Your rooms in Dwell

At the end of the day, do you head home to your comfy living room furnished by West Elm? Or can't wait to make a meal in your black, white and steel cook's kitchen? Dwell magazine staff wants to know why these are your favorite spaces. Last year's "Your Rooms We Love" issue was such a success that Dwell once again is seeking reader-generated content. You can submit photos and descriptions of your modern home to Editors will pick their faves and use the homeowner photos in the July "Your Rooms We Love" issue. A select few of the homes also will get the full "Dwell" treatment, including a big spread of professional photos, shot by Dwell staff. Not an expert photographer? The entry form even includes a video on "How to Take a Dwell Photo." The deadline for submissions is March 1.

Blu Dot sneak peek

Fan of Blu Dot modern furniture? The Minneapolis-based maker is highlighting new pieces and showing prototypes of designs in process from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the outlet store, 323 NE. Tyler St., Mpls. The outlet showroom also stocks Blu Dot furnishings. For details, call 612-354-7964 or go to

Tips for a healthy turf

It's not too early to start planning how to rehab your lawn this spring. The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's "Lawn Rehabilitation 101" class covers steps to repairing stressed, weedy and unsightly lawns with several easy maintenance practices. Topics include turf grass species options and attendees will take home a packet of fescue seed to plant this spring. The class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at 2705 Lincoln Dr., Roseville. Cost is $20; $15 for MSHS members. Register at or call 651-643-3601.


Dine with the flowers

What's your plan for Valentine's Day? You can treat your sweetheart to a candlelight dinner in the warm, scented indoor gardens of Como Park's Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. String musicians will play while guests feast on a gourmet dinner for two, including salad, entree, dessert and two glasses of wine or beer. Guests can choose to dine in the Sunken Garden among the vibrant flowers. Or, for a more tropical vibe, dine surrounded by the lush vegetation inside the North Garden and Palm Dome.

The cost is $170 per couple, and reservations are being accepted now for dining on Feb. 12, 13 or 14. For more information, to make a reservation or to view the menu, visit

Home inspiration

If home improvement is on your mind, check out the free North Metro Community Home & Garden Show next Saturday at the Sport Expo Center in Blaine. You'll find home remodeling and landscaping exhibitors, seminars on weed control, color trends and more, plus activities for the kids. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6, and the location is 1740 105th Av. NE., Blaine. For more information, visit

Composting 101

Are you interested in trying to compost, but aren't sure how to get started? Here's an opportunity to learn. The St. Paul Public Library is offering a free class on Home Composting, part of its Urban Homesteading series, on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn how to create compost in your own backyard, saving money while reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. The class will be held at the Dayton's Bluff Library, 645 E. 7th St., St. Paul.