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 Patio Table: Which is your Favorite?

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, both providing a "pop" of color. 


 
Choice 2
This wood table provides a separate dining space away from the house, and surrounded by nature.  A great way to spend a quiet evening.

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Choice 3
This outdoor French style table appears to be made of iron.  The green seat cushions do a good job of blending in with the natural surroundings.



Choice 4
Looks like a great French bistro table.  Lunch for two anyone?


Choice 5
What an amazing place to dine outdoors!  You can actually rent this home in France if you are in need of a good vacation. Great terrace covering the large patio table.


Choice 6
We love the idea of placing a table under the arbor. Arbors do a great job of letting in just enough light, while vining plants can give off beautiful flower blooms.



Choice 7
A small french style patio table on a crushed stone path.  What an amazing little well!  


 
Choice 8
Large rustic tables are great for the outdoors.  I don't like the idea of having a very formal and expensive table outside only to be exposed to the weather.  We also don't want to move all of the furniture indoors every fall.  This wood table under a shelter is just perfect.  It has protection from the elements and since it is made of wood it can stay out all winter.


Choice 9
What a long French style wood table.  It looks like you could seat 14 or more people at this table.  How great it would be to spend long summer evenings outdoors with your neighbors and friends (assuming you want to share your wine with them).
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Choice 10
This wood patio table sits under a retractable roof, allowing for more control of the sunlight.


 
Choice 11
More bistro style tables on a crushed stone terrace. Great French blue shutters as a side note.


Choice 12
A great private outdoor French style table.  More terracotta pots and flowers brighten up this space.


This is the view from our current patio.  We intend to use this French style iron table at the new home, but with new cushions.  This patio is covered and has a great ceiling fan to keep the air moving in the summer.


Another view from the other side of the patio.  We also have roller shades to keep the western sun under control.


On the house front; we have so many meetings scheduled with contractors over the next week.  On the agenda are 1) Wood Floors 2) Custom Cabinets 3) Built In Shelving 4) Heating and Cooling 5) Brick / Stone / Stucco Selections.  You will all get to see the "narrowed down" selections VERY soon.
 
WINE RECOMMENDATION
 
As we mentioned before; if you are going to sit out on the patio, you might as well enjoy some wine.  Here is one we highly recommend following a recent tasting we hosted.  If you want to spend a few dollars on a bottle (and know it's going to be good) give this one a try. 
 
 
2009 Grand Vin de Bordeaux
Chateau La Bonnelle
Saint Emilion Grand Cru
 
 
Wishing everyone a great day!
 
-Rob and Tonya

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