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Entryway Design Ideas | Interior Design 2018

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The entryway is the first impression guests have of the inside of your home.  The ideal entryway is inviting, stylish and functional.  We've put together a video showcasing some of the beautiful entryways we have seen during our home tours.  Enjoy!




Summer Tablescape Designs

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Summer entertaining is right around the corner!  Having friends and family over for specific celebrations or just for fun is the hallmark of summer.  Add some extra ambiance by setting a beautiful summer table.  Tables with a garden or beach theme are perfect for summertime, but the possibilities are endless.  We've found some beautiful summer tablescapes to inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Overnight Oats Recipes

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Overnight Oats are a delicious and nutritious breakfast dish.  They are served cold so they are perfect to have on hot summer days.  (You can always warm them up if you prefer) The ingredients generally include old fashioned oats, milk or yogurt and fruit.  Overnight Oats are usually made in mason jars, but any airtight container will do.  We've found some great recipes for you to try out. Enjoy!

Lovely Laundry Room Designs - Interior Design 2018

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Laundry is the never-ending chore!  To make this unavoidable task a little easier it's nice to have a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.  From spacious to compact, we've created a video with beautiful laundry room designs.  Enjoy!




Tips on Creating an Inviting Outdoor Living Space

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Outdoor living used to only be the domain of those who lived in mild climates, but today, folks are making the most of their decks and patios even if only for a portion of the year. Outdoor spaces are the perfect places for family to gather, to entertain friends or to relax at the end of a hard day.

Exterior Lighting Ideas

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Exterior lighting enhances the beauty of your yard and home while also keeping you and your family safe. Lighting on your home itself can show-off its unique architecture and can deter burglars. Pathways, steps and driveways are more inviting and safer with lighting to guide the way.  A well-lit home and garden creates a safe environment while adding ambiance.  Here are some beautiful examples: 

Open House Tour Vlog 58 - Custom Home in Arlington Heights, IL by US Shelter Homes

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Today we are touring a beautiful custom home by US Shelter Homes.  This two-story home is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  It features 3,845 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a 2-car garage and lovely finishes throughout.  The builder joins us on this tour to share all the great details in this home. Enjoy the video tour below!





Foodie Friday! Burger Recipes

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Summertime is just around the corner!  Time for cook-outs with family and friends.  Fire up that grill it's time for some burgers and dogs.  Yum!  We've found some delicious burger recipes for you to try out this summer.  Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle!  Enjoy!



Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce
Kosher salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
4 canned sliced pineapple rings
8 slices bacon
Hamburger buns (optional)
Hamburger toppings (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and it set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef and the barbecue sauce. Shape the beef mixture into 4 patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper.

Place two strips of bacon to make four X’s on the baking sheet. Place a hamburger patty on the center of each X, and a pineapple ring on top of each patty. Wra…

Master Suite Designs - Interior Design Ideas 2018

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We have had the pleasure of touring a lot of beautiful custom homes. In the video below we have compiled photos of some of the luxurious master suites we have seen.  Some desirable features in include decorative ceilings, spacious bathrooms with elegant finishes and incredible walk-in closets.  Enjoy the video!



Inviting Home Exteriors

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We all want our home to have a bit of curb appeal.  A pleasing home design combined with beautiful landscaping creates an inviting home. Of course, homes need to be lovingly maintained to keep a desirable clean and fresh look. We've found some beautiful homes to share with you.  Enjoy!

Custom House in Arlington Heights by US Shelter Homes

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This lovely custom 2-story home by US Shelter Homes is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  It features 3,845 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a 2-car garage and beautiful finishes throughout. Enjoy the video tour below!






Foodie Friday: Scones

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Scones are a great choice for breakfast or brunch.  They are so versatile and can be savory or sweet - appealing and satisfying to both sides of the coin!  We've found some delicious scone recipes for you to add to your collection.  Enjoy!

Marvelous Mudroom Designs - Interior Design 2018

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Mudrooms are fantastic "catch-all" spaces usually located at the rear or garage access to the home.  They provide great storage for coats, footwear, backpacks, bags, umbrellas, dog leashes and more.  These spaces help keep you and your family organized and ready to go.  Check out our video on mudroom designs below:


Home Tip Tuesday: Top 4 Popular Perennials

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Perennials are plants and flowers that live longer than two years, though most live much longer than that. They can be left in the ground year after year with little maintenance.  Some perennials spread, filling out the landscape a bit more each year. Annuals may provide a bold pop of color in the spring garden, but perennials are the backbone of the landscape.

Fantastic Porches

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Come join me on the porch!  Relaxing on the porch is a wonderful way to spend time during the warmer months. It's reminiscent of a simpler time.  Lemonade and a game of checkers anyone?  We have found some beautiful porches that are warm and inviting.  Enjoy!

New Home Addition Designed for Handicap Accessibility

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This home addition by KLM Kitchens, Baths & Floors was designed featuring handicap accessibility. The addition includes a sunroom, new bedroom, en suite bath and laundry room.  Handicap features include wider doorways, wider shower entry and grab bars in the bathroom.  See the video below for details.





Foodie Friday! Asparagus Recipes

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One of the best things about springtime is the fresh produce!  Asparagus is in season from late February through June.  When choosing your asparagus be sure to look for bright green or purplish spears with firm stems. The tips should be closed and compact.  We've found some great asparagus recipes to try out!  Enjoy!

Home Tip Tuesday! Popular Annuals for the Garden

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Annuals are nature’s gift to the impatient. They are the fastest, easiest way to inject a pop of color into the spring garden. Plants and flowers called “annuals” grow, bloom and release their seeds during one growing season and usually die after the first fall frost.  The classifications of “hardy,”  “half-hardy” and “tender” refer to the plant’s ability to withstand cold and indicate the best planting times. Because they die each season, spent annuals need to be removed each fall and replaced with fresh plants the following spring. However, some annuals are self-sowing and, once planted, will continue to reseed themselves year after year.


Five Popular Annuals Flowers 
The most popular annuals are showy and easy to care for, but not all annuals are right for every spot. Before heading to the nursery, make sure you know how much sun your site gets and what type of garden you want to grow. The natural, sometimes invasive nature of self-seeding annuals could create a maintenance nightmare…