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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Barrington 220 nearing $2.35 million land acquisition deal Dec 18, 2014 11:42 AM
    Barrington Area Unit School District 220 has until the end of the year to finalize a $2.35 million deal to buy 21 acres of open land across Hart Road from Barrington High School. The school board this week authorized a 15-day extension of the deadline.

  • Average U.S. 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent Dec 18, 2014 12:53 PM
    Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates’ historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.80 percent this week from 3.93 percent last week. It is now at its lowest level since May 2013.

  • Osborne’s $1.3 billion property tax cut won’t stoke bubble Dec 16, 2014 8:18 AM
    George Osborne’s tax cut for homebuyers isn’t reviving concern about another property bubble. That’s according to Bloomberg’s monthly survey, which showed two-thirds of 36 economists don’t expect the move to increase the risk of overheating. The U.K. chancellor of the exchequer announced the decision to reduce transaction taxes on most homes on Dec. 3, just five months before the U.K. general election.

  • U.S. home construction drops 1.6 percent in November Dec 16, 2014 8:28 AM
    Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes. The Commerce Department says that builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month.

  • 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.

  • Royal Oaks in Wood Dale focus of neighborhood profile Dec 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Built as high-end housing around 1970, Royal Oaks was considered an elite subdivision at that time. Although several new residential developments have sprouted up in the vicinity since then, Royal Oaks remains one of the most prestigious areas in Wood Dale.

  • St. Charles man almost done with 39-year house project Dec 11, 2014 7:06 PM
    After years of litigation, the Cliff McIlvaine home saga in St. Charles may be coming to an end. An attorney for the city says McIlvaine is about 98 percent done with his work, and has agreed to buy a few tarps to screen construction items still on his land. The two sides will hash out the issue of fines, which could exceed $100.000, at a later date.

  • Developer seeks tax rebates for Hoffman Estates homes Dec 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    A development partnership is asking Hoffman Estates officials to reimburse some property taxes to cover costs it says would enable a largely residential development with some businesses on 161 acres at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72.

  • Controversial Buffalo Grove downtown plan dies Dec 9, 2014 8:57 PM
    A controversial plan to build a sprawling downtown project on Buffalo Grove’s municipal campus and golf course has come to an abrupt end. CRM Properties Group President Charles Malk has withdrawn the proposal, citing higher-than-anticipated costs and a lack of public funding, the village said. Village President Jeff Braiman said CRM’s concept “does not make financial sense for Buffalo Grove.”

  • Parking spaces still an issue for Schaumburg apartment plan Dec 8, 2014 12:52 PM
    Schaumburg could get its first new apartment complex in about 30 years, if its developer can find a way to fit in the 50 more parking spaces demanded by the village’s zoning board. Chicago-based UrbanStreet Group LLC wants to build 192 apartments in six buildings on 6.5 acres at 680 E. Algonquin Road, near the Motorola Solutions campus.

  • Millennials move from parents’ basement to starter homes Dec 8, 2014 4:21 PM
    There seems to be more young buyers in the housing market today, and their numbers will only increase. According to the Pew Research Center, 36 percent of Millennials — people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s — were living at home with their parents in 2012, the highest percentage of young adults still living with mom and dad in more than 40 years.

  • Organize for an fun, eventful winter Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Although multiple days of dangerously freezing weather and school cancellations can create a little too much togetherness for families, experts say prepping now for the possibility of another “polar vortex” will keep the household running smoothly and help reduce stress.

  • Faux fur, for less hidebound homes Dec 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    What’s that furry thing beneath the dinner plate in the Pottery Barn holiday catalog? It’s a faux-fur place mat, the latest home product to be made of that soft, luxurious fabric.

  • Neighborhood profile: Lancer Park in Schaumburg Dec 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Looking to move up from a starter home, Donna Madeck and her husband honed in on Lancer Park for a few years. The couple was looking for a “forever” home when they bought their house in Schaumburg and Lancer Park 29 years ago.

  • New homes coming near Wheaton North High School Dec 2, 2014 5:08 PM
    A small housing development near Wheaton North High School was given the go-ahead Monday by the Wheaton city council, despite concerns from residents about flooding and traffic. The council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s zoning map and an annexation agreement for 4½ acres near 0N675 Morse St. Oak Creek Capital Partners, LLC plans to build 11 homes on the property, with lot sizes that range from about 7,500 square feet to 9,000 square feet.

  • Buffalo Grove delays decision on referendum for downtown proposal Dec 3, 2014 8:27 AM
    Buffalo Grove trustees delayed a decision Monday on whether to ask village voters to weigh in on a proposal for a massive “downtown” development on the present municipal campus and Buffalo Grove Golf Club. Trustees seeking the delay, along with Village President Jeffrey Braiman, said they were uncomfortable putting the issue to voters with an April 7 referendum without first settling on a resolution outlining the measure and obtaining a legal opinion on whether it should be a binding or advisory referendum.

  • 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.

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