Fall Home Improvement

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.

Wed
09
Sep

Aerate your lawn this fall for a good start next spring

Fall is a great time to aerate the lawn. Whether you do it yourself or hire a lawn care professional to do it for you, aeration at least once per year provides a number of benefits to your lawn, say experts.

Wed
09
Sep

Understanding design to match your home’s architectural style

Adding the right design elements to your home can complete what its architecture hopes to accomplish. But knowing just what to incorporate to complement — rather than detract — from the style of your home can present a challenge.

Fri
24
Oct

Simple tips for easy cleanup


With a few simple tools you’ll be able to keep your kitchen squeaky clean so it can continue to be the favorite hang-out for the entire family. (submitted photo)

From rushed morning breakfasts to hurried dinners, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home.

Fri
24
Oct

Give yourself a gift—or two—before holiday hosting time


The warm cream and rich mocha tones of this backsplash could be at home in a teens, twenties or mid-century modern home. Go for a darker countertop and minimalist shelving for an uncluttered, yet cozy kitchen. (submitted photo)

Ever envy those beautiful homes that seem to get redecorated with every new season? Thinking that the family and friend get-togethers at your home this year deserve an updated setting?

Fri
10
Oct

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens


New vacuums on the market have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture allergens, irritants and pollutants. (submitted photo)

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.

Fri
10
Oct

What can you remodel in winter? Take a look


This Asian-inspired half-bath converts a tiny footprint into a warm retreat, with rich woods, gold accents and sleek detailing (submitted photo)

Many homeowners think they've "missed" remodeling season once the leaves fall. And, if you're opening holes in your home's exterior or building patios, that may be true.

Tue
23
Sep

What's blooming in September?

Extension video series gets you up close and botanical
Other than the everpresent rose of fall-blooming sedums, which come in shades from pink to rose to burgundy, maybe brick orange if you squint a little, are there any other shades and shapes of fall flowers?
Yes, say University of Minnesota extension educator Karl Foord and professor of horticulture Mary Meyer, Ph.D. How many do you want?
Spring and early summer bloomers get a lot of focus in Minnesota - they're proof we've all survived another winter, for one thing - and each tulip and hyacinth gets its own standing ovation.

Sun
21
Sep

Outdoor living spaces add value to a home year-round


A few amenities outdoors add value not only to life in your home but to its attraction to buyers. (submitted photo)

Summer may be ending, but it’s not too late to spruce up your outdoor space. In fact, there are several enhancements that can be made to extend your outdoor living time well in to the fall and even year round.

Thu
18
Sep

Revive the charm of mid-century modern design


Clean lines, no clutter and a streamlined silhouettte bring function into the realm of design. (submitted photo)

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a 20-year span when design was minimal, sleek, elegant and functional.

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