Showing posts from June, 2017

Foodie Friday: Summertime Cocktails

Ah sweet summertime.  There is nothing like unwinding on the porch or patio with friends and family. Are you in need of a refreshing new cocktail to enjoy on these occasions?  We've found some tasty ones!  Let us know what you think. 

Home Tour 41: Courthouse Square - Luxury Townhomes in Wheaton, IL

Courthouse Square by Airhart Construction features unique, luxury townhomes located in beautiful downtown Wheaton.  They feature 3 levels of living space plus a basement, private elevators, 2nd level laundry rooms, rooftop terraces, paver patios and 2-car garages.  Enjoy the video tour below:

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Home Tip Tuesday: Trendy Summer Entertaining Tips

Trends in entertaining come and go. Incorporating some of the latest ideas you found on social media into your next summer party keeps things fresh for everyone, especially if your home is party central for the season. But not everyone has the staff of 12 and Martha Stewart-level crafting skills needed to execute some of those awesome ideas. We’ve discovered a cooler full of summer entertaining tips that anyone can pull off. No “fails” in sight!

Enhance Your Yard with Garden Art

You've worked hard to create a beautiful garden and outdoor living space.  Why not take it up a notch?  Adding art to your garden will give it that special touch - a sparkle here and an interesting piece there will add personality and style to your yard.  You can create your own or find them at your local greenhouse and garden centers or online.  We've found some great pieces to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Cold Desserts

What's one of the best parts of summertime?  The cold desserts, of course!  Refreshing and delicious, they are the best way to end a hot summer day with friends.  We've found some delicious cold dessert recipes for you to add to your collection.  Enjoy!

2-Minute Tours: New Custom Home in Hinsdale IL by David Weekley

This beautiful home by David Weekley Builders is located in Hinsdale, Illinois.  It features 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, a third floor bonus room, a full finished basement, a 3-car garage and custom finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:

Click here for floor plans.

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips on Green Living this Summer

If you've been thinking of taking steps to lower your environmental impact, summer is the perfect time to go green. Follow these tips to green your family's routine this summer. 

Green Your BBQ
Summer is cookout season. Make your BBQ eco-friendly by using a propane grill rather than charcoal, which is a dirtier fuel. 

Green your barbecues by switching from plastic or Styrofoam plates to compostable or disposable plates. Recycle your beverage containers, or serve iced tea, infused water, or lemonade in reusable cups to lower waste. 

Wonderful Water Features

Have you ever considered incorporating a pond or water fountain to your outdoor space?  There is something very soothing about water.  Adding a water feature can provide a tranquil and relaxing ambiance in your garden.  We've found some lovely water features for you to peruse.

Foodie Friday: Summer Sides

Along with summer comes outdoor parties, barbecues and dinners outside on the patio. What to pair with all the delicious grilled entrees?  Fresh summer sides and salads, of course!  We've found some incredible ones for you to try out.  

Vlog 40 - Touring a David Weekley Custom Home in Hinsdale, Illinois

This expansive home by David Weekley Builders is located in Hinsdale, Illinois.  It features 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, a third floor bonus room, a full finished basement, a 3-car garage and custom finishes throughout.  Take the video tour below:

Click here for floor plans.

Home Tip Tuesday: Create a Succulent Garden that Wows

Low maintenance and big beauty, that magical combination explains the explosion of interest in succulent gardens over the last few years. Plants that were once relegated to the shady part of Grandma’s yard are now the trendiest things in pots. Like living sculptures, succulents provide color, texture and architectural variety in almost any part of the garden. From tall and prickly to tiny and soft, these plants are a dream come true for inexperienced gardeners, innovative gardeners and dedicated black thumbs.

Accessories for Your Outdoor Living Space

Using accessories in your outdoor living space adds warmth, personality and dimension.  Simply think of your deck or patio as an extension of your home.  First, ground the space by using an outdoor rug.  Next place colorful pillows on seating and put up curtains for softness and privacy.  Continue with potted plants in various sizes and colors.  Use lighting to enhance the ambiance of your outdoor room.  This will also encourage you to use the space into the nighttime hours.  Keep it simple by using lanterns with candles, string some lights or even add a chandelier.  The possibilities are endless!  Have fun!

Foodie Friday: Summer Drinks

Cool drinks on the porch in the heat of summer are so refreshing.  It's nice to have something special to sip on for your guests or just for yourself while you are relaxing on the patio.  We've found some delicious thirst quenching beverages for you to try out this summer.  Enjoy!

2-Minute Tour: Charming Home in La Grange by David Weekley

This newly completed David Weekley home in La Grange, IL features more than 3,000 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, formal dining room, an open concept design, 3-car tandem garage and a full finished basement. 

Home Tip Tuesday: Outdoor Water Features

Is there anything more relaxing than the sound of a babbling brook or waves softly crashing on the shore? It’s no wonder people are attracted to places in nature where water flows. The sound of water pouring, splashing and bubbling has the power to soothe a busy mind and create a deep sense of relaxation. As long as that water isn’t dripping from a leaky faucet, that is! And it’s also no wonder so many people want to replicate the sound of moving water in their personal environments. A water feature in the yard or garden creates a serene focal point you and your guests will enjoy for many hours.

Inviting Pool Designs

The dog days of summer are almost here!  Wouldn't it be great to spend the long hot days lounging by the pool?  Sounds heavenly.  We've found some luxurious pool designs for you to enjoy.  Which one is your favorite?

Foodie Friday: Zoodles Recipes

Have you had zoodles yet?  They are all the rage!  Zoodles are zucchini noodles.  You can make them by using a handy kitchen gadget called a spiralizer.  Zoodles are a terrific gluten-free, grain-free, low carb alternative to noodles.  We've found some great zoodles recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!

Asian Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry with Shrimp
Prep: 15 minutes  Cook: 15 minutes  Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 medium bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2/3 cup sliced red onions
1 cup sugar snap peas
2 medium zucchini, cut into noodles 
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and cornstarch. Set the mixture aside.

Place a large sauté pan or wok over medium-low heat. Add 2…