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selling homes…a family tradition


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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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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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1120 Sandstone Drive, Libertyville IL

Fabulous walkout ranch located on the highly coveted Lake Minear.  Rare opportunity to purchase your own private beach, as well as a portion of the private island tucked behind the home.  Personal pier & motorboat rights come with the property as well.  $1,500,000  View photos here


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Fall influenced decor

Oranges, yellows & reds seem to be mostly associated with the Fall season. However, these wonderfully warm colors are great to use all year long.  Especially in colder climates, or dimly lit spaces (like the north rooms of a home).  Want to warm up your home’s decor?  Take a look at some of these ideas …

Fall Color Schemes


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Which renovation is your favorite?

I have always loved the architecture of older homes.  When Steve and I were buying our first home, it was between a 1915 cape cod that needed a ton of work, and a 1960’s ranch that only needed an updated kitchen.  My head won over my heart, and we bought the ranch.  I still think about that cape cod, and what we could have turned it into.  I loved looking at these renovated transformations.  Who knows?  Maybe someday I will get the chance to do the same thing, to an older home that is in desperate need of some labor and some love.

Which one is your favorite? http://ow.ly/zIQw0


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Need a change at #home? Try this…

The best part about paint?  You can easily change it if you don’t like the end result!
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1751 White Fence Lane, Green Oaks IL

Fabulously updated Saddle Hill colonial only blocks from Oak Grove K-8 school.  Spacious lot is just over an acre!

Redesigned island kitchen

1751 White Fence Lane, Green Oaks

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