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The Ashton Model by Plote Homes will be Featured in Lakeland 2015 Parade of Homes

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Renowned area builder Plote Homes is proud to announce it's been accepted to participate in the Lakeland Builders Association's 2015 Parade of Homes, an annual event that showcases the area's newest homes in all-day open house celebrations. This year's event is scheduled to take place on July 25, 26 and August 1, 2 and Plote Home's newest model, the Ashton at Cliffs of Fontana, will be among the parade's highlights.

Video Tour of the Marywood Model by Keim Corp.

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Welcome to the Marywood Model by Keim Corp!  This beauty is located in the Amberwood Estates subdivision in Wheaton, Illinois.  This home features 3,445 square feet of living space.  The first floor offers a formal dining room, office, laundry, powder room, great room and gourmet kitchen.  Upstairs there are 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 baths.  Enjoy the video tour!

Unique Home Features

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What makes your house a home and uniquely yours?  It's all in the details!   Architectural details are what makes a home special and sets it apart from the rest.  Built-ins, window seats, wine cellars,  beautiful doors and more.  Let's take a look at a small collection of these wonderful home features.

5 Outdoor Kitchen Trends Worth Savoring

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Few things in life are as practical and as primal as an outdoor kitchen. On the practical side of things, outdoor cooking keeps the house cool on hot summer nights and gets everyone outside enjoying the season. And on the primal side - well there's simply no denying that fire + food = fun!  Check out some of this year's hottest outdoor kitchen trends to cook up a little inspiration.

Tips to Help Organize Your Kitchen

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Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you yet?  It's the perfect time to get organized.  How about tackling that kitchen?  Reorganizing your kitchen is a big task, but very rewarding. You already know that you should place the items you use regularly in the prime, easy-to-reach locations, but here are  some more tips for organizing your kitchen that you may be helpful. 

Planning and Prepping Your Outdoor Living Space

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Maybe you've said it before, but this really could be the year you turn your deck or patio into a true outdoor living space. As with any job, creating an outdoor room that looks beautiful and functions well takes a bit of planning and preparation. So don't buy that gorgeous outdoor dining set just yet! First, take the time to make a plan, and your backyard may soon become everyone's favorite room "in" the house.

PancakeBot Takes Breakfast to the Next Level!

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Wouldn't it be fun to create pancakes in unique and intricate designs?  This is made possible with PancakeBot!   This wonderful product uses a batter dispensing system to "print" batter directly onto the included griddle.   It uses a combination of compressed air and a vacuum to keep things under control. Use the included software to trace any image on your computer, load the design onto an SD card, put it in the machine, fill it with your favorite pancake batter, and watch as it creates your edible artwork.  How cool is that?

iCoffee Coffee Maker With Spin-Brew Technology (Video)

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iCoffee is the single-serve coffee brewer that features exclusive SpinBrew Technology, a spinning needle with jets that spins, steams and stirs inside any K-style cup for noticeably smoother coffee flavor.  Another unique feature is that it allows you to use your own coffee grounds.  Just brew and enjoy!

Maples at the Sonatas Spring Parade of Homes Event on Sunday, April 12th in Woodstock, Illinois

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Wilcox Communities announces its annual springtime “Parade of Homes” event during which prospective homebuyers can tour all five models available for purchase in the Maples at the Sonatas community, located just minutes from the Historic Woodstock Square. 

As part of this truly unique event, homeowners in the community will open their doors to the public from noon to 5:00 pm. In addition to residents’ homes, model homes will also be available to tour. Don’t miss this opportunity for a first-hand look at all five ranch floorplans!

Tiny Homes Trend

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Have you heard about the tiny house movement?  It's here and it's big, so to speak.  It's a social and architectural movement to downsize and simplify.  Tiny homes are more financially and environmentally friendly.  They also offer more freedom and free time for the home owner.  They can be fixed-in-place, semi-permanent or up-on-wheels and are typically 100-400 square feet.  Do you think you could live in such small quarters?  Take a look at some of these incredibly cute tiny homes:

Tips on Creating a Backyard Butterfly Garden

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Creating a butterfly garden in your yard pays off by attracting birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard and rewarding you with amazing wildlife close-ups. Simply by planting the right flowers, adopting organic gardening practices, and taking advantage of your garden's sun exposure, you can draw butterflies and other winged creatures into your backyard. 

Spring Cleaning: The Garage

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The garage can be a catch-all full of clutter and things you just don't know what to do with. Spring is the perfect time to get that mess under control.  It will take a bit of time, but with these tips you will have a clean and organized garage to be proud of.

Divide and Conquer
Take everything out of the garage.  Divide the mess into 3 categories: to keep, to sell or donate, to pitch. Don't start by looking through boxes and picking out individual items, it is incredibly distracting and slows down the process. If you're unsure of what's in the container, it goes into the keep pile for later sorting. 

Juicepresso Demonstration Video

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Juicepresso features a sleek design and has the smallest footprint of any in-home slow juicer. Internally Juicepresso houses a powerful DC motor, which is why they guarantee it to last at least seven years with daily juicing. Other cold pressed juicers use AC motors which are larger and less powerful, leaving you with a bulky appliance on your countertop.

Refreshing Spring Cocktails

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It's time to celebrate the arrival of spring and the departure of winter!  Spring is natures way of saying, "Let the party begin!"   This calls for a toast.  Here are some refreshing cocktails to welcome warmer weather and good times.  Cheers!

Splendid Spring and Easter Tablescapes

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Spring is in the air!  Finally!  Put away that winter decor and bring out the bunnies!  Whether you are hosting Easter or just a lovely spring gathering you want your table to impress and welcome.  Here are some great ideas for spring and Easter tables to help inspire you to create your own.  Enjoy!