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  • 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:

     
  • Holiday decorating beats the winter doldrums Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Because Jack Frost burst into November early this year, warm up the winter holidays with cheerful, space-saving decorations. This could become a long, unusually cold winter and a focus on cheerful seasonal decor can mightily lift the spirits.

     
  • ‘Miss Muffet’ strikes back against eight-legged pests Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We have lots of spiders on the outside of our house. A friend of ours told us that he used a special spray on the outside of his house, and it kept the spiders off for the summer. Do you know what this may have been?

     
  • 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.

     
  • Condo association not required to clear snow off residents’ cars Nov 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We are a small one-building condominium association. Some of our residents use their garages for storing their personal property, and park their vehicles outside all the time. A snowplow service clears the parking area where these individuals park.

     
  • Festive holiday homes is this family’s tradition Nov 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is a magical, fantasy Christmas showroom that changes each year in an effort to keep people coming back to see what has been done differently, said Laurie and Joe Kane, the seasonal business’s owners.

     
  • Introducing the Manageable Mortgage Nov 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    This article introduces what I will call the Manageable Mortgage which has none of these problems. It would give borrowers the leeway to integrate the management of their mortgage into their lifestyle and budgetary practices, without weakening the discipline that many borrowers require.

     
  • Arranging holiday tables need not be stressful Nov 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    At home, your choices are set by the furniture you have. And every holiday when you have more guests than dining spaces, your conundrum begins.

     
  • Keep your dishwasher working hard for you with these tips Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    If I have a dishwasher and I am having to wash the dishes by hand either before or after I use the machine, there’s a problem. Here are a few things you can do to get your dishwasher working at its peak level.

     
  • Longtime homebuilder can get help for asbestos-related cancer Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Asbestos, widely used in the construction industry for decades, was essentially banned in the 1970s after doctors and the federal government determined that it can cause cancer.

     
  • Tighter standards on reverse mortgages arrive soon Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are reverse mortgages headed in reverse? Based on forthcoming federal rule changes for seniors who expect to apply for one, you might think so. But as a taxpayer, you might say, bravo: Toughening up qualification standards — including such basics as checking applicants’ credit, income and cash flows — is a leap forward, long overdue.

     
  • Furnace recall overlooked by home inspector Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. When we bought our home, our inspector said nothing about the furnace, except that it “appears functional.” Recently, we had it serviced by a contractor who said it is a recalled unit made by Premier.

     
  • Plumwood Estates is focus of neighborhood profile Nov 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Larger homes, an excellent location and great schools draw buyers to Plumwood Estates, a single-family home community on the east side of Schaumburg.

     
  • Mt. Prospect awards engineering contract for Kensington detention ponds Nov 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Mount Prospect will benefit from economies of scale as it prepares to rehabilitate four retention basins at the Kensington Business Center. This week, the village board approved a contract with the Ciorba Group Inc., which has worked with the village in the past, to provide engineering design services, at a cost not to exceed $96,759.

     
  • Developer parries Buffalo Grove plan commissioners questions Nov 20, 2014 4:19 PM
    Buffalo Grove’s new planning and zoning commission held its first workshop on the Buffalo Grove downtown proposal Wednesday at the very village hall that would be razed to make developer Chuck Malk’s vision of a mixed-use development on the village office campus and golf course a reality.Following Malk’s formal presentation, commissioners didn’t waste any time applying their scalpels.

     
  • Lake Barrington gets first look at Speedway plan Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    The plan to build a Speedway gas station in Lake Barrington went before the board of trustees for the first time Wednesday night at a special meeting. The proposal has fueled outrage among residents who have held a protest, circulated a petition and come out in droves to public meetings.

     
  • Could residents challenge Speedway vote? Nov 20, 2014 4:48 PM
    A legal challenge could be in the works against the Lake Barrington village board’s late-night vote to approve construction of a Speedway gas station on the corner of Northwest Highway and Kelsey Road. After a 7˝-hour board meeting ende with a 6-0 vote in favor of Speedway’s proposal, opponents were left deciding their next move.

     
  • Rolling Meadows hopes for better economic news in 2015 Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    An economic development consultant gave Rolling Meadows city council members an update on the business climate in town on Tuesday night with mostly bad news. The vacancy rate in the city is above 13 percent, higher than the 9 percent average around the Chicago area. Also there's still no concrete movement on the former Dominick's property along Kirchoff Road.

     
  • Lisle project a step closer to approval, despite opposition Nov 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    An advisory committee is recommending approval of a proposed apartment and retail complex at the former village hall site in downtown Lisle. But a group of Lisle residents is trying to convince village board members to postpone final action on the plan until various concerns about the project have been vetted. “We just want it to be done right for the downtown,” said Jeanne McLennan, who is a member of the “We Love Lisle” group.

     
  • New restaurant opening in Palatine under old name Nov 18, 2014 6:33 PM
    The Palatine village council granted a special use permit allowing an Italian restaurant and bakery to open in the Woodcraft Plaza shopping center along Dundee Road. Rossini de Lucca will serve pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and salad. “This will be a family restaurant for all ages and for all types of people,” owner Jaroslav Prus said.

     
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