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Kitchen Design Mistakes

There are several potential kitchen design mistakes that may be made but these tips will hopefully shed some light on the common mistakes and how to avoid them.

  • Forgetting a space for the trash: Sometimes a kitchen can be beautifully done except for the ugly trash can. Instead of using the traditional plastic can, opt instead for built in pull-out drawers that can house the cans.
  • Not installing enough electrical outlets: Get creative and install several outlets throughout the kitchen. Sneaky spaces include the sides of an island and inside a drawer.
  • Too much stainless steel creating a sterile look: Even though stainless steel appliances are very popular right now, they can create a sterile look instead of a warm look. To avoid making this mistake, think about using white, black, or even colored appliances instead.
  • A cluttered look due to too many open shelves: Instead of having many open shelves, install a few to display your prettiest dinnerware and use regular hidden shelving for the rest.
  • Not having enough lighting variation: Ideally the kitchen should have three different types of lighting. Spot lighting for tasks, overhead lighting to illuminate the room and accent lighting to showcase specific design elements. It’s important to vary the type of lighting in the space as well as the wattage used.

Photo of a beautiful and modern kitchen to illustrate points about kitchen design mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Showing Your Cabinets Some Love

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  • Paint:

    Painting cabinets a new light hue can really brighten up a dark and drab kitchen.

  • Install a plate rack:

Putting in a plate rack either above or underneath cabinets adds some interest and is a great way to display any pretty and colorful plates.

  • Put in task lighting:

Installing under-cabinet lighting really highlights the room while being very functional at the same time. Many kitchens do not have enough lighting so utilizing the space underneath the cabinets is perfect for making the kitchen more beautiful and user friendly.

  • Install a pull-out cabinet shelf:

Make the most of the cabinet storage space you have and put in pull-out cabinet shelves.

  • Reface:

Instead of investing in brand new cabinets and spending $5,000 and up, reface existing cabinets for under $1,000 to give them a brand new look.

 

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Great time to buy and sell

Outstanding Agents

Mortgage rates are down and home values are up making it a great time to buy or sell! For more information or a FREE market analysis call the Dawn Dause Group at (815) 954-5050!

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Back To School Tips For Parents & Back To School Slow Cooker Recipe


 

  • Meet the new teacher: Take advantage of any back to school nights or meet and greet sessions with your child’s new teacher. If face to face contact is not available, try to find the teacher’s picture on the school website so that your child can place a face with a name.
  • Take a tour: Take advantage of any opportunities to tour the school and to find your child’s classroom and desk. For older kids, have them take you on a tour of the school to refresh both of your memories.
  • Meet up with friends: See if any kids from last year’s class are in your child’s class this year and schedule a play date with them to refresh the friendship before the school year begins.
  • Supplies: Take your child on a special shopping for their school supplies and allow them to pick out a special pen, folder, or other supply that they can be excited about.
  • Get in the routine: Routines are very important to kids so to help them feel more comfortable making the transition into the school year and to avoid a chaotic morning on the first day of school, get in a routine ahead of time. A few days before school starts, set the alarm and go through the morning routine with your child so that they are comfortable. Have them get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the bus stop on time so that they know what to expect.
The school year can be a very busy time for parents as well so it’s good to have crock pot recipes on hand for days you don’t have a lot of time to spend making dinner.

Crockpot Orange Chicken 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions
  • Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce
  • Pour mixture over chicken and cook on high for 30 more minutes
  • Serve this chicken with some rice and enjoy!
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4th Of July Celebrations in Will County

Fireworks

  • Patriotic picnic and fireworks: July 3, 2016 at dusk at Plainfield Central High School
  • Channahon 4th of July celebration: July 4th, 2016 at 9:45 pm held at Community Park 23200 W McClintock Road in Channahon
  • Naperville Ribfest Fireworks: July 4th, 2016 at 9:30 pm in Knoch Park located at 724 S West Street in Naperville
  • Lemont Park District Freedom Days Fireworks: July 3, 2016 at dusk at Centennial Park located at 16028 127th Street in Lemont
  • Lockport 4th of July fireworks: July 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm at Dellwood Park at 18th and Lawrence Avenue in Lockport
  • Bolingbrook All American Celebration: July 4th, 2016 at 9:15 pm at the Bolingbrook Golf Club located at 2001 Rodeo Drive in Bolingbrook
  • Romeoville Independence Day: July 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm at Village Park located at 900 W Romeo Road in Romeoville
  • Beecher 4th of July: July 4th, 2016 at 9:30 pm at Firemen’s Park located at 673 Penfield Street in Beecher
  • New Lenox 4th of July: July 4th, 2016 at 9:30 pm at Village Commons located at 1 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox
  • Frankfort 4th of July Celebration: July 4th, 2016 at dusk at Main Park located at 400 W Nebraska Street in Frankfort
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5 Projects To Do This Spring Break

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  • Power Wash:  Spring is the perfect time to head out to your local home improvement store to rent a power washer. Spray down the exterior of your home, your driveway, deck, etc. Not only will this make your home look better, but it may also get rid of any mold or mildew that may be present.
  • Tune your AC: Have your AC system tuned and change out the filter; doing this before summer time may prevent any issues you may have with your cooling system.
  • Attend to the gutters:  Grab a ladder and unclog the gutters, making way for the April showers that will be here soon.
  • Let the sunshine in: Clean both the interior and exterior of your windows and watch the sunlight flood your home. Using a squeegee is usually a better bet than paper towels since paper towels can leave a film of lint behind.
  • Clean the coils: Dirt and dust that accumulate on your fridge’s coils can reduce how energy efficient the fridge is. Use the hose attachment from the vacuum cleaner to clean off the coils and rest assured that your fridge will be using less energy to keep cool.
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