Home & Garden
When it comes to flooring, luxury vinyl plank is wildly popular due to its good looks, easy maintenance, durability and cost competitiveness. Shown here is Adura Seaport Sandpiper by Mannington. (Photos provided by Benson Stone Co.)

Navigating the Flooring Maze


Flooring is an important visual element that ties together a home. Learn how new technology and material are enabling cozy new looks in our homes.

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

5 Favorite Things Every Home Needs

Discover what local experts deem their favorite items. Properly furnishing a home can feel intimidating. But when you really think about it, only a few key items set the tone…
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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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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – February 21, 2018

  Quality Films at a High-Energy Festival Right in Our Region: When the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) began in 2005, hopeful filmmakers sent in their VHS tapes for consideration….
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Smart Living Weekly – February 14, 2018

  Spring Planning Begins at Home Show Right in Our Region: Are you ready to think about spring and all the potential it holds? Now in its 38th year, the…
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Smart Living Weekly – February 7, 2018

  New Midway Village Exhibit: The 1960s Right in Our Region: When the 1960s began, American women spent hours each week ironing their dresses and husbands’ shirts while Elvis Presley…
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