Category Archives: Home & Garden


We may be stuck at home, but we’re not stuck inside. As strong and hearty Minnesotans, we know how to get outside in all kinds of weather. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, take your living and dining room outside this winter.  

Stay Warm
Use plywood or a canvas sheet to block that cold north wind. Then add some heat. Christy Buchan of Energy Products and Design, Inc. says one of their most popular items is their smokeless wood fire pit. There are tons of options for fire tables and even gas fire pits. Get some pillows and blankets. How about something with fur? Continue reading

The POWER of Gardening

A Regrowing Pastime
By Jen Jacobson
Photography by Fagan Studios

After months of social distancing or teleworking, you may feel isolated and bored at home.  Or perhaps you’re stressed over close contact at the grocery store or worrying that the aisles will be picked over again in the coming months. Or maybe you just need some beauty in your life to combat all the yuck that 2020 has dealt so far. Continue reading

Historic Southwest Rochester

Origins of the Neighborhood
By Alli Vaith

As you stroll down 4th Street SW, you are taken back in time to where the growth of this community began. Originally built for staff of St. Marys Hospital and Mayo Clinic, the Historic Southwest neighborhood homes were built as early as 1863, with the majority of homes built between 1900 and 1920 as the population of Rochester exploded from under 7,000 to close to 14,000. Between 1912 and 1914, as the construction of Mayo Clinic was under way, many homes were built within a 1-mile radius to accommodate all of the new community residents in the city. Continue reading

Pesky Problems

…and their fixes
By Holly Galbus

The zipper on your favorite pair of dress pants breaks. Your vacuum cleaner is making those funny noises again. You’ve just booked your dream vacation but are worried the luggage you’ve used for years may not make it through another airport carousel ride. Pesky problems are those little annoyances that pop into our daily lives—something breaks or becomes worn or damaged—and make us wonder, “Is it time to buy a new one, or is there someone who might be able to fix this?” If you choose to repair (thus saving money and landfill space) there are local businesses that can transform your broken, worn or damaged items into like-new, serviceable items once again. Continue reading

Bringing Color into your Home

Instill energy and life in your space with these shade trends
By Trish Amundson

Does your home decor resemble the hazy, pale shades of winter?  If so, spring is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to refresh your look with a pop of color. Different shades of well-chosen accessories and accents can round off your interior color palette, bringing energy and life into your space. Continue reading

Get Inspired at the Rochester Area Builders Home Show

The 41st annual event brings together dedicated home experts and motivated homeowners
By Trish Amundson

Let’s face it, after too much time indoors, escaping the cold, we’re sick of staring at the same old walls.  Shake off your cabin fever and attend the annual Rochester Area Builders (RAB) Home Show, February 7-9 at Mayo Civic Center. Whether you want to build, remodel or just get new ideas, the event offers inspiration to transform your indoor and outdoor living spaces.    Continue reading

Quartz and Granite and Laminate, Oh My!

Choosing the Right Countertop Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming
By Trish Amundson

There’s no place like home—especially the kitchen and bath. These are frequently-used rooms that should be comfortable and convenient with functional countertop spaces.   

Countertops are available in a number of colors, textures and patterns that comprise a range of costs and maintenance requirements. Whether you’re building or remodeling, choosing a specific product from hundreds of options can be overwhelming if you don’t have direction from a kitchen and bath expert. Here, three local professionals offer a variety of counter selections. Each provides insights into a current trend while sharing pros and cons to help you make your selection with care.  Continue reading

Outdoor Holiday Decor That Inspires

Creating a Memorable Seasonal Display
By Kristie Moore

THE HOLIDAYS ARE FINALLY HERE, AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO GREET YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS, THAN WITH CREATIVE OUTDOOR DECOR? Decking your home out for the holidays involves more than just Christmas trees and seasonal music. The real magic of the season happens outdoors, where strings of twinkling lights illuminate the fresh snow and sprigs of evergreens add vibrancy and interest to a sleeping landscape all winter long. Continue reading