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...]

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...]

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...]

Midwestern Prairie Life

Last weekend I took a little detour on the way home from seeing my daughter. Rather than turn right toward home, I turned left to venture down a dirt road that leads to Garfield Farm and Tavern. It had just snowed and I knew the historic farm on 281 acres would present me with some good photo ops. I took so many pictures I decided to split the post up. So welcome to part two of my little visit to Garfield Farm on the Illinois prairie. (You can … [Read more...]

Around Geneva: Christmas Porches and Doors

The sun came out for a change today, so I grabbed my camera at lunch and took a walk around town practicing some shots. In my recent post about claw foot tubs I mentioned I was getting a new camera. So with my new Nikon D3000 in hand, I braved the cold knowing the sun would wash out the colors a bit. I've admired this house since I can remember. It's worn different colors over the years and it always looks gorgeous. Such a classic home … [Read more...]