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Minnetonka designer knows how to add personality to a rental

Designer Sue Hunter in the living room of her Minnetonka apartment. “Surround yourself with everything you love, so it doesn’t feel like an apartment,” she said.

Who says an apartment has to look generic? A Minnetonka designer demonstrates how to add warmth, texture and personal style to a short-term home.

Why we love to hate McMansions — but still buy them

The foyer and double staircase of a model home at Trotters Glen, a Toll Brothers subdivision in Olney, Md., are typically formal.

Large suburban houses embody desire for status and affordable luxury.


Baiting owls? That's just a sliver of "wildlife" photography

Audubon magazine tells a story about an abundance of fakery. Want a good photo of a lynx? Rent one for an hour.


Homes on parade, handyperson classes and more

March to the parade Gather decor ideas for your abode or just gawk at a dreamy cook’s kitchen at more than 480 Twin Cities homes…


How to add personality to a rental

Sue Hunter, owner of Home for a Change interior design in Minnetonka, offered these tips: Peel-and-stick murals and decals create inexpensive “artwork” and enhance…


Home listings: What $435,000 buys in the Twin Cities

Ramsey Built in 2002, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 3,898 square feet and features four bedrooms and laundry room on the upper level, 9-foot ceilings,…


If the owl photo is fake, the viewer is being conned

Baiting an owl to get a show-off photo is unethical


Landlord is renting without a license

Q: I found out that my landlord has been renting to me without a rental license, as the city requires. We had agreed upon my…


Home plan Rugged versatile Craftsman

PLAN HOTW170003 Total finished sq. ft.: 3,959 Bed/bathrooms: 3/5 Stories: 2 Garage bays: 3 Foundation: Crawlspace This smart Craftsman design, with its rugged stone and…


Hawks haunt yards in search of songbirds

Cooper's hawks prey on smaller birds, and several studies indicate that European starlings make up a significant portion of their diet.


How strange can it get? How about a live tree frog?

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Development forces some birds to divorce

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Water heater replacement: pros and cons of natural draft water heaters

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Alaska birding on St. Lawrence Island and in Nome

Great birding, best if you book a tour


Home listings: What $365,000 buys in the Twin Cities

Brooklyn Park Built in 2005, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom house has 2,802 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, remodeled kitchen…


Arts & Crafts seminar, indoor farmers market, free remodeling class and more

All about Arts & Crafts Did you know that Arts & Crafts is considered the first modern style of the 20th century? Find out more…


Prior Lake man creates full-scale Oval Office in his sprawling home

A passionate collector of U.S. presidential memorabilia in Prior Lake has built a replica of the White House Oval Office, complete with the classic four curved doors. "I don't have to get permission to sit here," he said with a smile. "And I don't have to give it up in four years."


'Love It or List It' star Hilary Farr on her way to Mpls. to share design tips

Hilary Farr persuades homeowners to "love it" – not "list it." Find out how she does it at the Home + Garden Show.


Home design to aid Alzheimer's patients

Design choices may be more important than medication for patients with dementia.