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Decorating for Halloween - Quick Setup Took Just over an Hour

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We decided to decorate the outside of our house for Halloween only hours before the trick-or-treaters showed up. Watch the video to see what we did.




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Home Tip Tuesday: Top 8 Tips for Fireplace Maintenance

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Every season brings a new set of chores to the top of the list. When the chill of fall makes you want to go indoors and huddle around a warm fire, it’s time to complete that all-important fireplace maintenance. A poorly maintained fireplace wastes energy and puts you at risk for a home fire.

Fun Fall Decor Ideas

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Warming up your home with fall decor doesn't have to be stressful.  It can be as simple as putting out candles and swapping out some pillows.  We've found some great fall decor ideas to inspire you to create a warm and welcoming feel in your home this season.  Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 49 - Custom Design in Arlington Heights by David Weekley Homes

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This beautiful custom home by David Weekley Homes is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It features 3315 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an open concept plan, a 2-car garage and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:





Foodie Friday: Panini Recipes

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Along with the chilly fall air comes a taste for warm foods.  Paninis are great sandwiches - especially when the weather is cool.  We've found some delicious ones for you to try out.  If you don't have a panini maker you can use a toaster oven or just grill them on the stove.  Enjoy!

Home Tip Tuesday: Creating a Man Cave

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The study, the den, the man cave. Every generation of men longs for a room in the house they consider a retreat from the world, a place to watch the game with friends, get a little work done or enjoy movies with the family. A man cave means different things to different men and like men, man caves come in all different shapes and sizes. But there are a few things every man cave can't be without. 

Fall Mantel Inspiration

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It's so much fun to cozy-up your home with fall decor.  It just really warms up rooms and helps to usher in autumn.  One of the best places to decorate for the season is the fireplace mantel.  The fireplace is usually the focal point of the room and so it makes sense to pay particular attention to this space.  We've found some beautifully decorated mantels to inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Halloween Cocktails

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Halloween gives us the opportunity to get creative and festive with costumes, parties, food and beverages.  We've found some really fun cocktails for you to try out.  Remember to drink responsibly.  Cheers!

The Palazzo Ranch Model Tour by Epcon Communities

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Welcome to the Palazzo ranch plan by Wilcox Communities!  This maintenance-free home features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with island, a sitting room, a private outdoor courtyard and a 2-car attached garage.  Enjoy the video tour below!





5 Favs - Master Bedroom Designs from 1st Half of 2017

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We had the pleasure of touring many homes this first half of 2017.  The video below showcases our 5 favorite master bedrooms from those tours.  Enjoy!





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Home Tip Tuesday: Staying Safe this Halloween

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It’s dark outside, cars are on the street, and excited kids are darting back and forth to take candy from strangers. This doesn’t sound exactly safe, but every year millions of families participate in this fun and quirky Halloween tradition we call “trick or treating.” Of course, it usually is all in good fun, but accidents can happen. Our Halloween safety tips will help ensure the only scares your kids have this year are the kind that make them smile.

Outdoor Halloween Decor Inspiration

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Halloween brings out the monster in all of us!  It's time to start decorating.  Even if you don't extend the decor into your home, it's fun to decorate the outside for the little ghosts and goblins to enjoy.  We've found some great ideas.  Check them out!

Home Tour Vlog 48 - Charming Craftsman Style Home in Winfield by Airhart

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Welcome to the Harrison plan by Airhart Construction!  This model home is located in their Fisher Farm community in Winfield, Illinois.  It features 3 bedrooms with a first floor master suite, 2.5 bathrooms, an upstairs loft and a full basement.  Enjoy the video tour below: 


Foodie Friday: Halloween Recipes

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It's time for Halloween!  This holiday adds some spice to everything.  It gives us a reason to dress-up not only ourselves, but our homes and our menus!  Whether you are hosting a big monster bash or just want to add some fun food to your day, we've got you covered.  Check out these Halloween-style recipes:

Custom Home Tour in Arlington Heights, IL by David Weekley Homes

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Welcome to the Renward plan by David Weekley Homes.  This beauty is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It features 3315 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an open concept plan on the first floor and a 2-car garage.  Enjoy the video tour below:



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5 Favs - Great Room Designs from 1st Half of 2017

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We toured a lot of homes the first half of the year!  In the video below we showcase our 5 favorite great rooms.  Enjoy!





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Home Tip Tuesday: Tips on Decorating Pumpkins without Carving

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The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween began in Ireland where potatoes and turnips were carved and illuminated to mimic the folktale legend known as Stingy Jack. Early Irish immigrants brought the charming tradition to America with them, and in the U.S. they found the indigenous pumpkin was an even better canvas for their fun.

Jack O'Lantern Inspiration

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Are you ready to decorate your pumpkins?  Do you have a plan or just wing it?  If you aren't sure where to begin, we've found some great jack-o-lanterns to get your creative juices flowing.  Put on some spooky tunes and check them out below!

Home Tour Vlog 47 - Ranch Homes in a Clubhouse Community - Valparaiso, IN

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Courtyards at Peppers Creek is a ranch home community by Wilcox Communities, an Epcon Builder. It features maintenance-free living and community clubhouse with pool, fitness room, billiards and more!  Enjoy the video tour below:




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Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Recipes

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Welcome to October!  Fall lovers everywhere rejoice!  It's time for all things pumpkin!  We have found some delicious pumpkin recipes for you to try out.  These recipes may seem to be best for breakfast, but who says you can't have breakfast food for any meal?!  Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 46 - Custom Design in Libertyville from US Shelter Homes

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This custom home by US Shelter is located in Libertyville, Illinois.  It features more than 3,000 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, full basement, a 2-car garage and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the tour below:





5 Favs - Kitchen Designs from 1st Half of 2017

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Check out this video of our 5 Favorite Kitchen Designs from the first half of 2017!  Which one is your favorite?




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Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Hosting a Halloween Party

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What is it about the chance to wear a costume that puts everyone in a party mood? Little kids and big kids—otherwise known as adults—get down right giddy over a Halloween party. Not only does Halloween officially kick off the holiday season, it’s nostalgic, silly, spooky, and there’s candy!

Halloween Decor Ideas

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October is here!  Know what that means?  It's officially time to get in the Halloween spirit!  Pull out that scary and/or festive decor and let's do this!  Not sure where to begin?  We've got you covered.  We've found some great pictures of homes that are decked out for the occasion.  Check them out!