Designing Our French Inspired Kitchen and Bath: The Kohler Store

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…

European Style Garages and Garage Doors

Its already time for this weeks "Which is your Favorite" post.  They house our parked cars, store our lawn furniture, keep our yard equipment protected, and keep the kids bicycles safe.  They are our garages.  Why is it a garage never seems big enough to hold all of the "stuff" we all seem to accumulate all to quickly?


Love the stately presence of this garage.  So much detail, from the french light fixtures, window corbels, to the copper downspouts.  I love the solders row of brick above the glass arched garage carriage doors. Looking at the gate pillars I am guessing they may have used a Boral Brick product (which I can't wait to show you our choices).

These darker garage doors have more of an Italian feel to me.  The color of the stone and cedar shakes go so well with this darker tone.  I also like that the driveway is not solid surface.  The use of a stone between the tires is a great substitute for grass which requires more maintenance.

This is a great garage carriage door with large square glass windows.  The hardware adds to the feel that this operates like an old fashion carriage door.

 Houzz /

This arched wood garage door again feels more Italian.  It almost looks like the kind of door you would expect to lead to a wine cellar.  Great hinge and ring pull hardware.

Great stain color on these wood garage doors.  While you would expect them to open like a carriage door, they actually open like a standard garage door.

For a more rustic approach, this open air (or car port) French garage does serve its purpose.  This home is for sale for anyone looking for multiple car ports in France.

An Amazing French style garage.  So much detail from the wood beams, to the arched wood doors.  Great stone work trimming out each garage door.  The dormers and cupola add more details and character to the roof.

Another great example of wood garage doors.  Enjoy seeing dormers above the garage.

This is the first time I have seen a double garage door made to look like two single wood garage doors.  With the addition of hardware it is difficult to notice at first.

Like many others, this is a fine example of a wood carriage door with glass windows.  What is it about cedar shakes that make them look so good?

These wood carriage doors stood out because of the arbors above them.  A great way to frame in your garage doors using your favorite vining plants.
Last but not least, another great Italian style wood garage door.  Again they take a double garage door and try to make it look like two separate doors.  Anyone know what the red plant is growing up the side?

Hope you enjoyed a quick tour of some of our favorite garage and garage door styles.  Which garage inspires you?  We would love to know!

Have a great day!

Tonya and Rob


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