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When my eldest daughter was 5, she handed my husband her life savings—plus an IOU scribbled on a torn piece of pink construction paper—in exchange for his help to buy me a lilac for Mother’s Day. Not just any lilac—she wanted the superbly old-fashioned, fragrant ‘Miss Ellen Willmott’, a variety she had heard me describe with nearly misty eyes one... More
We love barns in the Midwest! Especially red ones. Three of our five most-liked Instagram photos for April were classic Midwest farm scenes.  #1: A magnificent barn at Manchester Farms in northwest Ohio, photographed by @kirby_124 (http://instagram.com/p/mlZhDuGzXJ).  #2: Great farm capture by @mjsphotowall in Saranac, Michigan (http://instagram.com/p/m-Oaf_mzZ0/).... More
This spring, I’ve noticed that my favorite egg-decorating pastels from my childhood aren’t just showing up in the seasonal decor aisle. Cotton-candy pink, delicious mint and sweet lavender have made their way into the fashion and home decor worlds. I’m loving how these soft palettes look refreshing and sophisticated on pillows, dishware, lamps and accent furniture available at... More
Japanese barberry could use a good press agent about now. Not only is this popular plant currently classified as invasive in 20 of the 32 states where it is established, but research shows that it may play a role in the spread of Lyme disease as well. And odds are, it’s in your yard. Widely used throughout the Midwest, Japanese barberry was brought to the United States in the late... More
As winter very slowly turned to spring, our Instagram followers found beautiful colors in sunsets and other Midwest landscapes. Here are our five most-liked Instagram photos for March: #1: Kansas sunset reflections by @kim_horgan (http://instagram.com/p/lUuSO6Gzcq/). #2: Sunset over Lake Michigan near Holland by @tototoophoto (http://instagram.com/p/mIGmXaGzSt/). #3:... More
Guys may dominate the hardware scene, but there’s at least one gleaming piece of machinery that makes even the ladies grow as weak-kneed as any man staring at a ’69 Mustang: the KitchenAid mixer. Seemingly indestructible, elegantly unchanging and an object of desire whose allure still hasn't peaked nearly 100 years after its debut. In fact, the Greenville, Ohio, plant that builds... More
My mom’s beautiful flower gardens owe much of their splendor to seeds she saves year to year in assorted containers at the top of a kitchen cupboard. Toppling them over in a search for a missing lid last weekend, I was immediately drawn to their familiarity and promise—the dry white-tipped wisps that shoot into sturdy marigolds and the shriveled pea-shaped nasturtium seeds. Having... More
It’s one of the simplest sets on New York City's glitzy Broadway: a few high-backed wooden chairs neatly arranged around the stage’s perimeter, a light pole holding an old-fashioned telephone and a small tree pressed against a dark backdrop. Then the house lights dim, the orchestra swells and the blank canvas slowly comes to life. Glowing oranges and reds shed light on a vast... More
My fitness tracker wristband registered 22,576 steps the first day of last month’s Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas—roughly 12 miles for me. But who’s counting when you’re on a treasure hunt for smart design? Overall, our editors noticed an upbeat mood as manufacturers focused on modern styles, innovative technology and handcrafted finishes. In detail, there was more... More
Arctic air and deep snow didn't stop our Instagram followers from exploring the Midwest in winter. Here are our five most-liked Instagram photos for February:  #1: A woodsy scene in the Minnesota River Valley photographed during a hike by @intothegreatwideopen (http://instagram.com/p/knSeCrmzd_/). #2 Stunning sunset in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, by@krissygeh (http://... More