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  • Editor’s Choice: Lake County holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Milt and Barb Wikell won the Lake County Editor’s Choice Award for their holiday lights at 429 Killarney Pass Circle in Mundelein.

     
  • Editor’s Choice: Tri-Cities holiday lights winner Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Evensen home at 585 Carriage Drive in Batavia has won the Tri-Cities Editor’s Choice Award in this year’s holiday lights contest.

     
  • 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?

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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?

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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