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  • Set the scene for a successful Friendsgiving

    Everyone loves Friendsgiving. Really, what’s not to love? It’s the ideal Thanksgiving dinner alternative – no expensive ticket home, no familial drama ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • A good sturdy gate makes a good garden

    Visitors always admired the entrance gate to my vegetable garden, more than I ever did.Built from ce ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Warm up the home with throws, blankets

    If you’re not up for big projects such as repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Add a touch of homemade to your home

    No matter his client’s taste or budget, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn follows this rule: For every large, manufactured item that he adds to a ...
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • The latest twist in textiles? A spinning resurgence

    Like knitting and crocheting, spinning – the process of twisting fibers together to make yarn – is enjoying a comeback.
    Nov. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Libbie Summers uses food to inspire a creative life

    You’re taught not to play with your food, but there’s no rule that says you can’t be inspired by it. Below the deck of a yacht, Libbie Summers truly w ...
    Nov. 16, 2015 - 10:42 am
  • Rooms brighten with upcycled light fixtures

    NEW YORK – Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools – all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 3:30 am
  • Color of the year delights home designers

    rumroll, please. Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year was officially announced: Simply White.With ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 3:30 am
  • For fall décor, let letters tell the story

    The signage craze has gone DIY.Wall letters – spelling out a simple greeting or saying – have been p ...
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Welcome Halloween with fun, DIY front-door decorations

    Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door? These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s ...
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 5:30 am

    Need some bright ideas for a Halloween party? Look no further than the klieg lights of Hollywood.The ...
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Family collects donations for food pantry through Halloween display

    A spooky tradition for one Huntley family has turned into a drive to collect food and donations to fight hunger in McHenry County.
    Oct. 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Fall 2015 décor is all about new combinations

    If you’re looking to update your home décor this fall, you’ll find new furniture profiles, accents and textures galore, in everything from rugs to wal ...
    Oct. 16, 2015 - 4:32 pm
  • Autumn Joy sedum lives up to its name

    For some visual joy in autumn, plant Autumn Joy sedum.The plants’ domed flower clusters now smile sk ...
    Oct. 20, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • No-carve Halloween pumpkins with flair

    While some people can’t wait to get out the carving knife, there are lots of alternative ways to dress up a Halloween pumpkin.
    Oct. 20, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Musicians take final bow at Masthouse in Woodstock

    At the Masthouse, there’s always time for one last sing-along.Performers gathered monthly for nearly ...
    Sept. 6, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peppers grow even hotter with right conditions

    Ouch! Who would have thought that vegetable with the demur green skin could contain such bite?But th ...
    Sept. 4, 2015 - 6:08 pm
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