Patios can be located a distance from the house to take advantage of views, shade, terrain or deal with privacy concerns. (Dreamstime/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1

Deck, patio or porch: Which upgrade works best for your outdoor space?

The location of your lot and existing grade will help determine the best type of build.

'Clipped' winner's topiaries pay tribute to Minnesota hometown's Czech heritage

July 22
'Clipped' winner's topiaries pay tribute to Minnesota hometown's Czech heritage
Meghan Petricka's colorful pieces honoring Montgomery's history are on view in time for the town's annual Kolacky Days.

Home listings: What $525,000 buys you in the Twin Cities area

July 22
Maple Grove
What you get for the money in Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Ham Lake.
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July 22
GE’s Café line includes a matte black finish option with custom hardware choices.

Bold appliances bring color and style to a kitchen

After decades of relying on stainless steel, people are bringing personal taste into their kitchens with colorful appliances.
Home & Garden
July 22
Midcentury Edina home built for Maid of Scandinavia founder lists for $1.795 million

Midcentury Edina home built for Maid of Scandinavia founder lists for $1.795 million

The architect-designed "fortress of a home" is a midcentury marvel.
Home & Garden
July 22

How do I find my way out of a fearful rental situation?

Your rental unit may no longer be fit for the use intended if your safety is at risk. Make sure to document.
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July 22
Shea and Syd McGee of Studio McGee from “Dream Home Makeover.”

The 5 best interior designers on Instagram

You're going to want to click that "Follow" button.
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July 19
A goldfinch parent feeds its out-of-the nest young.

When it's time to fly the nest, some birds may be reluctant to leave

Parent birds push their young to disperse to get ready for the next round.
Home & Garden
July 18
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow on Riverside Drive in St. Cloud offers views of the Mississippi River and is walkable to the Munsinger Clemen

St. Cloud's Twitter-famous pink and teal 'Barbie house' could be yours for $250,000

Twitter gave the house its nickname, but the owner says his inspiration was more Ocean Pacific beach vibe.
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 17
The Poldina Pro lamp, available in 13 colors.

Design pros share their favorite outdoor lights

Not all outdoor lights are created equal when it comes to the ambience you want to achieve.
Home & Garden
July 15
Trench composting, a centuries-old technique, is low-maintenance, effective, eliminates the need to turn piles of plant debris, requires minimal space

Composting directly in the garden

Trench composting is a centuries-old technique that is low-maintenance and requires minimal space.
Home & Garden
July 15
Painting an accent wall can be a good DIY project for novices.

5 DIY projects that are perfect for beginners

Determine if doing it yourself will save enough time and money to be worth it.
Home & Garden
July 15
Lars Leafblad has hired an architect to build a back yard office part of a trend of working at home more since the start of the pandemic in Shoreview,

Backyard 'office sheds' gain in popularity with Minnesotans working from home

Accessory structures may feature a TV, kitchenette, water cooler and fold-out couch.
Home & Garden
July 15
Edina

Home listings: What $495,000 buys you in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Edina, St. Paul and Rosemount.
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July 12
Female and male house sparrows.

House sparrows live where we do

These nonnatives spur mixed emotions among birders, but they're interesting birds.
Home & Garden
July 8
John Howe, Frank Lloyd Wright’s principal draftsperson, designed the Washington House in Rochester built in 1976.

'Timeless' Prairie School style house in Rochester hits market for $1.295 million

The home was designed by John Howe, principal draftsperson to Frank Lloyd Wright.
Home & Garden
July 8
It is nearly impossible to pinpoint when pillows became a norm in homes, but as you can probably imagine they were created as a nighttime aid for comf

A look into the history of pillows

The first pillows introduced would be unrecognizable today.
Home & Garden
July 8

Car stolen, squatter, unlicensed unit: Can daughter break lease?

Tenants must prove that a unit is unfit to live in or does not meet other legal requirements.
Home & Garden
July 8
Becky Miller-Sigvertsen displayed blossoms from her family heirloom peony shrub at her home in Bloomington.

Rare heirloom peony has been with Bloomington family for four generations

The plant is estimated to be at least 60 years old.
Home & Garden
July 8
Burnsville

Home listings: What $384,900 buys you in the Twin Cities area

What you get for the money in Burnsville, Minneapolis and Hugo.
Home & Garden
July 8
Instead of stark white accents of the coast, lake living allows a bit more freedom and homey energy.

The cooling comforts of cabin decor

If you can't be submersed in a cooling lake, the very least you can do is submerse yourself in lake cabin decor.A lake house (or…
Home & Garden
July 5
A heron raises three chicks in its rookery nest.

Herons and egrets sometimes share a rookery

Herons and egrets — and other species, too — can often be found nesting in the same stand of trees.
July 2
Marge Hols

Marge Hols, St. Paul gardener and columnist, dies at 86

With a garden in the Smithsonian and a column in the Pioneer Press, Hols shared her love for planting seeds.