Showing posts from April, 2017

Home Tour Vlog 37 - Touring Two Tiny Homes at Heritage Harbor

Touring 2 Tiny Houses in Home Tour Vlog 37
(see video tour below)

Foodie Friday: Quiche Recipes

Today's recipes choice is the quiche!  A quiche is simply a savory open-faced pie that is filled with a mixture of eggs, milk, cheese, vegetables and/or meat.  A quiche can be served hot or cold.  They are great for brunch or any meal of the day.  So versatile!  We've found some delcious recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

2 Minute Tour of US Shelter Home in Arlington Heights

This spacious US Shelter home is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  It features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a first floor office, a second floor laundry, an open concept design and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:

Home Tip Tuesday: Planning a Vegetable Garden

Get exercise, fresh air, and the satisfaction of eating food you grew yourself when you plant a vegetable garden. Whether you have a patio or a large plot of land, plan the perfect garden with these tips.

Select the Right Site & Prepare the Soil 
Most vegetables do best when they have full sun, while some enjoy a mixture of sun and shade. The ideal site for a vegetable garden will offer sun exposure for a minimum of 6 hours a day. 

Patio Design Ideas

What would your perfect patio be like?  Would it have an outdoor kitchen, a fire feature, space to entertain or would it be a simple intimate setting?  The possibilities are endless! And what would your patio be made from?  Patios can be made from numerous materials.  Brick pavers, slate, flagstone or concrete that can be stamped and/or stained are a few popular choices.  We've found some beautiful patio designs to inspire you to create or update your own.  Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 36 - Well Appointed Custom Home in Northbrook, IL

This newly completed custom home at 2300 Bellevue Place in Northbrook, IL features more than 3,600 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, full finished basement, 3-car garage and much more!
See the Full Video Tour Below

Foodie Friday: Mexican Food

Mexican food is definitely a year-round favorite.  Taco Tuesdays anyone?!  You might want to do something a little different from your regular weekly tacos for Cinco De Mayo.  We've found some delicious Mexican dishes for you to try and enjoy.  Check them out!

2-Minute Tour: New Home in Northbrook, IL from David Weekley

Welcome to the Danbrooke plan by David Weekley!  This custom home features 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, huge eat-in kitchen, full finished basement, 3-car garage and elegant finishes throughout.  Take the video tour below:

Click here for floor plan.

Outdoor Living Spaces - Decks

Spring is here - thank goodness!  Time to start thinking about your outdoor living space.  Today we will focus on decks.  Decks can be made from wood like pressure treated lumber, cedar, redwood and tropical hardwoods.  Another option for decking material is composite.  It's made from wood fibers and recycled plastic and is lower maintenance than wood.  Deck designs have come a long way in recent years.  We've found some beautiful ones for you to enjoy.

Foodie Friday: Granola Recipes

Granola is a very versatile food.  It's great as a breakfast or an on-the-go snack.  You can add it to yogurt and fruit to create a pretty parfait or as an ice-cream sundae topping!  Of course it's delicious on its own.  We've found some great granola recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Video Tour of a Cozy Vacation Cottage at Heritage Harbor

This cozy cottage at Heritage Harbor is located poolside and just steps from the marina's Harbor Walk. It features 950 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and lots of charm.  Enjoy the video tour below:  

Click here to learn more about the cottage homes at Heritage Harbor.

Home Tip Tuesday: Spring Home Maintenance

As weather warms up in spring, it's an ideal time to catch up with home maintenance tasks after the long winter. Add these 7 tasks to your spring maintenance checklist. 

1. Replace smoke alarm batteries - Traditional wisdom recommends replacing the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year. Doing this task when time changes in the spring and fall makes it easy to remember. 

Master Bathroom Design Ideas

A luxurious master bathroom is the icing on the cake!  Of course a bathroom needs to be functional, but beautiful design and finishes are important too. Having a spa-like bathroom retreat helps you to relax and unwind at the end of the day and get ready for your day in the mornings. We've found some incredible master bathrooms for you to peruse. Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 35 - New Homes in the Heart of Lombard by Airhart Construction

Park Place is a cozy neighborhood of 6 distinctive cottage homes by Airhart Construction. These homes are ideally situated within walking distance to the Lombard Town Centre shopping district, Metra Train Station and more. This community provides a townhouse lifestyle free from attached walls. The homeowners association takes care of the landscape maintenance and snow shoveling.

Click here for details on this home.

Foodie Friday: Easter Desserts

The grand finale to a meal is the dessert!  You particularly want something special for holiday desserts.  Do you have your Easter dessert chosen?  You might want to consider the luscious desserts we've found!  Give them a try and let us know how you liked them!

Video Tour of Decorated Harrison Ranch Model by KLM Builders

Welcome to the Harrison ranch plan by KLM Builders!  This lovely home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an open concept design, a 2-car garage and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below: 

Click here for floor plan.

Home Tip Tuesday: Spring Yard Maintenance

Spring brings a sense of hope and renewal and, oh yes, yard maintenance! Completing crucial chores now will give your landscape the best chance to look beautiful all summer. Early maintenance also reduces the amount of work you have to later--so why wait?

Take a Walk About
Grab a note pad and a pencil, and take a walk around your home. Does the siding need to be pressure washed, are gutters and downspouts in need of repair? Make a list of maintenance “to-dos” and prioritize the tasks. These jobs aren’t technically considered yard care, but may involve trimming, transplanting or working around foundational plants. There’s no point in filling that bed with colorful spring annuals right now if you’re going to be trampling through it to replace window caulking.  Inspecting your home from 360 degrees also gives you the chance to prevent some problems before they start. Shrubs and trees in little-used side yards could be cutting into your home’s paint or causing other problems through overgro…

Easter Tablescape Ideas

Springtime is here!  Finally!  It's always fun to get in the spirit of the holiday with your home decor.  Especially if you happen to be hosting.  Creating a pretty and festive table where everyone gathers for the meal is a must.  Not sure where to begin?  We've found some lovely tables to inspire you to create your own Easter tablescape.  Enjoy!