Joan and John Elton in the expansive garden that he created and tends at their home in St. Cloud.

Retired wrestling coach creates a garden of bountiful blooms in St. Cloud

After the self-taught horticultural expert retired as St. John's University's longtime wrestling coach, he became its landscape manager.
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Bored with your decor? Popular furniture rental options coming soon to Twin Cities

January 18
Renting furniture through a subscription service is a growing option. Chicago-based Inhabitr, which rents the furniture shown here, plans to launch in
Furniture and home goods subscription services aim to give millennials flexibility and sustainability.
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$4.5M French manor in Orono boasts palatial rooms, resort-like pool and gardens

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French manor in Orono
There's also a state-of-the-art kitchen with two marble-topped islands, a custom La Cornue French oven and appliance lifts.
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January 21
Red-bellied woodpeckers are hardwood forest dwellers.

Minnesota's birds reflect changing northern forest landscape

Hardwood-forest birds are finding habitat in Minnesota's northern boreal woods.
Home & Garden
January 21
These drop-front shoe boxes aren’t just good for storing high heels. An organizer recommends clear shoe boxes as a key organizing tool for multiple

Organizer tells you how to put your house on a diet in 2020

Pro answers questions from readers on the eternal quest to declutter.
Home & Garden
January 21

Moldy shower caulk... fixed!

Everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible. Until now.
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January 18
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Home listings: What $549,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Shorewood, Minneapolis and Afton.
Home & Garden
January 17
A bedroom is glammed up through the mix of a classic gold and black color combination.

Designer tips for styling a bed

A designer shares tips, from how to layer to how many pillows are just right.
Home & Garden
January 17

Tips for a stylish bed

You don't need 8 zillion throw pillows.
Home & Garden
January 17
Color was key in this kitchen on a recent Parade of Homes.

Has the white-on-white kitchen run its course?

As homeowners are staying put, colors are returning to kitchens — from blues to greens and even pink.
Home & Garden
January 17
Natural Coir House Doormat.

5 products to help you cope when winter gets messy and unpleasant

Cold-climate pros share their favorite products to cope with the season's cold and snow.
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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There are some spectacular private gardens around the Twin Cities. We discover several each year in our Beautiful Gardens contest. From October to April, we'll bring you into one Beautiful Garden a month.
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January 17
Home plan: Fresh farmhouse design

Home plan: Fresh farmhouse design

PLAN 1074-4 Total sq. feet: 2,435 • Bed/Bath: 3/ 3.5 Stories: 2 • Garage bays: 2 • Foundation: Slab   A spacious front…
January 17
A family photo wall designed by Ashley Whittaker for a Connecticut client.

The best way to display family photos at home

In the digital era, we're not using personal portraits and snapshots the way we used to.
Home & Garden
January 14
A pair of adults chose Jim Bombeck’s wood duck house to raise their brood.

Ears beat eyes for finding screech owls

You may be sharing the neighborhood with screech owls and never know it.
Home & Garden
January 14

Screech owls blend in

Open your ears to find screech owls
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January 14
No matter what you call it, this chest is beautiful.

'Arab chest' was likely made in India to hold dowry

Q: I inherited this chest from my parents. It was shipped to them from Saudi Arabia in 1968, and they referred to it as the…
Home & Garden
January 14

The top five places to find mold in your home

As a home inspector, I don't specifically look for mold, but when I find stuff that looks like mold, I report it as such. A mold issue is a moisture issue.
Home & Garden
January 11
During a holiday party at Mill and Main in Minneapolis, party planner and singer Seralina Powers, left, helped Mark Konecny, in yellow hat, Suzanne Hu

Millennials and boomers happily coexist in Twin Cities 'barbell buildings'

Amenity-loaded apartments appeal to young professionals too busy to take on the chores of homeownership and empty-nesters weary of them.
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January 11
House in Stillwater

$1.35M Victorian in Stillwater includes limestone 'speakeasy' in the basement

Updated Victorian-era house sleeps up to 14 and includes limestone "speakeasy."
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January 11
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Home listings: What $495,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Plymouth, St. Paul and Hastings.
Home & Garden
January 10

Decorative folding screens

Folding screens can divided or unite a room.
Home & Garden
January 10
A room designed by Josh Hildreth features a decorative screen.

Decorative folding screens are making a comeback

Decorative folding screens, an old Hollywood staple, find a new role in today's interiors.
Home & Garden
January 10

How to use black and white in decorating

Tips for incorporating this classic combo in your home decor.