Home & Garden

Holiday Spruce Top Pots  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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. 

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.