin.
The new kitchen's concrete-looking quartz counters, open walnut shelves and Dutch floor tiles.

Before & After: A dark kitchen gets a fresh and airy look in Minneapolis

Revived 1980s kitchen boasts a clean, contemporary style accented with Dutch floor tile.
A seldom-used porch was converted into a comfortable sunroom with skylights.

How to transform a dark porch into a bright sunroom

A two-season porch is transformed into a light-filled room for relaxing — all within the same footprint.
Spray Island property on Lake Minnetonka on the market for $2.75 million.

$2.75M private island on Lake Minnetonka comes with home, cottage and beach house

Shorewood retreat feels like a year-round summer camp with 4,000 feet of sandy-bottomed lakeshore.
Aimee Lagos, author of "Hygge & West Home" chose a clean minimalist style for her Wisconsin lake home.

New book showcases hygge homes from Minnesota to Brooklyn

The entrepreneurs who teamed up to create Hygge & West wallpaper now showcase 20 real-life hygge homes in their new photo-packed book.
The Prinsen family room features a modern take on a traditional wood-burning fireplace.

Opposite styles attract in a Minneapolis couple's modern urban lake home

A Minneapolis couple merge their diverse styles to create one sleek home.
Homeowner Sandi Adams in the remodeled chef’s kitchen.

Bold black-and-white makeover in Linden Hills is open for Remodelers Showcase

A contemporary Linden Hills home's black-and-white makeover is open for touring during the Remodelers Showcase.
This Shorewood home is painted in a rainbow of colors inside and out.

Every part of $899K Shorewood home looks like a box of crayons

The walls, the cabinets, even some of the furniture comes in a feel-good hue.
Kaw Ku demonstrated a sepak takraw spike Saturday at the dedication of new courts in St. Paul.

Sepak takraw – 'kick volleyball' – courts open in St. Paul

Sepak takraw has its origins in Southeast Asia.
Visitors get a sneak peek of the wetlands and lake before entering the front door. The brown-toned cedar siding blends with the wooded setting.

What's it like living in a glass house? This Woodland couple found out

Living in a glass house allows David and Kathleen Daniels to fully experience the four seasons — from every room.
Terry Gerten, owner of Gerten’s Farm Market.

Terry Gerten, farm market owner, dies at 69

Terry Gerten opened the gates of his new Farm Market the morning after a blizzard in April 1983. With more than a foot of snow…
This massive Lake Minnetonka mansion in Orono contains Versailles-style landscaping.

$14.5M mansion brings 'over-the-top' luxury to Lake Minnetonka

One of the most expensive homes on the market boasts 700 feet of lakeshore, 11 fireplaces and gardens that look like Versailles.
The bed is built into the back of a furniture-style white oak “closet box.”

Updating an owners' suite with a modern 'closet box' in Minneapolis home

An owners' suite gets a refresh with a modern "closet box" and spalike bathroom — all within the existing footprint.
Lilu Interiors refreshed a Bridgewater condo for a downsizing couple moving from the suburbs to the city.

A downtown Minneapolis condo gets a design refresh

After downsizing and moving downtown, a couple put their design stamp on a "basic-builder" condo.
This $1.35 million ranch is on the market, and it includes a vineyard.

$1.35M ranch home comes with vineyard, indoor horse arena near River Falls, Wis.

The 11-acre hobby farm is a dream for wine lovers.
Cambria demonstration kitchen at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair.

Demo kitchen at Minnesota State Fair gets a makeover

Demonstration kitchen at the Minnesota State Fair gets a stylish Cambria makeover.
Sara and Jeremy Imhoff’s new home is a twist on tradition with a classic gable and porch on the outside and a clean modern aesthetic on the inside.

New home in historic Stillwater is modern inside, traditional outside

A couple's new home reflects their love for modern architecture, while blending with their historic Stillwater neighborhood.
This Charles Stinson-designed home on the St. Croix is on the market for $4.75 million.

$4.75M ultra-modern home on St. Croix River is like 'living in a work of art'

The retreat, designed by an acclaimed Twin Cities architect, has 600 feet of riverfront.
This nearly 3,000-square-foot city condo combines walls of glass with warm walnut. It's No. 3 on the Luxury Home Tour.

Modern urban condo in Kenwood is duplex for the 21st century

Next month, you can get an inside look at one of the completed and fully furnished condos during the Luxury Home Tour.
Steve Danielson built a stacked stone “grotto” water feature accented with tropical plants in his Maplewood front yard.

Exotic Maplewood grotto inspired by Hawaii is featured on water garden tour

Exotic grotto inspired by Hawaii highlights Minnesota Water Garden Society's tour July 28-29.
This basic basement was transformed into a Minnesota Gopher-themed sports and movie-viewing room with a wall of multiple TVs.

Rah-rah room for Minnesota Gopher fans

Dark basement is converted into a sports-bar-style TV and game room.
This $11 million estate juts out onto Lake Minnetonka.

$11M home on Lake Minnetonka's Lookout Point is a water-sport wonderland

The nearly 6,000-square-foot Wayzata Bay property has 180-degree panoramic views of the lake.
Home of the Month - Two farm granaries from different eras were turned into a modern multi-functional home on an old farmstead, designed by Rehkamp La

Old farm granary in Lake Elmo is upcycled to become new modern home

Wood from an old farm granary was creatively repurposed to create an open, airy home.
The light-filled spaces in Maryam Sarreshteh's 1910 Arts & Crafts home include a contemporary fresh white kitchen.

Mpls. woman becomes her own general contractor to revive vintage home

After getting "unbelievable high bids" for restoring and updating her 1910 Arts & Crafts home in south Minneapolis, she decided to put on the general contractor hat.
Marcy Kronfeld

Marcy Kronfeld, go-getter and Realtor, dies at 88

In the 1960s, Marcy Kronfeld was shopping at Dayton's with her two children and stopped at the Oak Grill for lunch.The staff told her that…
Water gardener Gary DeGrande’s expansive koi pond in White Bear Township will be featured on the Minnesota Water Garden Society Tour July 28-29.

Roundup of Twin Cities garden tours

From pollinator-friendly plots to a parade of ponds, the garden gates are open across the Twin Cities. Find a tour that's right for you.
Time capsule historic 1951 Frank Lloyd Wright home on Cedar Lake listed for $3.4 million.

$3.4M Frank Lloyd Wright time capsule home hits Twin Cities market

The master architect broke the mold for this midcentury modern masterpiece.
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