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Sep 22, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

AURORA Grace C Mark, to Kristi Breyer and Thomas C Kaminsky, 132 Eldridge Rd, $205,000 Winifred H Raleigh, to Robert A and Sandra K Sorin, 150 Fareham Ct, $450,000 Mark R and Megan P Grippi, to Timothy J Keyes, 548 Fox Run Trl, $536,000 David C and Jennifer A Dieterle,

Looking into a glass sink
Sep 22, 2017 4:00 AM

Looking into a glass sink

Q: Dear Ed: I'm planning a very special guest bathroom (powder room) for our home. Since it is a small space, I want it to appear open and bright. I'm looking to install a glass sink with backlighting. Can you give me some of your famous Ed tips for choosing a glass sink?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Sep 22, 2017 4:00 AM

What is the Portage County Association of Realtors?

For the past several years Portage County Association of Realtors (PCAR) has been providing educational material to the public through press releases and now through electronic media as well. It occurs to me that many of you might not understand what this organization is, or what it does.

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Tips for using velvet decor
Sep 22, 2017 4:00 AM

Tips for using velvet decor

Soft, rich, luxurious, glamorous. Yes, velvet is all of this and more. Velvet is a plush, elegant fabric that can add a touch of refinement and elegance to nearly any space. It is also a wonderful contrast material that truly helps to warm up a room.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
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Relaxed elegance for a fall picnic
Sep 22, 2017 4:00 AM

Relaxed elegance for a fall picnic

Sometimes you just have to escape to a quiet spot in nature and drink in. Especially in the fall, when Mother Nature is particularly showy in her dress. Where we live in the Midwest, we are blessed with all types of terrain to explore.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Design Recipes 10 tips for using wallpaper

What goes around comes around, especially in style and trends. Wallpaper, once a staple and must in the 1970s, fell out of favor in the '90s, but in recent years has made a comeback.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service (tns)
Tips on how to organize your space in about 20 minutes
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Tips on how to organize your space in about 20 minutes

Like clockwork, the turn of the season always has us thinking about our homes and how we can best refresh our spaces for the coming months. While the Chinese practice of feng shui or the Marie Kondo method are great tools, basic cleaning and organization obviously take precedence.

By Kelsey Clark Domaine
How to repair a hole in vinyl siding
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

How to repair a hole in vinyl siding

A rock spits from your lawn mower, hurtling toward the side of your house. Someone overthrows a baseball during a game of catch, striking your home. No matter how it happened, you now have a nasty crack in your vinyl siding to fix. Now what?

By John Nalley Angie's List
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

AURORA Donald M and Julie A McCune, to Brian and Erin Toler, 310 Birchbark Trl, $340,000 Andrew J and Caroline A Pinney, to Joseph and Kathleen G Labrie, 316 Birchbark Trl, $322,000 Jeremy E and Bridgette T Hawks, to Robert L Mueller, 1224 Bryce Ave, $149,000 Laure

Importance of standby power
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Importance of standby power

Q: Dear Ed: With the recent storms hitting the U.S., I have decided to have a standby generator installed. I remember last year you did a special column on steps involved when having a home generator installed. Could you please do your readers a favor by revisiting this topic?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Homearama 2.0 showcases new homes and features
Sep 15, 2017 4:00 AM

Homearama 2.0 showcases new homes and features

Folks considering a renovation or decor update to their homes may want to check out Homearama 2.0, a showcase of million-dollar homes in Aurora's Barrington Estates, along with the vendors responsible for the latest features of those homes. Running from now through Sept.

By Bob Gaetjens Reporter
Reviewing the importance of property lines
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Reviewing the importance of property lines

Many homeowners don't know the exact amount of land they own or where it begins and ends. Not knowing the precise dimensions of your most valuable asset can lead to a variety of problems. DO PEOPLE KNOW THEIR PROPERTY LINES?

By Paul Pogue Angie's List
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Portage County property transfers

ATWATER Guy J Falzetta, to Milan and Nicole Hubbard, 6204 Chittenden St, $85,000 Lynn D Werab, to Paul Fischlin, 378 Industry Rd, $142,000 AURORA Shifrin David B Trust, to Thomas and Jennifer P Gentile, 446 Berwick Cir, $607,500 George J and Janet A Strinka, to

3 household items a feng shui expert wants you to toss ASAP
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

3 household items a feng shui expert wants you to toss ASAP

With the turn of the season fast approaching, our minds have turned to the nesting months ahead (and how we can prepare our homes accordingly). Enter Anije Cho, an architect, registered feng shui expert and Amazon best-selling author of "108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces.

By Kelsey Clark Domaine
Clearing up confusion
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Clearing up confusion

Q: Hello Ed: I am looking to purchase a new stainless steel kitchen sink and have been a little confused. What is the difference between a fabricated stainless steel sink and a molded stainless steel sink?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Congress shouldn't let flood insurance program expire

Unless members of Congress take action, authority for the National Flood Insurance Program will expire on Sept. 30. We can't let that happen. While NFIP isn't a household name, often it's the only flood insurance available in a given market.

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Flexible cottage floor plan
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Flexible cottage floor plan

Lattice columns and decorative trusses create charming, unique curb appeal for this home. Inside, the layout is surprisingly modern with outstanding flow between the family room, kitchen, and dining room.

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Rainy day dinner perfect at the lake
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Rainy day dinner perfect at the lake

A few years ago, I threw the hottest dinner party in the neighborhood. Literally. I set dinner on fire. To make matters even worse, I wasn't even really cooking. I was just reheating some gourmet pizza I had picked up at a restaurant (who knew cardboard pizza boxes were so flammable?).

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
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Tips for decorating with black
Sep 8, 2017 4:00 AM

Tips for decorating with black

Black is one of those design colors that can be easily forgotten. So often, people ignore black as a design color, but black can be one of the most useful colors in your decorating toolbox. WHY BLACK? Black is a neutral color that pairs well with other colors.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Sep 1, 2017 4:00 AM

Homearama 2.0 set Sept. 8-24

The Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland and 84 Lumber have teamed up to present Homearama 2.0 Sept. 8 to 24 at Barrington Estates in Aurora. Homearama 2.