Feature Homes

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. Click on the photo to learn more about this feature home.

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014
Life’s Greatest Blessings:   Embracing Togetherness on Otter Tail Lake

Life’s Greatest Blessings: Embracing Togetherness on Otter Tail Lake

After the sale of Dakota Growers Pasta Company in Carrington, ND in 2010, Tim Dodd traded his CEO title for another that closely embraced his newly retired management position…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014
Memorable Places, Special Spaces:   The Great Adirondack Camps Provide Inspiration for Deerwood Retreat

Memorable Places, Special Spaces: The Great Adirondack Camps Provide Inspiration for Deerwood Retreat

Most of us have a memory of a very special place, where we can recall how we felt when entering…

Filed in Feature Homes, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014
Of Wood and Water:   An Otter Tail Lake gem

Of Wood and Water: An Otter Tail Lake gem

With its distinctively arch-shaped windows, warm black walnut flooring, and bright white wood work, the Chisholm’s visionary Otter Tail Lake home is a truly a dream come to life. “We spent years going through plans…”

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Filed in Feature Homes by on April 4, 2014

Gardening

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
Invest in Your Home’s Future by Growing Trees

Invest in Your Home’s Future by Growing Trees

Trees are an important part of the home landscape, but trees not suited to a northern climate or a smaller lot are sometimes not such a great investment.

Filed in Gardening by on May 24, 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. For a lot of people that means they’ll soon be investing in some seat time on a lawn tractor – also referred to as a riding lawn mower – at least […]

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

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
Hayward

Hayward

Hayward, a small town with big amenities – Situated on Highway 63 in the lakes region of northwest Wisconsin, boasts a vibrant, historic downtown and a Northwoods charm in its numerous specialty shops.

Filed in Destinations by on April 16, 2014

Design & Decor

Top Ten Tips for Organizing Your Closet

Top Ten Tips for Organizing Your Closet

Here are our Top Ten Tips to help you dig in and de-clutter: 1. Face the Truth Walk into your closet. Take a look around. How many of your clothes do you actually wear? Let’s try this again: How many of your clothes have you worn in the last year? People simply have too much […]

Filed in Design and Decor by on July 10, 2014
Refreshing Designs:   Designer Portfolio

Refreshing Designs: Designer Portfolio

Muddy boot tracks, peanut butter smears and dog hair… the inevitable design elements of a family home. Danielle Glorvigen, owner of Refreshing Designs, is no stranger to the challenges…

Filed in Design and Decor by on June 20, 2014
Pendant Lighting:   Retro | Repurposed | Industrial

Pendant Lighting: Retro | Repurposed | Industrial

Pendant lights come in all shapes and sizes, materials and manufacturing techniques. They can be delicate. Colorful. Bold. Heavy. Glitzy. Earthy. Brand new. Recycled.

Filed in Design and Decor by on June 9, 2014
Color Story

Color Story

We recently sat down with Kara Schuman, Owner and Interior Design Consultant at La De Da Decor and Design to learn a little more about her design philosophy…

Filed in Design and Decor, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014

On The Lake

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
Quiet & Easy-To-Use Electric Boats:   Keep the Peace

Quiet & Easy-To-Use Electric Boats: Keep the Peace

It’s early morning on the lake and you have a cup of fresh-brewed coffee, a good book, and not a sound bu the call of the loons. You aren’t just near the lake, you are on the lake…

Filed in Recreation by on June 12, 2014
Pontoon Party Perfection

Pontoon Party Perfection

Planning a party on a pontoon seems simple enough, right? Pack a cooler filled with sandwiches and beer, bring some speakers for your iPod, and make sure you have enough lifejackets.

Filed in In This Issue, Recreation by on June 2, 2014

Ask the Home Experts

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
Q: How can I choose a window that will hold up to the Upper Midwest’s extremes?

Q: How can I choose a window that will hold up to the Upper Midwest’s extremes?

A: Kermit Nelson at Ottertail Home Center gets asked to recommend the “best window” a lot.

Filed in Home Experts by on June 18, 2014
Q: Are there any appliance finishes that rival stainless steel?

Q: Are there any appliance finishes that rival stainless steel?

A: “Stainless steel is still kind of tried and true,” says Dan Zierden of Cullens Home Center. “However, one of the more popular colors today is slate.”

Filed in Home Experts by on June 5, 2014

Food & Wine

Craft Beers:   A Pairing Primer for Summer Foods

Craft Beers: A Pairing Primer for Summer Foods

Summer in the Midwest means three months of backyard parties, patio dining and cabin-casual meals. For many folks, it also means quaffing a cold brew, or two, with their grub.

Filed in Food and Wine, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014
Nine summer food and beverage ideas that will keep you entertaining in style all season long

Nine summer food and beverage ideas that will keep you entertaining in style all season long

If you try every variation of our nine picks, you’ll have over fifty options in your summer entertaining arsenal.

Filed in Food and Wine, In This Issue by on June 2, 2014

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