Get Home-design Ideas and Advice from the Experts at The Design Center at Abt During the June 18 Home Improvement Event

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In-store presentations and promotions will help get your projects jump-started

Discover innovative design solutions and get expert advice about all your new construction and renovation projects during The Design Center at Abt’s Home Improvement Event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

The Design Center at Abt, 1100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, IL, features six home-design boutique stores that showcase numerous design ideas and carry 25 of the finest home-improvement brands for one-stop shopping. Also located at the center are California Closets and Jolane’s Restaurant, named for the matriarch of Abt Electronics, which opened the design center in 2008.

During Saturday’s event, learn about bathroom design, natural and manufactured stone and tile surfaces, outdoor lighting, closet finishes, trends in cabinetry and more at half-hour, in-store presentations by professionals. Of course man cannot live by great design alone. Get culinary tips from Jolane’s Chef Johnny Collante, who will tempt your taste buds as he prepares some of his favorite dishes.

“This is the perfect opportunity for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers to put their remodeling or building plans into action,” said Jennifer Arocena, marketing manager for The Design Center at Abt. “The Design Center at Abt is a convenient destination for customers to not only get advice about design but buy quality home products.”

Whether you want to revitalize your current space with a DIY project or begin a new living adventure, you can get tips from friendly and knowledgeable pros at these presentations:

  •     10:30-11 a.m. -- The KOHLER Store: Ten Easy Steps to Planning Your Dream Bath. Learn more about getting started on a bathroom improvement project that will turn the room into a luxurious, stylish escape.
  •     11-11:30 a.m. -- Jolane’s Restaurant: Watch Chef Johnny Collante prepares a few of his mouth-watering dishes, perfect for summer dining.
  •     11:30 a.m.-Noon -- Lighting by Fox: Tips for Sprucing Up Outdoor Living with Landscape Lighting. Learn how the correct outdoor lighting can not only accentuate the space but add security to your outdoor home environment.
  •     Noon-12:30 p.m. -- California Closets: Get Inspired with Lago® Italian Finishes. Discover how Lago’s unique grain texture and elegant colors enhance any décor and provide the look, feel and quality of real wood.
  •     12:30-1 p.m. -- Visions by Exotic Marble & Tile: New Materials and Applications. Find out about the latest fabrications and installations of all-natural and manufactured stone, tile and glass that can turn your home into a functional showplace.
  •     1-1:30 p.m. -- Avanti Gallery: Popular Trends in Cabinetry. See the newest styles and get recommendations on how you can update your living area.

In addition to the presentations, the stores will be offering special promotions to help customers get going on projects.

  •     Make an appointment or drop in for a Speed Bath Design Makeover at The KOHLER Store. Bring in your questions, photos and floor plan and receive a complimentary one-on-one design consultation. Call 847-635-8071 for an appointment. On June 18 only, enjoy 50% off an in-home bathroom design consultation.
  •     At Avanti Gallery, get free cabinet hardware and stainless steel sink with your deposit on a cabinet order through June 25.
  •     Receive $50 off toward your purchase of $500 or more at Visions by Exotic Marble through June 25.
  •     Receive up to $500 in free storage accessories or take $500 off the purchase of Lago finishes at California Closets through July 15. (Some restrictions apply; the discount may not exceed 15% of purchase price.)
  •     At Lighting by Fox, enter to win a 52-inch ceiling fan through June 30, and save up to 50% off manufacturer list prices on landscape lighting, outdoor lighting and ceiling fans.
  •     Plan your home remodel during lunch or dinner at Jolane’s Restaurant. Buy two entrees on June 18 and receive a free appetizer along with a $10 gift certificate for your next dinner visit.

For more information about The Design Center at Abt, visit

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