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  • This fall’s home decor is an ensemble production Sep 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    There was an era when experts said to pick just one, but now we can mix and match or go all in. Each season brings updated versions of successful pieces, plus an interesting array of new looks.

  • Exterior decorating: Updating with paints, trims Sep 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dress up the facade of a house, improving its value and curb appeal. Just be sure to consider the home’s style, age and location. “The style of the house drives the type of materials you might add,” said architect Carolyn Dias of Lampert Dias Architects in San Clemente, California. “A cottage can’t be transformed to a Spanish Colonial.”

  • Mundelein group teaches others about self-sufficiency through homesteading Sep 10, 2014 11:01 AM
    Several Mundelein residents who say they want to inspire self-sufficiency and sustainability in others hope to improve quality of life by teaching the community to utilize the natural environment. Jennifer Kehrer, Holly Kim and Alex Kvasnicka are building interest through a nonprofit group they created called Village Homesteading Mundelein.

  • Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden Sep 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away. But co-existing with wildlife in farm fields or gardens can be a winning proposition if you’re willing to alter your habitat. Even nuisance animals can become plant partners with a little planning. “You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce.

  • The many uses - both good and bad - of stinging nettles Sep 8, 2014 11:30 AM
    You’re out for a walk in the woods, enjoying a stroll along the river. Then suddenly, you feel as if you’ve been stung by a thousand sharp needles. Your arms and legs start to burn and itch. Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of stinging nettles.

  • Gardening expert seminar Sep 8, 2014 5:29 PM
    Melinda Myers, a nationally recognized gardening expert, TV/radio host, and author of the “Midwest Gardener’s Handbook,” will present a free “Fall Prep for a Beautiful Spring Garden” seminar at Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, on Saturday, Sept. 20.

  • Farm-to-table school garden a delicious lesson in Arlington Hts. Sep 10, 2014 10:38 AM
    For the fourth straight year, students at Windsor Elementary School in Arlington Heights enjoyed a farm-to-table dining experience, during their regular Friday lunch hour. Beyond what they brought in their lunch buckets, students tasted kale salad and freshly made tortilla chips with salsa.

  • Fall a good time to pump up the yard with water features Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    As summer wanes we start thinking about ways to enhance our garden next year. It's hard to beat a water feature for bringing relaxation and beauty or maybe even excitement. From fountains to swimming pools, koi ponds and waterfalls, water creates music and color.

  • Pond masters to get national exposure as ‘Pond Stars’ Sep 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Aquascape owner Greg Wittstock plans to make a big splash with his new reality show, Pond Stars. "We're artists with stone and water." The show debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, on Nat Geo WILD,, a product of National Geographic.

  • Six easy fixes to make you like your house again Sep 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Stagers are the people who sweep through houses going on the market and make them look uncluttered and cozy without a huge investment of time or money. What’s their secret?

  • No man cave for Mr. My Way Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. OK, maybe I should hire a professional (as my friends keep telling me), but I know the look I want for my own digs: sharp, clean, sophisticated — the way I think I dress — and fit for a 27-year-old guy. What I do need is some ideas about color and lamps, and things like that.

  • Art meets history in Elgin’s annual House Tour Sep 4, 2014 6:01 PM
    Now in its 33rd year, the annual Historic Elgin House Tour is an opportunity to experience firsthand just a few of the reasons why Elgin was named “Best Place to Buy an Old House” in 2009 by This Old House magazine. The tour is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and features six homes located along Elgin’s prestigious Douglas Avenue.

  • Garlic chives: Ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy Sep 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.

  • Finer points of building healthy compost piles Aug 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Is it necessary to add “compost additive” to my compost pile? What about adding fertilizer or lime?

  • 25 tips to make your home better Aug 31, 2014 6:00 AM
    When decorating a home, some design sense may come intuitively, some from your family home, some from perusing magazines, and other tips may have been acquired through endless hours of viewing home decor shows on TV. While many can afford to hire a designer, many others that cannot. Here are some tips to help you out.

  • Decorating touches help retreats sparkle Aug 31, 2014 6:01 AM
    From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

  • Crabgrass, powdery mildew common ailments Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    Powdery mildew, a disease that causes a grayish, powdery film on leaves, can be seen in many plants now. This disease typically occurs in the late summer when the weather is warm and humid.

  • Top 10 home features buyers want now Aug 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    You’ve heard the real estate adage “location, location, location” as the golden rule of a home’s desirability. But today, homebuyers are thinking “features, features, features” — ones that add “convenience, livability and energy efficiency” to a home, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

  • Having 'a style' is out of style Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. A woman I met at a bridal luncheon asked me in what “style” we are going to decorate our apartment. I only know I don't want my mother's style — strictly traditional (and boring). She's already offering some family antiques. What should I do?

  • A dining room table that won’t cramp your style Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.

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