Home & Garden
This pretty kitchen, newly remodeled by Benson Stone Company, features painted white Dura Supreme cabinets, a marble tile backsplash set in a herringbone pattern and quartz countertops in two colors. Many homeowners today are opening their kitchens to adjoining rooms by removing walls. A well-planned island can make up for lost storage space and provide a gathering place with seating.

Kitchen Renovation: A Project You Won’t Regret


Redoing this essential room can be challenging, so it’s important to complete your project right the first time. Local experts share valuable insights on what it takes to create a kitchen you can be proud to show off.

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Sprucing up your backyard may not be as challenging as you think. There are experts right here in our area who understand lawn care, trees, outdoor furniture and various design elements.

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Oasis

What better way to pass the summer than by spending it in our own backyard oasis? If your space needs a little help becoming the perfect retreat, we’ve found some tips from several local experts.

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Keeping Up On Home Maintenance Matters

Now that warmer weather is upon us, it may be a good time to update your home’s exterior. Fortunately, we have experts in our area to help you improve the exterior appearance of your home.

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Your 2018 Guide to Everything Real Estate

Now may be the best time to act on those real estate plans you’ve always dreamed of. Read about professionals in every field of real estate-related markets who are eager to serve you.

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Diane Feuillerat, of Kitchens by Diane, in Loves Park, Ill., coordinated the look of this dining room and kitchen to improve the overall flow between the two spaces. Homeowners are frequently looking to open the space around the kitchen and create a central hub for family activities. (Kitchens by Diane photo)

How Design Experts Maximize Function When It’s Time to Refresh Your Home

Design experts in our region are skilled at making homes both both beautiful and functional. Discover how you can make the most of your space, time and money to realize the kitchens and bathrooms you’ve always dreamed of owning.

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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – June 20, 2018

  It’s ‘Peace, Love and Petunias’ in Dixon July 3-8 Right in Our Region: What started out as a way to beautify downtown Dixon has become a jam-packed, six-day celebration…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 13, 2018

  Visit 5 Lovely Local Homes on June 23 Right in Our Region: If you need some inspiration for your home and garden, or if you just want to support…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 6, 2018

  Summer Fun, Learning at Midway Village Right in Our Region: Summer is a time to get away from the routine of work and school and enter the classroom of…
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