Home & Garden

Mastering the Honey-Do List  

TCL’s handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware joines the dudes here on TCL for Dude Week.  Of course he shows us the most many ways to master the tasks on your “honey-do” list! 

Fire Safety Products  

DIY expert and guest co-host Matt Muenster shared products that can be installed to make your home safer in the event of a fire, including a very hot demonstration of the fire resistant properties of stone wool insulation from Roxul!

Fall Gardening Advice  

September is a perfect time to add plants in your garden, even here in Minnesota. Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries shares the specific plants which thrive in cooler temperatures and what you should do now to prepare your garden for winter.

Emily’s Farmers Market Finds  

The Twin Cities have a long list of great farmers markets. Not only do you support local farmers, but you can score some really great deals. There’s food, lotions, flowers and so much more. Here’s a list of some of the things Reporter Emily Engberg loves.

DIY Menu Boards  

With the kids back in school, routines have likely changed and if you hear it every day this summer, the question “What's for dinner?” has probably crept back into your house. Here's your answer -- look at the menu board! Morgan Molitor from construction2style stopped by to show us how to let the entire family know what's being served in a stylish way. 

Plant Science Projects for Different Grade Levels  

The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Liz Heinecke wants to help your kids get ahead in school. She brought three different plant-based experiements, one for elementary school students, one for middle school and one for high schoolers to try. 

Community Room Makeover  

YouthLink MN is an organization trying to solve the issues of homeless youth.  They have several housing sites around the Twin Cities that contain community rooms for these youths to gather. IKEA stepped in to one of those community rooms and decided they could make some improvements to the room.  It became their biggest makeover on Twin Cities Live yet!

Buying a Cabin   Back To Top

If you've never bought a cabin, there are a few questions that you'll need to answer before purchasing that "second home". Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group stopped by with their advice on how to make that big commitment.

Pahls Market   Back To Top

Pahl’s Market in Apple Valley is known for its plants, trees and shrubs. But what you may not know is that they also have vegetables. Lots of them. In fact, they have their own farm just minutes from their garden center.

Biggest Interior Design Mistakes   Back To Top

Is your sofa up against the wall in your living room? Interior Designer Susie Ries says it's time to pull it out. She shares the three biggest mistakes homeowners make in decorating.

Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour   Back To Top

The Midwest Home Luxury Remodeling Tour is back and ready to showcase some of the newest ideas in design. This tour gives you an inside look at some of the area’s best remodels that started with a budget of at least $150,000. The tours take place August 12 and 13th and then again the following weekend on the 19th and 20th from noon to six p.m.

Fire Up Your Grill   Back To Top

We are right in the heart of grilling season!  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here to help with everything you need for grilling.

8/7 Host Chat Back To Top

Steve is joined by TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson. They recap their weekends (a Bruno Mars concert for Steve and running a 10K for Kelli). They also chatted about a Huffington Post article about a new study that claims your kitchen sponge is the dirtiest thing in your home and cleaning it doesn't really help. 

Backyard Help   Back To Top

Whether you have beetles, ticks, or deer visiting your backyard, our handyman, Mike Frattallone of Frattallone's Ace Hardware, is here to help. 

Bathroom Trend Updates   Back To Top

Whether you want to go big or make a smaller change, there are lots of ways to update your bathroom. Kristin Reinitz from Minnesota Rusco shares some expert advice. Right now, take an additional $500 off of any Full Bathroom Remodel or Kohler Walk-in-Tub. Just mention Twin Cities Live at time of purchase.  

Pollinator Plants   Back To Top

Concerns for the honeybee are growing.  Since 2014, 10 million hives have been eliminated in what is described as “The Colony Collapse Disorder.” Home and garden expert, Larry Pfarr shows us how we can help save the honeybee with plants.

TCL in Your Town: Upsy Daisy   Back To Top

This week we are celebrating all things about White Bear Lake and that includes one of its cute shops!  Our DIY Expert, Danielle Rode, owns Upsy Daisy in downtown White Bear Lake.  Kelli Hanson stopped by to get a few top design tips.

Home Improvements Worth Making Now   Back To Top

You want to get your home fixed up when it's time to sell, but then you don't get to enjoy those improvements! Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group share what they think is worth doing right now, even if you aren't planning to sell for years to come.

Ask the Handyman   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware stopped by to answer the questions you posted on the Twin Cities Live Facebook page!

Make Slime Safe for the Kids   Back To Top

Making your own slime is all the rage. If you scroll through Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube you’ll see hundreds of variations of tweens and teens making their own slime. Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 shared her favorite slime recipe ideas.

Room Makeover with Fabric   Back To Top

If sprucing up your kid's bedroom sounds expensive, fashion designer Christopher Straub says all you need to do is head to the fabric store. 
Christopher stopped by the studio to show us how fabric can create wall art, new pillows and appliques. 

Cabin Remodeling Before and Afters   Back To Top

Chase and Brock Jurgensen from Rustic Renovation on the DIY Network stopped by to share some amazing before and after pictures on their remodeling projects for Minnesota cabins! 

Flowers at Valleyfair   Back To Top

There is a lot of work that goes into keeping Valleyfair looking nice.  Elizabeth checks out what goes in to keeping Valleyfair looking so green.

Good Company: Bailey Nurseries   Back To Top

Bailey Nurseries is a fifth generation family run business. It was 112 years ago when the company first started. John Vincent Bailey, Junior started it with very little money and a whole lot of hard work. That hard work is still an important value today.

More Value For Your Home   Back To Top

It's a seller's market out there, but Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group say there are things you can do to get even more money if you're selling your home. 

Products You Need for Your Patio Back To Top

It's time to get deck'ed out! Twin Cities Live's handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, shares the products to make your deck or patio looking great.

As Seen on TV: Summer Edition   Back To Top

We Minnesotans love to be outside during the summer. That means a little sunshine, maybe some beach time and of course a good old fashion barbeque. That also means a good time to find some products that could make those activities more interesting and more fun. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg has five products that can be found on TV. She puts them to the test, including a popular summer game of golf. But this one is much different.

Midwest Home Magazine Luxury Home Tour   Back To Top

The Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour is back for the sixteenth year. Nine luxury homes are displayed this year. Locations include Deephaven, Edina, Hudson, Mendota Heights, Saint Paul, West Lakeland and Woodbury. 

Fire Up the Grill   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, stopped by to share grill accessories and the one product that'll make cleaning your grill easy. 

Midwest Home Magazine Luxury Home Tour Back To Top

The Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour is back for the sixteenth year. Nine luxury homes are displayed this year. Locations include Deephaven, Edina, Hudson, Mendota Heights, Saint Paul, West Lakeland and Woodbury.

Floor Makeover   Back To Top

An entire room can be transformed with something as simple as a new floor. Delli Tuholsky of Eagan has a new house, but it doesn’t feel like a home. Yet. Delli went to the folks at Empire Today to get some help.

Shrubs that Thrive in Minnesota   Back To Top

Ryan McEnaney from Woodbury-based Bailey Nurseries introduces us to five shrubs that thrive in Minnesota, including one that literally is a four-season plant.

IKEA's New Registry Program   Back To Top

Believe it or not, IKEA has not offered a gift registry program until now. And it's not just for weddings. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson meets a newly engaged couple looking to add some furniture to their new home. And IKEA's Amanda Preston shares how mobile the registry can be.

As Seen On TV Products: Memorial Day Weekend   Back To Top

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer. That means, family gatherings, barbecues and of course hanging out at home and at the cabin. Reporter Emily Engberg found some products that could make those get-togethers more productive and if nothing else, more fun. Here are five products that Emily says are worth checking out. 

Dealing with Multiple Offers When Buying a Home   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Descrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet share their advice on making sure your offer on a new home rises to the top of the stack. Plus they shared an update on their project home in Edina.

Essentials for a Backyard Party   Back To Top

These items are available at the Ace Hardware store nearest you, including the 21 locations owned and operated by the Frattallone family. Find the Frattallone’s Ace Hardware store closest to you by clicking here.

Teaching Your Children to Clean   Back To Top

Cleaning expert Schar Ward shows Steve and Elizabeth the right way to clean a kitchen! You can pick up a copy of her new book, "Teaching Children to Clean: A Guide to Teaching Life Skills to Children" by clicking here. You will also find free "chore charts" to download there too.

Live at Schneiderman’s Furniture   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture has a brand new store in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot facility is designed to help you find inspiration and plenty of ideas for your own home. There are several rooms that showcase everything from comfortable and casual to more modern and unique. You’ll also find a lot of accessories for your home, including some great art pieces. 

Real Houseplants of Minnesota   Back To Top

Add some color inside your home. Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr has houseplants that require little work and provide years of results.

Schneiderman’s Recliners   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture has a brand new store in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot facility has it all, including recliners. However, these aren’t your average recliners. These are comfortable AND stylish. There are row after row of choices. Some of them even have plugs for your phones.

Schneiderman’s “Edit” Collection   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture has been helping people decorate for sixty years. Getting new furniture is fun, but you don’t always have to get rid of the old to fit in the new. Schneiderman’s new Lakeville location has an area called “Edit”. They showcase new items by also displaying some things that you may already have in your own home.

Schneiderman’s Minnesota Casual Line   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture has a brand new location in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot store includes a section that many Minnesotans will love. It’s called Minnesota Casual.

108,000 Square Feet of Furniture Ideas   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture is celebrating 60 years of business. Today, there are six locations in Minnesota, including a brand new location in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot store has it all.

How to Make Taking Care of Plants Easy   Back To Top

Pahl’s Market was established in the early 1900’s and is still family owned and operated. Their love of community and beautiful plants is what has made them a stable all of these years. Today, they call Apple Valley home.

Taking Care of Hydrangeas   Back To Top

Hydrangeas are easy to take care and add a pop up color to your garden for the entire summer. Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries shares the hydrangea brand that thrives in Minnesota along with tips on how to take care of them.

What To Do in Your Yard After All This Rain   Back To Top

April is known for rain showers, but we've seen a lot of precipitation in April 2017. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen recorded 4.45" of rain (plus .5" of snow) during the month. The results can be seen by means of moss, mold and weeds in your yard and perhaps water leaking into your house. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware is here with products to help control the results.

Spruce Up Your Patio   Back To Top

If the beautiful weather last weekend had you itching to get your patio all ready for summer, and flowers in those pots, here are some fun ways to spruce things up a bit and upcycle while doing it! Owner of Upsy-Daisy and DIY expert Danielle Rode stopped by with unique ideas!

Eco-Friendly Products for Home and Yard   Back To Top

Products that get rid of dirt and critters can contain chemicals harmful to your family and the earth. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware shares a roundup of eco-friendly items that pack a punch.

Good Company: Donato’s Floral   Back To Top

Donato’s Floral is about to celebrate a big anniversary. For almost thirty years, Donato’s flowers have been used in all sorts of life’s events.  It was Victor Donato that had a vision. He wanted to open the floral shop and boy have things been blooming ever since.

Home Shopping: Cities vs. Suburbs   Back To Top

The location of your home is an important decision when deciding what to buy.  What you can get for the money varies greatly whether you buy your home in the city or if you go to the suburbs.  Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group show us a few examples.