We all know someone who likes to “go big or go home” with their holiday decorations each December: blindingly sparkly trees, oodles of jelly bean-colored lights, and a menagerie of knick-knacks.

Say the name “Abbott” in Saint Paul, and a likely response is, “Oh, the paint store Abbotts? Those guys know what they’re doing!”

As the days get colder and shorter, it’s important to make your home feel homey, especially with lighting.

Maureen Bellows and Barry Petit are reviving the modern-day farmhouse, transforming it from rural to suburban.

After working in your industry of choice for a few years, you might get tired of the daily grind. Negative attitudes and perhaps a tough schedule could have you thinking about the next step in your life.

John McGary was born to be a contractor. And after growing up in Wayzata, he was also destined to end up at home in the Lake Minnetonka area.

When it comes to career migration, Steven Sampson tossed conventional wisdom right out the window. “I’ve never been accused of being logical,” he says.

The postman rings twice at this Saint Paul home.

The story of 980 Shady Lane unfolds through black-and-white photographs and the colorful memories of those who once lived in the Wayzata home.