Home & Garden

Basement Flooring  

When putting down flooring in your basement, there are some special things you need to consider.  Design Build Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, has some flooring options that would work perfectly in your basement.

Garage Clean Up  

Spring cleaning is not only for your home.  It’s time to make sure your garage is orderly and functioning too.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here to help. 

Kitchen Talk  

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is teaming up with Minnesota Monthly for a week of inspiration and design starting Sunday, April 12th.  Interior designers Kathryn Johnson, Andrea Dixon, and Todd Hansen talk about kitchen trends.

IKEA Bedroom Makeover  

Your bedroom should be a place where you feel calm and relaxed.  IKEA stepped in to help make Kathy Thorvaldson’s (from Cottage Grove) bedroom her own oasis. 

Staining Your Deck  

If you are planning on staining your deck this Spring, you probably think you need to set aside a pretty big chunk of time.  Not so says Craig Tracy from Valspar Ace.  You can prep, stain, and entertain in a weekend! 

Quick Spring Cleaning  

It may be overwhelming when you think about the Spring cleaning that needs to be done.  The Home Depot Eagan store manager, Cody Wilkens, has some products and techniques to tackle those chores that will make it a whole lot easier.

Em’s Adventures: Macy’s Flower Show  

If you are a little bit down about how things are looking outside, just head to Macy’s downtown Minneapolis!  Spring is in full bloom at the Macy’s Flower Show.  Emily steps up to help with the gardening to get things ready for the 65,000 people the show will attract.

New IKEA Kitchen   Back To Top

A month ago, IKEA invaded the old kitchen on the Twin Cities Live set and gave us a brand new one!  We are excited to show off our new cabinets, countertops, and appliances. 

As Seen on TV Products   Back To Top

The products you see in the commercials, make a lot of promises.  They promise to make the job easier, save you time, and save you money.  The big question is, “Do they work?”  Emily put some of the kitchen gadgets out there to the test.

Ramsin Khachi   Back To Top

Home & Design expert, Ramsin Khachi, is a leader in his field, giving customers design and décor tips.  He is at the Home + Garden Show on Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th.  He joins us with some solutions for common Complaints that folks have in their bathrooms. 

Design Tips from the Pros   Back To Top

Target stores have really evolved through the years, partnering with designers for the looks in their stores.  Two product buyers from Target, Carrie Curtis and Bret Rossman, will be at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show sharing tips on how to showcase your personal style in your own home. 

Cold Weather Auto Products   Back To Top

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle and may even lead to costly repairs.  With a new line of auto products, The Home Depot’s local experts have quick tips for winterizing your car before the freezing temperatures arrive.  Cody Wilkens, the store manager of Eagan’s Home Depot, has products that will help your car get through the rest of winter and for once winter is over. 

Home + Garden Show   Back To Top

It’s the kick off to the Home + Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  That can only mean one thing – spring is not too far off!  It’s time to get a head start   It’s time to get a head start planning for all those spring and summer projects.  Emily is there live to give us a peak.

Hot New Gadgets   Back To Top

A highlight at The Home + Garden Show is Innovation Avenue where they feature new and creative products.  Lifestyle expert, Sasha Andreev, shows us some of his favorite hot items you’ll find there.

Hardware Store Valentine’s Day   Back To Top

When shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts, the hardware store is probably not the first place that comes to mind.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware says it’s the place to go to get your house ready for the holiday. 

Physics and Fire   Back To Top

Liz Heinecke, otherwise known as The Kitchen Pantry Scientist, stopped by the studio to show off three experiments you can try with the kids at home.

Lake Home and Cabin Show   Back To Top

Even during the winter, it's possible to feel like you're sitting outside at the cabin on a warm summer's evening. Emily stopped by the Lake Home and Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center to give us a sneak peek.

$10 Home Décor   Back To Top

Adding your own special touches to your home décor is what makes your house a home.  You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money on those touches though.  MyTalk 107.1’s Alexis Thompson shows us how to make your own décor to display for under $10.

Slow Cooker Review   Back To Top

Using a slow cooker is one of the easiest way to get a hot dinner on the table.  Slow cookers come in a wide range of prices – from $15 to a few hundred.  So what’s the difference?  Kelli Hanson puts three high end slow cookers to the test in her own kitchen.

Help My House!   Back To Top

Interior Designer Susie Ries is back to help out the problem areas in your home.  Susie has the solutions for those spaces you just don’t know what to do with. 

Holiday Organization   Back To Top

When taking down your holiday décor, you might be wondering why you threw away all the boxes that they came in.  There are ways to keep the decorations organized and tidy.  Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, has some ideas.  

Celebrate New Years at Home   Back To Top

A lot of planning and money can go into a New Year's Eve celebration. Between the reservations, the outfit, and the transportation, it can get stressful before you're even out the door. With a few items, you can have plenty of fun at home. Emily went to Pioneer Press Lifestyle columnist Donna Erickson's house to get some creative ideas on how to throw a party the entire family can enjoy.

Ashley Furniture Makeover   Back To Top

When you get home from work, it’s sometimes nice to plop down on the couch and put your feet up.  For Laura Michaud-Sutton, a nurse from Children’s Hospital, this wasn’t possible.  She didn’t have a couch!  Ashley Furniture stepped in to change that. 

Hardware Store Stocking Stuffers   Back To Top

With the holiday shopping all done, there is just a few loose ends to tie up.  Like, the stocking stuffers for example.  That doesn’t mean you need to head back to the mall.  Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, has some perfect stocking stuffer ideas. 

What to Wear, What to Bring, & What to Serve In   Back To Top

It’s time for the holiday get togethers to begin!  Macy’s personal shopper, Megan Ebert, is here to help us figure out what we should wear, what to bring the host, and, if you are the host, what you should use serve that will impress your guests! 

Renovate to Rent   Back To Top

The guys behind the Turkey to Go booth at the Minnesota State Fair are also the hosts of the HGTV show, "Renovate to Rent." Drew Levin and Dan Perkins stop by our studio to chat about their latest adventures.

Holiday Gift Ideas by Twin Cities Artists   Back To Top

Art consultant Nicole Kappus Solheid, owner of NKS Artsource, stopped by to feature five artists from the Twin Cities, all who have items available for under $200.

Setting the Table   Back To Top

If you take the time to properly set the table now, you’ll have more time to enjoy your family tomorrow.  Founder of Etiquette Principles, Liz Taylor, shows us how it’s done.  

The Family Handyman   Back To Top

The Family Handyman is the largest home improvement magazine on the planet – and it calls Minnesota home.  When Steve found out their editorial operations were located not to far  from Twin Cities Live, he went to get a tour.

Pottery Barn Inspired Thanksgiving   Back To Top

You really don’t have to shop at the high end stores to get the high end looks.  DIY expert, Sunday Burquest, gets her inspiration from looking through a high end magazine like Pottery Barn.  She says look around your home and then head to the thrift store to pull it all together.  She shows us how it’s done.   

Ask the Designer   Back To Top

There is a good chance that you’ll be having more company than normal in November and December.  If you have some problem areas that you just don’t know what to do with, we may just be able to help you out.  Interior Designer, Susie Ries has some advice for those problem areas.

Getting Out Stains   Back To Top

If you are planning to have guests over for the holidays, make no doubts about it.  You are bound to end up with stains on your carpets, walls, or other surfaces.  Don’t worry!  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here to help! 

Window Concepts   Back To Top

The crew of Window Concepts of Minnesota stopped by Elizabeth's house to control drafts and make a surprising discovery during the process.

Fall Décor   Back To Top

Decorating for fall is easy – and beautiful.  Home and garden expert, Larry Pfarr show us some fun ideas to bring fall into your home.

Must Have’s for Your Nursery   Back To Top

Elizabeth is still busy getting her nursery ready for the new baby.  Baby expert, Katie Blozis from Bump Club Twin Cities, has the seven must haves for Elizabeth to finish it up right.

Clear the Clutter   Back To Top

With the changing seasons and the crisp air, fall is a great time to clear away the clutter in your home, office – and most importantly your head.  Studies have shown that physical clutter has a huge impact on your ability to think clearly and it can also affect your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Mouse Problems   Back To Top

As the temperatures cool, you might get some unwanted guests in your home.  Rodents are drawn to the warmth of your house.  Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, is here to help get the mouse out of your house!

Fall Planting Guidelines   Back To Top

With the official start of autumn, you may think that planting season is over.  Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr, says there is still plenty of time to plant evergreens, kale, and more.  He gives us his Fall Planting Guidelines.

Repurposing Furniture   Back To Top

When the kids move out, it’s time to lay claim to their room.  Our DIY Expert, Sunday Burquest, went to Saver’s and picked up a few items to show you how easy it is to repurpose them.  Now you can use some of the things your kids left for your own use! 

Nursery Décor   Back To Top

Elizabeth has about three months to go before meeting her new addition.  Getting ready for the baby means getting the nursery ready.  Interior Designer Megan Meder shares ideas that she used in her own nursery.

Fall Lawn Care   Back To Top

Many Minnesotan’s are looking forward to finally putting the lawnmower away for the winter.  Not so fast says Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware.  If you want a nice yard next spring you’ll need to be mowing more often this fall.  Mike explains with his Fall Lawn Care Guide. 

5 Eyewitness News Design House: Final Reveal   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and 5 Eyewitness News have been following the process of building a new home from start to finish with Bergeron Homes.  The project is called the 5 Eyewitness News Design House. The house is completed and ready for the Parade of Homes.  We get a look at the final reveal. 

Clean Your House   Back To Top

Five Eyewitness News chief meteorologist, Dave Dahl, is warning folks that winter may come early this year and to expect it to be another harsh one.  What that means for us is that we’ll soon be cooped up in your home.  With homes being shut up for the winter, that could mean some smells.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has some products to get your house in shape and keep those smells in check. 

Painting Kitchen Cabinets   Back To Top

You can change the entire look of your kitchen by painting your cabinets.  Even better, you can do this all for under $150 and you don’t even have to prime your cabinets!  DIY Expert Sunday Burquest shows us how it’s done using Annie Sloane Chalk Paint.  

Artwork for Your Home   Back To Top

Interior Designer, Susie Ries, recently updated our studio with pieces of art from local artists.  Nicole Kappus Solheid, an art consultant, has some more pieces she says are worth adding to your own home.   

5 Eyewitness News Design House: Furniture   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and 5 Eyewitness News are following the process of building a new home from start to finish with Bergeron Homes.  The project is called the 5 Eyewitness News Design House. Each week you will learn new home trends and the places that are worth spending your money on whether you are building new or remodeling.

Teen Study Space   Back To Top

Setting your kids up to succeed is always a good idea.  When you give them a designated space for homework – it makes studying a whole lot easier and enjoyable.  IKEA gave a student in Burnsville his own study space – just in time for the start of school.

5 Eyewitness News Design House: Garages   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and 5 Eyewitness News are following the process of building a new home from start to finish with Bergeron Homes.  The project is called the 5 Eyewitness News Design House. Each week you will learn new home trends and the places that are worth spending your money on whether you are building new or remodeling.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Design House: Flooring   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live and 5 Eyewitness News are following the process of building a new home from start to finish with Bergeron Homes.  The project is called the 5 Eyewitness News Design House. Each week you will learn new home trends and the places that are worth spending your money on whether you are building new or remodeling.

Kids' Bedroom Makeover   Back To Top

It can be important for a child to have a space they can call their own. But finding that space was tough for the Gardner family. Four of their kids shared one small bedroom in their Apple Valley home and they were looking for some help. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson brought the pros from Ashley Furniture to improve the situation.