Home & Garden

Our Handyman’s Favorite Hardware Store Finds

Frattallone’s Ace Hardware carries over 35,000 products, so it’s easy to miss something that will make your life easier. Mike Frattallone stops by to share some of his favorite finds.  

Adding Vintage to your Home Décor  

TCL is heading to your town, Afton!  We’re kicking the week off with a little home décor help w/ Heather Schuck, owner of Dwell. Furniture and Home Décor.  She’s showing us ways to incorporate a vintage look into your home! 

Help When Buying Or Selling A Home  

Homes are going quickly, sometimes within hours of listing! We turned to Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet for help, whether you're the buyer or the seller.

Prep Your Deck  

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares expert advice on getting your deck in tip-top shape for the summer, including a guide to deck stains.

Good Company: Snake Eyes Yard Games  

Jeremy Exley and his buddies are big fans of playing dice games, but when the weather turned nice Jeremy didn’t want to play inside. So, he looked for dice games that could be played in the yard. He could only find plastic dice or those fuzzy dice that people hang on a car mirror. Determined to find something that would work, Jeremy decided to make his own out of wood. His family and friends knew he was onto something. He made more and before he knew it, he was selling several of them.

Outdoor Furniture with Patio Town  

Nice weather means Minnesotans are spending time out on the patio. It's easy to make your patio look great! Our friends from Patio Town stop by to show us how.

Gotta Have It for Mom  

Mother’s Day is just days away and if you haven’t begun to think about what to get her this year, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson has you covered. She found deals on everything from Minnesota made jewelry to bean-to-bar chocolate. 

It’s Time to Mow and Plant   Back To Top

With the abundance of rain recently, trees and grass are growing rapidly. TCL’s Handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, shares advice on when exactly you should plant flowers and how much grass you should cut for the first time you pull out the lawn mower.

DIY Patio Décor   Back To Top

Minnesotan’s take advantage of every sunny day during our short spring and summer.  While enjoying your patio you want to make it beautiful and comfortable too.  TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abbott, shows us how we can create a very comfortable outdoor space.

Yard Work to Tackle this Weekend   Back To Top

Spring-like temperatures are finally headed to the Twin Cities, meaning it’s comfortable to head outside and tackle yardwork. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares a checklist of tasks worth doing to ensure your lawn is the best on the block.

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell   Back To Top

There are a few things you can do yourself when it comes to getting your home ready to sell and a few other things that are worth hiring out. Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group share their advice.

Early Spring Yard Prep   Back To Top

Spring is showing its colors this weekend but Mike Frattallone from Frattallone Ace Hardware says WAIT before you start doing too much outside.  He gives us advice on what we can get our hands dirt with this weekend without wasting our time. 

Home + Garden: Innovation Avenue   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show highlights the best of innovative products, including some with Minnesota connections. Lifestyle Expert Sasha Andreev shares items selected as the “best of the best.”

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show – Green Thumb Knowledge   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center, with tips and advice from the outdoor experts. 

Matt Muenster   Back To Top

Minnesota resident Matt Muenster is the long time host of DIY Network's "Bath Crashers" and he's now on HGTV as an expert on Ellen DeGeneres' design competition. Matt stopped by our Home + Garden Show stage to talk about that and test his bathroom expertise.

Home and Garden: Tiny Home Village   Back To Top

t’s becoming a big trend. Ditching a lot of space for a much smaller home. This year, the Home and Garden Show is featuring an entire Tiny Home Village to show off why so many people are jumping on board. It features five homes from five regional builders. The homes range from 144 square feet to 330 square feet. These homes are small, but they are certainly not lacking in style. Emily takes us around.

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Island   Back To Top

Design, Build, Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, never fails to deliver ideas to make space in our home easier to work with.  It’s all about the kitchen island as he visits us at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show.  He shows us to make the island look great and hold a lot of utilities to make more room in the kitchen.

Backyard Makeover with HGTV’s Chris Lambton   Back To Top

Chris Lambton is making a living doing what he loves - transforming a backyard into a beautiful oasis - on television. But this isn't his first time in front of the cameras.  In fact, you may have seen him on ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. He stopped by the main stage at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show with tips and tricks to get the backyard of your dreams on a budget!

Home and Garden Show Preview   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center is back with all sorts of ideas for your own home. Twin Cities Live will be there live on Friday, February 25th. This year, the Lifestyle and Kitchen Stages have combined into one Main Stage. Jaque Bethke of PURE Design Environments was in charge of planning the design for the Main Stage. It’s twice as big as last year, it’s more colorful and it has a huge kitchen. The kitchen has working appliances, running water and an island that is big and spacious. Jaque says she’s known for her bold ideas and this year’s inspiration was the flamingo. The idea is to have color and an organic feel to the environment.

Lake Home & Cabin Show   Back To Top

If this unseasonably warm February has you thinking Spring, stop by the Minneapolis Convention Center and you’ll be thinking Summer. That’s because the Lake Home and Cabin show is in town this weekend. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by to see what’s new this year.

At Home Décor Store Now in Burnsville   Back To Top

The Texas based décor chain store, At Home, has moved into Minnesota. Its first location is in Burnsville and people are buzzing about it. The 107,000 square foot home décor opened in February and we sent TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson inside to check it out. The store has over 50,000 SKUs inside, and 500 new SKUs are rotated in every week.

Interior Design Book Picks   Back To Top

Whether your house is 800 or 2,800 square feet, you want to make it feel like a home. Interior Designer Susie Ries shares three of her favorite design books to provide inspiration along with times you should consult the pros.

IKEA Makeover: Living Room Remix   Back To Top

The one room of the house family’s pile into is the living room. There’s the TV, music, games and of course if you have kids, toys! TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson and the IKEA Makeover team when in search of a family that needed a Living Room Remix and found a Brooklyn Park mom asking to help declutter their space. The team gave her IKEA’s Besta System and her boys loved their new storage solution!

Keep Your House Warm this Winter   Back To Top

Minnesotans know to bundle up before venturing outside in the dead of winter. But is your house ready to take on the bitter temps? Suzanne Stromberg, store manager of the Lowe’s in Shakopee, shares ways to keep your house warm without saving money.

Winter Car Care   Back To Top

If the cold weather has your car running slow, iced over, or not even running at all, our handyman Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware stopped by with products to help your car get through winter. 

Trending Local Artists   Back To Top

TCL Set Designer and art consultant, Nicole Kappus Solheid, features four Twin Cities artists making great work you can add to your own home.

Hardware Store Holiday   Back To Top

For those struggling to get the hard to buy for person this Christmas, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares some unique and quirky ideas all from the hardware store. 

Coffee and Bar Carts   Back To Top

A coffee or cocktail cart sounds like something seen only in a lifestyle magazine. TCL's Interior Designer, Susie Ries, says it can be built no matter your budget or space. She stopped by with expert advice on finding a functional cart that compliments your furniture.

Holiday Gift Ideas   Back To Top

Walmart is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts. They stopped by the studio with suggestions on what to get the people on your list. 

Em's Adventures: Hansen Tree Farm   Back To Top

The Hansen Tree Farm in Ramsey was the first in Minnesota to grow Christmas trees. Since they opened in 1951, trends and the variety of trees have varied, but the tradition of cutting down a real tree has remaining for many families. Hansen Tree Farm is an experience, with hay rides, food, and cocoa by the fire.  In this edition of Em's Adventures, TCL's Emily Engberg stops by their farm to showcase why it holds a special spot in the hearts of many Minnesotans. Plus, she gets a lesson in picking and cutting down the perfect Christmas tree.

Bathroom Trends   Back To Top

Remodeling the bathroom sits on the to-do list for many homeowners. But knowing where to start and what to tackle can be overwhelming. Steve teamed up with the folks at Minnesota Rusco to help devise a game plan and check out trends we'll see in 2016.

Good Company: Bachman’s   Back To Top

Bachman’s is celebrating 130 years in business. While we all know them for their flowers and plants, they actually started with vegetables. The company has seen a lot of changes over the years, including a lot of growth. However, the company is still about the people and providing beautiful plants to families all over. In this week’s Good Company, Emily takes shares the unique story of where they have been and where the company hopes to go.  

Painted Table   Back To Top

They were looking for a way to save money and to help their kids furnish their own homes. It was a furniture painter that inspired these women to start doing some painting on their own. They were good at it. Really good. Now, these three sisters have started a business to help other people change the way they feel about old, unused pieces. Their store in White Bear Lake holds classes to teach you how to do it or they do the work for you. Emily has the story behind Painted Table.   

Entertaining with IKEA   Back To Top

It’s the time of year where people like to throw parties, but being a host can be stressful. A Roseville family asked for help to impress their guests at their annual card party. Kelli shows us how our friends at IKEA helped the McNeal family party like an IKEA star.

Mural Painting   Back To Top

Mr. Takeshi Sato is an accomplished performance artist. He uses a single paint roller to create masterpieces around the world. Mr. Sato uses Hip Paint, which is manufactured by Hirshfield’s here in the Twin Cities. In addition to his art, he wants to bring more color to Japanese homes and get away from their traditional white walls. Click here to find out more about Mr. Sato’s work.

Decorating Your Tree   Back To Top

Before you put your tree up there are a couple steps for you to take make it look like a professional did it!  Owner of Holiday Bliss in Woodbury, Ryan Smith, shows us how it’s done.

Home Essentials Boutique   Back To Top

The pros from Home Essentials Boutique in Lake Elmo have performed their magic in our studio.  Their decorations have set the tone for Halloween and fall.  You don’t have to be a pro or spend a lot of money to get your home all decked out.

Mudrooms   Back To Top

Keeping the mudroom organized gets tough with all the jackets and shoes being left in there.  Design Build Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, has ways to get the mudrooms cleaned up and organized. 

Good Company: Mickman Brothers   Back To Top

Are you just getting your head wrapped around the idea of Halloween coming up?  Mickman Brothers is way ahead of you.  They are looking ahead and gearing up for Christmas!  Surprisingly, it’s October and November that make up the biggest part of their entire business. 

Fall Décor   Back To Top

Plastic pumpkins aren’t good just for trick or treating time.  Meg McLean from Mickman Brothers shows how they can help you with your fall décor!

Dry Cleaning Myths   Back To Top

You might be surprised to know that just because the tag on your garment says “Dry Clean Only” that may not actually be the case.  Tes Olson from St. Croix Cleaners has some guidelines when determining if – and how often – your item should be brought to the drycleaners.

Color Trends in Paint   Back To Top

If you look at the walls in your house and think they could really use a little sprucing up it’s as easy as picking up a paint brush.  Before you do, the experts at Abbott Paint & Carpet fill us in on what colors are on trend right now – and why investing in the right brand of paint is so important.

Framing 101   Back To Top

You probably have boxes full of photos put away somewhere.  Get them out because our Art Designer, Nicole Kappus Solheidis offers her advice on how to display them!

Showcase Home Tour   Back To Top

The Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home Tour is underway.  This year’s theme is all about coastal chic.  Interior designer for Interior Places and Spaces, Angela Parker shows how to take inspiration from the showcase home and put it into yours.

Interior Design Like TV Shows   Back To Top

It’s premiere week on ABC and we are taking inspiration from some of the shows.  Interior designer, Megan Meder, shows how to make your home look like your favorite ABC show.

Tour Cathedral Hill Homes   Back To Top

The Cathedral Hill neighborhood in Saint Paul has amazing old homes. Several home owners are opening their doors as part of the Ramsey Hill Association Housing Tour. Emily heads on a tour of one of the homes.      

Fall Yard Prep   Back To Top

Believe it or not, the leaves are already beginning to change and that means one thing.  It’s time to prep your yard for fall.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallones Ace Hardware gives us his “Fall Yard Prep Timeline”.  

Help My Entryway!   Back To Top

With the school season started, your entryway can turn into a dumping ground for backpacks, athletic equipment, jackets, and – pretty soon – snowpants, boots, and mittens.  Interior designer, Susie Ries, has ideas to keeping it organized and clutter free.

Organize Your Space   Back To Top

If you have a small space, there are ways to keep it organized.  IKEA gives us advice on those small spaces.   

Window Treatments   Back To Top

Whenever anyone talks about window blinds, you probably think of the ones that you pull up with a cord.  Once up, you have a very long cord to contend with and hopefully, they have pulled up equally on both sides!