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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 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

The Volkswagen Golf is no longer just a world-leading compact hatchback, at least in the eyes of American motorists. For this latest edition, the Mark VII Golf, Volkswagen decided to expand the line beyond its […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

Last year, we said good-bye to an iconic sports compact. It was the one car that engaged a whole generation of enthusiasts with its brute turbocharged power and tremendous traction from its all-wheel-drive system. Our […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Volvo S90

There is something about a luxury sedan. The elegance is above par compared to mere sedans of the same size and heft. The styling is a cut above what is seen out on the roads. […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Let us settle an argument, shall we? Define the word “truck” for a moment. Traditionally, a truck would be best described as a vehicle built on a frame with its body components tacked onto it […]

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Ride Review: The Best of 2016

This year, I was able to bring a lot of great vehicles for you to read about here in Lavender magazine. It was a heck of a lot of work, but worth it. I hope […]

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