Home & Garden

Spring Yard Prep  

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here with spring yard prep advice.  It might not be a beautiful spring day out today, but there are still some things you should be doing to make sure your grass is the greenest on the block come summer. 

Easter Décor  

Former Design Star contestant, Rachel Kate, shows us some ways to add color and fun to your home with some DIY Easter décor.  Check out Rachel Kate Designs for more fun ideas. 

Entertainment Room Makeover  

It’s nice to have a room in your home that’s comfortable and inviting for entertaining.  Imagine if you were embarrassed to even bring company into that room.  A Maple Grove family did very little entertaining in their room until Ashley Furniture took over! 

Porch Decorating Ideas  

Create an exciting transition from your front porch to the inside of your home by making it a bright introduction to your home.  Designers are using strong jewel tones this year and they really stand out on your front porch.  Megan Meder, from The Sitting Room in Excelsior, shows us some decorating ideas to make your front porch welcoming and inviting.

Twin Cities Gardening Calendar  

The above average temps today may have you excited to get out there and get started on your gardening.  Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr says, “Not so fast!”  He joins us with his calendar of gardening guidelines.

Front Door Makeover  

There is just something magical about pulling up to your home and it looks stunning from the street.  That is what you call “curb appeal”.  Curb appeal is what makes your home feel inviting.  Having a beautiful front door on your home is a big part of that.

Bachman Idea House  

Every year, the team at Bachman’s transforms their Idea House into a showcase of the latest trends in décor and design.  This year it’s called an Aegean Oasis and we went to find out exactly what that means.

Decorating with Fabric   Back To Top

Changing up the décor in your home is as easy as making a trip to the fabric store.  DIY expert, Sunday Burquest, goes beyond pillows and curtains and shows us how to use fabric to pull an entire room together.

Homeowner Commonly Asked Questions   Back To Top

Yards and the insides of homes are showing the effects of a long, cold, snowy winter. We asked our handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, to answer some commonly asked questions from homeowners as we transition from winter to spring.

Laundry Room Refresh!   Back To Top

When Lisa and Brent Severson from Brooklyn Park moved into their new home, the one room that needed some work was their laundry room.  Since Lisa and Brent are not particularly handy, it’s a good thing that IKEA stepped in to give the room a makeover.  

Using Plants in Your Interior Design   Back To Top

With the first day of Spring on March 20th, Minnesotan’s are anxious to see a little green. 
Designers are just as impatient as our clients when it comes to waiting for spring to arrive.  They are constantly looking for new and different ways to add pops of green indoors.  Megan Meder from The Sitting Room has ways of incorporating some greens into your interior design. 

Parade of Homes Dream Home Tour   Back To Top

Emily got a sneak peak at just one of the homes in the Parade of Home Dream Home Tour.  It’s a $2.4 million home in Edina that includes a basketball court, an amazing kitchen with two dishwashers, an exercise room, and so much more!

DIY Party Lights   Back To Top

Our own Mr. Fix It, TCL Senior Producer Christian Unser, shows how to make party lights in just five minutes!

Uses for Command Hooks & Strips   Back To Top

The 3M Command product line is much more than hooks for hanging out. Our handy man, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware, shares easy ideas how they can help organize your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  

Using Kitchen Utensils in the Garden   Back To Top

Since we're at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, we challenged the crafty Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 to take kitchen utensils and make crafts that will look cool in your garden come spring.

HGTV's John Gidding   Back To Top

HGTV's John Gidding is making appearances throughout the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show. He stops by to share the common mistakes homeowners make to diminish the value of their front yard. 

Cool Homes   Back To Top

This week, Emily is giving us a sneak peak at what Viebrock Construction, who is featured at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, can do. Today, she takes us inside a house that is just going up outside Stillwater.

Innovation Avenue Products   Back To Top

While you are at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, check out Innovation Avenue to see the newest and most creative products.  Product Expert, Sasha Andreev, shows us just a few of the items you’ll find there. 

Another Cool Home   Back To Top

Emily is showing us some really cool homes by one of the builders you’ll see at the Home + Garden showViebrock Construction built a home in the Stillwater area that is 8000 finished square feet, has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and is perfect for entertaining.  Emily had to check it out. 

Cool Homes   Back To Top

The Home + Garden Show is the place to go to see the latest in trends.  There will be a lot of builders at the show with pictures and plans of the work they do.  Emily went inside some of the actual homes of Viebrock Construction to get a real feel of the actual product.  The first gorgeous house is in western Wisconsin.   

Take the U Out of Clutter   Back To Top

Interior designer, Mark Brunetz, has helped homes across America declutter on the Style Network show, Clean House.  He is also the author of Take the U Out of Clutter and he is here with some pointers for us.

Pulling a Room Together   Back To Top

Unless you are an Interior Designer, getting all the right pieces in your room so it’s just perfect, can be a little tough. Interior Designer from Lilu Interiors, Lisa Peck, offers some advice. 

Pantry Makeover   Back To Top

California Closet did a wonderful job re-vamping Elizabeth’s (and Chris’s) closet a couple years back.  They were able to get it super organized with their system.  So when Elizabeth needed a little bit or organizational help at home, she knew just who to call!

Get Gardening Now!   Back To Top

If you are eager to get outside and start gardening – don’t let this weather stop you!  You can start planting indoors!  Gardening expert, Larry Pfarr shows us how to grow celery, avocados, pineapple, and more.

Water Products from the Hardware Store   Back To Top

With the freezing temperatures, many homeowners are experiencing damage to their homes caused by ice dams.  Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has the solution for that.  Mike Frattallone is here with products for “all things water” – whether it’s frozen in your gutter, purified water, or misting in the air. 

Winter Wonderland   Back To Top

Once you’ve taken down all the green and red holiday decorations down, it’s time to invite a little white in!  DIY Expert, Sunday Burquest, is here with her winter wonderland décor!  

Once a Year Homeowner Checklist   Back To Top

There are certain homeowner projects that need to be looked at least once a year. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware has his checklist of tasks.

Appliance Giveaway   Back To Top

Chris and the team from Warners’ Stellian thought single dad, Isaac Sipe, from Ramsey was the perfect person to surprise with a kitchen full of Frigidaire appliances.

Fast Fixes with Frattallone   Back To Top

From clearing drains to unfreezing locks, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has some fast fixes to common homeowner problems. 

Wrapping 101   Back To Top

If you're stuck in a rut with your wrapping, former Design Star contestant Rachel Kate has some ideas to make those gifts look great.

Furnace Giveaway is Back!   Back To Top

Apollo Heating and Air are back giving away free furnaces to families in need.  The furnaces are delivered and installed (free of charge) for a value of up to $5000!

Family Room Makeover   Back To Top

Ashley Furniture is surprising one viewer with new family room furniture just in time for the holidays!  Kristin Scheller nominated her mom, Pam Scheller from Blaine.  Emily loved her story and wanted to be there for the surprise.

IKEA Holiday Makeover   Back To Top

If you are planning for guests over the holiday season, there is always a little pressure making sure your house looks great.  This can be overwhelming, making sure everything is perfect.  The designers from IKEA came to the rescue for Kelly and Matt Horan of Minneapolis.

Keeping the Critters Out   Back To Top

With the weather turning cold, critters are looking for a warm place to stay.  This includes your house too!  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here with ways to keep the mice and other critters out of your house. 

Attracting Birds Back To Top

According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation, 46.7 million people in the United States observe, photograph, or feed birds.  Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, is here with products to keep the birds coming to your yard for you to enjoy! 

Thanksgiving Day Crafts   Back To Top

Pioneer Press Lifestyle Columnist, Donna Erickson, says there is probably no noeed to hit the stores for your Thanksgiving day decorations.  She shows us how to use things that you probably have around your home to dress up your table.

Winterize Your Home   Back To Top

With snow in the forecast, you’ve probably made sure all the family’s warmer clothes are out for them.  There are things you should be doing to make sure your home is ready for the winter season too.  Mike Frattallone, from Frattallones Ace Hardware, is here with tips for winterizing your home. 

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating   Back To Top

Carving pumpkins is a time honored tradition for Halloween decorating.  Our DIY expert, Sunday Burquest, has a few ideas to decorate those pumpkins using things like spray paint and glitter – but definitely no knives.

DIY with Wood Pallets   Back To Top

Pinterest is the perfect place to go for ideas and creative projects.  We even saw many ideas of uses of old shipping pallets.  So we put our DIY expert, Sunday Burquest, to the test to see what ways she would use old wood pallets.

Items for Your Dorm   Back To Top

When you are getting ready to go away to college you probably don’t think to go to the hardware store to stock up.  Maybe you should.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here with items you can find at the hardware store that would be perfect for the dorm room. 

College Apartment Makeover   Back To Top

It isn’t always easy making that first small apartment feel like home.  Decorating can be a challenge with the rules that come with apartments or dorms on hanging things and such.  That is where IKEA comes in! 

Snowblower Tune Up   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, reminds us that now is the time we should be thinking about tuning up your snowblower - before the snow flies.  Mike is here with pointers on tuning up the snowblower.

Bob Timberlake Furniture   Back To Top

Men and women sometimes have a hard time agreeing on things and that includes furniture.  So the guys might be happy to hear about the furniture collection of Bob Timberlake.  He started out as a painter and now he has his own furniture line that mixes old with the new.

Junk Bonanza   Back To Top

It’s a trend that has been around forever and isn’t going away any time soon.  Shows like American Pickers and websites like Pinterest have made thrift shopping – or “junking” cool again.

Picture Frame Crafts   Back To Top

Putting pictures in them aren’t the only things that you can use a picture frame for.  But unless you’re a crafty person, you might not know this.  Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 is one of the craftiest people we know and she’s here to show us some ideas for those old frames.

Pillow Talk   Back To Top

These days pillows aren’t just for sleeping – they send a message.  Our DIY expert, Sunday Burquest, shows us unique ways to spruce up some of the pillows on your bed.

Products to Keep Your House Safe   Back To Top

Do you need to change the batteries in your fire alarm?  When is the last time the filters in your furnace has been changed out?  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here with products that will help you keep your house safe and sound.

Autumn Gardening   Back To Top

Autumn officially starts on Sunday, September 22nd.  Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that changes and needs attention.  Mark Armstead from Linder's says the yard and garden needs some too.  He is here to help transition your yard from summer to fall. 

Parade of Homes Dream Homes   Back To Top

The whole idea of the Parade of Homes is to walk through and get ideas for your own home.  Emily takes us inside one of the “Dream Homes” on the tour where the ideas are unbelievable.

Ten Thousand Villages   Back To Top

There is a shop in St. Paul that, not only can you find unique things from all over the world, but you could say when you shop there you are shopping for a cause.