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It’s officially June which means long days, warm temperatures, sunny skies and….PATIO SEASON! There is nothing better than summers in Champaign/Urbana, and HGTV has some awesome tips on how you can spruce up your patio this season!


Durable Patio Furniture is a must when you want the materials to stand up to summer and fall storms, especially when made from concrete materials. Accent pillows can add some color and fun to your furniture.

Fire Pits always make an outdoor gathering more fun. Not only not it keep you and your guests warm on cool evenings, but it also creates a perfect conversational area (and a place for the kids to roast s’mores!).

Pergolas are beautiful structures that add shade and comfort on sunny days. Pair with a grilling area and a cute bistro table and you will have an outdoor space you will never want to leave!

String Lights create a gorgeous ambience! You can put lights inside an umbrella, or along your pergola, really anywhere in your backyard!

Accessorize!!!! Patio furniture doesn’t have to be boring or uninspired. Spice up your outdoor living space with pieces from local artists, or a cool antique. Have fun with it!


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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Champaign/Urbana

by Rose Price

Memorial Day is is THIS WEEKEND! And while having a long weekend is pretty exciting, it is also important to take time this weekend to honor and celebrate our active military and veterans!

Here is a list of events Memorial Day events in Champaign/Urbana:


Take Me Fishing

When: Saturday May 28th from 9:00am-11:00am

Where: Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3433 County Road 2700 E., Penfield IL 61862

Cost: FREE!

* A fun event for all ages! Basic fishing lessons for beginners, and awards given to kids for the most fish, biggest fish, and good sport! Please remember that all fishing is catch and release.

Additional Details Here


Tour de Fruit

When: Saturday May 28th at 3:00pm

Where: Neutral Cycle: 624 S 5th Street in Champaign

Cost: FREE!

*Come explore Champaign/Urbana’s food landscape on this fun bike tour!

Additional Details Here


6th Annual Campground Memorial Day Parade

When: Sunday, May 29th at 5:00pm

Where: Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 3433 County Road 2700 E., Penfield IL 61862

Cost: FREE!

Additional Details Here


Sounds of Sunset Concert (DR Dixie Band)

When: Sunday, May 29th from 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Turnberry Ridge Park, 910 Cobblefield Road in Champaign

Cost: FREE!

*Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair and refreshments!

Additional Details Here


A special thanks from Champaign Rose to all of those who serve our beautiful country!


As we now progress from spring into summer can you guess what that means? It’s BUYING season! If you are looking to SELL its time to get your Champaign/Urbana home ready with these great Staging Tips from the professionals at HGTV!


Open those curtains!! Instant brightness adds a lot to a showing. And if it is raining, make sure to turn on all of the lights.

Drop the dark bring out the bright colors!! Botanical colors and prints give rooms a cheerful feel. I know it was a LONG winter, so rejoice the spring weather and put away your furry winter blankets and replace with flower prints (Lavender, yellow, sage green and pale blue color are particularly nice!).

Candles are a must!! Enough said.

Clear your Counters!! Put away your toaster, coffee machine, and pretty much everything else except a nice bowl of fresh fruit. Buyers can be deterred by clutter.

Clean Clean Clean….and then clean a little more! Get your scrub brush out because it is time to get your home looking squeaky clean. A home that sparkles and is decluttered portrays a home as airy and spacious.

And don’t forget to Clean your Floors and Walls!! A bucket of warm water with a few drops of mild soap and a sponge goes a long way and will clean off most wall marks and if you have some extra bad marks, grab a magic eraser cleaning pad.

Landscape!! Make the most of curb appeal! It might be time to invest in a landscaper, as a pristine yard goes a long way with potential buyers.


For more STAGING resources give us a call!


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CONGRATS to Mahomet IL, for making the list of Safest Town to Live in Illinois!


Now that we know how SAFE Mahomet, IL is, what else makes this thriving village so great? Excellent schools, a wonderful array of outdoor activities in the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, and a fabulous Parks & Recreation Department are just a few! Click here to see available homes in this highly desirable, and SAFE, town!!

Safety and comfort are most always top priorities when choosing the best community for families to move, and we would love to help you find the perfect home in one of our safe communities. To see see all current listings please click here.

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