A 640-square-foot accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in Minneapolis lives large, by Christopher Strom Architects.

As housing market remains tight, Edina is latest suburb to allow ADUs

Cities are slowly clearing the way for Accessory Dwelling Units for similar reasons, but the rules are all different.

Gardening helps grow healthy, happy kids

May 17
Research has shown that gardening and spending time in nature is beneficial to kids, including but not limited to better vision, increased focus and a
Studies show the importance of spending time outdoors, and gardening is one way to connect with nature.

Home listings: What $425,000 buys you in the Twin Cities area

May 17
New Brighton
What you get for the money in New Brighton, St. Paul and Scandia.
Variety
May 17
The Burnsville home built in 1987 spanning 4,288 square feet was designed by owner/architect Wayne Bishop.

Minneapolis skyscraper architect's lakefront Burnsville home lists for $1.5 million

Wayne Bishop was a founding partner and director of design at Walsh Bishop Associates in Minneapolis.
Home & Garden
May 17
Bruce Hubert of Kansas City, Mo., created an elaborate man cave for himself.

Here are some tips for an epic man cave

Create the perfect environment to watch the game.
Home & Garden
May 17
If entertaining is your main priority, start with seating and coffee table.

How to make the most of your small patio

A tight outdoor space can still be highly functional — and great to look at, too. Here's how experts say you can make a small patio live larger.
Home & Garden
May 16
Four white-faced ibis in flight.

Tips for planning your own birding trip

Identify your target birds to help identify your route.
Home & Garden
May 16
American avocets glide through shallow waters to catch invertebrates. Their coloring varies between summer and winter.

Hitch a ride on a birding road trip from Minnesota to Texas

You can map out your trip to maximize the bird sightings you're after, but nature — and hotels — will throw you a few curves.
Books
May 13
The new book, “The Breeding Birds of Minnesota," celebrates the history, ecology and conservation of birds in the state.:

'The Breeding Birds of Minnesota' is a huge, gorgeous look at our flying friends

NONFICTION: The who's who covers 250 birds from across the state.
Beautiful Garden contest winners Jim and Sally Strand tend an Asian-inspired garden complete with 23 distinct planting areas in their Plymouth yard. T
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There are some spectacular private gardens around the Twin Cities. We discover several each year in our Beautiful Gardens contest. From October to April, we'll bring you into one Beautiful Garden a month.
Home & Garden
May 10
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.
Home & Garden
May 10
Blaine

Home listings: What $385,000 buys you in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Blaine, Minneapolis and Oakdale.
Home & Garden
May 9
Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt who reportedly plan to build a 15,000-square-foot farmhouse where the Zimmerman House once stood.

America's appetite for McMansions is devouring modern architecture

Chris Pratt's demolition of a classic midcentury California home is part of a larger trend: buy a house, tear it down, build bigger.
Home & Garden
May 9
Amer Goldfinch female and male at feeder

Birdhouses don't attract most birds

It's nesting season, and as much as we'd like to help, most birds will never use any kind of birdhouse.
Home & Garden
May 8
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.
St. Paul
May 8
Corpse flower

Phew and far between: Smelly corpse flower poised for rare bloom at Como's conservatory

The exotic plant is close to blooming for the first time since it arrived at the St. Paul conservatory in 2019. Get ready to plug your nose: The smell is described as similar to rotting flesh.
Home & Garden
May 7
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.
Variety
May 3
When Alisa and Adam Moen moved into their 1,000 square-foot condo, it was the perfect size for two people. As their family grew, they purchased the co

Two North Loop condos combined into one 'dreamy' space listed for $649,900

The now 1,700-square-foot Minneapolis condo has two kitchens, two entrances and three bedrooms.
Home & Garden
May 3
Richfield

Home listings: What $275,000 buys you in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Richfield, St. Paul and Lauderdale.
Home & Garden
May 3
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.
Home & Garden
May 3
A female osprey (note the “necklace) prepares her stick nest on a nesting platform. credit: Jim Williams

Four little books on nature and a show about an osprey family

Learn about spiders, butterflies, beetles and trees in four new books, and follow an osprey family in a TV show.
Home & Garden
May 2
Vertical striped wallpaper one wall behind a headboard.

Designer tips for adding interest to your walls

From wall stickers to murals, latest trends make all the difference in personalizing your home.
Home & Garden
May 2
Female and male bluebirds perched on a nest box.

Take the group birding challenge: Find a Female Bird Day

How many female birds can you find in a day? Can you tell males from female birds? Some are easy, some are tricky, some are nearly impossible.
Home & Garden
May 2
Sweetheart Kisses verbena attracts pollinators and brings a vibrant mix of red, rose, pink and a bit of white to gardens or containers.

2024 winning flowers for your garden and containers

These plants wowed judges at the All-American Selections awards.

Home and Garden

Coverage of the latest trends in beautiful Minnesota gardens and home decor.