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Not Your Typical Saturday Afternoon

A well kept secret, Chef Mychael Bonner of Saranello's at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling conducts a cooking presentation on the fourth Saturday of the month from 11 AM- 1 PM.

Winter Gardening Tips from a Pro

Our gardening guru and friend, Suzanne Deichl of Suzennials in Libertyville, shares some tips for winter gardening chores that will get us prepared for spring.

Best of the Blogs. Kitchen Inspiration

There are so many amazing blogs out there – but who has time to read them all!? This is a snippet of my 3 favorite inspirational kitchen ideas from fellow bloggers.

“Best of Houzz 2013” Award

One more feather in our hats? You bet! Houzz says we’re a winner

Pretty soon our hats won’t be big enough to fit our heads! We have already been chosen as one of the Top Ten Designers in the Midwest

Where art meets nature: “Three Friends of Winter” bonsai exhibit

Embracing Chicago winters can definitely be a challenge, but I found a way to celebrate the season in relative warmth – the Chicago Botanic Garden’s

Sing a Song and Dance the Night Away

I love to dance! I cannot sing… not even the shower or when I am by myself in the car- NO musical talent for me.

How to beat the Winter Blahs – February 10th

I just discovered a “new place with a twist” to shop in Chicago!

A Mid-Week Bon Voyage Party

Last night I hosted a gathering of 25 women with Jan Pauly at my home for our dear friend Betsy Chaitoff who is moving to Germany with her husband for the next three to four years.

New Year's Resolutions for YOUR Home

Whether you make personal New Year's resolutions or not...

Looking for great local art to fill a blank spot? Check out CLC’s upcoming exhibit

I’m always on the prowl for the great, local artists, and this exhibit at College of Lake County is an opportunity to do some hunting and introduce yourself to one of my favorite finds

Another award! Sweet Peas Design earns Top 10 spot from Design Shuffle blog

It’s only January and already the SWEET PEAS DESIGN team has scored a second award for the year.

Sweet Peas Earns Top 10 Spot From Design Shuffle

The SECRET Is Out – Lake Forest Showhouse Site Revealed

If you thought the 2011 Lake Forest Showhouse was impressive, check this out! This fabulous 1916 villa, designed by architect (and coincidentally, former Libertyville resident) David Adler, will be the site of the 2013 Showhouse & Gardens next spring.

Try These Tips For Curating Your Bookshelves!

The New Year is upon us and the kids are back in school and or college, the holiday decor is put away (or you are working on it) and if you are like me