In designer Liz Knutson's home, a Santa figure watches over the basement bar.

Designing sisters team up to create Scandinavian-inspired holiday home decor

Design pros offer a peek inside their own homes and share their tips for festive seasonal decor.

Twin Cities designer offers a peek inside her own holiday-decorated home

December 10
Designer Sandy LaMendola’s cat napped on the merlot-hued tree skirt fashioned from leftover drapery fabric. The Fraser fir is adorned with layers of
St. Paul designer embraces down-to-earth festive style

Vintage Minneapolis house gets Mediterranean-inspired kitchen makeover

December 7
Karen and Mark Swoverland wanted their kitchen to highlight the house's Spanish Revival influences and chose elements accordingly.
A Spanish-style house in Mpls. gets a Mediterranean-inspired kitchen makeover.
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December 11

Common Grackles not so common anymore

Whip-poor-wills also in population decline
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December 11
Holiday home fragrance candles.

5 tips for helping candles last longer

Get your candles off to a good start and you'll be able to ring in the New Year with them.
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December 11
This white-throated sparrow and the one shown below are variations of the same species.

White-throated sparrows aren't all alike

White-throated sparrows are aptly named, but are intolerant of birds that look just like them.
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December 11

Vases have signatures, but not signature style

Watch out for fraudulent markings on glassware.
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December 11
This double-duty boathouse/home combo on Gull Lake is on the market for $2.599 million.

$2.6M cabin on Gull Lake features luxury boathouse

Up North getaway home on the water comes with easy, remote-controlled mechanical boat-launch system.
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December 11

Carbon monoxide = CO (houses don't need CO2 detectors)

There are many common misconceptions and misunderstandings about furnaces, water heaters, and carbon monoxide that I hear repeated on a daily basis.
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December 10
1522 Hillside in north Minneapolis, rehabbed by Nicole Curtis.

She's ready to sell: TV's Nicole Curtis completes her 'last' Minneapolis rehab

Visitors can see Nicole Curtis' controversial north Minneapolis renovation at an open house Dec. 9.
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December 10
Birds: which species nest here, and how are they doing?

Birds: which species nest here, and how are they doing?

eBird from Cornell Lab offers animated migration maps, population trends, and more
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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December 10
Waterlily light sculptures from the “Winter Lights” display at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Textile Center sale, winter lights at the Arboretum, glogg tours and more.

Winter wonderlandsLove the brisk wintry weather? Or would you rather stay cozy inside, munching on cookies and listening to live music? The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum…
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December 8
Burnsville
Built in 1963, this three-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,844 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, newer windows, hardwood f

Home listings: What $270,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Burnsville Built in 1963, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has 1,844 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, newer windows, hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen,…
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December 7
Home plan: City farmhouse fits on a narrow lot

City farmhouse fits on a narrow lot

PLAN 430-180 Total finished sq. ft.: 1,969 • Bed/bathrooms: 3 /3 • Stories: 2 • Foundation: Daylight basement, crawl space, slab An open layout…
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December 7
Bathroom remodels that are built to last include features like curbless showers that allow homeowners to age in place.

5 reasons to remodel your bathroom

If you’ve been pining for new granite countertops, hoping to spruce up those outdated bathroom cabinets or longing for a larger, more luxurious spa-style bathtub,…
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December 7

Birding apps for phone or pad -- more information

Follow-up to Wednesday's Variety section column
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December 7
TV star Joanna Gaines.

'Fixer Upper' star Joanna Gaines came to Minneapolis without her winter coat

The farmhouse patron saint of HGTV fame was in town to meet with Target.
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December 6

News headlines from my iPhone

Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (of course, its a daily thing)
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December 5

Hemp included in farm bill up for vote

Hemp seed should be a available as bird food after 2019 harvest
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December 4
Users helped train the Merlin app to recognize bird species by clicking on parts of the birds.

The best birding apps are ones tied to bird guidebooks

Many of the apps worth a try are free or cost little.
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December 4
Artisanal action figures made by David Healey.

Artisanal action figures

From pink stormtroopers to black Bart Simpsons, these unusual figurines make colorful collectibles.
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December 4

Whole-House Humidifiers Harm Houses (still)

Whole-house humidifiers are at the root of many of the most serious moisture problems in Minnesota homes.
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December 3
Snowy Owls call home, report on travels

Snowy Owls call home, report on travels

Project Snowstorm collecting GPS data