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Crafts: a fresh take on pinatas

Crafts: a fresh take on pinatas

Unlike store-bought pinatas, which are generally made of cardboard and can be difficult to break, papier-mache pinatas are the real thing.

September 13, 2014 12:25 pm Photos

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ReWatch: Change starts at home

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch…

September 13, 2014 8:00 am

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas is the embodiment of the vision of its founder and namesake, the late first lady with…

September 12, 2014 5:07 pm

Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden

Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just…

September 12, 2014 4:51 pm

Night-blooming plants make twilight magical

Night-blooming plants make twilight magical

Call these plants, with their romantic sounding names like evening primrose and angel's trumpet, the flowering night shift.

September 12, 2014 4:20 pm Photos

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Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

When your house is on the market, every room has a role to play to make the sale.

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Ask Our Broker: Trouble with 2 Lenders

Ask Our Broker: Trouble with 2 Lenders

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September 07, 2014 12:56 pm

Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Nothing replaces walking the streets of a prospective neighborhood, and chatting up anyone who appears willing to dish.

September 07, 2014 12:52 pm

Five simple tips to enhance your home's personality

Five simple tips to enhance your home's personality

Your home can say a lot about you.

September 06, 2014 12:10 pm

Ask a Designer: Tween bedroom's a balancing act

Ask a Designer: Tween bedroom's a balancing act

Decorating a baby's room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a "tween-age" child is more complicated.

September 06, 2014 11:37 am Photos

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Garlic chives: ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy

Garlic chives: ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy

Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others —…

September 06, 2014 11:28 am

Exterior Decorating: updating with paints, trims

Exterior Decorating: updating with paints, trims

Color and decorative pieces can improve the look of a home outside as well as in. Add trim boards, columns or porch accessories and you can dr…

September 06, 2014 11:31 am Photos

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ReWatch: Fulfilling a promise made 50 years ago

ReWatch: Fulfilling a promise made 50 years ago

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch…

September 06, 2014 8:00 am

Even a small patio can have a fish pond

Even a small patio can have a fish pond

When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they mis…

August 30, 2014 5:54 pm Photos

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Bees aren't the only pollinators you can attract

Bees aren't the only pollinators you can attract

The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators.

August 30, 2014 2:58 pm

Right at Home: decor in all its facets

Right at Home: decor in all its facets

Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall's strongest style trends: faceted decor.

August 30, 2014 3:01 pm Photos

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Light it up: Creative garden illumination beyond the citronella candle

Light it up: Creative garden illumination beyond the citronella candle

As dusk turns into darkness, garden illumination creates an enchanted feeling, extending the moments we have to enjoy the beauty of our trees …

August 30, 2014 2:12 pm Photos

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ReWatch: Building community to tee it up for a great cause

ReWatch: Building community to tee it up for a great cause

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch…

August 30, 2014 8:00 am

Make your home smarter

Make your home smarter

With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smart…

August 28, 2014 1:55 pm

Lenders look to 'leftover' cash to gauge housing affordability

Lenders look to 'leftover' cash to gauge housing affordability

Stacking the new mortgage payment plus all other regular monthly debts, like a car loan payment, against the gross monthly income of a mortgag…

August 28, 2014 1:49 pm

Home price increases can discourage buyers

Home price increases can discourage buyers

What difference does $1,000 make? In your listing price, a lot, actually.

August 28, 2014 1:32 pm

On a budget? Paint it! Worn-out upholstery gets a new lease on life

On a budget? Paint it! Worn-out upholstery gets a new lease on life

Does that chair sitting in the corner of your room need a facelift? Rather than reupholstering it, try painting it.

August 23, 2014 1:35 pm Photos

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Johnny Cash's early life revisited at Depression-era housing colony

Johnny Cash's early life revisited at Depression-era housing colony

Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a …

August 23, 2014 1:18 pm Photos

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Summer veggies were just the first round

Summer veggies were just the first round

In the heat of summer, it's hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it's hard to imagine it becoming ra…

August 23, 2014 1:12 pm

Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill '80s-inspired kit

Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill '80s-inspired kit

Don't just send the little girls and tweens in your life back to school. Send them back to the '80s with a craft kit full of supplies to whip …

August 23, 2014 1:07 pm

Living roofs take root in wine country

Living roofs take root in wine country

Odette Estate's innovative roof combines 8,500 square feet of planted, living roof with 2,500 square feet of solar panels.

August 23, 2014 12:46 pm Photos

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Decorating touches help retreats sparkle

Decorating touches help retreats sparkle

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

August 23, 2014 12:36 pm Photos

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Celebrate National Curb Appeal Month and transform the look of your home

Celebrate National Curb Appeal Month and transform the look of your home

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch…

August 23, 2014 8:00 am

Ask a Designer: Exploring wood's possibilities

Ask a Designer: Exploring wood's possibilities

Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpent…

August 16, 2014 10:03 am Photos

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ReWatch: Henn and Sons help make home improvement affordable for everyone

ReWatch: Henn and Sons help make home improvement affordable for everyone

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch…

August 16, 2014 8:00 am

Get rid of the gunk with a garage sale

Get rid of the gunk with a garage sale

Garage sales are a great way to rid your house of clutter, and make a few bucks while you're at it.

August 10, 2014 3:34 pm Photos

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Grime on the house? Pros and cons of power washing

Grime on the house? Pros and cons of power washing

Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won't take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirt…

August 09, 2014 10:42 am

Fall decor does a Scottish fling

Fall decor does a Scottish fling

Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland.

August 09, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

Heated driveways: Goodbye to the snow shovel?

While the rest of the neighborhood was digging out, Alex Geier had little problem leaving his Hinsdale, Illinois, house around 7:30 each morni…

August 09, 2014 10:23 am

Fall 2014 home decor: an ensemble production

Fall 2014 home decor: an ensemble production

Are you a fan of midcentury modern? Drawn to classic elegance? Does the handcraft of global decor grab you?

August 09, 2014 10:26 am Photos

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Hangout house: why some homes become teen central

Hangout house: why some homes become teen central

Start with amenities like a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing hom…

August 09, 2014 10:20 am

Coral bells' beauty lies in leaves, blossoms alike

Coral bells' beauty lies in leaves, blossoms alike

Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers.

August 09, 2014 9:41 am

ReWatch: Pent-up demand boosts market

ReWatch: Pent-up demand boosts market

Looking out at Lake Michigan, it’s hard to believe that fresh water is a limited commodity.

August 09, 2014 8:00 am

So you've decided to rent out your home? Some tips

So you've decided to rent out your home? Some tips

Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn't set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary.

August 03, 2014 6:12 pm

Valparaiso’s Eagle View is an enticing value

Valparaiso’s Eagle View is an enticing value

Every now and then, one of those deals that seems to good to be true, actually turns out to be even better than it sounds.

August 03, 2014 5:32 pm Photos

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Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats

People may not realize that feasting on fresh eggs can mean subjecting their more typical household pets to pain from a new pest that hitches …

August 02, 2014 3:38 pm

Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

We pamper our gardens all year, but then desert them to go on vacation during what's often the hottest, driest time of the year.

August 02, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following.

August 02, 2014 3:21 pm Photos

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Signature Series by Olthof Homes now available in Porter County

Signature Series by Olthof Homes now available in Porter County

For more than a decade, homebuilders throughout the US and Canada have been honored with prestigious Avid Awards for scoring the highest with …

August 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Moving On Up: Today’s rising equity has some owners thinking of cashing out and upgrading their home

Moving On Up: Today’s rising equity has some owners thinking of cashing out and upgrading their home

The recession that plagued the housing market is fast receding and home prices and values are not just resurfacing. They are shooting up.

July 31, 2014 4:52 pm

The Finishing Touch: Fashionable accessories are the next frontier for outdoor living spaces

The Finishing Touch: Fashionable accessories are the next frontier for outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces are nothing new.

July 31, 2014 4:27 pm Photos

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Create a Backyard Refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard

Create a Backyard Refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard

Those in temperate climates consider outdoor areas extensions of their homes, lounging and eating alfresco as part of daily life.

July 27, 2014 6:58 pm Photos

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At Home: How to have a garden party minus the whining

At Home: How to have a garden party minus the whining

Rather than revealing the newly remodeled space to a homeowner, who had been blissfully unaware, the reveal was to me, the default designer wh…

July 27, 2014 4:37 pm

To Heck with Petunias: Six great backyard plants for garden-to-table use

To Heck with Petunias: Six great backyard plants for garden-to-table use

Back in the day, an ambitious homeowner might set out a sturdy row of marigolds, add a mound of petunias, toss in a few gaudy gladiola bulbs a…

July 26, 2014 1:25 pm Photos

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