Lynn Underwood | Star Tribune
Reporter | Homes

Lynn Underwood writes about new home construction, remodeling, architecture, design, decorating and real estate for the Sunday Homes section. She also writes garden-related stories for the Variety Home + Garden section.

Midcentury kitchen makeover includes a must-have mudroom

A reconfigured kitchen doubles counter space, improves the work triangle and carves out a must-have mudroom.

Denny Hecker's former lake retreat now on market for $8.5M

Lavish compound includes five guesthouses — and 18 garage stalls.

Color of the Year, a Princely purple, is 'tricky' for home interiors

The Color of the Year, a majestic purple, is powerful, but tricky, say interior designers, and best used in small doses.

Quirky midcentury home in Golden Valley is revitalized for the future

The house has been remodeled with gorgeous updates that still preserve the past.

These festive DIY holiday centerpieces only take 15 minutes to make

Do-it-yourself holiday centerpieces get a fresh look with unexpected materials you have on hand or can pick up at most craft stores.

A tired '80s tract home in Bloomington gets a stylish refresh

With some strategic modifications, the outdated split-level tract home feels much more connected — and homey.

Metro area couple build haven for young people with brain injuries, including their son

A small group home in West Lakeland Township provides sensory stimulation and individualized care.

$2.25M penthouse condo offers skyscraper views in heart of downtown Mpls.

If you've ever wondered about that green glass cube on the roof at 6th and Marquette, now is your chance to look inside.

Winner of 'Beautiful Gardens' contest shares secrets of her 'Wow!' gardens on Summit Avenue

A St. Paul gardener's artful vignettes — some splashy, some serene — kick off this year's Beautiful Gardens series.

Modern-day carriage house in Kenwood boasts all the comforts of home

Take a look at the welcoming two-story home a Minneapolis couple built on the lot next door for guests and parties.