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Nancy Ngo

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Mark Tierney, left, talks with his friends and bar regulars Maggie Romens and Leon Hushcha outside Tierney’s garage bar Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Mi

New Minneapolis garage with built-in bar brings the party to a small backyard

An upgraded garage with a bar gives a nod to a turn-of-the-century Lowry Hill home with brickwork and other accents.
Kaisa Johnson attempts to clean Otto the Great Dane in her redesigned laundry room in the basement of her Minneapolis home on Wednesday.

'Barkitecture' puts dogs at the center of home design

Pooch-pampering amenities include dog showers, lockers and high-tech dog doors.
Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour emphasizes Arts and Crafts and Art Deco eras

Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour emphasizes Arts and Crafts and Art Deco eras

See renovation and remodeling projects at Twin Cities area homes.
The Friends School of Minnesota plant sale at the State Fairgrounds.

Plant sales offer good prices, Minnesota-hardy plants and free advice

The season for stocking up on garden goods is just beginning.
Blending 'vintage and modern,' tiny house on oversized Minneapolis lot lists for $247,000

Blending 'vintage and modern,' tiny house on oversized Minneapolis lot lists for $247,000

The 565-square-foot abode makes the most of every square inch.
An archive photo of tulips blooming at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Tulips, those harbingers of spring, will be late this year, arboretum says

While the cold weather caused a delay in bloom times, we're still in for a tulip-filled extravaganza this season.
Where to celebrate Kentucky Derby, King's coronation — and how to pick a hat for the occasion

Where to celebrate Kentucky Derby, King's coronation — and how to pick a hat for the occasion

From predawn parties to post-race contests, here's where you can show off your chapeau.
Black Fashion Week MN founder Natalie Morrow strikes a pose at the Neu Neu event venue space where some of the 2023 Black Fashion Week MN events will

Spring Black Fashion Week MN keeps it fresh with new events

The style series will feature a variety of new events and designers.
Corey Gaffer

Announcing the 12 winners of the AIA Star Tribune Home of the Month contest

The annual contest shines a light on top home designs by Minnesota architects.
istock yellow daffodil (narcissus) isolated on white

Daffodils star in upcoming flower show

Take a time out, stop and smell the daffodils. At least that's the urging behind the upcoming Daffodil Society of Minnesota's Spring Flower Show. Slated…
The views, with the help of floor-to-ceiling windows, were a major selling point for the current homeowners.

'Urban, timeless' St. Paul condo with views of two skylines lists for $459,900

The State Capitol and the Mississippi River also can be seen from the updated 42nd-floor unit.
Homeowners, designers and architects will talk about their latest projects, including the team behind this new build near the Chain of Lakes.

Peek inside homes by top Minnesota architects at event designed to inspire

Architects, designers and homeowners will come together to highlight local projects, latest trends in home design.
The East Coast shingle-style house on Lake Minnetonka sits on a private peninsula with an expansive shoreline and a nearly 3-acre “parklike” setti

$14.75 million home on Lake Minnetonka offers stunning views, nautical theme

The Nantucket-inspired house on Wayzata Bay sits on a peninsula with lakefront on three sides.
An escape from what feels like an endless winter can be found at the Spring Flower Show inside the Sunken Garden at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

These 3 free flower shows make it feel like spring in Minnesota

It's been a long winter and a snowy spring. Here's where to see some flowers in bloom.
“Field Guide to Outside” author Ryan McEnaney. 

This Twin Cities guru is changing how we look at gardening

A fifth-generation gardener from Bailey Nurseries takes a make-it-fun approach.
A Los Angeles family with ties to the area built a refined rustic retreat on the shores of Wisconsin’s Lake Katherine.

3 Midwest lake retreats put 'modern edge' on traditional cabin feel

How do you combine traditional and contemporary? If these architect-designed lake places are any indication, the possibilities are endless.
The Fountain City house in The Driftless Area of Wisconsin is built into a bluff and overlooks the Mississippi River Valley. The house was designed so

Midcentury 'bunker house' on Wisconsin river bluff lists for $1 million

The seller is leaving the carefully curated furnishings for the next owner of the Fountain City home.
Gladys Tay at home in Shoreview.

More is more — inside a Shoreview maximalist's vintage-style home

Gladys Tay's love of "Old World meets modern with lots of color" style has become a business for her and her husband.
“I think it’s important that we have a relationship with objects and I think that’s part of sustainability,” said Victoria Sass, pictured at t

Minneapolis designer hopes to make people fall back in love with old houses

Rising star Victoria Sass launched a lighting collection with Hennepin Made.
Leonard Parker designed this home in St. Paul.

'Elegant but very warm' 1966 St. Paul home by modernist architect lists for $995,000

Award-winning architect Leonard Parker designed the 5,000-square-foot Highland Park home that's on the market for the first time.
Janelle and Scott Nivens worked with K Nelson Architects to combine rooms where they cook and eat into one large space. “The previous space was too

Minneapolis homeowners combine two 'too small' rooms to make open kitchen

Janelle and Scott Nivens removed space "to get better space" for entertaining and a more casual eating nook.
Andrew Gapinski, director of horticulture at Harvard University, will become the new head of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum announces new director

The new director replaces Peter Moe, who has served in various roles over his 50-year career at the arboretum.
Along the boulevard of mature trees, a new stone path, rain garden and trellised outdoor seating area was created in the front of the house.

Family's small ex-cabin on small Minneapolis lot gets 'innovative' remodel

Neighbor and architect friend designed a radical transformation for this Home of the Month winner.
What's the story behind Minneapolis' smaller houses with huge front yards?

What's the story behind Minneapolis' smaller houses with huge front yards?

The "back-of-lot" homes can be seen around the city, particularly in south Minneapolis.
Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight of 'Brady Bunch' fame talks home style in Minneapolis

Sitcom star Christopher Knight will talk about his home furnishings line, his HGTV run and, of course, being a Brady.
The kitchen, with modern black accents, upper glass pantries, top-end stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. 

'Entry-level' Eleven condo is luxe Minneapolis tower's first resale at $1.049 million

The 42-story luxury building on the Minneapolis riverfront offers a "New York vibe of amenities and qualities."
Musicians/artists Tessie Coen Brown and Edward Brown took a break from working on their home remodeling projects.

Musician couple transform 1926 Minneapolis fixer-upper into 'inviting' oasis for art

A Minnesota native and his wife remodeled a condemned duplex to create "a North Side social club" for musicians and artists.
From a residence to pickleball courts, the listing of a church in downtown Pine Island has drawn plenty of ideas.

House, Airbnb, day care? 1874 church near Rochester ripe for reuse at $199,900

The church is one of the oldest buildings in Pine Island.
Meyer-Deats Conservatory at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

Desperate to see flowers in bloom? 3 Twin Cities area flower shows to check out

Here's what's in — or on its way to — bloom.
Patric Richardson posed for a portrait in the laundry room of his home in St. Paul in 2021.

Minnesota's 'Laundry Evangelist' has lowdown on washing down, cashmere and more

Patric Richardson will be featured at the Home and Remodeling Show at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The patio with views of Bde Maka Ska.

Lakefront Minneapolis condo with 'best views in town' lists for $500,000

The 16th-floor unit at Lake Point in Minneapolis overlooks Bde Maka Ska, Cedar Lake and more.
Jane Severance moved into the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house her parents built in 1948 in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis woman transforms 'Leave It to Beaver' childhood home into forever home

A retired flight attendant moved back into the house she grew up in, making modern updates while retaining the family feeling.
The Organized Mama’s Jessica Litman.

How to get your home organized? Get the whole family involved, Minnesota author says

Jessica Litman offers tips on organizing for the entire family from her new book, "Home Sweet Organized Home."
Molly Bialka-Boreen said she thought she “could have a lot of fun” with a garden dedicated to beloved story “Alice in Wonderland.”

'Outrageous' Beautiful Gardens winner brings Wonderland to Coon Rapids

A garden based on the classic storybook "Alice in Wonderland" aims to transport visitors to another world.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom Cape Cod style home is located in Bryn Mawr in Minneapolis.

Up-to-date charmer in Bryn Mawr lists for $499,900

This three-bedroom, three-bathroom Minneapolis home is so customizable you can even build your own closets.
When introducing new materials, items selected were durable, warm and versatile to create continuity throughout different spaces.

Industrial 1980s Minneapolis condo gets 'brighter and lighter and softer' look

A downsizing Edina couple wanted to give their condo a "sustainable" update.
The historic Oppel’s Point on the White Iron Lake chain was the private summer retreat of lumber baron William Oppel and his family.

Lumber baron's restored 'vintage' lakeside cabin near Ely lists for $798,500

This is only the second time Oppel's Point, built as a summer retreat in 1930, has been listed.
Betty Lotterman was all smiles as she brought coffee to visitors shopping a small farmer’s market out of her driveway. Customers pay what they want

This Betty serves pie — and a whole lot more — from her St. Paul garden

Beautiful Gardens contest winner Betty Lotterman's St. Paul garden is one of abundance and serves the greater good.
The 57-acre site has three private lakes and a protected forest.

$3.8 million 'family resort' in Wisconsin comes with 3 lakes, pickleball court

57-acre property near Rice Lake features a "Montana ski lodge," many amenities and lots of space for guests.
An Edina couple enlisted Crystal Kitchen + Bath to remodel their kitchen.

DIYer Edina couple turn to pros for kitchen counter clutter solutions

A new layout and more storage keep appliances off the countertops in an updated Edina kitchen.
The rule of thumb is over an eight-hour period, you’ll save 1% for every 1 degree you set the dial back.

5 ways to save on your heating bill this winter

Home heating costs are expected to be at their highest in more than a decade.
Custom North Loop condo with 'A-plus' skyline views lists for $685,000

Custom North Loop condo with 'A-plus' skyline views lists for $685,000

The Minneapolis condo in Rock Island Lofts features "oversized" spaces and a terrace overlooking the city.
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Holiday shopping? 56 ideas for gifts and wraps with Minnesota flair

Don't approach your celebrations empty-handed. Here are gift ideas for even the most difficult to buy for.
The six-bedroom, five-bedroom lakefront house in St. Michael spans more than 5,500 square feet.

Minnesota lakeshore home with 'off-grid zero energy cost' lists for $2.95 million

Homeowners combined solar and geothermal energy for their resort-style home in St. Michael.
An awe-inspiring 100 varieties of ginkgo trees can be found dotted throughout in what Chuck Levine calls the Enchanted Ginkgo Forest.

Roseville garden with ginkgo forests and rare plants offers 'series of puzzles'

Beautiful Gardens winner is a testament to Chuck Levine's lifelong dedication to plants.
The two-story Italianate with a third-story cupola is referred to as the Hoyt-Hazzard house, after the original homeowners.

'Iconic' 1872 Italianate 'fairytale' house in St. Paul lists for $635,000

The updated Como neighborhood home with a third-story tower on a rare half-acre lot has had several iterations.
Classic black and white tiles with chrome styling evoke a timeless feel.

'Half 1950s, half 1970s' bathroom in Uptown home gets timeless makeover

Design elements were brought in to make the room feel classic and more spacious.
Minnetonka's distinctive midcentury 'Arch House' lists for $1.2 million

Minnetonka's distinctive midcentury 'Arch House' lists for $1.2 million

The experimental "solar gain" house, built in 1965, features a curved roof on a subdividable lot near Shady Oak Beach.
Rather than building on top of the hill, the house was tucked into it. And the house’s 1 ½-story front was as unobtrusive as possible against the s

Modern farmhouse tucked into hill near Stillwater offers 'beautiful' views of savanna

The AIA Home of the Month in the new White Oaks Savanna development in Grant has room for a young family to grow.
Custom-designed condo facing Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis lists for $599K

Custom-designed condo facing Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis lists for $599K

The current owner put his design background to work in updating his condo.
The Queen Anne turret house is steps away from downtown Hudson’s main street and the banks of the St. Croix River.

'Sultry, sexy' Victorian 'Goth Castle' in Hudson, Wis., lists for $1.1 million

The seven-bedroom 1900 Queen Anne Victorian turret house operates as a "spooky" Airbnb with themed rooms.
The gazebo features a tin roof, reclaimed barn wood walls and spans 12-by-12 feet.

'Empty wasteland' in St. Louis Park backyard becomes outdoor theater, bar

For years, the backyard sat empty after the homeowners' children outgrew the playground. Now it's a playground for the whole family.
Star Tribune Beautiful Garden contest winner and retired teacher Gary Reuss’ backyard oasis is filled with hosta, vegetable, flower gardens and more

For Andover gardener and Beautiful Gardens winner, it's hosta la vida, baby

The self-taught gardener has more than 160 hostas registered with the American Hosta Society — just one part of the expansive gardens at his home.
The midcentury modern rambler across from Hiawatha Golf Course was built in 1950.

Midcentury modern rambler across from Hiawatha Golf Course lists for $425,000

The refreshed south Minneapolis house is just steps from parkland, trail systems and other amenities.
The kitchen was relocated from the middle to the front of the house to open up the floor plan and bring in more light.

1980s Mendota Heights home gets 'expansive' update to bring in natural light

The kitchen was moved to the front of the traditional Colonial home for better flow.
The property in Spring Grove, Minn., includes a residence and 54-acre flower farm specializing in peonies. 

54-acre Minnesota peony farm with 'beautiful patchwork of color' lists for $1.495M

The southern Minnesota property is situated amid a field of rolling hills and includes a contemporary farmhouse.
The multilevel house is built of two arched steel shells connected by a hallway and steps and set in concrete. The walls are covered with hardened spr

1970s hillside 'Hobbit House' lists for $315,000 in River Falls, Wis.

Architect Mike McGuire's "ahead of its time" design is featured on Zillow Gone Wild.
Ticknor Hill Bed and Breakfast in Anoka is named after the original owners who built the house. The 1867 Queen Anne Victorian is listed on the Nationa

Historic Queen Anne Victorian bed-and-breakfast in Anoka lists for $900,000

The 4,200-square-foot inn is "one of the oldest homes in Anoka County" and features separate innkeeper's quarters.
Mari Houck practiced stopping someone coming in with a hard slap with self-defense instructor Paula Meyers, a certified expert in Krav Maga, during tr

How Minnesota real estate companies are trying to keep agents safe

Concerns about crime have prompted self-defense classes.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Ornamental Grass Collection.

Falling for the harvest season

These fall events are all about catering to green thumbs and home decor enthusiasts.
Fashion Week Minnesota

Two event-filled fashion weeks are slated for September

Fashion Week MN and Black Fashion Week MN focus on connection and culture.
Duluth's creek-spanning midcentury modern 'stilt house' lists for $750,000

Duluth's creek-spanning midcentury modern 'stilt house' lists for $750,000

The three-bedroom house, built with a steel frame suspended over a creek, has three en suite bathrooms and an indoor pool.
Jasper Lazor

Peek inside 8 distinctive Minnesota homes on Homes by Architects tour

Projects feature a range of sizes, budgets and neighborhoods.
Remodeled 1937 Cape Cod 'cottage' in St. Louis Park lists for $599,000

Remodeled 1937 Cape Cod 'cottage' in St. Louis Park lists for $599,000

Homeowners hired an architect to reconfigure the home; improvements include an open kitchen with a "Ferrari red" stove.
A Lakeville home featured in the 2022 Fall Parade of Homes tour.

Parade of Homes aims to offer 'more homes at more price points' in Twin Cities area

The 340 new homes include condos and detached townhouses designed for first-time and downsizing buyers.
The place is outfitted with glider chairs, a fire pit table and antiques.

What to do with an old grain bin? Turn it into a gazebo, of course

A New Market family's spacious gazebo has turned into a place for quiet time and gatherings.
Two condo units were combined to create the 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit.

Luxe St. Paul condo listed at $950,000 offers modern amenities, Old World charm

The homeowners "designed around entertainment" when they combined two units in Lowertown's Great Northern lofts.
Joe Landsberger, right, and his partner, Steve Shimer, posed for a photo with their whippet Addie outside their St. Paul home.

St. Paul garden tour founder is all about creating Zen in his garden — and his home

For more than a decade, Joe Landsberger has been a fixture of St. Paul's West End Neighbors Garden Tour.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Bryn Mawr offers easy access to parks, trails and downtown just minutes away.

$450,000 Bryn Mawr home includes 'food forest' and Utepils membership

The updated 1924 Minneapolis house has an "established food forest" and pollinator-friendly prairie plantings.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's osprey nest cam takes flight with fans

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's osprey nest cam takes flight with fans

An egg hatched, revealing a wobbly little chick that rapidly grew from sleepy to sprightly.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the Como neighborhood spans 2,100 square feet.

Updated 1920s home near Great Minnesota Get-Together is fair game at $389,700

The light-filled house is near the State Fairgrounds and other amenities in St. Paul's close-knit Como neighborhood.
Wisconsin lake cabin with 'modern, clean lines' built for multiple generations

Wisconsin lake cabin with 'modern, clean lines' built for multiple generations

This Home of the Month winner was designed to separate public and private spaces and offer multi-generational living.
The iconic house is featured on the cover of the coffee table book “Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes.”

Landmark 1936 house on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis lists for $3.95 million

The International and Art Moderne house was featured on the cover of "Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes."
Announcing the 6 winners of the 2022 Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

Announcing the 6 winners of the 2022 Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

Behind their beauty, these gardens have a bounty of unique stories behind them, too.
Edina home built for Maid of Scandinavia founder lists for $1.795 million

Edina home built for Maid of Scandinavia founder lists for $1.795 million

The architect-designed "fortress of a home" is a midcentury marvel.