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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Consider windbreaks to protect evergreens Dec 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Last spring I found a lot of brown needles on my evergreens. I think it was a type of “winter burn” due to strong cold winds. How can I prepare my evergreens to avoid that problem this year?

  • Sneak peek: Geneva Christmas House Tour homes Dec 3, 2014 7:01 AM
    Get holiday decorating ideas at the annual Christmas House Tour. Five homes, each with their own distinctive character, will open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Each home will shine in holiday adornments presented by local decorators and designers.

  • Visitors see plenty of reds — and whites and pinks — at Cantigny Dec 2, 2014 4:15 PM
    It was a day to see red. Lots and lots of red. Roughly 350 visitors got the chance to visit the Cantigny Park greenhouse Tuesday to check out the Wheaton facility’s one-day-only Shades of Crimson poinsettia display.

  • Find holiday spirit at Geneva Christmas Walk and House Tour Dec 2, 2014 7:01 PM
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as the holiday elves have been busy creating a magical experience in Geneva for its 47th Christmas Walk on Friday, Dec. 5, and House Tour festivities on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6.

  • Tucking your cold-weather babies into beds Dec 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Frankly, they look a little like Halloween decorations: billowy, semi-sheer white fabric pieces draped over two of my urban front-yard garden’s raised beds. Ghostly, or perhaps spider-webby. What I’m hoping they’ll do is anything but scary. These floating row covers can protect plants from wind and dropping temperatures as we stream through fall and into winter, and I’m counting on them to extend my garden.

  • Art of flower arranging meets holiday decor Dec 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Holiday decorations in the U.S. are often symmetrical. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arranging, can provide festive sparkle and color, too, with a much more modern feel. “The three basic tenets are line, movement and open space,” said Eileen Kay, a retired elementary-school teacher in Boulder, Colorado, who has been studying ikebana for years.

  • 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.

  • Evergreens can lose water this month Nov 29, 2014 6:30 AM
    It is easy to forget about watering during the colder weather in November, but recently planted evergreens should not go into winter under stress from being too dry, which will increase the chance of winter burn. Evergreens planted over the last three years should be watered as needed this month if conditions are dry.

  • From vintage to city chic: holiday decor trends Nov 28, 2014 6:15 AM
    For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles. A look at the trends you'll see at stores.

  • Finding that perfect hostess gift Nov 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed. But when it comes to host or hostess gifts, creativity often gives way to dressing up a bottle of wine. Not this holiday season! We have gift ideas in a range of prices that will help your hosts keep the parties going all year long.

  • Paperwhites can fill your home with fragrance Dec 3, 2014 6:29 PM
    Fill your home with the sweet fragrance of paperwhites this winter. Inexpensive and easy to grow, they take about four weeks to force into bloom. Planting several bulbs every two to four weeks will ensure a continual supply of their flowers and perfume.

  • Author specializes in ‘eco-elegant’ homes Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Trudy Dujardin, interior designer and author of “Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior,” joined The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius recently on the newspaper’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt:

  • Keep Norfolk pine indoors to extend its life Nov 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I want to buy a small Norfolk Island pine for Christmas. Can I plant it outside in the spring?

  • From drab to fab: Room for Living winners announced Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Daily Herald Media Group has named two winners in its Room for Living room makeover contest. The winner, Cindy Krizizke of Schaumburg, wants to add a bit of color into her boring, drab living room, which is stocked with brown, hand-me-down furniture. Our runner-up, Cindi Lamkin of Elgin, wants to yank her living room out of the country phase, but has hit some roadblocks along the way.

  • Six big ideas for small spaces Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you live in cramped quarters — even if it’s a trendy apartment in a great neighborhood — sometimes it can feel like the walls are closing in. But a few low-cost decorating upgrades can lift any small space from dreary to fab.

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