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Bringing old appliances back to life E-mail
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Written by William Hageman, Special to the Tribune   

A simple broken part can often signal the end of a major appliance, sending a consumer out to shop for a new refrigerator, stove, air conditioner or clothes dryer.To make matters worse, if that old appliance isn't collected by the retailer, it's hauled to the curb.

A Glendale Heights business, however, has a better idea.

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Ways to keep remodeling costs, and frustration, down E-mail
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Written by Mary Ellen Podmolik   

It'll soon be that time of year when the holidays are over, homeowners take shelter inside their abodes, take a long hard look around and decide it's time to plan a remodeling project. 

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In With the Old: Build New with Architectural Antiques E-mail
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Written by Leslie Mann   

Anchor a stairway with an antique cast-iron newel post. Dress a window with vintage schoolhouse maps instead of shades. Turn a jettisoned apothecary cabinet into a bathroom vanity. Adorn walls with mantels from previous lives.Use those tips and many more from "Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage & Antiques" by Brian Coleman, and everything old is new again.

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Set for Life: Salvage Frame Vintage Renovation E-mail
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Written by Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times   

Former set decorator Szu Wakeman and her husband Dusty Wakeman turned a dilapidated 1926 beach shack in Oxnard into a modern and rustic beach house using simple materials, salvaged items and thrift store finds.The house sits across the street from Hollywood Beach in an Oxnard enclave that Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino once called home, but when Szu Wakeman purchased the neglected 1926 residence a few years ago, it was advertised as a tear down.Wakeman, a former set decorator, saw beyond the nicotine-stained walls and recognized the potential for a thoroughly unconventional, funky and fun beach house with husband Dusty, a music producer and engineer, and their two kids.

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Flex Space Anticipates Lifestyle Changes E-mail
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Written by Leslie Mann, Special to the Tribune   

No matter how large a new home is, there never seems to be enough space. Which is why a bonus room, designed with flexibility in mind, is a popular feature. How it's used depends on the homebuyers' lifestyle and changing needs.Homeowners appreciate having extra living space, whether it's an exercise room for running on a treadmill or a home office for crunching numbers.

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