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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
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.
Robert and Angilea McNae in their Orono home.

High-end Orono dream home 'feels like Cape Town in Minnesota'

An updated Cape Dutch-style home in Orono, reflecting the homeowner's South African roots, is open for the Artisan Home Tour.
Swamp milkweed is the favorite wetland perennial of author Alan Branhagen.

Minnesota garden expert plants the idea of going native

Naturalist champions sustainable landscapes that keep pollinators and wildlife happy.
The Hansons' innovative sculptural home set in a Stillwater hillside features charred wood siding and an enclosed glass bridge. Their home was designe

This innovative Stillwater home has an enclosed glass bridge

A simple see-through feature sparked the innovative design of a Stillwater Township home.
A wood-fired pizza oven and cocktail bar, super-sized soapstone-topped island and a heated slate floor are some of the kitchen’s custom features.

Edina couple create a chef-worthy kitchen in this luxury makeover

The home, open for the Luxury Remodeling Tour, has one-of-a-kind features such as a prep sink with a foot pedal to pump water.
It's a short boat ride across Lake O'Dowd to an island retreat, on the market for $649,900.

Own a $649,900 private island with cabin on Lake O'Dowd in Shakopee

A couple built a cabin on a densely wooded island in the heart of the suburbs.
5 Minnesota homes now on the market where you can live the resort life

5 Minnesota homes now on the market where you can live the resort life

Some upper-bracket homes take summer living and entertaining to a grand level.
U volunteers run Camp Kesem, which helps children affected by a parent’s cancer. Many of the volunteers were once campers.

What University of Minnesota students did at summer camp: help kids dealing with cancer

Camp Kesem, which is organized and run by 65 student volunteers, is for kids who have been affected by a parent's cancer.
A collection of summer container gardens designed by Dean Engelmann were arranged at Tangletown Gardens.

Fresh ideas for container gardens with pots that pop

Combinations for creative container gardens to make you smile — or make an impression.
Asian-inspired 7,200-square-foot modern retreat on a cliff above Lake Superior priced at $5.495 million.

$5.49M Asian-inspired cliff-top retreat overlooks Lake Superior

The home has panoramic views of the lake, plus a tranquil indoor waterfall that's never-ending.
New energy-efficient home with steeply gabled wings on the Credit River brings a contemporary aesthetic to suburban Savage by Peterssen/Keller Archite

A couple build a Palm Springs-inspired home in Savage

An eco-friendly home perched above the Credit River brings California modern style to the south suburb.
Porch and upper balcony addition by David Heide Design Studio.

Porch and balcony add flair and outdoor living to century-old Minneapolis home

Porch and balcony add flair and al fresco living to a century-old Minneapolis Colonial.
Joanne Kuria dramatically transformed her 1950s south Minneapolis home, which is #14 on the tour.

Minneapolis woman dramatically transforms rundown vacant home

A once-rundown home is one of 47 revitalized residences that will roll out the welcome mats for the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour April 28-29.
This modern interpretation of a prairie-style home, designed by Katherine Hillebrand of SALA Architects, features a pop-up roof with clerestory window

Tips from design pros on how to reinvent your home — or build a new one

Twin Cities architects will share today's smart design strategies at a "Your Home, Your Way" event.
This Charles Stinson-designed glass home is on the market for $4.495 million in St. Louis Park.

Ultra-modern $4.495M glass home with Hollywood Hills vibe overlooks Cedar Lake

Private urban retreat offers two homes in one.
Susan M. Stan, renowned expert in international and multicultural children's literature.

Susan Stan, renowned children's literature professor, dies at 72

Via teaching, speaking, writing and editing, Stan never missed an opportunity to share her passion for children's literature.
The natural stone permeable patio prevents rainwater runoff while providing a pleasant place for entertaining.

Eyesore patio is now a bluestone beauty – and eco-friendly

An outdoor space near Lake Nokomis went from concrete eyesore to bluestone beauty.
This Scandinavian modern cabin on Lake Vermilion was designed by Duluth architect David Salmela.

A cubed cabin in northern Minnesota makes the most of lake views

A northern retreat's boxy modern design maximizes lake views while blending into the landscape.
Dale Bachman marks a variety of flowers at the Bachman’s/Galleria flower show “Spring is in the Air.”

Bachman's and Galleria stage a reincarnation of Macy's Flower Show in Edina

Vibrant Technicolor gardens are a sure cure for the wintry blues at Galleria's first indoor flower show.
The garden at the Cokato home of Debbie and Brad Young.

A Cokato couple transformed an old farmstead into English country gardens

A can-do Cokato couple transformed former farmland into lush English country gardens.
Z Gallerie home furnishings store just opened in Edina’s Galleria.

Spring flower show, grow a garden, fruit trees, Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and more

Z Gallerie opens at the Galleria.
Paige Davis from the “Trading Spaces” reboot appears at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show, which runs two weekends from March 30-April 8.

Host Paige Davis talks nuts and bolts of 'Trading Spaces' reboot

Davis will share insights at the Home & Garden Show about the reboot, which is also bringing back many of the original "Spaces" crew members.
Southways , the former 32,000-square-foot Pillsbury estate on Lake Minnetonka is back on market for $7.9 million.

Lake Minnetonka's 32,000-square-foot landmark Pillsbury mansion gets deep discount to $7.9M

The century-old restored Pillsbury mansion sits on a smaller lot, but still boasts seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and an 8,000 bottle wine cellar.
Stephanie Shimp refreshed and renovated her Minneapolis classic Colonial, which includes a comfortable upstairs owner’s suite and a powder room and

Tour a prominent Minneapolis restaurateur's newly remodeled chef's kitchen

Stephanie Shimp brings a dash of panache to her refreshed Minneapolis home, which is open for touring during the Remodelers Showcase.
More windows, a skylight and built-in desks, bookshelves and file cabinet add lots of natural light and work layout space in the converted third-floor

From cold attic to inviting office

A cold, dark attic is converted into a light-filled, comfortable home office.
Steven Brown and Stacey Kvenvold in their renovated kitchen.

Minneapolis chef, family savor their new five-star kitchen addition

A chef/restaurateur and his wife transformed their 1920s Minneapolis foursquare into an updated five-star home.
Penthouse condo is 5,100 square feet over two-levels, now listed for $1.8 million in downtown St. Paul.

Penthouse with rooftop terrace in downtown St. Paul hits market for $1.8M

One level is for living — the other is for partying, in a huge loft-style condo that spans 5,100 square feet across two floors.
Kitchen makeover by Locus Architecture.

Midcentury kitchen makeover includes a must-have mudroom

A reconfigured kitchen doubles counter space, improves the work triangle and carves out a must-have mudroom.
Homegazing: $8.5 million sprawling estate for sale in Crosslake in northern Minn. formerly owned by auto mogul Denny Hecker. Credit: Chad Schwendeman

Denny Hecker's former lake retreat now on market for $8.5M

Lavish compound includes five guesthouses — and 18 garage stalls.
Lilu Interiors uses Ultra Violet accents in a kitchen design.

Color of the Year, a Princely purple, is 'tricky' for home interiors

The Color of the Year, a majestic purple, is powerful, but tricky, say interior designers, and best used in small doses.
The stylish kitchen’s high-gloss cabinets and Heath tile backsplash.

Quirky midcentury home in Golden Valley is revitalized for the future

The house has been remodeled with gorgeous updates that still preserve the past.
Jeralyn Mohr of Full Nest's holiday centerpiece includes apples, cranberries, limes, carrot tops, flowers and candles displayed on upside-down glasswa

These festive DIY holiday centerpieces only take 15 minutes to make

Do-it-yourself holiday centerpieces get a fresh look with unexpected materials you have on hand or can pick up at most craft stores.
A new charcoal Venetian plaster fireplace surround, honed granite hearth and warm maple floors refreshed the dated 1980s interiors.

A tired '80s tract home in Bloomington gets a stylish refresh

With some strategic modifications, the outdated split-level tract home feels much more connected — and homey.
Carol and Tom Insley are building Granite House, a residence for young people living with severe and permanent brain injuries.

Metro area couple build haven for young people with brain injuries, including their son

A small group home in West Lakeland Township provides sensory stimulation and individualized care.
The Wells Fargo building, Westin Hotel and RBC Tower at sunset from the patio of the Six Quebec rooftop condo.

$2.25M penthouse condo offers skyscraper views in heart of downtown Mpls.

If you've ever wondered about that green glass cube on the roof at 6th and Marquette, now is your chance to look inside.
Shari Taylor Wilsey’s four-color garden of yellow, white, blue and pink-hued beds are defined by the century-old original brick pathway she unearthe

Winner of 'Beautiful Gardens' contest shares secrets of her 'Wow!' gardens on Summit Avenue

A St. Paul gardener's artful vignettes — some splashy, some serene — kick off this year's Beautiful Gardens series.
AIA Home of the Month - Kenwood carriage house by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

Modern-day carriage house in Kenwood boasts all the comforts of home

Take a look at the welcoming two-story home a Minneapolis couple built on the lot next door for guests and parties.
1936 International Style home on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis on the market. Credit Karen Melvin

Landmark modern masterpiece on Cedar Lake listed at $3.85M

Home built in the 1930s is rare example of sleek, ahead-of-its time design.
Steven Hoag, running around Lake Harriet ahead of the City of Lakes Marathon.

Steven Hoag, Minnesota distance running legend, dies at 70

His best-known triumph was finishing second in the 1975 Boston Marathon behind Bill Rodgers, with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 54 seconds.
Go inside 5 of the most expensive lake homes on the Twin Cities market

Go inside 5 of the most expensive lake homes on the Twin Cities market

From $2.25 million to $11.9 million, these are some of the priciest luxurious lake shore homes in the metro.
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