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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 d├ęcor 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: