At Home in Central Illinois

Extending the growing season

With passive solar hoops, it's possible to grow fresh vegetables even in winter

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Robin Scholz

New life for a family homestead

A lengthy restoration preserved one of Piatt County's oldest homes

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Heather Coit

A Charming Transformation

A modern interior blends with 1920s-era charm

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:John Dixon and Darrell Hoemann

In The Round

Unconventional architect designed circular Urbana home

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Robert K. O'Daniell

Irish pub fare

Comfort food made with local, sustainable ingredients

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:John Dixon

Finding art in nature

A metal and enamel artist uses plant forms as the basis for her art jewelry

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Robert K. O'Daniell

A cottage garden

Annuals, perennials and edibles bloom from early spring to late fall

Story:Greta Weiderman

Photos:John Dixon

Glass house on the prairie

A modern home of curves and glass lets couple connect with nature

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Robert K. O'Daniell

Relaxing by the Water

A unique boathouse with a cutting-edge design provides a relaxing retreat for enjoying Lake Vermilion.

Story:Jodi Heckel

Photos:Zach Dobson and Rick Danzl