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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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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

The show is getting a reboot, with returning host Paige Davis, who will share insights at the Home & Garden Show.
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.
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.
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.
Stone, wood and exposed-log construction add warm character to this northern Minnesota cabin by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new kitchen, above, complements the home’s traditional character.

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.
Vincent Jusuf and Catherine Pham relax in their Minneapolis home with their 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Chili.

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.
The rooftop condo’s large terrace is the place to party under the stars.

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.
Bicycle decor in an upstairs kid hangout, #303 Parade of Homes 2017.

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.
Beautiful Gardens winners Mark Addicks and Tom Hoch who tend a secluded backyard garden at their Lowry Hill home.

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.
Alexandra Young, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Girls’ Leadership, led a “Girls in STEM” program.

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.
His-and-her working spaces designed for an architect and an artist on Duluth’s spectacular Park Point.

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.
The living room overlooks Stubbs Bay in this #258 Dream Home in Orono.

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.
Glynn Crooks created the bald eagle and peace pipe design in the rug decorating his replica Oval Office. His vast collection of presidential memorabil

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."
Hilary Farr is the co-host of HGTV's "Love It or List It."

'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.
The Havertys greatly expanded their home in the 1990s.

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.
The Bryn Mawr home was constructed with an energy-conserving insulated concrete wall system.

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.
The game-room wall is Broadwater Ledge stone from Hedberg Supply. The natural stone veneer was installed directly to the wall, with exposed mortar joi

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.
Kayleen McCabe of “Rescue Renovation” will be at the Home + Remodeling 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.
The Kohler Rising Wall Bath, with a chair height seat, fits in an alcove in this remodeled master bathroom.

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."
Here's an office after being organized by Details Organizing It All.

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.
Andrea Swan can gaze at the river from her open modern kitchen featuring clear pendants etched with family names, durable laminate cabinets and irides

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.
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