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Decked out from coast to coast: Top outdoor living trends for 2014

From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. ... Full story

It's going to be warming up - here are some prepping tips for spring outdoor projects

Soon, winter will be winding down and homeowners will start planning - and prepping for - a variety of outdoor projects for spring. ... Full story

Six hot home design trends for spring 2014

You may be stuck inside during this harsh winter, but you can dream, plan and get ready to update this spring. ... Full story

It's a drag - don't put it off: Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox

If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email. Your digital world ... Full story

Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating

Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. ... Full story

Habitat for Humanity announces major initiative in the Fox Valley

A $1.8 million initiative to build six new homes and rehabilitate 14 others in south Kane and Kendall counties will be the focus of the Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity during the next four years. ... Full story

Myth busters: Why vinyl siding is America's hottest home design feature

Chances are, you've seen and heard a lot about vinyl siding on home renovation television shows, in magazines and in your neighborhood. Once seen as a drab and boring alternative to aluminum siding, vinyl siding is now driving new design trends, effortlessly adapting to any architectural home style. ... Full story

Tips to improve your indoor air quality

You pride yourself on keeping a clean home. The laundry is washed, the dishes are dry and the den where the children built their pillow fort has been restored to sanity. You've been vigilant about cleaning up the messes you can see, but what about the messes you can't? What are you doing to improve the air quality in your home? ... Full story

Don't be daunted by drywall: Tips for success

Whether you're finishing a basement or adding space, many home improvement projects require you to replace or add drywall. These days, many homeowners are considering hanging and finishing drywall themselves, giving their projects a complete do-it-yourself flair and helping to cut expenses. ... Full story

The 24 hour challenge: Tackle your home to-do list

We all have home improvement projects on our to-do lists.- However, often the hustle and bustle of life keeps us from getting them done.- But what if you devoted a full day - 24 hours - to accomplishing these DIY projects?- Imagine how accomplished you'd feel and how great your home would look. ... Full story

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Traveling Murphy

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Mallory Sills

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Sara Snelling, Fox Valley Nutritionist

Sara Snelling is an innovative, forward-thinking nutritionist with a food science, food service and food safety background. While earning her…Read more
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11th Hour Bartending Services

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