Kim Palmer | Star Tribune
Reporter, Editor | Home+Garden | Homes

Kim Palmer covers architecture, design, décor, gardening, landscaping and home-related lifestyle trends.


Pergola on steroids allows year-round outdoor living in Lake Elmo

A porch in Lake Elmo is transformed into a year-round family gathering spot with a flexible indoor-outdoor room for all seasons.


Experimental garden in Minneapolis has many stakeholders

Growing food is just one of the lofty missions of the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. It's also a place where people committed to food justice, faith and climate change can work together on common goals.


$3.65M home on St. Croix River is all about the view

Reclaimed timbers and rustic stone create an Aspen-like lodge on the St. Croix River near Hudson, Wis. You can have it for $3.65 million.


One-of-a-kind urban castle in Mpls. might become a 'destination brewery'

The one-of-a-kind house, which is just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium and the only single-family home in downtown Minneapolis, has been described as "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings."


Minnetonka home makeover is family-friendly by design

Minnetonka makeover accommodates kids, cooking and casual modern living.


Ultramodern Mpls. house in shape of Star of David hits market for $899K

The house, commissioned by a U professor, was designed by an understudy to Frank Lloyd Wright and it sits on a lot overlooking the Mississippi River.


2 Minneapolis girls deliver backpacks full of cheer to chronically ill teens

After the longtime friends each faced a health crisis, they were inspired to support others going through the same thing.


Unfinished attic transformed into deluxe master suite in northeast Minneapolis

Ever since Paul Bramsen bought his century-old northeast Minneapolis duplex 10 years ago, he'd been dreaming of finishing his third-floor attic.


See the winners in this year's Star Tribune Beautiful Gardens contest

The six gardens selected in the Star Tribune's annual contest range from small city plots to exurban gardens on a truly grand scale.


Want a rare peek inside Twin Cities gems of Prairie School architecture?

You've probably walked or driven past some local gems of Prairie School architecture and wished you could peek inside. This week you'll have a rare opportunity to do just that.