Local nursery heads to garden show

WOODSTOCK – For Rich and Susan Eyre, a love of gardening turned into a passion for helping to build hospitals and provide food for developing countries


Embracing the ‘new feminine’

A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstripes. Sophisticated shades of gray were everywhere, as was navy blue.


Local companies, stars share ideas at Old House New House Home Show

Scott Skiermanski of Stoneridge Builders in Prairie Grove wants to help you beautify your bathroom.


Gadget show debuts a few gems for home

LAS VEGAS – Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things – that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this week, I explored many of the elements that could lead to a smarter home. Some were intriguing; others disappointing. Are the capabilities on offer worth the expense and hassle? I’m not entirely convinced.


Improve kitchen in small ways

Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of counter space had a potential benefit more lasting than a good meal: When we really use our kitchens, we discover what does and doesn’t work in this very important room.


Lessons from the past: McHenry County was WWII home of German POWs, Japanese-Americans

At a time when some in this country feel a sense of antipathy toward Arab-Americans living among us, it is worth remembering that during World War II a number of Japanese-Americans – as well as German prisoners of war – were working and living in McHenry County.


Resolved to start gardening in 2015? How to start

The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start – or that provide fresher returns – than gardening.


Feathers soar as a decor trend

When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures and woodsy hues?