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  • Winner now has a room she can show off to guests Feb 8, 2015 6:00 AM
    Cinday Krizike of Schaumburg, the grand prize winner of the 2014 Room for Living contest, shows off her new living room, which she now calls her favorite room in the house.

  • From drab to fab: Room for Living winners announced Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Daily Herald Media Group has named two winners in its Room for Living room makeover contest. The winner, Cindy Krizizke of Schaumburg, wants to add a bit of color into her boring, drab living room, which is stocked with brown, hand-me-down furniture. Our runner-up, Cindi Lamkin of Elgin, wants to yank her living room out of the country phase, but has hit some roadblocks along the way.

  • Farmhouse living room Nov 16, 2014 4:01 AM
    About a year ago we purchased this farmhouse that was built in 1905 and renovated in 1980. There is a living room off the kitchen. I have no idea how to decorate it. The room has some of the original features. You can see the fireplace in the picture; unfortunately it’s a bit of an eyesore.

  • Oak brass and wainscoting are out! Nov 16, 2014 4:01 AM
    Our family room needs to be seriously updated. Please help us unlock this ’90s time warp and bring us into the next century of living. The room is large and has so much potential!

  • Fear of decorating! Nov 16, 2014 4:01 AM
    We built our forever home 27 years ago for our quadriplegic son. I have always been afraid to “decorate” and “finish” a room. I would love to have Tony and every person who passes through our front door to immediately be embraced by comfort and welcoming vibes.

  • Burgundy, golds stepping into limelight for holiday decor Nov 16, 2014 6:45 AM
    When it comes to celebrating the holidays, most people tend to gravitate toward decorating the way their parents did. It tends to be a time of the year when traditions really matter and according to Laurie Kane, owner of Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington, most parents want to recreate for their own children the magical sights and sounds that they themselves experienced as children.

  • My unliveable space Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    I am living in a house built in the 1950s, which my husband grew up in and inherited when his parents passed. He thought everything was “good enough” just the way it was.

  • Paneling everywhere Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    I just purchased this converted rural schoolhouse this summer. It has the original brick and flooring in the main room.

  • Child-friendly makeover Nov 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    We moved into our house five years ago and have updated almost every room in our 40 year old house. The only room left is the living room which is quite a big task.

  • Area rugs offer versatility and give bang for the buck Nov 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Many homeowners are buying larger area rugs when they are choosing the warm, comforable feel of textile floor coverings, leaving just a hint of the lovely floors beneath.

  • The bare brown room Nov 10, 2014 3:05 PM
    This is the room we have guests sit in and I just find it depressing. There is no color. I would love paintings, colored items etc, but it’s just not on the list of things to buy for the family.

  • Move into a new era Nov 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    The Cantieris need your help in moving us into a new era. Our living room furniture and style is from when we first got married in 1996. It has survived three boys who are now 8, 11 and 13 years old.

  • Nice room, but ... blah Nov 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    We have a nice-sized room but it needs to be updated. The furniture is mismatched as a result of being inherited from other family members. The window treatments serve their purpose but are old.

  • Stuck somewhere in the ’90s Nov 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    My name is Dina Krueger and I am in need of a new living room, as mine is stuck somewhere in the ’90s!

  • Windows, furnishings are quick change artists Nov 2, 2014 6:30 AM
    Home decorators say that you can make surprisingly big changes to your home’s look with new window coverings and with somewhat minor furniture substitutions, rearrangements and even reupholstering.

  • Let in the light Oct 30, 2014 12:46 PM
    Lighting “makes” a room. Lighting changes the mood of a room and can alter the perceived size of that space. The type of lighting chosen and the way it is placed within the room work with the wall color, furniture, floor materials, even windows and doors, to determine the character of a given space.

  • Country blunder Oct 30, 2014 12:45 PM
    Decorated during the height of the country phase, my living room is still stuck in that time warp.

  • Computer room makeover Oct 30, 2014 12:44 PM
    I used to have a dedicated computer room. Then along came two great-grandchildren who now call it their toy room. I would like my computer room back!

  • Hoping for a dream come true Oct 30, 2014 1:04 PM
    "It has always been a dream of mine to decorate a room with a real design. Not one with hand-me down or resale shop furniture, unfinished floors, lackluster lighting and unexciting window coverings," wrote Bonnie Bates of Palatine.

  • Doors and walls: A few updates can quickly make a big impact Oct 19, 2014 9:23 AM
    It seems as if almost everyone has a room that they dislike. It is boring because there is no color or it has looked the same for 20 years, or it is downright ugly because you are so busy living life that you don't have any time or money to improve it. But where and how do you start? And what are the latest trends?

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