Home & Garden

Advice on Selling Your Home  

Selling a home can be a daunting process, but you can do it! You just need a little help! Our real estate experts, Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet share advice on getting started and what you need to do every step of the way.

Curb Appeal  

If you think you’ve waited too long for that yard project and now think it’s too late to start planting, think again!  Nick Tamble from Lawn and Landscape Gardens says this is one of the best times of the year to do a little planting!  

Easy Kitchen Updates  

The kitchen, sometimes even more so than a living room, is a focal point of the house, but it can be pricey to do a big renovation. That is unless you think like designer, builder and contractor Ramsin Khachi. He says there are three simple and inexpensive upgrades you could do to your kitchen this weekend.

Good Company: Sleep Number  

Sleep is a big problem for many Americans and there’s one company in Minnesota that has made it their mission to help millions of people get the right kind of sleep. Sleep Number is part of Select Comfort which is based in Plymouth, Minnesota. It has certainly gained popularity over the last several years, but the Sleep Number story dates back to 1987.

Free Advice from an Interior Designer  

Elizabeth’s mom, Susie Ries, has decades of experience as an interior designer. We asked her for some of the most common mistakes homeowners make while decorating and stops by with simple advice on how to make your rooms look bigger and more eye pleasing.

Back-to-School Bedroom Makeover  

Twins Hannah and Kylee love Twin Cities Live.  When they heard about the IKEA Back-to-School Bedroom makeover contest, they begged their mom to enter them.  Not only did the teens want a change, once IKEA took a look at their entry, they knew that they needed to give the girls a new bedroom! 

New Trends in Landscaping  

Take a look at your yard.  Do you have rocks or do you have mulch?  What about your patio?  Is it made of concrete or is it lined with pavers?  What’s in?  What’s out?  And perhaps most importantly, what works best?

Good Company: Cambria   Back To Top

Cambria is a Minnesota based company that has been here since the beginning. It was started by the Davis family who has always been known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Cambria started in 2000, but its history dates back to the 1930’s.

Create Backyard Harmony with Critters   Back To Top

From Asian beetles to rabbits and birds, TCL’s handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, shares advice on how you can keep them out of your yard so you can soak up summer in Minnesota.

Ask The Realtors About Buying And Selling A Home   Back To Top

According to the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, the average median price of a home in the Twin Cities is currently $236,826. So it's a great time to buy or sell! Our real estate experts, Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet are here to answer those questions!

As Seen on TV Product Tests   Back To Top

Infomercials make for big business.There are thousands of products that grab your attention when the ads come on, but do they work. Emily puts another round of As Seen On TV Products to the test.

How to Keep Storm Water Out of Your Basement   Back To Top

We’ve all been there.  A storm moves in and suddenly THERE’S WATER ALL OVER THE YARD.  And then you start wondering if it’s going to makes its way into the basement.  Nick Tamble and his team at Lawn and Landscape Gardens says that with a few simple tools, you can keep that water at bay. 

Using Outdoor Fabrics Indoors   Back To Top

You can use outdoor fabrics for a lot more than carpeting your three-season porch. You can replace your drapes, your pillows and even your throws with these stain-resistant fabrics. 

Wedding Dress Restoration   Back To Top

If there’s a wedding dress in your closet or attic, there’s way a way to give it new life and pass it on to future generations. Treasured Garment Restoration is a division of St. Croix Cleaners, the dry cleaner partner of Twin Cities Live. Polly Nemec from St. Croix Cleaners shares an example of a dress that was restored and shares what other sentimental items can be cherished for years to come.

Hail to the Throne Bathroom Remodel   Back To Top

After nearly 100 submissions, TCL and Minnesota Rusco selected the Lundquist family from Maple Grove as the winners of our Hail to the Throne contest. Their prize was a $10,000 bathroom remodel which included new flooring, tub surrounds, and much more. They welcomed Steve inside their home to show off what they didn’t like about their bathroom and for the transformation.

DIY Summer Patio Party   Back To Top

If you've got plans to throw a party this summer, it's time to throw out the red checked picnic table cloth and take your table decor up a notch.  Our TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abott, stopped by with three themed table settings that will you look like an event planner extraordinaire.

Surprise Mowing With John Deere   Back To Top

Though Elizabeth and Steve are TV hosts by day, they decided to put their green thumbs to work and surprise a Rosemount resident with free lawn service with some help from our friends at John Deere and Frontier Ag and Turf. 

Bee Friendly Products   Back To Top

TCL’s Handyman, Mike Frattallone, from Frattallone's Ace Hardware stops by to share items to attract the friendly honeybee to your backyard and products to pick up if you’re interested in starting your own hive!

The Right Window Treatments Back To Top

Window treatments can do everything from letting in a little light…to a lot of light…to no light at all! Shirley Esch from Custom Drapery and Blinds stops by with everything from an all around window treatment that does everything to some that are purely for decoration.

Showcase Home Tour   Back To Top

Imagine 2-dozen designers putting their creative minds together to create your dream home. Sounds pretty amazing right? Well for the past 19 years, that’s been happening for families all over Minnesota. Those dream homes are then opened to the public and featured as the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home.

Busting Home-Selling Myths   Back To Top

There are a lot of things to deal with when it comes to selling your home, but there are a some things that might seem like do's, but are really don'ts. Daniel and Julie Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet bust some home-selling myths

IKEA Loft Makover   Back To Top

Loft living can be chic. You're downtown, in the hustle and bustle. But one thing that could be challenging is actually making those high ceilings and the open concept feel like home.

Container Gardening   Back To Top

Decorating your outdoor space is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to the folks at Pahl's Market in Apple Valley. Gary Pahl says it doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, container gardening is a great option. It can be all flowers, herbs or even a tomato plant can be placed in a nice pot and used on your patio or deck.

Our Handyman’s Favorite Hardware Store Finds   Back To Top

Frattallone’s Ace Hardware carries over 35,000 products, so it’s easy to miss something that will make your life easier. Mike Frattallone stops by to share some of his favorite finds.  

Adding Vintage to your Home Décor   Back To Top

TCL is heading to your town, Afton!  We’re kicking the week off with a little home décor help w/ Heather Schuck, owner of Dwell. Furniture and Home Décor.  She’s showing us ways to incorporate a vintage look into your home! 

Help When Buying Or Selling A Home   Back To Top

Homes are going quickly, sometimes within hours of listing! We turned to Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Coldwell Banker Burnet for help, whether you're the buyer or the seller.

Prep Your Deck   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares expert advice on getting your deck in tip-top shape for the summer, including a guide to deck stains.

Good Company: Snake Eyes Yard Games   Back To Top

Jeremy Exley and his buddies are big fans of playing dice games, but when the weather turned nice Jeremy didn’t want to play inside. So, he looked for dice games that could be played in the yard. He could only find plastic dice or those fuzzy dice that people hang on a car mirror. Determined to find something that would work, Jeremy decided to make his own out of wood. His family and friends knew he was onto something. He made more and before he knew it, he was selling several of them.

Outdoor Furniture with Patio Town   Back To Top

Nice weather means Minnesotans are spending time out on the patio. It's easy to make your patio look great! Our friends from Patio Town stop by to show us how.

Gotta Have It for Mom   Back To Top

Mother’s Day is just days away and if you haven’t begun to think about what to get her this year, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson has you covered. She found deals on everything from Minnesota made jewelry to bean-to-bar chocolate. 

It’s Time to Mow and Plant   Back To Top

With the abundance of rain recently, trees and grass are growing rapidly. TCL’s Handyman, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware, shares advice on when exactly you should plant flowers and how much grass you should cut for the first time you pull out the lawn mower.

DIY Patio Décor   Back To Top

Minnesotan’s take advantage of every sunny day during our short spring and summer.  While enjoying your patio you want to make it beautiful and comfortable too.  TCL Craft Star, Alisun Abbott, shows us how we can create a very comfortable outdoor space.

Yard Work to Tackle this Weekend   Back To Top

Spring-like temperatures are finally headed to the Twin Cities, meaning it’s comfortable to head outside and tackle yardwork. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares a checklist of tasks worth doing to ensure your lawn is the best on the block.

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell   Back To Top

There are a few things you can do yourself when it comes to getting your home ready to sell and a few other things that are worth hiring out. Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group share their advice.

Early Spring Yard Prep   Back To Top

Spring is showing its colors this weekend but Mike Frattallone from Frattallone Ace Hardware says WAIT before you start doing too much outside.  He gives us advice on what we can get our hands dirt with this weekend without wasting our time. 

Home + Garden: Innovation Avenue   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show highlights the best of innovative products, including some with Minnesota connections. Lifestyle Expert Sasha Andreev shares items selected as the “best of the best.”
 

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show – Green Thumb Knowledge   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center, with tips and advice from the outdoor experts. 

Matt Muenster   Back To Top

Minnesota resident Matt Muenster is the long time host of DIY Network's "Bath Crashers" and he's now on HGTV as an expert on Ellen DeGeneres' design competition. Matt stopped by our Home + Garden Show stage to talk about that and test his bathroom expertise.

Home and Garden: Tiny Home Village   Back To Top

t’s becoming a big trend. Ditching a lot of space for a much smaller home. This year, the Home and Garden Show is featuring an entire Tiny Home Village to show off why so many people are jumping on board. It features five homes from five regional builders. The homes range from 144 square feet to 330 square feet. These homes are small, but they are certainly not lacking in style. Emily takes us around.

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Island   Back To Top

Design, Build, Contractor, Ramsin Khachi, never fails to deliver ideas to make space in our home easier to work with.  It’s all about the kitchen island as he visits us at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show.  He shows us to make the island look great and hold a lot of utilities to make more room in the kitchen.

Backyard Makeover with HGTV’s Chris Lambton   Back To Top

Chris Lambton is making a living doing what he loves - transforming a backyard into a beautiful oasis - on television. But this isn't his first time in front of the cameras.  In fact, you may have seen him on ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. He stopped by the main stage at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show with tips and tricks to get the backyard of your dreams on a budget!

Home and Garden Show Preview   Back To Top

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center is back with all sorts of ideas for your own home. Twin Cities Live will be there live on Friday, February 25th. This year, the Lifestyle and Kitchen Stages have combined into one Main Stage. Jaque Bethke of PURE Design Environments was in charge of planning the design for the Main Stage. It’s twice as big as last year, it’s more colorful and it has a huge kitchen. The kitchen has working appliances, running water and an island that is big and spacious. Jaque says she’s known for her bold ideas and this year’s inspiration was the flamingo. The idea is to have color and an organic feel to the environment.

Lake Home & Cabin Show   Back To Top

If this unseasonably warm February has you thinking Spring, stop by the Minneapolis Convention Center and you’ll be thinking Summer. That’s because the Lake Home and Cabin show is in town this weekend. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by to see what’s new this year.

At Home Décor Store Now in Burnsville   Back To Top

The Texas based décor chain store, At Home, has moved into Minnesota. Its first location is in Burnsville and people are buzzing about it. The 107,000 square foot home décor opened in February and we sent TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson inside to check it out. The store has over 50,000 SKUs inside, and 500 new SKUs are rotated in every week.

Interior Design Book Picks   Back To Top

Whether your house is 800 or 2,800 square feet, you want to make it feel like a home. Interior Designer Susie Ries shares three of her favorite design books to provide inspiration along with times you should consult the pros.

IKEA Makeover: Living Room Remix   Back To Top

The one room of the house family’s pile into is the living room. There’s the TV, music, games and of course if you have kids, toys! TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson and the IKEA Makeover team when in search of a family that needed a Living Room Remix and found a Brooklyn Park mom asking to help declutter their space. The team gave her IKEA’s Besta System and her boys loved their new storage solution!

Keep Your House Warm this Winter   Back To Top

Minnesotans know to bundle up before venturing outside in the dead of winter. But is your house ready to take on the bitter temps? Suzanne Stromberg, store manager of the Lowe’s in Shakopee, shares ways to keep your house warm without saving money.

Winter Car Care   Back To Top

If the cold weather has your car running slow, iced over, or not even running at all, our handyman Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware stopped by with products to help your car get through winter. 

Trending Local Artists   Back To Top

TCL Set Designer and art consultant, Nicole Kappus Solheid, features four Twin Cities artists making great work you can add to your own home.

Hardware Store Holiday   Back To Top

For those struggling to get the hard to buy for person this Christmas, Mike Frattallone from Frattallone’s Ace Hardware shares some unique and quirky ideas all from the hardware store.