Home & Garden
Look for gray tones, real or imitation wood flooring, leather upholstery and internet-connected appliances in the modern home.

There’s No Time Like Now for Interior Updates


Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen. Check out the latest trends in everything from furniture to flooring.

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Homeowners in our region are maximizing their outdoor living spaces with new pools, patios, fireplaces and more, like this inviting space designed and installed by Crimson Valley Landscaping, in Rockford.

Backyard Living: A Simple Joy of Life

It’s nice when your backyard is a beautiful place to be. Learn from local experts how to maximize your outdoor living space.






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2017 Guide to Senior Living Communities

One of the most significant decisions in life is how we’ll be cared for when we can no longer care for ourselves. Explore some of our area’s top communities for senior living.






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Home Fashion Trends for 2017

When it comes to home fashion trends, comfort and pretty details rule in 2017. Gather ideas for how you can spruce up your home.






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Decorating your home for the holidays doesn't have to be a burden. There are tips and trends that can help make the experience enjoyable.

Dressing Up Your Home for the Holidays

Whether you enjoy the holiday season or despise it, we’ve come up with some tips to make holiday decorating simple and enjoyable.






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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – April 26, 2017

  Starlight Season Opens with New Director Right in Our Region: When Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre opens its 2017 season, it will be a mix of something old and…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 19, 2017

  Summerfield Zoo Opens Season on April 22 Right in Our Region: Summerfield Zoo will open its 2017 season this year on Earth Day weekend, April 22 & 23, with…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 12, 2017

  Backyard Bliss: How to Love Coming Home Right in Our Region: As owner of Crimson Valley Landscaping, 1541 Westmoreland Ave., Rockford, Mike Sanders has witnessed an explosion of creative…
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