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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…

French Inspired House Design: Exterior Shutters

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Happy Tuesday morning!I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend of visiting with friends and family.Here in Indiana, we had the greatest racing event of the year; the Indianapolis 500.

As mentioned in earlier posts, our future home is in its final planning stages.Once we begin building we will focus mainly on the architectural design, the construction process, and the materials.We plan to have daily construction updates along with regular interviews from the craftsmen building the home.

Until then…..we will continue to share photos from our inspiration file. Today is SHUTTERS.

Shutters make such an impact on the exterior of a home.I am not talking about shutters that are screwed into the house and serve no purpose.I am talking about shutters that open and close, latch, and sway.I am talking about real shutters that protect the windows and let in a cool summer breeze while keeping the suns rays away.I am talking about shutters with hardware that compliments the windows and ex…

French Style Home Design: Exterior Materials

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I want to briefly touch on the subject of exterior construction materials for a French style home. I bring this up because my wife and I were sitting out on the patio of a local restaurant this weekend when we noticed how much we liked the brick and stone combination on the outside of the building. This again brought up the conversation of what material(s) we plan to use on our home.

Originally we planned to use stucco, a common material used in French style homes. Our problem has been identifying a local craftsman that is skilled in applying this material properly. It also appears that none of the builders in our area have faith in the material itself. Indiana has very mild winters in comparison to other areas of the country, with average temperatures ranging in the mid to low 30's. Because we hover right at freezing, we go through many freeze / thaw cycles, which we are told long term is not good for stucco.

The material recommended as a substitute is Dryvit, a "synthetic&qu…

Home Inspiration from Gascony, France

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Happy Monday morning!I hope that everyone had a great weekend.It was college graduation weekend here in Indiana, and with the addition of Mothers Day there was not much time left for blogging.I will do my best to record the videos I promised last week that show how we water all of our potted plants without ever picking up a watering can all summer long!

For today, I want to share where we got the inspiration for the exterior architecture of our future home.For those of you that have been to Gascony, France; we are jealous.We really never set out searching for a Gascony style design, but rather started looking for French influenced homes in books and online.After about a year my wife and I noticed that many of the homes we liked gravitated towards the same style of architecture.By chance, we stumbled upon a French real estate website that had their listings divided up by regions of France.After thumbing through Gascony we determined that this was the region that gave influence to the st…

French Style Landscaping: Potted Plants

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As we said before, this blog will follow along with the construction of our French inspired home and all of the decisions from start to finish.While some of the initial planning is still being decided, we will go ahead and start posting about some of the things we have been learning the last few years.On occasion, we will probably throw in a great recipe or something unique (and at a great price) that we bought for the house.
Today we want to talk about potted plants.It’s funny because several other blogs have also discussed potted plants and urns this week.I guess spring fever is taking over and we are all ready to start getting our hands dirty and our yards back into bloom.
Keeping with the French style, we love to use pots / urns; terra cotta, glazed, concrete, it doesn’t matter.There is nothing that accents a French style home better than a nicely organized arrangement or a simple hydrangea or boxwood.What we love is that they are mobile!Did your hydrangea not like where it was la…

Choosing A French Home Design: Jack Arnold Kitchen

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A few years ago my wife and I decided that we would begin to plan the house of our dreams.

Has anyone ever had difficulty designing or identifying the home they want to build?I think for about a year and a half we found plans that were good, but nothing that ever made us say “THAT is THE one”.

One day, we were searching for kitchen designs on Google images (a great resource). I have always wanted our stove to look like it was part of an old fireplace. I find the design reminiscent of cooking fireplaces that were once the staple of every kitchen.

After a great deal of searching, we found “THE” kitchen that made us stop in our tracks.It was a design created by Jack Arnold, the renowned architect known for his European influenced designs.Right in front of us was exactly what we were looking for in a kitchen.The cabinets themselves also appear to be designed by Jack Arnold for Bentwood Kitchens.Check out both sites for more information.  What do you think of the inspiration kitchen??


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