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  • Terry, left, and Kelsey Burck enjoy their recently completed Palatine living room, courtest of the Room for Living makeover contest.

    Contest winners revitalize homes with room makeoversMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Room for Living contest winners enjoy new furniture, new lighting, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint.

  • Paul Kosiek of Wheeling is used to doing home improvements himself, but is asking for help to update his family room.

    Outdated family room Nov 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Usually when it comes to home improvements to the house I try to do them in order save money. I recently had major back surgery and no longer am able to do the things that I was once able to do. Also, due to the expensive surgery, and my fixed retirement income, my family and I do not have the ability to afford to hire someone.

  • Nancy Rinker of Grayslake is looking to turn her “wreck” room back into a rec room.

    If these walls could talk Nov 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Help! Our “wreck” room is in desperate need of a makeover! Left unfinished when our house was built in 1965, the lower rec room portion of this tri-level was finally completed by DIY projects in 1972. Everything has remained frozen in time for 41 years.

  •  Cedar wreath with weather resistant bow and berry picks, at Treetime in Lake Barrington.

    Holiday decorating expands with themes throughout the home Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    “Less” may be “more” when it comes to most of today’s decorating. But that adage goes out the window when it comes to the holidays. It seems every year the decorations in local homes only get more and more elaborate, said Laurie Kane, owner of Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington.

  • Kerry LaScala of Naperville says her family including dad, mom and seven sons could use a family room makeover.

    Room for living times nine Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    We need “Room for Living” for our masculine dominated family of nine — dad, mom, and seven sons ages ranging from 24 to 6. We have a small TV room (with a huge hand-me-down TV) where sports can be viewed at any time from one of our six seats.

  • Nina Kindelin Hoffman Estates needs some decorating help after moving into a house from a condo with her husband and two children.

    Too neutral Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our family room needs an update! We recently moved into a house after living in a small condo, and we brought all of our old furniture with us. My husband and I have a 2-year-old son and 8-month-old daughter.

  • Veronica Mascote of Elgin is looking for a special place to spend time with her children.

    Spruce up Victorian home Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    I would like my family room to be remodeled to have a special place for me and my kids to spend more time together in.

  • Silk floral arrangements and more holiday decor items than you could dream of are available at Silk 'N Things in Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park.

    Far from an afterthought, accessories, lighting help define a room Nov 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The finishing touches of a room — like the lighting, ceiling fans, accessories and electronics — are the icing on the cake. They refine the mood of the room created by the walls, floors, doors and furniture. And they generally add the fun and further define the season or the person who inhabits a given space.

  • Kelsey Burck of Palatine is looking for a new family room to make her mom’s dream come true.

    Surprise mom! Nov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    For as long as we have lived in our house (over a decade) my mom has dreamed of making our living room into a room she loves.

  • Yai Banvelous of Carpentersville is looking for a place her busy family can finally gather together.

    We finally meet Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    At my house the family room is of great importance. Our family room is the place where my family gathers to meet, because we all have very busy schedules when we finally have the ability to come together it happens at our family room.

  • Sharon Brown of Palatine dreams of getting updated furniture for her living room.

    Help neededNov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The house is more than 100 years old and has an unusual set up. The set up of the family room makes arranging furniture a challenge. It’s a room everyone sees when they visit our home because it’s in the middle of the house.

  • Andrea Podraza of Wheaton is hoping to update the family room in her home.

    Make me over ... please! Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    HELP! My two young girls and I moved into our house one year ago, ready to start a new chapter in our lives. The house is perfect for us, but it hadn’t been updated in at least 30 years.

  •  The motion sofa offers several ways to relax — as a big, comfy sofa, and as a recliner.

    Sink into furniture that’s big on comfort Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Comfort is the watchword when it comes to family room and finished basement furniture, according to Gary O’Reilly, owner of O’Reilly’s Furniture in Libertyville.

  •  Area rugs can warm up a dining room with hardwood flooring.

    Clean, classy furniture for the formal areas Nov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    “Simplistic elegance with personality thrown in” seems to be the preference of today’s homeowners when they are shopping for the more formal areas of their home, as well as for their bedrooms, according to Anne Hildreth, a designer in the Vernon Hills Steinhafels furniture store.

  • Century Tile, which has 12 stores in the area, has been providing a lot of customers with vinyl tile made by Karndean that has the realistic look of wood or stone.

    New products, technology make homeownership a breeze, not to mention stylish Oct 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Home ownership is not always glorious. Things go wrong occasionally. So it is comforting to know that new products and technology are constantly coming down the pipeline to solve myriad home-related issues.

  • Joyce Sherman of Prospect Heights is looking for an update that will make her space more suitable for entertaining.

    Living room blues Oct 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    So after staring at my paint deck and walls for 12 years, changing my mind at least 43 times, I still can’t figure out what I need to do to make this room livable, warm and inviting. Other than when I’m sitting on the second-hand couch looking at paint chips, no one in my family ever sits in this room.

  •  Some tile manufacturers are trying to take the guesswork out of coordinating patterns by offering wall, floor, glass and mosaic combinations.

    Flooring choices get both bigger and better Oct 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    When it comes to tile these days, bigger is definitely better, according to Century Tile’s Mike West, president, and Elaine Carlson, vice president/general manager. Carlson encourages homeowners to mix it up, too, when it comes to tile shape. Modular floors create interest, she said, but don’t necessarily increase the price tag.

  • Linda Brazis of Naperville wants a room that inspires folks to stay long and allows people to move about freely.

    No one but the cat is comfortable Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    My 20-by-12 living room, otherwise known as the "alley," is a spectacular collection lift chairs bought lovingly for my late husband, countless tables serving as the "office" to manage the medical bills, couches as old my children and torch lights.

  • Michelle Pasterski of Chicago is looking for the right decor to feel at home in her apartment.

    Apartment living room Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    I am design challenged! I appreciate so many different styles and can never settle on one look. I appreciate esthetically pleasing decor and after 2½ years living here, still don’t feel “comfortable and at home” because of the decor.

  • Consumers are choosing warm neutral colors — grays and taupes — for sectionals, couches and chairs.

    Color can shape your room, experience Oct 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Color has impact. The minute you enter a room, your senses process the many colors present and you either like it or you don't; you find it tranquil and relaxing or energetic and exciting. You can work productively in the room or you find it a great place to relax after work.

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