Home & Garden
Transforming your curb appeal from ho-hum to stand-out may not be as difficult as you think, when you work with reliable professionals who truly understand plants, products, design principles and your personal tastes.

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces


The possibilities are endless when you’re planning improvements to your outdoor landscape. Learn from a few local experts how a few simple changes can have an exceptional impact on your yard.

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This pretty kitchen features Dura Supreme cabinetry, sold locally through Benson Stone Co.

How to Make a Dream (Kitchen) Come True

A good remodel improves your kitchen’s functionality and provides great relief from an outdated style. We caught up with two local experts who share their insights into the process of kitchen remodeling and the latest trends.






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Chris Williams, co-owner of K & W Greenery in Janesville.

Meet Some Beautiful New Plants

Step inside the greenhouses of K&W Greenery, in Janesville, and explore the many new plant varieties sprouting up this season. Who knows? Maybe you’ll add a few to your garden this summer.






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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Your home deserves better than shabby decor, inefficient appliances and an outdated kitchen.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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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – August 16, 2017

  South Beloit Goes Big for Its Centennial Right in Our Region: Residents of South Beloit, Ill., are in the process of planning a celebration that’s 100 years in the…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 9, 2017

  96th Winnebago County Fair Starts Aug. 16. Right in Our Region: The Winnebago County Fair has been a celebration of rural living, and all the good things it produces…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 2, 2017

  Mendota to Cook 50 Tons of Sweet Corn Right in Our Region: Record-breaking turnout is expected for this year’s 70th Annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 10-13, which…
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