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posted: 9/10/2017 7:00 AM

Is it time to give your room a little lift?

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It's funny how you never seem to notice the imperfections in your home -- until you do. And then you can't stop seeing them.

How did my curtains get so shabby? Is that a small tear in my ottoman? What are those stains on my stairway carpet? This bathtub is beyond hideous. How did I let this happen?

Well, my friend, it's called living and it happens to all of us. One day, you are thrilled with your home decor choices and then, seemingly suddenly, you are not. Of course, a decade or two might have occurred between these two sets of opinions, but when you are ready for a change, it's time to start re-imagining your living space.

That's where the Daily Herald's fifth Room for Living Contest comes in. We are offering at least two packages this year: One for the living room and another for the bath.

Sponsors include Steinhafels furniture in Vernon Hills, TreeTime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington, BathPlanet and OHi interiors and remodeling.

All you have to do is submit an online a photo of your tired living or family room or your out-of-date bathtub or shower. Make sure the photos show the space that needs spiffing up. The deadline for entry is Sunday, Oct. 1.

We will narrow down the entries to 15 finalists who will be considered for the prize packages. These 15 finalist photos will be used throughout the five weeks of coverage in our Home and Garden section. Design experts will share tips, suggestions and advice on how they would improve the space.

Here are the packages we will be awarding.

Living Room Makeover

This prize is valued at more than $8,000 and includes:

• Furniture from Steinhafels

• Flooring and window treatments from OHi

• Gift card to TreeTime Christmas Creations

Bathroom Makeover Package

This package is valued at $6,300 and includes:

• Shower wall surround

• Acrylic bath liner

Go to and click on the Room for Living entry to upload your photos and submit your letter. Don't forget: The deadline is Oct. 1.

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