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  • Break the mold: Winter a good time to prep basements, attics to stay dry all year

    As she passed it on her way to do laundry, Nancy Morton noticed the Christmas tree she had stored in her Harvard basement changing color.
    NEW: Jan. 22, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Recycled decor: from scrap heap to style file

    Recycling has become the norm in many communities. The detritus of our daily lives – plastic, glass, metal and paper – makes its weekly trek to proces ...
    Jan. 21, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • You're going on vacation, but what about your plants?

    Winter, especially early winter, is a good time of year for gardeners to travel. Houseplants now are most tolerant of neglect and, if we plan a little ...
    Jan. 21, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Rich Tobiasz

    Hometown: Spring GroveYear you became a Master Gardener: 2003What is your background, and how did yo ...
    Jan. 21, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • An organizer’s top strategies for problem areas of the home

    Organizing is always a popular topic around the new year, as people resolve to de-clutter, de-stress and generally start over with a clean slate. We a ...
    Jan. 15, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Trailer-home buyers find they can save money – and face, too

    When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous.
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:30 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Ray Thornton

    Hometown: MarengoYear you became a Master Gardener: 2015What is your background, and how did you get ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:31 pm
  • Wedding trends: What’s new in ‘I do’ for 2017

    If your idea of a wedding involves throwing rice and eating a slice of white, three-tiered cake, you’ve got some catching up to do.
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Crafty couples dump DIY, ask wedding parties to help DIT (do it together)

    Many brides and grooms who want to craft meaningful and memorable wedding decorations choose to make one important item – the bouquet, table centerpie ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Hygge: This winter's hottest trend has its heart in the home

    Search the term online and nearly 10 million results roll in. It’s being touted by this winter’s shelter magazines, decor retailers and lifestyle mave ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 2:34 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Joe Menotti

    Hometown: AlgonquinYear you became aMaster Gardener: 2011What is your background, and how did you ge ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 11:58 pm
  • 7 home decor trends you'll want to try in 2017

    Why not start 2017 with something trendy in your home? Here are a few ideas for you to start the year.
    Dec. 31, 2016 - 10:39 pm
  • Versatility's the key in the modern rec room

    When asked to build a luxury home for a house tour this year, designer Kenyon Woods opted to include a rec room – but not the rec room of his childhoo ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Lauri Di Grazia

    Hometown: Wonder LakeYear you became a Master Gardener: 2015What is your background, and how did you ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 10:29 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Suzi Scholtz

    Hometown: McHenryYear you became aMaster Gardener: 2015What is your background, and how did you get ...
    Dec. 16, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • An easy, elegant and strangely addictive holiday project: DIY boxwood wreaths

    Are you ready to scream when someone in your household suggests you bake yet another batch of Christmas cookies or put up one more string of lights? F ...
    Dec. 16, 2016 - 11:38 am
  • Kids' Christmas DIY projects: Today's crafted ornaments can become tomorrow's keepsakes

    Making your own ornaments and decorations for the holidays has its own rewards – the need to create is strong in many of us – but it feels particularl ...
    Dec. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year is ‘greenery’

    NEW YORK – Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty “greenery ...
    Dec. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Fake & fabulous: The best faux Christmas trees, flowers, candles and fur throws

    Typically, I do not like fake things. I do not like fake sugar, fake wood or fake news (who does?). If given the choice, I will almost always opt for ...
    Dec. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Mary McCandless

    Hometown: Crystal LakeYear you became aMaster Gardener: 2005What is your background, and how did you ...
    Dec. 12, 2016 - 1:07 am
  • Sure-fire ways to decide to repair or replace furnace

    Age, cost of the repair, and savings from a new energy efficient model are the main considerations when deciding whether to repair or replace your fur ...
    Dec. 4, 2016 - 4:27 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Linda Popp

    Hometown: Crystal LakeYear you became a Master Gardener: 2009What is your background, and how did yo ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:53 pm
  • Freebie treasures: finding beauty and value in repurposing

    OK, I admit it. I pick up castoff gloves I find along the side of the road.You never know: These glo ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:53 pm
  • How to clean your dryer vent

    You can hire someone to clean your dryer vent or you can pick up the Linteater Dryer Vent Cleaning System or a similar product from Ace Hardware and d ...
    Dec. 16, 2016 - 9:12 am
  • Furry, fuzzy, fluffy: holiday decor with a soft touch

    This season, faux furs, wools and other softly textured materials are giving holiday decor a cozy, festive feel.
    Nov. 26, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Humidifiers make homes comfortable at lower temperatures

    If water droplets are dotting the inside of your windows while your furnace is on, your home’s humidity level may need adjusting.  Water collecting on ...
    Nov. 20, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Eco-friendly ways to save leftovers

    Holiday meals tend to mean lots of leftovers; either we make enough for an army, or the army we expected didn’t materialize.
    Nov. 18, 2016 - 2:23 pm
  • Manage vegetable’s access to light for flavor and tenderness

    Some of my vegetables blanched at what I did to them. Not from embarrassment, but from lack of light.
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 3:18 pm
  • Home designers offer new twists for the Thanksgiving table

    Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is about tradition. The menu and tableware often vary little from year to year, and the day feels as ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 3:23 pm
  • New traditional decor blends classic, modern

    In decor, “traditional” tends to conjure up images of matched furniture sets, prim patterns and buttoned-up formality.
    Nov. 4, 2016 - 3:03 pm
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