I t can be an artistic endeavor to bring an older home into the now. Great creativity is needed to keep the original style of the house but renovate it so it fits into today’s world.

Designer Dawson

Laura Dawson’s parents were antiques dealers. That’s more than likely where she developed her love of design.


“We went to antique shows all the time,” she said from her Champaign home.


Throughout her home, there is a theme of traditional, modern and industrial.



Clark-Lindsey residents Becky Hanson and Waynona Brown were chatting on “cookie day” in the facility’s common area. They were there for the freshly baked cookies, coffee, conversation and companionship. Both have been at Clark-Lindsey for upwards to 20 years.



“All these years and never once was I ever mistreated,” Hanson said, adding that she has always been treated with kindness and compassion at Clark-Lindsey.



Chris Miller always knew he wanted to build houses. He started as a carpenter at age 14.

“I grew up in it. I always knew I wanted to do this,” he said from his Savoy business. “I’m constantly thinking about designing, building and selling homes.”

His company, Chris Miller Construction has 19 homes going up.

“We built 15 last year,” he said.

This coming year, the company estimates they will build at least 30 homes.