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Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

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Greetings everyone!  Things have been progressing behind the scenes as we continue to design our French inspired home.  As you might have already noticed; we have been on a short break from blog posting. We have been working our way through some unforeseen design obstacles.  The bidding process has again resumed and we too will now pick up our blog postings right where we left off.

Today we want to share a few photographs from a recent trip to The Kohler Store in Glenview, Illinois just outside of Chicago.  For those of you interested in visiting, you can find the Kohler Store at:

The Kohler Store (Chicago Area Locations)
1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

For your added shopping pleasure, you can also visit the Abt showroom right next door!  See our trip to the Abt showroom, home to all appliances and electronics.

Back to The Kohler Store.....

Who is ready to take a loooonnnnngggg soak in this tub?  I think I could sit in this white porcelain Kohler beauty for the rest of the nigh…

Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen: Abt Showroom Chicago

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Happy Sunday afternoon!

We are back following a short break!  We have missed posting but in our time away we have accumulated some great information and photographs to share with you in future posts.

Today kicks off a series of posts dedicated to the design of our French inspired kitchen. We have shared a few of our appliance choices in a prior post which you can still view here:

Our French Inspired Kitchen: Selecting a Range

In one of our first posts we shared how we found our architect, Jack Arnold.  It was his kitchen that captured our attention from the very first time we viewed it reading a fellow bloggers post.  Many of you have seen this photograph before, but we want to show it once again just to set the stage for the design inspiration of our kitchen.

One of the problems we keep running into as we design our home is actually being able to view any quality materials before we purchase them.  For those of you living in or around larger cities; consider yourselves lucky!  In Indiana …

French Inspired Patio Table: Which is your Favorite?

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Greetings everyone!

Today is yet another cold day here in Indiana.  I believe it made it up to a whopping 39 degrees today..burrrrr.  After the holidays we are pretty well much over the cold and snow.  Yes I know winter has only started, but there is nothing wrong with also starting the countdown to spring!

Looking out over the snow covered patio gets us thinking about warm summer evenings sitting outside and enjoying fresh produce from the garden.  Today's inspirational images remind us that warmer times are just around the corner. 

The new house will have two separate outdoor seating areas just perfect for one of these French inspired patio tables.  Can you see yourself enjoying a bottle of wine at one of these tables with your family and friends?  On second thought, I could really enjoy a bottle of wine anywhere!

Choice 1 We like how these smaller bistro style tables were pushed together to form one larger table.  The space is enhanced by the French blue shutters and red flowers, b…

Inspirational Bedroom Designs; Which is Your Favorite?

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Greetings Everyone!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas Holiday.  It has been a busy one around here! Now we have entered the time where we are all suffering from post holiday guilt; mainly from eating one too many pieces of fudge, and visiting the dessert table one too many times.  Thankfully the new year is right around the corner and we can again make a resolution to exercise more and eat healthier foods; just like last year right??

Today we find ourselves indoors, far away from post holiday shopping.  We aren't the only ones, as a blizzard is currently taking place just outside our window here in Indiana.  I am sure the local merchants are disappointed, but for us it makes for a perfect day of slowing things down, and enjoying time with each other.

It was also one of those mornings where you just didn't want to get out of bed.  In honor of staying longer in bed, we have decided to show some of our favorite, cozy bedroom spaces.

Which one makes you want to sleep in a li…

Our Holiday Gingerbread House

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Greetings Everyone!
We thought we would stray away from house updates during the holidays because we ourselves are taking a little break.  The holidays are busy enough without having to meet with contractors.

We anticipate that this past weekend was a busy "baking weekend" for many of you.  It was no different at our house.  One project that we tackled was the yearly gingerbread house.

Our French Inspired Fireplace Mantel

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Greetings Everyone!
We can't believe it has been over a week since we have visited all of our blogging friends!  We have literally had no time to focus on anything "home construction" related, and can only assume that this trend will not change until the beginning of the year.

Our French Inspired Kitchen: Selecting a Range

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Right now we are in the kitchen design phase of our new home.  Ever important to the feel of a kitchen are the seemingly endless appliance options.  Gas, electric, or both?  Stainless steel or cabinetry panels?  Glass or no glass?  And perhaps the most important of all; How much do you want to spend?  These are some of the questions that get thrown around when trying to make a few decisions on your kitchen.

French and European Inspired Staircases

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Greetings everyone!  I hope today finds you doing well! 
Before I go too far today I have to say that there are a lot of HomeGoods fans out there!  Our last two posts have featured some of our own HomeGoods finds.  You all must enjoy seeing HomeGoods finds because the posts have been visited at a staggering rate.  If you missed either one, you can still see them here:  Ralph Lauren Canisters  and our Ralph Lauren Lamps.

Ralph Lauren Canisters at HomeGoods

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So I guess this proves I frequent HomeGoods all too often.  Last week I showed you some pictures of a Ralph Lauren lamp I picked up for a fraction of the price at HomeGoods.  If you missed the post you can check it out HERE.

Ralph Lauren Lamps at HomeGoods

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Happy Tuesday to everyone!

A few weeks ago we picked up two Ralph Lauren lamps while making a quick stop at HomeGoods.  Can you really have a quick stop at HomeGoods though?  It seems that there is every intention of running in and grabbing one thing, but the shopping cart always seems to fill up before we get to the checkout line!  And as everyone knows even after you get to the checkout line you're still not done shopping at HomeGoods!