Articles filed under Room for Living

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  • 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?

  • Small space Oct 17, 2014 3:52 PM
    Small spaces are always a challenge! They are hard to visualize, have guests and feel cozy!I want to invite people over but I am embarrassed and don’t have enough seating or room for a lot of company.

  • So much potential Oct 17, 2014 3:52 PM
    This room is large, with lots of potential, but time, money and lack of expertise have hampered us. It’s just really boring and outdated and such a large rectangular room is difficult to know how to arrange furniture in.

  • 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.

  • Contest winners revitalize homes with room makeovers Mar 24, 2014 3:33 PM
    The Room for Living contest winners enjoy new furniture, new lighting, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint.

  • If these walls could talk Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM
    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.

  • Outdated family room Nov 19, 2013 3:00 PM
    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.

  • Holiday decorating expands with themes throughout the home Nov 17, 2013 1:00 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.

  • Too neutral Nov 15, 2013 10:07 PM
    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.

  • Spruce up Victorian home Nov 15, 2013 10:06 PM
    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.

  • Room for living times nine Nov 15, 2013 10:06 PM
    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.

  • Far from an afterthought, accessories, lighting help define a room Nov 10, 2013 12:01 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.

  • Surprise mom! Nov 15, 2013 10:07 PM
    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.

  • Clean, classy furniture for the formal areas Nov 4, 2013 5:07 PM
    “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.

  • Make me over ... please! Nov 3, 2013 7:00 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.

  • We finally meet Nov 3, 2013 7:00 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.

  • Help needed Nov 3, 2013 7:00 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.

  • Sink into furniture that’s big on comfort Nov 3, 2013 7:00 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.

  • Living room blues Oct 27, 2013 1:00 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.

  • New products, technology make homeownership a breeze, not to mention stylish Oct 27, 2013 6:00 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.

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