Category Archives: Home & Garden

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

Cold Outside, Cozy Inside

Is your heating system ready for winter?
By Amanda Ruggeri 

As we enjoy our last few days of beautiful fall weather, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming winter. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts winter temperatures to be above normal this year, but as we all know, normal in Minnesota is still very cold! Now is the time to start preparing by making sure that your heating systems are ready for the job.    Continue reading

DeWitz Home Builders

Siblings carry on the family business
By Alison Rentschler

The DeWitz family has worked in the home-building industry for well over 50 years. Robert DeWitz started the company in 1957, and several of his children have been involved in the business. Currently three of his children Chuck, Jean and Julie work for DeWitz Home Builders. Continue reading

Tile & Wood

Not Just for Your Floor
By Trish Amundson

Graceland mansion is notable for its eclectic dEcor, including a 15-foot-long white sofa; velvet, fur and leopard-skin upholsteries; and green shag carpet on the floor, walls and ceiling. Elvis’s former home reflects styles of the 60s and 70s. At the same time, it represents a decorating trend that has remerged and improved: corresponding wall coverings and floor coverings to create a smooth, distinctive and sometimes seamless look. This is a trend you “can’t help falling in love” with. Continue reading


Eye appeal is buy appeal in real estate
By Kristie Moore

Effective home staging can help you sell your home faster, possibly for a higher price. In recent years, home stagers have become even more savvy and in-tune with what buyers want.  


Home staging is the styling and furnishing of a property for sale (occupied or vacant) to enhance its attractiveness and highlight its positive features to potential buyers. Professional home stagers understand the art and strategies of preparing a home for sale. They work with the flow of a home, eliminate clutter, edit and arrange furniture and even assist in curb appeal. The seller can be as involved as they want, hiring help with needed improvements or taking the DIY approach, depending on their needs and budget.  Continue reading

Upgrade Your Backyard “Living Room”

By Kristie Moore

The idea of DIY has changed considerably in recent years, both inside and outside of the home. Design shows, Pinterest and online video tutorials have expanded the possible options and desires of the average homeowner. The availability of these resources has enabled homeowners to reimagine their properties like never before. When approaching improvements from a creative edge, even modest homes and tight budgets can be transformed into luxurious living.   Continue reading