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Home Tip Tuesday: Deck Maintenance

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Long, pleasant summer nights make it easy for renters and homeowners to happily pass away many an evening on their decks. Yet with heavy use comes the potential for wear and tear. If you have a deck, learn how to keep it looking its best year after year with regular deck maintenance. 

Pond Design Ideas

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When creating your backyard oasis, you may want to consider incorporating a pond or water feature.  The soothing sight and sound of water is very relaxing and can add to the overall ambiance of your outdoor living space.  We've found some great pond designs to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Elegant Ranch Homes Overlooking Lake Geneva - Home Channel TV Vlog 12

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The Cliffs of Fontana is a charming hillside community featuring 66 single family home sites just steps away from the shores of Geneva Lake and Fontana's square which serves up unique shops and boutiques as well as year round recreation and festivals.

With picturesque views and a commutable distance from major metro areas, the Cliffs offers that perfect blend of tranquility and convenience where you can escape the hustle and bustle you'll inevitably find closer to a city. There is an outdoor pool available for your enjoyment. Snow removal, landscape maintenance, and mowing are included in your low quarterly assessment.

Whether you spend your free time boating on the lake, lounging at the swimming pool, or hiking nature trails, you're sure to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle the community has to offer. Learn more about by visiting Cliffs of Fontana by Plote Homes.
(Enjoy the Video Tour Below)

Foodie Friday: Cucumber Salads

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Nothing says fresh like a crisp cucumber salad!  They make delicious sides for your dish to pass at get-togethers or great snacks on a hot summer day.  We have found some refreshing cucumber salads to add to your rotation.  Enjoy!

Designer's Corner: Fireclay Tile

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There is a new-ish tile source out there right now that I just had to share with you - Fireclay Tile. I absolutely love their tiles - they have a huge range of colors and each color comes in a variety of fun shapes that can be layed out in different patterns. Here are some samples of their products installed.

Culer Evaporative Cooling - Household Products

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Check out this Portable Evaporative Cooling system!  The patented CULER Flow Blurring technology uses very low pressure air and water to atomize water into uniformly minute particles that evaporate instantly. 

Learn more by visiting their website.





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Home Tip Tuesday: Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for the Season

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Summer is calling, and it's saying get that patio ready for me! All those holiday parties, cookouts and family get-togethers will be more enjoyable if your patio not only looks good, but is safe and functional. After being unused and neglected all winter your outdoor space will need a little love to be ready for summer entertaining. 

Lovely Exterior Lighting

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Exterior lighting is an important part of your home and garden design.  Lighting for paths and entrances are crucial for safety.   Lighting can be used to showcase trees, plants and your home in general. It looks enchanting and invites you to get outside and enjoy your outdoor living space at night.  From formal landscape lighting to simple string lights, we've found some great outdoor lighting ideas to inspire you:  

Contemporary Vacation Home Boasts Style

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Heritage Harbor is a waterfront resort community located 90 minutes from Chicago in the quaint town of Ottawa.  This community features elegant homes, walk-able neighborhoods, a world-class marina, dining, activities adventure and amenities.  
(Enjoy this video tour of the contemporary Flite Series by clicking below)



Foodie Friday: Quick Tip from Chef Todd for the Summer Grilling Season

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Chef Todd from Boulder Ridge Country Club offers some grilling tips just in time for summer.



For information on all Boulder Ridge Country club has to offer visit their website.

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Designer's Corner: Serena & Lily - Nursery Decor

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Serena & Lily is one of my favorite sources for nursery items (They have lots of amazing stuff for the other rooms in your home as well but I really obsess over the nursery stuff!). They started as an online only store and over the last few years have opened actual storefronts on the east and west coast. Here is a little sample of the great items they have to get your nursery or kids room looking as polished as the rest of your home.

Home Tip Tuesday: Planting a Vegetable Garden

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There's no denying that vegetables grown in your own backyard taste better. There's also no denying that raising vegetables is a lot of work, especially if you're starting a garden for the first time. But once you taste the sweet, juicy and vibrant flavors of your own produce you'll know it was all worth the effort.

Pet Friendly Home Inspiration

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We love our furbabies!  Many people are taking home design to the next level regarding pet friendliness.  What wouldn't we do for our beloved pets?  Here are some great designs to consider incorporating into your home.  

Timber Grove Townhomes in Naperville IL by David Weekley Homes - Home Ch...

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(Click Below to Watch a Video Tour)

Foodie Friday: Pickling Recipes

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Have you begun planning your vegetable garden?  So exciting to grow your own food.  The next thing to think about is what to do with your bumper crops!  Why not try pickling some veggies?  We've found some great recipes for you to try.

Designer's Corner: The Animal Print Shop

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I have been working on quite a few nurseries recently and nearly every client has fallen in love with the art work by The Animal Print Shop. It's easy to see why, they go with numerous decor types and they are simple and adorable prints. Here are some of the many nurseries that these have been photographed in.

KLM Introduces Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom with Grand Opening Special

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Homeowners looking for inspiration for upcoming remodeling projects can find it in a new showroom that KLM Kitchens, Baths & Floors recently opened at their Spring Grove, IL, store and full-service design center.

KLM Kitchens, Baths & Floors, affiliated with KLM Remodeling and KLM Builders, is introducing the new showroom during a month-long grand opening in May, complete with a grand opening special of 18-month, no-interest financing for qualified buyers.

Tips on Creating Beautiful Planters this Season

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You see them everywhere, at the garden shop, in your neighbor's yard and bringing a spot of seasonal beauty to downtown storefronts. Those beautiful planters full of flowers seem so haphazardly perfect, almost as if no thought at all were put into creating them. But designing a planter that looks gorgeous and stays healthy actually requires a bit of planning. Before you head out to your local garden center, take a look at our tips for creating planters with pizazz.

Window Seat Inspiration

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Window seats do so much more for a room than just add additional seating.  They give so much charm and architectural interest to the room where they reside.  They are special features that offer a great retreat to daydream, read or just relax.  We've found some beautiful window seats to inspire you to create your own!  Enjoy!

Northbrook IL Custom Home by David Weekley Offers Open Concept & Designer Finishes

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Foodie Friday: Argentinian Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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In the video below Chef Todd from Boulder Ridge Country Club demonstrates how to make an Argeninian Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce.  Just in time for grilling season!





For information on Boulder Ridge Country Club visit their website.

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


Designer's Corner: Ikea Stockholm Rug

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There are certain items you come across in the design world that you see used over and over again. Typically this is because they look good, are affordable and a good quality for the price. One of these items is the Ikea Stockholm rug. This rug is easy to incorporate into many styles and I have seen used every where from a nursery to a kids play room to a bachelors living room. Here are some examples of its uses.

Home Tip Tuesday: Spring Yard Maintenance Tips

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As spring weather warms and days grow longer, homeowners want to take advantage of their yards and garden. A weekend spent on spring maintenance tasks can reduce time spent landscaping in the later spring and summer. Add these tasks to your to-do list now to get your yard in good shape for the spring and summer ahead. 

Screened Porch Inspiration

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Screened porches are wonderful spaces to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air while still being protected from pesky insects, a bit of rain and too much sun.  They are versatile spaces for dining, entertaining and lounging.  We've found some great screened porches for you to enjoy.