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  • Embracing the ‘new feminine’

    A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstri ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 4:35 pm
  • Local companies, stars share ideas at Old House New House Home Show

    Scott Skiermanski of Stoneridge Builders in Prairie Grove wants to help you beautify your bathroom.S ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 8:19 pm
  • Gadget show debuts a few gems for home

    LAS VEGAS – Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things – that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • Improve kitchen in small ways

    Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of cou ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 4:48 pm
  • Lessons from the past: McHenry County was WWII home of German POWs, Japanese-Americans

    At a time when some in this country feel a sense of antipathy toward Arab-Americans living among us, it is worth remembering that during World War II ...
    Jan. 4, 2015 - 9:47 am
  • Resolved to start gardening in 2015? How to start

    The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start – or that provide fresher returns – t ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • Feathers soar as a decor trend

    When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures and ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 3:10 pm
  • Toys can be turned into ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Photo-transfer projects make personalized handmade gifts

    Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm
  • Not crafty? Monthly gift boxes have you covered

    Christmas is less than a week away, and once again you find yourself exercising your brain to the max to think of perfect gifts for the ones you love. ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm
  • Saving Santa: Volunteers repair decoration on display in McHenry for 52 years

    McHENRY – “The Santa House” has looked a little empty this year. The home on Oak Drive in McHenry ha ...
    Dec. 21, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' turns 50

    Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Historian shares story of beloved TV special

    UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for t ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Novice crafter? There’s a project for that

    NEW YORK – Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Post office pays homage

    RUDOLPH, Wis. – Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Tiny critics stoke new sales for toy makers

    NEW YORK – A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Social media changes holiday card landscape

    For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Woodstock Wedding Network to provide free wedding for winners of giveaway

    WOODSTOCK – Children may dream about their wedding day – the dress, the flowers, the ring – a fairytale event. Then as life twists and turns, those wi ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Designers offer tips for trees

    For generations, the choice was simple:1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrest ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 4:21 pm
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