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  • 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
  • A grown-up's guide to creating a kid's study space

    When it’s time for kids to go back to school, smart parents know in addition to buying school supplies and lunch ingredients, they need to prepare a d ...
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 11:36 am
  • Baptisia: A little patience for a big payoff

    September is upon us, hoorah, and we can get back to the business of gardening after the heat-driven ennui of high summer.
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • Beyond Popsicle sticks: tips for DIY picture frames

    Think back to kindergarten and your first picture frame, proudly put together out of glued Popsicle sticks, some yarn and maybe a splash of glitter.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 2:50 pm
  • Backyard mini orchards: Smaller apple trees a popular option

    Miniature trees have become a popular way to grow apples in backyards.Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees are ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 2:50 pm
  • A stately weed: Tree-of-heaven isn't so heavenly

    Is it thumbs up or thumbs down for tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), now standing out among the general greenery for the mops of yellowish or oran ...
    Aug. 12, 2016 - 3:36 pm
  • Fall's fab finds: 5 decor trends for autumn

    This fall, decor continues to move in a more easygoing direction, with welcoming hues, softer profiles and a comfortable mix of materials and styles.
    Aug. 12, 2016 - 3:35 pm
  • Corpse flowers are invading the East Coast

    When you’re the world’s largest flower, you get to be a diva. You demand to be fed and watered continually, you control the thermostat, and you go on ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • Favorite items from the 2017 Ikea catalog

    Ikea is touting a “more relaxed life” in its 2017 catalogue, a 326-page dream book that will be available Aug. 8 by mail and in stores and online Aug. ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 4:19 pm
  • Moss can be a versatile and beautiful addition to any garden

    J. Paul Moore, who owned a garden center in Tennessee for over 30 years, can’t count the number of times people asked him how to kill moss.
    July 30, 2016 - 12:11 am
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