Walking Tour of St. Charles Illinois

Some of you may know that I'm training for a half marathon, which is 13.1 miles. I've run them before, but they're always a challenge even if you're familiar with them. I do love the training, but running can be hard at times. What I love even more is walking. Walking lets you take in the sights more easily than when you're running, and recently hubby and I took a walking tour of St. Charles, Illinois. We chose the Pottawatomie Park area of town, … [Read more...]

Home Tour in the Historic District of Naperville Illinois

It's no secret I have a major crush on historic homes and walking the streets of old neighborhoods is one of my favorite past times. Recently my hubby and I traveled to nearby Naperville, Illinois and strolled the historic district. Following are some of my favorite homes in the area. This red beauty wears two-toned trim on its wrap around porch. A bay window creates an angled wall for the front door while a lamp burns in the window.   A … [Read more...]

Historic Homes in Geneva, Illinois

My love affair with old houses began when I was in high school. It was quite unexpected, really. I was working on a very important goal at the time ... when I turned 16 I vowed to have a date every Saturday night until I graduated. That meant hair, make-up, and clothes were high on my priority list. Cupid shot me with his bow and arrow but my love intention was not a well-muscled young man ... oh no ... it was a classic beauty with great … [Read more...]

A Walking Tour of Historic Galena

Our Fall colors here in Illinois peaked last weekend and now the color is fading and leaves are falling. So when I looked back through my photos of our recent trip to Galena, I enjoyed seeing the changing leaves on the trees. So without further adieu, here's the remaining photos of the beautiful, historic homes in this town where Ulysses S. Grant once lived. Isn't this the perfect autumn home? The creamy flowers and gate left ajar ... it just … [Read more...]

Fall Scenes and Spooky Houses

Fall is my favorite season! It's so rich in color and the earth is just bursting with its harvest. There's a magical feel in the air that stirs the soul on a crisp autumn night lit by a full moon. On recent walks I took some photos of the beauty of this earth and season, along with a couple of homes that have a haunting aura about them. Lace up your shoes and join me for a walk in the woods!Even though it's a gloomy day out, the trees glow in … [Read more...]

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...]

The Campbell Street House

If you follow my blog, you know I like to take exterior photos of historic homes in the area and give ya'll a tour. Recently I found that one of those historic homes in Geneva is now up for sale and I was able to grab some interior photos (source of photo if not mine is Miscella Real Estate). This is the historic house on Campbell Street that I love.It's not extravagant, rather, it has simple clean lines and pretty urns out front. All … [Read more...]

The Classic White House

White houses can be clean and modern, shabby and charming, stately and elegant, or classic and traditional. So here's a salute to the All-American dream, the pride and joy of a well-loved home. All homes were photographed in Geneva, Illinois, where I spent the first 25 years of my life. Unfortunately, I didn't grow up in a historic home ... but at least I live in one now! A girl named Bambi used to live in this house.Growing up, I always … [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...]

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...]

A Wintry Walk Down Pouley Road

Come for a walk with me, won't you? It's frosty outside and we'll hear the comforting crunch of snow under our feet as we stroll down historic Pouley Road.Thanks for strolling down historic Pouley Road with me. Let's head inside and warm our tootsies by the fire, shall we?   … [Read more...]

Gettin’ My Holiday Groove On

Can I just say something before sharing the latest round of holiday shots? I'm worn out! I've never been exposed to so much talent and inspiration until I discovered blogland ... and while I want to try all the latest projects I see ... I just can't keep up! I had plans for embroidered ornaments, burlap stockings, moss Christmas trees and more. But it's just not gonna happen, seeing that Christmas is less than a week away. But you know what? I'm … [Read more...]

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