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The Benefits of Living in a Smaller Home

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Almost everyone dreams of living in a grand house someday, but the realities of budget, upkeep and function can encourage many potential home owners to seek a more modest dream. Opting for a smaller home doesn't mean you've opted out of luxury. The many benefits of living in a smaller home can actually improve your overall quality of life and provide a sense of grandeur that goes beyond square footage.

Charming Exterior Entryways

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The first impression guests get of your home is on your entry or porch. From the minute they walk up to waiting on the porch for you to answer the door, they are taking it all in.  Why not make it as inviting as possible?  The design itself, the front door, light fixtures and accessories all play a part.  Here are some beautifully designed exterior entries:

Million Dollar Custom Home in Glen Ellyn by David Weekley Homes ~ Video Tour

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This lovely custom home boasts 4,390 square feet of living space.  It features a grand great room, gourmet kitchen and an impressive master suite. It has a total of 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms and a 2 car garage. This home is spacious and stunning with elegant finishes.  Enjoy the video tour!


Click here for floor plan and more information.

David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.

For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Delicious Dessert Bars

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Looking for a new dessert recipe?  How about dessert bars?  They are a crowd pleasing hardy dessert.  We have found some delicious fall inspired bars to add to your recipe box.  Enjoy!

Entertaining Essentials

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As promised, I am back this week with some great sources for bar carts as well as some of my favorite entertaining essentials!
I'm starting with bar carts - links to each product can be found directly below its image.

Water Conservation: How to Save Water and Money in Your Home

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So much water is wasted every day, and more than 50% of that waste happens in the bathroom.

Here are a few tips to cut back water consumption in the bathroom:

Adding a low flow shower head can cut water usage by 20,000 gallons a year. Less water to heat means more money saved.

Garden Structures - Trellises, Arbors and Pergolas

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Trellises, arbors and pergolas are great ways to add architecture and interest to your garden and outdoor living space.  Here are some great examples for inspiration:  


Trellises
A frame or structure of latticework built to support climbing plants or vines.  It can be a panel attached to the side of your home or a freestanding structure in your garden.  

Video Tour of Custom Home in Lake Forest, Illinois by US Shelter Homes

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The U.S. Shelter Companies are currently in their third family generation of planning and building fine residential communities throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area.   U.S. Shelter homes and communities offer superior design, workmanship and value. 

This beautifully designed custom home is located in Lake Forest, IL.  It features a welcoming front porch, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, full basement and a gorgeous kitchen.  Enjoy the tour!




For more information on US Shelter Homes visit their website.


For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Tasty Taco Recipes

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Do you participate in Taco Tuesday?!  Tacos are a great go-to weekly dinner as well as a fun dinner to have with friends.  There are so many possible variations with tacos!   We have found some great taco recipes to add to your rotation.  Enjoy!

The Bar Cart: An Entertaining Essential

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A bar cart has become an entertaining essential - and for good reason! For starters, when well styled, bar carts can be a pretty and eye catching area in your home, one that can also be a conversation starter for guests. On a functional level I love having a bar cart set up away from the kitchen area when I entertain. This tends to help keep the kitchen free of people standing around chatting or mixing drinks - leaving more room for the people doing the real work - cooking! There are plenty of beautiful options for bar carts out there now from vintage to new, but you don't need a piece that is specifically made to be a bart cart. You can get creative and using something as simple as a tray setup as a bar area on a side table or console. Here are some of my favorite bar cart arrangements.

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Yard

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With just a weekend of work this fall, your yard will be ready for the harsh demands of winter. Add these tasks to your fall maintenance checklist to make spring cleanup easier and prevent plants and trees from suffering winter-weather damage. 

Cozy Outdoor Fireplaces

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Looking for a way to spend more time in your outdoor living space this fall?  An outdoor fireplace may be a good fit for you.  Outdoor fireplaces not only help to extend our outdoor time, but they add ambiance and architectural interest to outdoor living spaces.  We have found some beauties to share with you.  Enjoy!

KLM Builders Announces Grand Opening Special for Three New Communities

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Located in prime McHenry County locations, all three communities offer a broad selection of models as well as plenty of upgradable features for a one-of-a-kind, custom-home feel.

KLM Builders is excited to introduce three new communities, all within about an hour's drive of Chicago – and all featuring the highest-quality construction and luxury options area homeowners have been looking for. For a limited time, buyers can take advantage of a “grand opening” special – a full 50 percent off all options up to $20,000, so you can customize your new home to your liking.

David Weekley Homes - Custom Home Tour at 248 Myrtle St, Elmhurst, IL

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Welcome to the Higley model located at 248 Myrtle Street in Elmhurst, Illinois.This spacious home offers 4,196 square feet of living space.  It features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 2 car garage and beautiful finishes throughout.  


David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.



For floor plans and more information click here.


For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Bodacious Burger Recipes

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Just because fall is upon us doesn't mean we have to pack away the grill just yet!  Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm fall days by being outdoors and cooking outdoors as much as possible before winter hits!  We've found some great burger recipes to try before grilling season is over.  Enjoy!

Mirth Studio - Featuring Colorful, Patterned, Hardwood Floor Tiles

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Mirth Studio is a newish company that creates very beautiful wood tiles that can be used for numerous applications from flooring to backsplashes. Here are some installation photos of their product.

Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Landscape Lighting

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Here are some basic landscape lighting types and features to consider to make the most of your outdoor lighting.

Exterior and Landscape Lighting

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Exterior and landscape lighting is an important aspect of your yard.  Lighting for walkways and entrances are a safety feature.  The light fixtures add a bit of style and ambiance to your outdoor space day or night.  Lighting can also showcase trees, plants and your home in general. It looks beautiful and invites you to enjoy your outdoor space a night.  Take a look at some great outdoor lighting ideas:  

The Trinidad Custom Home Video Tour by David Weekley

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David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.

Welcome to the Trinidad Plan!  This gorgeous home offers 3,227 square feet of living space.  It features a welcoming exterior, an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, gorgeous finishes, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a 3 car garage.  Enjoy the tour!



Click here for floor plans and more information.


For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Grilled Desserts

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What's your favorite thing to cook on the grill?  Steak?  Chicken?  Have you ever thought about grilling the best part of the meal - dessert?  Well you should try it!  We've found some great recipes for grilled desserts.  Enjoy!

Layered Rugs

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Layering rugs is a great design trick to add depth and contrast to any space. There are numerous reasons to layer rugs. One reason is size - some rugs may not come in the large size required for a room or seating area or you may have found the perfect vintage rug but it is too small for your area. By layering your smaller rug over a larger rug you still get the impact of that perfect rug for the space and don't have to worry about the scale being off. Another great reason to layer rugs is for texture and depth. Hides are a great example of this - they tend to be somewhat thin and not too cushy, but by layering them you get the beautiful addition of a hide to your room and still the comforts of soft padding under foot.

Tips on Bringing Fall Color to Your Yard

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The rich colors of fall foliage and autumn flowers can make your yard a showpiece, even as winter looms. To get the most out of fall colors in your yard, plan to plant an array of trees, shrubs, and flowers that add autumn color to your yard. These tips will get you started. 

Top Trees for Fall Foliage

Add these stellar trees to your yard to enjoy rich shades of red, orange, and yellow.

Sugar maple - This native North American tree delivers a fiery fall show, and is hardy in zones 4 through 8. Sugar maples can grow up to 70 feet tall, so plan accordingly when choosing a site.