Showing posts from July, 2016

Foodie Friday: Savory Kebabs

Your summer grilling recipes aren't complete without kebabs!  They are both beautiful and delicious.  We've found some tasty kebab recipes for you to try out.  So, fire up the grill and enjoy!  

Designer's Corner Color Crush: Blush

I am currently in love with all home décor items in shades of blush - it's this perfect pale pink that is a great mix between pink and peach and doesn't come off in most spaces as overly feminine, and when it does, it is feminine in a much more sophisticated way than bubble gum or magenta pink. Here are some great examples of blush done right.

Beautiful Back Yard Water Features by Aquascape ~ Video

Water features add to the tranquility and peacefulness of your outdoor living space.  Aquascape can help you choose the best feature for your size and budget.

Enjoy this video of some beautiful water features:

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Home Tip Tuesday: Drought-Resistant Plants

Concerns about water usage and the desire to create low-maintenance landscapes is encouraging more homeowners to find plants that look beautiful without taking up a lot of resources. You may think of cacti and other prickly things when you think "drought-resistant," but the variety of low-water plants includes many colorful and interesting options. We've chosen four that are not only suited for minimal care, they are also a good fit for most growing zones.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Inspiration

For those of you that love to grill and enjoy entertaining, an outdoor kitchen would be ideal!  What features would be on your list for your dream outdoor kitchen design?  Pizza oven, refrigerator, plenty of storage?  We've found some incredible outdoor kitchen designs to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Touring the Decorated Model for Enclave at the Grove in Glenview - Vlog 18

Enclave at the Grove is a new home community by David Weekley Homes. These gated residences are surrounded by an abundance of beautiful parks and greenbelts, this walkable community in Glenview features low-maintenance living from a trusted builder with four decades of experience.

Here, you’ll also enjoy:
Grove Forest Preserve homesites available
Energy-efficient, award-winning floor plans, some with first floor Owner’s Retreat
Close to great shopping, dining and entertainment at The Glen Town Center
Highly-regarded Glenbrook District 225 schools
Convenient location in between I-94 and I-294, 20 miles from excitement of downtown Chicago
Walking and jogging trails, pond and nature reserves  
(Watch the Video Tour Below)

Foodie Friday: Cool Summer Drinks

An ice cold drink in the summertime sure hits the spot!  There's something nostalgic and charming about having a nice cool drink on the porch.  We've found some great drink recipes for you to have on hand for your family and any guests that pop by for a visit.  Pull up a chair, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Light Finished Hardwood Flooring

Lately, I have been seeing more and more new construction and renovated homes with lightly finished hardwood floors. Whether, bleached or whitewashed, it provides the homes with a really beautiful, natural looking wood floor. Here are some great images showing this style of finish.

Home Tip Tuesday: 7 tough Groundcovers to Try

Groundcovers can add beauty to your yard and garden while simplifying the amount of mowing and tedious maintenance you need to do. By keeping weeds at bay, groundcovers make your garden to-do list easier. Attractive, tough groundcovers hold up in challenging environments, return year after year, and require little or no care. Here are 7 favorites to try. 

Summer Tablescape Inspiration

Are you doing some special summertime entertaining?  One way to make a big impact on your special meal is by creating a beautiful and inviting tablescape.  It will add to the ambiance of your get-together.  We've found some breezy summer tablescapes to inspire you to create your own.  

Home Tour Vlog 17 - Nice Finishes in this Newly Completed Custom Home in Deerfield

Thanks for joining us for our home tour Vlog 17!  Today's home is by David Weekley Homes and it's located in Deerfield, Illinois.  It features 2916 square feet of living space, an open concept design, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a 2 car detached garage.  Enjoy the video tour!

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Home Tour Vlog 16 - Brand New Northbrook Custom Home by David Weekley

Welcome to the Danbrooke!  Join us as we tour this newly completed custom home by David Weekley in Northbrook, Illinois.  This spacious home features 3644 square feet, gourmet kitchen, great room, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a 3 car garage and quality finishes throughout.  Take the video tour below!

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Foodie Friday: Pasta Salad Recipes

Pasta salads are great summer sides for barbeques at home or to take to a large gathering.  They also make great meals when the temperatures rise and you don't feel like spending much time cooking!  We've found some delicious recipes for you to add to your collection.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Outdoor Dining

As summer is in full gear, outdoor dining is an absolutely must. Here are some of my favorite outdoor dining spaces (coverage for some shade is a major bonus!).

Home Tip Tuesday: Green Pest Control for the Lawn and Garden

You can have that lush lawn and those beautiful flower beds you crave without putting chemicals on your grass, shrubs, and garden beds. Natural lawn and yard care practices incorporate beneficial insects, natural products, and smart practices to keep pests out of the garden - and chemicals out of your home. Learn how to get a pest-free yard the natural way. 

Totally Awesome Tree Houses!

Tree houses or forts have been around for ages, but they seem to be increasing in popularity recently.  They are wonderful  retreats for kids to enjoy.  Sit back, relax and watch their imaginations soar!  We've found some great tree house designs to inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!

Spacious New Model Home at Reserve of Barrington by David Weekley - Home Tour VLOG 15

Join us as we tour this luxurious new model at The Reserve of Barrington.   The Reserve is a beautiful gated community located in the charming historic suburb of Barrington. A variety of award-winning floor plans are offered, ranging in size from 2,400 to 3,200 square feet, with downstairs and upstairs Owners Retreat options. For details visit David Weekley Homes.

Foodie Friday: Summer Breakfast Ideas

What's for breakfast?  Summertime is a great time of year for eating healthy. Unfortunately, it's a busy time of year too.  You may just need something quick as you head out the door to your summer activities.  We've found some great breakfast ideas to start out your summer days with a smile.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Hallings Secretary

A secretary is a very traditional piece of furniture that has been around for centuries. The Hallings secretary is one of my favorite versions of this piece. It is very clean lined, which brings it up to date but still has a very traditional, beautiful look. 

Home Tip Tuesday: How to Edge Garden Beds

Edging around garden beds looks nice, but it also serves an important purpose. The right edging clearly defines the line where a flower bed ends and the lawn or hardscaping begins. When maintained properly, edging prevents weeds and grass from rooting around flowers and competing with them for resources. You can create attractive and functional edging in three easy steps.

Charming Cottage Garden Designs

Last week we did a feature on Formal Gardens.  This week we have found some beautiful gardens with a more laid-back cottage style. According to Wickipedia cottage gardens have a particular style that use informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. They possess grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Which style do you prefer?

Foodie Friday: Bloody Mary Recipes

Bloody Mary cocktails have become more popular and larger than life recently.  Some gourmet Bloody Marys are like meals with veggies and meats included.  We've found some great Bloody Mary recipes to enjoy in the comfort of your home.  Enjoy!