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Kim Palmer

Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes
Phone: 612-673-4784

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
With two decks, a wraparound deck off the living room and a private deck off the owner’s bedroom, a Stillwater home makes the most of its river bluf

$1.3M home on Stillwater's St. Croix River bluff offers panoramic views

A local architect designed a Prairie School house "tucked away" on a wooded lot near downtown Stillwater.
This house in Stillwater is set on a bluff overlooking the St. Croix River.

The Bluff House in Stillwater has panoramic views of St. Croix River

Home's design was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright
This modern Tudor home built and designed by Katie and Jesse Kath of Jkath Design Build + Reinvent, will be featured on Parade of Homes.       ] GLEN

Tour a $1.255M Minneapolis dream home during Parade of Homes

The couple behind Jkath Design Build + Reinvent made their Tudor-inspired "forever home."
This modern Tudor home overlooking Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis by Jkath Design Build + Reinvent will be open for touring during the Parade of Homes

Tour a Parade of Homes Dream Home

Modern Tudor in Minneapolis is design/build couple's own dream home.
Sharing space Gail Runge, center, plans to build an ADU at the Minneapolis home of daughter Rya Priede and son-in-law Karl Harber.

Pandemic prompts Minnesotans to make room for grandparents

Concerns about child care, finances and family togetherness have accelerated the trend to multigenerational living.
This home in Deephaven is on the market for $2.575 million.

$2.575M home in Deephaven was designed for entertaining

Home sits on almost an acre of wooded land
Andy Lapham in the community garden he tends on a formerly vacant lot in Minneapolis. He later bought the house next door, extended the garden and add

Minneapolis gardener transformed gritty city lot into productive urban farm

Resourceful Minneapolis gardener produces a bounty and sows sustainability in the heart of the city.
Ryan Companies The Design Center for Eleven on the River showcases full kitchens and room vignettes that display the three curated design packages ava

New luxury condo tower in Minneapolis is the height of home design

Eleven on the River has a New York pedigree and a Minnesota accent.
Located near Loring Park in Minneapolis, 510 Groveland was built in 1927 as a residence hotel.

$1M unit in swanky Mpls. co-op is 'like living on the Upper East Side'

With 24/7 concierge service and a restaurant and bar on the first floor, 510 Groveland offers a taste of Manhattan in Minneapolis.
Lacey Olson, Laura Weber, Tom Vick, Christopher Vick and Jake (to come) toasted at an outdoor Ice bar at the home of ChristopherÕs parents Tom and He

How Minnesotans are finding ways to socialize outdoors, even in winter

Patio heaters, hot tubs, ice bars and more create winter outdoor gathering spots.
Phil and Jayme Hanson and their children Vera, 4, and Otis, 2, sat on the stairs inside their remodeled home. They returned to it from living in Denma

St. Paul rambler gets a Danish-inspired makeover

Living in Denmark inspired a couple to reinvent their St. Paul rambler for their growing family.
SpacecraftingHouse on Lake Harriet

'Legendary' $1.55M Lake Harriet house is Old World in front, modern in back

The distinctive house with two contrasting aesthetics is an iconic home overlooking Lake Harriet.
This French country estate in Nowthen is now on the market.

See a French country estate inspired medieval castles

$2 million property includes 50 acres and a winding brook
Kitchen trends include big islands with plenty of storage.

Latest kitchen trends tracked in Houzz

Storage on steroids, with bigger pantries and more cabinets, is among trends tracked by Houzz.
Courtney ConkHouse on Grand Hill, St. Paul

Historic $1.55M St. Paul home was hangout for a young F. Scott Fitzgerald

The author wrote about his friends' grand house with 11 bedrooms and 11 fireplaces.
Modern Tudor home in Lakeville Spacecrafting

Lakeville home is a modern take on traditional English Tudor style

Tudor architecture is lightened, brightened and updated for 21st-century living.
Alyssa Lee Photography

A room swap transforms a century-old Minneapolis home

Flip-flopping the kitchen and a spare bedroom made a family's Kingfield home "cozy, homey and connected."
Christine Schom/Christine Photography Stone house near Jordan

$1.125M historic stone home near Jordan comes with 30 acres, guest house, barn, orchard

The original stone house was built in about 1860 by an immigrant family from Luxembourg.
Architect Charles Stinson, with his wife, Carol Eastlund, designed their home on Lake Minnetonka’s Shady Island. “It connects us to nature and to

Camp-inspired home on Lake Minnetonka was designed for family, nature

Architect Charles Stinson designed his own Lake Minnetonka home to welcome loved ones.
Devin Brown grew vegetables in her yard to help feed residents of her North Minneapolis neighborhood. “North Minneapolis is already a food desert,�

Twin Cities gardeners grow food for their neighbors on city boulevards

During a difficult summer, city dwellers transformed urban boulevards into gardens to create a source of food and connection.
Paul Johnson/Lakes Sotheby's RealtyHouse on Enchanted Island

$1.985M home on Enchanted Island offers panoramic water views

Cape Cod-inspired house on Lake Minnetonka has panoramic water views.
Pops of color can enhance the backdrop for video calls in a home office.

10 home trends to enhance your space for the winter ahead

10 ideas to help enhance your living space during the pandemic winter.
Spacecrafting Bedroom, home in Eden Prairie

$1.5 million home in Eden Prairie is a stargazer's delight

Home in Eden Prairie is now on the market
This modern kitchen is part of an addition to a century-old home in St. Paul.

Ultra-modern addition updates a Craftsman-style house in St. Paul

"We didn't want to mimic the Craftsman style," said the owner. "We wanted to keep the original as original and add the new as new."
This new home in Minneapolis was designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture.

They found an empty lot facing the Mississippi River and built a modern dream home

A new modern house in Minneapolis embraces movement, light and its connection to the Mississippi River.
Xiomara “Sami” Ugarte decorates her Wayzata home for Christmas in a big way, with multiple trees and other vignettes to set the stage for holiday

Christmas enthusiast creates a holiday wonderland in her Wayzata home

Even though she can't host parties and fundraisers, a Christmas enthusiast still sets the scene for the season.
Two windows and a radiator limited where the bed could go, so a low spindle headboard was chosen to avoid blocking light from the windows.

Creating a modern-day owners' suite in an old Minneapolis house

New bedroom and bathroom complement vintage character of a 1906 Minneapolis home.
Lars Peterssen

Minneapolis architect Lars Peterssen dies at 64

Lars Peterssen started his professional life working on supercomputers. Then a lecture on design inspired him to change careers. He earned a master's degree in…
providedConverted church home in Wis.

$288K home is converted church with domed ceilings, stained-glass windows

Catholic church, built in 1885, is now a home with domed ceilings, stained-glass windows and an owners' suite in the former choir loft.
A Thanksgiving meal like this can be cooked and readied to be enjoyed in multiple homes and connected via Zoom, or virtually, during this year’s Tha

How Minnesotans are rethinking Thanksgiving during the pandemic

How to reduce risk and keep your loved ones safe over the holidays.
Holiday mantel decor on display at Bachman’s.

Holiday Ideas House moves to Bachman's Minneapolis store this year

Self-guided tours will follow one-way path and have limited visitors per time slot.
To make room for a mudroom and pantry, the family gave up a formal dining room.

Swedish-inspired makeover transforms modest-sized St. Anthony home

A Scandinavian-inspired remodeling transformed a modest-sized '60s house.
SpacecraftingCedarhurst mansion

Historic Cottage Grove mansion with ballroom now on market for $1.95M

Grand country estate with 26 rooms including a ballroom has hosted weddings and afternoon teas.
A new island top lightens the kitchen.

Basic builder home in Woodbury now makes personal style statement

After buying a basic builder home, a young family makes it their own.
Jes LahayMichele Vig

Professional organizer shares her strategies for decluttering the holistic way

Michele Vig of Edina creates order in your home, your schedule and your mind.
Mill City Team PhotographyHouse by Robert Cerny in St. Paul

Well-preserved ultimate 'Mad Men' house in St. Paul on market for $925K

Midcentury modern gem looks just like it did in a magazine spread 60 years ago.
A sauna was high on the wish list for Darrell Kesti and Ahnna Juntunen-Kesti when they remodeled their Minneapolis basement to create a family room an

From unfinished Minneapolis basement to ultimate retreat, including sauna

A dark Minneapolis basement is transformed into a cozy retreat, complete with sauna.
The Craftsman-style 2,948-square-foot house set on a triple lot in St. Paul was designed and built in 1914-15 by civil engineer Walter Lovell.

$1.15M St. Paul Craftsman home is a 1915 time capsule in a popular neighborhood

The distinctive 2,948-square-foot house set on a triple lot — about ⅔ acre — was designed and built in 1914-15 by civil engineer Walter Lovell.
Sherri BeierTiny house by Cedar Lake

At just 425 square feet, tiny house near Cedar Lake hits market for $400K

The house, which faces a wetland, is in a somewhat secluded neighborhood of much larger and newer homes.
This Modern French Country home in Independence has a three-season porch with fireplace and will be featured on the Artisan Home Tour.

Artisan home on Lake Independence has French accent

Builders' own modern French country house in Independence is one of 22 on Artisan Home Tour.
Lilacs with withered sections

What's wrong with the lilacs? Fungus threatens Minnesota's plants

The fungus is fueled by "perfect storm" of weather.
Stephanie Erickson, Ross Pfund and their son, Quinlan Pfund, 2, have a backyard getaway at their home in Minneapolis — an accessory dwelling unit th

Accessory dwelling unit in Minneapolis is 'bonus family room' for young family

Seeking more space for their growing family, a young couple built an accessory dwelling unit behind their house.
The view of downtown Minneapolis from the condo of Gail and Randy Ross on the 14th floor of The Legacy in Minneapolis.

What's it like to live in downtown Minneapolis now?

Living in the urban core is different from what it was pre-pandemic. For some, it's lost its luster; for others, it's still the place to be.
This sunroom in Burnsville by Awad & Koontz is part of a Dream Remodeled Home (R1).

Remodelers Showcase will open doors to 43 homes

Remodelers Showcase will highlight home improvements, from kitchen makeovers to home offices to outdoor spaces.
The Higgins family’s architect designed their lake home to exude warmth with inviting features such as built-in nooks, reclaimed barnwood, a bunkroo

New lake home in Wisconsin is designed for cozy comfort

Rustic materials and spots designed for curling up with a book bring warmth and character to a new getaway.
50th & France by Citiliving.

New southwest Minneapolis house is actually two $1M-plus condos

Duplex-style building was designed to blend into its neighborhood.
Homeowners Kelly and Kevin McGauley. Kelly owns Leona Rose Interiors.

Modern lake home in Mahtomedi blurs boundary between indoors, outdoors

An interior designer and her husband built a home on White Bear Lake with "California contemporary style."
Parade of Homes Dream Home by Highmark, $2.8 million in Prior Lake.

Fall home events return – with a difference

Pandemic brings new protocols for perennial autumn favorites.
Kalin KounevDome home

Geodesic dome home in the Brainerd woods packed with green technology

Energy-efficient home sits on over two acres of land and includes a recording studio.
Peter and Sandy Nussbaum collect toy soldiers and display them in elaborate scenes in their Minneapolis basement.

Minneapolis collector has thousands of toy soldiers in his basement

Peter Nussbaum has about 2,000 on display in elaborate dioramas and in groupings on shelves, plus 5,000 to 10,000 more packed in boxes.
Plant expert Alan Branhagen in the native plant garden of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where he is director of operations.

Arboretum expert offers a guide to the plants that belong in Minnesota gardens

Landscape Arboretum's native plant expert pens a user-friendly guide to creating a more Earth-friendly garden.
providedFox home in Edina

HGTV stars are selling their own Edina home, post makeover, for $1.25M

Brad and Heather Fox of 'Stay or Sell' transformed the '50s rambler into a modern two-story for their family.
Jovonta Patton and his wife, Symone, are pictured with daughters Ella, 5, Zoey, 3, and baby Cali in front of the new home they purchased a few months

Confronting the Black homeownership gap in Minn.

Minnesota's racial disparity in home ownership is one of the highest in the nation. How Twin Cities families and organizations are striving to change that.
Gala Farms, Glen Perkins' 20-acre compound on the Vermillion River, includes a 1940s barn that he retrofitted to function as a woodshop, and a rustic

Former Twins pitcher Glen Perkins' estate in Lakeville on market for $2.5M

Custom farmhouse comes with barn/workshop, tavern and brewery, hockey rink and pool.
Cabinetry is a combination of white oak with a light natural finish and painted dark charcoal; some cabinets have glass doors for display. A built-in

Remodeling pro creates dream kitchen in her own Minneapolis rambler

New dream kitchen in Minneapolis rambler blends timeless style with modern functionality.
DIY bloggers Dan and Sarah Pollio, of Joinery & Design Co., recently gave their daughter’s bedroom a makeover.

Twin Cities DIY bloggers make over their daughter's bedroom

Before and after: Twin Cities DIY bloggers dress up their daughter's bedroom with a colorblock paint treatment and "calm" accents.
The house in Minnetrista was built in 2014.

Former Viking Trae Waynes' Lake Minnetonka home is on market for $2.195M

Cornerback signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, so he's selling beloved house: "My daughter and I would fish off the dock every day."
The garden of Kenny Turck.

Truly Beautiful Gardens: This crop of Minnesota gardeners gives generously

We asked you to nominate gardens that are beautiful in spirit, with a mission that benefits the greater community. Here are the winners.
People are making the most of their homes by adding space both indoors and outdoors. This porch in northern Minnesota was designed by Rehkamp Larson A

How the pandemic is shaping Minnesota's homes

The pandemic is changing the places we live, from remote workstations to creating spaces for small daily pleasures, like saunas.
Kevin and Lauren McDermott in their Minneapolis condo with their daughter, Campbell, and their dog, Cash.

Ex-Viking's warehouse loft remodel in North Loop made room for baby

Minneapolis makeover transformed a condo from a cool but impractical space to a functional and beautiful home.
A low-slung one-story house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright associated John Howe is nestled into a hillside in Rochester.

$750k time capsule home in Rochester was designed by renowned Prairie School architect

The house still has all its original '70s features, including abundant light oak woodwork, orange Formica countertops in the kitchen and gold carpeting.
Corvid ImagesPrivate island near BWCA

Private island with log cabin on edge of BWCA can be yours for $399K

Rustic home near Ely comes with 2,320 feet of shoreline, dock on the mainland, sauna and deluxe outhouse.
Sisters Debra and Pamela Hovland designed and built side-by-side cabins. Pamela’s cabin, All’s Well, is at left. Debra’s cabin, Ends Well, is at

Sisters' side-by-side cabins on Minnesota lake help their families stay connected

Thirty years ago, two siblings bought a little cabin near Pelican Rapids. Now the cabins they built on the original site continue to bring them together.
A peanut plant pulled from a pot of begonias.

What's up with surprising volunteer plants that appear out of nowhere?

Due to the pandemic, more people are at home and noticing what's growing, including some surprises.
Sugarbush Ridge Ranch in Maple Grove.

Farm with custom home in the heart of Maple Grove hits market for $2M

This oasis in suburbia includes a horse barn, riding ring, vineyard, beehives, a "sugar shack" for making maple syrup and an enormous pool.
The kitchen in a vintage Prairie School-style home now blends with the rest of the house after a redesign by David Heide Design Studio.

Crafting a new kitchen for a Prairie School gem in Minneapolis

A functional modern-day kitchen has details inspired by the 1910 house, designed by prominent architects William Purcell and George Elmslie.
Nominate a garden that inspires you.

Last call for Beautiful Gardens

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Charlie and Jennifer Lick built their cabin, designed by Kell Architects, on the point of a peninsula on Clearwater Lake.

New lake home near Brainerd is paradise on the point

A new lake home finally rises on land that had been in the owner's family for decades.
Nominate a garden that's beautiful -- in spirit.

Gardens that make a difference

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
SpacecraftingLake of the Isles estate

$3.75M Kenwood estate offers a view of Lake of the Isles from every room

The landmark house sits on a half-acre parcel of land at a curve in Lake of the Isles Parkway, giving the home 180-degree views of the water.
With the help of a handyman, Rich Kronfeld transformed a formerly dusty, rotting screen house into an inviting hangout spot.

Old screen house in Golden Valley is reborn as 'Darth Vader's Gazebo'

A Golden Valley homeowner's DIY repair project turned into a complete rebuild.
The 4,340-square-foot home features huge windows and sliding-glass doors that frame sweeping views of Lake Superior.

$1.399M log home in Silver Bay sits on a rock ledge overlooking Lake Superior

"Standing on the deck, you feel like you're in the bow of a ship — you're that close to the water," the real estate agent said.
Steve HuffmanRapson home in Plymouth

$850K midcentury modern home in Plymouth by acclaimed architect was saved from tear-down

Ralph Rapson designed the open-concept house with walls of glass to bring the outdoors in.
A Velvet Viking Japanese maple.

New Minnesota-hardy Japanese maple was first discovered in a Twin Cities yard

Discovered growing in a Twin Cities yard, a tough variety of a popular plant is now a hot seller at area garden centers.
The gardens at Michelle Riedel’s Oakdale home were a 2019 Beautiful Garden winner.

Seeking gardens that are beautiful in spirit

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.