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Life in this modern Victorian home, set on an acre and a half in Hawthorn Woods’ Estates of Indian Creek subdivision, couldn’t be better. There is plenty of space, both inside and outside, for family fun and the entertaining of guests.
Bar set high in holiday lights contestUpdated Dec 6, 2013 11:52 PM A few strands of multicolored bulbs and scattered reindeer just won’t cut it in the Daily Herald’s annual holiday lights competition. The best entries go all out, with synchronized music, animatronic figures and laser shows. Here's a look back of some recent winners.
Boost your home’s holiday spirit with delightful displays Updated Dec 8, 2013 7:37 AM
No holiday room is complete without a festive focal point that has plenty of personality. With that in mind, Country Sampler stylists joined forces to design a variety of yuletide vignettes that look right at home in any space.
How to take a great photo of your holiday lights Updated Dec 6, 2013 5:43 AM
We know you’re not a professional, so we’ve enlisted one of our experts, night photo editor Patrick Kunzer, to teach you how to capture your house in lights. Watch the video tutorial and give it your best shot in the Daily Herald Holiday Lights Contest.
Ask a designer: Change it up for the holidays Posted Dec 6, 2013 6:00 AM
The holiday season is synonymous with tradition. But that doesn’t mean you have to fill your home with the same holiday decorations in the same color scheme every year.
Simple steps to a home both cozy, cost-efficient Posted Dec 7, 2013 1:00 AM
As temperatures drop and daylight is in shorter supply, we fight back: We crank up the heat in our homes and turn on lights earlier and earlier. And yet we also want to keep our heating and electric bills as low as we can. Can you keep your home warm and inviting all winter while still conserving energy?
Bidet toilet seats are becoming more common Posted Dec 8, 2013 1:02 AM
Q. We are planning a bathroom renovation. I want to add a separate bidet plumbing fixture next to our toilet, but my wife says a bidet will take up too much space.
Moisture within double-paned window inhibits the view Posted Dec 8, 2013 12:31 AM
Q. We have a passive solar house built in Shelburne, Vt., during the “first” energy crisis in the 1970s It includes three large double-paned windows, directly facing south, of course. These are the original windows.
Which rules govern single-family home associations? Posted Dec 7, 2013 1:00 AM
Q. I live in an association of single-family homes. Our governing documents (declaration, bylaws, rules) refer to the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Is it necessary for our board to amend the instruments to reflect that we are now governed by the Common Interest Community Association Act, and not the Illinois Condominium Property Act?
Cast your vote in the holiday lights contest Updated Dec 12, 2013 7:52 AM
Voting has begun in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest. One random voter will win a Toro snowblower.
Last day to enter holiday lights contest Updated Dec 11, 2013 7:52 AM
Today's the last day to enter our annual holiday lights contest. The top prize is a snowblower valued at more than $800.
How to care for houseplants in the winter Posted Dec 10, 2013 1:00 AM
During the winter, most houseplants need less water and little if any fertilizer because their growth has slowed down. They are not in an active growth phase because of short days, reduced humidity and lower temperatures.
Annual tax time nears for homeowners
Updated Dec 9, 2013 9:44 AM
Homeowners making improvements to their primary residences, second homes and rental properties should always keep good records and be prepared to share them with their tax professionals. Doing so can potentially save homeowners money and keep them in good stead with the Internal Revenue Service and the state, said Joseph Gleba of Porte Brown Certified Public Accountants.
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full story »Annual tax time nears for homeownersHomeowners making improvements to their primary residences, second homes and rental properties should always keep good records and be prepared to share them with their tax professionals. Doing so can potentially save homeowners money and keep them in good stead with the Internal Revenue Service and the state, said Joseph Gleba of Porte Brown Certified Public Accountants.
full story »Where to turn for holiday decor helpLaurie and Joe Kane have a passion for starting and running businesses — all types of businesses. Both are engineers. So, the fact they now own Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is quite a departure from what they have done in the past.
full story »Quickly breathe new life into any roomWith a dash of creativity, you can enliven, brighten and breathe new life into every room of your home. We sought the expert advice of retailers at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park, asking them for ways to add pop and pizzazz to spaces spanning the living room to the kitchen and beyond.