Clean lines and uncluttered spaces will be on display Saturday when several distinctive modern homes, designed by architects, will open their doors for a tour. The event, organized by Texas-based Modern Home Tours, is its first in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis was an "obvious addition," according to co-founder Matt Swinney, because of its modern architectural landmarks including Frank Gehry's Weisman Museum and the Walker Art Center expansion. "The modern architectural movement has made its mark on Minneapolis' public buildings, and now residents can get a glimpse into how this movement translates into private homes," he said in a news release.

Seven homes will be included in the self-guided tour, which runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday. Advance tickets are $25, available at Tickets also are available the day of the tour for $30.

Antiques road trip

Are you curious about your collectibles? A free local version of "Antiques Roadshow" will be held in River Falls, Wis., on July 14. You can bring your granny's heirlooms and garage-sale finds to Riverwalk Art & Antiques, which is reprising its "What's In Your Attic?" event.

From 2-4 p.m., an onsite appraiser and antique dealers will be on hand to help you learn about the history and value of your pieces. You can register in advance to reserve a time ( or just walk in -- first come, first served.

Riverwalk Art & Antiques is at 127 N. Main St., in downtown River Falls, about 40 miles east of Minneapolis.

Free home restoration workshops

Do you own an old house that needs some TLC? Preservationist Bob Yapp will be in Minneapolis this week for a series of free home-restoration workshops, sponsored by the Old Highland Neighborhood Association and Preserve Minneapolis. The topics include Exterior Wood Repair (Tuesday and Wednesday), Paint It Right (Thursday) and Passive Wood Floor Restoration and Repair (Saturday, July 1 and 2).

All workshops will be held in Old Highland, a 30-block enclave of Victorian-era homes in north Minneapolis. Spaces for hands-on participants have been filled, but there are still openings for those who want to observe a workshop. For more information and to register for an observation spot, visit


Dorm decor

Target has launched a college dorm-room design website for new students and parents wanting to get a jump on putting together a new college lifestyle.

The site ( has a new program called Ustyler, which allows users to design an entire room, from bed sheets and comforters, to chairs, bookshelves and other accessories. The interactive tool gives the user a first look at what a dorm room could look like with Target products inside it.

The site also has a checklist for students and parents.