Mar/Apr
2013

Creation and Recreation

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Written by Penny Marshall

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Cumulus Radio’s Home, Vacation and RV Show celebrates 50 years

Forget wallowing in the whine of winter. Round up family and friends, and celebrate the 50th Annual Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation and RV Show, featuring vendors with products and services for home and vacationing, including RVs, at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, March 15–17.

 

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Remodelers Corner: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

remodelers-cornerAs a young girl living in the Twin Cities, Cindy Rapp often visited the rural Rochester home of her aunt and uncle, Paul and Marie Hennessey.

“I remember running through the pasture, swinging on the porch swing and playing with the kitties in the barn,” Cindy recalls about the 150-year-old home her relatives owned. “My Uncle Paul would open the hatch to the cistern in the kitchen floor and tell me, ‘that’s where they throw naughty kids.’”

 

Jan/Feb
2013

On a Mission

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Nicole Curtis, host of the DIY Network’s series “Rehab Addict,” was in the right place at the right time. Reality TV was just an idea when she met a producer at the DIY Network and shared her mission to save every last old house through home restoration and preservation. Now in its third season, “Rehab Addict” features Curtis up to her neck in drywall dust and old floorboards as she curses and sometimes cries to bring new life to old homes.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Simple Gift Tags Tutorial

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Written by Amy Liebl

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Supplies

• Plain paper tags or hand-cut tags, any color
• Scissors
• Thin, double-sided tape (1/4” wide used here)
• Fine glitter in color of choice
• Embellishment of choice
• White craft glue

 

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Light up the Night

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Written by Penny Marshall

light-up-the-nightWhether your outdoor holiday decorating includes an illumination of your entire residence, a simple swag or an inflatable Santa and 12 tiny reindeer, a bit of exterior festive décor not only welcomes your guests but charms those passing by as well.

With a full-scale outdoor lighting company and many wonderful florists in town, you can do all the decorating yourself or hire out part or all of it, giving you many options for brightening up those long November and December nights.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Touring Rochester's Holiday Floral Open Houses

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Written by Penny Marshall

Grab a friend and leisurely shop for gifts, sip cider and nosh on holiday treats as you revel in new ideas for decking the halls.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Creating Holiday Interest

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Written by Jessica Pearson

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Whether it’s simply adding a wreath to the door or going all out by decorating the front of your house, fresh Christmas greens, alone or adorned, go a long way in making your house festive for the holiday season.

Front door
Just by itself on a velvet hook over your door, the lavish blue-green of an elegant conifer wreath makes an inviting entryway.

If you wish to dress it up a bit, use florist’s wire (found at craft stores) to add a festive bow, a few well-placed Christmas ornaments—maybe an old favorite that retired from the tree long ago—glittery tinsel or a few picks of silk or artificial berries.

Be sure to wire the additions to the framing on the back of the wreath so it stays secure, and you will have a custom-made wreath in no time.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Remodelers Corner: Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Linda Lia

remodelers-corner-novdec2012Before Nick and Connie Maragos met Dave Reynolds of Reynolds Design and Construction, they had two separate basements divided by an unusable crawl space. They couldn’t go from one side of their basement to the other without going outside. Other contractors had told them that digging out the crawl space was not feasible, but as they visited with Dave—who thought it could be done—his contagious vision inspired them to believe in the possibilities.

 

home-fit-for-a-builderResidential building contractor Mickey Rowland of Excel Homes has a deep-rooted dedication to excellence and quality. From his home to his neighbor’s and approximately 100 others throughout the area, he builds each custom home as if it was his own.

Customized for comfortable living
“It’s always a learning experience when building a house, and there are many decisions to make. I want to make it perfect,” says Rowland, who applied what he has learned in the trade to the home he recently built for his own family.

The mission-style home comprises 4,500 square feet of traditional and contemporary architecture. Granite and rich woods flow throughout three levels of living space. The open design combines the kitchen, dining area and living room, where the family of four — Mickey, Tonya, Dylan and Jade — spend time together and with friends.

 

fall-home-tuneup-tipsTending to flowers, cleaning the eaves and storing the patio furniture are all part of the seasonal prelude to the winter months. There are, however, a few household tasks that are easily overlooked. Not because of importance, but because people don’t think of them or realize how vital they are to safety and efficiency.

 

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