Inspiration: French Country

With the Luxury Home Tour under way, we thought we'd share an exclusive look inside Nor-Son's French-inspired manor featured on the Tour!

Nor-Son invites you to tour this one-of-a-kind home where Parisian apartment meets Grand Chateau. For more information about how you can experience a slice of France at the 14th annual Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, click here.

To view more Nor-Son projects inspired by the French countryside and beyond, click here.

Lakeside Living: Summer Reads

There’s nothing better than sunbathing on the dock with a glass of lemonade and a good read. Whether you’re in the mood for a scannable magazine, a conglomerate of short stories or a classic tale, we’ve put together a list of our favorites that are even better read through sunglasses...just don’t forget the sunscreen!

1  A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Anna Quindlen
2  Moby Dick, Herman Melville
3  Kinfolk Magazine, kinfolk.com
4  Elle Decor, elledecor.com
5  Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton
6  Habitually Chic: Creativity at Work, Heather Clawson
7  Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
8  Cereal Magazine, readcereal.com
9  Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

Check out some of Nor-Son’s favorite spaces to relax and unwind with a good book! For more information, click here. 

Lakeside Living: Grilled Finger Food

This week on our Project Blog we are sharing one of our favorite recipes that's fresh, delicious and perfect for Memorial Day gatherings. Paired with a piled high burger or set out for appetizers, this finger food is hot off the grill and sure to be a summertime hit!

Image from marthastewart.com

Image from marthastewart.com

Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grates

1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

4 thick slices country bread

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips

Directions

1. Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grates. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange tomatoes on grill, cut side down first. Cover and grill for 5 to 10 minutes per side. Return tomatoes to bowl. Use kitchen shears to snip tomatoes into smaller pieces.

2. Add garlic, vinegar, and red-pepper flakes to tomatoes; season with more salt and pepper.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Brush bread with remaining oil; grill on both sides about 2 minutes per side. Cut bread slices in half; divide tomato mixture evenly over each. Top with basil and serve.

This recipe comes from marthastewart.com. To view this recipe and more, click here.

Project Profile: Summer Cottage

A charming cottage that radiates all things summer! Crisp white paneling, festive striped drapes and nautical accents make this space a perfect spot to gather with friends and family after a day on the lake. Nor-Son wishes you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!