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  • Make overnight guests fell at ease Mar 29, 2015 12:01 AM
    It is common to stress out about hosting overnight visitors, but those living in a confined space seem to worry most. While everyone hopes their small space will provide the appeal of a charming bed and breakfast, if the accommodations are a sleeper sofa, the reality is far from perfect.

  • Remodeling breathes new life into 1950s ranch home Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Just because your house might be small doesn't mean you have to give up on it. Modest ranches can be remodeled to feature an open floor plan more in line with today's styles. Take this gorgeous Libertyville home as an example.

  • Oak Park family builds a dream kitchen Mar 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Most homeowners consider the kitchen to be the heart of their home. The kitchen is where daily meals are prepared, stories are shared and memories are made. Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas cookies and birthday cakes all begin in the kitchen.

  • How to keep cheery colors in check in your home Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Many people are Crayola color-phobic. I understand why; if not used properly, colors, especially bright ones, can make your living room look like a kindergarten or worse, a Marvel comic. Follow these four tips to keep cheery colors in check.

  • Union Cases were designed for daguerreotypes Mar 27, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. This is a photo of a picture case that I have. It measures 3 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches and is decorated with an intricate design on the top and around the edge. I think the case is plastic and have been told there were products years ago that were plastic.

  • Making the most of your outdoor living space Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Even though you’re cold right now, that doesn’t mean you cannot plan ahead. Dreaming is an often a healthy pastime. No matter how tiny your outdoor space, there are many ways to enjoy it.

  • Color conundrums and design dilemmas Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. My condo’s tiny, windowless galley kitchen has a black granite counter and backsplash with white cabinets and appliances. There’s one wall that is crying out for a pop of color. Any suggestions to brighten things up?

  • Bathroom tricks gleaned from fancy hotels Mar 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    You haven’t used a small bathroom until you’ve showered on a boat or in a motor home. European hotels often offer tiny bathrooms when compared to the typical hospitality suites in the U.S.

  • Duo designed their house around wife’s artist studio Mar 16, 2015 12:33 PM
    Artist Jackie Hoysted and her husband, information technology specialist Prem Singh, both 53, like a short commute. From bedroom and kitchen, they trek only several feet to their respective work spaces — a tall painting studio for Hoysted and a second-floor office for Singh.

  • Today’s top model homes reveal newest design trends Mar 13, 2015 6:00 AM
    What’s happening in the world of interior design? You’ll see exciting and creative interiors with lots of pizazz in today’s new homes. Gray still reigns as the new neutral.

  • Floor lamps with bright futures Mar 10, 2015 6:00 AM
    There are a few basic rules to lighting: Make sure each room has three or more sources of light, place light at various heights and ensure all tasks are well lit. These rules exist to make sure rooms have enough light so occupants can see, but also so there's enough of a warm glow that you want to be seen in them.

  • Clear-bottomed mug allowed no surprises Mar 9, 2015 5:01 AM
    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a heavy mug that has a bronze finish and a clear glass bottom.

  • Closet organization begins with a purge Mar 8, 2015 7:00 AM
    Some people are very disciplined in how they treat their closets, but I'm a dismal failure. I toss, pile, hang too much on the hooks on the back of the door and often pile recent purchases in store bags on the floor. I would not invite any of you in for a look-see.

  • Designer doesn’t ignore husband with decor for ‘new’ 1904 home Mar 8, 2015 12:00 AM
    Anna and Brian Matthews moved from an English basement to a 1904 rowhouse a few blocks away in Washington, D.C., with just one good sofa and Brian’s bachelor furniture. Because Anna is a designer, compromise and collaboration had to be woven into every room of their three-story Capitol Hill home.

  • Master bedrooms have grown in style and stature Mar 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Once a simple place to sleep, the master bedroom has evolved into a luxury suite where owners can get away from it all for some private time and a little pampering. Today the master suite is plush, comfortable and full of luxury. It often comprises a good-sized bedroom, his-and-hers closets, a reading or sitting area and a spalike bath. If homeowners desire, the suite can include all the amenities of a five-star hotel.

  • Must you have bookshelves? Mar 1, 2015 1:01 AM
    Changing times create changing furnishing needs. If you don’t read hardcover books any more, do you still need bookshelves in your home?

  • Tiffany clock was made in Europe Mar 1, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. Many, many years ago, my mother gave me an old clock that was my grandfather’s. I have enclosed a photo of the clock for you to see.

  • Decorate in layers to create depth, coherence in your home Feb 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    If you want a room makeover but don’t know where to start, consider decorating in layers. Many designers recommend this approach but offer different ways of going about it.

  • An artist/entrepreneur is inspired by utility Feb 26, 2015 6:15 AM
    Heather Lezla spends a lot of time looking at water meter covers. Lezla is not interested in what lies below the covers, but rather how the seemingly unremarkable metal circles around her neighborhood can help her make some remarkable pottery.

  • Consider style, shape and size to find your perfect sofa Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    Sofas are the piece of furniture where you will spend endless hours: watching a movie, chatting with friends or taking a nap. So choose well. It’s too large an expense to make any mistakes.

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