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Lynn Underwood

Reporter | Homes
Phone: 612-673-7619

Lynn Underwood is a reporter for the Star Tribune's Home & Garden section covering remodeling, design, trends, new housing, architecture and gardening. She also writes for the Variety section.  

Underwood grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a journalism degree. After college, she was a camp counselor at Camp Tamarack, St. Croix State Park. She lives in Plymouth with her husband and son, and spends free time gardening, traveling, going Up North to the family cabin, movies, checking out the newest taproom, playing Bunco and keeping up with pop culture.
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Tables from Pikka

Old doors – many from western China – get new life as Minnesota-made tables

Pikka Design Co.'s wood tables are repurposed from old Chinese doors.
The North Star Lofts, a converted 1920s woolen blanket mill, with spectacular views of the mighty Mississippi.

$3.2M loft in downtown Mpls. boasts rooftop deck, views of the Mississippi

The luxe North Star Lofts was the first warehouse conversion in Minneapolis' Mill District.
The white quartz-topped island for casual dining feels fresh and distinctive, thanks to the chunky chiseled edge on the counters and island top.

Creating a 'timeless' kitchen in a St. Louis Park Cape Cod

A new kitchen brings today's amenities to a 1940s Cape Cod by turning three confining spaces into an open and functional floor plan.
Renae Keller in her new home in Burnsville . ] Jerry Holt • Reveal of interior designer Renae Keller's newly-built "timel

Interior design pro calls the shots for new-fashioned farmhouse in Burnsville

After years of helping clients create their dream homes, Renae Keller and her family were eager to build a home "exactly the way we wanted."
The 1881 Queen Anne William Sauntry Mansion, a $1.2 million B&B in Stillwater.

Iconic Stillwater B&B from the 1880s hits the market for $1.2M

1880s Sauntry Mansion keeps the Victorian vibe alive, while enhancing it with Swedish steam showers and whirlpool tubs.
The 600-square-foot off-the-grid timber frame cabin includes a sleeping loft above the living area.

'Less is enough' at tiny cabin on edge of BWCA

A Twin Cities couple savor getting off the grid at their 600-square-foot retreat near Ely, designed by a "cabinologist."
A view of the two-story addition, rear porch and backyard party patio.

HGTV's first giveaway home in Minn. is 'Urban Oasis' near Minnehaha Falls

The winner of the network's annual sweepstakes will own this fully furnished, rehabbed farmhouse with Nordic charm.
Tim and Jenn Morrow have installed photovoltaic solar panels on their backyard pergola and the rooftop of their St. Paul duplex.

These Twin Cities households are run by the sun

Thinking about going solar? Twin Cities homeowners will share their knowledge about their rooftop solar systems.
AFTER In the breakfast nook, a new bench beneath the existing bay window “gives the wall a purpose — and more seating,” said architect Meghan Ke

1950s St. Paul rambler gets a streamlined new kitchen and mudroom

A modern kitchen and mudroom enhance a rambler's midcentury modern style.
Station 23 Loft, formerly a 1906 brick fire station, boasts three levels over 3,500 square feet.

Century-old former fire station now one-of-a-kind Mpls. condo priced at $1.1M

The fire pole is long gone — but the renovated Minneapolis firehouse now works as a flexible three-bedroom loft.
These interiors were designed for a model home in Bellwether, a 55-plus active adult community in Corcoran featuring indoor and outdoor pools, a clubh

Minnesota's first Del Webb community among 385 models on Parade of Homes

A new 55-plus community in Corcoran, with year-round resort-style living, is among the 385 models open during the Parade of Homes.
Judy Erdahl

Judy Erdahl, breast cancer research advocate who fostered gratitude, dies at 57

Judy Erdahl was well known in the Minnetonka area from her years as an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) coordinator and parent education instructor. When…
Homegazing - Mediterranean-style whole-house renovation in Edina's Country Club neighborhood. Credit Spacecrafting

In highly coveted neighborhood, $2.49M Edina home gets extreme makeover

A whole-house renovation merges old character with modern essentials.
Modern melds with tradition in this Wayzata home designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture.

One-of-a-kind minimalist home in Wayzata melds modern with tradition

Modern melds with tradition in a one-of-a-kind minimalist home.
The front view of homeowners Steph Walters and Ryan McGary’s remodeled rambler home in St. Louis Park.

'50s rambler in St. Louis Park gets sleek modern makeover

Here's how a couple transformed their tired midcentury home in St. Louis Park.
Renovated 1905 English Tudor style estate still boasts century-old character in Victoria.

Once a stone horse stable, this home near Lake Minnetonka going for $2.1M

A top-to-bottom renovation of the English Tudor revealed amazing stone walls.
The project included knocking down a wall between the kitchen and living room, (in this photo), adding more lighting and restoring the cedar paneling.

'50s split-level home in Falcon Heights is refreshed for modern living

As with many homes from that era, the kitchen was originally dark and cut off from the rest of the living spaces.
An Edina family has created a California modern-style home with a backyard saltwater swimming pool, walls of glass and strategic indoor-outdoor connec

Breezy beach-inspired house offers California dreaming in Edina

Light-filled modern home in Edina lives like a beach house on the West Coast.
The home sits on a ridge above the lake shore.

Upscale style on Lake Minnetonka is part of Luxury Home Tour

An "organic modern" residence in Mound — built on the foundation of a 1950s rambler — is among the ritzy real estate on the upcoming Luxury Home Tour.
This New England-style country compound boasts luxe living in Medina.

Lavish $4.1M country manor in Medina has hints of Martha Stewart's farm

The genteel New England-style estate includes horse-riding facilities, a swimming pool and a Ralph Lauren-themed home theater.
A bog flows into multiple pondless waterfalls in Candace McClenahan’s Bloomington water garden

Twin Cities water garden tour shows off the best of the wet

A tour highlights lush landscapes that all share one key ingredient — the soothing sound of flowing water.

St. Louis Park has become hub for locally owned home furnishing stores

A cluster of locally owned boutique-style home stores offer an alternative to big-box retailers.
The net-zero home in Tonka Bay produces all its energy, manages rainwater and fits in with neighboring homes in Lake Minnetonka.

Net-zero home on Lake Minnetonka is high-performance retreat

The house produces all its energy, manages rainwater and fits in with neighboring homes on Lake Minnetonka.
Inside the rare Lustron home on Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis.

Rare steel home in Mpls. is a $350K time capsule with sliding 'spaceship' doors

The Lustron was expected to rock the post-World War II housing boom, but only 22 remain in Minnesota.
Multi-colored paver patio and walkways, and a boulder fountain with shrubs and perennials, add eye-pleasing interest and beauty to this once bare Minn

Bare-bones backyard in northeast Minneapolis is now an inviting outdoor room

Backyard is transformed into a landscaped dining, lounging and grilling getaway.
Tammi Fredrickson, center

Judge Tammi Fredrickson was known as caring and fair

As Anoka County judges, Tammi Fredrickson and her colleague Jenny Walker Jasper were attending a state judges conference. Attorney Brock Hunter gave a presentation on…
Irwin Jacobs' 20-acre estate is listed for $11.995 million.

Irwin Jacobs' Orono mansion back on the market for $12 million

The 20-acre estate on Shoreline Drive is the third most expensive single-family home in Minnesota currently listed on the MLS.
This lodge-style home is on Grey Cloud Island.

$1.59M island home is a 'hidden treasure' south of St. Paul on Mississippi River

Grey Cloud Island property boasts five bedrooms, swimming pool and serene setting only 13 miles from St. Paul.
The art-collector homeowners have filled the spaces with curated art and furnishings, upscale materials and finishes and luxe amenities. This Artisan

Luxe Euro-modern Lake Minnetonka mansion stands out on Artisan Home Tour

A new 12,000-square-foot Orono mansion with an international vibe is on the roster of residences open for the Artisan Home Tour.
Robin White helped Stephen Spielberg, 84, browse through titles at Knollwood Place Apartments, courtesy of her nonprofit Green Books.

Seniors read, then recycle, with Green Books' free used-books outreach

Green Books has given away about 148,000 books so far.
A reimagined mansion on Lake Minnetonka's Crystal Bay in Orono.

$6 million stone mansion brings a taste of Italy to Lake Minnetonka

Revitalized lakeside home features seven fireplaces, 100 feet of shoreline and a carriage-house apartment.
An Avon farmhouse is reborn by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

After a devastating fire, a new eco-friendly farmhouse is born in Central Minnesota

After losing what they thought was their "forever" home, a couple built a new country house in Avon.
Lavender from “Beyond Rosemary, Basil, and Thyme,” by Theresa Mieseler.

A Minnesota expert's guide to unusual herbs

Twin Cities grower shares her cultivating tips, savory recipes and plants that go "Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme."
Triple Treat: Shade container garden from Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery.

How to make a creative container garden for your home

Garden designers share recipes for creative containers to bring a mini-garden to your doorstep or deck.
Views of downtown Minneapolis skyscrapers off the balcony.

$1.17M penthouse offers sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Mpls.

The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.
Sustainable age-in-place lake home near Stillwater by Ben Awes, CityDeskStudio.

Home in the woods near Stillwater is serene Scandinavian sanctuary

Gables, a thickly wooded site and a Scandinavian sensibility define the design of a sustainable home.
Coastal Modern, designed by Swan Architecture.

12 one-of-a-kind Minnesota homes from top Twin Cities architects

These homes and more are among this year's Home of the Month selected projects.
Q&A with architects on the panel of the HOME OF THE MONTH event at ASI. Project by Andrea Swan, Swan Architecture. Credit Landmark Photography

Tips for designing 'your ideal home' from top Twin Cities architects

Architects David O'Brien Wagner, Christine Albertsson and Andrea Swan talk about designing for better, not bigger.
Erica Feldmann's book "HausMagick" explains magical ways to make your home a more cozier welcoming place using taste, touch, scent and sight.

How to use 'modern witchcraft' to create a feel-good home

Author of "HausMagick" shares ways to harness positive energy to create a feel-good living environment.
Raina Eberly

Raina Eberly, PTSD researcher, dies at 66

Raina Eberly and her husband, Brian Engdahl, were professional partners and life partners. Both received doctorates in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and…
For sale: A home on private Eagle Island in the middle of Lake Vermilion.

Private island with log home selling for $1.5M on one of Minn.'s largest lakes

There are no neighbors on the one-owner island in vast Lake Vermilion.
Home of the Month - Complete renovation of a cabin to make it a year-round lake home by Bryan Anderson, SALA Architects,

Weekend cabin near Avon, Minn., is transformed into like-new year-round retreat

A 1990s cabin in Central Minnesota has been reconfigured and refreshed.
Founder and lead designer Brianne Boettner calls Timber & Tulip’s one-of-a-kind designs “fearless.”

Minneapolis' Timber & Tulip makes industrial modern furniture with art vibe

Brianne Boettner can take an ugly “tree wart” and transform it into an eye-catching maple cocktail table. “It looks like the shape of a lake…
An Edina home from the Remodelers Showcase.

Edina home makeover was inspired by vacations on Cape Cod

A family put a fresh spin on a traditional Edina home with thoughtful updates and a two-story addition. It's open for touring during the Remodelers Showcase.
Denny Hecker's former main lodge-style retreat is $4 million.

Go inside Denny Hecker's former lakeside mansion retreat, now priced at $4M

The lavish compound near Crosslake has been divided into three lots.
Perennials and grasses shaped by a fieldstone wall and brick pathway feel like they’ve always graced the front entry of the century-old Craftsman.

Restored prairie pairs perfectly with renovated Lake Minnetonka Craftsman home

Native plantings and tried-and-true perennials surrounding a 1905 Craftsman-style home create a postcard setting on Lake Minnetonka.
The finished front yard patio project by Bachman's Landscaping.

Before & After: How to turn your front yard into a popular hangout

Landscaped sitting spot in front yard encourages connecting with neighbors.
Beat the winter blues by visiting the Meyer-Deats Conservatory at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

5 upcoming home and garden events in the Twin Cities

A freebie at the Arb Escape to the tropics or cross-country ski for free every Wednesday in March at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. There’s no…
Light woods and birch tree trunks bring a warm organic feel to the interior of the Newlands' home.

Nordic modern home makes the most of small Minneapolis lot

A Minneapolis architect designed his own Nordic-inspired, eco-friendly home.
The three-level dwelling boasts two big decks and a patio. The Schafers live in the main and upper levels and the Newlands live in the lower-level wal

Ultra-modern home in Golden Valley houses three generations of family

Multigenerational living in a cube-shaped home composed of glass, wood and steel, with dramatic geometric lines.
This 1930s stone mansion in Minneapolis comes with a saltwater pool.

$2.99M brick mansion is a Lake Harriet landmark

Elegant 1930s home preserves the past, while adding upgrades such as a stone terrace and saltwater swimming pool.
HGTV's favorite home-improvement twins: "Property Brothers" Jonathan Scott, left, and Drew Scott.

'Property Brothers' dish on what it'll take for them to do makeover show in Minn.

The superstar twins bring their renovation expertise and sibling snark to the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show.
Wealshire resident Lorraine Erdmann is surprised by fresh flowers from Jill McCarty, a volunteer with Bluebirds & Blooms.

Childhood friends from Edina recycle flowers into bouquets of beauty for seniors

Their simple mission of giving a gift of recycled flowers has sprouted into a flourishing enterprise.
Author Melissa Rappaport Schifman built a sustainable home, which features a sedum-planted green roof, across from Cedar Lake.

Minnesotan wrote the book on how to build a 'green' dream home

Minneapolis homeowner shares her hands-on experience of "Building a Sustainable Home."
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the corner unit of a $1.875 million condo on the 32nd floor of the Carlyle tower.

$1.8M condo in Minnesota's tallest residential tower boasts bird's-eye views

Corner unit in the Carlyle offers sweeping vistas of downtown Minneapolis' skyscrapers and stadiums.
The homey wraparound front porch adds architectural character, outdoor seating areas and shelter from the rain.

Century-old Linden Hills farmhouse is reincarnated for family life today

A family outgrew their 1907 home in Linden Hills — so they remade it for today.
Leland Krebs Jr.

Leland Krebs Jr., Great River B& B owner, dies at 88

Lydia Gnos met Leland Krebs Jr. when she was waiting tables and he was tending bar in 1987 at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin,…
$1.2 million Queen Anne brownstone on Summit Avenue, St. Paul..

$1.2M Queen Anne mansion on Summit Avenue is postcard from the past

The well-preserved Victorian brownstone was designed by a renowned architect.
White farmhouse-style kitchen with beadboard ceiling, brick-pattern subway tile and shaker cabinets, the most popular style.

What's hot in kitchen renovations right now

Quartz is king, white rules and black stainless steel is ascending, according to uber-popular 2019 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
The new office/sunroom has plenty of light, a built-in desk and storage, in-floor heating and energy-efficient windows.

How to transform an unheated Minnesota porch into a comfortable home office

A Roseville telecommuter converted an unheated porch into a comfortable office.
Dark and moody colors. Trends 2019 by Houzz. Credit Alexandra Crafton

Twin Cities designers forecast home decor for 2019

Kitchens with color, herringbone patterns for tile and flooring, and dark and moody hues are trends to look for.
The North Shore cabin’s light-filled living spaces are composed of expanses of glass, Douglas fir built-ins and heated concrete floor.

Cozy 'little gem' cabin shows off dramatic views of Lake Superior

This hygge heaven creates an intimate connection to Lake Superior.
Willie Willette held a bourbon board made of solid walnut.

Minneapolis woodworker crafts custom furniture inspired by art

Minneapolis artisan crafts one-of-a-kind custom furniture inspired by art and architecture.
Urban Tree House from “Connections,” by Charles R. Stinson Architects.

Architecture book, final Glögg tour, butterfly gardens, apple tree tips

Universal connections to ‘home’ Architect Charles Stinson’s “Connections” ($70, Wise Ink Creative Publishing) is more than a showy cocktail table book packed with pretty pictures…
Living Coral color palette in a living room designed by Massucco Warner Miller.

Twin Cities designers weigh in on Color of the Year

Twin Cities design pros are either big fans or unimpressed by Pantone's audacious Living Coral.
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.
Architect Christopher Strom designed a partial tear-down and rebuild of a 1940s rambler in Edina to create modern functionality.

Edina couple fine-tuned their modest rambler for modern living

They transformed their modest midcentury home to maximize a prime corner lot.
Backyard swimming pool, patio, pergola, and metal sculpture.

Inside $3.45M mansion where Mark Dayton and Dean Phillips once lived

The 1913 Georgian Revival in Minneapolis boasts a huge family room addition, multiple office spaces and backyard swimming pool.
You never know what you’ll find at area resale shops. A set of Holly and the Ivy china by Royal Gallery was spotted at the Langdon in Mound.

Where to find bargain-priced, secondhand holiday decor in the Twin Cities

Castoff holiday trees, ornaments and home accents are available at bargain prices at Twin Cities resale shops.

S. Scott Nicholas, allergist and respiratory disease advocate, dies at 81

In 1966, he joined Eisenstadt Allergy & Asthma in Minneapolis, where he treated children and adult allergy sufferers for 52 years.
Top Christine Scotillo and Doug Peine, with their dog Gracie, view their backyard beds shaped by limestone walls. Above Concrete lambs accent the outd

St. Paul garden features landscaped living rooms – one in the center of a pond

A small St. Paul backyard boasts various spots for relaxing — including one in the center of a pond.
Tia and Cory Vandenberghe preserved the old exposed brick and terra-cotta character, while adding modern efficiency and functionality.

St. Paul couple transformed condemned industrial building into modern loft-style home

Outside, it looks like an old industrial building, but inside is a comfortable loft-style home in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
Twin Cities designers share tips on adding pizazz to spruce-tip pots

Twin Cities designers share tips on adding pizazz to spruce-tip pots

Two design pros offer tips for creating seasonal containers that will brighten your door all winter long.
Architect Dan Nepp took design cues from exisiting spaces in his 1911 Craftsman-style home, above, such as the diamond-pane windows, for his seamless

A Minneapolis architect fine-tunes his own Arts and Crafts gem

This Craftsman-style home has been updated for 21st-century living.
This earth-sheltered house on a wooded acreage in River Falls, Wis. on the market for $285,000.

Futuristic earth-sheltered home in River Falls is '70s blast from the past

Five skylights and three wood-burning fireplaces brighten the house built into a hill in western Wisconsin.