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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…

Rustic Ceiling Beams: Old World Ceiling Design

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Greetings to everyone! How the time keeps flying by!  Like so many others that I have read, these last few weeks have been so busy its been hard to find time to visit all of my favorite blogs regularly.  Here's hoping that things start to return to normal this week. When we met with our builder this week we discussed  rustic beams that will be installed throughout the house.  As of right now there will be beams in the master suite, the kitchen, and the dining room.  Today's post showcases an array of old world style beams.  Hope you enjoy.   We would love to hear which is your favorite? BEAM 1 This beam system is actually functional, holding up the entire ceiling.  It is also a photograph that we took while visiting a Jack Arnold home in Colorado.  These beams were located in the master bedroom and are being considered for ours as well.  The hip roof in the Master suite allows for a unique layout.  Also notice the added detail of the iron turnbuckles. BEAM 2 This is the Kitchen fro…

French Style Fireplaces and Mantels: Which is your favorite?

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Good morning everyone!

The most recent discussion with our builder has focused around if we should construct four full masonry fireplaces. As with anything there are pro's and con's.  Our builder no longer recommends that solid masonry fireplaces be constructed due to energy efficiency.  Our state has enacted energy codes that all new homes must meet.  Since masonry fireplaces are responsible for a great amount of energy loss in our homes (especially during a cold Indiana winter), it has been recommended that we use sealed inserts.  Additionally our design only calls for the mantel to be exposed so the design of a solid masonry fireplace would go unseen behind the walls.  The debate goes on!  Let us know your experience good or bad with solid masonry fireplaces.

To the more exciting part of today's post......we want to choose a mantel style before searching the yards and warehouses for the "perfect" mantel.  There are so many great choices, but we want to know whic…

European Style Fountains and Water Features: Which is your Favorite?

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Good morning everyone!

Who doesn't like a good water feature or fountain?  Its been so hot this summer that I could sit in one all day!

Right now the site plan is being prepared for the house.  (Psssst...if you missed our home's exterior view from the plans featured in our last post you can see it HERE.)

The site plan will show us the house placement, the pool placement, the utility placements, and the driveway placement.  Right now the plan is to have a single drive come off of the road which will lead to a circular drive in front of the main entry.  Another drive will exit the circle and head to the side load garage (if you are looking at the plan, the garage is hidden on the right side).

Now the focus is on what fountain to place in the middle of the circular driveway so plumbing can be planned.  We want it to be a main focal point while still keeping with our style of  home.

Today's images (and there are several) include sample fountains from our inspiration file.  If I hav…