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101 ways to make doing the laundry more fun…

Wow! Never have I thought that the prospect of laundry could be a wonderful thing. I think I would do tons of it just to spend time in these rooms!

Check out our pinterest link by clicking on the picture below.  There are over 100 great ideas for jazzing up your laundry room – no matter the size!  Creative decorating examples: from lighting to paint colors, wall decor to flooring type, window treatments to counter tops – there are so ways to turn a laundry room into a pleasant hub of your home!  Now comes the hard part – deciding where to start!

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Will low mortgage rates soon be a thing of the past…

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Tis the season for tree-lighting

Although the outside temperatures more closely resemble Chicago in January, Thanksgiving is really less than a week away.  The arrival of Thanksgiving brings a ton of crazy shoppers, but more importantly, it traditionally marks the start of the holiday season.  Lake County is home to fabulous communities – to Villages and Cities who make a remarkable effort to provide an abundance of fabulously fun events for residents.  Many of the communities structure several hours of activities around their tree lighting ceremonies, with quite a few including parades, Santa’s arrival, and performances by student bands and choirs.  And, these events help stretch your holiday budget farther – they are all FREE!

Lake County Community Lighting Festivals begin this weekend, and continue on into December. Here are some dates to mark on your calendar (for more details, visit the Lake County blog by clicking here):

November 22
Highland Park 3-5

November 28
Antioch 6-8
Fox Lake 6:30
Grayslake 5:30-8
Lake Forest 3:30-7
Libertyville 7
Round Lake Beach 6

November 29
Fox Lake Parade 11am
Lake Villa 5-7
Lake Zurich 4-6
Vernon Hills 4:30

December 5
Hawthorn Woods 6
Mundelein 6:30-8
Wauconda 6

December 6
Barrington 1-6:30
Island Lake 6
Lindenhurst 4:30-6
Round Lake 2-6
Waukegan 10-6
Winthrop Harbor 4:30

December 7
Lincolnshire 5:30-6:30


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Want the ultimate kitchen? Try these tips…

Ahhhhh…the holiday season is quickly approaching.  For some people, that means spending extra time in the kitchen – or worse yet, having lots of guests spend extra time in your kitchen.

In the world of real estate, the kitchen is generally the center of the home.  It tends to be a major focal point of buyers, and it usually is the most expensive room in the house.  And the room that we spend the most time in.  Not only to prepare and eat meals, it also serves as a homework space, hobby nook, home office and entertainment hub.  Have you ever noticed how many people congregate in the kitchen, whenever you invite a group to your home?

Better Homes & Garden put together 25 Tips to Get the Ultimate Kitchen.  While some are a bit more extensive (& expensive) to pull off, there are also some simple ideas that can easily be completed in time for the holidays.  Love your kitchen, it is such an important part of your home!

What one change could you make today?


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter…

#chiberia is back in full swing! With temps hovering near single digits, we thought that some neat #fireplaces would help warm you up! #winter

For some warm inspiration, click here


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12 items to put on your November checklist…

With temps in the 30’s, and first snowfall out of the way, the timing of this checklist from Houzz is perfect. Winter is just around the corner. Is your house ready for it?

See the 12 items here