Home & Garden

Home-Buying Mistakes  

Julie and Daniel Desrochers with Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet see people make easily avoidable mistakes all the time. They stopped by to help TCL viewers avoid those same pitfalls. For a link to their website, click here

Construction2Style: Renovate for Money?  

Do you always order in food? Then you may want to rethink installing luxury appliances in your kitchen remodel. The team behind Construction2Style will be at Junk Bonanza in Minneapolis September 20th, 21st and 22nd to talk all things renovation. They’ll be answering questions like “Where should I spend my money?” and “Will adding a bathroom really get me more bang for buck?”  Morgan Molitor from Construction2Style stopped by the TCL studio to give us a preview!

All Energy Solar  

Paying the electric bill is something that most of us have to do and never expect to pay it off. But Elizabeth takes us to Apple Valley to meet a family that’s powering their house with the sun and expects to not only eliminate their electric bill but actually get paid by the electric company instead. It’s all thanks to solar panels from All Energy Solar. Ryan Buege from All Energy Solar explains why Minnesota is great place to harness the power of the sun.

The Flight of the Monarch  

The monarch butterfly makes a 2,000 plus mile trek from Minnesota to the same mountains of Mexico every autumn. It's a migration that is a mystery to many scientists. The Twin Cities Live were curious about the insect and called up Cora Lund Preston from the non-profit, Monarch Joint Venture, to educated us.

Fall Parade of Homes  

Four hundred and twenty seven homes are featured in this year’s Fall Parade of Homes. The tour allows you to go inside and get ideas for your own home. Some of the homes are even for sale.

Products for Projects with Frattallone's  

Twin Cities Live's Handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, shares products to help you tackle fall projects in your yard and around your home.

Pumpkin Praise or Pumpkin Pass  

Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson shares a roundup of limited edition pumpkin flavored producs to see if they get some "pumpkin praise" or a "pumpkin pass." 

Sleep Sherpa   Back To Top

If you spend much time online, you might be noticing more and more mattress advertisements popping up.  Most have pretty pictures and convincing online videos that make the whole process look easy.  Not to mention, most mattresses that sold online come with great deals.  A win-win, right?  Well, there’s one catch.  You can’t test it out until it’s in your house.  And that is a risk that some potential buyers aren’t willing to take on.

Fall Garden Checklist   Back To Top

Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries helps you get your garden ready for fall. Find out what you need to do now, and what you'll want to finish before the end of October.

Deck the Walls   Back To Top

The art curator for the Twin Cities Live set, Nicole Kappus Solheid, answers your questions about hanging art in your home, including how high off the ground it should be.

5 Simple Ways to Create a more Life-friendly Home   Back To Top

Interior Designer and creator of home decor line Brooke & Lou, Bria Hammel stopped by to share five simple ways you can make your home more life-friendly this fall.

Bags, Bags, Bags   Back To Top

Linda Snyder from the AAA Minneapolis Travel Store in Saint Louis Park stopped by with bags of all sizes, including one perfect to use if you're headed out to the Minnesota State Fair.

Simple and Grand   Back To Top

Flowers can change the look and the mood of any house, but it’s a lot of work when you have a busy schedule. That’s where Simple and Grand comes in. Their name says it all. They put together gorgeous plants and flowers and they deliver them to your door. This subscription service basically does the hard work for you.

Transition Your Garden Into Fall   Back To Top

Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries helps your container gardens through the dog days of summer. He shares flowers that can handle the heat and bloom well into fall.

Minnesota Shower and Bath   Back To Top

Everyone wants a home they are proud of, but for Shirley Miezwa of Brooklyn Center, that certainly wasn’t the case. She hated her bathroom so much that she wasn’t inviting friends over because she didn’t want them to use her bathroom. Shirley is a big Twin Cities Live fan and after watching the show, she entered the bathroom makeover contest with our friends at Minnesota Shower & Bath. Shirley won a bathroom makeover worth up to $10,000.

Lu's Reviews: Backpacks   Back To Top

Steve's wife, Lu, stopped by to give her take on kids' backpacks. Her favorite is from a store that doesn't sell any clothing.  

Products to Help Your House Smell Great   Back To Top

Our handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware shared some of his favorite products to help you eliminate those stinky places in your home.

Shiplap with Construction2Style   Back To Top

If you’re a project person, maybe you like to DIY. Or maybe you hire a pro. Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to have professionals in your home for free showing you step by step how to transform your space?  This week the couple from Construction2Style, Morgan and Jamie Molitor, teamed up with Lowe’s for a very special project. Morgan stopped by our show to tell us all about The UpSkill Project and teach Steve and Elizabeth all about one of the hottest home trends, Shiplap! 

Talkin' Tile   Back To Top

HGTV and DIY Network designer Kelli Kaufer stops by to share what's hot in the world of tile, along with advice on how install it yourself.

Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour   Back To Top

It’s one of the best ways to meet builders or to get ideas for your own home. Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour showcases new construction with homes that are in the million dollar plus range. This is the seventeenth year for the tour.

Emily Tests Household Products   Back To Top

The market is full of interesting products. Social media and TV infomercials make it even easier to see what’s out there. Many of them offer suggestions to fix issues at home. But do they work? Emily Engberg found some interesting household products to try out. Here’s the list.

#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 112,000 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. Patti fell in love with a classic black and white beauty featuring a stunning hot pink door while visiting a friend of her daughter’s. Thousands of people liked the image Patti posted on Instagram and Elizabeth tags along as Patti takes the homeowner up on her invitation to come inside.

Local Art Fair Roundup   Back To Top

The art curator for the Twin Cities Live set, Nicole Kappus Solheid, stopped by with the artists to look out for at three summer art fairs and festivals in the Twin Cities.

Midsummer Garden Tune Up   Back To Top

Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries says it's not too late to get great finds at the garden center. He shows off items that will bloom well into autumn along with tips for making floral arrangements and drying flowers.

Pollinators - Hummingbirds & Bees   Back To Top

Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr stopped by TCL to shared information about pollinators and how to attract them to your garden. 

Get the Weeds Out of Here   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.