Friday, February 1, 2013

Head Over Heels DIY Friday: Winter in Home Sweet Homewood

We live in North Minneapolis.  It's a simple statement but to local folks that statement often met with confusion and concern.... which is unfortunate (and a bit annoying).  North Minneapolis as a whole doesn't have a great reputation- and yes some parts have certainly earn that poor reputation, but honestly there are plenty of wonderful  neighborhoods that are nothing like what locals think of when they hear "North Minneapolis".   One of those neighborhoods is our home sweet Homewood.

There's something incredibly special about this little neighborhood we found in North Minneapolis and I felt like sharing some it with you today.  Although winter is not my favorite season (-2 today but feels like -25, yuck!) it brings out all the charm of Homewood.  So, I hope you'll enjoy this "DIY" glimpse of our neighborhood through my camera lense. 

Aren't the homes just beautiful?  They all look so warm & cozy covered in fluffy white snow!

You might remember in my post about our neighborhood's history that these stone pillars were erected to mark the exclusivity of Homewood.  Everytime I walk by them all I can think about is the history around me and stories of the people who lived here.


Farwell Park is a couple blocks from us and it looks so peaceful in the wintertime.  Much different in the warm seasons when it is filled up with kids from the neighborhood!  Our nephew enjoys playing here when he visits too!

Speaking of parks, just over the Plymouth bridge is Theodore Wirth Park....

It's funny to think we have a ski chalet a few blocks away, but it's a lot of fun in the winter!  Theodore Wirth is mainly a golf course in the summer but in the winter it's buzzing with winter sports including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and more! 

It's just so pretty isn't it?  Even though I am freezing right now these photos make me feel all warm and fuzzy!  I heart Homewood!


I really hope you enjoyed a stroll through Homewood with me!  Are you Head Over Heels too?

Be sure to take a look at our new countertops, sink, faucet and backsplash in our kitchen if you haven't already!  Have a great weekend everybody!

8 comments:

  1. I just loved your post! One of my fave things to look at is houses. I guess I love architecture, not to mention history. Don't you just love thinking about the lives of people who lived in those older homes? We used to live in Amityville, Long Islland, NY. Some parts of it are considered bad too. But It's filled with Victorian and Colonial homes, and just taking a walk around the neighborhood was a thrill for me! Wish I still lived there. And we're originally from Brooklyn, NY. Talk about architecture and history....WOW!

    Thanks for the tour!

    Teri C

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    1. You are welcome Teri! Walking through old neighborhoods is always a favorite of mine, even exploring them when we travel, I love it!

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  2. Thank you for posting these photos. My husband and I also live in NoMi (Jordan) in a cute 100-yr old home. Even in some of the more 'blighted' areas of North can one find blocks of architectural gems that are second to none compared to suburban spec/tract homes, not to mention the proximity to Downtown. Hopefully contributions like yours can inform Minneapolitans that the North neighborhoods warrants a second look and will jump start the revitalization this area so obviously deserves.

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    1. Hi Chouette, thank you so much for your comment! There are so many gems in NoMi, it does make me sad that I often feel like I have to defend it but yes I hope that we are showing that NoMi isn't what people think it is anymore. There are lots of wonderful homes and nice neighborhoods!

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  3. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. We lived in north Mpls and in a not too nice area. However our house was quite amazing. I loved to walk the neighborhood and look at the houses. I remember pushing our (43 year old) son in his stroller! I commented on your history post.

    Love your kitchen reno. I pop in every once-in-awhile to check up on you. By the way, I grew up in a similar house in south Mpls. (Vincent Ave. S!)

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    1. Thanks for stopping back :) I love hearing stories from folks that lived or had family living in NoMi! I know there's still a lot of not-so-nice areas but I'm hoping more people check out the nice ones and change their thinking about the Northside... someday :)

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  4. Your neighborhood is DREAMY! I just came across your blog and I am already obsessed!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you keep stopping by :) maybe I will take neighborhood pics in the spring time to share too!

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