Feature Homes

History, Memories and Nature on Cotton Lake:   Peterson home provides the utmost in hospitality

History, Memories and Nature on Cotton Lake: Peterson home provides the utmost in hospitality

Welcome to a typical lake weekend for the Peterson family, which includes anywhere from five to more than twenty people.

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014
Luck, Perfect Timing and a Great Location:   Lake Minnewaska Home Lives Up To Its Full Potential

Luck, Perfect Timing and a Great Location: Lake Minnewaska Home Lives Up To Its Full Potential

Never underestimate the power of luck and timing. Steve and Susan Loen had been thinking…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014
Cherishing “Remember When” Moments:   Otter Tail Lake home built for memories in the making

Cherishing “Remember When” Moments: Otter Tail Lake home built for memories in the making

Planning ahead for their retirement years, Perry and Diane Weeks thoughtfully considered all their options…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014
A Cool Coastal Vibe:   Nautical refuge on Big Cormorant Lake

A Cool Coastal Vibe: Nautical refuge on Big Cormorant Lake

Blending an open floor plan with views of the water from almost every room, the Flyen lake home on Big Cormorant Lake is a place where water and house become one.

Filed in Feature Homes by on August 9, 2014

Gardening

Branching Out:   Selecting the right tree for your yard

Branching Out: Selecting the right tree for your yard

Trees serve a number of important functions, and one of the most important is enhancing home and landscape.

Filed in Gardening, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014
Splendor on Pickerel Lake

Splendor on Pickerel Lake

On the south shore of Pickerel Lake in Otter Tail County is Floyd and Nellda Lehne’s home. It is also the home of Nellda’s splendid gardens.

Filed in Gardening by on June 17, 2014
What’s hot this spring for gardeners and landscapers?:   The Lake and Home Interview

What’s hot this spring for gardeners and landscapers?: The Lake and Home Interview

Mark Armstead is the assistant retail manager and grower for Linder’s Garden Center, a family-owned greenhouse, garden center and flower mart in St. Paul.

Filed in Gardening by on June 10, 2014

Landscaping

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Permeable Pavers Help Put Water In Its Place

Managing storm water is a big deal on lakeshore properties. Excess water running too fast can cause erosion and send pollutants into our lakes.

Filed in Landscaping by on June 30, 2014
Mowing 101:   Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Mowing 101: Choosing, maintaining and storing your lawn tractor for years of reliability

Spring is here, and that large patch of white surround your house has turned green. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn.

Filed in Landscaping by on May 30, 2014
A Bright Idea:   Light your way to a perfect patio

A Bright Idea: Light your way to a perfect patio

One of the ideal ways to unwind after a long day at the office (or on the water) is to head out to your patio. Whether you grill and have a glass of wine with friends…

Filed in Landscaping by on May 16, 2014

Destinations

Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp

Carlos Creek Winery Grape Stomp

Grape stomping, wine sampling, live music, entertainment, and over 150 art, marketplace, and food vendors promise to make this year’s Grape Stomp Festival a high light…

Filed in Destinations, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014
White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake

Only 20 miles northeast of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, White Bear Lake maintains its own small-town character. The community of about 25,000 sits on the lake…

Filed in Destinations by on May 25, 2014
Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes

Whether you are looking for a nature getaway, an active family vacation or a pampered rest, Detroit Lakes – the “events place” – has options for everyone. The Mile-Long Sand Beach in downtown Detroi Lakes is a hot spot…

Filed in Destinations by on May 13, 2014

Design & Decor

Bright Ideas Add Pizzazz To Your Kitchen & Bath

Bright Ideas Add Pizzazz To Your Kitchen & Bath

With one flip of the switch you can create warmth and comfort or coldness and distance. Most experts agree that cabinetry lighting can make or break the design…

Filed in Design and Decor by on August 31, 2014
Home Design to Fit Your Lifestyle

Home Design to Fit Your Lifestyle

Houses are like personalities. Some are happy, warm, inviting; others are understated and meditative. There is a cornucopia of house personalities. When our architecture firm designs a home for a family…

Filed in Design and Decor by on August 21, 2014
Creating Timeless Vacation Homes in Minnesota and Beyond:   Redstone Interiors

Creating Timeless Vacation Homes in Minnesota and Beyond: Redstone Interiors

Redstone Interiors, based in Crosslake, Minnesota has built a special niche of creating timeless vacation homes in Minnesota and throughout North America.

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on August 18, 2014
The Center of Attention:   Creating a focal point in your rooms

The Center of Attention: Creating a focal point in your rooms

One of the biggest design mistakes people make is not thinking about the design principal called “emphasis.”

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014

On The Lake

Lake and Home Interview:   Lifesaver

Lake and Home Interview: Lifesaver

Summertime at the family cabin is typically a dream vacation. But the threat of severe weather can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare…

Filed in Lakeside Living by on August 9, 2014
Materials For Your Dock

Materials For Your Dock

The first walk to the end of the dock at the beginning of each season signifies a fresh start. It’s a fresh canvas for summer memories of swimming, boating, eating, toasting, playing and relaxing with friends and family.

Filed in Lakeside Living by on August 3, 2014
There’s a Hot Tub for Every Buyer:   Before you dive in, consider how you'll use yours

There’s a Hot Tub for Every Buyer: Before you dive in, consider how you'll use yours

Hot tubs have been around since the first human discovered a cozy nook in a hot pond.

Filed in Recreation by on June 27, 2014

Ask the Home Experts

We just moved into a house that has a lot of oak trim. We’re going to be adding more detailed millwork, and I’m torn between painting all the trim white or going with more oak. What’s the current trend?

We just moved into a house that has a lot of oak trim. We’re going to be adding more detailed millwork, and I’m torn between painting all the trim white or going with more oak. What’s the current trend?

A: “This is a conundrum for many home owners,” says Betty Ravnik of Ravnik & Co….

Filed in Home Experts by on August 29, 2014
Q: We’re moving into our dream home in August. Do you have any tips for moving during the hottest (and muggiest) days of the year?

Q: We’re moving into our dream home in August. Do you have any tips for moving during the hottest (and muggiest) days of the year?

A: First off, be thankful that you’re not moving on a subzero January day! “All kidding aside,” says Jon Drews of Keller Williams…

Filed in Home Experts by on August 19, 2014
Q: Can I keep using my lake place while it’s on the market?

Q: Can I keep using my lake place while it’s on the market?

A: Absolutely, says Jon Drews of Keller Williams. In fact, he encourages it. “When you enjoy your property, that markets your property…”

Filed in Home Experts by on June 24, 2014

Food & Wine

5 Must-Have Culinary Herbs:   Easy to Grow - Easy to Use

5 Must-Have Culinary Herbs: Easy to Grow - Easy to Use

If you’re an experienced herb grower and user of herbal delights it’s hard to whittle the list down to only five. If you’re new to the herbal scene, then finding a short list of easy-to-grow herbs is akin to a culinary treasure.

Filed in Food and Wine by on August 11, 2014
Get Your Grill On:   Hot products for a delicious grilling experience

Get Your Grill On: Hot products for a delicious grilling experience

Now that outdoor grilling season is at its peak, you may want to consider some of the hottest new grilling products and gadgets on the market.

Filed in Food and Wine, In This Issue by on August 9, 2014

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