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Ranch Homes by KLM Builders

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KLM Builders is a semi-custom home builder with over 25 years of experience.  They offer a unique style of homes and have a strong commitment to quality, value and customer service. This award winning combination has made KLM  Builders one of the leading semi-custom home builders in Northern Illinois.  Their motto is "Our Standards are Others' Options".

KLM will build on your land or they currently have a variety of communities offering an array of ranch-style homes: 

Sunset Ridge and Vista Ridge  in Richmond, ILThousand Oaks and Forest Ridge in Spring Grove, ILWoodland Ridge in Antioch, ILRunning Brook Farm in Johnsburg, ILFairview Estates in Woodstock, IL

Enjoy the video tours below featuring some of their ranch home models!

Foodie Friday: Superbowl Recipes

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What are your plans for Superbowl Sunday this year?  Whether you are hosting a big bash, attending one, or having a quieter game day at home with the family, you will need some tasty dishes for nourishment!  We have found some great appetizers for you to serve.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Textile Art

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Lately I have been loving textile art. There are so many variations available in so many colors! I think these are perfect for any space in your home from a nursery, to your living room to a bedroom! Here are some great examples of textile art and how you can incorporate it into your own space.

Home Tip Tuesday: Creating an Art Gallery Wall at Home

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You've seen them in magazines and in the homes of your favorite TV families, maybe you even know a real-life decorator who's managed to create a stunning art gallery wall. But it actually takes a lot of forethought and planning to display that seemingly random mix of photos, paintings and other artwork successfully. Follow these tips for a gallery wall that's picture perfect:

Lovely Libraries

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Home libraries are wonderful rooms to store all your treasures and curl up, read a book and just escape from the real world for a bit.  Just imagine a comfortable chair, a cup of tea and a favorite book or two.  What a great way to spend an evening!  We've found some lovely library designs for you to enjoy:

Waterfront Living in The West Harbor Lofts at Heritage Harbor

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Welcome to the West Harbor Lofts at Heritage Harbor located in Ottawa, IL.  These four-story townhomes, were designed with comfort, entertaining and adventure in mind. Overlooking both the Harbor to the north and community pool to the south, these townhomes include a tandem garage, 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths, flex space, an outdoor grilling deck and an amazing rooftop deck.


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

Foodie Friday: Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Chef Todd from Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make the amazing sweet and salty appetizer, Bacon Wrapped Dates.





For information on Boulder Ridge Country Club visit their website.

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

Designer's Corner: Colored Trim

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A great way to really change the look of a room, or an entire home for that matter, is to change the color of your trim. It's amazing the contrast and look this project can create!

Home Tip Tuesday: Snow Removal Tips

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Winter is here!  Unfortunately, along with the beauty of a winter wonderland comes the laborious task of snow removal.  It's a tough and time consuming job.  We've put together a list of supplies and tips to help keep you safe while you deal with the burden of keeping your driveway and walkways clear this winter.

Lovely Laundry Rooms

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It's time to air some dirty laundry!  Nobody likes doing the laundry, but it is an ongoing task we all have to deal with.  It's easier to do when the laundry room is a functional and pleasant looking space.  We have found some laundry rooms that fit the bill!  Enjoy!

Charming Custom Home in Lake Bluff by US Shelter Homes

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This newly completed custom home in Lake Bluff, IL. serves up a gourmet kitchen, 2 fireplaces, spacious rooms, beautiful finishes and full finished basement!   Enjoy the video tour!



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. Their homes and communities offer superior design, workmanship and value.  

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

Foodie Friday: Smoothies

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How are those healthy New Year resolutions coming along?  Tough to stick by, but you can do it!  We found some great smoothie recipes to help you manage.  Smoothies are easy to make and great for a healthy snack or breakfast.  Good luck with those resolutions!


Designer's Corner: Custom Range Hoods

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The range hood in your kitchen is a great opportunity to add a custom element that really wows! From metal finishes to tile to a paneled wood cover - there are endless choices when it comes to customizing your range hood. Here are some of my favorites.

Home Tip Tuesday: How to Care for Granite Counter Tops

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Caring for granite counter tops really is pretty simple and doesn’t take a lot of time. The first thing to do when the counter is installed is to wipe on a solvent-based sealer called an "impregnator" with a soft cloth. An impregnator is a sealer designed to penetrate and protect medium to dense porous surfaces, such as natural stone. It forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. The impregnator solution is not a surface coating and will not alter the natural look. When applying, place one coat on the surface, then wait a day before applying the next coat. This application should last a couple of years.

Tropical Daydreaming

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About this time of year we start dreaming about the warmth and sunshine of the tropics. There is something so inviting and relaxing about that tropical style.  Even if you can't get away, it's nice to lose yourself in some tropical daydreams.  Check out these beautiful retreats and tropical designs:

Plote Homes Community Spotlight: The Lakes of Boulder Ridge

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Welcome to the Lakes of Boulder Ridge located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. This community offers a unique country club environment and luxurious ranch duplex and single family homes.  With 143 acres of private land, The Lakes of Boulder Ridge backs up to the West Nine holes of the Boulder Ridge Country Club. Join to take advantage of the championship golf course and first-class facility, or just appreciate the views and serenity in the peaceful gated community. 

Foodie Friday: Preparing a Delicious Pork Chop with Apple Bacon Topping by Chef Todd

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Chef Todd from the Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make a pork chop with an apple bacon topping.  Delicious!





For information on the Boulder Ridge Country Club visit their website.

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

Designer's Corner: Children's Room ~ World Map

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I am currently working on a  children's playroom and we are incorporating a world map mural on one wall. This is such a fun design element as it adds color to the room and also serves as an educational piece. Here is some of my inspiration for using the map in this design.

Ten Simple Energy Saving Tips Every Household Could Implement

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Energy conservation is so important, not only can it help the environment, but it can really save you money. Here are some low-cost / no-cost ways you can save:

Pantry Designs

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Have you made any resolutions for the new year?  The beginning of the year is always a good time to clean-up and get organized.  The largest space to organize is the kitchen.  It can be a daunting task, but the result is worth it.  We have found some beautifully designed kitchen pantries to inspire you in your organizational efforts.  Enjoy!

Video Tour ~ The Southport Plan by David Weekley Homes in Naperville, Illinois

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Welcome to the Southport Plan located in Naperville, Illinois.  This luxury custom home features 4,390 square feet of living space, an open floor plan, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  Enjoy the tour!



Click here for floor plans and details.


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: Preparing a Denver Style Egg Strata by Chef Todd

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Chef Todd from the Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make a Denver Style Egg Strata.  Enjoy!





For information on Boulder Ridge Country Club visit their website.

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