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'Minnesota through and through' log home in Shorewood lists for $798,000

'Minnesota through and through' log home in Shorewood lists for $798,000

The builders used pine from an old-growth forest in northern Minnesota and a labor-intensive handcrafted method.
Don’t mow more than a third of the height of the grass.

Did you try No Mow May? Here's how to take care of your lawn in June

That buzz cut may sound tempting, but easing into trimming your grass is key.
Midcentury St. Louis Park home built for Nankin restaurant owners lists for $1 million

Midcentury St. Louis Park home built for Nankin restaurant owners lists for $1 million

Designed by Saul Smiley, the Prairie-style home features a porte-cochere, slatted doors, clerestory windows and a pool.
'Modern farmhouse' in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood lists for $650K

'Modern farmhouse' in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood lists for $650K

The Seward neighborhood home is just seven years old.
Check out these award-winning homes designed by Minnesota architects

Check out these award-winning homes designed by Minnesota architects

The annual contest spotlights top home designs by local architects.
St. Paul mansion originally built for Hamm's brewing family lists for $1.85 million

St. Paul mansion originally built for Hamm's brewing family lists for $1.85 million

Designed by Clarence Johnston, the 1936 mansion was built for an heir to brewing magnate Theodore Hamm.
Design of the Times at Paisley Park will kickoff Black Fashion Week MN.

Black Fashion Week MN gives a nod to Prince as a fashion icon

"Design of the Times" will feature a fashion show, Q+A panel and after-party, kicking off the weeklong series of style events.
Remodeling project makes Big Lake living room feel like 'cottage on a lake'

Remodeling project makes Big Lake living room feel like 'cottage on a lake'

After the pandemic sidelined travel plans, a living room makeover lifted the spirits of one Minnesota family.
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Timber frame Minnesota lake home built the 'old-fashioned way' lists for $850K

Home on wooded lot in Linwood Township has a massive fireplace, open octagon center and vaulted ceiling.
Homeowners and architects will talk about their latest projects, including the team behind this western Wisconsin cabin.

Find your design inspiration at Home of the Month event in Minneapolis

The latest in architect-driven projects will be highlighted as part of the May 5 event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The recently restored E.L. Powers House. The Prairie School-style house in Minneapolis will be featured in the 2022 Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tou

Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour is back with an architectural treat

Peek inside vintage homes that have been restored and remodeled.
Minneapolis mansion by Mary Tyler Moore house architect lists for $1.2 million

Minneapolis mansion by Mary Tyler Moore house architect lists for $1.2 million

Once in disrepair, the home was updated by its current owners from top to bottom.
Lindsey Uselding and Kirsten Meehan on April 19, 2022 at a Twin Cities home where filming is taking place for the new HGTV series “Renovation 911.�

New HGTV series stars Minnesota home-restoring sisters

The show follows two sisters who run a Twin Cities-based cleanup and repair firm.
Well before it was allowed in Edina, Leonard and Rhoda Bernstein, left to right, were No Mow May enthusiasts. Even getting citations from the city for

'No Mow May' campaign to help pollinators adds inches to Twin Cities lawns

Cities from Edina to Vadnais Heights are joining the campaign to protect pollinators by postponing the start of the mowing season.
Fashion Week MN offers stylish takes on spring and summer ensembles

Fashion Week MN offers stylish takes on spring and summer ensembles

The weeklong series of Twin Cities style events will showcase all things spring and summer.
The St. Paul house has 1,776 square feet, three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was built in 1908 and moved to its current location in 1971.

Remodeled St. Paul farmhouse 'may be the best house under $300K'

The owner gave the house in the "midtown Frogtown area" modern touches while maintaining its farmhouse history.
Restored 1947 St. Paul rambler with 'midcentury flavor' lists for $625,000

Restored 1947 St. Paul rambler with 'midcentury flavor' lists for $625,000

The St. Anthony Park house was slated to be demolished until a neighbor stepped in and rehabbed it.
Eden Prairie home blooms with DIY floral mosaics, pendants

Eden Prairie home blooms with DIY floral mosaics, pendants

A family put a joyful stamp on a home purchased as a foreclosure more than a decade ago.
Why are there so many stucco homes in the Twin Cities?

Why are there so many stucco homes in the Twin Cities?

The region's "love for stucco" is unique in the Midwest.
A home along the Six Sisters row of Queen Anne homes in Lowry Hill East has listed.

'Painstakingly restored' Queen Anne in Minneapolis lists for $620,000

It's one of the Six Sisters, a row of historic homes in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood of Minneapolis.
The previously dark 1970s kitchen was given a major facelift with reclaimed white oak cabinets, plank lime-washed oak floors and a glass tile backspla

A reboot takes a 1970s Edina ranch home from drab to fab

It's one of more than 30 Twin Cities area homes featured in the Remodelers Showcase tour.
Hennepin Handmade’s Derek Hostetler works on a piece in the hot shop at the Glass House building.

The future is bright for the Minneapolis makers of glass-blown light fixtures

At Hennepin Made, there's always an iron in the fire.
The gummy bear garden is filled with hydrangeas at the Galleria in Edina, Minn. The Galleria Floral Experience with gardens by Bachmans is back with a

Galleria Floral Experience brings 'much needed first taste of spring'

After a two-year hiatus, the Galleria Floral Experience with gardens by Bachman's is back with a sugar-coated twist.
A 644-square-foot unit in the 510 Groveland cooperative in Minneapolis offers a spacious feel and urban amenities.

Boutique unit at luxury 1920s Loring Park building 'priced to sell' at $275K

A 677-square-foot unit in the 510 Groveland cooperative in Minneapolis offers a spacious feel and urban amenities.
Rennie Gaither checked one of the 40 beds in the Our Village Garden in Saint Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.

Frogtown Green is making a difference, one St. Paul garden at a time

The volunteer-powered environmental initiative seeks to combat urban drought, protect pollinators and more.
Porcelain isn't just for bathrooms anymore: How to use this durable material all over the house

Porcelain isn't just for bathrooms anymore: How to use this durable material all over the house

Porcelain is making a comeback with attractive, modern takes.
Refreshed St. Louis Park home with 'midcentury vibe' on market for $574,900

Refreshed St. Louis Park home with 'midcentury vibe' on market for $574,900

The current homeowners have made updates over the years while keeping with the style of the home.
The Parade of Homes spring tour features a range of price points from a $285,000 twin home in North Branch (pictured) to a $2.67 million home in Edina

Spring Parade of Homes tour adds more home styles to the mix

The annual tour will cover a wide range of price points, styles and locations across the Twin Cities metro area.
Nicole Crowder sits on a prototype of a chair that’s part of her collaboration with World Market.

Minneapolis designer's furniture takes the 'World Market' stage

Nicole Crowder has joined forces with the national retailer to create World Market Nicole Crowder Collection.
A modern farmhouse along the Cannon River in Cannon Falls, Minn.

'Rambling' modern farmhouse on the Cannon River lists for $3.25 million

The five-bedroom home on a secluded 3-acre Cannon River lot offers multigenerational living and plenty of privacy.
Thrifty Minneapolis retiree turns basement bedroom into hobby room

Thrifty Minneapolis retiree turns basement bedroom into hobby room

More is more for this sewing and decorating enthusiast.
Stately 'twisted chimney' Victorian house in St. Paul lists for $789,900

Stately 'twisted chimney' Victorian house in St. Paul lists for $789,900

Restored Ramsey Hill home has been doing double duty as an office space and a residence.
Mina Starsiak Hawk is the star of HGTV’s nationally acclaimed hit renovation show “Good Bones.” MUST CREDIT: Mina Starsiak Hawk)

HGTV's 'Good Bones' star headlines Home + Garden show

Mina Starsiak Hawk will make a guest appearance at the upcoming Home + Garden Show.
A 31st-floor condo at the Airye Condominiums in St. Paul offers views of the area.

Lowertown condo with sweeping views of downtown St. Paul lists for $350,000

The 31st-floor unit in Airye building in historic Lowertown offers easy access to downtown amenities, as well as views of Mears Park and the Mississippi River.
A workman cuts sections of a bean at a housing site in Madison County, Miss., Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The busy season for home remodeling usually end

Remodeling costs in Minnesota top national average: Here's how to set a budget

Local remodelers say it's easy to underestimate when basing the cost of a project on national averages.
'Incredibly glamorous' Lake Minnetonka island estate lists for $11 million

'Incredibly glamorous' Lake Minnetonka island estate lists for $11 million

It boasts nine bathrooms, an eight-car garage and gold plating, but the 14,000-square-foot home (rented by Jennifer Lopez during the Super Bowl) is designed for family living.
Minneapolis couple turn Wisconsin dairy farm into 'campus' for arts community

Minneapolis couple turn Wisconsin dairy farm into 'campus' for arts community

An "unapologetically modern" new farmhouse joins a renovated barn and other buildings on 57 acres in the Driftless Area.
The 1891 Victorian in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District features 5,100-square-feet, five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Victorian gem in northeast Minneapolis Arts District is listed at $975,000

The 1891 home in northeast Minneapolis has had only four owners, all of whom have been its stewards.
The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show runs Feb. 4-6.

Get ideas for giving your home a refresh at Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

More than 250 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand to talk about trends in remodeling, interior design, sustainability and home improvement.
Eagan woman turns closet into 'coolest little kid cave' for less than $100

Eagan woman turns closet into 'coolest little kid cave' for less than $100

Some homeowners create man caves or she-sheds. For this Eagan homeowner, it's all about a playroom.
The T.P. Healy home was lovingly restored by the builder’s great-grandson architect John Cunningham.

'Theatrical' Queen Anne home on Healy Block in Minneapolis on market for $625,000

An architect and his wife lovingly restored a Victorian built by his great-grandfather T.P. Healy in south Minneapolis.
One of Minnesota’s first families in home furnishing, this is an At Home With Joel Lebewitz, who runs his family’s 126-year-old Rosenthal Furnitur

Inside the home of one of Minnesota's first families in home furnishing

Siblings Joel and Rosie Lebewitz, the fourth generation to run Rosenthal Interiors, revamped the family home in Minnetonka.
Award-winning architect Randy Buffie’s redesigned 3,400-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Minneapolis architect's 'cozy' contemporary home lists for $1.495 million

An award-winning architect's redesigned home with a carriage house in Linden Hills blends art and engineering.
Neighborhood kids played on top of dirt pile at the Old Highland Peace Garden in August as their parents picked weeds and barbecued nearby.

North Minneapolis garden — and its army of volunteers — grew organically

A community created to help feed those in need has become a memorial and a hub for free concerts, classes and plays.
The contemporary North Oaks home, built in 1989, has five bedroom and eight bathrooms.

Luxe North Oaks 'entertainer's dream' home on market for $3.275 million

The 11,000-square-foot home in a "countryside environment" features fountains in the foyer, several fireplaces and bars on each level.
The East Isles home won a 2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award.

Minneapolis home with Zen vibe on market for a cool $3.38 million

Art expert couple won a Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award for renovated Craftsman/Queen Anne transitional home along Lake of the Isles.
Want a low-stress new year’s resolution? Start by vowing to know what day it is.

Want to make a New Year's promise you can keep? Try these 11 Low Effort Resolutions

Need an emotional boost as we head into what could be another tough year? Make a resolution you know you can achieve.
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'Respectful' new Edina home was designed to blend into old neighborhood

Couple razed their 1950s home and built a new home with flex space for the future.
'Family-friendly' home at Bearpath golf club in Eden Prairie hits market for $1.995 million

'Family-friendly' home at Bearpath golf club in Eden Prairie hits market for $1.995 million

The 7,700-square-foot contemporary four-level home in a gated community offers golf course views.
'Tropical Scandinavian' home in Mpls. maximizes every inch

'Tropical Scandinavian' home in Mpls. maximizes every inch

Couple wanted new accessory dwelling unit to accommodate them and their two pets.
Anna Lyon at her home in Wayzata, Minn.

Tastemaker, philanthropist and recruiter says there's no place like Minnesota

Anna Lyon calls an Edwin Lundie ranch-style house in Wayzata her home.
Secluded $900K Wisconsin log cabin 'retreat' offers lake views, nearby amenities

Secluded $900K Wisconsin log cabin 'retreat' offers lake views, nearby amenities

The hilltop cabin in Osceola Township is minutes away from ski resorts and town centers.
Beautiful Garden winner Coralee Fox has one goal for her Brainerd-area garden: to put a smile on the face of everyone who sees it. In this massive, fo

Brainerd area garden grows into destination for locals and tourists alike

A Crow Wing master gardener's property near Brainerd is a Monarch Waystation and a Beautiful Gardens winner.
A home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul is known for its dramatic “cat-slide” and grounds that could sit just as comfortably in the English countrysid

'English country manor' on St. Paul's Summit Avenue on market for $2.375 million

Ramsey Hill mansion with a "catslide" porte cochere and formal gardens spans five lots.
Wisconsin lakeshore 'Campfire' cabin has cozy chalet theme

Wisconsin lakeshore 'Campfire' cabin has cozy chalet theme

Homeowners built a new cabin on the beloved site of their old one in the Cable area.
Artist Arianne Zager’s global influences are seen in her fashion designs and watercolors.

Minnesota artist finds inspiration in 'found water' around the world

Arianne Zager makes watercolors and designs clothing, too.
The house in south Minneapolis, where a previous owner hid cash, has been updated.

Modest 1900 Minneapolis home for sale once held 'buried treasure'

Relatives of a previous owner found hidden cash in the "cozy cottage."
At Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo, customers are being asked to reserve a time slot.

Tips and tricks if you're buying a 'real' Christmas tree this year

Here's what to expect at Minnesota tree farms, and how to keep your tree looking fresh.
The view of Minneapolis from a 34th floor penthouse.

Minneapolis condo tower the Eleven offers luxury amenities, sweeping views

City's tallest residential tower aims to offer the feel of "living in a fancy hotel" when it's completed next year.
Field Outdoor Spaces created a patio, with a fire pit, and a landscaped buffer.

St. Louis Park family turned an unused area of driveway into a 'pleasant' patio

A landscaping company created an outdoor space that can be enjoyed from early spring to late fall.
Simple yet splendid Mission-style Kenwood home hits market for $1.25 million

Simple yet splendid Mission-style Kenwood home hits market for $1.25 million

The current homeowners have stayed "faithful" to the clean style of the Minneapolis home, as have their predecessors.
CityDeskStudio worked with the homeowner to transform the Excelsior schoolhouse. An expansion incorporating glassy boxes and charred cedar siding brin

'Beehive' schoolhouse built in 1857 transformed into modern home in Excelsior

AIA Home of the Month: Believed to be the oldest building in Excelsior, the humble brick structure has had several iterations in its more than 160 years.
Remodeled Golden Valley rambler has 'cool modern Scandinavian aesthetic'

Remodeled Golden Valley rambler has 'cool modern Scandinavian aesthetic'

An addition doubled the size of a home in Tyrol Hills, but the design created a sense of coziness.
The resort-like grounds of a Faribault home have many amenities, including a fishing pond with three docks.

Resort-like $3.4 million Faribault estate offers fishing pond, pool, sports bar

The owners of a Faribault property created resort-like amenities for generations of family members to enjoy.
Coffee bar gives White Bear Lake homeowners 'their own cafe' in their kitchen

Coffee bar gives White Bear Lake homeowners 'their own cafe' in their kitchen

New Studio Architecture created an integrated setup for making all types of coffee.
Grand St. Paul estate along Mississippi with tennis court lists for $2.4 million

Grand St. Paul estate along Mississippi with tennis court lists for $2.4 million

The home was designed by Clarence H. Johnston, the architect behind Glensheen Mansion and other grand homes.
Jeanie Thomas enjoyed a cup of tea and morning newspaper in the new screened-in porch at her home in Eden Prairie.

Eden Prairie family turns space under deck into backyard 'cabin'

The rock-filled space beneath a deck was transformed into a screened-in porch with cement flooring.
Mark Gibson, a bricklayer and mason by trade, built this gazebo for his wife at their home in Athens Township.

My Favorite Room: Isanti County gazebo is a gift that keeps on giving

A husband's DIY project got him off the hook for buying his wife presents.
The boutique condos at 301 Kenwood Parkway are located next to the Walker Art Center and offer views of the Basilica of St. Mary and downtown skyline.

Luxe $1.8 million condo steps from the Walker offers sweeping Mpls. views

The condo boasts the only walkout and multi-story unit in the building.
Jennifer Larson’s daughter Lillian, 2, ate a tomato in the Perspectives’ Supportive Housing vegetable garden in St. Louis Park, Minn., on Wednesda

St. Louis Park gardens nurture in more ways than one

The gardens of Perspectives Inc. not only feed families emerging from homelessness, but also serve as educational and nutritional tools.
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Minneapolis style guru's eye for decor hits home

The designer, florist, TV personality and drag queen manages to pack his expansive sense of style into his modest Minneapolis home.
St. Paul condo at F. Scott Fitzgerald birthplace hits market for $350K

St. Paul condo at F. Scott Fitzgerald birthplace hits market for $350K

The 1892 Pullman-style buildings, originally apartments, are close to restaurants and shops off Selby Avenue.
Modern yet timeless $1M Golden Valley home offers 'midcentury perfection'

Modern yet timeless $1M Golden Valley home offers 'midcentury perfection'

A major renovation brought the outdoors in for a "luxury treehouse" on a huge lot in South Tyrol Hills.
My Favorite Room: Home office has views of Lake Minnetonka, secret panels

My Favorite Room: Home office has views of Lake Minnetonka, secret panels

The walkout of a small cabin on Shady Island was transformed into an office with custom touches for a fun, calming effect.
'Castle-like' Isles Tudor built for Cream of Wheat family lists for $3.7 million

'Castle-like' Isles Tudor built for Cream of Wheat family lists for $3.7 million

This is the first time the Minneapolis estate has gone on the market in more than 50 years.