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Pop a Bottle: How to Unleash Your Inner Sommelier

Wine. We drink it, we bond over it, we bring it to parties, we sip it alone after a long day. We don’t need science to tell us a well-chilled glass of good Champagne is a […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Andy Lien

KRUPS Savoy 12-Cup Thermal ET351 The newest coffee maker on the market features a thermal carafe, which purportedly keeps coffee warm for up to four hours, but my road testing has had me sipping still-warm […]

The Cookie Creative: Manipulating Icing

Everyone has a memory related to cookies. Whether it’s dunking Oreos in milk when you were little or watching your grandma make Christmas cookies, somewhere in your memory is an event involving cookies. Holly Nolan’s […]

Recipe: Pride Pasta

June is Pride Month and I just love a good reason to try out some artistic recipes. In the past, Lavender has featured Pride recipes by Ross Sveback and I hope you go back to […]

Recipe: Bacon Granola

You read that right: bacon granola. Last year, I was surprised by how easy it is to make granola rather than buy it. What’s more, there are countless ways to modify your homemade granola, from […]

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Home & Yard

Tyler Wisler: “Trend Lightly”

Attendees of the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show will know main stage speaker Tyler Wisler from HGTV’s Design Star, but Wisler’s path didn’t always lead to interior design. Wisler entered college knowing he wanted to pursue […]

Protect Your Home By Preventing Ice Dams

By Jenna Harris Ice dams form on your roof through a process that involves accumulated snowfall, the differing temperatures of the outside air and your roof, and heat loss from your home. Picture this scenario. […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Shane Lueck

My favorite part about holiday gift giving is the excuse to buy family and friends those things that they wouldn’t normally buy themselves. They’ve talked nonstop about how much they want something but can’t seem […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: John Mark

Meltdown Kim Tee Someday we will tell our grandchildren about this woman. Keep the obsessions alive for years to come with this indulgent moment in popular culture, immortalized on a T-shirt. You wish you didn’t […]

How To Make an Accessory Dwelling Unit Suit You (And Make Money Doing It)

When friends or relatives come to visit from out of town, you could quickly make up a spare bedroom or (dare it be mentioned) the couch. Or, the addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) […]

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Crafting & Home Arts

Trash to Treasure

By Kassidy Tarala There’s something about a cluttered, eclectic antique shop that takes me back to my childhood. The old books, collections of colorful teacups, and unique statement furniture pieces transport me to a simpler […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Children and Family

There are so many reasons to purchase gender-neutral toys as gifts. Looking beyond the versatile hand-me-down aspect, children of any gender should be exposed to toys across the spectrum of make believe, learning, creativity, being […]

The Glitter Knitter Is Taking Over

StevenBe has become a brand. It’s a lifestyle. From yarn to coffee and tea, and now a reality show, the StevenBe team has turned Steven Berg’s yarn shop and fiber arts studio into a city […]

The Continuous Evolution of Christopher Straub

Produced by: John Mark Hair and Makeup: Kristine Loehrer Christopher Straub is like a machine that never stops moving. Project after project, Straub’s creative vision has made its mark on the Twin Cities landscape. His […]

Down on the Farm with the Beekman Boys

Who are the Fabulous Beekman Boys? Short answer: Two city guys who bought a farm. They’ve got a herd of goats, a llama, and a whole lotta drama. Farming isn’t easy, but they make farming […]

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Gadgets & Technology

Homes of Tomorrow

After a long day in the office, running errands, or taking care of the family, there’s no better feeling than falling into the warm, loving embrace of your bed. The way the soft sheets cling […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: John Mark

Meltdown Kim Tee Someday we will tell our grandchildren about this woman. Keep the obsessions alive for years to come with this indulgent moment in popular culture, immortalized on a T-shirt. You wish you didn’t […]

Springing Into Home Security

As we move into spring, there are a number of home-related topics that come to mind. I happen to live in a secure loft complex for artists and creative people; it’s surprisingly high-tech and I […]

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Nell Gelhaus

I am the worst gift-receiver. I hate being the center of attention, even for those few seconds of gift unwrapping. All eyes staring at me, anticipation building, expectant smiles as I squirm, sweat, blush… agh… […]

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: John Mark

Patrick Nagel Gallery Reverse Jacket Those who know me are well aware of my love for loud graphic prints. Not only is this Patrick Nagel jacket a statement piece, it’s also reversible, changing to a […]

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Vehicles & Rides

Ride Review: 2017 Lincoln Continental

The name is synonymous with American luxury. The combination of Lincoln and Continental has been a part of the finer things in this country since 1939, when Edsel Ford signed off for a European-inspired version […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Toyota Sienna

Can a minivan have any kind of “swagger?” Toyota thinks so. In fact, it was their way of introducing the latest Sienna minivan. It has so much swagger, one cannot begin to comprehend it all. […]

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Preview: The 2017 Twin Cities Auto Show

Where else can you see every new vehicle sold in the Twin Cities without the hassle of the showroom floor? The 44th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by SuperAmerica is back for 2017! Inside […]

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Going Electric: The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt

In this work, we are introduced to the automobile in many different ways. I would normally interface with a person at the manufacturer or supplier, talk about the vehicle, drive it and that’s it. There […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Nissan Titan

There is one word that describes the current state of the pickup truck market: volume. Better make that two words, as in “sales volume.” Looking at 2016’s sales numbers, it is clear that the pickup […]

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