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On the Market: Making A Splash

With the sunny summer just around the corner, consider a home with a pool to dip into when you can’t beat the heat. These five show-stopping homes have pools with water as blue as the sky above. So, are you ready to take the dive?

Now It’s Personal

Gino and Dana Barbo have created a space completely their own with global influences anchored together with pieces telling their history.

Timeless Style

Thanks to a neutral palette and elegant touches, this master bathroom can age gracefully.

Restore Your Floor

Two local experts share their tips, tricks and trends for staining your own hardwood floors.

Make Your Garden Grow

Spring planting has never been easier with this month-by-month guide to successful gardening.

Bring Down Mosquitos With a Bat House

It looks like a plain, brown box, but inside holds the most all-natural mosquito repellent available: bats. Find out how to make a bat house and how to conquer any fears about the mysterious mammal.

Peek Inside: Gina McMurtrey's Home

Shannon and Gina McMurtrey moved to a customized cedar log clad home in Willard 11 years ago. Take a look inside the space, which she describes as livable contemporary.

Squeaky Clean

There’s no place like home, especially a home free of allergens. This spring when you’re taking care of other seasonal chores, use this list of tips to prevent dust and mold from becoming a problem.

Growing Tall

We talked with local nurseries about all things trees. Find out which types work best for your yard, and pick up some handy tips for growing healthy trees.

Roll Out the Carpet

There are a lot of household projects that homeowners can tackle themselves. Putting in new carpet is probably not one of them, which we discovered after following a team from Midwest Rug & Linoleum Co.

Turning Treasures

Jerry Crowe and Kim Kenney create one-of-a-kind wood turnings from their quaint little Cassville workshop.

2016 Homes of the Year

This year's homes of the year are more impressive than ever.

Going Green the Easy Way

Talking about your home being energy efficient and taking the steps to make it so are two totally different beasts. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint and doing good things for the earth, some of the best ways are the easiest ways. A local energy expert offers up some tips to help you go green.

Hot Tub Time-Savers

Experts from The Deck Company (thedeckcompany.net) and Springfield Pool & Spa (springfieldpoolandspa.com) share tips to help your hot tub retain its beauty and performance for years to come.

Merry and Bright

Don’t let the chore of untangling your outdoor Christmas lights steal your holiday joy. Hire a professional to give your home a seasonal glow without the fuss.

Guide to Winter Landscaping

Just because the weather is getting cold doesn’t mean your yard has to suffer.

Peek Inside: Haden Long’s Home

Peek inside interior designer Haden Long's picturesque Rountree home.

Get Lit

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up by a fire, so we met with Dave Newland of HMI Fireplace Shops to learn how he installs an electric stove.

Unbreakable Dreams

One local artist turned a new hobby into a career spanning 15-plus years.

Oh My Gourd

Go beyond the usual pumpkin this fall and use gourds to bring a seasonal splash to your home decor.

Dig Into Composting

Saving scraps is an easy first step to decrease trash and improve your plants.

2016 Tour of Kitchens

Find inspiration for your own lifestyle and preview some of 417-land’s most elegant kitchens, all while supporting Junior League of Springfield.

Peek Inside: Denise Wright's Home

With nearly 20 years of experience in residential and commercial interior design, Denise Wright of DKW Designs has perfected the art of transforming spaces from drab to fab. This month we take a look inside of her own east Springfield home, which she describes as modern art deco with a touch of glam.

The Patron Saint of Paint

Sometimes, it is what’s on the outside that counts. We followed Brent Brooks of B Precision Painting LLC to learn the secrets of a perfect exterior paint job.

A Modern Classic

In their formal living room, John and Lee Haik wanted a design that would be perfect for entertaining and remain classy for years to come.

Small But Mighty

Embracing the tiny-house movement, Justin and Ashton Luter built a mobile, micro-sized space perfect for new adventures.

DG Stewart Hard Goods

Dustin Stewart is a self-taught maker who produces wooden creations for innovative spaces.

Pike’s Place

Eclectic furnishings and a bit of original charm make the dining room in Christina Pike’s downtown Springfield loft a space to be admired.

House of Style

Bold paint colors, vibrant artwork and one-of-a-kind furnishings breathe life and personality into Debbie Sutliff’s Springfield home.

Everyday Art

Meet three local potters whose art is as functional as it is beautiful.

Setting the Scene

Want to wow your next dinner guests? Lori Guy is always hosting meals for friends and family, and she knows all about setting tables that impress.

Take it Outside

Transform your backyard into the ultimate summertime party venue with these attainable tips from Camille Lockhart.

No Bugs, Naturally

Keeping bugs away this summer doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals. One local company is fighting the bite by creating an organic treatment to keep pests at bay.

Better than Blooms

Think beyond flowers and master your garden, even if you lack a green thumb, with easy-to-care-for succulents.

Peek Inside: Nola Shivers’s Home

Nola Shivers started her career with Decorating Den Interiors in 1995, and she purchased the firm in 1998. With 20 years of design experience under her belt, she’s mastered executing spaces of all styles, and she and her team of four interior designers regularly make magic happen in homes all over 417-land. Take a look inside her own home, which she describes as a bit traditional, a bit transitional and even a little bit eclectic.

Tile Talk

We visit a construction site with local tile pro Randy Halmagyi to learn about the process of laying tile, a task that includes much more than meets the eye.

Setting the Table

For more than 30 years, Michael and Wade Cantrell have been selling what they call junk. But their custom-made harvest tables made at The Chicken Coop are far from disposable.

The Scene

Wondering what’s happening in the wide world of home building? We’ve rounded up what you need to know about three new residential developments in 417-land.

A Day with a Trim Carpenter

Everyone knows that trim puts the finishing touch on a home. We go behind the scenes with a local trim carpenter to see how the magic happens.

Peek Inside: Erica Lea Hendrix’s Home

Erica Lea Hendrix made the jump from styling friends’ homes to starting Erica Lea Design Studios in 2010. She strives to make spaces work rather than just be decorated. Not having a favorite style, she says her taste is traditional, transitional and eclectic. Look inside the Crane home she shares with her husband and son.