December 15, 2020
Dialysis patients Luis Sanchez, 78,

Now's the time to shop for heirloom seeds

Now's the time to order heirloom seeds, catalogs for the growing season ahead.
Home & Garden
December 8, 2020
In the 1920s and ’30s, Foster Brothers was the premier re-creator and purveyor of decorative silhouettes.

Silhouettes show a side of history

Q: I've done a little research on my pair of silhouettes. Although they don't seem to have much value, I am interested in their history.…
Variety
December 8, 2020
A white-winged dove, left, and a clay-colored robin eat fruit at a bird-cam feeding station in Panama.

Where to find exotic birds without leaving home

Find exotic birds without leaving homeTired of looking out your windows at the same old birds at your same old feeders? Want a change of…
Variety
December 8, 2020
Another favorite on the author’s life list the Northern gannet, which he found in Nantucket.

Birder's life lists can trigger a walk down a bird-lined memory lane

Finding a new-to-you bird crystallizes a moment in time.
Home & Garden
December 8, 2020

Goodbye Star Tribune

I'm sad to say that this is my last entry for the Star Tribune. I've blogged here weekly for the past nine years, and I've appreciated all of the support. I've learned a lot, I've appreciated your comments, and I've truly enjoyed sharing what I know about houses. Teaching is my passion, and this has given me a platform to reach more people than I ever thought possible.
Home & Garden
December 5, 2020
David and Barbara Eijadi built their modern home, designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture, on an empty lot facing the Mississippi River in Minneapol

They found an empty lot facing the Mississippi River and built a modern dream home

A new modern house in Minneapolis embraces movement, light and its connection to the Mississippi River.
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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Home & Garden
December 4, 2020
Minnetrista

Home listings: What $539,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

Minnetrista Built in 1989, this four-bedroom, four-bath house has 2,904 square feet and features three bedrooms on the upper level, formal dining room,…
Home & Garden
December 4, 2020
EplansClassic Victorian style.

Home plan: Victorian house has seamless flow

PLAN 410-3612Total sq. feet: 3,574Bed/Bath: 4/ 4.5Stories: 2Garage bays: 2Foundation: SlabThis classic design gives you storybook curb appeal with its wraparound porch and decorative…
Variety
December 1, 2020
cardinal Photos by Phyllis Terchanik —ONE-TIME USE only with Val's column. A “teenaged” cardinal begs for food from its father.

Northern cardinals tagteam parenting duties

It takes a lot of work — and sheer luck — to raise two sets of young birds each summer.
Home & Garden
December 1, 2020
Isoo O’Brien takes a walk for bird watching. The Evanston high school senior is expected to break the Cook County record for individual bird species

Chicago area teen expected to break Cook County birding record

License and binoculars in hand, teen went after a "big year."
Home & Garden
December 1, 2020
This elegant piece is made from bronze-plated and gilded base metal. (Handout/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1833039

Damage to grandmother's centerpiece is a value killer

Q: We believe we have a "bride's basket." It came to us from my grandmother, who was married in 1929. A corner of the bowl…
Home & Garden
December 1, 2020

FLIR C5 Review

FLIR has a relatively new pocket-sized infrared camera with all of the bells and whistles of the much larger and expensive E6. It boasts the same resolution as the E6 but it's a fraction of the price at only $699. With these features and benefits, this camera ought to put the E6 out to pasture.
Home & Garden
November 30, 2020
Spacecrafting Victorian house in Mpls.

$2.2M Victorian home in Minneapolis has been updated with 'every modern convenience'

Owner wishes he could move his Victorian house overlooking Bde Maka Ska to Florida.
Home & Garden
November 27, 2020
Andover Built in 2016, this four-bedroom, three-bath house has 3,140 square feet and features three bedrooms on the main level, vaulted ceilings, fire

Home listings: What $489,900 buys in the Twin Cities area

AndoverBuilt in 2016, this four-bedroom, three-bath house has 3,140 square feet and features three bedrooms on the main level, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, hardwood floors,…
Home & Garden
November 27, 2020
Provided    Farmhouse plan goes with the flow.

Home plan: Large farmhouse goes with the flow

PLAN 1070-55Total sq. feet: 3,075Bed/Bath: 4/ 3.5Stories: 2Garage bays: 3Foundation: Crawl spaceFarmhouse curb appeal is front and center with metal roof accents, a wide front…
Home & Garden
November 27, 2020
Spacecrafting Cabin on Lake Huron

Lake Huron retreat reveres nature

Vacation home creates a stage for a family to play out the stories of their lives.
Home & Garden
November 27, 2020
Xiomara 'Sami' Ugarte stood in front of some Christmas decorations in her Wayzata home.      ]  Shari L. Gross • shari.gross@startribune.com      Sa

Christmas enthusiast creates a holiday wonderland in her Wayzata home

Even though she can't host parties and fundraisers, a Christmas enthusiast still sets the scene for the season.
Home & Garden
November 27, 2020

Homeowner wants to reclaim rented room

Q: I rent out a room in my Twin Cities home, where I'm also living. Since I've been working from home during the pandemic, my…
Magazine
November 25, 2020
Set the Table Rustic and refined table setting with layers of subtle sparkle and casual texture for warm holiday cheer. Photographer Ryan Dyer ryandye

A taste of elegance for the holiday table

No matter who's coming for dinner, this rustic and refined table setting with layers of subtle sparkle and casual texture adds warm holiday cheer to…
Magazine
November 25, 2020
AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com  One of a kind: Kelly Wallace of A Rare Bird Antiques says don’t hesitate to buy vintage art you l

With vintage art, what's old is new again

Here are tips on how to take a page from the past and invest in vintage art. By Sue Campbell