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Lynn Underwood

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Lynn Underwood writes about new home construction, remodeling, architecture, design, decorating and real estate for the Sunday Homes section. She also writes garden-related stories for the Variety Home + Garden section.
Recent content from Lynn Underwood
An '80s kitchen in Minnetonka gets a cost-effective makeover — without replacing the cabinets

An '80s kitchen in Minnetonka gets a cost-effective makeover — without replacing the cabinets

A cost-effective '80s kitchen makeover reused existing cabinets while adding new, eye-pleasing elements.
Model spaces: Here's what caught our eye at the Parade of Homes

Model spaces: Here's what caught our eye at the Parade of Homes

Last weekend, we explored nearly two dozen homes on this year's Fall Parade of Homes to check out design features and decor trends. Here's what caught our eye.
$6M lodge is ultimate Gull Lake getaway home

$6M lodge is ultimate Gull Lake getaway home

The 8,000-square-foot retreat offers sunrise and sunset views near Nisswa, Minn.
HGTV superstars Jonathan and Drew Scott bring 'House Party' to Minneapolis

HGTV superstars Jonathan and Drew Scott bring 'House Party' to Minneapolis

The Scotts run their own production company, Scott Brothers Entertainment, and they've launched a furniture and home decor collection at Lowe's. Oh, and they've co-written a book, which they've turned into a traveling variety show.
Hen houses on parade

Hen houses on parade

Chicken keepers in the Twin Cities share their one-of-a-kind coops, tips and experiences.
'Kid-friendly' Parade of Homes farmhouse designed for family with five boys

'Kid-friendly' Parade of Homes farmhouse designed for family with five boys

A Plymouth couple "looking forward to a fresh start" requested a sport court and other "kid-friendly" amenities for a blended family.
A 'family of sports fans' transformed a Tudor overlooking Lake of the Isles

A 'family of sports fans' transformed a Tudor overlooking Lake of the Isles

A century-old Tudor Revival overlooking Lake of the Isles has been renovated to please a family of sports fans. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
19th-century farmhouse near Wabasha, now a B&B, hits market for $895K

19th-century farmhouse near Wabasha, now a B&B, hits market for $895K

An 1870 farmhouse, currently a bed-and-breakfast inn, offers five-star vistas of the Mississippi and Chippewa River Valleys. You can have it for $895,000.
$5.25M Lake Minnetonka mansion on Tonka Bay has indoor grotto with waterfall

$5.25M Lake Minnetonka mansion on Tonka Bay has indoor grotto with waterfall

The 11,193-square-foot home on Lake Minnetonka is entertainment central with everything from a spa-style grotto to an upstairs billiards room warmed by a stone fireplace.
Salon owner Kemp moves from mansion to Golden Valley midcentury modern

Salon owner Kemp moves from mansion to Golden Valley midcentury modern

A couple simplified from a 1910 Minneapolis mansion to a streamlined midcentury modern house in Golden Valley — bringing their eclectic aesthetic with them.
Ultra-modern glass home in Minneapolis offers inside-out living

Ultra-modern glass home in Minneapolis offers inside-out living

Larry and Cynthia Holtz are native Minnesotans who have never lived in California. But the modern glass house they built in south Minneapolis could easily be at home there. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
See inside $1.65M condo on a prime corner overlooking Lake Calhoun

See inside $1.65M condo on a prime corner overlooking Lake Calhoun

The modern condo boasts a killer lake view, built-in bedroom furniture and your own private sushi serving bar.
A modest kitchen remodel in Minneapolis creates a mini-mudroom and eating nook

A modest kitchen remodel in Minneapolis creates a mini-mudroom and eating nook

A modest kitchen remodel creates a combination mini-mudroom and eating nook.
Stanley Bachman grew the family's floral business

Stanley Bachman grew the family's floral business

Every spring morning, Stanley Bachman got out of bed at 4 a.m. to pick carnations in the greenhouse for the family floral business."It was so…
Minneapolis' Minnehaha Mile is a shopping destination with a vintage vibe

Minneapolis' Minnehaha Mile is a shopping destination with a vintage vibe

Want to travel back in time? Hit a cluster of vintage stores on seven blocks in Minneapolis. Here's a snapshot of each store — and what you'll find.
Childhood home in Medina gets a 'modern mountain' update

Childhood home in Medina gets a 'modern mountain' update

A couple returned home to revitalize the 1960 Medina rambler where the wife grew up. You can have it for $795,000.
Country home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover

Country home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover

A country getaway home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover with guest quarters; a study and musical composition space; a reading nook; and a two-car garage with a workshop and lots of storage. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Once-dreary lake cabin near Deerwood, Minn., gets a cheery makeover

Once-dreary lake cabin near Deerwood, Minn., gets a cheery makeover

Big windows and crisp red-and-white interiors refresh a 1920s cabin on a lake near Deerwood, Minn.
Rock star naturalist leads 'wonder' walks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Rock star naturalist leads 'wonder' walks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Volunteer's enthusiasm is contagious: "If you fall in love with nature, you'll never be bored a day in your life."
Modern green dream home in Linden Hills is sustainable inside and out

Modern green dream home in Linden Hills is sustainable inside and out

The owners of this new modern home on a small lot in Minneapolis consider their project a successful model of sustainable home design and building practices. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Don't overlook the subtle beauty of ornamental grasses

Don't overlook the subtle beauty of ornamental grasses

Overlooked ornamental grasses add texture, color, drama — and a soothing sound — to gardens and containers.
Tonkadale's new owner grew up tending plants at grandparents' garden center

Tonkadale's new owner grew up tending plants at grandparents' garden center

Tonkadale's new owner grew up getting her hands dirty at her grandparents' garden center in Minnetonka. Now she's ready to cultivate a new generation of growers.
Lore and lure of Lake Minnetonka's boathouses come to life in new book

Lore and lure of Lake Minnetonka's boathouses come to life in new book

Lake Minnetonka's old boathouses are remnants from another era. Since the 1970s, its municipalities — with the exception of Wayzata — prohibit new structures to be built close to the water's edge. A new book dives in.
Mary Ann Anglim, oncology nursing specialist who turned personal tragedy into inspiration, dies

Mary Ann Anglim, oncology nursing specialist who turned personal tragedy into inspiration, dies

The death of her 7-year-old daughter Nancy from cancer in 1968 influenced her to focus her career on cancer education and oncology-related nursing care.
Lake place in northern Minnesota captures spirit of the family original

Lake place in northern Minnesota captures spirit of the family original

A no-frills cottage on Swan Lake had been the idyllic summer sojourn for five generations of one Minnesota family. But when its seasons became numbered, a new cottage took its place, making the front porch an essential centerpiece.
100-year-old Minneapolis home gets high-tech makeover

100-year-old Minneapolis home gets high-tech makeover

The "net zero" house is among the 52 old and new urban residences rolling out the welcome mats for the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects will share smart design strategies at Home of the Month event, April 18.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

We asked four Twin Cities architects to offer ideas on how to make a home more livable and how to make remodeling projects more affordable. Check out what they had to say.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects will share smart design strategies at Home of the Month event, April 18.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects will share smart design strategies at Home of the Month event, April 18.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects will share smart design strategies at Home of the Month event, April 18.
Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects share smart strategies for home design

Twin Cities architects will share smart design strategies at Home of the Month event, April 18.
Orange is the new kitchen, with perks for cooks and pets

Orange is the new kitchen, with perks for cooks and pets

The challenge: Cino Adelson's kitchen was right-sized but its layout was all wrong.
Modern house in Linden Hills is different in style but not stature

Modern house in Linden Hills is different in style but not stature

A new house finds its niche in an older Minneapolis neighborhood using restrained, yet state-of-the-art design. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
For $1.7M, you can have posh penthouse loft with terrace overlooking North Loop

For $1.7M, you can have posh penthouse loft with terrace overlooking North Loop

This luxury unit in Minneapolis' Harvester Lofts boasts a massive L-shaped terrace on the rooftop and is an easy walk to upscale restaurants, stylish boutiques and trails along the Mississippi River. You can have it for $1.7 million.
What caught our eye at the Twin Cities' annual Parade of Homes?

What caught our eye at the Twin Cities' annual Parade of Homes?

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.
Tapestry of gardens overlooks one of the oldest houses on Lake of the Isles

Tapestry of gardens overlooks one of the oldest houses on Lake of the Isles

Lush greenery defines an 1890s Colonial in the heart of Minneapolis.
Plymouth lawyer makes the case for girl power with leadership programs

Plymouth lawyer makes the case for girl power with leadership programs

She helps girls gain the skills they need to be the next generation of leaders.
A home with his-and-her studios – and views – on dramatic Lake Superior

A home with his-and-her studios – and views – on dramatic Lake Superior

Wanting separate work spaces, an architect and an artist created a distinctive home that makes the most of the setting.
Orono couple built Lake Minnetonka Dream Home for entertaining extended family

Orono couple built Lake Minnetonka Dream Home for entertaining extended family

An Orono couple's contemporary house on Lake Minnetonka is one of four Dream Homes on the Parade of Homes.
Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home

Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home

A passionate collector of U.S. presidential memorabilia in Prior Lake has built a replica of the White House Oval Office, complete with the classic four curved doors. "I don't have to get permission to sit here," he said with a smile. "And I don't have to give it up in four years."
'Love It or List It' star Hilary Farr on her way to Mpls. to share design tips

'Love It or List It' star Hilary Farr on her way to Mpls. to share design tips

Hilary Farr persuades homeowners to "love it" – not "list it." Find out how she does it at the Home + Garden Show.
CEO's North Oaks mansion was his refuge and place to entertain

CEO's North Oaks mansion was his refuge and place to entertain

The CEO of Deluxe Corp. built his sprawling estate in North Oaks for socializing with local business leaders, hosting lavish catered affairs for up to 150 people. Now, you can have it for $1.295 million.
Minneapolis couple blend traditional and modern in newly built home

Minneapolis couple blend traditional and modern in newly built home

Inside and out, a Minneapolis couple's newly built home melds their traditional and modern sensibilities, while integrating another quality important to them: sustainability. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Maple Lake family ditches formal dining room for deluxe game space

Maple Lake family ditches formal dining room for deluxe game space

A Maple Lake couple's traditional two-story house had a traditional formal dining room. But the only time they used it for dining was at Christmas gatherings.
DIY do's and don'ts from 'Rescue Renovation' contractor, coming to Minneapolis Home Show

DIY do's and don'ts from 'Rescue Renovation' contractor, coming to Minneapolis Home Show

TV's "Rescue Renovation" contractor will be at this week's Home + Remodeling Show to reveal what she's learned the hard way.
Orono couple update their master bathroom for aging in place

Orono couple update their master bathroom for aging in place

Homeowners Kent and Susan Swanson built their three-story walkout in Orono in the 1970s, "and we've been remodeling ever since."
Looking to get organized in new year? Pros share their tips for order

Looking to get organized in new year? Pros share their tips for order

Organizing pros share strategies for corralling clutter — and a more orderly new year.
Architect's home salutes E. Europe roots, love for Mississippi River

Architect's home salutes E. Europe roots, love for Mississippi River

The custom dream home in Coon Rapids maximizes the majestic Mississippi River setting and smart features for an active family of four. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Obituary: Patricia Schlee, model and homemaker, dies at 91

Obituary: Patricia Schlee, model and homemaker, dies at 91

The always stylish Schlee died on Dec. 13 at age 91. "Even when she was 90, she cared about how she looked and what she was wearing," said son, Gregory Schlee.
Twin Cities collectors of vintage holiday decor celebrate a merry retro Christmas

Twin Cities collectors of vintage holiday decor celebrate a merry retro Christmas

Collectors of vintage holiday decor create a festive midcentury modern vibe, driven by nostalgia and a desire to recycle.
New book showcases merry midcentury Christmas decor

New book showcases merry midcentury Christmas decor

New book explores midcentury Christmas lore and decor.
A 1960s house in Deephaven is reborn as a New England-style colonial

A 1960s house in Deephaven is reborn as a New England-style colonial

A renovated 1960s home in Deephaven captures the spirit of an old New England colonial to create the home that its owners had always imagined. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Create a dazzling holiday display — tips for everything from Santas to tinsel trees

Create a dazzling holiday display — tips for everything from Santas to tinsel trees

Here are tips for displaying everything from Santas to tinsel trees.
How an Excelsior family downsized to a designer duplex built in '60s

How an Excelsior family downsized to a designer duplex built in '60s

A young family finds that less is more — after buying and revitalizing a 1960s duplex near Excelsior that's half the size of their previous one.
How an Excelsior family downsized to a designer duplex

How an Excelsior family downsized to a designer duplex

A young family finds that less is more — after buying and revitalizing a home half the size of their previous one.
Remodeled bath in Bloomington brings accessible design in tight spot

Remodeled bath in Bloomington brings accessible design in tight spot

A remodeled accessible bathroom is practical and pretty — and all within the existing footprint.
Plain 1950s St. Louis Park rambler gets facelift as cool 'wow' house

Plain 1950s St. Louis Park rambler gets facelift as cool 'wow' house

Two smart additions transformed a run-of-the-mill 1950s rambler in St. Louis Park into a cool and current home for a modern family. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Couple scored renowned architect to design dream home in Sunfish Lake

Couple scored renowned architect to design dream home in Sunfish Lake

A couple searched for renowned architect John Howe to design their Sunfish Lake house, and found him in a Burnsville mall. You can have the end result for $859,900.
125-year-old farmhouse in New Prague is the ultimate fixer-upper

125-year-old farmhouse in New Prague is the ultimate fixer-upper

Most people wouldn't touch the renovation of an 1890s farmhouse, let alone one in foreclosure. But a passion for fine craftsmanship and old-house character far outweighed the drawbacks of the water-damaged outdated dwelling for a New Prague couple.
Extreme makeover of a messy front entry in Shakopee

Extreme makeover of a messy front entry in Shakopee

A Shakopee family now has places to stash their stuff out of sight — and off the floor.
Home built for life on the St. Croix River — just 10 feet from edge of bluff

Home built for life on the St. Croix River — just 10 feet from edge of bluff

A couple were able to preserve a jaw-dropping view of the St. Croix River — only 10 feet from the edge of the bluff — by building on the footprint of an old summer cabin. Here's how they did it.
Lindström lake home has simple Scandinavian style

Lindström lake home has simple Scandinavian style

At first, Angie and Lenny Koch planned to build a modest beach house in her hometown of Lindström, Minn., and eventually sell it. "Then we got emotionally invested and decided to build it for us," Angie said, "and do it right." It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Everyday Solutions: Mpls. homeowners sacrifice tiny closet for big bathroom

Everyday Solutions: Mpls. homeowners sacrifice tiny closet for big bathroom

Minneapolis homeowners sacrificed a tiny closet to get a family-sized bathroom.
Obituary: Richard 'Dick' Earp, prominent tax accountant, was opposite of lawman relative

Obituary: Richard 'Dick' Earp, prominent tax accountant, was opposite of lawman relative

Richard Wyatt Earp's profession as a tax accountant was the polar opposite of his namesake and distant cousin Wyatt Earp, the Old West lawman romanticized…
Need more space? Attics can make for an affordable expansion

Need more space? Attics can make for an affordable expansion

Once-forgotten Minnesota attics are being transformed into bedrooms, art studios, even great rooms. But there are challenges to converting them into usable space. Here's how three sets of Twin Cities homeowners tackled their projects.
Interior design trends on Parade of Homes tour

Interior design trends on Parade of Homes tour

Twin Cities Parade of Homes showcases fresh and functional features, from modern farmhouse looks to the "kitchen within a kitchen."
St. Louis Park homeowners give up family room to get dream kitchen, mudroom

St. Louis Park homeowners give up family room to get dream kitchen, mudroom

St. Louis Park homeowners gave up a family room to gain a dream kitchen and mudroom – without adding a square foot of new space.
All-steel 'Home of Tomorrow,' built in 1930s, hits market in St. Paul

All-steel 'Home of Tomorrow,' built in 1930s, hits market in St. Paul

Built for an iron ore businessman in the 1930s, St. Paul's all-steel "Home of Tomorrow" was designed to showcase the latest in windows, kitchen and bathroom design. You can have it for $845,000.
Steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past

Steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past

The durable steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past— surviving examples of a midcentury design innovation.
Everyday Solutions: A 1930s English Tudor in St. Paul gains outdoor living space with an all-American screen porch.

Everyday Solutions: A 1930s English Tudor in St. Paul gains outdoor living space with an all-American screen porch.

A 1930s English Tudor gains outdoor living space with an all-American screen porch.
Newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka island gets old-style look

Newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka island gets old-style look

A newly built cottage could easily be mistaken for one of the century-old summer homes on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Remodeling Tour offers idea-packed major makeovers

Remodeling Tour offers idea-packed major makeovers

Twin Cities Home Luxury Remodeling Tour offers an inside look at upscale projects.
New landscaping and overhang solve water problems at Minnetonka home

New landscaping and overhang solve water problems at Minnetonka home

Landscaping and overhang fixes help water flow away from a Minnetonka house.
Explore a one-of-a-kind Craftsman with 'Zen-like' spirit

Explore a one-of-a-kind Craftsman with 'Zen-like' spirit

The contemporary Craftsman-style home in Mendota Heights was designed by "Not So Big House" author Sarah Susanka.
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