Maud Lake Marvel

Maud Lake Marvel On a winding road framed by tall swaying trees and glistening lake views, sits the distinctive lake home of Dave and Mary Morinville. Situated on a gently sloping lot on ... Read More

Homes from the Magazine

The Family Plan: Heiser lake cabin is built to suit a growing clan

The Family Plan: Heiser lake cabin is built to suit a growing clan

When Justin Heiser’s parents semi-retired and purchased some land on Maple Lake…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on December 28, 2016
Simplicity Rules at the Nelson Lake Home

Simplicity Rules at the Nelson Lake Home

Lake Rules: Laugh often. Flip flops mandatory. Relax. THANK THE COOK. No spilling on the pontoon. Put out the fire…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on December 28, 2016
Practical Magic: A rustic gathering place on Fish Lake

Practical Magic: A rustic gathering place on Fish Lake

Jeanie Rasche has a message for anyone who wants to build a home: If you have…

Filed in Feature Homes by on September 10, 2016
A Woods and Water Retreat on Idyllic Island Lake

A Woods and Water Retreat on Idyllic Island Lake

What is your dream home away from home? For North Dakota native Ron McMartin, Jr., it is a peaceful retreat…

Filed in Feature Homes by on September 10, 2016

Gardening

Hydrangeas: Showiest of Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangeas: Showiest of Flowering Shrubs

Hydrangeas are among the showiest of flowering shrubs with long lasting-flowerheads that bloom mid- summer to autumn when few other shrubs are blooming. These beautiful shrubs are easy to grow, untroubled by pests…

Filed in Gardening by on December 13, 2015
Is a Butterfly Garden in Your Future?

Is a Butterfly Garden in Your Future?

How about planting a butterfly garden? Brightly-colored winged creatures would flit about your yard sipping flower nectar.

Filed in Gardening by on August 9, 2015
Raindrops on Rooftops

Raindrops on Rooftops

For centuries, Japanese homes and businesses have utilized rain cups and chains to capture overflow water from rooftops. Unique custom made gutters and water collection systems are another popular alternative for homeowners.

Filed in Gardening by on June 1, 2015

Landscaping

Designer Portfolio: Outdoor Renovations

Designer Portfolio: Outdoor Renovations

Based in Underwood and servicing Northwestern Minnesota, Outdoor Renovations provides a whole host of landscaping services…

Filed in In This Issue, Landscaping by on December 27, 2016
Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor Fireplaces

Since the discovery of fire, the fire pit has been a place of gathering, socializing, feasting, and relaxing. Contemporary fire pits aren’t simple stacks of wood like Homo erectus constructed some 400,000 years ago…

Filed in Landscaping by on October 6, 2015
Paver Options Abound

Paver Options Abound

When the frigid winter weather is over for the season, it is time to once again start thinking about backyard barbecues and sprucing up the exterior of your home.

Filed in Landscaping by on February 2, 2015

Destinations

Geocaching along the Paul Bunyan Trail

Geocaching along the Paul Bunyan Trail

Most people walk, bike, snowmobile, and drive past them every day. That’s part of the appeal. Finding geocaches, which are hidden containers of all sorts and sizes…

Filed in Destinations by on October 6, 2015
Battle Lake

Battle Lake

Specialty shops, outdoor recreational activities, a vibrant arts scene, and a growing farmers market make the Minnesota lakeside community of Battle Lake a delightful place to spend a summer day.

Filed in Destinations by on August 9, 2015
Phelps Mill Festival

Phelps Mill Festival

Each July the otherwise tranquil Phelps Mill County Park is transformed into a colorful hub of artists, vendors, and visitors of all ages.

Filed in Destinations by on June 1, 2015

Design & Decor

Appliances as Design

Appliances as Design

Everyone has a different definition of “home sweet home.” For some, it’s a warm, cozy log cabin feel, rounded out with beautiful wood floors, rich autumn hues and a fireplace as the focal point.

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on December 27, 2016
12 Small House Design Tips

12 Small House Design Tips

Whether you’re building new or remodeling a small space, sometimes less is more. Here are several easy ways to do more with less.

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on December 27, 2016
Porches with Purpose

Porches with Purpose

For many, porches play an important role in life at the lake. We greet our guests from the front porch. We end our days on the back porch as the setting sun reflects off the lake…

Filed in Design and Decor by on September 10, 2016
Floors that Rock: The hottest looks like home flooring

Floors that Rock: The hottest looks like home flooring

From boldly modern to rustic chic, today’s hottest flooring materials are giving homeowners lots of exciting options to consider…

Filed in Design and Decor by on September 10, 2016

On The Lake

Lake Beach Must-Haves You Can’t Live Without

Lake Beach Must-Haves You Can’t Live Without

Heading to the beach should be easy. Bathing suit, towel and something to read is all you need, right? Not really…

Filed in In This Issue, Lakeside Living, On The Lake by on December 27, 2016
Winterizing Power Sports Equipment

Winterizing Power Sports Equipment

There is more to maintaining a boat or personal water craft besides the motor. Marine vehicles should be protected inside and out, especially in cold climates, fully protecting your valuable recreational asset.

Filed in Maintenance, On The Lake by on September 10, 2016
Got Lake Weeds?

Got Lake Weeds?

Many of us have a picture-perfect image of lake that we carry around in our heads. We walk from our cabin or lake home over green lawn to a sandy beach where crystal clear water laps at our feet…

Filed in Maintenance, On The Lake by on July 26, 2016

Ask the Home Experts

Q:  How can I bring vintage character into my new home?

Q: How can I bring vintage character into my new home?

A: Vintage and industrial is a very hot trend. One good thing is the items found in industrial actually work nicely in a vintage setting. Items that you would see in a warehouse or factory…

Filed in Home Experts by on June 1, 2015
Q: What are the pros and cons of gas versus electric fireplaces?

Q: What are the pros and cons of gas versus electric fireplaces?

A: Gas fireplaces offer the advantage of higher BTUs resulting in the generation of more heat for the space. They also offer real flame, which is highly desirable…

Filed in Home Experts by on April 26, 2015
Q: What is the first step in purchasing or refinancing a home?

Q: What is the first step in purchasing or refinancing a home?

A: Once you decide to purchase or refinance, the first step is to meet with a lender to determine if it makes financial sense to refinance, or the loan you may qualify for, if purchasing.

Filed in Home Experts by on March 31, 2015

Wine Pairings for Summer Food

Wine Pairings for Summer Food Local wine experts match wines to your favorite summertime dishes Summer’s a great time to gather friends, fire up the grill and pop open a cold bottle of … wine? ... Read More

Food & Wine

Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktails

If you’ve been searching for ideas for summer cocktails, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered several “new” recipes sure to fit your summer entertaining needs.

Filed in Food and Wine by on August 9, 2015
Salad Days

Salad Days

A dressing that adds summer citrus punch to your salad anytime of the year is great to have in your repertoire because its ingredients are available year round, but they always taste like summer.

Filed in Food and Wine by on June 1, 2015

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