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John Ballack’s Smoked Bourbon Brisket Recipe

Posted on October 18, 2018

Normandy Designer John Ballack has many passions. We all know that one of them is architecture, another is BBQ. Here is one of his favorite fall recipes for you to try. “I love using my smoker in the fall, it’s the perfect time for BBQ,” said John. “I highly recommend this brisket recipe. It will… more

Empty Nesters: Do You Really Need to Keep Your Child’s Bedroom?

Posted on September 20, 2018

The kids are long gone! Now, what on earth should you do with their bedrooms? Do you… A. Leave the room intact on the off chance that they come home for a visit? Or, B. Transform their old room into something that you’ll use? To help you come to a decision, here’s some perspective from… more

Coffee Bar Design Ideas You’ll Love a Latte

Posted on August 23, 2018

Coffee, Espresso, Latte or Mocha… No matter how you fuel up in the morning, we’re serving up some great coffee bar design ideas courtesy of Normandy Designer Laura Barber, AKBD. Read below and make your morning Starbucks run a thing of the past… Here’s what you should consider adding to make the most of this… more

Oak Park Remodel for a Growing Family

Posted on August 17, 2018

It can be difficult to live in a small, outdated space. But add young children into the mix and it gets even more complicated. This was the case for a growing family in Oak Park. With two small children, they were in desperate need of a functional kitchen and updated first floor bathroom. To get… more

Remodeling Tips that Will Work Now and Later

Posted on August 15, 2018

We’re not getting any younger. That being said, it’s never too early to start thinking about aging in place.  You don’t need to wait until your ‘golden years’ to ready your home. There are some smart (and discrete) design solutions you can make now to set yourself up for the future. To help get you… more

Why You Need a Bond and Permit When Remodeling

Posted on August 15, 2018

Before you can start construction on your home addition or remodeling project, there’s some administration work that needs to be done. We’re talking about permits and bonds. And while they may seem like a nuisance or an added cost, they are for your safety and benefit. Here’s some more information from Normandy Designer Jeremy Paris… more

Home Remodeling Tips for the Type A Personality

Posted on August 6, 2018

We’re not going to sugar coat it… Living through a remodel can be messy and disruptive. But, knowing that you’ll have a beautiful new space makes the struggle well worth it. And while remodeling can be a character building experience for anyone, people who otherwise like to be in control may find themselves feeling more… more

When to Pick a Peninsula Instead of an Island

Posted on August 6, 2018

Peninsula or island…? That is the question. These days, it seems like everyone wants an island. But, can a peninsula be a better choice? According to Normandy Designer Amanda Heyland, the answer is yes. Here is when a peninsula makes the most sense. The first step is to find out if a peninsula is a… more

The Suite Life: Five Must-Haves for the Ultimate Retreat

Posted on July 31, 2018

Master suites are a place to recharge and focus on self-care. They can be located on the first or second floor and the design can be anything from modern to traditional.  But, according to Normandy Designer Ashley Noethe, all of the really great ensuites have these five things in common…  Walk-In Closet and Storage– Clutter… more

Vanity Table Tricks to Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted on July 30, 2018

Think about your morning beauty routine… Are makeup and hair products cluttering your bathroom countertops? Are you leaning over the sink to apply your mascara? Do you wish you had better lighting?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we know just what you need… a vanity table. And, according to Normandy Designer… more