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Homes for the Holidays

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It's time to deck the halls!  Just as important is decorating the outside of your home.  Make it a festive first impression with lights, greenery, wreaths and maybe Santa himself!  Bring some Christmas cheer to your block!  Here are some beautiful homes that are all dressed up for the holidays to inspire you:

Holiday Interior Design Ideas for the Living Room

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This video offers some great holiday decorating tips for the gathering room of your home: Choose a color schemeStay within the style of your current decor - traditional, contemporary, etc.Group focal points together so they don't competeAdorn existing art with holiday picks, ribbons and greeneryCoordinate holiday decor by using the similar picks/ribbon/colors throughoutDecorate for the holidays while keeping the function of the room


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Foodie Friday: Chocolate Martini

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Trevor from Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make a decadent Chocolate Martini.  Cheers!



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Designer's Corner: Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Happy Thanksgiving! I thought it was only appropriate on this day to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving tables. Fall to me is all about texture and layers and these tablescapes fit right into that!

Home Tips to Save Energy and Money This Winter

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Winter not only serves up colder temperatures and shorter days, it also brings on higher energy consumption. Below are some simple and inexpensive ways to save energy and money this winter:

Magnificent Mudrooms

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Big or small mudrooms are great spaces.  When designed properly they help to keep your coats, bags, shoes and other miscellaneous items organized.  This is wonderful especially during the fall and winter months when we have lots of boots, coats and other cool weather accessories to contend with.  Here are some lovely mudroom designs to inspire you to create your own: 

5 Favs - Our Favorite Masterbath Designs for Fall 2015

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From walk-in showers to walk-in closets, here are our 5 favorite master bathroom designs from our video tours in Fall of 2015. 
Which is your favorite?





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How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Martini

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Trevor from Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make a Pumpkin Pie Martini.  Great cocktail for the fall season!



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Designer's Corner: The Canopy Bed - A Bedroom Classic

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Canopy or four poster beds are a classic bedroom item. Often overlooked when on the hunt for a headboard with all of the great upholstered options out there today, I thought these images would be a great reminder of this other great option for your bedroom.

Turn Up Your Turkey: New Ideas for a Delicious Holiday Bird

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You’ve had it grilled and brined, roasted and broasted, deep-fried and glorified by stuffing even smaller birds inside of it. But what will you do with the holiday turkey this year? If cooking the same old bird leaves you feeling less than thankful, try a new idea that's guaranteed to provide delicious results. Go sweet or savory or even revive a classic cooking method, just don't serve another boring bird this Thanksgiving.

Fantastic Fall Front Porch Decor

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Spacious Custom Home in Wilmette, IL by David Weekley Homes

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Take a tour of this newly completed custom home in Wilmette, IL. This home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, open plan, gorgeous kitchen with large island, a spacious master suite and full finished basement.

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.


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Foodie Friday: Thanksgiving Desserts

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Have you started planning your Thanksgiving Day menu?  What's the plan for dessert?  Pies are a traditional dessert pick and they are delicious.  If you are looking for something different this year, we have you covered.  We found some delicious dessert recipes for Thanksgiving or anytime this fall.  Enjoy!

Open Shelves in the Kitchen

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Open Shelves area a great item to add to kitchen designs. They can be a very functional way to have the items you use frequently right at your fingertips and they can also be a great design feature when styled with beautiful dishes and serving pieces. Another great thing about open shelves in the kitchen is that depending on the material used, they can work with many different styles from traditional to rustic to modern - below are examples that show their range.

Learn Why Luxury Vinyl Tile is an Excellent Flooring Option for Basements

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Home Tip Tuesday: Luxury Vinyl Tile

Technology in flooring has come along way over the years, especially with vinyl tile. Improved graphics and durability help make luxury vinyl tile a popular option for basements and high-traffic areas. Learn more about the application and uses in the video below.

Fantastic Fall Fireplace Mantels

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5 FAVS - Our Five Favorite Kitchen Designs from Fall 2015

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From custom cabinetry to islands for entertaining, these top kitchens boast luxurious features as well as function and style. Enjoy the video!

Foodie Friday: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Halloween is over and now it's time to start focusing on Thanksgiving!  What sides will you be serving this year?  Everyone has tried and true recipes that are family traditions.  But we have found some great sides that you may want to add this year.  Give them a try!

Designer's Corner: Penny Tiles

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Penny tiles are a great, inexpensive way to update any tiled area of your home. They come in a wide variety of colors and can be mixed and matched to create great patterns. Here are some of my favorite penny tile installations to provide you with some inspiration.

Home Tip Tuesday: How to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter Use

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Ah, winter. There's nothing cozier than sitting around the fireplace with your family while it is cold outside. Yet if you skimp on fireplace maintenance, your fireplace might not work in the time of year when you need it most. Learn quick ways to make sure your gas or wood-burning fireplace is ready for the demands of the season. 

Inviting Fall Tablescapes

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Setting a beautiful table on is an important aspect of entertaining - especially on Thanksgiving.  It sets the tone and mood.  You want it to be aesthetically pleasing and inviting.  Whether you prefer an elegant table or something a bit more casual, we have you covered.  We found some pretty tables for Thanksgiving or any fall entertaining.  Get inspired!