Home & Garden

"Ask the Experts" with Desrochers Realty Group

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet answer viewers' questions about real estate. 

Local Artists Gallery  

Add a splash of local into your home. The art curator for the Twin Cities Live set, Nicole Kappus Solheid, introduces us to four up and coming Minnesota artists.

Household Hacks  

Nickie Carrigan is a busy mom and owns her own business. You’ve seen her on Twin Cities Live teaching Steve and Elizabeth how to do push-ups with the correct form but today she shares some of her favorite household hacks.

Trend Wedding: Pick the Décor  

You’ve chosen the couple, the invitations, and now the dress!  On March 2, 2018 Matt and Kay are tying the knot LIVE on the show!  Kelli Hanson tagged along with Kay to Angelique’s Bridal in Blaine where she fell in love with three different dresses.  You voted…and the winner is option number 1!

Removing Tough Stains  

The holidays are a fun and festive time everyone, but nothing is worse than spilling something on your best outfit. From wine spills to coffee mishaps, Kat Clobes from Saint Croix Cleaners shared “Do's and Don'ts” on removing tough stains.

Fixer-Upper Advice with Desrochers Realty Group  

Sometimes buying a "fixer-upper" is a better option than looking for a dream home that you just can't find. Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet share their advice on how to get the most bang for your buck. 

Good Company: Krueger’s Christmas Trees  

Picking out a real Christmas tree and cutting it down in the field is tradition for a lot of families. But for a family in Lake Elmo, Christmas Trees are more than just a tradition, it's a 4th generation family business.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas   Back To Top

Linda Snyder from the AAA Minneapolis Travel Store in Saint Louis Park stopped by to share some stocking stuffers to get this holiday season along with an exclusive deal!

Biggest Gift Wrapping Mistakes   Back To Top

Andrea Loth, creator and owner of Gift Six Wrappery, stopped by with advice on some of the biggest mistakes people make when wrapping gifts.

Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House   Back To Top

It’s holiday decorating at its finest. Bachman’s is making it easy for people to get some great ideas for their own homes. Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is completely decorated with unique holiday designs. Every floor and room has a different look or trend. The main focus this year is warm copper and brushed gold. You’ll also see a lot of outdoorsy items like trees and birds. The neatest part is seeing the traditional trends intertwined with the more modern looks, too.

DIY Holiday Decorations   Back To Top

Danielle Rode from Upsy-Daisy shared her ideas for DIY holiday decorations!

Investment Properties   Back To Top

If you're getting a little extra dough this holiday season, consider an investment property! Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet think now is a great time to pick one up. They stopped by to share their advice!

Holiday Lights and Trees   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware stopped by with the latest in holiday lights along with ways to take care of a fresh-cut tree.

Holiday Spruce Top Pots   Back To Top

Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr shared his tips on how you can boost your home's holiday curb appeal using spruce tops.

Thanksgiving Tablescapes   Back To Top

Elizabeth's mom, Susie Ries, is an interior designer and is ready to help your Thanksgiving tablescape look its best. She shares three themes along with cute ideas for a kids table.

ASID House Tour   Back To Top

Emily is checking out the showcase home for Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Tour.  The custom built home sits on Lake Minnetonka.

Trends Buyers Will Be Looking For In 2018   Back To Top

When talking about popular home trends, open floor plans might come to mind.  But in 2018 there is going to be a little change.  Practicality will be popular in 2018, with spaces focused on function rather than keeping up appearances like mudrooms and laundry rooms.  Julie and Daniel Desrocher from the Desrocher Realty Group with Coldwell Banker tell us what’s hot and what to look out for.

Fall Garden Tips   Back To Top

It’s the time to protect your perennials and plant your bulbs! Home and garden expert, Larry Pfarr shares tips so your garden can survive the fall and winter and flourish come spring!

Luxury Loft, Apartment and Condo Tour   Back To Top

Getting a look at some the cities’ best lofts, apartments and condos just got a whole lot easier.  The Luxury Loft and Condo Tour by Midwest Home gets you inside to see some of the newest trends in condo living. Even if you’re not looking to move, it’s a great way to get ideas for your own home.

Keep The Mice Out Of Your House   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware stopped by to share his picks for products that could help keep your home mouse-free and fix up your lawn for fall.

Help with Building a Home   Back To Top

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet just finished building a home in Edina. They stopped by to talk about how a realtor can help you build a home and save you some money too!


St Croix Cleaners Subscription Service   Back To Top

St Croix Cleaners has nineteen locations all over the Twin Cities area. They are best known for their dry cleaning services which does some four thousand pieces of clothing a day in its Stillwater location. It’s quite the system. Each piece of clothing is barcoded and tagged to keep track of the item. The pieces are then sorted and cleaned before being inspected by someone to make sure the quality is just right. Once the clothes are cleaned, they are pressed. They have a different types of pressing depending on the type of clothing.

Mastering the Honey-Do List   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.