Rejuvenation is Trending in Master Bath Suites

An upgraded master bath suite is a must-have for local homeowners remodeling in 2020, says North Barrington’s Brian Allendorfer, fifth-generation owner of Brian Allendorfer Company.

Breakfast or Lunch, It’s Always Time for Brunch Cafe

Brunch Cafe, a steadily-growing local restaurant chain, is very much a family business. Brothers Andy and Ted Zatos, Andy’s brother-in-law Peter Revel and cousin George Reveliotis are co-owners/operators, proud of their growing brand. They're convinced their laser-like focus on customers, serving creative versions of classic dishes quickly with friendly, attentive service in a welcoming space, keeps people coming back.

Window Treatments: They Do More than Open or Close

Many people think window treatments are only for aesthetics or privacy, but they are used for more than that. While they do beautify a home and can block unwanted visual intrusions, shades and blinds can control light, contribute to energy efficiency, and help with home security.

Cave: IN!

American Garage Floor Systems (AGFS) is giving the phrase “man cave” a whole new meaning. With AGFS's expertise, folks all over SW Lake county can enjoy a brand new custom look that transforms their garage from mundane car-closets into a magnificent man-space.

For Bang-For-Your-Buck Magic, You Can’t Beat A Splash of Color

When it comes to “bang for your buck” value, few home improvements match the quick results of painting. Whether personalizing your new home or refreshing the look of your living space, paint is a great do-it-yourself project.

Winterize a Home for the Cold Weather Ahead

November is the perfect time to start winterizing a home to prepare it for the cold weather ahead. Homeowners can save on heating bills, as well as preserve the condition of a home to protect their investment, by following these tips.

Home Automation Now Available To a Wide Range of Homeowners

The "Internet of Things" is here to stay, and what just a few years back was the start of home automation has become a massive growth industry. Imagine managing your thermostat with your phone or raising and lowering blinds via an app while you lounge at the beach. Want to amuse coworkers by going online to see what your cat…

Finding Gender Balance in Home Decor

Do you believe men are from Mars and women are from Venus? Does your style differ from your spouse’s? There's been a lot of focus lately on gender neutral items, but what about decor? Whether you're selling your house or simply updating its look, it is important to focus pleasing both sides of the spectrum so you can appeal to…


We all know about turning off the water while brushing your teeth, changing to energy efficient light bulbs, recycling and reusing. Your house can go green as well. Living in an Eco-friendly home reduces your carbon footprint, helps sustain our natural resources, and saves money on your energy bills. Here are five ways to make your house a home Mother…

New Year’s Resolution for the Home

It’s time to purge 2015 and start 2016 right! Use these tips to get yourself organized in the New Year. IDENTIFY – Pick out which areas need the most attention (those closets, the basement or attic). Then locate the areas that will need some clearing out, but will take less time (the junk drawers in the office or the cabinets…

11 Reasons To List Your Home During The Holidays

Deck the halls for a happy holiday, but why not something more? When your house is decorated for the season it will look beautiful to potential buyers. Many people feel that the holiday season is not a good time to sell, but think about why this might be the best time.