Home & Garden

Pahls Market  

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  

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  

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  

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

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  

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  

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.

Schneiderman’s Minnesota Casual Line   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture has a brand new location in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot store includes a section that many Minnesotans will love. It’s called Minnesota Casual.

108,000 Square Feet of Furniture Ideas   Back To Top

Schneiderman’s Furniture is celebrating 60 years of business. Today, there are six locations in Minnesota, including a brand new location in Lakeville. The 108,000 square foot store has it all.
 

How to Make Taking Care of Plants Easy   Back To Top

Pahl’s Market was established in the early 1900’s and is still family owned and operated. Their love of community and beautiful plants is what has made them a stable all of these years. Today, they call Apple Valley home.
 

Taking Care of Hydrangeas   Back To Top

Hydrangeas are easy to take care and add a pop up color to your garden for the entire summer. Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries shares the hydrangea brand that thrives in Minnesota along with tips on how to take care of them.

What To Do in Your Yard After All This Rain   Back To Top

April is known for rain showers, but we've seen a lot of precipitation in April 2017. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen recorded 4.45" of rain (plus .5" of snow) during the month. The results can be seen by means of moss, mold and weeds in your yard and perhaps water leaking into your house. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware is here with products to help control the results.

Spruce Up Your Patio   Back To Top

If the beautiful weather last weekend had you itching to get your patio all ready for summer, and flowers in those pots, here are some fun ways to spruce things up a bit and upcycle while doing it! Owner of Upsy-Daisy and DIY expert Danielle Rode stopped by with unique ideas!

Eco-Friendly Products for Home and Yard   Back To Top

Products that get rid of dirt and critters can contain chemicals harmful to your family and the earth. Mike Frattallone from Frattallone's Ace Hardware shares a roundup of eco-friendly items that pack a punch.

Good Company: Donato’s Floral   Back To Top

Donato’s Floral is about to celebrate a big anniversary. For almost thirty years, Donato’s flowers have been used in all sorts of life’s events.  It was Victor Donato that had a vision. He wanted to open the floral shop and boy have things been blooming ever since.

Home Shopping: Cities vs. Suburbs   Back To Top

The location of your home is an important decision when deciding what to buy.  What you can get for the money varies greatly whether you buy your home in the city or if you go to the suburbs.  Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group show us a few examples.

How to Make a Cozy Bedroom   Back To Top

Before you make your bedroom feel more cozy, you have to decide what "cozy" means to you. Megan Meder from The Sitting Room Studio in Excelsior stops by with advice on wall colors, lighting and why you shouldn't be afraid of wallpaper!

A Gathering of Friends at Bachman’s   Back To Top

It’s a popular event that brings together vendors or “friends” from all over the area. A Gathering of Friends is made up with folks who have incredible pieces like furniture, pictures, clothing, and more. The antiques are all over the board and you can find just about anything.

5 Must-Haves for House Cleaning   Back To Top

Mike Frattallone from Fratallone's Ace Hardware shares the five products you must have on hand for spring cleaning projects.

Magnolia Line at HOM Furniture   Back To Top

HGTV star Joanna Gaines is known for her unique style on her hit show “Fixer Upper”. Now her style can help you transform your home. Magnolia is Joanna’s newest furniture line. It’s at HOM Furniture.

Elizabeth’s Baby & New Mom Picks   Back To Top

We are cutting through the clutter and sharing mom-approved goods that will make life with your little one easier. 
If you're past the point of having kids, you'll be thinking, I wish I'd had that when my children were little!
Here to help – Katie Blozis from bump club & beyond twin cities stopped by! 

Make Your House Look Great   Back To Top

After 30 plus years of working with clients on their homes, she has some great tips like how to prevent your cotton bedsheets from becoming wrinkled. Interior designer, Susie Ries has quick trick to make your house look great!

Twin Cities Auto Show   Back To Top

The Twin Cities Auto Show is at the Minneapolis Convention Center through March 19th. It’s the largest consumer show in the state. It’s produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota
 
This year, there are 575 vehicles making it the largest in years. It’s an estimated $21,000,000 in new vehicles and exhibits. 

IKEA: Co-Create Living Room   Back To Top

If you’ve been to IKEA lately, you may have walked through their newest living room display, which is actually an exact replica of a Rosemount family’s living room. The Pepinski’s recently won our IKEA Co-Create contest, receiving a $1,000 IKEA gift card, and their living room was re-created inside the Twin Cities IKEA store. It serves as a place of inspiration not only for them, but also every single person that walks through.