Home & Garden

Get Growing: Party Prepping  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Great gift ideas for Father's Day from Home Depot

Get Growing: Perennials  

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  

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.

Garage Clean Up   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.