April 2017 Good Times

The Caring Women's Connection, a SW Lake County 501c3, recently held an elegant, wedding-themed fundraiser gala in support of women's and children's causes. Jesse & Ria Soto of the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Long Grove played the bride and groom for the event.

April 2017 Around Town

Imagine a comfy, upscale setting with world-class brews, tasty food from the occasional food truck and established neighboring restaurants in a refurbished venue with a Shakespearean reference. Imagine no more, says Lane Fearing, a Barrington resident and long-term brewer at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville.

Function and Finesse: the Art of Remodeling

Remodeling a house – or even redecorating a small room – can seem like a daunting process. Ask around. You’ll hear stories, good and bad. You’ll see photos, good and bad. You’ll get referrals, good and bad. How do you know who to choose? How do you know what to do? Decisions must be made about design, function and budget.…

It’s a Family Affair on Pepper Road in Lake Barrington

In an unassuming industrial park, just past a print shop and across from a pet store, there's a pair of family-run businesses that are remarkable in so many ways. The older company specializes in glass, designing and installing beautiful creations including doors, tub and shower enclosures, mirrors, windows, table tops and wall partitions for both family homes and commercial businesses.


Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

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.

Leave Roof Cleaning to an Expert

Roof cleaning is possibly the single most-ignored maintenance item on the typical homeowner's punch list. Not only does a roof cleaning dramatically improve the curb appeal of a home, but it could literally save tens of thousands of dollars in expense from premature roof replacement due to shingle failure.

For A Peaceful Home, Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Stress is on the rise impacting young and old. So what can we do to help foster a peaceful climate at home? Turn Inward: Throughout the day, most of us experience an assortment of emotions and thoughts that come and go, all influencing the way we interact with others. Many of us learn to ignore, stuff, and push feelings aside.…

April 2017 Travel Destination

Now more than ever, people are traveling in search of authenticity. They no longer wish to simply visit a destination; instead, they yearn for a deeper sense of understanding and connection. Not content to just visit Paris, bucket list travelers now want wine and cheese pairings or pastry baking workshops. Rather than wishing to see Peru, travelers now dream of…

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

A fox greeted me when I came home one evening. She trotted across the driveway and once safely in the side yard she turned, sat and eyed me warily. In my headlights I saw her luxurious coat and a full tail that flicked slightly.