Archive for the ‘Design trends’ Category

Deck vs. Patio: Which Offers the Best Value

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: June 9th, 2016

If you’re in the new home construction process, the consideration for a deck or patio is probably on your mind. You might be wondering which options would be best for you and which will provide the best overall value to your home. This article helps identify the pros and cons of each and can help […]

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2015 Home Buying Trends in the Chicago Area

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: December 15th, 2015

With new home sales on the comeback, Chicagoland home buyers seem to desire different amenities than years past. According to a recent area broker and builder survey by Chicago Magazine, home buyers now prefer larger laundry rooms, smooth quartz and porcelain kitchen surfaces, soaking tubs, and a flexible living space to reflect the trending 24-hour […]

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Today’s Master Bathroom

Posted by: Blog User
Date: December 8th, 2015
Categories: Design trends

Your new Master Bathroom should be a retreat, an oasis away from the stresses of the day where you can relax and unwind in a soothing, tranquil environment. However, in the morning, you need it to be efficient, functional and practical so you can get out the door looking and feeling your best. Our Master […]

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Staircases: Form and Function

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: August 19th, 2015

Staircases. They know how to make an entrance. They do it with style, form and function. Nothing says “welcome to my home” like a grand foyer with a magnificent staircase leading your eye up to a coffered ceiling with a magnificent chandelier. Even if your home does not offer an entrance on a grand scale, […]

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Spend more time outdoors this summer! Trends in backyard designs

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: July 19th, 2015

Gone are the days of the boring gray concrete patios and metal swing sets. Today’s backyards are sophisticated extensions of a home’s interior, offering tranquil sanctuaries and entertainment-ready spaces for families to enjoy. We spend a lot of time creating the perfect spaces INSIDE our home. During the summer months, however, we want to be […]

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Savor Spring in a Sunroom

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: March 12th, 2015

It seems that spring has finally sprung! Although there are still several inches of snow on the ground, the chirping birds and warmer temperatures hold the promise that soon the tulips and daffodils will be poking through the wet ground. And, quite honestly, we couldn’t be more excited. Although we can’t control the weather or […]

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Happy ‘Coral Reef’, is Sherwin-William’s 2015 Color of the Year.

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: January 9th, 2015

We hope that Sherwin-William’s vibrant Coral Reef (SW6606) will be making a splash in your home décor this year. As part of the “Buoyant” forecast palette in the colormix™ 2015, this color is “the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red… reminiscent of vintage floral patterns and inspired by the trend for green urban spaces,” […]

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Durable, Versatile and Sustainable: Wood for Good

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: October 13th, 2014
Categories: Design trends

Wood. Although the finishes and the styles used in homes may come and go, wood is here for good. Nothing warms up an interior like a wood floor, and as the temperature starts to fall here in the Chicago area, wood can withstand the leaves, muddy paws, and salty boots that the change of seasons […]

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A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place.

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: September 22nd, 2014
Categories: Design trends

The mudroom. The place where family members drop their shoes, boots, coats, backpacks, gloves, scarves, keys, sunglasses, phones, sports equipment, and hopefully even MUD before they enter the house. In the Chicago area, the mudroom is the hardest working room in the house, next to the kitchen. Today mudrooms are truly the organizational hub of […]

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What a Show!

Posted by: kcb_admin
Date: August 28th, 2014

This year’s Cavalcade of Homes drew over 12,000 attendees, so we were busy these last few weeks! But it was well worth it. What a great way for us to get first-hand feedback on what people are looking for in a home. In general, we received praise for the open floor plans and gorgeous decorating […]

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