| Apr 16, 2013
| 2:56 PM
We returned from vacation to learn our neighbors were organizing a group garage sale the next morning.
Did we want in? asked one.
We did. Need the space, we said.
Our tidy block of tiny homes was to become an open-air bazaar — OK, a flea...
| Nov 27, 2013
Ugly sweater parties, peppermint mochas and those slightly addicting holiday tunes creeping on the radio are all pretty good indicators that it's about time you started cracking on your holiday gift list. Regardless of where you're shopping this holiday...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Cuisinart has recalled about 25,000 (7-cup) food processors because of laceration hazard. The reversible slicing/shredding disc can loosen when in use and the blade can strike and break the food processor’s cover. The cover’s broken plastic...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Christmas decorating spans from cutesy to nostalgic, but no matter the preference, it’s essential to peek into Chicagoland retailers with one thing in mind – making your holiday memorable you.
Whether looking to go all out or simply (and...
| Apr 21, 2013
In last week's Fashion Diary column, I wrote about the wardrobe choices of Gwyneth Paltrow during her recent publicity tour through L.A., when she appeared at events promoting her new cookbook and personal trainer Tracy Anderson's new fitness studio....
| Oct 16, 2013
Build a spook-tacular house
Make decorating a haunted house a family project with a No-Bake Halloween Haunted House Kit from Williams-Sonoma. Pre-cut baked chocolate cookie pieces can be "glued" together with the kit's icing (orange, black) to build the...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:47 PM
It’s no secret that the holidays revolve around food. And since food is served on plates – your table settings serve a huge role this time of year. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed by all your choices.
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Pottery Barn apologized for selling a Halloween costume of a sushi chef and a kimono that an Asian American civil rights group had complained were culturally offensive.
The retailer confirmed late Monday that the items had been removed from its website....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 11:50 AM
The rivalry between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs is called the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. In Jacksonville, the game's home since 1933, the alcohol-infused buzz starts Friday and doesn't wane until...
| Jun 12, 2013
I haven't been fishing with my dad since early high school. Yet every single time I cook or order fish, I think of my father. Reason being that fish and fishing always take center stage in his favorite stories. Overturned canoes, rainbow trout the size of...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 10:16 AM
Less than a year after stepping down as chairman and co-chief executive of Restoration Hardware Holding Inc., Gary Friedman is back in his old roles at the swanky Northern California-based home furnishings retailer.
The Corte Madera company's former...