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Hallways - The Forgotten Room

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Hallways are often a forgotten room or space when it comes to decorating your home. They are, however, a space that can have a major impact on your homes aesthetics. It's also a great opportunity to try something a little bolder or different than what you are used to as they tend to be smaller spaces and not always seen from main areas of the home. Here are some of my favorite hallway decor ideas.

Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

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What better way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day than with lemonade?  We've found some wonderfully refreshing lemonade recipes.  These recipes go beyond traditional lemonade to liven your beverage recipe collection!  Cheers!

David Weekley Homes New Custom Home on Revere Rd. in Glen Ellyn ~ Video Tour

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Welcome to the Gaffney model!  This two story home offers 3,052 square feet of living space.  It features an open floor plan, 4 bedrooms,4 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  Beautiful finishes and details can be found throughout this spacious home.

David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. They are passionate about their customers, building exceptional homes, their fellow Team Members and the communities in which they live and work.



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The Bayhill Ranch Model in Lakes of Boulder Ridge by Plote Homes ~ Video Tour

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The brilliantly designed Bayhill is a lovely ranch-style duplex home located in the Lakes of Boulder Ridge community.  It includes two bedrooms, 2 full baths, an open great room/dining room/dinette area, study, mud/laundry room, full finished basement, spacious screened porch and a 2-car attached garage.





The Lakes of Boulder Ridge is situated on 143 acres and backs up to Boulder Ridge Country Club’s West Nine.  This community offers a unique country club environment and luxurious duplex and single family homes.

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Functional Design

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Beauty is such an important part of design. If it's not aesthetically pleasing, I want very little to nothing to do with it. However, when it comes to our homes things can't only be pretty, they have to function. A major part of home design to me is figuring out how the people using the space live - what is their routine, how do they do things such as eat dinner, get ready for work, do laundry, entertain, etc. These items play a very important role in how a space is designed. When it comes to new construction or renovations it is so vital to examine these things as you plan in order to build an efficient and useful home. Below are some examples of how really thinking about how you use your space and designing it around those functions can lead you to a happy home and happier life.

Summer Side Dishes

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Are you looking for some more summer side dishes to add to your favorite rotation?  We've found some good ones!  These salads are fresh and full of veggies.  Just what you want in a summer side!  Enjoy!


Brass is Back

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Brass fixtures - from plumbing to hardware to lighting, you name it, is making a comeback in a big way. This isn't the shiny, over-polished brass of the 80's and 90's but a much warmer brass that we are seeing making its way back into homes today. The brass I'm loving now tends to have more of an antiqued finish or polished (but not lacquered) finish - allowing it to patina and blend into a lived in home.

Video Home Tour of the Southport in Downers Grove by David Weekley Homes

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Take a video tour of the Southport by David Weekley Homes.  This lovely home is located in Downers Grove, Illinois and offers 4,930 square feet of living space.  The main floor features an open concept gourmet kitchen, great room, den, full bathroom and bedroom.  The second floor features a loft, luxurious master suite, laundry room and 2 additional bedrooms. With a total of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2 car garage this house is sure to please. 




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Outdoor Kitchen Designs

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Is hosting a barbecue a big part of your summer fun?  Outdoor living is taken to the next level with outdoor kitchens.  It's easier and more comfortable to entertain when you can stay outdoors with your guests.  Outdoor kitchens come in many shapes, sizes and designs.  Here is a small sample of what they can offer: 

Summertime Appetizers

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Summertime means lots of cookouts and pool parties.  Do you need some new appetizer recipes to add to your rotation?  We've found some good ones!   They use delicious fruits and veggies of the season.  Give them a try!

Cement Tile

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As a homeowner, when you are purchasing new tile, you look at options such as porcelain, ceramic or stone. Luckily for all of us there is another option that can help bring a lot of style to your home - cement tile. The really wonderful thing about cement tile is the large variety of designs available, making them a great option for any design aesthetic from traditional to modern to eclectic. They are also a great choice for nearly any type of installation.

Plote Homes Ashton Model to be Featured in Parade of Homes

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Experience the high-end finishes and custom details that make the two-bedroom Cliffs of Fontana home an ideal choice for couples and families. 
The Lakeland Builders Association annual Parade of Homes event is just a few weeks away, and Plote Homes is excited to have one of its homes as a featured participant this year. A tradition for more than a quarter century, the Parade of Homes showcases the area's homes, builders and remodelers, offering an easy way for interested home buyers to learn about the latest trends and innovations while experiencing the unique style and craftsmanship of leading builders and contractors. This year's event will be on July 25th and 26th and August 1st and 2nd.

Outdoor Living Accessories and Decor

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Your outdoor living space is a continuation of your home.  Even though it's outside, it can still be comfortable and accessorized with your favorite things.  Adding an outdoor rug, throw pillows and even curtains to your space will give it warmth and personality.  Lighting adds ambiance.  It can be fancy by using chandelier or casual by stringing garden lights or  using lanterns and candles.  Of course using containers and plants is easy outdoors.  This also adds warmth and color.  Here are some great outdoor living areas that are beautifully accessorized:

Preparing Bananas Foster ~ Video Demonstration

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Chef Todd from the Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to prepare Bananas Foster.  It is one of the favorite dessert items at the club.  Looks delicious!




Boulder Ridge Country Club is located in Lake of the Hills, Illinois.  Amenities include an elegant clubhouse, championship golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and more.  They offer a variety of membership programs.  For more information visit their website.

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Fabulous Flower Gardens

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Gardens come in all shapes, sizes and styles.  You don't have to have a green thumb to appreciate the lovely allure of a flower garden.  From simple white daisies to more formal or complex flower gardens, the beauty is undeniable.  Take a look at some fabulous flower garden finds: