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  • Vote for the best holiday lights Dec 16, 2014 5:22 PM
    Voting has started in the Daily Herald's Holiday Lights Contest. You can help chose which decorator will receive a Toro snowblower -- and enter to win a snowblower yourself. We're also handing out five Editor's Choice awards. Winners will be announced Dec. 23.

  • A sea of red at poinsettia greenhouse Dec 15, 2014 5:40 PM
    The Leider family is growing thousands of poinsettias for the holiday season at Leider Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove.

  • 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.

  • It’s the last day to enter our holiday lights contest Dec 16, 2014 1:23 AM
    Did you finish putting up your outdoor Christmas decorations yesterday? Then you’re all set to enter the Daily Herald's 2014 holiday lights contest. But you'll need to hurry -- the deadline is 11:59 tonight.

  • 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.

  • Holiday Lights Contest: A look back Dec 16, 2014 1:22 AM
    As the deadline to enter the 2014 Daily Herald Holiday Lights Contest draws near, we revisit the winners of Christmas past. This year's top prize is a Toro snowblower with an MSRP of $829. You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to submit a photo of your home.

  • Images: Past Holiday Lights Contest winners Dec 12, 2014 12:20 AM
    As the deadline to enter the 2014 Daily Herald Holiday Lights Contest draws near, we revisit the winners of Christmas past.

  • Enter our holiday lights contest Dec 12, 2014 9:25 AM
    You worked hard to untangle all those holiday lights. Here's your chance to be rewarded for it -- if you enter our holiday lights contest. Midnight Sunday is the deadline to enter. The grand prize is a Toro snow blower valued at $829.

  • Ignore those ugly rumors about mulch Dec 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Rumor has it that mulching your garden beds or trees and shrubs could starve your plants. It’s a rumor that has circulated for the past 40 years or so, ever since mulching surged in popularity as a way to quell weeds and conserve water. Is there anything to it? If anything, you’d think that nutrients in mulches would help nourish plants, not starve them.

  • From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home Dec 9, 2014 6:15 AM
    If you haven’t communed with your socks lately, thanked your shoes for their hard work or bowed (at least mentally) to your home in appreciation, maybe it’s time to consider it. “It is very natural for me to say thank you to the goods that support us,” says Marie Kondo, whose method of lovingly connecting with belongings that “spark joy” and bidding a fond but firm farewell to the rest is popular in Japan and now catching on elsewhere.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Enjoy water fixtures all year by winterizing Dec 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    For many people with backyard ponds, fountains and other water-garden fixtures, the arrival of cold weather means draining the pipes and pulling the plug.

  • Leave fallen leaves on shrubs, perennials Dec 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. With the cold weather upon us, I still have many fallen leaves on my yard and bushes. Is it necessary to remove them?

  • 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.

  • It’s fall, and boxelder bugs want in Dec 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    Batten down the hatches. It’s that time of year when boxelder bugs are snooping around looking for a winter home. Your home and mine, that is. You know these bugs. They are about a half-inch long and charcoal gray, with three red stripes on their thorax and red veins on their wings.

  • 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.

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