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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 Style Landscaping: Using Terracotta Planters

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I must say I didn't always love terracotta pots.  Then at some point it was like a light switch flipped and every planter needed to be replaced with terracotta.  They should be, they provide many benefits over plastic containers. For example:
1) Terracotta is porous, making it nearly impossible to overwater your plants.  Plastic containers hold in water.  Terracotta allows for water to move through the clay and evaporate.
2) This evaporation is good for the roots, as it allows for cooling just as if the plant were in the ground.  The plant roots can breathe.
This home was designed by Jack Arnold of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  His home designs are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.  Like great architects, he too knows its all in the details.  These little details, like the perfectly placed terracotta pots, work together with other elements to give an amazing feel to the space.  As you might already know from previous posts, the home we will be building and featuring on this blog was d…

French Style Furniture

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This past weekend was just made for a road trip.  We drove up to Chicago and stayed with some friends who live downtown.  I don't think we could have asked for better weather. We always enjoy walking up and down Rush Street.  FYI, there is an amazing gelato stand in Mariano Park near all the action.

One of this weekends highlights was searching for French inspired furniture and decor.  We hit the jackpot!  Near the Wicker Park neighborhood, we came across an amazing warehouse that we had driven by at least 50 times and never noticed.  The inside is a treasure chest of French style furniture, French decor, art, you name it.  We decided we would share some of those images today.  If there is something you see let us know and we'll share the store with you, unless of course it's something we plan to go back and buy!

These faux cakes look just as good as the real thing.  There were cake stands all over the place!

Love the French style bookcase and topiary pots with lamps to match…

Exterior French Doors: Which would you choose?

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If you are like us, then you love a good French Door.  Over the years, we have collected nearly 100 photographs of some of the most gorgeous doors to use as inspiration.  Today's photographs show some of our favorites.


OPTION 1 Not only are these French doors to die for, but so is the entire entry!  Love the glass detail and traditional French door hardware.  The transom above lets in so much light into this otherwise windowless space.  A great old world look in a new space.
OPTION 2 This wooden door features an arch and glass.  It is surrounded by a beautiful stone entry, with a Napoleon arch to top it all off.  I would take this entry in a heartbeat.

OPTION 3 This door is also found on the home above.  You can see that they continued with the same arched wood door theme.

OPTION 4 I am really starting to like black doors and black trim.  There is something about it that looks so clean and upscale.  While this six panel door is not French, it does have a French look when you add the arche…

French Style Landscaping: Plantings at our current home.

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Good Morning everyone! It's going to be a beautiful Tuesday here in Indiana with what should be perfect weather! We really appreciate all the comments and emails regarding our blog. We are excited that so many people are eager to follow along as we build our French inspired home in the coming months.

We hope that you too will join our growing number of followers. If there are other methods for following that you would like to see added, please comment or send an email and let us know.

Today’s topic continues with landscaping.Our first post on French style landscaping was so popular that we have decided to dedicate one day each week to the subject.

It was so gorgeous last night that we took our camera along for our evening walk with the dogs.These images were shot around our current home, soon to be up for sale for all you would be buyers wishing to live in Indiana.


You should know that I love fountains.  This one welcomes visitors as they approach our front door.


The birds love to si…