At Home in Central Illinois

From garbage to garments: UI students show off their converted creations

The University of Illinois held its annual Re-Fashioned Fashion Show on May 4 at Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, and designers amazed the public with their ingenuity and ability, creating ensembles from reclaimed, reused or recycled materials.

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A lifeline to those struggling: Addiction recovery center in Urbana expands

Drew Cooke was introduced to pain medication after being injured at work.

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In Piatt County, a ‘very rough’ house becomes a weekend retreat

With its proximity to the Sangamon River, this affectionately updated house in rural White Heath makes the ideal weekend getaway for the owners and their family and friends.

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Windows on the world: Champaign house brings outdoors in

It’s the time of year in central Illinois when people can actually spend time outdoors.

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Reclaimed wood and vintage treasures in a rural Milford house

For Dawn and Troy Gullquist, creating their family’s perfect home on 40 acres near Milford was a labor of love.

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Safe space: New facility meeting demand for students with special needs

For children who have undergone trauma, environment can make all the difference.

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Downtown Get Down creating a community gathering place

A new series of monthly summer events is bringing people to downtown Urbana.

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Using her experiences and creating beauty

In the bright and airy plant-lined sunroom at the back of Cindy Sampson’s Champaign house is her studio -- a treasure trove of her many art supplies and more than a few pieces in progress.

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Downsizing with style, comfort

Byron Denhart comes from a background in real estate construction management and first began thinking of the idea for a tiny home business after being laid off.

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For everything, there is a season

As with many things around the house, spring is a good time to make a “clean, fresh start” with your landscaping, according to BrownWoods & Associates Maintenance Operations Manager Gwen Wilson.

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