A statue is framed by a stone circle in Tom Hayden and Jay Peterson’s back yard.

Minnetonka garden has many moods — and a winning design

A Minnetonka garden is a study in contrasts, from rugged native plants in front to manicured, formal "rooms" in back.

How to transform a dark porch into a bright sunroom

A seldom-used porch was converted into a comfortable sunroom with skylights.
A two-season porch is transformed into a light-filled room for relaxing — all within the same footprint.
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$2.75M private island on Lake Minnetonka comes with home, cottage and beach house

October 16
Spray Island property on Lake Minnetonka on the market for $2.75 million.
Shorewood retreat feels like a year-round summer camp with 4,000 feet of sandy-bottomed lakeshore.
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Home plan: Reinvented ranch maximizes every square foot

Reinvented ranch maximizes every square foot

Open and easily navigable floor plan offers one-level living.
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Stacy Smallwood, a Charleston, S.C., boutique owner, enlisted the help of professional organizer Julia Pinsky to get her closet in order.

A fashionista purges her closet

A fashionista pared her wardrobe down to a manageable size, with the help of a pro. You can, too.
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HGTV’s Urban Oasis home giveaway is a Dutch Colonial Revival in Cincinnati.

HGTV home giveaway, bird banding, interior design and Eloise Butler tour

HGTV home giveaway The fire-engine-red Craftsman-style fiberglass front door offers a sneak peek at what’s inside the Dutch Colonial Revival that HGTV is giving away.…
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The artist Jonas Wood in his Los Angeles studio, with his rug "Yellow and Orange Orchid Clipping."

Art you walk on – rugs designed by artists

Artist-designed rugs range from painterly to graffiti-inspired.
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Tenant has issues with yard work, mice and garage use

Q: I’m renting a single-family home in Minneapolis. My lease states that I am responsible for the upkeep of the yard. However, shortly after I…
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“From the black fireplace that extends from floor to ceiling to the black-and-white striped shag rug, [the pets] reflect the setting of the space,�

A first-time homeowner's decor matches his black-and-white pets

A first-time homeowner's cool decor just happens to match his black-and-white dog and cats.
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Garden wisdom

A pair of experienced gardeners share what they've learned.
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October 18
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, and they are available in a surprising array of colors to complement your home and taste. (Drea

What you should expect to pay for a roofing job

Fall isn't too late to get a good roof between you and winter.
Beautiful Garden contest winners Jim and Sally Strand tend an Asian-inspired garden complete with 23 distinct planting areas in their Plymouth yard. T
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October 18
Chrysanthemums star in the flower show at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

Twin Cities' 5 best home and garden events to check out this week

Getting organized Is your mess causing you stress? Learn five life-changing strategies for decluttering and organizing your home from Sarah Cronin of Simple Inspired…
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October 17
Grove coffee table by Brooke & Lou

6 'life-friendly' design tips

Interior designer Bria Hammel shares her strategies for creating rooms that can stand up to a family. 1. Mix it up. When choosing upholstered…
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October 16
On a cold spring day, a Cape May warbler gobbles down life-sustaining suet.

'Birdbrain' should actually be a compliment

Birds' brains are small, but packed with power.
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October 16

Air admittance valves

Air admittance valves are mechanical devices that take the place of plumbing vents. They're inexpensive, they work, and they're not legal in Minnesota.
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October 14

"Stripped Bare" the art of animal anatomy

Sans feathers, fur, and flesh: A new book unlike any others
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October 13
Designer Bria Hammel at home in West St. Paul with her husband, Charlie, and their children Louie, 6, and Brooklyn, 3. Much of the family’s furnitur

West St. Paul designer (and mom) creates kid-proof home decor

Inspired by her two young children, a Twin Cities designer creates a home — and home goods collection — to stand up to daily life.
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October 12
Built in 1982, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 2,882 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, two fireplaces, formal d

Home listings: What $440,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Bloomington Built in 1982, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 2,882 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, two fireplaces, formal dining room, hardwood…
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October 12
Find vintage treasures at A Gathering of Friends Market.

Bathroom remodeling class, sustainable landscapes, holiday entertaining ideas and more

Landscape design Fall is a great time to take stock of your landscape. Learn about “Planting the Seeds of Sustainability” with Wild Ones Twin…
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October 12
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.
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October 12
A modern take on classic farmhouse look.

Home plan: Modern take on the classic farmhouse

PLAN 51-1136 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,837 Bed/bathrooms: 4 / 3 Stories: 2 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Daylight basement, crawl space, slab With an eye-catching exterior, this…
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October 12

"The Three-minute Outdoorsman Returns"

The second book drawn from the outdoor adventures of ornithologist Dr. Robert (Bob) Zink
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October 11

New book highlights the best of nature in the Twin Cities

Author John Moriarty manages wildlife for Three River parks