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 wanted to live in Bambi’s house.
I would hang out in that catwalk all day if I lived in Bambi’s house.
Love the trellis crawling up the front of this home, and the little iron gazebo on the left.
This is one of my favorite homes in Geneva, a classic farmhouse.
The front of this house doesn’t face the street – the side with the fireplace faces the street.
A little odd, but still a pretty house.
Cute gate!
And that cute gate comes with a not-so-typical white picket fence.
A beautiful wrought iron fence circling an historic home with floor to ceiling windows on the first level.
A stately, three-story home. Love the matching lamppost! 
A classic front porch, complete with swing and patriotic flag.
This house reminds me of something you’d see by a lake.
I think it’s the evergreen trees that make me feel that way.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of white homes!

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  1. I was just there for Swedish Days and had such a good time walking through town and soaking in all the great old houses. I keep telling my husband that someday I want to live there!

  2. White houses are wonderful…so are yellow ones, too!

    sandy toe

  3. Fabulous homes on tree lined streets. (I’ve got to replace the 2 trees we had to cut down this year!)

    I think the farmhouse is my favorite. But they are all so beautifully maintained!

  4. All of these are so pretty. I could live in any one of them.

  5. Thank you for the tour! Sigh, such beautiful places…


  6. What’s not to love!


  7. They are very pretty homes. Bonnie

  8. These are some beautiful homes. I like the gates and fences too.

  9. Ooh, I love all of them! Just beautiful. There’s something so stately and classic about a white home. 🙂 Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch. Hope you’ll stop by my blog post too! 🙂

  10. Nice collection! That first one is certainly to die for….but I love the farmhouse for me…

  11. Oh, I’m taking big big sighs here looking at these lovely white houses! Now I want to take a peep inside.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  12. What beautiful homes. I just love the first on it has tons of character.


  13. Beautiful homes with so much character. Thanks for sharing.

  14. So beautiful! I sure get the “I wants” when I see homes like these.

  15. Jennifer,
    Beautiful photos of beautiful homes.I am quite envious of you.How I would LOVE to live in an old historic house.Someday I hope I will.Thank you for the tour.

  16. I love all those houses! So charming!

  17. my most treasured and favorite memories are from this area..
    rollerskating over cracked sidewalks past wonderful homes on these streets…
    thank you for sharing –

  18. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for popping in to see me and your sweet comments. I was asked to be in the circle journal group. I’d never done anything like this before and it is so much fun.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  19. The homes are beautiful. They remind me of my area.


  20. Swooning over these gorgeous homes!!

  21. I can’t decide which is my favorite, they all have such wonderful character and unique details. So pretty!

  22. I just love these house tours! I would have been best friends with Bambi too just to get a chance to hang out in that catwalk! So cool! This was a really fun collection of white houses!


  23. Oh my, all are so pretty!!! Enjoy your week.

  24. Oh I love them all. I use to dream of living in one of them. Thanks so much for joining TTT and thanks for all the pretty homes. Hugs, Marty

  25. They are all so gorgeous, but especilly Bambi’s house !

  26. These are such beautiful homes! Classics for sure. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a Happy 4th of July. Blessings, Pamela

  27. Jennifer, I love these shots of the houses. Love them!!! I want to live in Bambi’s house too! I love it when you photograph the houses or doors or whatever you focus on when you are walking. They turn out sooooo pretty!! Your town must be beyond lovely.

  28. These are gorgeous homes. I love white houses; always have. And, I love Geneva, IL – been there many times. Peggy

  29. Lovely homes! What a treat.

  30. Such beautiful homes! I too wish I grew up in a historic white home with black shutters and wrap around porches!



  31. All are beautiful homes! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  32. What a gorgeous house! Have a great 4th!

  33. Gosh, Jennifer….they’re ALL so beautiful! Are they right in your neighborhood? LUV!!!! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  34. Beautiful photos of a beautiful old home ! Have a great day !

  35. These are all so beautiful! I would take any one of them as long as I don’t have to do the cleaning!!

  36. I’d love to live in any of these houses, but that first one would be my absolute dream home…lucky Bambi:-)

    Thanks for sharing and this gives me a little nudge towards painting ours all white. I want to, but not sure if I’ll like it.


  37. Oh, how lovely!! So very pretty. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Mod Vintage Life. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  38. Thank you for the beautiful tour. This makes me wish we could take a tour inside too!
    Happy Fourth!!

  39. Beautiful homes…truly! Bambi? Who names their child Bambi? LOL! Sorry, but all I can think of is the deer and indeed maybe she is, a dear!

  40. Thank You for sharing the lovely white houses of Geneva. I love Bambi’s house, it looks like something we would see here in the south. Cheers!
    Lori D.

  41. They are all so beautiful white houses!! Thanks I enjoyed the tour!

  42. Those homes are perfectly American!! How beautiful!

  43. Oh My, I want Bambi’s house too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  44. Jennifer, They are all beautiful homes and I especially love Bambi’s house. Thanks for sharing the tour at the Open House Party.

  45. I so enjoyed the White House Home Tour! Thank you for a pleasant showing!

  46. Gorgeous homes. Thanks for sahring them at Shabbilicious Friday.

  47. Eight photo is I like the most. This house design is my dream to own. So charming and beautiful! 🙂
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  48. Oh my goodness, I want to live in Bambi’s house too! That thing is gorgeous!! How nice to grow up in a town like that. You live in a Victorian house now? How lucky you are! Gina

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  50. Jennifer, thanks so much for sharing these beautiful homes with us. They have such beauty with there fences and curb appeal.


  51. I literally cannot tell you how happy these pictures make me! So gorgeous, there are really no words. I grew up in an older home and they just don’t make them like that anymore.

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