Before & Now: Looking Back at 11 Years in My House

by hookedonhouses on September 18, 2014

Moving into our new house Sept 2003Eleven years ago we moved into our house, and it’s fun to look through old photos and see how the kids have grown and the rooms have changed since then. For instance, this is how my family room looked on move-in day… [click to continue…]


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A Designer’s Sweet & Colorful Cottage in Santa Monica

by hookedonhouses on September 16, 2014

Designer Alison Kandler's Colorful California Cottage | hookedonhouses.netWhen designer Alison Kandler told me that her Santa Monica cottage was going to be featured in HGTV Magazine, I couldn’t wait to see it. I’d already fallen in love with her fab “farmhouse in the city” and could just imagine how much fun she’d have decorating a smaller place by the beach.  [click to continue…]


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Forrest Gump’s Big Old House in Alabama

by hookedonhouses on September 15, 2014

The house from the movie "Forrest Gump" | hookedonhouses.netTwenty years ago Forrest Gump hit theaters, so let’s take a look back at that wonderful old house in Greenbow, Alabama, that Forrest and his mama lived in. I’ve had a lot of readers ask me where it is and whether it’s still standing, but I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news on that front…. [click to continue…]


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Saving Tara from “Gone with the Wind” (& More Links)

by hookedonhouses on September 14, 2014

Here are 7 stories that caught my eye this week:

Saving Tara from Gone With the Wind

1. The “Saving Tara” Project

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Looking Back at Joan Rivers’ Country House in Connecticut

September 11, 2014

After Joan Rivers died last week at the age of 81, a lot of news outlets featured photos of her opulent New York City penthouse. But I kept thinking about the stone and clapboard country house she remodeled in Connecticut.

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Updating an Old House for a Young Family in Missouri

September 9, 2014

Becki is a reader who lives with her husband and daughters in this 115-year old house in Missouri. They bought it two years ago and began updating it to suit their family. When she told me it was featured in Vintage KC magazine, I had to check it out…

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For Sale: A New England Colonial & Artist’s Barn

September 8, 2014

The listing details for this property sold me before I even saw the photos: “In the idyllic town of Acworth, New Hampshire, located at the end of a private tree-lined drive, this 1793 Colonial is embraced by a pastoral setting with 200 acres of conserved land that includes a pond, lush meadows, a forest, and distant views of […]

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What It’s Like to Own the Father of the Bride House & More

September 5, 2014

1. Ever wish you could live in a famous movie house like this one?

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