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Designer's Corner: New Years Party

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With New Years Eve upon us it is time to perfect your party details! Below are some of my favorite ideas to throw the perfect party to ring in the new year.

Home Tip Tuesday: How to Arrange Furniture in Your Living Room

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Big or small, open or closed off, arranging the furniture in your living room or family room sets the tone for how your family enjoys their time at home together. There are no hard and fast rules to furniture placement. In fact, finding what works best for your family should be the only rule! Before you start lugging heavy furniture across the room, make a quick sketch of your room and the pieces you want to include in it. Once you decide on paper where the main pieces should go, you can move smaller items around by hand. Arrange your living room or family room like a pro by remembering three key design elements: Function, Flexibility and Flow.

Coveted Closets

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Christmas is over.  You've probably gotten some really great new clothes and accessories.  It's usually a good time to organize and purge!  How's that closet looking?  We found some really beautiful and well-designed closets to motivate and inspire you to get organized!  Enjoy!

Custom Home Tour in Naperville, IL - David Weekley Homes

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Welcome to the Higley plan!  This stunning home is located in Naperville, Illinois.  It features 3,665 sq. ft. of living space, 4 bedrooms (one on the main level), 3.5 bathrooms and a 2 car garage.  Enjoy the video tour!




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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: Sweet Breads

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Sweet breads are great for a quick breakfast, snack or even dessert!  They are so versatile so it's good to have some sweet bread recipes in your collection.  We have found some delicious ones for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Holiday Home Decor

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The holidays are one of my favorite times for home decor. People mix things up and move things around in their homes to accommodate Christmas trees and holiday decor and I love seeing the holiday versions of peoples homes! Below are some of my favorite Christmas decor images and ideas. 

Model Home Christmas Decor | Holiday Design Overview

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This video gives an overview of how Strawflower Shop decorated a model home for Christmas.

Beautiful Christmas Rooms

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Merry Christmas!  Are the halls all decked and gifts bought and wrapped?  There is still time for last minute decking and running!  We've found some beautifully decorated rooms to inspire any last minute additions or even for next year!  Grab a warm drink, sit down, relax and enjoy!


Ranch Home with Inviting Christmas Decor

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Take a video tour of this lovely ranch home all dressed up for Christmas.  Every room has a touch of holiday spirit.  Merry Christmas!




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Foodie Friday: Warm Up with Hot Beverages

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Has that winter chill set in yet?  One of the best ways to chase away the cold and the winter blues is by getting cozy with a delicious hot beverage.  Whether you want something wholesome for the family or something with more of an adult kick, we have found some great recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Gifts for the Home Decor Lover

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If you have a home decor lover in your life then below you will find some great options just for them!
Porstmouth Apron

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips for Hosting a Christmas Party

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What’s your idea of the perfect Christmas party? Whether it’s an elegant sit-down dinner or cocktails with music that keeps everyone on their feet, the most important thing is that everyone has fun - including you. Minimizing your stress level will go a long way to making sure you and your guests enjoy a memorable ho-ho-holiday party this year.

Christmas Fireplace Mantel Decor

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The fireplace is a wonderful focal point in the room to dress up for the holidays.  Lush garlands are a great starting point.  You can always add holiday picks and bows to the garland.  A wreath, holiday sign, holiday picture, clock or mirror are great choices for  above the mantel.  Candlesticks are always a great choice for on the mantel and add Santas, Christmas trees, a nativity or any other winter or Christmas decor you choose.  Here are some beautiful mantels for inspiration:  

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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The following video gives some great ideas for decorating your Christmas tree: Consider your style, color and decor when choosing Christmas decorGroup the tree with another focal point (the fireplace) so they don't competeAdd dimension to the tree by placing lights and ornaments in the treeIn addition to a traditional topper, add layered ribbons to stream downBase of the tree use a traditional skirt, fabric or put the tree in a decorative urn




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Foodie Friday: Christmas Party Appetizers

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How many holiday parties do you have this year?  Work, school, family, friends, neighborhood...  This list goes on and on!  Maybe it's time to add some new recipes to your collection.  We have found some festive and delicious holiday appetizers for you to try out this season.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Magnolia Christmas Decor

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One of my favorite items to use during the holidays for decor in my home is magnolia. Whether as garland draped throughout different areas of my home or a beautiful wreath on the front door, I just cannot get enough of it. Here are some of my favorite uses of magnolia as Christmas decor.

Home Tip Tuesday: Tips on Choosing a Christmas Tree (Artificial and Real)

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Big or tall, spruce or pine, real or artificial - no matter your preference, there is an art to selecting the right Christmas tree and caring for it so it looks its best on Christmas Day. Get our best tips for picking a real or artificial holiday tree. 

Choosing a Real Tree

How tall are your ceilings? If you aren't sure, then you risk bringing home a tree that is too tall to fit in your living room or having to relegate your favorite tree topper to the mantle. Measure your ceiling height, your topper height, and your tree stand height. Your tree must be able to fit in the stand, accommodate the topper, and clear the ceiling's maximum height. 

Inviting Christmas Porches

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Merry Merry!  Even if you don't decorate the outside of your home with hundreds of twinkling lights, you should consider dressing your front porch or entry with Christmas cheer.  It's the first impression your guests have when they come for a visit.  Make it festive and welcoming.  We've found some wonderful front entries to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Holiday Interior Design Ideas for the Dining Room

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This video offers some great holiday decorating tips for the dining room:   Select a color schemeChoose several focal points - the table, buffet, chandelier, etc.Enhance existing pieces with holiday greenery, picks and ornamentsAdd other holiday pieces like runners with color to pull it all together





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Foodie Friday: Christmas Cookies

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It's time for all you elves to get busy in the kitchen!  Tis the season for cookie exchanges and Christmas parties at home, school and work.  And don't forget the plate of cookies for Santa!  We've found some great recipes for you to add to your Christmas cookie collection.  Enjoy!

Perfect Pantry

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As we are coming full swing into the holiday season it is certainly time to get our homes holiday ready. I always enjoy giving my house a good cleaning and getting organized before I pull out all of my holiday decor. One of the most important places I find to organize during this time is the pantry! As you prepare to entertain, bake Christmas cookies and host a family dinner it's key to have your pantry and kitchen organized to make these events run smoothly. Here are a few of my favorite organized pantries.

Festive Christmas Tablescapes

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Tips for Hanging Outdoor Holiday Lights

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It's that time of year when we decorate our homes for the holidays. If your neighbors go all out for Christmas, it can feel like you have to keep up with a dazzling display of holiday lights. To create a look you love safely, with the right supplies and the right tools, follow these tips.