Chip & Joanna’s “Fixer Upper” Farmhouse at Christmas

by hookedonhouses on December 22, 2014

Chip and Joanna Gaines HGTV Fixer Upper Merry ChristmasMy favorite new show on HGTV this year was Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines take on old houses in Texas that a lot of people would consider tear-downs and work some serious magic on them. Their own farmhouse, which was built in 1895 on the outskirts of Waco, was one of their projects. Here’s how it looked when they were working on it: [click to continue…]

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Restoring a Classic Greene & Greene Craftsman

by hookedonhouses on December 18, 2014

Bolton House Greene and Greene Craftsman For Sale | hookedonhouses.netThe Bolton/Culbertson House in Pasadena was built in 1906 by notable architects Charles and Henry Greene, but many of the original details had been lost over the years. Enter Tim Andersen, the architect who restored the beautiful Craftsman with gleaming woodwork and built-ins to die for. It’s on the market, so take a look… [click to continue…]

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The Property Brothers at Home in Las Vegas

by hookedonhouses on December 17, 2014

Property Brothers at Home on HGTV | hookedonhouses.netHave you been watching Drew and Jonathan Scott remodel their own place in Las Vegas on HGTV’s Property Brothers at Home? Here’s a look at how it turned out. For starters, the backyard is no longer a dirt pit, but a “mini waterpark” with a commercial-grade slide, swim-up bar, and infinity pool… [click to continue…]

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Angela Lansbury’s Victorian in “Murder, She Wrote”

by hookedonhouses on December 15, 2014

Jessica Fletcher's house in Cabot Cove "Murder She Wrote" | hookedonhouses.netIf you watched the long-running mystery series Murder, She Wrote, then you were probably charmed by both the small town of Cabot Cove, Maine, that Angela Lansbury’s character Jessica Fletcher lived in, and her lovely white Victorian. I decided to track them down, and this is what I found… [click to continue…]

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Giving an Old House in South Orange a Fresh Start

December 11, 2014

A reader named Doug wrote me about fixing up this old house in South Orange, New Jersey. It was built in 1912 and hadn’t really been updated much since. When he and his wife took on the challenge of renovating it to sell, it was in pretty bad shape, but it looks a whole lot happier now…

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A Lake House Designed for Family Gatherings

December 10, 2014

Wow, do I love this lake house designed by Crisp Architects. The homeowners wanted a family retreat that would be a “multigenerational oasis” with a big kitchen open to the living room, extra sleeping areas for guests, and porches that take advantage of the water views.

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Pantone’s Peculiar Pick for 2015 & More Color Predictions

December 9, 2014

Pantone is punking us, right? Do they really expect us to start wearing and decorating with the brownish-red color Marsala in 2015? I thought 2014’s Radiant Orchid was an odd choice and was kind of relieved that it never really caught on. But at least the orchid was something that made sense with the pastel and gray trend. I haven’t seen this […]

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Longwood: An Old Stone House For Sale in Bucks County

December 8, 2014

Longwood Estate was built in the 1760s in Bucks County, Pennsylania, an area known for having more than its fair share of beautiful old stone houses. The listing says, “Inside this Georgian manor home, you’ll find custom millwork, high beamed ceilings, wide plank floors, crown moldings, and original hardware and doors.”

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