For Your Home: Easy, affordable spring updates
News from Belleville News Democrat:

What can I do to freshen up my living room or family room without spending a fortune? This is a question that I get dozens of times each week from readers, viewers and friends. Everyone is tired of winter and looking for quick decorating pick-me-ups.

Start with color. You don’t have to paint an entire room, unless it truly needs it. I painted my interior doors black, and it is a wonderful, dramatic change throughout the entire house.

Why not add color to the back of your bookcases, just one wall or even your doors? Carry that same color throughout the room with flowers, throw pillows or an affordable ceramic garden stool. I’m seeing these colorful stools just about everywhere for less than $ 100. They also make great accent tables and can be used in living rooms, bathrooms and even outdoors. After all, they are “garden” stools.

Have a few extra dollars to spend? Consider purchasing a new occasional chair – one of the best furniture investments you can make. They are affordable and come in a variety of patterns, colors and textures. And even better, they are available as cash-and-carry items in almost any furniture store. You don’t have to wait four to eight weeks for a special order. CR Laine has a new collection of citrus-colored chairs that would make it easy to brighten any decor.

If neutral is more your style, the Penelope chair from Jess…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Renovated home start of turnaround for Waukegan artist
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

Waukegan resident Drew Davis has been working on putting his life back together.

A major obstacle to that effort was a home that was in desperate need of remodeling.

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After battling alcoholism for years, Davis was balancing raising his twins with holding multiple jobs — while carrying the burden of staying sober.

Davis’ goal was to make money through his artistic abilities, so he could fix up his 1920s era Sears Roebuck kit house and move out.

He is now closer to that goal, thanks to the efforts of a caring sister, a reality television show host and local contractors.

Courtesy of the NBC reality television show “George to the Rescue,” which airs locally on Channel 5 at 11:…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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