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  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Esther Kaplan

    Hometown: WoodstockYear you became a Master Gardener: 2014What is your background, and how did you g ...
    March 24, 2017 - 11:41 am
  • Embraced by Baby Boomers, recliners get a makeover

    Including recliners in home decorating projects used to be an interior designer’s nightmare, said Bonnie Lewis, founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design in ...
    March 24, 2017 - 11:40 am
  • Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of kids, adults

    A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of ...
    March 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Lisa Faber

    Hometown: WoodstockYear you became a Master Gardener: 2013What is your background, and how did you g ...
    March 20, 2017 - 1:20 am
  • This comfy, cushioned cubby is an inviting, cozy workspace

    It’s a quiet but cozy workspace, designed to promote focus and creativity while providing an alternative to a traditional desk or office.
    March 17, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • What to do when bulbs don't bloom

    Daffodils and tulips are almost certain to bloom when another spring rolls around, but even they can have an occasional bad season.
    March 10, 2017 - 1:27 pm
  • Rethinking the basement for spring

    Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish livi ...
    March 10, 2017 - 1:27 pm
  • Think green: 5 Northern Illinois Conservatories and Greenhouses you must visit

    Need a reminder that spring is coming? Check out these five greenhouses and conservatories in Chicago, Elmhurst, Joliet, Oak Park, and Palos Heights.
    March 9, 2017 - 8:57 am
  • New ways to use old rugs

    As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” – exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel – has spread from fashion to home decor. There’s a ...
    March 3, 2017 - 1:42 pm
  • McHenry County Meet the Masters: Al Van Maren

    Hometown: HarvardYear you became a Master Gardener: 2011What is your background, and how did you get ...
    March 6, 2017 - 12:59 am
  • Woodstock home showcases New Orleans style, antiques

    In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a two-week party; at Craig Hallenstein’s house, it is a year-round celebration.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 10:05 pm
  • 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
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