CAMBRIDGE, Ill. — Lanette Carlson loves to decorate, do makeovers, and find new uses for the wood, tin and other architectural items her husband salvages out of barns, homes, and other buildings through their Carlson's Barnwood Co.

Last year your father-in-law bought you golf clubs. There was just one problem: you don’t golf. So, into the garage they went, precariously placed on top of the toddler clothing your teenage daughter once wore, a long-neglected craft table, lawn chairs, and a cracked sled.

Cohousing is a community-focused living arrangement, where residents share space, chores and fellowship. The idea started in Denmark in the 1960s and has spread across Europe and the U.S.

For years, Chris Noth was known pretty much as a musician. In the 1970s, he played with the band Natty Scratch, and for the past 10 years he has taught guitar lessons at Davenport's River Music Experience.

Alma Gaul