At Home in Central Illinois

Christmas hostess with a host of trees

Who doesn't love a Christmas tree?

Story:Bridget Broihahn

Photos:Rick Danzl

A new phase

When Betsy Waller decided to launch her own jewelry-making business, she was in a stage of transition.

Story:Christine Walsh

Delight Flower Farm

While the eat-local food movement has many consumers thinking more about where their food comes from, many are still unaware of where their flowers originate.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Christine Walsh

Hats, Hudsons, hardware

If you haven’t been to Paxton lately, it’s worth taking the short jaunt to see all that the county seat of Ford County has to offer these days.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Christine Walsh

Hidden gem

Hannah Quigg likes to flip unique homes in Champaign.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Rick Danzl

Girl power

About 51 million Americans are living in a home with at least two adult generations, according to AARP. Among them are Judy Mitchell, daughter Val and granddaughter Zoey, who are enjoying their custom-built home in Monticello.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Rick Danzl

Tea thyme

When At Home & Away in East Central Illinois visited Country Thyme Tea Room, owner Bonnie Kaeb welcomed us despite the fact that she was busy with some big parties at the Paxton restaurant at 595 S. Elm.

Story:Christine Walsh

Chef:Bonnie Kaeb

Photos:Christine Walsh

Mission 22

Dressed in crisp red, white and blue uniforms, a color guard stood at attention during the singing of the National Anthem between baseball games at Parkland College in Champaign.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Christine Walsh

Working Out PTSD

Tyler Wilson and Aaron Merrell never met but they had a lot in common. Both were Marines from Danville who went to California for boot camp, were stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Story:Christine Walsh

Photos:Christine Walsh

Before the build

You decide you need a new home.

Story:Bridget Broihahn

Photos:Bridget Broihahn