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  • Scientists seek a better Christmas tree Dec 26, 2014 4:03 PM
    Consumers consistently cite messiness as one of the most common reasons they don’t have a real tree, says the National Christmas Tree Association.Keeping a tree well-watered goes a long way toward minimizing the needle problem. But beyond that, scientists are trying to find ways to make trees less messy and keep them fresh through the holidays.

  • Need a little Christmas? This house has a lot! Dec 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Authors Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan, a mother/daughter team, celebrate the season in two colorful volumes called “Christmas at Historic Houses.” There's no better time than the holidays to visit a historic home, they say.

  • A look at one woman’s collection of more than 500 Santas Dec 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Linda Schielke’s parents loved Christmas. It’s no surprise that she loves the holiday as well. Schielke, wife of Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, expresses her love of the season through her extensive collection of Santas, which now numbers more than 500.

  • Functional tinware makes an elegant addition Dec 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Tinware, which glistens softly due to the slightly uneven texture of the cast surface, gives a refreshingly cool and dazzling impression.Tin is said to be the most expensive household metal after gold and silver.

  • Designers more prominently display TVs Dec 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    No longer something to hide in a bulky piece of furniture, televisions in the modern home have been elevated to a position of near reverence. The TV has transitioned into the modern hearth.

  • No room for a Christmas tree? Embrace the unexpected Dec 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    When traditional Christmas decor is out of the question (in other words, if your apartment hardly holds your luggage, let alone a Colorado blue spruce), designers and retailers say there’s no reason to feel bound to the classics. Instead, try embracing kitschy decor in the interest of keeping things festive, personal and fun.

  • To see, yet not to be seen Dec 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We loved the picture window in the master bath of our new house — that’s one reason we bought it. We now realize our neighbors can look right in. We hate to give up the view from the tub, but what to do about that big window?

  • Stick to the basics to make holiday decorating joyful Dec 15, 2014 1:11 PM
    Stressed about all you have to do for the holidays? First, realize that each step in your personal holiday journey must be enjoyed or it turns into a “must do.” Limit the amount of decorating.

  • Why loveseats are so lovable Dec 15, 2014 1:08 PM
    Q. Our living room is fairly large but narrow, so the sofa can only go against one wall, which leaves the room open to the entry hall through a wide arch. How can I make it feel self-contained and cozy, not wide-open and breezy?

  • The 1980s are back again: Dhurries are in Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    In the 1980s, dhurrie rugs from India, with their bright colors, geometric designs and sturdy flat weaves, were all the rage. Dhurries sort of disappeared in the 1990s, but they’re back.

  • Pantone’s color of the year: Marsala Dec 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Take a look inside that bottle of Marsala wine sitting in your bar you once bought for that Italian chicken recipe. That earthy, reddish-amber color is what Pantone has named its 2015 Color of the Year.

  • New twists on a holiday symbol Dec 8, 2014 6:15 AM
    Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind. Each year, however, brings more and more inventive versions of wreaths. Today’s wreath might be a square, star or rectangle. Traditional holiday colors might cede ground to vibrant limes, deep indigo, pale pink or soft cream.

  • Floor pillows are back! Dec 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    It seems that every generation discovers the simple pleasure of the lowly floor pillow. Not only is it fun to flop on the floor, but also large floor pillows often take the place of more bulky pieces of furniture.

  • Venus Williams serves up interior design Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is what you get when you hire tennis star Venus Williams as your interior decorator: an enthusiastic designer who has traveled the world, drawing inspiration from Moscow to Beijing, but never quite had time to complete formal training.

  • Faux fur, for less hidebound homes Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    What’s that furry thing beneath the dinner plate in the Pottery Barn holiday catalog? It’s a faux-fur place mat, the latest home product to be made of that soft, luxurious fabric.

  • To sleep? Perchance to phone, text and watch TV, too! Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. We spend a lot of time in our bedroom. Before we moved, we had plenty of space for a sofa to watch TV and for my home office. However, the bedroom in our new home is only average size. I need help making it work for our lifestyle.

  • How to incorporate a collection into your decor Dec 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    In “Collected. Living With the Things You Love,” Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson present 250 wide-ranging collections, showing how they can become part of a home’s decor.

  • Indoor air pollution is nothing to sneeze at Nov 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My entire family has allergies. We’re renovating a new house and need to use as many nonpolluting products as possible, yet we still want our home to be attractive.

  • Furniture company begins on Facebook Nov 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is a love story that starts with Facebook and ends with a furniture company. Carrie Carleton met Chad Jordan at an IT networking event in 2011 but never got his number. Feeling confident, she did a Facebook search to track him down and send him a message.

  • Homes, holidays and history are a Mount Prospect tradition Nov 30, 2014 7:35 AM
    A hidden gem among Mount Prospect's scores of beautiful vintage neighborhoods will be on display Dec. 5 when the Mount Prospect Historical Society holds its 27th annual Holiday Housewalk -- Prospect Park and Prospect Highlands subdivisions.

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