Home & Garden

Good Company: Bachman’s  

Bachman’s is celebrating 130 years in business. While we all know them for their flowers and plants, they actually started with vegetables. The company has seen a lot of changes over the years, including a lot of growth. However, the company is still about the people and providing beautiful plants to families all over. In this week’s Good Company, Emily takes shares the unique story of where they have been and where the company hopes to go.  

Painted Table  

They were looking for a way to save money and to help their kids furnish their own homes. It was a furniture painter that inspired these women to start doing some painting on their own. They were good at it. Really good. Now, these three sisters have started a business to help other people change the way they feel about old, unused pieces. Their store in White Bear Lake holds classes to teach you how to do it or they do the work for you. Emily has the story behind Painted Table.   

Entertaining with IKEA  

It’s the time of year where people like to throw parties, but being a host can be stressful. A Roseville family asked for help to impress their guests at their annual card party. Kelli shows us how our friends at IKEA helped the McNeal family party like an IKEA star.

Mural Painting  

Mr. Takeshi Sato is an accomplished performance artist. He uses a single paint roller to create masterpieces around the world. Mr. Sato uses Hip Paint, which is manufactured by Hirshfield’s here in the Twin Cities. In addition to his art, he wants to bring more color to Japanese homes and get away from their traditional white walls. Click here to find out more about Mr. Sato’s work.

Decorating Your Tree  

Before you put your tree up there are a couple steps for you to take make it look like a professional did it!  Owner of Holiday Bliss in Woodbury, Ryan Smith, shows us how it’s done.

Home Essentials Boutique  

The pros from Home Essentials Boutique in Lake Elmo have performed their magic in our studio.  Their decorations have set the tone for Halloween and fall.  You don’t have to be a pro or spend a lot of money to get your home all decked out.


Keeping the mudroom organized gets tough with all the jackets and shoes being left in there.  Design Build Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, has ways to get the mudrooms cleaned up and organized. 

Good Company: Mickman Brothers   Back To Top

Are you just getting your head wrapped around the idea of Halloween coming up?  Mickman Brothers is way ahead of you.  They are looking ahead and gearing up for Christmas!  Surprisingly, it’s October and November that make up the biggest part of their entire business. 

Fall Décor   Back To Top

Plastic pumpkins aren’t good just for trick or treating time.  Meg McLean from Mickman Brothers shows how they can help you with your fall décor!

Dry Cleaning Myths   Back To Top

You might be surprised to know that just because the tag on your garment says “Dry Clean Only” that may not actually be the case.  Tes Olson from St. Croix Cleaners has some guidelines when determining if – and how often – your item should be brought to the drycleaners.

Color Trends in Paint   Back To Top

If you look at the walls in your house and think they could really use a little sprucing up it’s as easy as picking up a paint brush.  Before you do, the experts at Abbott Paint & Carpet fill us in on what colors are on trend right now – and why investing in the right brand of paint is so important.

Framing 101   Back To Top

You probably have boxes full of photos put away somewhere.  Get them out because our Art Designer, Nicole Kappus Solheidis offers her advice on how to display them!

Showcase Home Tour   Back To Top

The Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home Tour is underway.  This year’s theme is all about coastal chic.  Interior designer for Interior Places and Spaces, Angela Parker shows how to take inspiration from the showcase home and put it into yours.

Interior Design Like TV Shows   Back To Top

It’s premiere week on ABC and we are taking inspiration from some of the shows.  Interior designer, Megan Meder, shows how to make your home look like your favorite ABC show.

Tour Cathedral Hill Homes   Back To Top

The Cathedral Hill neighborhood in Saint Paul has amazing old homes. Several home owners are opening their doors as part of the Ramsey Hill Association Housing Tour. Emily heads on a tour of one of the homes.      

Fall Yard Prep   Back To Top

Believe it or not, the leaves are already beginning to change and that means one thing.  It’s time to prep your yard for fall.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallones Ace Hardware gives us his “Fall Yard Prep Timeline”.  

Help My Entryway!   Back To Top

With the school season started, your entryway can turn into a dumping ground for backpacks, athletic equipment, jackets, and – pretty soon – snowpants, boots, and mittens.  Interior designer, Susie Ries, has ideas to keeping it organized and clutter free.

Organize Your Space   Back To Top

If you have a small space, there are ways to keep it organized.  IKEA gives us advice on those small spaces.   

Window Treatments   Back To Top

Whenever anyone talks about window blinds, you probably think of the ones that you pull up with a cord.  Once up, you have a very long cord to contend with and hopefully, they have pulled up equally on both sides!

Wine Storage   Back To Top

There are a lot of different ways to store and display wine.  Design Build Contractor Ramsin Khachi shows us some of his favorite creative ways.

Smelling Fresh   Back To Top

There is a line you don’t want to cross when spraying scents to keep your house smelling fresh.  Handyman, Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, has ways to do this without offending your guests with an overpowering scent! 

Backyard Lights   Back To Top

To fully enjoy your deck after sunset, it’s all about the lighting.  Design Build Contractor Ramsin Khachi shows us some ways to set the mood, all with different lighting options.

Beat the Heat   Back To Top

Having air conditioning is the way most folks combat the heat.  Even if you don’t have air conditioning, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has other ways that will help you beat the heat! 

Kitchen Trends   Back To Top

One lucky person will be getting a kitchen remodel, valued at up to $25,000, from Inspiration Design Center in Burnsville!  Emily gives us a look at some of the new looks you might implement if you are the lucky winner!

Flooring for Your Home   Back To Top

Style is said to by cyclical.  What was once fashionable will be fashionable again.  That goes for home décor as well.  Popular in the 70’s, linoleum flooring is making its way back into our homes.  Steve is at Abbott Paint & Carpet to check out the better then ever linoleum options.

Front Door Facelift   Back To Top

Sarah and Justin Meagher from Golden Valley have a new daughter and a front door that needed replacing. The team at Minnesota Rusco heard their story and jumped in to help make their house more energy efficient and secure.

Get Growing: Gardening with the Kids   Back To Top

The weather this weekend is going to be perfect for a little gardening.  Home and Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr, says gardening is the perfect activity to bond with the kids with.

Keep the Bugs Away   Back To Top

Hopefully you are planning on spending some time outdoors to celebrate the 4th of July.  There isn’t anything that can ruin an outdoor celebration like mosquitos and other bugs!  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has some ways to keep the bugs away. 

Amp Up Your Walk   Back To Top

Fitness Expert Nancy Stoneberg has committed herself to get all of us walking this summer.  She shows us how to amp up your walk to get the most out of your routine. 

Get Growing: Party Prepping   Back To Top

When you are getting ready for an outdoor party, you want everything to be perfect.  Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr has some ideas to make your yard look its best before the party.

Sprucing Up Your Patio   Back To Top

The TCL patio is open!  Senior producer, Christian Unser’s parents came and replanted and added some decorations to the patio.  His mother, Linda, has some advice on how to spruce up your patio!

Fixit with Frattallone’s   Back To Top

Heading to the hardware store, doesn’t necessarily mean you are buying something new.  At Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, they can actually help you fix a broken item rather than replace it.  From broken care keys to repairing garden hoses, Frattallone’s can help.

Gingham Style   Back To Top

Gingham, a popular 2015 trend, is everywhere from runways to home decor. Ali Kaplan, Shopping Editor at the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, gives ways to add gingham to your house and wardrobe. 

Tools and More for Father's Day   Back To Top

Great gift ideas for Father's Day from Home Depot

Get Growing: Perennials   Back To Top

A good selection of perennials can be a strong foundation for your garden, because they keep coming back putting in the right place to begin with is important.

Luxury Home Tour   Back To Top

Emily is live at one of the homes being featured in Midwest Home’s Luxury Home Tour.  It’s a way to find out what it would be like to live in a $5 million home!

Get Growing: Go Vertical   Back To Top

Potted plants look beautiful, but can take up valuable real estate.  Why not go vertical instead?  Gardening expert, Larry Pfarr, shows us how easy it is to do and the kids can help out too!

Keep the Critters Away   Back To Top

It’s a battle that gardeners face each year.  How do you keep the critters out of your yard and gardens so they don’t get destroyed?  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has some products that can help.

Curb Appeal   Back To Top

The simplest changes such as adding new house numbers or a new mailbox can really make a difference to the look of your home.  Sometimes, however, when it comes to curb appeal it pays to make some big changes.  Design Build Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, shows us how your curb appeal is affected.

Get Growing: Tomatoes   Back To Top

Tomatoes are a staple in Minnesota gardens.  Gardening expert, Larry Pfarr, shares a few things to know that could get you a great tomato harvest.

Paint Advice   Back To Top

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to make a massive impact to the look of your home, the solution is to paint.  The guys at Abbott Paint & Carpet have the answers that will make it easy to pick up that brush and get painting! 

Get Growing: Container Gardens   Back To Top

It’s a no-brainer to head to the store and pick up a pretty planter.  Garden Expert, Larry Pfarr, shows us how you can turn a wire basket into a DIY planter.

Outdoor Living Spaces   Back To Top

Once the weather warms up, Minnesotan’s are spending as much time outdoors as possible.  Dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and get ready to enjoy the outdoors! Home Depot store manager, Ryan Flanagan, shows us ways to transform your outdoor living space.

Bees, Wasps, & Hornets   Back To Top

Not all things that buzz are bad.  But when you have a hornet’s nest attached to your house – that isn’t good!  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware has some things that will keep the wasps and hornets at bay. 

Succulent Plants   Back To Top

Home and garden expert, Larry Pfarr, shows us how to “Get Growing” with some of the hardiest and easy to care for plants you can get.  Succulent plans make a great addition to your deck or patio because they can easily be potted.

Good Company: Dill and Izzy   Back To Top

As a busy mother of two, Stacy Hassan found peace making candles at home. She has now expanded her business, Dill & Izzy, to include pillows and other products with a local flare. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg introduces us to this Good Company. 

Make Big Bucks at Home   Back To Top

Many are familiar with direct sale businesses like Mary Kay and Avon, but those are only two of many businesses who promise that you can make big bucks selling to friends and family. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson did the research on four companies allowing you to sell their products.

Investing in Quality Home Furniture   Back To Top

When it comes to home interior decorating, there are definite points to consider when purchasing furniture.  Interior Designer Susie Ries has advice on what to look for when purchasing quality chairs, sofas and end tables.  Plus, she says there are times when it makes sense to save a little. 

Spring Yard Prep   Back To Top

From dealing with dead patches of grass to preventing weeds from taking over your yard, this is the week to be working on your yard.  Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware is here to make sure your yard will be the best on the block!

Basement Flooring   Back To Top

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.