Home & Garden
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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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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Home & Garden NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – October 11, 2017

  Trail of Terror Offers Regional Fall Fun Right in Our Region: Now in its 20th year, Trail of Terror is a chance to celebrate all things autumn in small…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 4, 2017

  Scarecrow Harvest Festival at Midway Village Right in Our Region: All the fun that comes with autumn harvest season will be in full swing during the Scarecrow Harvest Festival…
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Smart Living Weekly – September 27, 2017

  Autumn at the Arboretum Right in Our Region: One of the most enjoyable family-oriented events of the season returns to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, on Sunday, Oct. 8,…
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