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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

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 […]

The Pluses of the Miinus Kitchen

Let’s be real, there are very few places that feel as much like home as our kitchens. It’s where we refuel after a long day, pour pots of highly caffeinated coffee down our throats on […]

Individual Homes, Universal Designs

Housing is inevitably stress-inducing for everyone involved. Whether you’re a college student trying to find an apartment that is both affordable and conveniently located or an established professional looking for a new house to start […]

Making Houses into Homes

Our homes are our sanctuaries. They’re where we welcome guests with an ambience of warm laughter and chilled cocktails. They’re where we make and store our memories, whether they be displayed on a fireplace mantel […]

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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

Alexa in Your Car?

Here is a left-field question: is Alexa the solution to voice recognition technology? This is a question Amazon had to answer when they introduced Alexa three years ago. We often consider the idea when we […]

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Buying A Used Car

Did you know that, on average, over 17 million brand new vehicles are sold in the U.S.A. each year? For a country with over 325 million inhabitants, that is merely a drop in the bucket. […]

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Ride Review: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi has the best-kept secret in the automotive business. It is actually an open secret, but we Americans have been waiting for this to be revealed. What’s the secret? A plug-in hybrid system that actually […]

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Drive-In Restaurants

When America came out of World War II, our world and lives changed to what we thought were infinite possibilities. Our ancestors came home from battle to buy homes, cars, furnishings, and the latest appliances. […]

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Ride Review: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

When I was a kid, the station wagon was a status symbol among families. Having a station wagon meant you had space for the kids, your luggage, and an instant sense of adventure. They did […]

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