Home & Garden
Great lighting and comfy sofas are essential components when crafting a cozy room.

5 Favorite Things Every Home Needs


Properly furnishing a home can feel intimidating. But when you really think about it, only a few key items set the tone for comfort and style. When they’re carefully chosen,…
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There are plenty of things you can do to keep warm this winter. One is to use a gas fireplace like this one, which can be found at Benson Stone Co., in Rockford. More people are making the switch to gas fireplaces in recent years because of their easier use and maintenance.

Make Your Home Cozy This Winter

Is your home ready for the snow and those dreaded subzero temperatures? Local experts offer advice on how to protect your home from the ravages of another cold, Midwestern winter.

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Your 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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Broadleaf evergreens, like this holly plant, have green leaves that stay on the plant all winter.

Common Questions About Trees & Shrubs

Because of the cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to plant shrubs and trees. Jon Carlson, owner of J. Carlson Growers, in Rockford, answers questions commonly asked by customers.

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This grouping by Flexsteel, found at Benson Stone Company in Rockford, is cozy but not fussy. According to current trends, less is more these days. Texture, slight patterns and detailing are at the forefront this season.

Creating Streamlined, Beautiful Rooms

These days, when it comes to home fashion trends, homeowners want simplicity and pretty details. Discover ideas you can use to spruce up your home.

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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – December 6, 2017

  Plenty of Holiday Entertainment! Right in Our Region: There’s no place like home for the holidays and no need to travel out of town to find top-notch entertainment. Rockford…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 29, 2017

  Enjoy Lots of Fun History Events this Winter Right in Our Region: The gift of learning is offered year-round at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, and the winter…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 22, 2017

  Klehm Celebrates the Sweetest of Seasons Right in Our Region: Sweet sounds and sweet treats are equally essential to a joyous holiday season. So, too, are winter wonderland walks…
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