Showing posts from September, 2016

Foodie Friday: How to Make an Incredible Ceviche Appetizer

Chef Todd from Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make the classic Latin American dish, Ceviche.  See the demonstration in the video below:

Dice up shrimp, tilapia and scallops into bite size pieces*.  For marinade combine  1/2 cup each of the following juices - lime, lemon, orange and pineapple, 1 diced red pepper, seedless cucumber, avocado, jalapeno, 1/2 small red onion, cilantro and salt and pepper.  Toss the tilapia, shrimp and scallops and marinate 6-8 hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

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*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs or unpasteurized milk may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Designer's Corner: Monogrammed Bedding

Pierre Frey

Monogrammed bedding is a great way to personalize your space and add a fun detail. Here are some fun examples of monogrammed bedding.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort Offers Marina Living at Special Pricing this Fall

For those looking for a vacation home close to Chicago, fall is the perfect time to “opt in” at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community in Starved Rock Country. Not only will those who purchase in the community between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 receive a $5,000 discount, but also the first two buyers in that time frame will receive $10,000 off. 

Located along the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre development of single-family homes, townhomes, vacation cottages, carriage homes and condos, centered on a 32-acre harbor with a full-service marina and year-round restaurant. With its boating amenities, waterfront living and nearby recreational attractions, such as Starved Rock State Park and the I&M Canal Trail, the community offers an ideal resort lifestyle for those seeking a vacation, retirement or full-time residence.

Wilcox Communities Announces a "Courtyard Walk" Tour of Homes Event

This Two-day Event will Showcase the Ranch Homes and Maintenance-free Living at Crossings at West Valley in Brunswick Hills, Ohio

On October 1st and 2nd, a “Courtyard Walk” of homes opens to the public from 1pm to 4pm. The tour showcases a variety of ranch-style homes. Attend the Courtyard Walk Tour of Homes and learn about all the community amenities that residents enjoy when they own a home at Crossings at West Valley – no more exterior chores mean more time for you! 

Warm Up Your Home with Fall Decor

Fall is here!  If you are looking for inspiration on how to decorate your home for autumn, get inspiration from these fun fall decorating ideas. 

Decorating With Mini Gourds
Mini gourds, winter squashes, pumpkins - these hold so much potential for autumn decorations. Cluster gourds on your mantle or create a table centerpiece by piling gourds on a platter. To create a fun door wreath, stick mini gourds into a store-bought wood wreath using floral picks. Brighten things up by spraying mini gourds with glitter spray paint. 

Mudroom Design Ideas

Every home needs a mudroom!  It's that catch-all room for shoes, coats, backpacks and various other outdoor accessories.  Whether it's got lockers or cubbies, mudrooms are great little rooms to help keep your family organized.  We've found some great mudrooms for design inspiration.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Sushi

Going our for Sushi is all the rage right now, but sometimes you just want to spend a quiet night at home.  Don't even want to leave for carry-out?  We've found some great sushi recipes for you to try out and enjoy at home:

Designer's Corner: Artfully Walls

Artfully Walls is a great online source for gallery walls. You can purchase already designed gallery walls as they are shown on the site or use their site to create your own gallery wall with their wall designer tool. Here are just a few of the gallery wall options available on their site.

Wilcox Communities 2016 Fall Home Tour Featuring a New Ranch Model

Wilcox Communities is excited to announce that its 2016 Fall Home Tour will take place September 24 & 25 at its Mews at Pinnacle Club community in Grove City. This event offers the optimal time for guests to tour soon-to-be ready homes, choose interior finishes and select their ideal home site.   Guests will also be able to enter to win a 46" flat screen television. 

Wilcox Communities has just announced the Grand Opening of their New Model Home at the Mews at Pinnacle Club.  To celebrate this new plan and to kick off the fall buying season, Wilcox is hosting its annual Home Tour Event on September 24th and 25th from noon – 5pm. This exciting weekend features a tour of the brand new furnished ranch model, as well as three additional ranch homes now under construction.  Interested home buyers will be able to explore which plans best suit their current and future needs, as well as having an opportunity to make interior selections.

Home Tip Tuesday: Composting Tips

By composting yard waste and food scraps, you can create your own black gold: Nutrient-rich compost that makes your garden outshine your neighbor's. Healthy compost requires a delicate balance of nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich materials. Follow these tips to keep your compost pile happy and healthy. 

Industrial Style Inspiration

Industrial style is a trend in interior design that gets it's inspiration from old factories and industrial spaces that have been converted to lofts and other living spaces.  Some elements used include exposed brick walls, the use of natural wood and metal and usually a neutral color palette.  It is a unique and distinctive style.  We've found some great examples of industrial style for you to enjoy:

Custom Homes in Wheaton by Keim - Home Tour Vlog 23

Welcome to Amberwood Estates!  This is a beautiful custom home community by Keim Corp.  It's situated in a prime Wheaton location - close to Metra and I-88.  In true custom fashion all the homes vary in size and elevation, but the homes typically range from 4 to 5 bedrooms, 3 to 5 baths and have more than 3,600 square feet of living space.
Enjoy the video tour below:

5 FAVS - Our Five Favorite Kitchen Designs 2016

Watch the video below for a look at our top 5 favorite kitchen designs for the first half of 2016.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Chicken Salad Recipes

Looking for new recipes for chicken?  Chicken salad is a versatile meal for lunch or dinner.  You can serve it on bread, in a pita, in lettuce or flatbread wraps or on it's own.  We've found some delicious chicken salad recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Oomph

Oomph is a really great furniture and home decor company that offers unique pieces in a large range of colors. Here is a look at some of their pieces used in homes.

Home Tip Tuesday: Fencing Material Options

If the poet Robert Frost is correct and "good fences make good neighbors," choosing the right fencing material is a right neighborly thing to do! You may prefer the look or ease of a specific material, but there are several points to consider before making an investment. Do you have pets that dig or require an extra secure yard? Have you checked with local zoning or your homeowner's association to see if there are specific regulations you must adhere to? Do you live in a location with extreme weather or wind conditions? All these and more are issues to think about when selecting the best material. 

Universal Home Design

Universal home design or handicap accessible home designs can make the everyday life of people with disabilities, aging people and their caregivers much easier.  The things that many people take for granted - going upstairs, use of shower/bathroom and kitchen accessibility can present challenges for some.  Handicap accessible designs can ease these challenges.  We've found some great designs to share with you.

Foodie Friday: Wrap Recipes

Wraps are a great way to roll up a delicious and nutritious lunch, dinner or snack.  We've found some great wrap recipes for you to try.  They may even inspire you to create your own wrap recipes.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: CB2 Stairway Bookcase

Every now and then a retailer comes out with a piece of furniture that turns into a classic item. I think CB2's stairway wall mounted bookcase is going to be just that. It is simple enough that it can go with any decor style and is very functional with simple shelving and multiple finish options. Here are some images of it put to use.

Vacation Home Search Tips

Imagine the comfort and convenience of having your own vacation home located less than 90 minutes from downtown Chicago!  Vacation home sales are on the rise, but the search can seem daunting.  Where should buyers begin?  According to Tammy Barry, the director of sales and marketing at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort there are five important aspects buyers should keep in mind when looking for a vacation home:

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Fall Lawn Care

Hold on there, where are you going with that lawn mower? Just because fall is almost here doesn't mean your lawn-care chores are done for the year. In fact, autumn is time for some of the most crucial steps that will keep your lawn healthy and strong. The growth rate of grass does begin to slow as the hot temperatures of summer subside, but your lawn is still hard at work absorbing nutrients and moisture for its long winter nap. With the right care now, you'll have a lush spring lawn that requires less attention in the long run.

Craftsman-style Homes

There is something so welcoming about a Craftsman-style home.  They can be one or two stories and feature a low-pitched roof with wide eaves and triangular brackets and a front porch with thick columns and often stone supports.  We've found some beautiful Craftsman homes for you to enjoy:

Foodie Friday: Fish Recipes

We still have a couple more months of grilling season!  Why not try out some fish on the barbecue?  Fish is awesome on it's own or in tacos and salads.  So, fire up the grill for these great grilled fish recipes!

Designer's Corner: Gray Malin

Gray Malin is an amazing photographer whose work adds a punch of color and interest to any space. Their blog is great at showcasing how people use his work in different areas of their homes. Here are some great examples.