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Pet Friendly Home Ideas

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What wouldn't we do for our pets?  More and more people are building, decorating and remodeling with beloved pets in mind.  From catios to kennels, here are some wonderful ideas to incorporate style and function in your pet friendly home.

Open House Vlog 57 - Custom Home Tour with the Builder - Lake Bluff, IL

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Today we are touring a newly completed custom two-story home by US Shelter Homes in Lake Bluff, Illinois.  We are lucky enough to have the builder join us to talk about all the wonderful details in this home.  This home features over 3100 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a full finished basement, 2-car garage and beautiful finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:





Foodie Friday: Quiches

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Quiches are such versatile dishes.  They can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It goes without saying they are a terrific choice for brunches.  With Mother's Day coming up we thought we would share some delicious quiche recipes with you.  Enjoy!

Kitchen Island Design Ideas Video - Interior Design 2018

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Kitchen islands are always a desirable feature.  They are both beautiful and functional.  They offer more storage and space for prepping as well as entertaining.  Contrasting islands continue to be popular and they add visual interest to the overall kitchen design.  We've put together a video highlighting 10 amazing island designs.  Enjoy!





Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden

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Many novice gardeners dream of strolling into their backyards and picking a basket of fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables without ever breaking a sweat. What a nice fantasy! The truth is, gardening can be a season-long fight with pests, weeds and the elements that leaves your muscles aching and your water bill sky high. Fortunately, gardening is also one of the most satisfying and healthful projects you’ll ever taken on. Following a few basic tips can help reduce the work and increase your chances for a generous harvest.

Dreamy Screened Porches

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One of the best things about spring is getting to use seasonal rooms again.  Screened porches are great retreats that offer you some protection from the rain that often accompanies springtime weather.  We've found some lovely screened porches for you to enjoy. Which is your favorite?

Foodie Friday: Mexican Dishes

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Cinco de Mayo will be here before you know it!  Do you have big plans to go out and celebrate?  If not, don't worry.  We've found some delicious recipes for a great night in.  Get festive and get cooking!  Enjoy!

Kitchen Backsplash Tiles and Design Ideas Video

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Kitchen backsplashes are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Essentially, they are a vertical extension of the the countertop. They protect the wall from water and other elements from cooking.  They can also be seen as a form of decor - beautiful artwork!  We have some great backsplash designs to share with you in the video below.  Enjoy!

Spring Yard and Garden Maintenance Tips

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Oh those beautiful spring landscapes, so natural and effortless. Don’t we wish! Alternating days of sunshine and rain brings the yard and garden to life. That includes unwanted weeds, insects and messes leftover from winter. Our spring yard and garden maintenance tips will help you turn that wild field into a manicured landscape in no time.

Deck Design Ideas

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Though it doesn't feel like it in the midwest, outdoor living season is just around the corner.  Come on spring; we are ready for you!!!  Do you prefer patios or decks?  If you answered decks, then this post is for you!  We have found some beautifully designed decks for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Open House Vlog 56 - Custom Ranch Home Walk-through with Builder

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Today we are touring the Coronado custom ranch home by KLM Builders.  We are lucky enough to have the builder join us to talk about all the unique details in this home.  The Coronado features an open concept design, gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on the main level with an additional bedroom and bathroom in the finished basement, a 3-car garage and beautiful finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:




Click here for floor plan.


Foodie Friday: Granola Recipes

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What makes for a wholesome breakfast or snack?  Granola!  It's a versatile food that is nutritious and delicious.  It's a grab-and-go food - perfect to take along to the park or on hikes.  Or enjoy it in a bowl with your milk of choice.  We've found some great granola recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Home Tip Tuesday: Home Maintenance for Spring

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Who knows what surprises the weather may have in store, a late freeze or a wild rainstorm, but spring brings the promise that Mother Nature’s worst is behind us. The warm days of spring are perfect for doing some home maintenance work that will keep your warm dry and cool as the weather heats up.

Enchanting Entryways

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Entryways should be functional and orderly spaces.  You and your guests need a place to remove outerwear and place keys.  However, they should also be warm and welcoming and reflect your personal style. If they possess some architectural interest, even better!  We've found some beautiful entries that may inspire you.

Touring The Coronado Ranch Model at Thousand Oaks

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Welcome to the Coronado custom ranch home plan by KLM Builders.  This lovely home features an open concept design, gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on the main level with an additional bedroom and bathroom in the finished basement, a 3-car garage and beautiful finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:


See Floorplan

Foodie Friday: Spring Dishes

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The weather may not be cooperating, but it's spring!  The best part of the season is the new fresh produce available for our nourishment and pleasure.  We've found some great recipes for spring dishes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Home Tip Tuesday: Conserving Water

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A few changes in your household water usage can go along way to improving water conservation and save you some green in the process.


Nearly 60% of all household water use happens in the bathroom

·  Take showers instead of baths 
Showering uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. Try cutting 2-minutes off your time. If you have kids (teenagers) have them listen to music to help them gauge the amount of time they are in the shower. Typically they should finish up within 2 songs. Give it a try yourself.  If you do take a bath, make sure you don't over-fill it – you can always add a little water once you get in.

Pretty Patio Designs

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Spring has been a long time coming this year!  It's finally time to start thinking about outdoor living.  Today we are focusing on patios for your outdoor living inspiration.  There are many types of patios - concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, flagstone and more.  You can soften all the hardscape and ground your space with outdoor rugs.  We've found some lovely patios for your enjoyment.  What's your favorite?