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Kim Palmer

Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes
Phone: 612-673-4784
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Kim Palmer is editor/reporter for the Homes section of the Star Tribune. Previous coverage areas include city government, real estate and arts and entertainment 


Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Palmer currently lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Jim. She graduated from St. Olaf College with majors in English and Psychology. After many years as a hockey/figure-skating mom, she now spends her leisure time singing in choirs.
Recent content from Kim Palmer
provided Person who offered to swap getting a tattoo of a Blu Dot chair in exchange for the chair.

Blu Dot will swap for furniture

Minneapolis-based furniture designer/maker is accepting offbeat objects and experiences in exchange for its modern pieces.
Paul Molitor's former estate is perched on a hill in Edina and surrounded by 4 acres.

$1.79M hilltop estate in Edina was home to baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor

The stately home sits on 4 secluded acres. Molitor bought the home in 2008 after he had wound down his playing career.
Designer Betsy Vohs, Studio BV, transformed the small starter home that she bought 12 years ago in Minneapolis.

Designer transforms her Minneapolis starter home into her sanctuary

A dozen years after buying her small first home in Minneapolis, a designer transformed it into a personal oasis.
Hydroponic growing system with PVC pipe.

Twin Cities gardeners are putting produce on the table with hydroponic gardening

Twin Cities gardeners are putting produce on the table with hydroponic gardening.
One of the most popular stops along the 3-mile-drive each spring at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the flowering crabapple collection featuring

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will reopen to walkers today

Reservations are required, and masks are requested.
An office designed by Sue Hunter, Home for a Change, who designs both commercial and residential offices.

Still trying to work from the sofa? Here's how to upgrade your home office

Whether you're working in a closet or a basement, you can make your space more comfortable, productive and pleasant.
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First peek at upcoming Home of the Month projects

The 12 homes selected range from small gems to expansive getaways for families.
Pamela Diamond and her daughter Kathryn Rozin in the entry to Rozin’s dining room in Minneapolis. The two women and their families share a duplex; D

Three generations feel 'blessed' in one remodeled Minneapolis duplex

A mother/daughter duo and their families inhabit the same house — a 1904 duplex in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill neighborhood.
The 11,900-square-foot stately brick house is set on 4 acres in Orono.

$4.3M mansion in Orono is a French château with its own 'Moulin Rouge' theater

The next owners of this French château will have every amenity imaginable for wining, dining and entertaining guests.
The living room features a dramatic fireplace.

Deephaven home is modern sanctuary in the woods

Walls of glass bring the wooded outdoors into Deephaven home.
The walkout lower level features a two-sided fireplace, a bar and an impressive collection of framed sports jerseys.

Whalen's $900K Golden Valley home was a Gophers gathering spot

The Gophers women's basketball coach's home is just five minutes from downtown — in secluded Hidden Lakes. "It's close to the city, but you feel away from the city," she said.
Designer Liz Knutson turned a discarded door into open shelving in her kitchen, where she displays favorite objects. “That’s what a home is — st

Door dumped at the curb is now star of Minneapolis kitchen

Resourceful designer repurposed her neighbor's trash into open shelving.
The Pollinator Plant Sale will be held online this year, with drive-through pickup.

Pollinator plant sale will benefit St. Paul's first responders

Annual event will operate as online-only sale with curbside pickup.
This kitchen by New Spaces was set to be on the Remodelers Showcase.

Home remodeling projects continue during the pandemic, with a few key differences

Projects are going forward — but the process has changed dramatically.
Grab a cup of coffee and have a 30-minute conversation with an AIA Minnesota architect.

Does your home need help? Twin Cities architects offer 30-minute virtual consultations

Twin Cities architects offer 30-minute virtual consultations.
A reproduction of Silos Baking Co. created by 13-year-old Ella Doyle, who makes intricate dollhouses from the basement of her Mendota Heights home.

Twin Cities teen finds a passion – and a business – in miniature homes

The 13-year-old has some high-profile fans, including Joanna Gaines of "Fixer Upper" fame.
Owner Scott Endres prepared a display outside Tangletown Gardens in south Minneapolis, which is expected to open next week.

Garden centers will reopen as essential — with a few changes

Garden centers had been added to the list of critical industries that are exempt from the statewide stay-at-home order. Some retailers plan to open immediately; others said it will take a few days to figure out how to modify their operations to best protect employee and customer safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Seefeldts' remodeled kitchen has a built-in banquette and walls of windows overlooking their garden, which they created as a tribute to their late

Twin Cities couple find 'tranquility' after remodeling longtime home

Light, views and a dramatically improved floor plan create a refuge inside a couple's longtime home, without adding square footage.
Steve Miles' garden

Fight the pandemic: Grow a Victory Garden — for food savings and exercise

An old tradition — the Victory Garden — is being revived for today's times.
This brick Federal-style house in St. Paul's historic Irvine Park is on the market for $649,900.

One of St. Paul's oldest homes is up for sale: It's like 'walking into museum'

Restored 1850s house is set in Irvine Park historic district on the edge of downtown.
Michele Vig, a professional organizer and owner of Neat Little Nest, recommends tidying up in short bursts of time throughout the day.

Stuck at home? How to make it a place of order, comfort and joy

Design and organizing pros share their strategies for making your home a place of order, comfort and joy.
The redesigned home in Golden Valley was envisioned as a series of four boxes. The new kitchen is wrapped in whitewashed fir.

'60s split-level in Golden Valley is transformed into modern dream home

A Golden Valley couple transformed their 1960s home into their 21st-century dream home.
New cabinetry echoes details from the home.

St. Paul Craftsman house gets vintage-look new kitchen, mudroom and powder room

Everyday Solutions: New spaces complement the vintage character of a century-old St. Paul home.
SpacecraftingGreen Dream Home in Edina

$2.15M creekside home in Edina has fireman's pole, indoor bridge, walls of glass

Built by Sustainable 9 Design + Build, the energy-efficient, two-story walkout made a dramatic design statement, with its glass-walled bridge connecting two wings, and a wraparound green roof.
Kali Kimbrell and her 12 month-old son Crosby, checked out the Bachman's/Galleria flower show "Spring is in the Air." This year's show has been cancel

Bachman's/Galleria spring flower show canceled

Annual event nipped in bud by coronavirus.
This Minneapolis house, built in 1908, is now on the market for $950,000.

Historic Mpls. mansion boasts library, carriage house, great woodwork

The brick, Tudor-style home is on the market for just under $1 million.
An LED light strip painted the color of candlelight adds a warm glow to the back of a console.

Designer's budget-friendly touches personalize friend's St. Paul apartment

A designer's creativity transformed a friend's quirky, modest St. Paul apartment into a beautiful, personalized home.
Paul CrosbyCottagewood Beach House

Homebuilder's beach house was designed for casual Lake Minnetonka living

The homeowners, who love to entertain, envisioned a beach house inspired by coastal cottages in the Hamptons.
Workshops can teach you how to create a pollinator-friendly landscape.

DIY workshops on creating a nature-friendly yard

Series of workshops can help you learn how.
Architect Garth Rockcastle was tapped to design this conversion of an old downtown warehouse into loft-style condos in 1998.

'One-of-a-kind' loft, for sale for first time, helped kick off North Loop's revitalization

This unique four-level condo has a "house within a home," plus a private deck and greenhouse.
Mike Rowe has traded "Dirty Jobs" for a reality web series on people who give back to their communities.

'Dirty Jobs' host: 'People think I'm a guy who can fix everything, but I'm not'

TV's Mike Rowe took viewers to a lot of grungy places. Now he's making the case for skilled labor.
Dan and Sheila Broughton's Golden Valley, designed by U + B Architecture & Design, is nestled into a hillside overlooking a pond.

A sleek new house makes the most of its sweet spot in Golden Valley

After finding their ideal site in Golden Valley, a couple built a home that makes the most of its attributes.
Penny Berens makes use of the new "craft room" that sits atop her family's home in Shakopee.

Space-saving staircase leads to pop-up addition in Shakopee rambler

An architect expands upward with an innovative addition.
Trent Eisenberg, right, and Bryan Kramer bought Eisenberg’s father’s house in Plymouth and remodeled it to give it the aesthetic of a modern condo

See how this '90s Plymouth house was transformed into loft-inspired modern home

A couple traded their urban condo for a modern makeover of the suburban house where one of them grew up.
This new home in Edina is on the market for $2.785 million.

$2.8M Edina house maximizes Minnehaha Creek views: 'You feel like you're outside'

A Twin Cities builder created a custom house for himself and his family, but never got to live in it.
Deb and Chuck Van De Weghe recently built a light-filled home that’s modern inside but in scale with their established Lowry Hill neighborhood.

Couple's new home in Lowry Hill is traditional outside, modern inside

Longtime Lowry Hill dwellers built a colorful new house just down the street.
Cross Lake compound

$5.85M compound on Cross Lake is three luxurious lodge-style homes in one

Properties can be purchased together as one giant estate or 'a la carte' as three separate homes.

Body of missing Notre Dame student from Blaine found in campus lake

Annrose Jerry, 21, was a 2016 graduate of Blaine High School. She had been missing since the evening of Jan. 21.
Kitchen trends include big islands designed to make a statement.

Bigger and bolder kitchen islands are the stars in 2020, new survey says

With contrasting colors and countertop materials, new, larger kitchen islands are designed to make a bold design statement.
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.
In 2004, Minneapolis City Council Member Paul Zerby spoke passionately about the smoking ban ahead of its passage on a 12-1 vote.

Paul Zerby, tax attorney turned public servant, dies at 86

He wanted to use his legal training to help people — and not just wealthy clients.
French manor in Orono

$4.5M French manor in Orono boasts palatial rooms, resort-like pool and gardens

There's also a state-of-the-art kitchen with two marble-topped islands, a custom La Cornue French oven and appliance lifts.
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."
Organizing pro Aimee Olson traded her St. Paul home for life in an RV.

Want to declutter and stay organized for good? This pro knows the secret

Homegrown expert shares her values-oriented approach.
The cabin’s large windows bring the outdoors in.

Simple modern cabin showcases 'magical' North Shore setting

A simple, modern cabin near Lake Superior provides the "bare essentials" for a nature-loving young family.
A cabinet from the Pren Collection by Room & Board and Cambria.

2 beloved Minnesota brands team up for new furniture collection

Room & Board and Cambria are collaborating on a collection of tables and cabinets.
Heather and Brad Fox plan to launch a furnishings store.

Edina-based HGTV stars Brad and Heather Fox plan to open store in Twin Cities

Local hosts of "Stay or Sell" will launch Foxwell home store in early 2020.
The penthouse has three large balconies, all with a view of the lake.

$4.395M penthouse condo in downtown Wayzata boasts views of Lake Minnetonka

For the ultimate in resort-style living, the penthouse sits atop a boutique hotel, giving its owner access to maid and room service.
Part of Jeff Junkins’ handmade villages depicting homes from classic movies on display at his home in Golden Valley.

Twin Cities man crafts houses from famous movies to fill his miniature Christmas village

The former Department 56 designer started working on his village a few years ago. "It was my therapy after my dad died."
After: The new kitchen is now open to the adjacent sunroom, allowing light and easy conversation between family members. Some original cabinets were r

New kitchen showcases Craftsman character of century-old Mpls. house

A new kitchen retains the Craftsman character of a century-old house in Minneapolis.
Clean lines and a black-and-white palette updated the kitchen.

Restaurant designers give their North Loop loft 'fresh, clean update'

State-of-the-art kitchen and bath remodel helps couple entertain with style in their formerly "dated" space.
The ceiling was handpainted to evoke open sky.

$1.95M Minnetrista home is car lover's dream with 16 garage stalls, plus 'safari room'

Handcrafted home is car lover's dream, with garage space for 16 vehicles, plus a "safari room" and custom dog suite.
Christmas enthusiast Kevin Milton, right, with his husband, Bill Emery, and their dog, Maximus, in their holiday tree-filled living room. The themed t

Extreme Christmas lover packs more than 40 trees into his modest Mpls. house

A fervent Christmas fan squeezes 42 festive themed trees into one modest Minneapolis house.
Dan Jandl/Duluth VisualsAerial view, home in Duluth

Duluth's most expensive listing is $1.8M home designed for entertaining

House includes Italian-inspired wine room big enough for a dinner party, with separate entrance.
Home of the Month: an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, built behind the owner's Minneapolis duplex in the Longfellow neighborhood.

Minneapolis duplex owner builds mini house for himself in the backyard

Ready to downsize and move back to the city, a Minneapolis homeowner built a sleek little house behind a duplex he already owned.
Designer Cy Winship.

Where to find affordable modern furniture in Twin Cities

Cy Winship’s favorite resources for affordable, modern-style furniture and decor, both new and vintage. • LexMod. • France & SØn. “Great for lighting…
“The Gables,” a restored Victorian-era home in Carver.

Time-capsule home from 1800s is older than Minnesota's statehood

The iconic Victorian-era house in Carver has been featured in calendars, on holiday tours and even an HGTV show, "If Walls Could Talk."
The home's exterior and front entrance also got an update.

'70s Mendota Heights rambler reinvented without adding square footage

A couple facing retirement considered building a house next door, but chose to reinvent their outdated rambler instead.
Condo in the Landing

Downtown Wayzata condo gets dramatic makeover

The plain-vanilla condo above the Hotel Landing is now bold and personalized.
Robert “Bob” King

Robert 'Bob' King, former editor of the Star and president of the Downtown Council, dies

Under King's watch, the council launched the weekly farmers market on Nicollet Mall and also planted the seeds for the downtown Target store.
Laura Zebuhr and Jana Shortal in the living room of the Spanish Revival house they recently rented together.

KARE's Jana Shortal and fiancee open the door to their renovated Mpls. house

The popular Twin Cities anchor and her fiancée make themselves at home in their "urban oasis."
SpacecraftingAerial view of backyard pool, double house, St. Paul

Half of St. Paul's iconic 'double house' listed for $2.35M — complete with half a skyway

Fairy-tale Tudor Revival, built in 1910, has a "skyway" connecting it to the look-alike house next door.
This new kitchen evokes a 1920s English cottage kitchen.

Home in Bloomington now has a proper English kitchen

Cheery cottage-style makeover combines Old World charm with modern functionality.
This renovated 1959 split-level home in Golden Valley has a wide-open floor plan and a new loft-style studio for its owners, an artist/educator and an

9 cool Twin Cities homes from the Atomic Age

Midcentury modern tour showcases houses with retro character — and "mindful" updates.
A "European country casual”-style home in Prior Lake.

After lightning destroyed home, owner rebuilt $1.9M Prior Lake estate

Huge home includes a pool, theater, basketball court and cavelike wine cellar.
Debbie and Scott Grieve embrace the seasons thanks to their pavilion-topped outdoor space, created by Mom's Design Build.

Luxury backyard oasis in Deephaven shows how upscale a patio can be

The arrival of crisp fall weather doesn't bring an end to outdoor entertaining for Debbie and Scott Grieve.
A large lodge on Lower Hay Lake, in the Whitefish chain.

$2M 'fantasy cabin' Up North hits market on Whitefish chain of lakes

The lodge-style lake home can comfortably sleep 24 people.
Flowers from Twin Cities Flower Exchange.

Getting married? Designers make case for 'unusual and beautiful' Minnesota-grown flowers

Thanks to colorful and surprising choices, using locally grown flowers doesn't mean you're limited to daisies in a jar.
The new kitchen in the Asa Parker house, which will be open during the Homes by Architects tour. The house was already more than a century old when th

How one of the oldest homes in Marine on St. Croix was rescued and restored

"Ultimate volunteer" rescued and rejuvenated a historic landmark house in Marine on St. Croix, a passion project carried on by his daughter after his death.
Carol and Frank Bennett in their freshly updated home, which will be open during the Remodelers Showcase (R35).

Edina home is transformed for a couple's next chapter

An Edina couple with grown children remake their kitchen and sunroom for entertaining. The home is part of the Remodelers Showcase.
This restored Victorian will be on the Ramsey Hill House Tour.

Ramsey Hill tour will open doors to homes of St. Paul's Gilded Age

The juxtaposition between 21st-century lifestyles and 19th-century architecture is the theme of this year's Ramsey Hill House Tour.
Irwin Jacobs estate

Massive estate sale at Irwin Jacobs' former Orono home this weekend

Artwork, furniture and other belongings of the late Jacobs and his wife will be offered this weekend.
Birdwing

Minnetonka Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. house saved from demolition — and headed to Pennsylvania

The house, designed by the renowned architect's son, had been approved for demolition but now will be moved to a public park in Pennsylvania.
This home is located on the point of Enchanted Island in Lake Minnetonka.

$1.95M Enchanted Island home offers rare privacy on popular Lake Minnetonka

Secluded Lake Minnetonka setting feels like being Up North.
The remodeled kitchen features Carrara marble countertops, a built-in table, also topped with Carrara marble, a farm sink and period-looking light fix

Vintage Minneapolis house adds new spaces with Old World character

A century-old Minneapolis house lives larger with a new kitchen, pantry, bath and porch that look like they've always been there.