Jeanie Kang on a balcony at Aria in Edina, where she rents an apartment and enjoys its proximity to Southdale.

More Twin Citians are opting to live in the shadow of suburban shopping malls

In a short time, living in the shadow of a suburban shopping mall has gone from "You're kidding?" to "Sign me up!"

Crafting a new kitchen for a Prairie School gem in Minneapolis

July 10
The kitchen in a vintage Prairie School-style home now blends with the rest of the house after a redesign by David Heide Design Studio.
A Prairie School gem in Minneapolis gets a functional modern-day kitchen with details inspired by the original house.

Last call for Beautiful Gardens

July 10
Nominate a garden that inspires you.
Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Home & Garden
July 10
Sugarbush Ridge Ranch in Maple Grove.

Farm with custom home in the heart of Maple Grove hits market for $2M

Oasis in suburbia includes a horse barn, riding ring, vineyard, beehives, a "sugar shack" for making maple syrup and an enormous pool.
Home & Garden
July 10
A house that’s relaxed and functional.

Home plan: A house that's relaxed and functional

PLAN 23-2726 Total sq. feet: 1,704 Bed/Bath: 3/2 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawl space, slab, basement   Simple design done right is beautiful,…
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July 10
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Home listings: What $224,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Robbinsdale Built in 1932, this four-bedroom, two-bath house has 1,460 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level, hardwood floors, eat-in…
Home & Garden
July 7
A male bluebird perched on a plum branch.

Why bluebirds appear blue

Surprising as it may seem, these beautiful songbirds don't have blue pigment in their feathers.
Home & Garden
July 7
These earred bowls are Quimper pottery.

Hand-painted Quimper pottery bowls date to mid-1900s

Q: I have inherited six covered bowls that are marked "HB" with "Quimper, France" below. What can you tell me about them and their value?…
Home & Garden
July 7

How to inspect a gas water heater

Gas water heaters are a lot like decks, in the sense that most handy homeowners feel qualified to install one. Thanks to these handy folks, we find more installation defects on decks and water heaters than just about any other component in the home, and today I'm going to share how we inspect water heaters.
Home & Garden
July 6
Eden Prairie home

$1.19M estate in Eden Prairie sits on bluff with incredible views of Minnesota River

The house isn't visible from the street. All you see is the long driveway that leads to the 1.64-acre lot.
Home & Garden
July 4
Charlie and Jennifer Lick built their cabin, designed by Kell Architects, on the point of a peninsula on Clearwater Lake.

New lake home near Brainerd is paradise on the point

A new lake home finally rises on land that had been in the owner's family for decades.
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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July 3
Nominate a garden that's beautiful -- in spirit.

Gardens that make a difference

Nominate a garden that is beautiful in spirit.
Home & Garden
July 3
A welcoming front porch adds to a home’s curb appeal.

Home plan: Porch adds welcome curb appeal

PLAN 430-226 Total sq. feet: 2,847 Bed/Bath: 4/ 2 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Slab, crawl space, full or walkout   It’s all about a…
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July 3
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Home listings: What $179,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Blaine Built in 1952, this two-bedroom, one-bath house has 736 square feet and features two bedrooms on the main level, new roof and…
Home & Garden
July 3
Loll Designs in Duluth makes durable outdoor furniture of recycled plastic from milk jugs.

9 ways to make the most of your deck or patio

9 improvements that can help you make the most of your outdoor space.
Home & Garden
June 30
These household adornments were used as decorations and lighting on mantels, sideboards and tables.

Bohemian mantel lusters came in a variety of colors and decorations

Q: My parents purchased these hurricane lamps possibly around 1950. In a note they said they had been made in occupied Germany. Might they have…
Home & Garden
June 30
This is not the Minneapolis white-winged dove. Its shady tree perch did not lend itself to a good photo. This bird was in Mexico.

An eBird celebrity makes a repeat visit to a Minneapolis backyard

White-winged doves don't usually show up here, much less twice.
Home & Garden
June 30

Inspecting poor water flow

If you're buying an old house, beware of old water supply pipes; specifically, galvanized steel or lead. These pipes can lead to poor water flow in homes, to the point where you can't even run water in two places at once.
Home & Garden
June 29
SpacecraftingLake of the Isles estate

$3.75M Kenwood estate offers a view of Lake of the Isles from every room

The landmark house sits on a half-acre parcel of land at a curve in Lake of the Isles Parkway, giving the home 180-degree views of the water.
Home & Garden
June 27
Elizabeth Ries loves her chickens and feeds them premium feed. In return, they help fertilize her vegetable and herb garden.

Pandemic spurs demand in Twin Cities for backyard chickens

Farm stores, garden centers and breeders are reporting an unprecedented run on laying hens.
Home & Garden
June 27
With the help of a handyman, Rich Kronfeld transformed a formerly dusty, rotting screen house into an inviting hangout spot.

Old screen house in Golden Valley is reborn as 'Darth Vader's Gazebo'

A Golden Valley homeowner's DIY repair project turned into a complete rebuild.
Home & Garden
June 26
This Black Lives Matter sign in a tenant’s window caused a dispute with her landlord back in 2018 in Roseville.

Landlord bans Black Lives Matter sign

Q: I’m a teacher and live in a large apartment complex in Minneapolis. Recently I have been told I cannot post a Black Lives Matter…
Home & Garden
June 26
Budget-friendly upgrades such as fresh paint, area rugs and comfortable furniture can revitalize your porch.

Five quick and easy ways to perk up your porch

Whether your porch is a place to have a cup of coffee, watch your kids play, or dine alfresco on a nice summer evening, it’s…