Showing posts from July, 2017

Fairy Garden Inspiration

Have you ever heard of fairy gardens? They are really popular right now.  These miniature gardens add a sense of magic and whimsy to your yard.  All you need are some supplies that you may already have or that can be found at your local garden center, some imagination and maybe just a little fairy dust!  We've found some great fairy gardens to inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Marinades

Grilling-out for dinner is one of the best parts of summertime.  Are you looking for some new marinade recipes to spice up your meats?  We've found some great recipes to add to your rotation.  Let us know which is your favorite!

Easy Steak Marinade
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 large steaks
Author: Chelsea, adapted from All Recipes

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 large lemons (1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder  Coupons
1 and 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
Coarse sea salt, optional
Steaks of your choice
Canola oil, for grill grates

In a medium-sized bowl, add in the olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice and lemon zest, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, dried basil, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried oregano, and white p…

2-minute Tours: Custom Home in Hinsdale, IL by David Weekley

This spacious David Weekley home is located in the desirable town of Hinsdale, Illinois.  It features 3,101 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a finished 3rd floor bonus room, finished basement, custom finishes throughout and a 3-car tandem garage.  Enjoy the video tour below: 

Click here for the floor plan.

Home Tip Tuesday: Making the Most of a Small Outdoor Living Space

At the end of a long, stressful day, you may desire nothing more than to spend a few minutes of solitude in the comfort of your outdoor living space. You might find breathing fresh, outdoor air and viewing nature rejuvenating. Regardless of the size of your outdoor living area, you can turn it into a relaxing retreat. However, working with a smaller space can pose problems. To make the most of a tiny outdoor living area, consider the following tips.

Charming Cottage Garden Designs

Do you have a green thumb?  There is something so satisfying about creating a beautiful garden.  It takes a lot of hard work and planning, but the results bring so much joy.  Being outdoors and working in nature to create a beautiful retreat for yourself, family and friends.  It's so rewarding!  We've found some beautiful garden designs for inspiration and enjoyment.  Which is your favorite?

Foodie Friday: Pickling Recipes

Is your garden bursting with veggies?  There is nothing like fresh, nutritious salads and snacks that are homegrown.  That is satisfying on all levels!   The only problem is that sometimes you can't eat it fast enough!  We've found some pickling recipes to help you out. Enjoy!

Pickled Sweet Peppers
Yield: 2 (1-pint) jars

1 pound small sweet peppers, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
3 large shallots, sliced into rings
1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Divide peppers and shallot evenly between jars. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring vinegar, 1⁄2 cup water, garlic, sugar, salt, and red pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; discard garlic. Divide vinegar mixture evenly between jars. Seal jars, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate 24 hours or up to 1 month.

Sweet And Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
Author: Je…

2-Minute Tours: New David Weekley Home at 317 Lake St. in Barrington, IL

Welcome to the Lindell plan by David Weekley!  This lovely home is located in the heart of downtown Barrington, Illinois.  It features 2755 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, private study, mudroom, 2nd floor retreat, finished basement and more!  Enjoy the video tour below: 

Click here for details on this home.

2- Minute Tour of a David Weekley Home in La Grange, IL

This beautiful David Weekley home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 3-car tandem garage and a finished basement with additional bedroom and bathroom.  This home has already sold, but please enjoy the video tour below:

For floor plans click here.

Home Tip Tuesday: Pros and Cons of Automated Irrigation

Watering your yard is like walking a tightrope. Balance is everything. For healthy plants and lawns, it's best not to over or under water your landscape.

Balancing daily life is another important concern. Toting a garden hose and sprinkler head around the yard every 20 minutes for hours may not be how you want to spend your free time.

An automatic irrigation system with pop-up sprinklers for overhead watering can solve both problems if programmed correctly. Yet before installing one, it pays to understand the pros and cons of this investment in home improvement.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Outdoor cooking season is here!  Any day of the week is fine, but it's especially nice to be able to cook outdoors when you are entertaining.  We've found some great outdoor kitchens to inspire you!  Tell us, what are must-have features for your outdoor kitchen?

Foodie Friday: Grilled Veggie Recipes

Vegetables in the summertime are the absolute best!  Whether you buy at the grocery store or from local farmers market, everything is fresh and in season.  Simply delicious!  How do you like your vegetables prepared?  We've found some great recipes for grilled veggies that you will love.  Enjoy!

Before & After Bathroom Remodels in Marengo

Three bathrooms get a complete makeover by KLM Kitchens Baths & Floors. The bathroom remodels included new vanity tops, cabinetry, new flooring, plumbing fixtures, tub and showers. See the incredible transformations of these bathrooms in the video below:

The Monroe Two-story Model from KLM Builders

Welcome to the Monroe from KLM Builders!  This spacious two-story home features 2,500 square feet of living space with an open concept design, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2nd floor laundry, his and her walk-in closets in the master suite and a full unfinished basement.  Enjoy the video tour below:

Click here for floor plan.

Tips on Dining Al Fresco at Home

While al fresco dining is a fun way to entertain on a summer evening, it can pose some challenges. Find your flow this summer with these essential tips for dining al fresco. 

Upgrade Your Place Settings
Bring your flatware outdoors for a sophisticated dinner party. Set your dining table with a spill-resistant tablecloth in a pretty pattern, then add plates, cloth napkins, and flatware. Since these items are heavier than paper or plastic, they won't blow away in the wind. 

Front Door Design Inspiration

The front door is one of the first impressions passers-by and guests get of your home.  It can lend to your home's curb appeal.  There are so many styles and types of doors to choose from these days.  And you can simply dress up a plain front door with a pop of color.  We've found some fabulous front doors for you to enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Shrimp Recipes

Seafood in the summertime just fits doesn't it?  Fresh and delicious.  We've found some great shrimp recipes for you to try out this summer.  Don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments!  Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 42: New Construction in La Grange, IL from David Weekley

This spacious home by David Weekley is located in La Grange, Illinois.  It features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 3-car tandem garage and a finished basement with additional bedroom and bathroom.  This home has sold, but please enjoy the video tour below:

Click here for floor plans.

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture

The right furniture is the difference between having an outdoor living space and using it. The many available choices can make selection an intimidating process. Think of your deck or patio as an extension of your home and the process gets easier. A wildly colorful Caribbean-inspired outdoor room sounds like a fun idea, but if your style is really more on the traditional and serene side, wild and colorful probably won’t stand the test of time.  Check out the following tips for even more advice about choosing the right outdoor furniture.

Lake House Inspiration

Summer by the lake sounds like wholesome fun, doesn't it?  Boating, tubing, swimming and fishing for daytime activities.   At night wind things down with a bonfire complete with s'mores and fireflies.  Sold!  We've found some idyllic lake houses for you to peruse.  Enjoy!