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  • Bartlett taking orders for replacement trees Feb 17, 2015 5:05 PM
    The village of Bartlett is taking orders on a first-come, first-served basis for new trees that will replace those removed because of the destructive emerald ash borer. Homeowners and the village split the cost of the replacement program. This year, Bartlett is offering a larger number of trees and more species.

     
  • Get rid of the clutter Feb 17, 2015 4:19 PM
    “Digging Deep: Opening the Door to More through Decluttering” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake.

     
  • Booster fans could help make up for weak airflow Feb 24, 2015 7:35 PM
    Q. Do you recommend booster fans to push more air to rooms farthest away from the furnace? I’ve tried adjusting the dampers, but that doesn’t seem to solve the problem for the longest runs.

     
  • Don’t give up on finding replacements for mother’s china Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Q. I have enclosed a picture of a piece of my mother’s china. Several years ago, my daughter-in-law sent a picture of it to a china replacement firm, and they were not able to identify the pattern.

     
  • Kitchens double as party hot spots Feb 16, 2015 1:01 AM
    Since prehistoric times, the hearth of a dwelling has been the most important feature in the home. Fire produced warmth for cold climates and also heat so food could be prepared.

     
  • Lincolnshire tree removal Feb 15, 2015 4:10 PM
    Lincolnshire officials say work is expected to being in the next two weeks to remove dead and potentially hazardous parkway trees infected with the emerald ash borer.

     
  • Home devices that never turn off cost you a lot of money Feb 15, 2015 7:36 AM
    If your home has a smart meter, here’s an experiment: Log in to your power company’s website, and see how much electricity you use during the hour from 3 to 4 a.m. daily. You’ll likely find a significant amount of power being gobbled up. Meet the problem that energy researchers call MEL — the “miscellaneous electrical load.” Its name says it all: It refers to all the power use from miscellaneous electronics and other objects in your home that are not major appliances, lighting or heating and cooling.

     
  • American style varies, but is easy to incorporate into any home Feb 15, 2015 1:00 AM
    It's easy to list the food, fashion and music that are quintessentially American — apple pie, blue jeans, Elvis. However, when talk turns to architecture and interior design, what qualifies as “American” gets a little more confusing.

     
  • Yesterday’s seeds ... and tomorrow’s crops Feb 14, 2015 7:00 AM
    The days are lengthening, and gardeners are getting twitchy. My green-fingered friends are doing a lot of plant planning and seed ordering while trying hard not to start things yet, although that day is almost here. Here, that is, for cool-season veggies that can go out as transplants before the last frost and with protection.

     
  • Libertyville the latest Lake town to ban phosphorous in fertilizer Feb 12, 2015 6:49 PM
    Libertyville will become the 11th Lake County community to ban the use of fertilizers containing phosphorous. Exceptions include flower beds, new lawns and those with low levels of phosphorus. The intent is to protect water quality in lakes and streams.

     
  • Fish serving set is a catch Feb 9, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. I have enclosed a picture of an antique sterling silver knife and fork fish set. They each have either ivory or bone handles and are in very good condition.

     
  • Winner now has a room she can show off to guests Feb 8, 2015 6:00 AM
    Cinday Krizike of Schaumburg, the grand prize winner of the 2014 Room for Living contest, shows off her new living room, which she now calls her favorite room in the house.

     
  • Technology downsizes the home office Feb 8, 2015 7:00 AM
    These days, desks look more and more like simple tables. Any old one will do. Long gone are the days of Rolodex files, huge computer terminals and stacks of slots for paper flow.

     
  • Tile no longer just for bathrooms and backsplashes Feb 8, 2015 7:00 AM
    Tile is massively in vogue. Crack open any décor magazine and there will be countless images of striking kitchen backsplashes, multicolor mosaic showers or bright ceramic bath floors. Once restricted to these functional rooms, decorative tile is slowly venturing forth to other areas of the home.

     
  • Winter winds can damage plants Feb 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. How does wind chill affect garden plants?

     
  • First-time Wheeling home show declared a success Feb 9, 2015 5:36 AM
    Suburban homeowners had a chance to talk with contractors, gardeners, builders and even a television star Sunday about the latest in residential products and trends, during the North Shore Home and Garden Expo Sunday at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. “This is a first-time event and has been really well attended. It has been phenomenal for everybody,” said Sandy Hardescy, president of Showcase Productions.

     
  • Low gas prices help the housing recovery Feb 7, 2015 12:01 AM
    Falling gasoline prices is welcome news for most families. It not only generates more spending money, but also has a positive effect on our housing recovery.

     
  • Interest rates differ between main home and a rental Feb 7, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. I am downsizing by purchasing a smaller home that will be my primary residence. Because I do not have my existing house on the market, the lender I approached to finance the purchase has asked me for a letter describing my reasons for the purchase.

     
  • Foreclosure differs from repossession of a car Feb 7, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. The recent letter from the person whose home was foreclosed on in 2008 and then, when it sold at auction for more than the mortgage owed, asked if he/she could “recoup any of the surplus” was a classic! How does someone that “stuck” someone have the nerve to go back to them and ask for “what they’re owed.”

     
  • Succulent houseplant delivers indoor color Feb 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Kalanchoe is a succulent houseplant grown for its small bright flowers. Native to Madagascar, it can be commercially grown so it flowers in the colder months.

     
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