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  • 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. 1, 2016 - 4:54 pm
  • 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
  • Vegetable gardening can be moved indoors for winter harvest

    There’s no reason to stop growing vegetables just because cold weather has arrived. Sun-loving edibles can be cultivated indoors in containers enriche ...
    Nov. 4, 2016 - 3:02 pm
  • 2016 Green Living Expo

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14, Crystal LakeLearn about t ...
    Nov. 2, 2016 - 3:48 pm
  • Outsmart Jack Frost's early advances with this bag of tricks

    One of the hardest things to learn about gardening is when to quit. In fall, a bed of once-radiant annual flowers may still sport a few spots of brigh ...
    Oct. 28, 2016 - 1:47 pm
  • You spend a third of your life in your bedroom, so a little effort is worth it

    We may think we spend most of our time in the kitchen cooking or in the family room watching TV. But the truth is, we spend one-third of our lives sle ...
    Oct. 28, 2016 - 1:47 pm
  • Matte finishes are a top fall decor trend

    Take a look through the fall decor catalogs or browse the aisles of furnishings stores and you’ll see a recurring theme: matte finishes.
    Oct. 21, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Mix-and-match banner makes mantel decor easy

    I recently moved to a new house that is less than half the size of my former home, but the new place has one key feature the old one lacked: a firepla ...
    Oct. 21, 2016 - 2:59 pm
  • After you harvest these common crops, there's one last step

    The word “cure” can be confusing when applied to vegetables. It’s not about the resolution of maladies but rather their prevention. Like the ecclesias ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 3:34 pm
  • Meet the McHenry County Masters: Howard A. McCarthy of Marengo

    Hometown: Marengo since 1993, born Buffalo, New York, raised in Rolling MeadowsYear you became a ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 12:32 pm
  • Designing a functional yet stylish mudroom

    Mudrooms have been a staple of large houses, especially in climates with plenty of rain and snow. But increasingly, a mudroom has become a design esse ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 12:30 pm
  • Succulents are good indoor winter houseplants

    If you’re shifting to houseplants as cold weather approaches, consider gardening with succulents. Succulents are easy, disease-resistant and thrive de ...
    Oct. 7, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Colors, scents help transition outdoor spaces for fall

    Outdoor decorating often focuses on turning decks, patios and porches into summer destinations. But some people love their outdoor entertaining space ...
    Oct. 7, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Menswear motifs give decor a dash of debonair

    Many of this fall’s home decor collections are sporting a rather debonair look.Tweeds, tartans and t ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 2:31 pm
  • The first in our new Meet the Masters series profiling McHenry County Master Gardeners

    Milena BuckHometown: Woodstock, formerly New JerseyYear you became a Master Gardener: 2007What is yo ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 2:32 pm
  • Nut trees deserve another look for yards and gardens

    Nut trees make great additions to yards and gardens. They provide multi-purpose crops, have attractive blooms and can protect as wind buffers.
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Indoor plant displays: built-ins, wall pockets and more

    Imagine stepping into a bathtub, and instead of bathroom tiles lining the wall next to you, there's a fresh vertical garden, lush with bright green fe ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • McHenry County Farm Stroll and Market features 12 farms

    NORTHWEST HERALD After a successful launch last year, the McHenry County Farm Stroll and Market is ...
    Sept. 18, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Plan and plant now for spring-flowering bulbs

    It’s nearly that time of year when gardeners think of spring – of planting bulbs that are going to bloom then.
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 12:27 pm
  • Ceramic artists ride design's trend toward the handcrafted small-scale pottery

    Lisa Jones founded her ceramics company, Pigeon Toe, eight years ago with an emphasis on petite pottery pieces like her three-legged “tripot” bowls an ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 12:27 pm
  • Beekeepers, growers get financially stung by hive thefts

    Bee rustlers are driving up the cost of one of nature’s sweetest enterprises: Honeybee hives valued at more than $350 apiece are disappearing in large ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 11:22 am
  • The perfectly flexible guest room

    Hosting houseguests can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Having a well-designed, private space for them is a huge help, but many homeow ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 11:21 am
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