At Home in Central Illinois

Patio pointers

Kari Beckett grew up with an interest in interior design, watching her mother work her magic on their rural home between Tolono and Philo.

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Spring men’s fashion

Vivid colors and patterns will infuse some welcome energy to menswear this season, according to Jos. Kuhn & Co. manager Gordon Tracy.

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Making a difference

Diane Marlin loves Urbana.

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Farmhouse chic

Jim and Angie Walsh had a rough time when they first moved into their old farmhouse north of Potomac.

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Kitchen remodeling

Kathy Trotter enjoys helping people design their perfect kitchen, whether they’re contractors or homeowners.

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A bunch of hooey

Jill Miller is an Urbana-based batik fiber artist with a studio in her home at 905 S. Lynn St.

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Preserving nature

Venture just an hour south of Champaign-Urbana and you probably wouldn’t expect to see breathtaking views of rolling ravines that look like something you would might find in the hills of Tennessee.

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Hunan Fine Asian Cuisine

Mattoon’s Hunan Fine Asian Cuisine began with owners Tom Wu and Mae Chen, who emigrated from Taiwan in 1980 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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10 Hours in … Charleston

A whirlwind trip through the community ...

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Detoxes and cleanses

As a new year begins, people often focus on various forms of self-improvement, and chief among those are usually getting healthy and losing weight.

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