Home & Garden

Once-dreary lake cabin near Deerwood, Minn., gets a cheery makeover

AFTER: Durable floors, big windows and cheerful colors transformed the lake cabin.

Big windows and crisp red-and-white interiors refresh a 1920s cabin on a lake near Deerwood, Minn.

Sisters who share St. Paul duplex tackle simultaneous kitchen makeovers

Sisters Susan, left, and Peggy McKevitt renovated both their kitchens in their St. Paul duplex at the same time.

When Susan and Peggy McKevitt bought their Arts and Crafts duplex 28 years ago, they accepted the cramped kitchens that came with each unit. But last year, they decided it was time for a dramatic makeover.


Rock star naturalist leads 'wonder' walks at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Volunteer's enthusiasm is contagious: "If you fall in love with nature, you'll never be bored a day in your life."


Home listings: What $399,900 buys in the Twin Cities

Hopkins Built in 1917, this four-bedroom, three-bath house has 2,400 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, new windows, hardwood floors, fireplace, granite…


Historic walking tour, gardening for climate change and more

Healy block walking tour Master builder T.P. Healy designed nine houses and built eight in the Wedge neighborhood, historically known as Lowry Hill East. Take…


Books -- bird intelligence & birds of Europe, N. Africa, Middle East

The guide book uses excellent photos for 860 species, many of which are familiar to us, with map color choices that make sense (!!)


Home plan: Modern one-level living

PLAN HOTW170024 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,557 Bed/bathrooms: 3 /3 Stories: 1 Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawlspace Glass and stone line both the front and back…


Cool it, with a ceiling fan

Today's models are smarter, sleeker and quieter than ever.


Book review: 'The Genius of Birds'

‘The Genius of Birds’ Jennifer Ackerman, Penguin Press, 2017, $17 paperback Read Jennifer Ackerman’s engaging book and I promise that you’ll never look at birds…


Then and now: See how 8th and Hennepin has changed since 1960

A brief history of 8th and Hennepin told through old-school photographs.


Then and now: Mpls. corner goes from Egyptian vibes to much-admired skyscraper

Vintage photos show how "King Tut mania" influenced an early downtown Minneapolis building before it made way for a favorite skyscraper.


Merganser chicks were in a rush to leave the nest

Common Mergansers hatched in Watertown


We're looking for beautiful gardens

Do you have a favorite garden? It's time to nominate it in our Beautiful Gardens contest. The Sunday Homes section is inviting readers to share…


Sitting pretty in pink

Pink furniture filled the Spring High Point Market.


Organizer pro shares pantry tips

Have you ever met someone who had the most perfectly arranged pantry? If so, it was likely as if you had walked into a wonderland.…


What to plant on your boulevard

Boulevard plantings can enhance curb appeal and benefit the environment.


Renting and the Law: Long-term tenant wants short-term lease

Q: My husband I are renting a house. Our lease ends Aug. 31, 2017. We are also house-hunting. We’ve been living in our rental place…


Home listings: What $264,900 buys in the Twin Cities

Burnsville Built in 1942, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has 1,694 square feet and features three bedrooms on one level, two fireplaces, updated main-level bathroom and…


Home plan: Contemporary Craftsman ranch has impressive spaces

PLAN HOTW170021 Total finished sq. ft.: 2,073 Bed/bathrooms: 3/4 Stories: 1 Bonus space: 430 sq. ft. Garage bays: 2 Foundation: Crawlspace, slab This one-story contemporary…