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Designer's Corner: Grasscloth Wallpaper

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Grasscloth is a great option to add texture to walls. What I really love is that you can use it in a neutral tone and it still really changes the look of the space but you also have a wide range of colors, metallics and patterns available as well.

Builder Impact Fees Waived in the Communities of Sunset Ridge and Thousand Oaks

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KLM Builders, Inc. a leading semi-custom home builder in Northern Illinois, has petitioned and helped push through a builder impact fee waiver in the Sunset Ridge and Thousand Oaks communities. This fee waiver will help home buyers in the area save money on their new home purchase and real estate taxes.

Low Maintenance Perennials for the Garden

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Perennials are the perfect choice for low-maintenance gardens. These gems return year after year and require only minimal care from you once established. Learn some of the most popular choices for sun and shade perennials. 

Formal Garden Designs

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What exactly makes a formal garden design?  According to Merriam Webster, a formal garden is laid out with complete regularity on formal lines and in accord with the methods of classic design.  The plantings are in symmetrically arranged rows or geometrical figures.  It sounds a bit strict and stuffy, but they are absolutely beautiful.  We've found some formal garden images for you to enjoy.

Timber Grove, Luxurious Townhomes in Naperville by David Weekley Homes - Home Tour VLOG 14

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Join us as we tour the newly completed townhome model at Timber Grove in Naperville, IL. This community is located just a short bike ride from downtown Naperville and the Naperville Riverwalk!
Great schools, maintenance-free living, 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, full basement and beautiful finishes throughout make these homes suitable for a variety of new home buyers.

(Watch the Complete Tour Below)

Foodie Friday: Summer Sides

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Summer is simply the best time for tasty fruits and veggies.  Are you looking for some fresh and healthy side dishes to add to your recipe collections?  We've found some great ones for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Decorating with Juju Hats

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Juju hats are great items to use as wall decor to add texture and color. Large juju hats can be hung alone for a great accent or a grouping of numerous sizes and colors is a good way to create a large piece of wall decor.

How & Why to Use Mulch in the Garden

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When used properly, mulch can help your trees, shrubs, and garden plants weather the summer's heat. Learn how to choose and apply mulch, and how it can help your garden thrive. 

The Benefits of Mulch for Your Garden 
You may be drawn to mulch because it helps your garden look tidy. But there are many benefits to using mulch in the landscape. Mulch slows erosion of topsoil and replenishes the soil nutrients. In cold weather, mulch helps the soil stay warmer. During high heat, mulch prevents water from evaporating so that plants look their best. 


Accessorized Outdoor Spaces

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Your outdoor living space should be as inviting as the rooms in your home.  Accessories can really help with this.  Placing an outdoor rug, throw pillows, curtains or a lightweight blanket for chilly nights will give your space warmth and personality.  Lighting adds ambiance.  Some great ideas for lighting include chandeliers, stringing garden lights, or simply placing lanterns and candles around the space.  Lastly, consider using colorful pots and urns to add interest.  Here are some great outdoor living areas that are beautifully accessorized:

Maintenance-Free Ranch Homes, Golf Course Views - Vlog 13

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The Cornerstones at Oxmoor Valley is a new ranch home community just outside of Birmingham Alabama. This quiet, maintenance-free community is situated along the Robert Trent Jones, Oxmoor Valley Golf Course.

Foodie Friday: Summer Cocktails

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Summer means spending time out on the porch or patio with friends and family.  Looking for some cocktail ideas to serve?  We've got you covered!  We've found some great recipes to try for your next get together or just for yourself to enjoy while unwinding on a balmy night!

Designer's Corner: Indoor Outdoor Fireplace

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One of my favorite features of an outdoor space is a fireplace to gather in evenings when the weather is cooler or as seasons change and you need a way to stay warm when you're entertaining outdoors. Recently I've been seeing a lot of indoor outdoor fireplaces and I really love the look. Here are some great examples of homes that have pulled this off.

Summer Savings on a New KLM Home

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Summer is here, and to celebrate the season’s kick-off, KLM Builders is offering a special promotion so that you can purchase the dream home you’ve always wanted for less. For a limited time only, buyers can save thousands on upgrades with the purchase of a brand new home at any of KLM’s seven participating communities in Lake and McHenry Counties.

Home Tip Tuesday: Deck Material Options

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The decision to build a deck is easy. Adding a deck is like adding an extra room to your home. In most regions, an outdoor deck not only adds value to your life, it adds value to your home. But choosing which material to build your deck from can be difficult. To make things easier, read this rundown of the most common decking materials before you head to the hardware store.

Pool Design Ideas

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The heat is on!  What better way to cool off than by lounging or playing in a pool? Imagine enjoying the summer from the comfort and convenience of your own backyard.  Think of the fun memories you could make splashing around with family and friends!  We've found some beautiful backyard pool designs to inspire you to create your own backyard oasis.  Not sold?  Well, enjoy these beautiful images anyway!

Foodie Friday: Summer Desserts

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Ah, summertime!  It's a fun time of year to gather outdoors with family and friends at cookouts and outdoor parties.  How about some new dessert recipes to add to your rotation?  We've found some great summer dessert recipes to delight your friends and family.  

Designer's Corner: Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper

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Martinique's Banana Leaf Wallpaper was designed by Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel and has since become a classic, graphic wallpaper. Below are some great images of this wallpaper put to amazing use in residential settings.

Home Tip Tuesday: The Perfect Summer Lawn

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In some neighborhoods, a green lawn is the true measure of a homeowner's pride. The lawn is the place where kids play, where backyard gatherings happen and where many family memories are made. It's not too late to get your lawn in shape for summer-even if you're starting from scratch-if you don't mind putting in a little work. You could hire a professional service to tend your grass, but lawn care is a simple DIY project anyone can master.

Glorious Garden Art and Accessories

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Incorporating art and accessories into your garden is a great way to personalize and add style to your space.  It also beckons people to come off the patio and explore the garden - large or small.  We've found some great ideas to inspire you to find or create your own.  

Foodie Friday - Meatless Burgers

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It's grilling season!  Burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken.... Yum!  How about adding some meatless burgers into your rotation?  Or having a delicious option for your vegetarian friends?  We've found some great meatless burger recipes for you to give a try.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Modern Farmhouse

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The modern farmhouse style is one that is popping up in many new construction homes today. It blends the traditional look of a farmhouse with modern clean lines. Below are some great examples of modern farmhouses.