Could Your Castle Use Some Upgrades?

Your house might be calling for a much-need update, and the options can be seemingly endless. Our local businesses offer many modern, high-quality ideas that can help you to feel right at home.

Rockford’s Midtown Rising

The Midtown District of Rockford is experiencing a rebirth as developers rescue its lovely old buildings from years of disrepair. Paul Anthony Arco leads a tour of this neighborhood where a new community is thriving.






Home Insight from Local Experts

Our homes are a significant investment, one that requires continual improvements and updates. When it comes to furnishings, flooring, remodeling and gardening, these local experts know where to begin.






How Independent Businesses are Transforming Rockford

Locally owned businesses are the anchors of our communities and some of the most dedicated leaders of positive transformations. Meet five business owners who are making a difference.






12 Ways to Make Your Home Shine

It’s a brand new year, and we’re ready to freshen up our homes. Even if major projects aren’t in the budget, there are plenty of ways to give ourselves a lift and put our digs in tip-top condition. Here are a few simple ideas.






Kitchen Envy: Eight Great Kitchen Remodels

There are kitchens, and then there are kitchens. Check out these awesome new spaces, and learn about the challenges and unique features hidden within each.






Buying Local: Why it Matters to You

In an age when so much about our economy feels out of control, it’s good to know that it’s within our power to impact our local economy. Learn why ‘Buy Local’ is not just a slogan for good business, but a strategy for economic recovery.






Ask the Right Questions When Remodeling Your Dream Kitchen

There’s a lot to get right when it comes to updating your kitchen. NWQ caught up with experts from around the region for advice on every piece of the kitchen puzzle.






Smart Technology: Kitchens That Know More than We Do

Kitchens and the equipment inside them are stepping into the 21st century with energy-saving appliances and new features aplenty.