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Home and Garden

  • Gardens of the Gilded Age gain renewed attention, respect

    The period Mark Twain dubbed “the Gilded Age” was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms b ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Hanging baskets add instant color, texture

    Want to add instant color and texture to your deck, balcony, entryway or other small space around your yard? Consider hanging baskets.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Vintage Values: McHenry County stores join Shop Hop through northern Illinois, Wisconsin

    If you love vintage finds, don’t run, hop, to the fourth annual Vintage Shop Hop on March 3 and 4. ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Chickens can be helpful – and challenging – for gardeners

    Raising small flocks of backyard chickens has been a trend among city dwellers for a decade or so, and putting the birds to work can be a boon to gard ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

    Washington’s birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then adm ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • From tiny pots to large plots, there’s joy to be found in every space

    There are windowsills all over the world filled with small edible plants, usually a few pots of fresh herbs. A city cook with a longer, wider sill mig ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Planit 10: Richard Marx at the Raue, Home & Garden Show, improv and more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. RICHARD MARX WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 17 WHERE: Rau ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 12:41 am
  • Reducing food waste is good for the Earth and your wallet

    Remember how it was when you were a kid sitting at the kitchen table and your mother served up a healthy helping of rutabagas? Gross, right?
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 1:58 pm
  • McHenry County Master Gardener: Jerry Gudauskas

    Hometown: McHenryYear you became a Master Gardener: 1997What is your background, and how did you get ...
    Feb. 13, 2017 - 11:56 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Tom and Brenda Dahlfors

    Hometown: WoodstockYear you became aMaster Gardener: Brenda in 1999, Tom in 2007What is your backgro ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 10:50 am
  • Craving a fresh dining room? Try a white table

    Like fashion, decorating trends come in waves. One day, everyone wants a Sputnik light fixture in their foyer, and the next they want a Moroccan Beni ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 10:50 am
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Peggy Haugh

    Hometown: Crystal LakeYear you became a Master Gardener: 2011What is your background, and how did yo ...
    Jan. 30, 2017 - 12:48 am
  • New tools can take the backache out of snow removal

    That familiar refrain of winter is back. Do you hear it?Metal shovels scraping snow-covered driveway ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 2:01 pm
  • 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.
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 1:07 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. 23, 2017 - 12:56 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
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