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Watch out for poison in these popular houseplantsUpdated Dec 9, 2013 1:39 PM Q. Can you tell me which houseplants are poisonous? I am concerned when my grandchildren come visit me.
Books for the stylish coffee table Updated Dec 9, 2013 10:36 AM
Throughout the fall, the stack of design books on my desk just kept getting taller and taller. It now measures more than three feet. My job was to select eight books that were either worth buying for the home library or wrapping up as presents for...
Decorators move back to the blues for 2014 Posted Dec 9, 2013 9:49 AM
All indications point to indigo, cobalt and rich peacock hues popping up on the pages of shelter magazines, fashion runways and home furnishing retailers in 2014. “Like a great blazer, dark blue makes its appearance on the popularity poll every 40...
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.
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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.