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Nancy Ngo

Home & Garden Editor | Home & Garden

Nancy Ngo is the Star Tribune Home & Garden Editor and contributor to the Variety section.

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From built-in-shelving to extended fireplace mantles, a Robbinsdale rambler makes use of every square inch.

$434,900 Robbinsdale rambler makes use of every square inch of space

The homeowners brought in an architect who created light-filled, sculptural spaces.

Gallery: Homegazing Robbinsdale rambler

A Robbinsdale rambler that makes use of every square inch.
Marty and Joey Beren's DIY project on Long Lake creates a home away from home in Dassel, Minn.

Father-and-son duo build DIY 'bridging room' in family's Dassel area cabin

The two turned a breezeway into a gathering spot and made new favorite memories in the process.
On Nicollet Island sits a row of historical, brick, green-accented townhomes in the Minneapolis peninsula community of 100 residents. One of the units

'Artful' furnished 1877 townhouse on Minneapolis' Nicollet Island lists for $1.2 million

From Old World Europe to Asia, each level of the historic home is themed to transport you around the world.

Inside the Versailles-inspired brick townhome listing on Minneapolis' Nicollet Island

From Old World Europe to Asia, each level of the historic home is themed to transport you around the world.
A Forest Lake cabin on a rare sand lake with a shallow shoreline was an ideal getaway for a family with young kids to enjoy a plethora of water activi

Forest Lake home on rare 'sugar sand' beach lists for $749,900

The updated 1,600-square-foot home offers one-level living on a clear, shallow lake perfect for families with young kids.

Gallery: Forest Lake sand lake

Forest Lake cabin on rare sand lake comes with shallow shoreline -- and Fourth of July boat parade
Joe and Jack's St. Cloud house post-HGTV "Ugliest House in America" renovation.

St. Cloud's 'Barbie House' crowned Ugliest House in America, gets major makeover

The HGTV series winner received a $150,000 renovation from designer Alison Victoria in one of the show's best transformations.
Can we be comfortable putting our hearts behind a Timberwolves win, or will our hopes be dashed?

T-Wolves tips: How to ride the Minnesota sports roller coaster

This team has us going up and down and spinning around. How should we handle this week? Here are some tips.
A clean-lined, minimalist Danish modern and Home of the Month winning house in St. Paul's Highland Park lists.

Award-winning Danish modern home in St. Paul's Highland Park lists for $1.15 million

The six-bedroom, four-bathroom house was named a Home of the Month winner in 2020 following a remodel and addition.

Gallery: Homegazing St. Paul Danish modern

A Danish modern and Home of the Month winning house in St. Paul's Highland lists.
Ski Hills Cabins and Saunas by Grayspace Architecture.

These 12 home designs by Minnesota architects are winners in Home of the Month contest

The 2024-2025 AIA Star Tribune Home of the Month winners include a northern cabin, a net-zero new build and a modest addition.
The exterior of Joe and Jack's technicolor house in St. Cloud as featured on HGTV'S "Ugliest House in America" Season 5.

St. Cloud's Barbie house vies for HGTV's 'Ugliest House in America' crown

The winner of Season 5 in the HGTV series will be declared in mid-May.

Gallery: HOTM winners 2024

Announcing the 2024-2025 Home of the Month winners
Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and prairie, SALA Architect's Home of the Month winning retreat is an restorative getaway in Frederic, Wis. th

Home of the Month is a restorative Wisconsin retreat that also restores the land

A family's vision for wellness and healing starts with restoring native prairie and cabins tucked into the natural landscape in rural Wisconsin.
The dressed-to-impress Minnesota Met Gala, shown in May 2023, returns this year as part of the Black Fashion Week MN lineup.

Black Fashion Week Minnesota shines a light on local talent

The fashion series will feature four action-packed events with varying themes.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has listed the 'resort-style' Edina home he's lived in since coming to Minnesota.

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck lists 'resort-style' Edina home for $3.9 million

The award-winning house was built in a French European-meets-California modern style.

Gallery: Fleck Edina

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has listed the Edina home he's lived in since coming to Minnesota.
Comedian and actress Retta is the host of HGTV's "Ugliest House in America."

St. Cloud house vies for Ugliest House in America

The Minnesota house will be featured in Season 5 of the HGTV series, which debuts on Monday.
Tipsy Steer's Chocolate Dream Extreme shake

The 5 best things our food writers ate this week in the Twin Cities (and beyond)

It was an eclectic week of eating: the king of desserts, a Best breakfast in Duluth, dinner at a new Minneapolis restaurant, the return of Arepa Bar (but in St. Paul) and a signature taste of Minnesota.

Gallery: Alcoa home

Minnesota's only Alcoa aluminum home and one of 24 that exists in the country, can be found in St. Louis Park. The 1950s midcentury was designed by Charles M. Goodman and built by the Aluminum Company of America) to showcase the versatility of aluminum and the open-concept floor plan.
Minnesota's only Alcoa aluminum home and one of 24 that exists in the country, can be found in St. Louis Park. The 1950s midcentury was designed by Ch

Minnesota's only Alcoa aluminum home hits the market at $925,000

Built in 1958 by the Aluminum Company of America and designed by renowned architect Charles M. Goodman, the "modernist time capsule" in St. Louis Park is one of only 24 Alcoa Care-free Homes in the U.S.
A whote plate with a rectangle of crispy-topped meat on a puddle of black bean puree, and a pile of thin slices of orange kumquats

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

We swung by two newcomers, revisited a still-buzzy favorite, found a classic doughnut in Shakopee and checked out a wine bar in Denver that's opening a Minneapolis outpost this summer.
Fashion Week MN Spring 2024 will feature a weeklong series of style events running April 14-21.

Addition of pop-up shops turn Fashion Week MN into a buy-local marketplace

The annual rite of spring includes sales of clothing, jewelry and more by local designers, discussions of sustainability and mental health and, of course, a party or two.

Gallery: MSP Home Tour St. Paul ADU/Carriage House

A St. Paul family in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood turns a dilapidated garage into a modern ADU/carriage house that complements the lot and 1913 house. The house will be one of several featured in the upcoming Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour, which aims to give tourgoers up close and personal design ideas.

Gallery: Home of the Month Bluebird

After a fire forced a remodel of a St. Louis Park home, a family hoped for a footprint similar to their original single-story ranch-style house. At the same time, they were game for introducing new, bold and unique materials and design features such as soaring rooflines and transom windows that allow light to come in and display the family's vast plant collection like never before.
Homeowners of a Tudor in Minneapolis' Lynnhurst discover the house was built with tiles from Ernest Batchelder, the prolific southern California artis

Minneapolis home with tiles by famed California Arts and Crafts artist lists for $690,000

Designer Ernest Batchelder gained prominence for square fireplace tiles depicting nature scenes.

Gallery: Homegazing Batchelder fireplace

Homeowners of a house in Minneapolis' Lynnhurst discover the house was built with tiles from Ernest Batchelder, the prolific southern California artist and tilemaker who gained prominence during the Arts and Crafts movement.
Yee Lee, left, and her husband Bryan Johnsen pose for a portrait in the retaining wall feature with a 6-foot waterfall, spiral staircase and bridge th

Champlin duo's massive garden grows into a budding business — and Beautiful Gardens winner

Yee Lee blossoms in her love for gardening while Bryan Johnsen is rooted in his love for building and landscaping.
Tim Herbstrith finished the basement of his south Minneapolis home and created a 'speakeasy' decorated with repurposed family heirlooms including his

Minneapolis man transforms dusty basement into heirloom-filled 'speakeasy'

Determined to "keep stuff out of landfills," a homeowner gave family heirlooms and second-hand furniture new life in his south Minneapolis home.
A new skyway breakfast option to flip out over.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

We found skyway egg sandwiches, ushered in a new chef era at a classic restaurant, sought solace in pasta, found a new standard for fries and went beyond our favorite menu items.

Gallery: Stockholm Farm

Tim Foster and Bruce Schabell have turned a dilapidated Stockholm, Wis. farm and former village eyesore into a picturesque oasis complete with 1-acre topiary gardens, a renovated 1857 farmhouse and a tiny home guesthouse. The couple have completed their final project, designing and building a forever home.

Gallery: Homegazing North Share

A listing near Two Harbors offers fractional ownership of a North Shore lakeside vacation home.
A listing near Two Harbors offers fractional ownership of a North Shore lakeside single-family vacation home.

$129,000 gets you part ownership of vacation home with stunning Lake Superior views

Fractional ownership of an updated 1920 three-bedroom, two-bath home near Two Harbors offers five-week access and one-tenth of the deed.
Mall walkers Debbie and Tom Welch, of Edina, walk past a planter installation. "This is incredible," said Debbie. "I can't imagine putting it all toge

Minnesota didn't have much of a winter, but we can still celebrate spring with these free flower shows

The 2024 Bachman's Ideas House and Galleria Floral Experience will run through April.
The 715-square-foot freestanding, two-story ADU named Sunflower is screened from the street behind the primary residence. Window placement caters to b

Home of the Month winner is a cheery bright yellow ADU in St. Paul named Sunflower

The freestanding two-story structure is part of the homeowner's vision to create a community living village with an urban farm.

Gallery: Home of the Month 'Sunflower'

AIA Home of the Month winner is a bright and cheery two-story, freestanding ADU in St. Paul.
A Salvadorian quesadilla, a sweet cheese dessert that's a handy on-the-go treat from a Bloomington strip mall.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A pastry case that stopped us in our tracks, late-night eats, a new suburban pizza place, skyway sushi and a heritage pork chop with Minnesota sensibilities.
After a fire destroyed St. Cloud's Foley Mansion almost 20 years ago, the iconic 1889 residence has risen from the ashes with restored ornate woodwork

St. Cloud's iconic Foley Mansion is ready for its close-up after a $7 million restoration

After sitting mostly vacant for nearly two decades, the fire-ravaged 1889 mansion has undergone a major restoration and been transformed into an event space.
Unit 3405, a two-bedroom, three-bathroom plus den in the Four Seasons private residences in downtown Minneapolis, features a Nordic palette and floor-

Peek inside the last available condos at the Four Seasons in downtown Minneapolis

The remaining units, designed by an award-winning local architecture firm, have been completed.
The new brunch at Union Hmong Kitchen on Lake Street features a selection of early morning dishes, including a Southeast Asian-style omelet, studded w

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

New brunch alert at Union Hmong Kitchen. Plus speakeasy snacks, carnitas perfection and handhelds with global flavors.
Unit 3201, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom in the Four Seasons condos in downtown Minneapolis with floor-to-ceiling window views of the skyline and Missis

Gallery: Four Seasons 3201

Unit 3206, a one-bedroom, two bathroom, in the Four Seasons condos in downtown Minneapolis with floor-to-ceiling window views of the skyline and Missi

Gallery: Four Seasons 3206

Unit 3405, a two-bedroom, three-bathroom plus den in the Four Seasons private residences in downtown Minneapolis, features a Nordic palette and floor-

Gallery: Four Seasons 3405

Ini Iyamba is all about connecting the local art and design community. His home, a mini-gallery of sorts, is an extension of his bolstering of the cre

Peek inside the home of a Minneapolis art collector, fashion trendsetter and tastemaker

One of the Twin Cities' original influencers, Ini Iyamba brings his love for design and community into his home style.

Gallery: Ini Iyamba

Ini Iyamba is all about connecting the local art and design community. His home, a mini-gallery of sorts, is an extension of his bolstering of the creative community.

Gallery: Home of the Month 'Pop the Top'

Christopher Strom Architects' Home of the Month winning south Minneapolis home 'pops the top' to make things roomy
The 64-acre property on Birch Lake in Deerwood includes an outdoor go-cart track, indoor bowling alley and a main house known to locals as the 'Red Ba

'Red Barn Cabin' on Birch Lake that comes with go-cart track and bowling alley lists for $1.5 million

The Deerwood, Minn., lake has more loons than boaters.
The Spring Flower Show at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

Tired of seeing gray? The Arboretum offers a colorful alternative.

Its annual Spring Flower Show will have a one-month run.
The Tudor in southwest Minneapolis sits on a rare wide lot, said listing agent Matt Engen. “It’s on one of those “Home Alone” type blocks wher

'Fairy-tale book' Tudor in southwest Minneapolis lists for $799,000

Updated 1936 home on a large landscaped lot in "a very walkable neighborhood" offers modern amenities and space for family fun.
Daylilies, phlox and Joe Pye surround a statuary in Diana Weissenfluh's Zimmerman, Minn garden.

A Minnesota florist's Beautiful Gardens winner is picture-perfect for weddings

Florist and Beautiful Gardens winner Diana Weissenfluh has hosted weddings on her picture-perfect Zimmerman property.
Juliann Brunzell in her recently remodeled home in the Loring Green East condos in Minneapolis.

A 1980s Minneapolis condo — in one of the first high-end high-rises — gets a timely tune-up

The Loring Green East unit makes a music-filled home for one of the state's first female patrol officers.

Growing family 'maximizes' space in 1969 Arden Hills rambler to win Home of the Month

Rather than add square footage, Mitlyng Design zoomed in on repurposing the redundant spaces in the home.

Growing family 'maximizes' space in 1969 Arden Hills rambler to win Home of the Month

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

We're bracing for the cold snap by immersing ourselves in Caribbean flavors, favorite Hawaiian eats, cozy brunches and wood-fired pizza.

Updated Marine on St. Croix 'chalet' with river valley charm lists for $589,000

The house features a wrap-around deck and an updated kitchen fit for a chef.

Updated Marine on St. Croix 'chalet' with river valley charm lists for $589,000

Zillow offers a peek inside Santa's North Pole cabin, worth $1.18 million

Zillow offers a peek inside Santa's North Pole cabin, worth $1.18 million

Zillow offers a peek inside Santa's North Pole cabin, worth $1.18 million

The listing includes 3-D virtual tours of the humble-but-cozy log cabin.

4 simple, sustainable DIY holiday decorating ideas

Instagrammers offer how-tos on their favorite make-it-yourself decorations.

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Updated 'Steamship Moderne' condo in downtown Minneapolis wins Home of the Month

The Mill District abode embraces the Golden Age of ocean liners.

Updated 'Steamship Moderne' condo in downtown Minneapolis wins Home of the Month

Chaska townhouse across from Hazeltine golf course lists for $289,900

The updated corner unit boasts views of the golf club, lake and city lights.

Chaska townhouse across from Hazeltine golf course lists for $289,900

Warm up in the hot tubs on the Hewing’s rooftop.

These 3 Twin Cities area holiday getaways offer great shopping and dining, too

This year, give the gift of time and stick close to home. There are plenty of places where a day of retail therapy can turn into a cozy getaway.
Curt made these stone based plant stands out of African Mahogany.

Hopkins couple combine talents for Beautiful Gardens win

Bette takes the lead on the flowers, Curt the bonsais.

Hopkins couple combine talents for Beautiful Gardens win

A 'Minnesota modern' near Lake Harriet is Home of the Month winner

Past the main gathering spaces, a heated and screened outdoor dining and seating area opens to the back courtyard.

A 'Minnesota modern' near Lake Harriet is Home of the Month winner

The home mingles modern with traditional to give a nod to cottage homes in the neighborhood.

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli lists condo with game-changing renovation for $650,000

Twins manager Baldelli lists condo with game-changing renovation for $650,000

Rocco Baldelli and his wife turned the layout of their condo on its head.

Condo-style cabin on a Wisconsin lake lists for $675,000

The cabin on Two Bear Lake is a less than two-hour drive from the Twin Cities.

Condo-style cabin on a Wisconsin lake lists for $675,000

How Maple Grove's Organized Mama keeps the train running in the throes of back-to-school

The popular organizing expert believes in getting the whole family involved.