Showing posts from February, 2018

2018 Kitchen Trends

How does one room have so much power over our comfort? Whatever its magic, if the kitchen doesn’t look and feel right, the rest of the home doesn’t feel quite right either. That’s why Americans spend an average of $22,000 to get their kitchen remodel right. Of course, every year brings new décor versions of “right,” and 2018 has some interesting new trends to consider.

Home Tip Tuesday: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Spring is a great time to put your house on the market, but it's not going to sell itself!  Time to get to work.  There are several things that should be done in order to put your house in the best possible condition for a sale.  It's going to take a bit of time and energy, but it will be worth it in the end.  

Master Bedroom Design Inspiration

The master bedroom is your private sanctuary.  A place to rest and rejuvenate.  They can include amenities like a sitting area, outdoor access, fireplace, built-ins and beautiful ceiling detail.  What would be in your dream master bedroom design?  We've found some lovely ones to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Foodie Friday: Chili

What hits the spot on cold winter days better than a hot bowl of chili?  Not much!  It's a warm-you-up and stick-to-your-ribs meal.  We've found some great chili recipes for you to add to your recipe collection.  So delicious!  Enjoy!

Tiny House Living on the Waterfront - The Southern Charm Home Plan

The Southern Charm I is a quaint waterfront cottage located at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, Illinois.  This home features 1,200 square feet of living space with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Heritage Harbor is a waterfront resort community featuring charming homes, walk-able neighborhoods, a world-class marina, dining, activities adventure and amenities.  Enjoy the video tour below: 

2018 Home Design Trends

Regardless of what’s trendy, decorating in a way that makes your house feel like home is always a top priority. But if you’re ready for a change, this year’s home décor trends might help inspire some ideas for refreshing your space.

Lower Your Utility Bills This Winter and Save Money

The following 8 tips can help you to save energy and money this winter:

1. Control Air Leaks
Caulk leaky windows, add weather stripping on drafty exterior doors and inspect gaps where pipes enter the home to see if they need to be filled.

2. Lights 
Winter time means less daylight hours and increased lighting use. Change bulbs to energy saving LED bulbs; consider using timers to curb excessive use.

3. Water heaters 
Save energy by turning down the water heater to 120 degrees. If the water heater is in garage or crawl space, consider a water heater insulation blanket for additional energy savings.

4. Washing Machine
Winter often brings more loads of laundry because of all those extra layers of clothing. First, run only full loads when possible. Second, consider running all loads on cold to save up to 75% of the washer's energy use.

5. Room Temperature 
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees or less. Also consider installing a programmable thermostat to control room temperatures at various times…

Sunroom Designs

Sunrooms are beautiful and flexible rooms with plenty of windows to enjoy sunshine and outdoor views. They can be furnished with comfortable couches and chairs to be used as quiet retreats for daydreaming, reading or entertaining. They can also be fitted with a table and chairs for extra dining and game playing.  The possibilities are endless!  How would you use your sunroom?

Foodie Friday: Crock Pot Recipes

Crock Pot dinners are amazing for a few reasons.  With a little preparation you can throw the ingredients in and forget it.  A few hours later dinner is ready!  And let's not forget that delicious scent of dinner cooking during the afternoon.  Smells like love!  We've found some great crock pot recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Home Tour Vlog 54 - Waterfront Cottage at Heritage Harbor

Welcome to Southern Charm I at Heritage Harbor in Ottawa, Illinois!  Heritage Harbor is a waterfront resort community featuring charming homes, walk-able neighborhoods, a world-class marina, dining, activities adventure and amenities. This waterfront cottage offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and is around 1,200 square feet of living space.  Enjoy the walk-through tour below: 

Exciting 2018 Bathroom Trends that Won't Break the Bank

Bathrooms may be the most underappreciated rooms in the home. They’re multifunctional spaces that do a lot more than provide a basic service. We relax in the bathroom, and it’s where we get ready for some of the most important events in our lives. Whether you’re considering a floor-to-ceiling makeover or you just want to freshen up the room a little, these 2018 bathroom trends will help you make the most of this hard-working space.

Great Room Design Inspiration

Great rooms generally feature open concept designs with lofty ceilings.  They are where you gather with friends and family and where you relax and unwind at the end of the day.  We've found some beautiful great rooms for you to enjoy.

Foodie Friday! Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine's Day is almost here!  Ah, love is in the air.  This is a great holiday to transform food into pink or heart shaped, delicious fun!  For this blog we will focus on treats, but don't let that stop you from creating heart-shaped meatloaf or whatever you desire!  We've found some cute and yummy sweets for you to try out this year.  Enjoy!

Courthouse Square - Luxury Row-style Townhomes in Downtown Wheaton, Illinois

Welcome to Courthouse Square by Airhart Construction in Wheaton, Illinois.  These luxury townhomes are ideally located just steps from shopping and dining.  This home features over 2,400 square feet of living space on 3 levels with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:

Kitchen Design Ideas: Cabinet Organization Features Video

When personalizing your kitchen design there are many internal cabinetry components to choose from.  Organization options can include pullout shelving, drawer organization, end cap storage, hidden trash, spice racks and more.  Our video below showcases some great cabinet organization features.  Enjoy!

Painted Cabinetry Inspiration

If you want something different than wood tone cabinetry it's time to check your options with painted cabinets.  You can't go wrong with white cabinetry in your home. It's classic and timeless. If you are not a fan of white consider adding a contrasting island or another color - the possibilities are endless.  You can choose to go bold, stick with neutrals or soft muted colors.  Shades of gray are still a popular choice right now.  We've found some great pictures of painted cabinetry for your enjoy! 

Vlog Tour 53 - Courthouse Square - Luxury Townhomes in Downtown Wheaton

Welcome to the newly completed Gary model at Courthouse Square by Airhart Construction.  These luxury townhomes are located in the desirable downtown area of Wheaton, Illinois - just steps from shopping and dining.  This home features over 2,400 square feet of living space on 3 levels with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and elegant finishes throughout.  Enjoy the video tour below:

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Foodie Friday: Casseroles

It's winter. One of the best things about winter is warming up with a good family meal.   Time to pull out those casserole dishes and whip up some delicious and hot meals.  We've found some great ones for you to add to your recipe collection.  Enjoy!