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New Luxury Home in Lake Bluff, IL by US Shelter Homes

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Take a  video tour of this new luxury home in Lake Bluff by US Shelter Homes. This beautiful 4 bedroom home features a gourmet kitchen, butlers pantry, luxurious master suite with oversized shower and walk-in closet.

US Shelter Homes is a family owned and operated company with 45 years of building excellence.  They have a reputation for creating quality homes for generations of families throughout Chicagoland.  For more information visit their website.




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Foodie Friday: Tailgating Recipes

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Are you ready for some football?!  Tis the season!  Even if you don't consider yourself a football fan, you can get into the spirit of things with the fun of tailgating.  Great food and fun with friends is for everyone.  We have found some delicious tailgating recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Marble Alternatives

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The look of marble in kitchens and baths is always beautiful. Unfortunately, with this material comes a lot of maintenance and typically over time, no matter how careful homeowners are, there will be some staining and etching. Until recently there were no great options to getting the look of marble without all of the upkeep. But now there are a handful of products out there that are very low maintenance but still provide you with a look nearly identical to marble. Here are a few of my favorites.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

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With these beautiful fall days it’s hard to believe that brutal winter weather will soon be here.  It’s important to take the time to prepare your home for winter now in order to prevent costly and difficult repairs during the winter months.  Prepare now so you don’t pay for it later!   Most winter prepping can be completed in a single weekend.




Preparing Your Home for Winter Checklist: Inspect and clean out gutters
Service and clean fireplace
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Reverse ceiling fan rotation 
Service furnace and replace filters monthly
Wrap exposed water pipes 
Caulk/replace damaged weather stripping where needed
Disconnect hoses 

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Safe Trick or Treating Tips

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If you ask your children what their favorite holiday is, many of them might say Halloween. From the elaborate costumes to the free candy, Halloween is very exciting. Yet as you know, costumes, candy, and holiday tricksters can add an element of danger to this otherwise celebratory night. Learn how to trick or treat safely with children of any age. 

Spooky Halloween Decor

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How much decorating do you do for Halloween?  Cue the scary music and fog machines!  Whether you prefer to decorate outdoors or in, we've got you covered.  Enjoy this collection of homes that went all out for the scariest holiday of the year!  

Video Home Tour - The Van Buren Ranch by KLM Builders

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KLM Builders is a semi-custom builder that has a unique style of homes and a commitment to quality, value and customer service.  This award winning combination has made KLM one of the leading semi-custom home builders in Northern Illinois.

 This ranch home offers more than 1,900 square feet.  It features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a great room, eat-in kitchen, screened porch and full basement.


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Foodie Friday: Halloween Desserts

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Halloween is right around the corner!  It's time to try out some fun, festive and delicious Halloween themed dessert recipes.  We have found some good ones!  They are great to serve up at a party or just to enjoy at home with the family.  

Designer's Corner: Dark Walls Done Right

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Dark walls are a design move that many people shy away from due to fear of making spaces feel closed in. When done right, however, dark walls can make a space dramatic, cozy and beautiful. Below are some great examples of gorgeous rooms gone dark. They also show you that dark doesn't have to mean black, you'll see blue, green, black and brown in the photos below.

Home Tip Tuesday: Warming Up Your Home with Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year.  We get a break from the heat of summer, but it's still pleasant to spend time in the cool crisp outdoors.  It evokes a feeling of wanting to get cozy at home.  Check out these simple ways to warm up your home with fall decor:  

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Video Tour ~ Custom Home in Downers Grove IL by David Weekley Homes

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This stunning 3,745 square foot home is located in Downers Grove, Illinois.  It features an open concept plan, gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a 2 car garage and beautiful finishes throughout.

David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.



Click here for floor plans and contact information.

For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Spooky and Delicious Halloween Party Appetizers

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Trick or treat?!  Are you ready to get your Halloween on?  Whether you are hosting a Halloween party or attending one, you will need some new appetizer recipes.  Or maybe you just want some fun snacks to get you in the spirit.  Here are some spooky and festive appetizer recipes:   

Target's 2015 Fall Decor

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If you have visited a Target store in the last week, hopefully saw they put out their fall line of home decor. I am loving this collection! The colors, patterns and textures of so many of the items are spot on to creating the perfect fall feeling in any space. Below are my favorite picks from these new items!

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips on Hosting a Halloween Party

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You really can’t go wrong with a Halloween party—candy, costumes, guests, it’s fun! But hosting a great party takes a little more effort. The first step to success is deciding the “spookiness factor” of your soiree. Who will be attending, young children, teens, adults or a mixture of everyone? When families are involved, it’s a smart idea to adjust the scary level to the tolerance of your most timid guests. Teens may find cartoon ghosts and bobbing for apples a bit tame, but if the décor and activities are too frightening for younger siblings, the whole family may have to leave early. Keep a few surprises up your sleeve for more daring goblins once the little ones have had their fun.

Haunting and Fun Halloween Front Porches

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Trick or treat?  Get into the spirit of Halloween by decorating your front porch.  You can go all out and have it be spooky with a fog machine and ominous music.   If you want something a bit more sublte you can create a Halloween front porch that is fun and festive without the fear.  Either way get those creative juices flowing and join in on the fun!  Here are some great ideas for inspiration:  

Video Tour ~ Luxury Home on Maplewood Lane in Glenview by David Weekley Homes

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This luxury home is located in Glenview, Illinois.   It features 3,452 square feet of living space. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms.  The first floor has an open concept, gourmet kitchen, powder room, study and mudroom. 

David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.




Click here for floor plan and details.


For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: Halloween Beverages

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Hosting a Halloween party this year?  Or just looking for some fun drink recipes to get into the Halloween spirit?  Halloween is such a fun theme to get creative with when it comes to food and drinks.  We have found some spooktacular drink recipes for you to try - a couple for the kids and a couple strictly for adults!  

Designer's Corner: Stylish Halloween Decor

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Halloween is such a fun time for adults and children alike. It also kicks off the Holiday season, which is my favorite! Halloween decorating can be a bit tricky and today I'm going to share some ways to elevate your Halloween decor and make it a bit more sophisticated and break out of that orange and black box.

KLM Builders Announces ‘KLM Kitchens, Baths & Floors’ Showroom for Fall 2015

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Conveniently located on U.S. Route 12, the showroom will offer homeowners a chance to see the high-end fixtures and finishes that will allow them to envision their completed remodel. Plus, an on-site design center will help homeowners map out their entire project from start to finish.

Home Tip Tuesday: 3 Quick Tips for Fall Lawn Maintenance by Lowe's

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Check out this quick video by Lowe's for important tips on fall lawn maintenance:  





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Festive Halloween Tablescapes

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Looking for fun ways to incorporate spooky or festive ambiance in your home this Halloween?  Try a Halloween themed tablescape.  Tablescapes are creatively designed table arrangements, settings or centerpieces that showcase or highlight a specific object or collection. They can be done on a dining table or on console table.  Here are some great Halloween tablescapes to spark your creativity:  

Video Tour ~ Luxury Home on Rolling Pass in Glenview, Illinois by David Weekley Homes

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Welcome to the Truman Plan!  This luxury home boasts 3,612 square feet of living space.  It features an open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, mudroom, second floor laundry, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a 2 car garage. Enjoy the tour!



Click here for floor plans and details.


David Weekley Homes began in 1976 in Houston, Texas, and has grown to become the largest privately-held home builder in America. David Weekley Homes offers great design, an abundance of selection choices and excellent customer service.

For home tours, home tips and more visit homechanneltv.com.

Foodie Friday: S'mores Recipes

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Welcome fall!  It's the time of year for gathering around the  campfire to make memories and s'mores!   Sometimes you want that gooey goodness but due to weather or time constraints it's just not convenient.  Well, we have found some delicious s'mores recipes to get you through!  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Fall Interior Design Books

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I love a great interior design book and what I love even more than that is one that is not only full of great information but also provides for a pretty coffee table book. This month has come with the publication of a handful of really great and inspiring interior design books that will also make beautiful conversation pieces in your home. Here is the short list of must have interior design books this fall!