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Chris Lee

Chris Lee, a longtime magazine writer and editor, has been a keen observer of the Twin Cities thriving design scene for more than a decade. As editor of Midwest Home, she combines her passion for all things home with her love of good story telling.
A curbless shower with a strip drain makes the shower more accessible, and continuous large-format floor tile makes the space feel larger in a bathroom designed by Digiacomo Homes.

DiGiacomo Homes Gives a Bathroom a User-friendly Update

Universal design anchors a master bath's streamlined good looks

Yardbird Outdoor Furniture Is Back

Yardbird's high-quality, low-cost outdoor furniture showroom opens in Hopkins.

Sheet Quality: More Than Thread Count

Most of us assume the highest-thread count sheets are the highest quality. Turns out, we’re wrong.

Think Cold-Tolerant Plants while Waiting for Spring

FotoliaThe sun is warm. The birds are singing. Color and blooms are everywhere—indoors. It’s easy to immerse yourself in the sights and scents of...

Frank Gehry’s Best Designs

Photo by Erica Loeks You can’t cross the University of Minnesota campus without being dazzled—on a sunny day, quite literally—by the Weisman Art Museum on...
Herbs sitting on a shelf over a sink and in front of a window in a kitchen.

Herbs at Hand

This simple but clever shelf in a new home outside Stillwater is the epitome of convenient kitchen garden

Designs that Stretch the Season for Outdoor Living

Bruce Lenzen Design/Build home features Marvin Windows & Doors Ultimate Lift and Slide doors, photo by SpacecraftingAfter a long, cold winter, we Minnesotans love...
Bedding by Hygge & West with a tray with coffee resting on top.

Hygge & West Introduce Bedding Collection

From wallpaper to bedding

Dress Your Deck in Sustainable Outdoor Furniture

Loll Adirondack chair and bench in Cloud White (photo Design Within Reach)By all accounts, spring is on the way. Time to get out those...

Local Honey from the Weisman

(Photo by John Christenson, Styled by Mickie Clark)With the environmental threats to bees growing, there’s no better time to support your local honeybees. Ames...

Inside “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes”

Attention HGTV fans, especially those of us still missing “Million Dollar Decorators” (me!): Netflix just released Season 1 of “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.”That...

Designing a Gallery Wall? There’s an App for that

Augmented reality to the rescue. Art.com’s new app, ArtView allows you to see artwork on your walls before you even buy it.

Remodeling Budgets in Real Life

TV lineups tell the tale: We love home improvement shows. From the disasters (Oh no! BLACK MOLD!) to the high/low redesign options to the...

Elkay’s Versatile New Farmhouse Sink

Imagine a new farmhouse sink in your kitchen. Now imagine you can change the color and material of the apron front on a whim....
The exterior of a modern white farmhouse.

A Farmhouse With Attitude

An Edina family relishes a mashup of tradition, glam, and glitz.
A collection of rolled up wallpaper on display.

Robin Ann Meyer and Hirshfield’s Design Resource Team Up for Wallpaper Line

Robin Ann Meyer and Hirshfield’s Design Resource team up for vibrant, eco-friendly and fully customizable wallpaper line.
A purple chair and footstool.

2018’s Color of the Year

Ultra Violet brings home the gold.

IKEA and Tom Dixon Collaborate on “Open-Source” Bed and Invite Hacks from the Rest...

Putting your own spin on IKEA furniture, bookcases, cabinetry, etc., is an industry unto itself. Modifications, add-ons, and upgrades for the Swedish giant’s home...

The Swedish Design Museum You Can Visit Without Leaving Home

We know the Swedes excel in design—Minnesota is loaded with fans of both Swedish folk and modernism. Just in case you can't get enough...
A bathroom with a hidden, custom-fitted space that keeps the clutter off the countertop.

Storage Envy

The designers at Lilu Interiors created a hidden, custom-outfitted space in the bathroom that keeps the clutter off the countertop.