"The one-woman renovation band" is the story of Kathryn McBride, a diy-er who single-handedly rehabbed her her Brookfield home. Kathryn put in granite countertops and new floors, took down and rebuilt walls, redid a bathroom and learned how to use a myriad of power tools. This single mom used the mantra of "it's for college" to get her through the long nights working on the house in addition to her regular job as a graphic designer.
Also from H&G this week:
Modern meets Asian in Andersonville: New shop opened by Hanzhi Zheng features a collection of modern clean lined furniture. Urbanest will also be an exhibit space. The current show features photograper Julie Wight and photographer/painter Kevin Swallow.
Trilliums light up the landscape: All about Trilliums which thrive in shady woodland areas. These wild-growing members of the lily family bloom in the spring, sometimes covering large expanses of the forest floor.
Dishing: It's a wrap :Method of cooking "en foil papilllote". Perfect for fish, it's flexible with ingredients and healthful. Includes recipe for Salmon in Orange and Leeks.
HD Radio: The lowdown on this alternative to traditional and satellite radios. Only one is available, the Receptor HD, by Boston Acoustics.
H&G To Do List: A modern tabletop succulent garden from Stems, high-end wallpaer from Fromental, Melinda Myers' "Can't Miss Small Space Gardening", and the site asiannouveau.com for home decor. top image: Wes Pope for Chicago Tribune Home and Garden 05/21/06