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The beauty of blue and white
Jul 21, 2017 4:00 AM

The beauty of blue and white

Some color crushes come and go. Others develop into true love that lasts forever. That's how I feel about the color blue, especially when it's paired with white. Blue and white is a cornerstone of my personal design style, and you'll find it all over my home.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jul 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

AURORA Nicholas Pietrangelo, to Chad Spencer, 57 Chelmsford Drive, $208,000 Richard J. and Debra L. Camden, to David L. and Rozlyn K. Koenigseker, 327 Cochran Road, $295,000 Amanda R. Freshwater and J. William, to Gail A. and Gregory P.

Remodeling projects with the highest ROI
Jul 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Remodeling projects with the highest ROI

Angie's List surveyed top remodelers and real estate professionals to determine which remodeling projects result in the best return on investment when it comes time to sell your home.

By Staci Giordullo Angie's List
Jul 21, 2017 4:00 AM

There's plenty of room in this Seattle home

SEATTLE -- And now, A Western folk ode to some newish Western folks: OH, GIVE ME A HOME The first space Steven Rinella and Katie Finch shared didn't have much space at all: an 800-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, outfitted with "hand-me-down furniture, from stoop sales," Finch says.

By Sandy Deneau Dunham The Seattle Times
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Jul 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Get ahead of the summer selling market

The dog days of summer are often a time for relaxation by the pool or a family trip to your favorite vacation spot. At the same time, many Americans take advantage of the warmer months to put their house on the market.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Jul 14, 2017 4:00 AM

Home staging decreases time on the market, finds Realtors report

Sixty-two percent of sellers' agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, according to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Profile of Home Staging,www.nar.realtor/reports/profile-of-home-staging.

Jul 14, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Repair or replace?
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Repair or replace?

(BPT) --- Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system.

Room-by-room decluttering guide
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Room-by-room decluttering guide 1

(BPT) -- Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don't use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research.

Console tables are the perfect fit
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Console tables are the perfect fit

In the world of interior design, console tables are on fire right now, finding their way into our homes' spaces in new and surprising ways.

By Mary Carol Garritytribune News Service
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Impress guests with bathroom upgrade
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Impress guests with bathroom upgrade

Q: Dear Ed: We're planning a summer cookout at our home and I have some extra money in my party budget. I'd like to do a little upgrade to our bathroom since everyone will be using that room before the day is over.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
The seven keys to making your foyer five star-worthy
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

The seven keys to making your foyer five star-worthy

Your foyer is the first and last thing you see when walking through your front door, so it should leave you feeling nothing short of inspired, organized and on top of your game.

By Gabriellesavoie Domaine Tns
Design by numbers
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Design by numbers

Look in nearly any magazine or peruse the aisles of home decor stores and you are likely to notice an underlying theme: numbers. Pairings and groupings are key design and styling techniques dominating the visual merchandising presentation of home decor.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Small-space mistakes
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Small-space mistakes

Some myths never die, especially when decorating is concerned. In the world of design, small spaces are a beast all their own -- and they require their own set of decorating rules. That said, the rules that people think apply to tiny spaces aren't always the right ones.

By Gabrielle Savoie Domaine
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

ATWATER Melinda S. Simons, to Robert E. and Connie F. Knopp, 677 S.R. 183, $79,750 AURORA Sheriff of Portage County, to LGC Properties Ltd., 1155 Bryce Ave., $29,549 BRIMFIELD 92 West Ave LLC, to David M.

Ability to achieve American Dream getting better
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Ability to achieve American Dream getting better

Forbes.comr ecently released the latest results of theirAmerican Dream Index, in which they measure "the prosperity of the middle class, and examine which states best support the American Dream.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Jun 30, 2017 4:00 AM

Painting your bathroom this color increases your home's value by $5,440

Color psychology probably doesn't affect your life on a day-to-day basis -- until you're trying to sell your home, that is. The color of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year's color trends.

By Kelsey Clark Domaine (tns)
Jun 30, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

AURORA Frank and Michelle M. Kovac, to Vladimir Gantman and Anna Lyatkher, 510 Concord Downs Circle, $190,000 William Bourne, to Sadegh M. Radvar, 920 Sweet Grass Circle, $455,000 BRIMFIELD Penny S.

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Style at Home A family Fourth of July
Jun 30, 2017 4:00 AM

Style at Home A family Fourth of July

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to get that refreshed, just-been-on vacation feeling. That's how it was the first time I had dinner at Sandy's cottage on the lake.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Plumber: Looking for rain showerhead retro-fit kit
Jun 30, 2017 4:00 AM

Plumber: Looking for rain showerhead retro-fit kit

Q: Dear Ed: I have a basic 3-by-3-foot shower stall and always wanted a rain head-type showerhead. With an existing standard shower stall, how do you convert to a rain style showerhead without turning it into a big remodel project?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service (tns)