Characters of Note

by Jamie Schultz
4/11/2016

Characters of Note

Ryan Smith on Making Beautiful Useful Sheds

by Jamie Schultz
4/11/2016

Ryan Smith on Making Beautiful Useful Sheds

It was a tiny thought—we need some extra storage space—that led to something big. Architect Ryan Smith, and his wife Ahna Holder, bought their first Seattle home in 1998. It was a 1940’s style home with an ample yard, but without a basement, garage or attic. The lack of storage space forced the couple to think fast, and Smith was about to buy a pre-made shed for the yard when Ahna quickly nixed the idea, “Wait, you have to build something,” she said. “You went to architecture school.”

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Inspired Moments

by Rachel Gast
3/30/2016

Inspired Moments

Live Colorfully: Sail Cloth

by Rachel Gast
3/30/2016

Live Colorfully: Sail Cloth

Sail Cloth is the relaxed color of an early morning, when you’re cozy inside, watching the mist and the dew disappear.

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Inspired Moments

by Bridget Kulla
3/18/2016

Inspired Moments

Keep Calm and Clean Your Gutters

by Bridget Kulla
3/18/2016

Keep Calm and Clean Your Gutters

With winter coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to tackle a heavy-duty and oh-so-cleansing cleaning. It’s as if your body knows it’s time to dust off the funk of winter, put away the snow boots and pile of coats, clear out what you don’t need in the garage and organize what you do, and detail your dirty windows and siding.  

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Inspired Moments

by Rachel Gast
2/16/2016

Inspired Moments

Live Colorfully: Countrylane Red

by Rachel Gast
2/16/2016

Live Colorfully: Countrylane Red

Every street needs a bold house to draw the eye and Countrylane Red is just the color for the job.

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Inspired Moments

by Rachel Gast
1/19/2016

Inspired Moments

Live Colorfully: Arctic White

by Rachel Gast
1/19/2016

Live Colorfully: Arctic White

We see the color white everywhere. Is sneaks in as subtle as frost on the edge of a window or bursts from a garden as smooth daisy petals.

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Characters of Note

by Jamie Schultz
12/23/2015

Characters of Note

Students Build a Home One Class Period at a Time

by Jamie Schultz
12/23/2015

Students Build a Home One Class Period at a Time

Drive past 904 E. Glencoe St. in Palatine, IL, and you’ll see the impressive high school class project that took two years to complete—a 4-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home built from scratch by 75 high school students with the instruction of Chris Gunsteen.

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Inspired Moments

by Rachel Gast
12/17/2015

Inspired Moments

Live Colorfully: Evening Blue

by Rachel Gast
12/17/2015

Live Colorfully: Evening Blue

As the year draws to a close, the days get colder and the nights get longer. Evening Blue captures the cool darkness of the December night sky above.

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Gatherings

by Bridget Kulla
12/15/2015

Gatherings

Mad About Plaid

by Bridget Kulla
12/15/2015

Mad About Plaid

Plaid isn’t just for lumberjacks. In fact, you can find it sprinkled in some of the most stylish homes. There’s a reason the classic checkered or tartan pattern has stuck around—it’s timeless and sophisticated. Whether black and tan rain boots or a wool throw blanket is clad in plaid, it just gives off the feeling of downright coziness.

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Make This

by Rachel Gast
12/4/2015

Make This

Get Your Home Winter-Ready in
5 Steps

by Rachel Gast
12/4/2015

Get Your Home Winter-Ready in<br/>5 Steps

The cold winter is blowing in; is your home ready to combat the elements?  Here are 5 tips on preparing your biggest investment—your home—for winter.

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Gatherings

by Jamie Schultz
11/25/2015

Gatherings

How To Hang Christmas Lights On Siding

by Jamie Schultz
11/25/2015

How To Hang Christmas Lights On Siding

Once the last bite of Thanksgiving pie is gobbled up, it’s time to untangle the outdoor light strands and start designing. Decking the exterior of your home with sparkling lights seems to ring in cheer all season long.

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