Monday, 02 June 2014 07:49

Gyroscope or Sculpture?

"Is It a Gyroscope or Sculpture?

 It’s a Chair!", says Mitchell Parker, Houzz Editorial Staff. 

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Friday, 30 May 2014 08:30

33 Spectacular Landscaping Ideas

 33 photos - use gravel, pebbles and bark chips for practical, versatile garden design. Enjoy.

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 Landscaping Ideas with Blue Stone, Crushed Blue Stone and Plants, Schmechtig Landscapes, Glenview, Illinois


Lake Barrington, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes, Landscape Design Idea: Gravel Path and Paver Patio

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It's time to bring back Recipe Thursday since the weather has turned warmer, finally! Here's a wonderful salad from my friend Laurie Bakke, author of Laurie Bakke's Cookbook and owner of Sage Gourmet Kitchen Store in Hendersonville, NC. which just opened and includes a fabulous wine shop.  To get Laurie's Cookbook visit and follow Laurie on Twitter @LaurieBakke 

This is a fantastic main dish to serve as an entree or on a buffet menu. It is best served with some very crusty grilled homemade bread It is packed full of flavor and will be sure to please your guests time and time again.

1. Dressing:
2. 4 Green Onions - peeled and chopped
3. 1 C. Fresh Cilantro - roughly chopped
4. 1/2 C. Fresh Basil - roughly chopped
5. 1 C. Lime Juice - freshly squeezed
6. 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice - freshly squeezed
7. 1 to 2 Tbsp. Sherry Vinegar
8. 2 to 3 Tbsp. Honey
9. 1/2 Cup Canola Oil or whatever oil you prefer
10. 1 Tbsp. Each Sugar and Kosher Salt
11. 1 Jalapeño Chili - halved and seeded
12. 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

13.  Salad:
14. 1 1/2 C. Fresh White Corn Kernels (frozen, if fresh is not available)
15. 15 Oz. Can Black Beans - rinsed and drained
16. 1 Medium Zucchini - medium dice
17. 1 Large Red Pepper - cored and medium dice
18. 3/4 C. Red Onion - medium dice
19. 1 Avocado - peeled, pitted and medium dice
20. 1 1/4 Lbs. Large Cooked Shrimp - peeled and deveined
21. Fresh Ground Black Pepper - to taste
1. For the dressing, blend first 7 ingredients in a food processor or with a blender stick until dressing is a smooth as possible. Slowly add the oil until emulsified. Add the sugar, salt, jalapeño and red pepper flakes to the mixture. Dressing can be prepared one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Combine the corn, black beans, zucchini, red pepper, and red onion in a large mixing bowl. Toss the salad with enough dressing to coat thoroughly and mix well. Add the avocado and shrimp and fold in gently. Add more dressing until it is well coated.
3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to six hours. If serving immediately, follow the recipe for avocado and shrimp be added. If making salad ahead, add avocado and shrimp when serving.
4. For garnish, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and basil.

Published in Landscaping
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:52

Curb Appeal - 20 Suggestions

Your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression for everyone -- including potential homebuyers -- will want to see what's inside. Here are some suggestions from Better Homes and Garden.

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Curb Appeal, Schmechtig Landscapes, Barrington, IL.


Curb Appeal, Winnetka, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

Published in Landscaping
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:29

20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Ditch the fancy and fussy in favor of laid-back entertaining that leaves you more time to enjoy the fun, says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.

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Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Room in Winnetka, Illinois by Schmechtig Landscapes

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Sustainable garden practices teach us that biodiversity, wildlife habitats and native plants are essential for a thriving, healthy environment. Busy pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds and some butterflies and birds, ensure that the natural processes of our landscapes remain in balance. Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance and thriving.  Annie Thornton, from the Houzz Editorial Staff looks at summer-blooming native plants hailing from coast to coast that will help keep your garden and its unsung heroes singing. Read More:



Winnetka, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

Published in Landscaping
Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:30

7 Incredible Outdoor Kitchens

Here are 7 incredible outdoor kitchens from House Beautiful to inspire, amaze and innovative your outdoor cooking and entertaining. 


Outdoor Kitchen, Dinning and Living Room with see through fireplace, HGTV Project, Schmechtig Landscapes

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Surprise and thrill with a garden that attracts magical winged creatures, bringing color, movement and life.  "There is a fourth dimension that thrills our senses and brings us fully into the place", says Benjamin Vogt, a Houzz Contibutor.  Vogt shares the importance of butterflies adding a presence of color and movement that echos the flowers, grasses and stone walls in our gardens.  He continues saying "Butterflies delight and surprise. Gardening for butterflies is perhaps the simplest thing you can do in your landscape — likely you already have the basic elements to help them thrive."

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:10

Garden Fountain and Water Wise Too!

Uncover water features which are more conscious of water conservation and strategies for placement and use from June Scott, a Houzz contributor. 

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Water Feature: Fountain, Barrington Hills, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes


Water Feature: Pond with Stream; Barrington Hills, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:10

Garden Fountain and Water Wise Too!

Uncover water features which are more conscious of water conservation and strategies for placement and use from June Scott, a Houzz contributor. 

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