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  • Frank Lloyd Wright home featured on Batavia House Walk Sep 25, 2014 6:42 AM
    Although each of the five homes on the Batavia MainStreet House Walk is special, organizers expect one in particular to be popular — it's a Frank Lloyd Wright home. The eighth annual house walk, which includes a tea at Water Street Studios, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

  • Go wild: Plant species tulips for early color Sep 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we landscape using tulips. Species tulips thrive in problem areas. You can plant and forget about them. Neglect them. Sear them under the sun. Simply scratch the small bulbs into some gravel or tuck them into rocky crevices and they’ll survive that austerity just as they have the harsh, hardscrabble mountain conditions of Afghanistan, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Turkey or Mongolia.

  • Autumn Country Folk Art Festival focuses on the hand-crafted and historic Sep 24, 2014 6:13 AM
    For arts and crafts enthusiasts, the start of fall marks the start of show season. Every show is different, but the Autumn Country Folk Art Festival, which specializes in folk art and reproductions of antiques and traditional American crafts, brings visitors back year after year. It's on Friday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 28 at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

  • Kitchen tours benefit Fox Valley Food for Health Sep 23, 2014 2:59 PM
    Kitchen envy isn’t always a bad thing. This Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., five new, beautiful kitchens in St. Charles and Geneva will be open for tours, with proceeds benfiting Fox Valley Food for Health, a charity that provides healthy meals to people with a serious illness.

  • Contest could help you spruce up your living space Sep 23, 2014 1:51 PM
    The air is getting crisper, the nights shorter and the time spent indoors longer. Hey, whose job was it to freshen up the decor so you could cozy up for long, comfortable winter indoors? If no one stepped up to the plate for that task, you’re a perfect candidate to enter the Daily Herald’s Room for Living contest. We are taking entries through Oct. 10 for a chance to win a room makeover package valued at more than $5,000.

  • University of Michigan moving centuries-old tree Sep 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    The oak dates to at least 1764, which is 73 years before the university moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor and 60 years before the founding of the city that’s named in honor of the founders’ wives and the natural arbor created by the massive oaks.

  • Outdoor classroom brings new dimension to students in Inverness Sep 22, 2014 10:55 AM
    At Holy Family Catholic Academy in Inverness, recess has taken on a whole new meaning with the innovative Outdoor Classroom project, installed over the summer on the 20-acre campus of the church and school. “It’s fun,” says fourth-grader Bryson Turner of Lake Zurich. “We got to design our own garden and now we’re taking out weeds and moving mulch.”

  • Suburban designers add edge to Gracious show house Sep 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Looking for dramatic, urban design, edgy even? Turn suburban interior designers loose on a northside Chicago home. We're talking hot pink artwork that could take over a house, shredded wall covering and a chandelier made of beaded chain.

  • Drift and detail plantings in garden design Sep 21, 2014 6:15 AM
    It’s a quandary we face every time we plant a new bed or border. How many of each type of plant should we use to create the most attractive design? The drift versus detail debate is sure to keep gardeners deliberating as long as there are gardens to plant and plants on garden center benches.

  • Folk art festival is an alternative to the mall crawl Sep 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    To call Kristen Sunby a “can-do" person is a huge understatement. Give her a spice container, a mustard can, a clove box — the older, the better — and she’s immediately busy fashioning an entire "population" of characters that create smiles. It’s uncanny. She'll be at the 32nd annual Autumn Country Folk Art Festival at the kane County Fairgrounds.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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