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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

Just the tips, please…

Small spaces? No problem. Here are a couple products to help with that, design tips courtesy of Michelle Havens, Environment Director at Habitation Furnishing + Design. 1. Double Up: Limited rooms? Carve out an office, using a […]

Summer Home Trends with Galleria Edina

By Rachel Oelke Home is where you hang your hat, so make sure that stylish sunhat has a chic home to match with fresh summer updates. The Galleria Edina home stores are here to help […]

A Mile in My Pool

The pool is an odd concept. A giant hole in the ground filled with water used for recreational swimming? Sounds pretty weird to me. The first pool “Great Bath,” built in modern-day Pakistan, is believed […]

The Elements of Outdoor Living

By Bonnie Hancock Look no further than your backyard for the perfect getaway. Thoughtful, creative designs for outdoor living can transport you to a relaxed state right after rush hour every day. In addition to […]

Decorate Your Roost at Cockadoodledoo

A store like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag. Or Hermione Granger’s purse in the final Harry Potter installment. Or what you’d find when you go through the looking glass or down a rabbit hole. Where it seems like […]

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Crafting & Home Arts

Just the tips, please…

Small spaces? No problem. Here are a couple products to help with that, design tips courtesy of Michelle Havens, Environment Director at Habitation Furnishing + Design. 1. Double Up: Limited rooms? Carve out an office, using a […]

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 […]

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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 Audi S6

There are two different kinds of luxury car buyers. One such buyer wants a car with the badge, the prestige and everything else that comes with it. They want comfort and performance. If you ask […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Kia Niro

The Toyota Prius V just got some company. Being the only hybrid gas-electric wagon around, it offered the combination of extra cargo space with high efficiency and great fuel economy. The Prius V had plenty […]

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Ride Review: 2017 MINI Countryman

It seems that everyone is offering a crossover/SUV these days. This is not a bad thing, really. Consumers want them and the manufacturers offer them to fulfill those wants and needs. It is a simple […]

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Pride 2017: It’s What We Drive

Five years ago, we asked you about your automobiles. We wanted to see which vehicles we identify with the most among the hundreds sold every year. We found that we were attracted to certain brands, […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza

It is worth repeating every time we get a Subaru in for our “Ride Review.” We, as GLBT people, simply love them. This is something worth celebrating. It is Subaru of America’s 50th anniversary this […]

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