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Foodie Friday! Summer Cocktails

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Along with summertime comes cool, fruity and fun cocktails!  They are just so refreshing!  We've found some great ones to add to your recipe collection.  What better way to unwind on a hot summer day?  Cheers!  As always, please drink responsibly!

Summer Lawn Care Tips

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Summer is the season when you want your lawn to look great for all the outdoor parties and gatherings. Ironically, it’s also the season when lawn requires the most care and attention. Hot temperatures and lots of feet in the grass can take a toll on your yard if you neglect summer lawn care.

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One of the most common mistakes in summer lawn care is cutting it too short. Taller blades of grass can absorb more light which is then converted into nutrients that keep the roots and soil healthy. Longer grass also provides shade for the soil, keeping in more moisture on those hot days. Ideally, a lawn should be manicured to about three inches. Set the mower’s blades on the highest setting for an ideal cut, and never remove more than one-third of the total height in one mow.

Outdoor Living Ambiance

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Your outdoor living space is really an extension of your home.  It should be comfortable and accessorized just like an indoor room.  Accessories to consider adding to your outdoor space include: 

outdoor rugthrow pillows and blanketscurtains lighting and/or lanterns lots of potted plantsartwork
These accessories will give your space warmth, personality and an undeniable ambiance.  Here are some great outdoor living areas that are beautifully accessorized:

Open House Video Tour Vlog 61 of Ranch Home Community - Maples at the Sonatas

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Maples at the Sonatas in Woodstock, IL

This maintenance-free ranch home community features a charming clubhouse in the heart of the development. The resident only clubhouse offers a pool, fitness room, great room with full kitchen, expanded seating for parties and billiards.

Foodie Friday! Summer Sides

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Summer is here and the time is right for...  cookouts!  Lots of hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages.  Delcious!  But what about the sides?  Whether you are hosting a barbeque or bringing a dish to pass to a summer bash, pleasing side dishes are a must.  We've found some great ones for you to try out this summer.  Enjoy!  

Open House Tour Vlog 60 - Custom Home in Lake Bluff, IL by US Shelter

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Welcome to our House Vlog Tour 60!  Today we are touring a new custom home in Lake Bluff, Illinois by US Shelter Homes. This spacious home features 3,200 square feet of living space.  Features include: an open plan, chef's kitchen, butler's pantry, den, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, full basement, a 2-car garage and lovely finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below: 





Summer Entertaining Tips

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Grilled food, cold drinks, outdoor games and making memories with friends and family--those are the basics of great summer entertaining. Whether you’re throwing your first shindig or your 100th, every host can use a few tips to make their summer party the best on the block.

Water Feature Designs

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Your outdoor living space is a place to relax and connect with nature.  A wonderful addition to your space that would tick those boxes is a water feature.  There is something deeply soothing and relaxing about the sight and sound of water.  There are many types of water features to choose from.  We've found some lovely ones for your enjoyment.  

Open House Tour 59 - Brentwood Ranch Home at Lakes of Boulder Ridge by Plote Homes

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Today we are touring a ranch home in the in the clubhouse community of Lakes at Boulder Ridge by Plote Homes.  The Brentwood plan features 1,710 square feet of living space with  2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, study, spacious great room, kitchen with dinette area, mud/laundry room, full basement and a 2-car attached garage.  Enjoy the tour below:



Click here for floor plan.

Foodie Friday: Cold Desserts

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-scream!  Or some kind of delicious cold dessert anyway, right?  Summertime and cool desserts just go hand in hand.  We've found some cool and tasty treats for you to try out.  Enjoy!

New White Kitchen Design from One of KLM Builders Ranch Homes

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Who doesn't love a white kitchen?  In the video below the builder explains all the details of this new white kitchen.  Elegant finishes and functional features abound in this kitchen design.  Enjoy!


Click here to see the full home tour.

Home Tip Tuesday ~ Top Flowering Shrubs

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Flowering shrubs are one of the most overlooked plants available to gardeners. Many types provide three-season interest and are the solution to that blank spot in the landscape where nothing else will grow.

Pretty Pool Designs

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How do you keep cool in the summertime?  Imagine being able to cool off right in your own backyard oasis.  We've found some beautiful outdoor living spaces featuring swimming pools.These spaces are perfect for entertaining, playtime or simply relaxing.  Which is your favorite?

Foodie Friday: Cool Summer Drinks

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Celebrate the summertime vibe with a cool and refreshing drink on the patio. Whether you are entertaining guests or you just want to relax on your own and enjoy a summer beverage, we've got you covered.   We've found some wonderful recipes for you to quench your thirst this summer.  Enjoy!

Great Room Design Ideas | Interior Design 2018

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Great rooms are generally open concept designs with lofty ceilings. We've put together a video showcasing some of the beautiful great room designs we have had the pleasure of seeing during our home tours.  Enjoy!




Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Planting Window Boxes

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Window boxes add a big dose of curb appeal to any home. There are a few tricks to creating that magazine-perfect look. To begin with, make sure the type of box and plantings complement the style of your home. A vintage fruit crate filled with geraniums would make a charming window box for a cottage, but would look out of place on a contemporary home.

Amazing Outdoor Kitchens

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Do you do a lot of outdoor entertaining during the summertime?  Consider taking it up a notch by adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard.  They come in many shapes, sizes and designs.  What features would you include in your design?   Here is a small sample of outdoor kitchen design ideas:

Foodie Friday - Zoodles Recipes

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Have tried zoodles yet?   Zoodles are simply zucchini noodles.  They are made by using a handy kitchen gadget called a spiralizer. You may also be able to find them already made in the produce section at your local grocery store.  Zoodles are a wonderful gluten-free, grain-free, low carb alternative to noodles.  We've found some great zoodles recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!