These Old Houses

This past weekend my daughter and I ran the Fox Valley Half Marathon, which means I've been a little too tired to think about decorating and taking photos. So I poked around my folders and found a slew of old house pictures that I never posted! How did that happen? So without further adieu, here are the forgotten photos from earlier this spring, which by the way, is a great time to take photos of homes because there aren't any leafy trees to get … [Read more...]

More Historic Homes in Sycamore, Illinois

A little over a week ago my hubby and I took a little jaunt over to Sycamore to take a walk in the historic district. I took too many pictures to share in one post, so this is part two of some beautiful homes in the Land of Lincoln. (You can view the first post here.) A blue exterior and wrap-around porch paints a charming slice of Americana. Another roomy porch shows off unique half-moon cut-outs in the railing. A gorgeous brick home with … [Read more...]

Cottage Curb Appeal

Summer is a great time to think about sprucing up your front door. I love cruising around local neighborhoods for inspiration. What's not to love about this little porch with its pink flowers and bright green mailbox? Little blue birds highlight the yellow, iron archway framing the entrance. I love a blue door with an iron knocker and chippy trim. This cute little duplex entryway sports adorable yellow mailboxes with a matching yellow … [Read more...]

The Historic Streets of Sycamore, Illinois

Savannah, Georgia has some of the most amazing residential architecture in the United States, so beautiful that General Sherman didn't have the heart to burn it down during the Civil War. Travel quite a bit north to a cozy, Yankee town just 60 miles west of the heart of Chicago, whose gracious homes remind me of many found in that historic painted lady of Savannah. Won't you join me for a walk around Sycamore ... Sycamore is the quintessential … [Read more...]

Historic Homes in the Valley

If you can't tell by now, I love old homes! I grew up in a typical, suburban 1950's quad level (a twist on the tri-level) and when I grew up, I knew I wanted something different. My first house as an adult was a bungalow-type Sears catalog home built in the early 1900s. As soon as I stepped in the front door with the realtor, I knew it was "the one." Our second house was new construction and I hated it. Not that new homes aren't nice ... it just … [Read more...]

Flirtatious Front Doors

Do you have a flirtatious front door? Does it entice passers-by to "come hither" for a visit? Or, is it more like mine and gives a cold shoulder? This will be changing soon when we paint our home's exterior this summer, but for now, have a look at some flirtatious front doors in the 'hood. Love the contrast of the red lantern by the green door. A beautiful transom crowning an old red door. Pretty pansies, pussywillows, and … [Read more...]

Cozy Cottages in Batavia

Since my teens I've had a passionate love affair with old houses. Doesn't matter if they're large or small ... I love 'em all. When I was first married my mom and I would go for walks in historic districts, looking at the homes and sharing ideas on how we'd transform them if we lived there. Now mom is too old for long walks, so hubby has taken her place on these architectural outings. This past weekend was unusually warm in the Chicago 'burbs, so … [Read more...]

My Bathing Beauty

Slow but sure, room by room, my house is undergoing a transformation of sorts. Not a full-fledged remodeling assault ... just a simple sprucing up. A fresh coat of paint here, a new rug there. Hubby is rolling his eyes thinking, "here we go again." And so, without further ado ... Hubby installed the molding (love him!). I painted the upper walls in Linen, the bottom wears Simply White. Thankfully the old toilet still functions. I love its … [Read more...]

To Beadboard or Not to Beadboard

Personally, I feel you can never have too much beadboard in your house. It's classic and fun all at once. It's elegant yet cottage-chic. Beadboard lends a clean look to any room and is an easy way to add architectural detail to plain old walls. Shoot, you can even apply it to stock cabinetry, giving the everyday kitchen a customized look. I've got standard beadboard in my kitchen, and variations of it on my stairway and in one of my bathrooms. … [Read more...]

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