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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.
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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.
Materials such as rattan in the bull head, Eiffel Tower and Scandinavian chairs, are repeated in the living room. The surreal painting is from the MCA

Wallpaper entrepreneur embraces casual comfort at her Minneapolis home

The latest lifestyle buzzword is "hygge." And for Aimee Lagos, it's an apt description of her online wallpaper business — as well as her century-old Minneapolis house.

Puerto Rico trip canceled for Minnesota law enforcement volunteers

Fifteen Minnesota volunteers who speak Spanish were packed and ready to board an airplane Monday and fly to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane Maria relief…
Construction on Interstate 35W south of downtown Minneapolis had traffic closed on the freeway all the way south to Crosstown Hwy. 62 over the weekend

Traffic congestion made Sunday seem more like a weekday rush hour

Closed I-35W, busy sports weekend create headaches Sunday in and around Mpls.
The great room’s curved timbers, reclaimed barn wood and Montana stone fireplace. A built-in bar for entertaining is on the far wall.

Family lake retreat in Wisconsin offers a warm welcome

Rich, rustic materials shape a family lake retreat in Wisconsin, designed to provide plenty of room for big gatherings. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Cyling champion Greg LeMond's Medina estate for sale for $4.985 million. Credit 20/20 Photography

Champion cyclist Greg LeMond's Medina mansion on the market for $5M

The three-time Tour de France winner will no longer bike the trails at his 40-acre country estate.
A 1980s kitchen makeover features an island wrapped in granite and mosaic glass tile.

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.
3 Graphic teal and pink bedroom for a horse lover, Parade home #231 in Medina by Toll Brothers.

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.
This $6 million Gull Lake getaway is for sale near Nisswa, Minn.

$6M lodge is ultimate Gull Lake getaway home

The 8,000-square-foot retreat offers sunrise and sunset views near Nisswa, Minn.
Jonathan and Drew Scott's "Property Brothers" show is so popular that it has produced four spinoffs.

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.
The self-guided Twin Cities Coop Tour features more than 20 chicken coops in the metro area.

Hen houses on parade

Chicken keepers in the Twin Cities share their one-of-a-kind coops, tips and experiences.
Farmhouse style kitchen with a butcher-block wood top on a large island and beveled edge oversized subway tile backsplash.

'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 turn-of-the-century chemistry lab and the home's original Tudor elements influenced the design of the remodeled kitchen.

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.
The veranda of the American Eagle Bluff Bed & Breakfast in Reads Landing overlooks a fish pond and acres of gardens and fruit trees.

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.
Tonka Bay home on Lake Minnetonka for sale by Edina Realty includes indoor grotto.

$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.
Denny Kemp, left, and Doug Melroe give a tour of their midcentury home.

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.
The Peterssen/Keller-designed residence is composed of white stucco, cedar siding, black metal accents — and massive expanses of glass to bring the

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.
Modern condo in the Edgewater facing the high-energy, people-watching Lake Calhoun Pavilion corner is for sale for $1.65 million.

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.
New built-in cabinets and benches below the bay window maximize space by providing storage and an 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. provided

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…
Toni Johnson with stacks of Pyrex mixing bowls and casseroles sold at her shop, Turquoise Vintage.

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.
The homewners tore down interior walls to open up their 1960 Medina rambler, and added rustic reclaimed beams and new maple floors.

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.
The low-slung structure is nestled into a hill and duo “side wings” span out from a steep-pitched gable. Shed dormers create additional space and

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.
AFTER: Durable floors, big windows and cheerful colors transformed the lake cabin.

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.
Naturalist and volunteer Matt Schuth leads popular walks at the 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."
Although the home has three levels, the boxy contemporary design creates a lower profile on the city lot.

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.
‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass

Don't overlook the subtle beauty of ornamental grasses

Overlooked ornamental grasses add texture, color, drama — and a soothing sound — to gardens and containers.
Jessie Jacobson worked at Tonkadale Greenhouse when she was a kid; today she’s the owner of the Minnetonka business, offering landscape and garden p

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.
The Abbott boathouse pg. 43 from “Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka” by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson.

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

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.
This reinvented family legacy cabin with an old-fashioned big front porch was designed by SALA Architects.

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.
Stewart and Linda Herman’s green renovation of a 1907 Victorian cottage is #16 on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour.

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.
Stone, wood and exposed-log construction add warm character to this northern Minnesota cabin by Rehkamp Larson Architects. SCOTT AMUNDSON Photography.

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.
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