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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

Home Sweet Garden

The annual Minneapolis Home + Garden Show is back–bigger and bolder than ever before. Minneapolis in March, April, sometimes even May is quite a sight. While people around the country are enjoying the fresh spring […]

In Full Bloom

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum melts the winter blues with the Spring Flower Show through Feb. 28. In the middle of a Minnesota winter, it can be nearly impossible to remember what spring flowers even look […]

Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Wood’ You Look At That

Unique Gift Ideas Made of Wood Instead of giving an “okay” gift this holiday season, give them something “oak-y.” Alright, the puns are done. These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts […]

Winter Trends with Rosenthal Interiors

By Joshua Adelman Rosenthal Interiors has been the premier destination for stylish, contemporary furnishings and unparalleled professional design services since 1895. A family-owned business, Rosenthal’s continuously strives to create a unique and inspiring destination in […]

New Works by Bromstad and Berkus

Two of the hot gay designers in interiors are David Bromstad and Nate Berkus. With very different styles, the two of them can be seen online and in various media outlets as well as in […]

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Crafting & Home Arts

Let’s Get Crafty

The annual American Craft Council show will make its return to St. Paul from April 20-22. The American Craft Council (ACC) will be bringing the work of local and national crafters to St. Paul at […]

In Full Bloom

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum melts the winter blues with the Spring Flower Show through Feb. 28. In the middle of a Minnesota winter, it can be nearly impossible to remember what spring flowers even look […]

Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Wood’ You Look At That

Unique Gift Ideas Made of Wood Instead of giving an “okay” gift this holiday season, give them something “oak-y.” Alright, the puns are done. These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts […]

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 […]

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Gadgets & Technology

Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Wood’ You Look At That

Unique Gift Ideas Made of Wood Instead of giving an “okay” gift this holiday season, give them something “oak-y.” Alright, the puns are done. These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts […]

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… […]

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Vehicles & Rides

Ride Review: 2018 Toyota Camry

Would you believe that someone has called the car you are seeing on this page “sexy?” Over a year ago, someone very prominent declared the 2018 Toyota Camry as “sexy.” That person is known to […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Volvo XC90

What you are looking at is “the most awarded SUV of The Century.” This is truly an audacious statement, given that this century has just had its 18th birthday. However, it is not without some […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

How do you improve on a “family favorite?” Firstly, you have to define “family” here. Are we talking a family of five-to-seven people, including a couple of their children? Or, are we talking the nested […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

You probably heard that the “sedan is dead.” We can assure that it is not. While SUVs and crossovers currently rule the automotive universe, the sedan remains a stalwart for those who believe in them. […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Vehicles of the Year

This past year has been a very busy one for this column. Two automotive issues and a lot of very important vehicles showed up in these pages. As with every year-end issue, I have to […]

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