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Window treatments warm up family home
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Window treatments warm up family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn't fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

These items are cluttering your life. Toss them.

There's a certain exhilaration that comes with throwing things away and freeing up space in your home. It's not only an aesthetic task -- KonMari-ing your space has proven health benefits, too.

By Alina Gonzalez Domaine
Finding harmony at home
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Finding harmony at home

I'm not a hoarder, but I do have pack-rat tendencies with a few things. Like books. For example, in third grade, my teacher pulled 18 library books out of my tiny school desk. Books still send out a siren song, and I usually can't resist buying at least one when I'm at a store.

By Debbie Carlson Chicago Tribune
5 fun ways to decorate for spring
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

5 fun ways to decorate for spring

(BPT) --- Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you're probably longing to refresh your home, too.

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Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. AURORA Villas Of Bertram LLC, to Jessica A. Eshelman and P. Kevin, 718 Hilliary Lane, $310,400 GARRETTSVILLE Tommie J.

Cleaning mistakes you make
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Cleaning mistakes you make

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you've wiped a hundred times shine brighter and shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away.

By Sophie Miura Domaine
Survey: Surge in economic and financial optimism
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Survey: Surge in economic and financial optimism

WASHINGTON -- Multiple years of uninterrupted job gains and hope that the best is yet to come in 2017 are igniting consumer confidence across the country, and especially in rural and middle America, according to new consumer survey findings from the National Association of Realtors.

Deodorizing toilet seat is now an option
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Deodorizing toilet seat is now an option

Q: Dear Ed: I really enjoy learning about new products from your column, and I just heard that some toilet seats now have built-in air fresheners. How do they work, and will they fit on existing toilets?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Effortless entertaining easy in this home
Mar 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Effortless entertaining easy in this home

Ready for effortless entertaining, this striking home welcomes your guests in style. The open layout encourages mingling around the snack bar, leaving room at the central island for you to put the finishing touches on dinner.

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Google Maps tracks you; now others can, too
Mar 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Google Maps tracks you; now others can, too

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app -- the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.

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Kaepernick donates $50K to Meals on Wheels
Mar 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Kaepernick donates $50K to Meals on Wheels

(AP) -- Meals on Wheels has confirmed a $50,000 donation from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The group that provides food for seniors in need thanked Kaepernick for his donation on Tuesday.

Many material choices for sinks
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Many material choices for sinks

Q: Dear Ed: I'm in the process of designing my new kitchen and want to install either a cast iron or stainless steel kitchen sink. Both materials have advantages and I'm stuck in the middle. Can you please weigh in with your thoughts and ideas on this topic?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Organized people do this every day. Do you?
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Organized people do this every day. Do you?

Those of us whose apartments resemble a Forever 21 on a Saturday look to our hyper-organized counterparts with awe: Their homes are as immaculate as a museum, their days are scheduled down to the minute and they never have so much as a hair out of place.

By Kelsey Clark Domaine
Realtors looking to opportunities ahead
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Realtors looking to opportunities ahead

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development today with a roll call vote of 58-41. National Association of Realtors President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor from Alamo, Calif.

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Cozy basements
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Cozy basements

In many homes, basements and lower levels often feel cold and uninviting, but that doesn't always have to be the case. What many people often overlook or ignore is the fact that a lower level is usable space.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
National Poison Prevention Week starts Sunday
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

National Poison Prevention Week starts Sunday

National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25. According to HRSA.gov (Health Resources and Services Administration), the nation's poison centers answer more than 4 million calls each year. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home.

By C. Dwight Barnett Tribune News Service
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage Recorder's Office andprovided by a subscription service. AURORA John J. and Colleen J. Stevenson, to David A. and Nancy E. Carlson, 312 Aberdeen Lane, $590,100 William L. and Barbara S. Lynch, to Robert C. and Lynette E.

Modern farmhouse has curb appeal
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Modern farmhouse has curb appeal

This contemporary version of a classic farmhouse displays eye-catching curb appeal. A wide porch welcomes visitors inside, where the open layout encourages a relaxed lifestyle. Serve up snacks at the kitchen's island or sit down for an elegant meal in the dining room.

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Five fast shortcuts to spring cleaning
Mar 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Five fast shortcuts to spring cleaning

(BPT) --- We all know that one person who just adores cleaning. But for the rest of us, it's a necessary evil that gets old very quickly! Before you tackle that long list of spring cleaning tasks, try some of these cleaning hacks designed to make these chores faster and easier.

Ask about faucet finish before starting the job
Mar 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Ask about faucet finish before starting the job

Q: Dear Ed, we plan to remodel our bathroom next year and I want the faucets to be a big part of the design. To start things off, can you please give me some "faucet finish" information?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service