| Sep 18, 2010
Following the comic foibles of three related Los Angeles households, "Modern Family" required a trio of home environments that represented distinct styles and incomes but still reflected the American family home.
"There are three multigenerational,...
| Dec 1, 2013
Every now and then, I make a list of things, not all of them tangible, that I've liked lately. Here's one for the season.
1. The season
It can be frantic. It can be too commercial. It can be fraught with memories, expectations and arguments over...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Shopper alert: It's just days 'til Black Friday and about five weeks 'til Christmas.
The best-organized shoppers, of course, pick up gifts all year long so they're not plunged into last-minute, frenzied shopping outings. But let's assume you're not one...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:05 AM
With origins tracing back to the 19th century, Advent calendars have, over the years, become a favorite holiday tradition of families around the world as a way to count the days until Christmas.
Today's Advent calendars, most of which start with Dec. 1,...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 7:20 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Stephanie Grassie wandered into Sit on It ... A Chair Gallery one morning and began browsing.
Grassie learned about the Kansas City, Mo., shop online after searching Yelp for furniture stores and finding a customer description that read,...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Want to throw a stylish cocktail soirée? In addition to mixing drinks, it helps to have a flair for mixing and matching glassware.
"It almost seems like the more eclectic your collection is, the cooler it is," says Cheryl Najafi, author of "You're So...
| Oct 27, 2013
When she was hired five years ago at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares received a new perk with the job: an all-expenses-paid house to live in, with the expectation that it would be used for university functions.
| Nov 11, 2013
| 12:35 PM
Retailers are wasting no time this holiday season showcasing great deals, long before the Black Friday doorbusters.
Walmart.com offered a 42-inch JVC TV for $300 on Nov. 1. Banana Republic and Pottery Barn discounted virtually their entire non-...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Gretchen Hines schedules a weekly date with her husband, Jay, to make sure the couple has some time to reconnect.
And then there are those weeks when date night transforms into a trip to Walmart, complete with pouring rain, skinned knees, questions...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:58 PM
The cool wisp of fall is on its way in to the Midwest and with it, Halloween. While many choose to celebrate All Hallows' Eve, not everyone takes the same approach to Halloween decorations. One certain thing, Chicago is ripe with places to shop for...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 5:20 PM
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