Home & Garden

Get the Weeds Out of Here  

From Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, Mike Frattallone, stopped by to share his tips and tricks to help keep your lawn free of weeds.

Custom One Homes: Cottages of Stonemill Farms  

We all want convenience, style and luxury when it comes to our homes. That is certainly true for the baby boomer generation.  Todd Polifka from Custom One Homes says they are seeing more and more families who are downsizing, but they don’t want to lose the amenities. In fact, in many cases, they are gaining them.

Custom One Homes: Cottages of Stonemill Farms  

We all want convenience, style and luxury when it comes to our homes. That is certainly true for the baby boomer generation.  Todd Polifka from Custom One Homes says they are seeing more and more families who are downsizing, but they don’t want to lose the amenities. In fact, in many cases, they are gaining them.

New HGTV Pilot Based in Minnesota  

Heather and Brad Fox, the owners of Fox Homes in Minnetonka, are the stars of a new HGTV show. "Stay or Sell" follows homeowners as they decide if they should stay in their existing home or should move on and find something new. Heather and Brad stopped by to share what happens behind the scenes along with dramatic before and afters photos.

Custom One Homes: Cottages of Stonemill Farms  

We all want convenience, style and luxury when it comes to our homes. That is certainly true for the baby boomer generation.  Todd Polifka from Custom One Homes says they are seeing more and more families who are downsizing, but they don’t want to lose the amenities. In fact, in many cases, they are gaining them.

Summer Gardening with Kids  

Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr says it’s not too late to start a garden this summer. He Stopped by with tips on how to get growing and get your kids involved, too.

Lawn Mowers and More  

Our handyman, Mike Frattalone shared simple tricks to keep your lawn mower machine running top notch.

Empire Today Carpet Contest   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live teamed up with Empire Today for one lucky person to win brand new carpet. The winner has had the same carpet since the 70’s when the house was built.

iMowedit   Back To Top

Mowing the lawn.  For many, the necessary chore interrupts an otherwise relaxing weekend.  And it doesn’t help matters when you don’t really know what you’re doing out there.  TCL Host Steve Patterson recruited the help of iMowedit, a lawn care service run by two college students.  Their initial aim was to offer low-cost lawn care for senior citizens, which they still do.  But since then, the business has expanded to offer service to a wide variety of customers all across the metro.

Make Plants Thrive All Summer   Back To Top

Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries says a common mistake made with hydrangeas is that they can be overwatered. He stopped by with advice on making sure your plants bloom through the summer.

Give Your Patio Life   Back To Top

Interior Designer Kelli Kaufer stopped by with DIY projects and inexpensive tips to help you maximize time out on your patio.

Buying a Cabin with Desrochers Realty Group   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet share advice on buying a cabin, including how you could get some help with the mortgage!

Pest Control   Back To Top

Our handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, shared some of his favorite products to help eliminate those pesky pests in your yard and inside your home.

Find advice on keeping your yard looking good at the Ace Hardware in your neighborhood, including the 21 locations locally owned and operated by Mike and his family. Find the one closest to you by clicking here.

New Trends For Your Home   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet stop by to share a few of the fun new additions they are seeing in people's homes. 

Advice on Veggie Gardens   Back To Top

Larry Pfarr has been the go-to garden guy on channel 5 for over 20 years.  He’s the expert we go to for our gardening questions!  This year, he’s getting a lot of questions about the tomatoes.

Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour   Back To Top

Thinking about remodeling or just want to get some ideas for your own home? Midwest Home’s Luxury Remodeling Tour offers great suggestions.

TCL’s New Host Chat Table   Back To Top

Elizabeth meets up with Brianne Boettner – the talented furniture designer behind “Timber & Tulip.” Brianne left her corporate job to pursue her true passion: designing heirloom pieces of furniture made with one of kind pieces of wood. Elizabeth became a fan of Brianne’s work through social media and thought she would be perfect to create a new host chat table for Twin Cities Live. Luckily, Brianne agreed and the results are stunning.

Give Me Five: Creating a Successful Container Garden   Back To Top

Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr stopped by with five things you need to know on how to create a successful container garden.

Cool Cooler Bags   Back To Top

Minnesotans love spring and summer. After sticking out a the long, cold winter everyone is ready for a the nice weather. That means lots of outside time at the cabin, on the lake or river and at home on the patio. Now, taking your drinks and food along doesn’t have to be in a boring old cooler. There are tons of cute and cool coolers that will keep you in style no matter where you’re headed. Emily Engberg went on the hunt and found four that she can’t get enough of.

Give Me 5: Keep Your Yard Moist   Back To Top

Our handyman says it's extremely important to keep your lawn moist. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware has five products to help.

Yard Game Roundup   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live Reporter Emily Engberg loves a good night of games, especially ones outside. She is a big fan of bocce ball and bags or corn hole, but we’re thinking outside the box on this segment. Emily has come up with a list of some fun and unique games that will get any party started. She has a handful of options for the kids and the big kids at heart. 

Subscription Planter Service in Minnesota   Back To Top

You can get boxes of clothing, pet toys, food and even knitting supplies delivered to you home each month. There's a new subscription service now delivering potted plants to your front door. Cheryl Thiele, the co-owner of Simple & Grand stops by to explain how it works and advice on taking care of your planters.

Gifts for the Mom Who Loves to Travel   Back To Top

Go beyond flowers as a gift this Mother's Day and give your mom the gift of travel! Linda Snyder from the AAA Travel Store in Saint Louis Park stopped by with travel accessories Mom will love. 

Good Company: Tonkadale Greenhouse   Back To Top

Spring fever is here! Actually it's pretty much come and gone. A lot of us are already looking toward summer and that means we'll start to see green and a lot of color.  It’s a welcome sight for greenhouses, one in particular that's called Minnetonka home since the 1940s. In this Good Company, Kelli takes us to Tonkadale, where a fresh face and a new generation hopes to create a younger green thumb.

#MyHouseCrushMonday   Back To Top

Minneapolis designer Patti Wagner is like a lot of us when she’s out on a walk with her family.  She looks around the neighborhood, picks out her favorite houses and imagines who and what is inside. Except Patti started going one step further. She created the hashtag #MyHouseCrushMonday and started posting images of the homes that inspire her to her 100,000 Instagram followers. Turns out, the people who live in the homes she loves were pretty flattered by the attention and started asking Patti if she’d ever like to pop over for a tour. Elizabeth tags along as Patti takes one of those homeowners up on the invitation to come inside and they discover a gem of a home where the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.

Origami in the Garden   Back To Top

Most of us have had some sort of experience seeing or maybe even trying our hand at origami. But wait until you see origami turned into sculptures. Origami is art made by folding a flat piece of paper usually without making cuts or using glue. Now, those pieces of art are in a new exhibit called “Origami in the Garden” at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Spring Lawn Care   Back To Top

It is the time to give your grass some long overdue love. Our handyman, Mike Frattalone, from Frattallone's Ace Hardware shared tips on how to make your lawn look great.

Twin Cities Home Prices with Desrochers Realty Group   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group with Coldwell Banker Burnet shared properties they currently have for sale, ranging from over $800,000 to under $200,000. They say that it is still possible to find a great home for under $200,000.  

Neat Method: Tackling Your Seasonal Closet   Back To Top

If you haven’t heard the birds finally chirping again, maybe you’ve felt the seasonal shift in your wardrobe. It’s time to put away the sweaters and winter boots, but what’s the best way to store them? Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson stepped inside a professional organizer’s closet to get her strategy for sorting, storing and putting it all away.
Lauren Alsup is the owner of Neat Method Twin Cities and says it all starts with a good hanger. She loves Minnesota made hangers, Bend & Hook.

Spring Gardening Tips   Back To Top

Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr has been swamped with spring planting questions. He shares his “ 6 dos and one important don’t” for your garden.

Inside Instagram Design   Back To Top

Instagram is now much more than just a way to share that cute picture of your kids, for some people it's become a way to inspire.  Have you ever looked at an Instagram picture and wondered, “Where are those picture frames from?” or “Where can I find that bedspread?” We asked designer and social media influencer, Patti Wagner, to let us take a look inside her Instagram account. She shared with us her most asked questions.

"Man Caves" Host Jason Cameron   Back To Top

Jason Cameron, host of "Man Caves", "Desperate Landscapes" and "Sledgehammer" on the DIY Network stopped by to share some of his favorite "man cave" projects, including a garage that was completely transformed into a race car lover's dream room.

Finding Some Spring   Back To Top

Elizabeth took her mom - who also happens to be her favorite interior designer - with her to the Home + Garden Show on the search for a little spring.  Even though it looks far from spring weather outdoors, they found some when they visited the Koehler and Dramm Institute of Floristry area where seven local florists did their magic.

Designer Kelli Kaufer   Back To Top

If you are a fan of HGTV, then you have seen Kelli’s work.  Kelli Kaufer’s designs have been featured on Curb Appeal, I Hate My Kitchen, and more.  Kelli stops by to show us how to turn everyday objects into amazing kitchen creations.

Paige Davis   Back To Top

You probably remember Paige Davis from the hit show on TLC, Trading Spaces.  The show premiered 18 years ago and transformed rooms in homeowner’s homes for 8 years.  The whole gang, including host Paige Davis, is back with some whole new room transformations!

Garden Theater & the Family Zone   Back To Top

Kelli Hanson heads over to The Garden Theater and she checks out the new features that will keep the kids entertained.  It’s called the Family Zone and it’s where kids can take part in some DIY workshops, check out a mini escape room, and even learn how to ride a Segway! 

Spring Centerpieces   Back To Top

Home and Garden expert, Larry Pfarr stopped by to make beautiful Easter centerpieces that will look great on your kitchen table.

Desrochers New Home Building Project   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet asked our cameras to tag along as they demolished and rebuilt an Edina home. The project took over a year to complete but we final got to tour the finished home!

TCL In Your Town: Apple Valley, Pahl’s Market   Back To Top

Pahl’s Market is a family owned and operated business that goes back generations. The family’s farm is what started it all. The fifth generation farm was established in the early 1900’s. Produce was being sold in the back of a truck. Eventually, the family added a building and a greenhouse. Today, things are still growing at Pahl’s in Apple Valley.

Refresh Your Home for Spring   Back To Top

It's time to declutter your home. Interior Designer, and Elizabeth's mom, Susie Ries, stopped by with advice on making your home feel bigger and more tidy.

Lake Home and Cabin Show   Back To Top

The Lake Home and Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center will Minnesotans out of the winter blues. Get ready to think spring and summer. The show has all sorts of vendors that will get you thinking about ways to improve your own second home. If you don’t have one, it’s a great way to see what the newest trends are for your own lake or cabin styled home. If you’re thinking about getting a new place, there will be folks to chat with about making your dream a reality.

Spring Parade of Homes   Back To Top

The 2018 Spring Parade of Homes shows off all sorts of new homes and neighborhoods. Even if you’re not looking to move, this is a great way to get ideas for your own home. You’ll get to see the latest in designs, features and products. All the homes are free to tour expect for five homes known as Dream Homes. Those homes cost $5 to tour. The money benefits BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation.

Easy Updates on a Budget   Back To Top

Not everyone has a flair for decorating when it comes to their homes.  Julie and Daniel Desrochers of Desrochers Realty Group/Coldwell Banker Burnet say that you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it!  They share some ways to do that. 

Apollo Furnace Giveaway   Back To Top

Elizabeth joins the team from Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning in St. Paul to surprise a deserving dad with a brand new furnace.

Home Improvement Trends with Karl Champley   Back To Top

Master Builder Karl Champley is featured at the Minneapolis Home+Remodeling Show. Originally from Australian, he's hosted shows like "Wasted Spaces" on DIY Network and won Ellen's Design Challenge on HGTV in 2015.

Home and Remodeling Show   Back To Top

Get ready to be inspired!  The Home and Remodeling Show is back at U.S. Bank Stadium for the second year in a row. The show takes place Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Matt Muenster Answers Your Bathroom Remodeling Questions   Back To Top

Matt Muenster has hosted shows like "Bath Crashers" and "Bathtastic" so we put the call out for our viewers to send in their bathroom remodeling questions for some straight-talking advice! 

Valentine's Day Bouquets   Back To Top

Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr shares ways to boost your bouquet making skills so you can make a beautiful flower arrangement right at home.

"Ask the Experts" with Desrochers Realty Group   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet answer viewers' questions about real estate.