IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Mon, 22 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Create a warm and cozy space outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14469-create-a-warm-and-cozy-space-outdoors.html Create a warm and cozy space outdoors
 More and more people are staying at home to entertain rather than heading out for a night on the town. The trend of staying at home has sparked many homeowners to invest in their backyards, with...]]>
Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14473-blaze-of-glory.html Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney
 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b...]]>
Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit http://illinoistimes.com/article-14478-cut-your-energy-bill-with-a-home-energy-audit.html Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit
 Most people don’t turn to Gary Hurley until it’s too late. Hurley is energy services manager for Springfield City Water, Light and Power, and he oversees the utility’s home energy audit pr...]]>
Successful home security - Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14480-successful-home-security.html Successful home security - Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe.
 For Michelle Tjelmeland, a good home security system is about personal safety. Various zones in her Springfield home are wired and monitored with door chimes, motion sensors, sirens and flashing...]]>
The outside is in - As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14481-the-outside-is-in.html The outside is in - As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance
 A curb appeal-boosting outdoor amenity that fell out of favor for years in new single-family home construction appears to be on the rebound. It’s the front porch, and it’s in greater demand ...]]>
Home and garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-14482-home-and-garden-events-calendar.html Home and garden events calendar
 Demonstration garden programSep 18, 5:30-6pm, Free program, “Creating a Prairie Garden Demo.” University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, 2501 N. Eighth St., Illinois State Fairgr...]]>
Not every home improvement pays off - You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14472-not-every-home-improvement-pays-off.html Not every home improvement pays off - You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build.
 It was a house of mirrors. But this was the kind you had to live in. “No matter which way you turned, you saw yourself reflected back. It seemed like the entire house was covered in mirrors. E...]]>
Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new http://illinoistimes.com/article-13748-repurposed-furniture-a-market-of-old-and-new.html Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new
 Before throwing out that dresser with a broken drawer or the outdated coffee table, be aware there are a few people in Springfield who can turn it into something new.With an increasing amount of...]]>
Interior designers bring ideas to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-13749-interior-designers-bring-ideas-to-life.html Interior designers bring ideas to life
 When it comes to remodeling, it may be easier to perceive a new room than to make it a reality.Interior designers can help take ideas and translate those feeling into homes people can truly enjo...]]>
The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value http://illinoistimes.com/article-13750-the-latest-in-landscaping.html The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value
 As with any industry, the landscape industry works to keep up with popular trends over the years – from xeriscaping to hedges surrounding a property. Trends come and go, but the job of a lands...]]>
Top 10 reasons to garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13751-top-10-reasons-to-garden.html Top 10 reasons to garden
 In our hurry-up, busy world filled with electronic gadgets such as iPhones, tablets and android devices, where does gardening fit in?, asked a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educa...]]>
Raised bed checklist http://illinoistimes.com/article-13752-raised-bed-checklist.html Raised bed checklist
 The idea of putting in a raised-bed vegetable garden can be confusing if you’re not sure where to start, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator.It can be especially difficult for...]]>
Turf tips for spring http://illinoistimes.com/article-13753-turf-tips-for-spring.html Turf tips for spring
 Lawn care questions in the wake of last summer’s drought are now pouring in, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Rhonda Ferree listed the following as her top 10 tip...]]>
Pansies brighten up a spring garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13754-pansies-brighten-up-a-spring-garden.html Pansies brighten up a spring garden
 Pansies are making a comeback in the garden world, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “According to the Garden Media Group, pansy and violet sales were up 6.4 perce...]]>
Early composting helps soil and plants later http://illinoistimes.com/article-13755-early-composting-helps-soil-and-plants-later.html Early composting helps soil and plants later
 New gardeners often ask, “What is compost and do I need to buy it?” When starting a new garden, it is hard to imagine we should initially spend more time, money and energy on compost than on...]]>
Spring salad at your front door http://illinoistimes.com/article-13756-spring-salad-at-your-front-door.html Spring salad at your front door
 Mesclun is a mixture of assorted small, baby salad leaves also known as a mesclun mix. You can purchase mesclun bagged in cellophane at your grocer. Yet freshly harvested from a few square feet...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-13757-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Jaycees Lawn Mower ClinicApril 19, 8am-1pm, OReilly Auto Parts North, 1321 N. Dirksen Pkwy, Push mower full-service tuneup. All service done same day. $55 or $20 blade sharpening. 553-2082.Introductio...]]>
The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard http://illinoistimes.com/article-13758-the-perfect-time-to-plan-this-year%25E2%2580%2599s-fruit-tree-orchard.html The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard
 It’s time to plan for a new home orchard or to consider replacements for aging fruit trees in an existing home orchard, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “There...]]>
Renewable resources for your residence - Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal http://illinoistimes.com/article-12843-renewable-resources-for-your-residence.html Renewable resources for your residence - Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal
“A lot of people tell me they’d like to get off the grid,” says Bob Croteau, renewable program coordinator for City Water, Light and Power. “That’s really one of the wors...]]>
Saving personal energy by living downtown - Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk. http://illinoistimes.com/article-12844-saving-personal-energy-by-living-downtown.html Saving personal energy by living downtown - Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk.
Joan Walters has been around the world, and it shows in her spacious downtown apartment. Nearly every square foot of wall, door or floor features a different artifact – perhaps a tribal mask, a ...]]>
A pool for all seasons - Swimming is just the beginning http://illinoistimes.com/article-12845-a-pool-for-all-seasons.html A pool for all seasons - Swimming is just the beginning
With the passage of Labor Day comes the end of sizzling heat, but never, it seems, exactly on time, at least if you have a swimming pool in your backyard.Our pool closed one week after the summer-endi...]]>
Planning to plant a tree http://illinoistimes.com/article-12846-planning-to-plant-a-tree.html Planning to plant a tree
Most tree and shrub species can be successfully planted in the fall, from October until the ground freezes, or in the spring. At these times of the year the tree is dormant or going dormant. Before yo...]]>
Your basement need not be damp and drab http://illinoistimes.com/article-12847-your-basement-need-not-be-damp-and-drab.html Your basement need not be damp and drab
Homeowners hoping to spread their wings around the house are increasingly heading downstairs to create more living space. Whether it’s for a home office, a home theater room, a playroom for the ...]]>
Hardwood floors set the tone in today’s contemporary homes http://illinoistimes.com/article-12848-hardwood-floors-set-the-tone-in-todayrss-contemporary-homes.html Hardwood floors set the tone in today’s contemporary homes
In the wide open spaces we find in today’s contemporary homes, every centimeter counts and the floor’s role is more important than ever – it is the room’s focal point and the e...]]>
Creating more usable space in your home http://illinoistimes.com/article-12849-creating-more-usable-space-in-your-home.html Creating more usable space in your home
Smarter use of existing space can transform a home into a more pleasant living area. Combining smaller rooms or areas, dividing larger rooms, finishing an attic or basement, converting one room into a...]]>
Home sweet ‘green’ home http://illinoistimes.com/article-11250-home-sweet-lsgreenrs-home.html Home sweet ‘green’ home
When Harv Koplo and Annette Chinuge met at Sangamon State University during the 1970s they had no idea their interest in preserving the earth would lead them to become pioneers for sustainable living ...]]>
Beat the heat with less air conditioning http://illinoistimes.com/article-11251-beat-the-heat-with-less-air-conditioning.html Beat the heat with less air conditioning
It doesn’t seem possible, but 60 years ago people survived without air conditioning. Not only did they survive, but they may have even enjoyed life more, since they actually went outside in summ...]]>
New and recommended flowers and vegetables http://illinoistimes.com/article-11252-new-and-recommended-flowers-and-vegetables.html New and recommended flowers and vegetables
There seems to be an award for everything, whether it is for the best picture, best actor, best country music video or best automobile for 2013, and gardening is no exception, said a University of Ill...]]>
Grow spinach, tasty, cool and easy http://illinoistimes.com/article-11253-grow-spinach-tasty-cool-and-easy.html Grow spinach, tasty, cool and easy
The arrival of yellow daffodils, green lawns and garden fresh salad are sure signs of spring. Leafy greens are among the easiest vegetables to grow, according to a University of Illinois Extension hor...]]>
Rain barrels save dollars and make sense http://illinoistimes.com/article-11254-rain-barrels-save-dollars-and-make-sense.html Rain barrels save dollars and make sense
The drought of 2012 took a great toll, not only on the plants in the garden, but also on the gardener’s wallet. “It was tough for some gardeners to decide which plants to water and which t...]]>