Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:22

To-Dos: Your December Home Checklist

Make your home warm and safe and set the mood for a happy holiday season you and your family will truly enjoy
Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor shares 12 tasks to check off for an easier, safer and cozier month. Read more:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32472967?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u845&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

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Friday, 28 November 2014 09:17

How to Care for a Freshly Cut Christmas Tree

Keep your tree looking lush until the last ornament is packed away, with these tips for watering, stands and siting from Therese Ciesinski, a houzz contributor.  "Artificial trees may have increased in popularity, but for the purist, only a real tree will do. No matter how realistic it looks, an artificial tree can’t compete with the scent and feel of a real evergreen. It’s a living part of nature that, for a short time, we give a place of honor in our homes." says Ciesinski, "And no matter which kind of tree it is — spruce, fir, pine or cypress — once it’s indoors, the goal is to keep the tree fresh and green. This means keeping the needles pliable and on the tree until the holidays are over. And the only thing that does that is water, lots of it. Think of it like a big, green pet: Just as a dog or cat needs fresh water every day, so does a fresh Christmas tree. " Here are Therese's tips: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20617685/list/how-to-care-for-a-freshly-cut-christmas-tree

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:06

Holiday Hostess Gifts - Ideas

Don't come to a holiday soirée empty-handed. Bring one of these and guaranteed you'll be invited back. Here are some ideas from Bridget Mallon and Sarah Yang and House Beautiful: http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/best/hostess-gifts#slide-1

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Friday, 21 November 2014 08:40

50 Outdoor Room Design Ideas

More and more families are moving their living rooms outside, so why not do it in style? Here, House Beautiful, gives you 50 ideas to create your own outdoor living room complete with a sofa, fireplace, and even a chandelier.  Read More:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/garden/50-outdoor-room-design-ideas/ss-AA6N2lz?ocid=ansentap11#image=1

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Outdoor Living Room Idea with Sofa, Barrington, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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HGTV Project, Schmechtig Landscapes - Outdoor Living Room and Dining Room with see-thru Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchen, Schaumburg, IL.

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HGTV Project, Schmechtig Landscapes - another view of Outdoor Living Room and Dining Room with see-thru Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchen, Schaumburg, IL.

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HGTV Project, Schmechtig Landscapes - another view of Outdoor Dining Room with Chandelier and see-thru Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchen, Schaumburg, IL.

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Brick is one of the most popular choices for home exteriors in the U.S. 

Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, shares his tips to pull your home’s colors into your garden for a more cohesive exterior look.  I agree with Jay's comment,  "I believe in our hectic world we seek peaceful continuity in our personal spaces. A large part of that is creating a seamless dialogue between home and garden. Whether your home is made of brick, stone, siding or stucco, we can take some cues from our houses to make them truly at home in our landscapes." Here are ways to landscape your brick home and samples of Schmechtig Landscapes brick home design projects and landscape maintenance work in Glenview, Winnetka, Wilmette and Barrington Hills, Illinois: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33864740?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u810&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery6

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Painted Brick House, Side Garden Path Idea, Blue Stone and Chipped Blue Stone Pattern, Glenview, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick Home Landscape, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas, Front Entrance, including Blue Stone and Brick, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Back Yard Landscape including swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and firepit, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Front Landscaping, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas with Stone Patio including Pergola, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Landscape Ideas, Backyard, Historic Landscape Home Restoration, Wilmette, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Front Yard Landscape Ideas, including Stone and Brick Front Entrance Walkway and Driveway, Wilmette, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Brick House Backyard Landscape Ideas, Stone and Brick Patio, Barrington Hills, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:27

Dream Spaces: A Secret Garden of Your Own

We can indulge in our own secret gardenscape.  Kate McKee, a Houzz contributor, says with a little imagination you can.  Read and see more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33750325?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u793&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

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Sunken Garden, Lake Bluff IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Garden Landscape Design - Secret Garden, Barrington, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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Formal Garden Ideas, Wilmette, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Formal Garden Ideas, Wilmette, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Informal Garden Ideas, Winnetka, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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Monday, 10 November 2014 10:30

These Are Not Your Grandparents Junipers

Dislike junipers? Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, says "Maybe it’s time to discover new varieties and new uses for this garden workhorse"
See and read more about the new varieties and which type will work in your zone:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33450934?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u776&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:03

These Aren’t Your Grandparents’ Junipers

Dislike junipers? Jay Sifford, a Houzz contributor, says "Maybe it’s time to discover new varieties and new uses for this garden workhorse"
See and read more about the new varieties and which type will work in your zone:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/33450934?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u776&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery14

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Monday, 27 October 2014 08:23

Refresh Your Front Door and Foyer for Fall

Enjoy these product ideas to set the tone for your entire home from the Houzz Marketplace collection.  Read and see the fantastic products:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32767099?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u742&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery21

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Front Entry Ideas, Winnetka, Illinois, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:41

14 Dazzling DIY Halloween Decorations

In ten days many of us will be celebrating one of America's most popular holiday's - Halloween!  The following simple decorating ideas are courtesy of Good Housekeeping.  Gleam Team and Glam Gourds are my favorite.  Check them out: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/diy/14-dazzling-diy-halloween-decorations/ss-BB5Wxk7?ocid=DELLDHP 

Courtesy of MSN and Good Houskeeping

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