The Seefeldts' remodeled kitchen has a built-in banquette and walls of windows overlooking their garden, which they created as a tribute to their late

Twin Cities couple find 'tranquility' after remodeling longtime home

Light, views and a dramatically improved floor plan create a refuge inside a couple's longtime home, without adding square footage.

Which lawn and garden chores should you tackle now?

April 4
Do: Prune hydrangeas. They’ll still bloom this spring.
We've been told to stay home. But that doesn't mean we can't go outside, and with time on our hands, our yards and gardens beckon.

Twin Cities homeowners turn to YouTube videos to learn repair skills

April 4
Learning to install tile is a popular project that's searched for on YouTube.
Platform offers hundreds of thousands of how-to videos, delivering digital tutorials for projects from attic to basement.
Home & Garden
April 8

Migration updates at birdcast.info

One more reason to become acquainted with the amazing birding resource you'll find at Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Home & Garden
April 8

Bird stores open for business

Place orders by phone, pickup at the door
Home & Garden
April 7
Great gray owl is one of the iconic birds of the Sax Zim bog. Every visitor wants to see one. Success is not guaranteed.

Cars mark birding hot spots, if you hurry

Some birds are worth getting up early for.
Home & Garden
April 7
This is a wonderful image by artist Endre Szabo, but is it an original?

Unclear whether Szabo painting is an original or print

Q: I have had this Szabo painting for many years, and I would like to know if it has any value. It is 20 ½…
Home & Garden
April 7

COVID-19 and Home Inspections 4/7/20

I started listening to The Obstacle is the Way for the second time last week. That book was written for times like these, and I recommend this book to anyone who has had their business negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Home & Garden
April 6
At 13,050 square feet, the recently listed Apple Valley house has space for everything, from quiet living to over-the-top parties.

$2.2M Apple Valley party mansion comes with theater, sport court and disco room

The 13,050 square-foot home is "a full-blown entertainment house."
Home & Garden
April 3
Home listings: What $190,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Home listings: What $190,000 buys in the Twin Cities area

Brooklyn Park Built in 1925, this five-bedroom, two-bath fixer-upper has 2,248 square feet and features four bedrooms on the upper level, hardwood floors, formal dining…
Home & Garden
April 3
Country details, contemporary design

Home plan: Contemporary design, country details

PLAN 928-325 Total sq. feet: 2,412   Bed/Bath: 3/ 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 3 Foundation: Crawl space With 2,412 square feet, this one-story…
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
April 3
A convertible piece of furniture allows for a workspace by day and bed (hidden behind the desk) by night.

How to create a calming home office

10 tips for making your work space both pleasant and productive.
Home & Garden
April 3

Caregiver is forced out after her mother's death

Q: I read your column about a homeowner who needed to have his girlfriend move out in order to sell his home. I have a…
Coronavirus
March 31
Steve Miles' garden

Fight the pandemic: Grow a Victory Garden — for food savings and exercise

An old tradition — the Victory Garden — is being revived for today's times.
Home & Garden
March 31

Cats -- cute, cuddly, complicated

Wild forever, even tabby
Home & Garden
March 31
Male cardinals are intensely red.

What makes cardinals so red?

Their color comes from their diet, but winter provides little in the way of red consumables.
Home & Garden
March 31
Alice Pattullo

Design historian's book chronicles evolution of everyday items

How tines have changed: The weird histories of forks and other household goods.
Home & Garden
March 31
Simple manual control toilet seats provide basic washing.

Bidets cut down on toilet paper usage

While models with fancier features are available, more utilitarian models are available for less.
Home & Garden
March 31

COVID-19 and Home Inspections 03-31-20

I'm sorry for turning my home inspection blog into a newsreel update or online journal on the status of home inspections in Minnesota, but that seems to be what people care about right now.
Home & Garden
March 30
This brick Federal-style house in St. Paul's historic Irvine Park is on the market for $649,900.

One of St. Paul's oldest homes is up for sale: It's like 'walking into museum'

Restored 1850s house is set in Irvine Park historic district on the edge of downtown.
Magazine
March 30
Credit: Tim Nehotte Photography
Check out the new European-inspired Wetwall™ product, full-sized waterproof panels that can be installed quickly and

3 hot 2020 home trends from latest building, kitchen and bath showcases

Builders, designers and architects descended upon Las Vegas in January for a joint convention of the National Kitchen and Bath Industry and International Builders’ shows.…
Home & Garden
March 28

Blackbirds share, cardinals not so much

A reflection of what?
Coronavirus
March 28
Michele Vig, a professional organizer and owner of Neat Little Nest, recommends tidying up in short bursts of time throughout the day.

Stuck at home? How to make it a place of order, comfort and joy

Design and organizing pros share their strategies for making your home a place of order, comfort and joy.