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Fireplace Mantel Fall Decor Inspiration

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The fireplace mantel is a wonderful place to display your seasonal decor.  It can really warm up the room.  There are an abundance of fall colors from which to choose.  Whether you prefer a whimsical display or something more formal, have fun with it.  The possibilities are endless.  Take a look at the following mantels for fun and inspiration!


Newly Constructed Custom Home in Lake Bluff by US Shelter Homes

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US Shelter Companies have been creating quality homes and communities for families throughout Chicagoland for more than 40 years. Their extensive experience enables them to guide buyers through every step of the building process.

Home Tour of the Sequoia Plan by US Shelter Homes

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Welcome to the Sequoia plan by US Shelter Homes!  This gorgeous and substantial home has a lot to offer.  It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The first level boasts hand-scraped wood floors along with a two story foyer and great room.  The kitchen features a huge contrasting island with prep sink, plenty of cabinets/counter space and stainless steel appliances.  

US Shelter Homes ~ Winnetka, IL Home Tour

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Take a home tour of the newly constructed home in Winnetka, IL by US Shelter Homes. This charming and spacious home features 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and a full finished basement.  It has an open floor plan and beautiful finishes throughout.

Easy Halloween Snacks

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Festive Halloween snacks don't need to be complicated.  Check out these great ideas and create a few of your own!  Have fun!

Cool Jack-O-Lanterns

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Halloween is almost here!  Have you carved your pumpkins yet?  When it comes to jack-o-lanterns, the possibilities are endless!  You can go traditional, scary or go a little crazy!  Check out the following photos for some spooky and creative inspiration!

Halloween Recipes

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Halloween is coming!  Whether you are hosting a party, need to bring a dish to pass to a party, or just want to include some festive Halloween treats in your day, check out these recipes:

3 Easy Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home for the Fall Season

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With pumpkin-flavored offerings filling the shelves and leaves covering the roadway, it's clear that fall is officially in full swing. It's time for the holiday season to begin (how many more days until Halloween?), which also means you are going to be hosting your share of family gatherings. Of course, you could always just leave your home how it is, but the better option is to make a few tweaks to ensure your home radiates the warmth and love that autumn innately brings with it. Here's how to get started:

Halloween Decor Inspiration for Outdoors and Indoors

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Halloween brings out the kid in all of us!  Cobwebs, spiders, ghouls and boarded-up windows make for a spooky haunted house!  Don't let the fun stop there; carry it into your home as well.  Check out the following photos for inspiration on your Halloween decor for both inside and outside your home.

Great Pumpkin Decorating Ideas - No Carving!

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Pumpkin carving is fun, but it can be tricky and it is definitely messy.  Fortunately, there are many other ways to decorate pumpkins and bring Halloween festivity to your decor.  The possibilities are endless.  Check out these creative ideas to decorate pumpkins.

Tasty Tailgating Recipes

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It's time to tailgate!  Football, friends, fun and FOOD!  What more do you need?  Here are some great recipe suggestions to get you thinking about your game day menu:  


Mini Italian Beefs with Pepperoncini Slaw

Ingredients:
1 17 - ounce package refrigerated cooked beef roast au jus
2 cups frozen peppers (yellow, green, and red) and onion stir-fry vegetables
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage with carrot)
1/2 cup pepperoncini salad peppers, stemmed and chopped, plus 2 tablespoons drained liquid
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
12 2 - 3 - inches rolls, split

Halloween Tablescapes

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Hosting a Halloween Party this year?  Or looking for fun ways to incorporate that spooky ambiance in your home?  Try a Halloween themed tablescape.  Tablescapes are basically creatively designed table arrangements, settings or centerpieces that showcase or highlight a specific object or collection.  Here are some great Halloween tablescapes to inspire you:  

Festive Halloween Front Porches

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Do you go all out for Halloween?  Halloween fun isn't just for the kids!  Set the tone for this fun and frightening day by decorating the entry to your home.  Maybe even add some scary music for the special day.  From super spooky to fun and festive, check out these Halloween front porches: