Springtime Will Soon Be Here– Dream It. Do It.
It’s March and it’s time to start planning for all of those home enhancement projects
that you’ve been dreaming of. It’s been a long winter and spring is in the air. With
this comes that feeling of excitement as we dream of all the home design and decor
possibilitites to revitalize and refresh our home. No matter the size of the project–
big or small– this issue is filled with many ideas and local connections to help you
get started.
Our cover feature highlights west suburban Home Design Enthusisasts–each with
a unique story to share. From repurposing old finds into beautiful on-trend decor
pieces, and turning a plain and simple room into a gorgeous interior living space, to
building award-winning custom homes– the talent that these local women have is
truly so very impressive.
The 10 Trends in Home Design Enhancement will leave home owners feeling ex-
cited to update this Spring, as we unveil some of today’s hottest trends and where
to find them locally. Such a great feature! We also feature 7 Spectacular Totally
Unique Homes For Sale Right Now, and these homes will
amaze you–from a waterfront oasis to a “green” dream
home and everything in between. We hope you enjoy
this special expanded real estate feature.
Thank you for reading our Spring Home Enhnance-
ment issue! Our team always enjoys working with
the community on this issue each year. Remember
to stay connected, Glancer Magazine is daily, weekly
and monthly with a packed year ahead.
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MARCH 2021
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 5 Things to Do
8 COVER Home Design Enthusiasts
18 10 Trends In Spring Home Enhancement
20 Downtown Naperville–Be In The Mix!
22 Unique In Suburbia: Axe Throwing
24 Dining & Cocktails
26 Trendy Traveler: 3 VRBO Travel Trends
30 3-Mile Run In Oswego
32 Million Dollar Listing: Sugar Grove
34 Home Design & Decor
35 Meet the Design Team at Nona Jo’s
36 Literary Local: Rhythm Rescue
37 Susan Colella, Naperville Real Estate
38 To Give, To Inspire: Benet Special Places
40 Meet Penny O’Brien of Naperville
41 West Suburban VIP: Tote Babies Inventors
42 Kid Stuff: March Fun In 2021
44 Dental News
45 Career Time
46 Fitness with the H4 Training Team
48 Shop Local
49 Mom’s Little Black Book: Sable Creek
50 Shopping + Style: Boutiques
52 7 Spectacular Totally Unique Local Homes
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3. Start Planning Your
Spring & Summer Blooms
SUGAR GROVE–Spring is in the air
and it’s time to start planning for your
beautiful summer blooms. From rose
bushes to blossoming ornament trees,
take a rise out to this beautiful nursery
in Kane County, Outdoor, open air ac-
cess to their tree, shrub, and perennial
areas are now open. Greenhouses also
open. Face coveringas and a 6 foot dis-
tance req. www.springbluffnursery.com
1. Kane County Flea
Market • March 5 & 6
ST. CHARLES–A fun, local, world
renowned antique Flea Market started
in 1967 by Helen Robinson. Located
in St. Charles, Illinois.
MARCH 2021
5 Things to Do
5. Vintage Shop Hop • March 5 & 6
WESTERN SUBURBS–The Vintage Shop Hop is a self-guided day of vintage & bou-
tique shopping held twice a year. 400+ vintage & antique shops gather, along with
barn sales, women's boutiques & home decor shops in northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin to roll out the red carpet for guests on March 5 & 6, 2021. You just have
to grab your friends, hit the road, and shop hard! View the list of local participants at
or facebook Vintage Shop Hop in your area
and shop at all of your local favorites. Enjoy!
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4. How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden • March 20
VIRTUAL EVENT–Spice up your favorite meals or cocktails with the herbs
you love with The Growing Place. Kyle L., Perennial & Rose Manager, and
Joannie R., Aurora Retail Perennial Manager, will teach herb garden basics
and guide you in planting and caring for your own scent-sational planter.
To purchase the Herb Kit and to join the webinar visit
2. A Taste of France
Wine Dinner • March 11
NAPERVILLE–Enjoy 5 courses paired with 5
wines.You'll taste... Maison Antech Cremant de Li-
moux; Aubert & Mathieu Chardonnay, Limoux
2018; Aubert & Mathieu Pinot Noir, Languedoc
2018; Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf du Pape
2017; Chateau de L’Ou Secret de Schistes Cotes
Catalanes 2016. Reserve your spot today at
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Photos by Mike Catuara
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I also like to take a large or-
nate frame and then add a
piece of corrugated metal
that I have rusted with muri-
atic acid, then add a wreath
for a traditional, yet industrial
She says soft/muted colors
are still in, with a pop of color
brought in with pillows or ac-
cent pieces that can easily be
changed with the trends.
One big development she is
seeing for 2021 is peel and
stick wallpaper not only for
walls, but also for ceilings
that mimic expensive looks,
such as tin tile– but at a frac-
tion of the cost. Eclectic
chairs that are the same
color tone and share the
same seat fabric also help
bring your personality into a
space, as well as open
hutches with your treasured
“Hiding appliances is also on
the rise. I am fearless in try-
ing things,” Ruth says. “My
refrigerator was an ugly white
one; but instead of buying a
new one, I painted the sides
and top with black appliance
paint and then the front of it
added beadboard, trim, and
From sandpaper and paint-
brushes to keyboards and
hard drives, Ruth breathes
creative energy 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week!
Find Ruth’s unique pieces at
The Rustic Fox in Aurora.
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GLEN ELLYN–This Glen Ellyn mom of two children ages 9 and 12
years old understands how important it is to design a home with kid-
friendly materials like upholstered furniture that can stand up to
Sharpies and mud, as well as incorporating new wave technology such
as a voice activated or touchless kitchen faucet for ease of washing
those messy hands from all the cooking, baking, art projects, and
When Alisha worked for Pottery Barn, the concept of her own business
Styled Interiors was created after countless interactions with customers.
“I recognized the need to offer an interior design service that is price-
conscious, yet does not lack in quality, design or client service,” she
says. “I believe that you don’t need a gigantic budget to have your
home looking the way you hope and dream.”
She loves to transform homes by adding dimension through texture,
color, mixed metals/materials, layers, and depth by sourcing the perfect
decor, furniture, and furnishings; and as a Certified Psychological Paint
Color Expert™, Alisha integrates all the hottest colors of 2021 - shades
of blues, whites, greiges, blacks, charcoals while bringing in pops of
color to provide interest and personality.
“When working with a client I always remind them that their home is for
them to enjoy,” Alisha says. “I want them to feel 100% comfortable and
relaxed in their own space.”
With that being said, she draws inspiration from a home's architecture
style, personal statement pieces like a rug, artwork, or wallpaper; and
of course, Pinterest or Instagram ideas.
“I'm obsessed with The Frame TV by Samsung. This isn't just any TV.
It displays a curated collection of art when it is off. This is a beautiful
addition to a room especially when a little more sophistication is re-
quired,” she adds. “Whatever your mood or style you can change up
the displayed artwork. Simply brilliant!”
Adding smart technology is all the rage in design these days and she
is also fascinated with motorized or automated window treatments, re-
frigerators, coffee makers, and even toasters that can all be controlled
using Alexa.
Alisha loves that even when life is busy with work and kids, quality and
uniqueness can be found close to home at her personal favorites, such
as Amy Storm & Company Glen Ellyn, 610 Home Geneva, The Perfect
Thing Wheaton, Good Roots Glen Ellyn, The Shade Store Oakbrook;
and, when she needs a total refresh and recharge she grabs her best
friend and husband and heads for a date night at Moveable Feast,
Maize & Mash, Marche, and Common Good Cocktail House.
Alisha Rylander
West Suburban Interior Designer Shares on Her Love for Design & the Latest Trends
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YORKVILLE–Cheryl has been designing and building res-
idential projects for 32 years. She is President and Chief Ar-
chitect of CL Design-Build, Inc. and loves that architecture
allows her to solve problems and conquer challenges cre-
atively while considering all her client’s needs, design ele-
ments, structural elements, aesthetics, budget, and more.
Her three grown children live in three different time zones, so
she gains inspiration from across the country and takes her
knowledge and experiences to create striking exteriors and
enrich spaces with detailed ceilings, built-ins, unique window
patterns, and indoor/outdoor connectivity.
Although large islands with quartz countertops and dec-
orative hoods are still trending in the Kitchen, and storage
and technology are still very important, she says she is see-
ing an increase in size and focus of the Walk-in Pantry as a
second kitchen with cabinets and countertops to hold bulky
countertop appliances; as well as, the elimination of formal
spaces such as Dining and Living Rooms, and oversized
Master Bedrooms for more flexible and functional spaces.
“I also believe that health and wellness features such as air
purifiers, automated ventilation systems, touchless faucets,
or Low VOC products are on the top of mind for many,” Che-
ryl says. “Biophilic design, connecting with nature to improve
health, is definitely the trend for 2021 and beyond. This con-
cept suggests that natural light, fresh air, exposure to the out-
door environment, plants and natural landscaping are better
for our overall mental and physical health.”
She adds that the colors of 2021 will nourish us with earth-
based hues and warm neutrals creating a harmonious and
relaxing setting.
“We will see deep hue accent colors that complement the
neutrals like Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, the color of
the year for 2021.” (continued)
Cheryl Lee
West Suburban Custom Home Builder and Remodeler Shares Her Inspiration
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Cheryl prides herself on
being on trend and on budget
and she attributes those
ideals to her success. Over
the years, she has served as
President of the local chapter
of NAWIC (National Associa-
tion of Women in Construc-
tion) and created the Yorkville
Chamber Green Committee
as well as hosted the annual
Yorkville Environmental Fair
for several years. She is
also a member of the Os-
wego and Yorkville
Chambers and currently
serves on the executive
board of the NIHBA (Northern
Illinois Home Builders Asso-
Busy as she may be, it’s not
all work and no play for Che-
ryl, she and her husband of
34 years always make time
for adventure vacations like
hiking, water and snow ski-
ing, scuba diving, boating,
rafting, and kayaking while
visiting their kids!
#1 | Pops of Color
Hudson Design House, Oswego
Transform homes by adding dimension through texture, color, mixed
metals/materials, layers, and depth by sourcing the perfect decor, accessories,
furniture, and furnishings; and integrating all the hottest colors of 2021 -
shades of blues, whites, greiges, blacks, charcoals while bringing in pops of
color to provide interest and personality.
#2 | Peel & Stick Wallpaper
JC Licht Benjamin Moore, Hinsdale
One big development for 2021 is peel and stick wallpaper not only for walls,
but also for ceilings that mimic expensive looks, such as tin tile or reclaimed
wood, but at a fraction of the cost.
Trends In
Spring Home
10 TRENDS 2021
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#3 | Beautiful Entry Doors
Opal Enterprises, Naperville
Your front door is the first impression visitors will get of your home. Cus-
tom doors to your specific tastes to show your personality through end-
less combinations of colors, patterns, hardware options, decorative
glass, and more.
#4 | Frame TVs
Olmstead’s TV, Batavia
TV when it’s on. Art when its off. Bring the beauty of a distinguished art
collection into your home with the Samsung Frame TV. The Frame is
more than just a TV, it’s a canvas that reflects your style and what you
love. With access to over 1,200 works of art, you can find the perfect
piece that suits your mood and the occasion.
#5 | Abstract and Functional Art
Gallery 28, Geneva
Abstract and Functional Art suggests that furniture need not be simply
functional, but that it can also make an artistic statement usually re-
served for painting or sculpture, such as studio furniture. By combining
color, form, pattern, and texture in ways that produce new and unique
results in the form of function and surface décor where everyday objects
provide visual excitement.
#6 | Indoor/Outdoor Connectivity
Timberbuilt Rooms, St. Charles
The modern sunroom brings the outdoors in by bringing the warmth of
sunshine, the light of daylight, and the feeling of being in a natural set-
ting without the inconveniences of bugs, rain, snow, wind, etc. A gor-
geous climate controlled all-seasons room enhances indoor/outdoor
#7 | Flexible and Functional Spaces
Murphy Bed Lifestyles, Darien
Turn any room in your home into a multi-purpose flex space with the
addition of a wall bed and built-in cabinets. Style and functionality are
all the rage for 2021 with e-learning and work from home environments
that need to serve dual purposes as guest spaces.
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#8 | Walk-In Pantries
HomeWerks, Naperville
Designers are seeing an increase in size and focus of the Walk-
in Pantry as a second kitchen with cabinets and countertops to
hold bulky countertop appliances. The experienced designers
at HomeWerks specialize in understanding style and trends,
which is imperative when creating a state-of-the-art kitchen with
the latest appliances and overall functionality in design and lay-
#9 | Outdoor Living
Narnia Landscaping Design and
Construction Inc., Wheaton
These days, more and more homeowners are retrofitting their
properties with outdoor kitchens, outdoor family rooms, fire-
places, and special lighting to take advantage of the modern
comforts of indoors during the warmer months outside.
#10 | Eco-Friendly
Lovitt Blinds & Drapery, Downers Grove
Fortunately, by making smart choices, you can reduce your car-
bon footprint and ensure a healthier environment for you and
your family by considering woven wood shades that are made
from renewable materials, like bamboo, grasses, and jute, they
can stand up to a variety of weather conditions and offer texture
to a room which is on trend for 2021.
Opal Exteriors
So Much to Do!
Log Race Times Online
NAPERVILLE–The 2021 St. Paddy’s Day 5K will
be held as a virtual run. The organizers have
teamed up with Downtown Naperville to help pro-
mote the event and all registered runners will be
registered to win gift cards to Downtown Naper-
ville stores. Runners will be able to log their race
time from 3/1/2021–3/31/2021. Organizers want
to keep the 5K run active for years to come, but
more importantly we want to help supporting the
stores that make Downtown Naperville great.
Sign up today and support your city.
Reservations Now Available
NAPERVILLE–Quigley’s Irish Pub is now accepting reser-
vations for Saturday March 13th and St. Patrick’s Day
(Wednesday March 17th). Please call Monday thru Friday
10am-5pm to book a reservation. (630) 428-4774.
Virtual Event with Rosaria Munda/Flamefall
March 23
NAPERVILLE–Join Anderson’s Bookshops for a virtual book
launch event with Rosaria Munda in conversation with Rachel
Hartman to discuss Rosaria’s new book Flamefall!
Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new
character in the follow-up to FIREBORNE.
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MONTGOMERY–In the midwest, we’ve learned
to bring the outdoors in. Especially, when it per-
tains to our beloved sports. Think soccer,
hockey, lacrosse, golf and tennis … just to
name a few. These once outdoor-centric sports
have found their way indoors - creating oppor-
tunities for recreational competition to be en-
joyed year-round. And lucky us, there's another
sport that’s aimed to please indoor-sport enthu-
siasts - axe throwing. Once a sport of the mid-
dle ages, it has evolved into a global craze.
In July of 2019, Bull & Bear Axe Throwing opened in Montgomery.
Axe throwing is an individual sport that is played with a group of
people - think darts-meets-bowling. Individuals throw a 1.5 lb.
hatchet (ie: axe) towards a wooden target with a marked bullseye -
points are awarded based on where the axe strikes the target. Fun
fact - BBAT uses cottonwood boards from a local
supplier. This softer, high-moisture wood allows the
axe to stick better to its target (#winning!). And old,
used cottonwood boards are recycled into fire-
The dim lighting, wooden floors and unique cages
create an ‘outdoor-feel’ and unique ambiance for
patrons to enjoy. BBAT is a proud member of the
World Axe Throwing League too. In fact, dedicated
WATL trained coaches help groups, leagues and
beginners learn technique, game rules and safety
tips. It’s all about the experience.
In a world full of new-age complexities and challenges - it’s no
wonder many have turned to a simple, straightforward (and ancient!)
sport. It’s empowering and a great destresser. We recommend wea-
ring your favorite flannel and channeling your inner lumberjack. It’s
by Brianna Bartemeyer
Photos Submitted
in Suburbia
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A Trending West Suburban Hot Spot
A variety of small businesses, amazing owners and community support makes
downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today. Downtown Downers Grove
has been active in welcoming new businesses, in the midst of a global pandemic.
It recently welcomed Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Head Space Barbershop & Topiaire
Plant Boutique. In the next month, Downtown Downers Grove will welcome
two new restaurants– Bar Chido and The Outpost Mexican Eatery.
Plan your day to explore downtown Downers Grove! Its boutiques have some-
thing for everyone and its restaurants & cafes can please every taste bud.
Whether you are comfortable with in-store shopping, indoor dining, outdoor din-
ing, taking to go, delivery or curbside pick-up, our business owners are happy
to accommodate your needs.
New to Downers
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Scrumptious Menu Finds to Love
NAPERVILLE–Delicious burgers, craft beer and great service.
That's what this Downtown Naperville favorite is all about! Since
Jackson Avenue Pub opened in July of 2012, their focus has been
creating a unique menu featuring creative food options and pairing
it with local and specialty craft beers.
Their evolving menu is constantly introducing new specials and
seasonal favorites to include local faves like their Blackened
Chicken Sliders and The Bleau Horse Burger complete with bleu
cheese crumbles, horseradish cream and other fun flavors Their-
cozy building is conveniently located in the heart of downtown
Naperville at 7 W. Jackson Avenue.
Whether it's your first time, or you're one of their regulars, check
out what's new today at Jackson Avenue Pub. Cheers!
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Stockholm’s Bew Pub In Geneva
Here’s Why It’s Your Friendly Neighborhood “Vardshus”
GENEVA–Have you been? If not, you are for sure missing out. Stock-
holm's is a full service restaurant and micro-brewery in a comfortable at-
mosphere located in downtown Geneva at 306 W. State Street. Their
menu is freshly prepared, with the addition of a delightful brunch, and
their hand-crafted beers are brewed in an old world tradition, naturally
conditioned and unfiltered, for a full balanced flavor. So much to love!
The unique personality’s of their staff members is what has made Stock-
holm's your friendly neighborhood "vardshus" (tavern in Swedish).
Stockholm's pays homage to those who helped bring Stockholm's to life
with their names forever on the back of the bar stools. Pretty cool.
Visit Stockholm's in the heart of Geneva, where you will find delicious
food, craft brews and a welcoming atmosphere filled with tradition.
Bar Chindo Opening this Spring
Coming to 1012 Curtiss St. in Downtown Downers
DOWNERS GROVE–The former site of Mia Cantina will soon be Bar
Chindo. In April, Sam Vlahos, co-owner of Pierce Tavern will be bringing
a new twist to Downtown Downers Grove by offering small and large
plates, with a focus on sharing, along with a unique margarita and cocktail
menu. The food menu selection will feature six different tacos, along with
a rotating taco every week. The inventive tacos will come served up on
corn or blue corn tortillas that are made in-house. We can’t wait!
Hate Winter? Then You’ll Love this Drink
Obscurity Brewing & Craft Mead Invites You In
ELBURN–Like many, Obscurity in Elburn is also kinda sick of winter, so
they invite you in to enjoy their appropriately named cocktail “Skrew
Winter!” Made with Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, chocolate liqueur,
butterscotch schnapps, Godiva white chocolate, and topped with a house
made raspberry dissipating foam, if this doesn’t warm you up nothing will!
Located at 113 North Street, Elburn. www.drinkobscurity.com
Photo Credit friendseat.com
COVID-19 has challenged families in different ways, and
many had to cancel or reschedule trips during the pandemic
due to travel restrictions, which meant missing out on quality
time with loved ones and the mental health and self-care
benefits of going on vacation.
Although 61% of families had a trip canceled due to the pan-
demic in 2020, travel is still top of mind as 82% of families al-
ready have travel plans in mind for 2021, according to the
2021 Vrbo Trend Report. The report, which includes vacation
rental marketplace data as well as survey data from family
travelers, also revealed some travel habits that arose during
the pandemic are likely to remain popular this year.
“Let’s face it, the pandemic makes it tough to predict what
travel will look like in 2021,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo’s travel
expert. “That’s why we combined search and demand trends
with a first-of-its-kind traveler survey of U.S. families. The
combination gives us the most accurate picture possible of
the plans families are making.”
3 Pandemic
Trends that
May Stick
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Consider these pandemic-era trends as you
make your vacation plans moving for-
Staying in the Drivers Seat
With travel restrictions and so-
cial distancing guidelines in
place throughout much of
2020, many families opted to
avoid flying and visiting
crowded places by instead
jumping in the car to hit the
open road. This trend is likely
to continue in 2021 with 59%
of families saying they are more
likely to drive instead of fly on
their next trip. A change of scenery
can be refreshing and motivating
after staring at the same four walls in
your home, so consider taking a road trip
and exploring a new destination, even if it’s just
down the road from home.
Mixing Work and Play
Many people were forced to adapt to working from home
or facilitating e-learning for their children due to COVID-
19. While turning homes into makeshift offices or class-
rooms wasn’t an easy task for many families, the schedule
flexibility provided by the remote setup allowed for the rise
of the “flexcation” – mixing vacation time with virtual work
and school. In fact, 1 in 3 families surveyed said they were
able to travel because they were working from home, and
52% of those who took a flexcation during the pandemic
found the experience refreshing with 67% saying they
would do it again.
Another benefit of flexcations is experiencing
amenities you may not have access to at
home. Consider some of Vrbo’s most
sought-after amenities and vacation
spots when planning your next
• Splash in the sun in Cape
Coral, Florida where 92% of
vacation rentals have pools.
• Cook over an open fire in Se-
vierville, Tennessee, where
barbecue grills are included at
87% of vacation homes.
• Cozy up by the fire with a book
and some hot chocolate in Steam-
boat Springs, Colorado where fire-
places are an amenity offered in 87% of
vacation rentals.
Seeking Wide Open Spaces
Many travelers gravitate toward vacationing in peaceful
and picturesque destinations, and the open sky, fresh air
and scenic views may be even more appealing amid the
pandemic. According to the report, 61% of U.S. families
said they are more likely to visit an outdoorsy destination
than an urban one and 54% are more likely to head to a
national park than an amusement park.
Find more ideas for planning your next vacation – or flex-
cation – along with the full Trend Report at vrbo.com.
Sevierville, TN Colorado Springs, CO
Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with
H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very
specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s
sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with
workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn
more and to check out the many other programs available
to you. H4 Training. Wheaton & Geneva locations.
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OSWEGO–Start your spring with a unique 3-mile trail run
through the wilderness on Saturday, April 24. This $25
race, hosted by the Oswegoland Park District, is easy on
the eyes and the knees with a single track run through
the blooming forest at Saw Wee Kee Park. The soft path,
with its twists and turns, ups and downs, makes for a
great all-natural run whether the weather makes it a
muddy mess or a fragrant wildflower filled dash. Runners
are bib-timed and sent in every few minutes.
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Ready to escape the hustle of everyday life? This incredible
luxury retreat offers everything dream homes are made of,
including a 1/3 acre swimming pond with 3 waterfalls in
prestigious Strafford Woods. Nestled on 3 wooded acres,
this picturesque residence is dressed to impress with its bold
exterior design & stunning finishes. Simply stated, it's truly
6bed • 6.5+ bath
8,840sqft • 2.93 acres
500 Fairlee Ct, Sugar Grove, Illinois
(630) 391-4800
Presented by:
Cathy Peters
Brokered by:
RE/MAX All Pro
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Simply So Beautiful
Amenities include an extensive paver
brick patio with hot tub, vast mature tree
lined yard, gazebo, shed, 2 fire pits plus
an amazing private pond perfect for swim-
ming, canoeing, winter skating or just re-
laxing. Serenity surrounds the beautifully
finished covered porch just steps away
from both the sunroom & master suite.
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View Remodeling Gallery Online
NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks
has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you
plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time
to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project!
Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-
izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are
interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features
first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-
fessional installation and exceptional customer service
HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • www.myhomewerks.com
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Meet the Designers
The popular Naperville home accessory & gift boutique offers a wide array of services. From
silk floral arrangements and window treatments, to in-home design consultation. Meet this
month’s featured designer:
Maureen Schuler – Interior Designer
Maureen has been on the Nona Jo’s team for two years. Her design philosophy is based on
blending practical living with aesthetic beauty. She is excellent at listening to her clients’ design
needs and interpreting what they desire for their home. Maureen loves creating a space that is
truly unique to the client and believes that your home should tell the story of who lives there.
Maureen’s creative skills lie in:
Home Selections: Furniture, Room Layout, Adding Texture and Dimension to a Space; Acces-
sorizing and Staging Homes; the Small Details Matter
Updating and Reinventing a Home’s Style
Learn more today at www.nonajos.com
Beautiful Syle
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To Give,
To Inspire
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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NAPERVILLE–Your bedroom
should be your sanctuary. I
know mine is. A place to go to
relax, read, take a nap, and
just get away. If there was
ever a need for a child to have
a place to escape from their
daily struggles and be im-
mersed in their own dream
world, it would be the children
who endure the long process
of cancer treatments.
The national organization,
Special Spaces, helps de-
velop that very special place
to be a kid by creating dream
bedroom makeovers for de-
pendent children ages 2-19
with cancer that are within one
year of treatment. One of the
local branches in Naperville, Benet Special Spaces,
was just recently founded in August of 2020 by a group
of Benet Academy students that came together to help
the community. “Getting to see the joy that we bring
not only to the child but the whole family, warms our
hearts,” says Jaya Punwani, Founder/President of
Benet Special Spaces.
Since opening the Naperville chapter, the organization
has already raised over $12,000. Each bedroom costs
$5,000 to ensure they are giving kids the most creative
and comfortable room possible. The pandemic has
made fundraising slightly more difficult; however, they
are lucky to have generous businesses and sponsors
to help fund their projects. In normal circumstances,
once the necessities are pur-
chased, they transform the bed-
room and have a bedroom
reveal day. Due to current
Covid restrictions, Special
Spaces created a safe alter-
native to the reveal days. It is
called Bedroom in a Box where
the team sets up a tent outside
that acts as a makeshift room
and is decorated. The family is
then provided with all the mate-
rials for the themed room which
they use to complete the bed-
There are so many ways the
community can get involved with
Benet Special Spaces by donat-
ing funds, sponsoring a room or
attending a fundraising event.
Last fall, they had their first vir-
tual Thanksgiving 5K, and they
are currently planning a Special
Spaces Charity Golf event. For more information, or
to donate to the cause, visit their website at
Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping
people discover what brings them joy and
to live a full, healthy and happy life. She
has her Master of Fine Arts degree in cre-
ative writing from DePaul University and is
a veteran of Chicago’s theater and com-
mercial world as well as a graduate of the
Second City Improv School. Mindy lives in
Naperville with her husband, three children and
the cutest dog in the land.
Local Branch of National Organization Brings
Joy to Kids with Cancer with a Bedroom Makeover
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PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that
consistently comes to clients’ minds
when they think of Penny O’Brien is
“hustle.” As a Seller Representative
Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers
to discuss pre-market home improvements
and guide them to make their home “showtime
ready” when it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging
and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking
listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny
says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker
Relocation Specialist / Negotiation Expert
(630) 207-7001 • penny.obrien@bairdwarner.com
Read Penny’s Local Industry
Expert Column at www.GlancerMagazine.com
PPeennnnyy OOBBiieenn
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Dad & Daughter Team
Head to ABC’s Shark Tank
Wheaton/Naperville Father Daughter
to Appear on Shark Tank March 12
ABC’s Shark Tank – it’s a dream we all
dream about where budding entrepreneurs
are given the chance to secure business
deals that could make them millionaires for
inventing solutions to common day problems.
Lindsey Fleischhauer, 38 of Naperville, and
her father, Stan Valiulis, 63 of Rockford will
realize the dream on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7pm CST on ABC with
The Totes Babies Car Seat Carrier, a product to make shopping with
babies simpler. It holds over 75 pounds and allows full shopping cart
access with most shopping carts large and small.
When Lindsey and her husband Mark had their first son three years
ago, she dreaded going shopping because she could never get all
that she needed due to the car seat taking up the whole shopping
“If I tried taking him out of the car seat he would scream and cry; so,
I knew there had to be a better way!” Lindsey says. “I then went
straight to my dad who holds over 40 pat-
ents and we drew up some ideas and
made our first prototype from a curtain rod
and a drop cloth stapled together. I took
my son shopping with the handmade pro-
totype and it worked amazing in which I
knew we were onto something!”
Although this is Lindsey’s first invention,
Stan worked at his dad’s company South-
ern Imperial and has enjoyed seeing pro-
ducts prototyped, tooled, and marketed in
the tune of over $100,000,000.
“Many are still selling after the business was sold,” he says. “I am
hoping to use these skills I have developed with more products for
Totes Babies.”
Together, he and Lindsey are currently working on some new inven-
tions, such as the iPad and iPhone holder with Totes Babies which
are also available on Walmart.com, BuyBuy Baby, and Amazon.com.
They both agree preparing for Shark Tank was a lot of work, but such
an incredible experience, and cannot wait for the show to air.
–Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted by Totes Babies
Fairy Garden Class
March 20 • 10-2pm
SYCAMORE– Come meet Fairy,
Aria Rose and participate in an
interactive storytelling and sing along
experience followed by the creation
of your own fairy garden! Meet and
greet and photo ops provided to
each family after fairy garden class in-
structions. Tickets Cost: $38.
Parent/Guardian is required to be in at-
tendance with
each child. Held at Blumen Gardens in
Sycamore, Illinois. www.blumengar
St. Charles St. Patrick’s Day
Celebration • March 13
ST. CHARLES– Always a favorite, families will experience the
parade a litt;e bit different this year. Though the 2021 St. Pat-
rick's Celebration will have a decreased footprint due to health
and safety restrictions from Executive Orders from the State
Guidelines, activities will include a festive photo opportunity
area, roaming bagpipers and a Treasure Hunt around town.
Stay connected for more details!
American Girl Bunny Brunch
March 20 • 10am-11am
CHICAGO– Spring has sprung and it’s time to hop on
in to American Girl’s Bunny Brunch! You and your girl
will enjoy a marvelous meal; plus, she’ll get a chance
to see the season’s celebrity, the Easter Bunny.
$28.00 per participant. Please note, prepaid reserva-
tions are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.Re-
servations required. For girls ages 3 and up.
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Brookfield Zoo Run
April 1-May 30, 2021
VIRTUAL EVENT–Join in on the fun for a virtual
Spring Run starting April 1, 2021! The Zoo is fi-
nalizing details now. Please check back for ad-
ditional information soon.Make sure you sign up
for the Brookfield Zoo email newsletter so you re-
ceive regular updates, the latest event news, and
special offers direct to your inbox!
Camp Naper at Naper Settlement
Returns with 18 New Camps
NAPERVILLE–Camp Naper will inspire your child to learn
about the past and make connections to the future! Choose
from 18 unique camps for every interest! From Camp Sketch
& Skulpt to STEM Camp, each camp offers unique hands-
on activities led by the museum's team of skilled educators.
Unless otherwise noted, all camps are recommended
for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall.
Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services,
cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, orthodontics proce-
dures, and oral surgery. This includes Invisalign, BOOST Teeth
Whitening, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency
visits guaranteed. With a large staff of bi-lingual doctors and staff,
on-site labs at each location, extended business and weekend
hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according
to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid-19 precau-
tions taken. Stop by and see why others in the community have
trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years.
Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville
Valley View Dental • www.vvdental.com
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All About Aptitude Testing
What are you doing after high school? After college?
Are you going to college? Do you need help to find the right
career choice?
The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help.
Aptitudes identify your strongest talents and the jobs you
would enjoy, and be good at doing. Combining your aptitudes
with your interests, Career Vision shows you specific career
choices. There are resources about college majors, job out-
look, and what you need to prepare for those careers.
If you have asked “What should I study?”, “What will I do after
college?” and want to learn how Career Vision can help, give
this reputable organization based out of Glen Ellyn a call.
Their assessment process is a positive and objective way to
give you the confidence to make good career choices. And,
your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the
test results with you and also go over all of your choices.
If you are going to college and want to know why and what to
study, reach out to Career Vision today. If you have graduated
college and still haven’t found your best fit, the professional
consultants at Career Vision can help you, too. For over 30
years they have been helping people find their best career
Career Vision • www.careervision.org
• (630) 469-6270
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WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness
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Do you remember the I Love Lucy episode where
she is stomping grapes in Toro? This episode
has always made me laugh as she trudges,
jogs, dances, and do-si-dos in the large barrel
of grapes; and it always inspired me to want
to try it myself! Lucky for me, I might get the
chance right here in Plainfield, Illinois as things
hopefully return to normal soon and regular
events return as we once knew them.
In the time being, Sable Creek Winery is still offer-
ing many other great events per the current guide-
lines for hosting small groups in their urban warehouse
winery. As a huge fan of sweets, I was drawn to their Wine and
Chocolate tasting experience and was educated on all the wines
that are made right on sight by local residents Sandra and Bill Har-
ris. Who knew we had a winery right here in the western suburbs
with barrel tastings and tours and a host of many other events such
as Wine Yoga, Wine Bingo, Wine Trivia, Wine Tastings, Wine Pair-
ings, Wine Tours, Wine Escapes, and the coveted Moms Wine
Night Out! With weekly live entertainment by local artists and open
mic nights promoting musicians who want to showcase their skills,
this boutique winery is on trend for 2021 while they grow and re-
spect the safety guidelines for our changing times.
My favorite part of our personal wine pairing was the Peanut Butter
and Jelly Tasting which offered a Fannie May Peanut Butter
Buckeye matched with Sable Creek’s own Sweet Purple Lady.
Wow! So incredibly delicious!
Our group is also huge fans of charcuterie boards and looks forward
to returning for tray pairing with other prized favorites; additionally,
we hope to get tickets for the barrel tasting tour on
March 6th – a unique event that will remind you of
being in California wine country.
We really enjoyed all the exclusive, fun, and
most certainly tasty happenings withing mi-
nutes of our hometown!
Sable Creek Winery, located in Plainfield Illi-
nois, is a boutique winery producing artisan
wines right on site. They make various wine
styles from grapes purchased from premier vine-
yards in California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and
New York and offering year round events, entertain-
ment, and ambience.
Sable Creek Winery
14912 Eastern Ave #103,Plainfield
(815) 214-9463 • www.sablecreekwinery.com
Hours: Closed Mon & Tues; 4-10pm Wed & Thurs;
11am-10pm Fri & Sat; 11am-5pm Sunday
Price $: Free events.
Wines start at $15.99/Bottle
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State
University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has
two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children.
Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature
written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read
her past columns at www.glancermagazine.com/bloggers
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
MOM’S lile black book
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Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Invites You In
WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–Jeans and a Cute Top Shop is a
proud partner with Liverpool Los Angeles. Their fashion is always
on the mark and their fit is always true to size and consistent!
This local boutique has many on-trend items from the Liverpool
collection online and in-store, and they have also opened up the
world of Liverpool to you beyond what is on their site.
Visit the shop in Wheaton or St. Charles or shop online today.
Spring 2021 is here. Be sure you are fashion ready.
Spring 2021
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Visit Us Online or at Our Local Pop-Up
NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for
the stylish at heart– from clothing and accessories, to home decor,
furniture, gifts and seasonal trends.
Owned by a mom and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban
Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique
where only the latest styles and trends are featured. Residents are
invited sit back and relax while browsing the shop’s simplified trend
collections. Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop.
1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 • At the Entrance
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1. A Waterfront Paradise
26 SOUTH STREET, GENEVA–Custom Hogan Design and Con-
struction brand new Fox River waterfront paradise. Traditional living
with modern elegance. This home marries the rich beauty of the out-
doors with the most desired comfort and modern features indoors.
Wrap-around porch, screened-in porch, private roof top deck,
vaulted beamed ceilings, open floor plan trimmed with the finest fea-
tures from breathtaking millwork to top-notch finishes. The kitchen
boasts quartz counters, stainless Subzero and Wolf appliances
along with a delectable walk-in pantry. Smart technology throughout!
The real estate market is hot and we have found some totally unique homes that we think you’re going to love. From a
waterfront paradise to a green dream home and many homes in between– these beautiful west suburban real estate listings
are truly so unique in their own special way. Here are 7 Spectacular Totally Unique Local Homes for Sale Right Now....
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3. Your “Green” Dream Home
428 8TH AVE, LAGRANGE–Five bedrooms, classic stucco foursquare
home built in 1913, gutted and upgraded in 2009 with green, recycled,
repurposed, and hypoallergenic materials. Low maintenance, cost and
energy-efficient, and comfortable with many luxuries. Conveniently lo-
cated in La Grange's historic district, this fully renovated, Geothermal
energy-efficient is a healthy, comfortable respite offering a 50-year war-
rantied aluminum roof, energy-star windows, cistern, permeable pave-
ment, insulated garage, a recirculating, tankless hot water/boiler.
Beautifully and naturally lit throughout, the remodel project utilized sus-
tainably sourced, environmentally friendly, building materials.
2. An Italian Inspired Villa
7S719 DONWOOD DR., NAPERVILLEImagine living in a stunning estate that will leave you
feeling as if you are residing in a luxurious villa located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. This custom
built Meullner home is a one of kind situated on a beautiful 2.3-acre property. With 14,668 square
feet of quality details, the home features 7 bedrooms (all ensuite), 9 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, 2
fire pits, an outdoor kitchen, 4 car garage, elevator, 5 verandas, a trattoria, hearth room, Caterer's
kitchen, inground pool, hot tub, & so much more! Additionally, it has Smart Home Automation
throughout for convenient, modern living. www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-
detail/7S719-Donwood-Dr_Naperville_ IL_60540_M86472-76489
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4. A Converted Dairy Barn
55 CHIPPEWA DR, OSWEGO–Live the Lifestyle that
you desire in this incredible, meticulously converted
dairy barn, all 10,200 sq. ft. of it., plus all the charm of
the old barn with its authentic timber frame construction
and dovetail joinery. While the home offers lots of space
with ample privacy, it also offers 1.4 acres, and the op-
tion for additional acreage with an equestrian facility,
grooms’ quarters and an additional 1,800 sq. ft. plus
ranch. The 6 bedroom, 6.5 baths, 4 car garage home
provides the warmth and coziness that comes with all-
natural materials and an energy efficient super-insulated
design. Additional spaces include the exercise/art stu-
dio/or 7th bedroom/guest room with exterior access and
a 6'x12' endless therapy pool. Handicapped accessible
with wide doors plus a concrete ramp at the garage
entry, as well as an elevator between the grade and
main level.
5. A Last of Its Kind”
2S420 MADISON ST., WHEATON–Last chance
to build new construction on this street. This
property is located on a half-acre and has a tear
down home on it. It is the only property backing
to the beautiful St James Farm and siding to the
Prairie Path. This teardown is packaged in a
combined price which includes charming front
home and beautiful buildable lot. These were
purchased at different times and are not required
to be sold together. Beautiful half acre lot sur-
rounded by multi-million-dollar homes with a
large easement between the lot and the Prairie
Path, providing much open space. This is a one-
of-a-kind unique opportunity.
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7. Contemporary Meets Rustic
3524 SPRING RD, OAK BROOK–The best of every world
with a contemporary look, a modern feel, and a rustic-like
setting! Soaring ceilings, custom dual fireplace, and pictur-
esque window views add as much character to the interior
as the exterior. Upon entry, you are drawn into widening
views of Fullersburg Woods and Salt Creek. The open con-
cept floor plan is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen,
floating staircase and first floor Master Bedroom Suite. The
lower level was designed for amusement and relaxation
with an exercise room, steam room, wine closet, movie the-
ater room, and putting green, gym. For those seeking a
place where nature and high end living meet- this is the
one! www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/
6. Two Story Penthouse on the Riverwalk
luxury two story penthouse in Downtown Naperville. Right on the River Walk just a
quick stroll to Downtown shops, restaurants, and night life. This condo offers three
full baths and one-half bath, three bedrooms, large loft with custom built ins for a
great home office. Walk in closets with built in closet organizers. Kitchen has huge
island, granite, upgraded stainless appliances. Three balconies. Two underground
parking spaces and large storage space included. Gas fireplace in living room.