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It’s been a brutal winter in Indiana and Illinois where we’ve seen record snowfalls and drastic record low temperatures, but there is a silver lining to all this misery. If you’ve ever thought about planting a garden, this would be a good yea…
With the growing focus on sustainable living, it is becoming more apparent that along with energy efficiency improvements, quality construction and timely maintenance are at the heart of a healthy home. Beyond that, technological advances are…
Each year the Home & Lifestyle Show brings together a great group of vendors who look forward to sharing their ideas and expertise with the public.
While the plan was in place well before mother nature wreaked havoc on us this winter, the Home & Lifestyle Show’s new Kids Korner will be a welcome adventure for kids who are tired of being cooped up at home thanks to the crazy snow stor…
If you’re planning to invest time and money into your home this spring with a few improvements and upgrades, it’s important to consider what the return on that investment will be if and when it comes time to sell.
The clients came to interior designer Laura Casey with a space dilemma: They did not want to give up the guest room in their suburban home, yet they needed a place for their child to play.
Up there in the category with death and taxes is this inevitability: At some point everyone will likely have to clear out a parent's home.
Just last weekend, I was part of a group of ten that took the South Shore into the city to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.
With the increase in real estate activity last year, there are a number of new homeowners out there looking forward to reducing their tax liability with the deductions that come along with their investment.
Bring on the spring thaw!
Renting out a property has the potential to be a lucrative endeavor, but there are many to-do’s to cross off your list before you start taking in tenants
As one of the top features of an ENERGY STAR® Certified Home, air sealing is critical to energy conservation and has a significant impact on your comfort as well as utility bill cost savings.
Imagine having the lights automatically turn and off as you enter and leave different rooms of your home - definitely an idea whose time has come if you’re a busy mom trying to keep everyone’s stuff where it belongs.
You might think that a line of appliances aimed at “younger” buyers – first-time homebuyers between the ages of 25 and 34 – would be loaded with high-tech features such as wireless controls and social media connections.
Here’s your chance to discover great new ways to optimize the space, natural assets, comfort and style of your home!
Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements.
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers.
As value and equity increase for homeowners it becomes more difficult for new buyers to enter the market
If Tinker Bell had a garden it might look like the one Janet Magnuson and her 8-year-old granddaughter Victoria created in her backyard last spring.
More and more gardens are going native these days.
To make lives of the less fortunate better, I have gotten dressed up, teetered around a party in too-high heels while balancing a glass of champagne, and written a check.
Think it would be nice to have your own signature fragrance? Try making it.
It's a telltale sign: you turn on the faucet and ... nothing.
Here we are once again poised to begin real estate’s hottest season of the year and the supply of homes is still not keeping up with buyer demand. The fact that interest rates nudged up late last year resulted in some buyers putting the brake…
As the snow melts and the ground thaws, homeowners may have a few choice words for Mother Nature. Something along the lines of Dorothy’s infamous nemesis in The Wizard Oz, perhaps.
Consider it the ultimate never-the-twain-shall-meet. In the past, my flower gardens and vegetable garden were two different entities.
Staging often is called upon to help a for-sale home fetch a higher price, but a new study says it doesn’t make as much of a difference as we’ve come to believe
Generally speaking, when you choose a builder, you’re choosing a general contractor – someone who will manage all aspects of the job from hiring and paying subcontractors for the various aspects of the construction to securing all the necessa…
Look for these winners from the annual competition at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) that showcases new products voted best of the best by members of the Modenus BlogTour in Las Vegas last month to start making their way into hom…
Snow, freeze, melt repeat.
The Dunes Learning Center will hold its first ever family camp this weekend, giving parents and kids the opportunity to explore maple sugaring and enjoy a camping experience.
If you've lived Chicago, Northwest Indiana or Southwest Michigan for more than a year, you've probably learned about the benefits and detriments of having one of the world's largest lakes for a neighbor.
How many of city dwellers dream of a simpler life in the country, a chance to get back to nature and to connect to the earthly rhythm of the great outdoors?
As someone chronically on the lookout for great design, like a sailor scanning the sea for shore, I sometimes need to check my compass to remind myself what great design is.
It's the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today's competitive, time-pressed, child-fo…
When it comes to choosing a mate, car or home, different people have different ideas about what suits them – and there are always many factors to consider beyond outward appearance.
This winter’s unusually disruptive weather forced people to not only stay close to home but also indoors – impeding progress on building sites that weren’t already under roof and delaying homebuyers from looking at homes or making offers.
New federal regulations related to flood insurance can make covering your home more difficult and the premiums more pricey
Depending on who’s looking, your home may have just the thing that today’s homebuyers’ desires. Here are the features that buyers must have to close the deal — and they might be right inside your home
It’s been estimated that a programmable thermostat can save you up to 15 percent a year on energy costs, but, like any gadget or gizmo that brings technology in your home, you need to know how to use it - and then actually use it - to reap an…
Buyers or sellers still sitting on the fence are getting ready to make their move.
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