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June 19
Home plan: Modern details with an open floor plan.

Home plan: Chic both inside and out

PLAN 1076-3 Total sq. feet: 2,583 Bed/Bath: 3/ 2.5 Stories: 3 Garage bays: 0   This brand-new modern design does not skimp on style…
Home & Garden
June 19
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Home listings: What $314,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Golden Valley Built in 1948, this four-bedroom, three-bath house has 2,027 square feet and features two bedrooms on the main and upper floors,…
Home & Garden
June 19
David Cherry of Boulder, Colo., ordered his dining room furniture from West Elm through an online chat.

Furniture sales move online, with free virtual design help

The pandemic has changed the practice of buying furniture, and the changes are likely to stick.
Home & Garden
June 16
The pair of red-necked grebes as they prepare to swap places. The bird on the right is on the eggs.

Some birds build a love nest before the nest for eggs

For grebes, nest-building has two stages.
Home & Garden
June 16
“The Bay of Naples,” an 1878 work by Ivan Aivazovsky, set a record for a painting sold at an online auction at $2.8 million.

Online-only world poses challenges for art collectors

As the art world goes online during pandemic, a generation gap opens.
Home & Garden
June 16

Tired of refilling your hand soap dispenser? Do this.

One of my least favorite chores in the kitchen has always been re-filling the built-in hand soap dispenser at my kitchen sink. Through years of extensive research into this matter, I've discovered that I'm not alone. Approximately 57.3% of soap dispensers in the Twin Cities metro area remain unfilled. Sitting next to the empty soap dispensers, I often find unsightly store-bought bottles of hand soap. Oh, the humanity.
Home & Garden
June 15

What do nuthatches feed nestlings?

Identifying mashed insects
Home & Garden
June 15

A new edition of a great ID book

Britain's Birds
Home & Garden
June 13
A Velvet Viking Japanese maple.

New Minnesota-hardy Japanese maple was first discovered in a Twin Cities yard

Discovered growing in a Twin Cities yard, a tough variety of a popular plant is now a hot seller at area garden centers.
Home & Garden
June 13
LeAndra Estis, right, grows vegetables at home in St. Paul with her daughters Quaia Crenshaw, 19, left, and Lonna Estis, 13.

Two Twin Cities gardeners break new ground for vegetable plots

Two gardeners — one just starting out and one expanding his plot — plant for food and family.
Home & Garden
June 12

Renting and the law: Landlord claims damages, renter disagrees

Q: I am wondering about landlords withholding security deposits and what constitutes damage. In my case, my landlord failed to communicate any results of a…
Home & Garden
June 12
The gardens at Michelle Riedel’s Oakdale home were a 2019 Beautiful Garden winner.

Seeking gardens that are beautiful in spirit

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Home & Garden
June 12
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Home listings: What $254,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Brooklyn Center Built in 1959, this two-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,496 square feet and features two bedrooms on the main level, formal dining…
Home & Garden
June 12
Maeve Pacheco, a Brooklyn fiber artist, creates large-scale macramé pieces that represent a sea change from the owls and plant hangers of the 1960s a

9 top (and stubborn) home design trends

The looks we can't seem to get enough of, from fiddle-leaf figs to bar carts to subway tile.
Home & Garden
June 9

Handy waterfowl ID guide, well done

Waterfowl of eastern North America
Home & Garden
June 9
A red-tailed hawk returns to its nest.

Highway hawks find meals even at rush hour

These raptors have learned that roadsides and medians make for excellent hunting.
Home & Garden
June 9
This unusual piece was made by the Meriden Silver Plate Co.

Parian porcelain jug is almost 170 years old

Q: This pitcher came from my aunt’s estate. I have always loved it. The boy is climbing up the tree toward a bird’s nest on…
Home & Garden
June 9
Birdwatching can be easier with apps.

6 apps help answer your birding questions

Apps for birders Each spring I wake to the sound of a bird purring in my neighbor’s trees. Now, I know birds don’t purr, but…
Home & Garden
June 9

Does your air conditioner use R-22? Here's why you should care.

Most air conditioners use one of two types of refrigerant: R-22 or R-410A. Here at Structure Tech, we started paying close attention to this detail during our home inspections about three years ago, because units that use R-22 have become ridiculously expensive to service. The price of this refrigerant began to skyrocket many years ago, and it hasn't slowed down.
Home & Garden
June 8

Spiders and birds share insect declines

A new book about important predators