Composting 101: What, Where and How to Compost

While the benefits of eating organic and shopping local are widely known, it’s just as important to dispose of your food waste in an environmentally conscious way. Fourteen million tons of waste end up in Illinois landfills every year, and food waste accounts for 20 percent of that, which is more than any other waste. […]

Traits of a Well-Designed Kitchen and Bath

More and more people feel comfortable designing with their own personal style in mind. Instead of just the basics, you will see lots of hand painted cement tiles (or porcelain that mimics the hand painted look), wide distressed wood planks, and decorative 3D (dimensional) tile used as accent walls. Marble and cement looks in quartz […]

Pros Reveal Their Best Home Organization Secrets

Getting your home organized (finally!) doesn’t have to be overwhelming—as long as you use strategies that actually work. We called on some of our favorite local organization and home experts to share their top tricks for keeping busy families (and their homes) running smoothly. With these clever tactics, you might find that organizing can be […]

Design Inspiration from 6 Amazing Kitchens

There’s nothing like a kitchen walk to whet your appetite for renovation. Showcasing six stunning kitchens, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s 2013 Designer Kitchen Tour provided more than a little inspiration. Whether you’re planning a major kitchen renovation or considering a few upgrades, take these ideas to task. Revisit brass Today’s brass is burnished […]

Clear the Kitchen Clutter

  Your kitchen is not immune to clutter. Chances are, this room is home to more unnecessary tools and gadgets than any other in your house. For advice on how to kick the clutter, we asked Doug Durbin, owner of nuHaus Kitchen & Bath Design, and Chef Michael Kornick, owner of mk restaurant in Chicago, […]

Kitchen Tools: Local Chefs Tell You What To Stash And Trash

So you’re ready to trade in that ancient hand mixer or rusted potato peeler for some cool, new-age gear. But when you get to the cooking store, the never-ending options make you feel totally scrambled. Between woks, silicone egg poachers, wine decanters and ergonomic mixing bowls, there’s a hyper-specialized gadget for doing just about everything […]