Home & Garden

Thu
28
Apr

How to make the outdoors another room of your house


There are plenty of options for outdoor spaces and plenty of combinations. It really comes down to what you want to use the space for. (courtesy of Rochester Concrete Products)

Minnesotans only have a handful of months in which to enjoy their backyards. 

By creating outdoor living spaces, you can get the most enjoyment and relaxation out of those months.

Thu
28
Apr

Call of the wild


A good starting feeder is a hopper. It allows for both large and small birds to use the same feeder.

Bird feeding is an easy way to get back to nature

Ever wonder how to get wildlife, especially birds, to come into your yard? Well, maybe it’s time you give bird feeders a try.

Kraig Kelsey, owner of Kelsey’s Wild Bird Store, says bird feeding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country. 

Thu
28
Apr

Maybe it’s time to consider a remodel


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How can you know if it is time to remodel your home? Do you need a whole-house remodel or just an update of a room that looks like it is stuck in the ‘80s. 

Thu
28
Apr

Add some color to your backyard


Begonias are annual flowers that do well in partial sun and in some cases full sun. They are great for both gardens and containers

For some, gardening is a lifestyle. For others it’s a casual summer activity. And then there are those folks who have tried gardening once or twice and ended up feeling like they will never have a green thumb. 

Sun
25
Oct

Cost-conscious home upgrades for fall

Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)
Subtle changes, such as a coat of paint or new hardware, can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and feel. (Getty Images)

If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment.

Sun
11
Oct

5 tips to keep your yard healthy this fall

Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)
Raking leaves can be a fun family activity, and good exercise, too. (Getty Images)

A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors.

In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life.

Sun
11
Oct

Keeping the character

Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)
Lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, according to Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict.” (submitted photo)

Renovation with original charm in mind
Not every home renovation is a complete do-over. In fact, some projects are more about preserving the character and charm of the original structure than making everything shiny and new.
A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer, Nicole Curtis of Minneapolis, star of HGTV's "Rehab Addict," has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory.

Tue
22
Sep

Give your home a quick fall facelift, with fabric, paint and seasonal decor

Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)
Whether you just want to add a pop of fall color here and there to be changed out with the season or a new theme entirely, with warm fall tones that will make your home welcoming throughout the year, now’s the time to envision new decor. (submitted photo)

(StatePoint) A seasonal home makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be difficult to execute. Quick, easy and innovative ideas can give your home the fall flair needed to celebrate the season.

Mon
21
Sep

Plant now for a beautiful garden — for years to come

Melinda Myers
gardening expert

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long term beauty to your garden.

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