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How to decide which piano is best for you

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Shopping for a piano can be overwhelming because the range of prices for a new one can be anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $2 million. Add in used pianos, and the price range expands.
 
Murphy beds convert multipurpose rooms into sleeping quarters

Murphy beds convert multipurpose rooms into sleeping quarters

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The clients came to interior designer Laura Casey with a space dilemma: They did not want to give up the guest room in their suburban home, yet they needed a place for their child to play.
 
Color your outdoor world: Bright hues add flair to deck, patio furniture

Color your outdoor world: Bright hues add flair to deck, patio furniture

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements. But outdoor spaces also offer the chance to be more adventurous than we are inclined to be indoors.
 
Room at the top: Couples convert attic spaces into cozy quarters
MINNEAPOLIS

Room at the top: Couples convert attic spaces into cozy quarters

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
At the end of the day, it’s easy for two Minneapolis couples to retreat to a quiet sanctuary. All they have to do is climb stairs that lead to the attic.
 
‘Breaking the rules’ can create ultimate, comfortable master bedroom

‘Breaking the rules’ can create ultimate, comfortable master bedroom

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
“Since bedrooms are all about self-expression and comforts,” designer Brian Patrick Flynn says, “you can break the rules as much as you want.”
 
Winter is ideal time for healthy pruning

Winter is ideal time for healthy pruning

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Shrubs, trees and perennials are peacefully dormant, slumbering away winter’s cold day. Their sleepy state is the perfect time to give them a dose of good health — pruning to remove diseased, dying, dead, dangerous, broken, rubbing or crossing branches.
 
When kids move out, empty nesters can renovate to get dream house

When kids move out, empty nesters can renovate to get dream house

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
David and Elizabeth Shanks are among the many couples who have decided to keep the houses where they raised their children, remodeling them into their dream home.
 
Home library remains handy retreat for reading, low-key entertainment

Home library remains handy retreat for reading, low-key entertainment

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? Not a chance, designers and retailers say.
 
Expert offers tips on reupholstery; slipcovers easy alternative
Grand Forks, N.D.

Expert offers tips on reupholstery; slipcovers easy alternative

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
John Nordine says he does everything from A to Z as far as upholstery is concerned. The first thing people need to know before they decide to update a piece of furniture is whether the piece is worth the work.
 
Playroom decor can be fun for tykes, functional for family

Playroom decor can be fun for tykes, functional for family

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
Outfitting a play space for children might consist of nothing more than setting up a few old furniture pieces, plastic storage bins and the extra TV. But some parents want the play space to reflect their design aesthetic.
 
Put a little springtime under the tree with gifts for the gardener

Put a little springtime under the tree with gifts for the gardener

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
You’re making your holiday shopping list and checking it twice, and here are some gift ideas for the gardeners in your life.
 
Holiday decor trends include eclectic colors, nontraditional styles

Holiday decor trends include eclectic colors, nontraditional styles

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and nontraditional colors and styles. Oh, and red is red-hot.
 
Fans of old things share fabulous finds, fond memories at 'Primitive Lane'

Fans of old things share fabulous finds, fond memories at 'Primitive Lane'

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
"Primitive Lane" is a style of living,” says Patrick Blake. “It takes you back to Colonial times when things were simple and flaws were welcomed."
 
Ranch re-dressing: Couple turns outdated dwelling into retro classic
MINNEAPOLIS

Ranch re-dressing: Couple turns outdated dwelling into retro classic

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
When Ed Charbonneau and Erica Berven decided to buy their first home, they had a vision in mind: Atomic Ranch, as in the Space Age-era houses that have become the height of retro chic to a new generation of homeowners.
 
Form and function: Technology making home décor entertaining

Form and function: Technology making home décor entertaining

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
The integration of technology into home décor has come a long way since clunky TV screens peered out of armoires and media cabinets
 
 

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