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  • Time to plant your trees and shrubs Sep 20, 2014 6:01 AM
    Fall is a great time to plant and transplant trees and shrubs. The warm soil, moderate air temperatures and rain of autumn help plants re-establish their root systems after transplanting.

  • Last stretch of New York’s High Line to open Sep 20, 2014 2:36 PM
    “The High Line has changed the dynamics of the city,” says Laurance Rassin, an artist showcasing his paintings and sculptures to visitors along the three-story-high walkway. “If Picasso were alive, he’d be painting on the High Line.”

  • A seven-step program for furniture rehab Sep 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Choosing furniture to refurbish, or “upcycle,” as it’s known in the DIY world, is an imprecise science. Typically, Kelly Millspaugh Thompson knows right away whether an item is right for her, and she has enough experience to see potential in the most intimidating pieces.

  • Take ideas from a home stager’s bag of tricks Sep 20, 2014 3:01 AM
    Tyler Whitmore, owner of the staging and design firm Ta-da! Homes in Bethesda, Md., joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

  • Lawmaker wants pumpkin to be official Illinois pie Sep 20, 2014 9:15 AM
    Pumpkins are big business in Illinois. A state lawmaker has a sweet idea for making sure people know it: he wants to make pumpkin pie the official state pie. Republican state Rep. Keith Sommer introduced legislation to make the designation last month, in time to honor the yearly pumpkin festival which just took place in his hometown of Morton, in the heart of Illinois pumpkin country.

  • Are extended warranties worth it? Sep 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one like a television or phone. The plans basically are insurance policies in case something goes wrong, but they come at a price. The FTC says on its website that a service contract “might not be worth the price.” So how do you decide whether to purchase one?

  • Ask a designer: Tween bedroom’s a balancing act Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated. It’s a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom. But will they reject at age 12 the color palette and furniture they begged for when they were 10?

  • Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. For the many people who suffer from allergies, though, the allergens in dust-mite feces and body parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing, among other symptoms. Luckily, homes can be made more livable for allergy-sufferers — and less amenable to dust mites — in just a few steps.

  • Compost Happens: Tips for making it happen right Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

  • Bring your garden indoors with cut flowers Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Do you have any tips for cutting flowers from the garden to bring indoors?

  • Seedheads give perennials another season of interest Sep 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    It is best to remove the spent blooms from a few perennials; others have gorgeous blossoms that transform into sensational seed heads.

  • Tiny powder room can make a big impression Sep 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    Very often, the powder room bath is the tiniest room in your house. Yet this traditionally minimal space can become one of your most alluring attributes, no matter how small.

  • Plant mums and asters now Sep 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    Try to buy chrysanthemums and asters for fall color when their flower buds are just beginning to open. That way, the blooms will last longer in your garden.

  • Decorating 'rules' have gone out the window Sep 13, 2014 6:30 AM
    Q. We have a lot of space in our new loft. A lot! What are the rules about arranging furniture? And what about colors? Everything we have is slick, modern, beige-ish (and boring).

  • Is your interior design depressing you? Sep 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    From time to time, at a cocktail party or when visiting a friend, someone will corner me and confess to me that they are depressed. As if I were a member of the clergy, they whisper in sotto voce that they believe their decorating is making them sick.

  • This fall’s home decor is an ensemble production Sep 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    There was an era when experts said to pick just one, but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each season brings updated versions of successful pieces, plus an interesting array of new looks.

  • Exterior decorating: Updating with paints, trims Sep 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal. Just be sure to consider the home’s style, age and location. “The style of the house drives the type of materials you might add,” said architect Carolyn Dias of Lampert Dias Architects in San Clemente, California. “A cottage can’t be transformed to a Spanish Colonial.”

  • Mundelein group teaches others about self-sufficiency through homesteading Sep 10, 2014 11:01 AM
    Several Mundelein residents who say they want to inspire self-sufficiency and sustainability in others hope to improve quality of life by teaching the community to utilize the natural environment. Jennifer Kehrer, Holly Kim and Alex Kvasnicka are building interest through a nonprofit group they created called Village Homesteading Mundelein.

  • Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden Sep 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away. But co-existing with wildlife in farm fields or gardens can be a winning proposition if you’re willing to alter your habitat. Even nuisance animals can become plant partners with a little planning. “You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce.

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