Hooked on House Tours: The Fall Party Starts Here!

by hookedonhouses on October 23, 2008

Who doesn’t love a good house tour?

Well, if you don’t, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Today kicks off the Hooked on House Tours Blog Party–one big, giant Fantasy Open House tour around the blogosphere.

I’m putting a twist on the usual blog party this time around, though. Get this:

There will be a prize for one lucky blogger!

One week from today I’ll draw the name of one of the participating bloggers, and they will receive a free button-ad (125 x 125) in my sidebar for the entire month of November. It never hurts to get a little more attention for your blog, right?  It’s just my way of thanking all of you who are joining the party today.

On Monday, as promised, I’ll be posting photos from the house tour I took in the historic town of Columbia Tusculum, Ohio, so be sure to come back for that! In the meantime, you can see some of the town’s beautiful Victorian Painted Ladies that I photographed here, all decked out for fall. Today I want these other bloggers to get all the attention!

I can’t wait to see the fabulous house tours you all have for us. Ready…set…link!

1. Jan
2. maya @ springtree road
3. Passion for Rugs
4. Elizabeth-EO
5. We are THAT family
6. Carrie in Colorado Springs
7. Le @ Third on the Right
8. Pat @ Back Porch Musings
9. Fifi Flowers Design Decor
10. Angela (Cottage Magpie)
12. Lime in the Coconut
13. Lisa@Take90West
14. kari and kijsa (a little early Christmas)
15. Maya@Completely Coastal
16. Robin@My Blessed Nest
17. ::Surroundings::
18. Ms.Tee @ Delightful Home (corrected link)
19. Katie in Prague
20. laura @ the shorehouse
21. Bella Casa Hell, MI House Tour
22. More-Than-Heirlooms
23. Canyon Wren Cottage
24. Emily@remodelingthislife
25. rue
26. Shelley Jo
27. ArchitectDesign
28. Becky
29. Sara @ thecincylife
30. The Summer Kitchen Girls
31. Heather @ Sugar \’N Spice & Mostly Nice
32. Bo – Old Mansions in My Hometown
33. Rachel from Marriage by Design
34. The 7MSN Ranch, New Mexico
35. Jackie W. Buried in Legos
36. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality-Old FL Tour
37. Pennie @ Ladies Blend Thymes
38. KayVonne
39. Susie Q
40. Susan (Betweennapsontheporch)
41. desiree@lookiloos.com
42. Heather @ Saddle Sabumi
43. LeAnn
44. Ramona
45. angela | the painted house
46. Karen
47. Holly @ Homebody

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Jan October 23, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Oh…I’m soooooo ready!!!

Elizabeth October 23, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Just FYI, I bet a lot of people don’t know how to link back to your permalink or even how to find their own. You should include that in your instructions.

Passion for Rugs October 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Pass the candy corn Julia. It’s going to be a long day of home hopping~! Jane

maya October 23, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Yay! I love looking at everyone’s posts. What fun.

hookedonhouses October 23, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Elizabeth–good point. I just edited the post to include that information. If anyone is still confused, feel free to ask questions. Better to ask first than be deleted and have to start over again! -Julia :-)

carrie : SpringsHomeBlog.com October 23, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Yeah! I’ve been looking forward to this all month. Of course, it doesn’t mean I got my pictures done any sooner than this afternoon! :)

Le October 23, 2008 at 9:38 pm

And off to house hunt we go …. cheers le

Le October 23, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Me again – my links backa re fixed now – to this post rather than your www address. Thanks Julia for making this happen – and the generous prize – now that would be fun to sit on your site for a month :) le

Fifi Flowers October 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Here we gooooooooooo! FUN FUN FUN!!!!

Angela (Cottage Magpie) October 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Thanks so much for setting this all up! I’m so excited to participate. I can’t wait to visit everyone’s tour. Thanks again, you’re the best!
~Angela :-)

Amy from Texas October 23, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Oh! I’m so excited!!!!

kari & kijsa October 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Love this and wanted to jin in, but we have had to start jumping seasons!! SO we showed a little preview of some Christmas…can’t wait to see all the other beautiful fall homes!!

Have a blessed day,
kari & kijsa

sandra/tx October 23, 2008 at 11:01 pm

The margaritas are cold, and the stuff jalapenos are hot. Come on by!

Robin October 24, 2008 at 12:11 am

Thank you for the opportunity to come to the House Tour party. I had a great time!

Linda Merrill from ::Surroundings:: October 24, 2008 at 12:15 am

Thanks for the great idea! Am enjoying everyone’s tours!

Myrna October 24, 2008 at 1:30 am

I feel like such a dork..I’ve never done this kind of link before and when asked for my name, I just put my name in not knowing I was to use my blog name! Is there anyway you could fix it for me? I’m number 19 on the list under ‘Myrna’ and I’d rather it be ‘More-Than-Heirlooms’. If you can help, I’d really appreciate it!!
And thanks for hosting this fun tour party!!

Ms.Tee October 24, 2008 at 1:47 am

Hey Julia, thanks for having this again! I can’t wait to see all the houses! :-)

Katie @ makingthishome.com October 24, 2008 at 2:09 am

My favorite bloggers are already starting to post their tours! Thanks Julia. I can’t wait to share my peek into Prague.

sarah @ a beach Cottage October 24, 2008 at 2:55 am

oooh I am soooo nosey, I love these tours, bring it on!

I’m in, thanks Julia for setting this up…


laura @ the shorehouse. October 24, 2008 at 3:52 am

omg…it’s almost 5 a.m. I must be out of my house touring mind (and…I haven’t even looked at anyone else’s yet!)

See you at noon! ;-) (actually…I think that’s about right.)

For the love of the tour,

suzann October 24, 2008 at 6:31 am

I’m so excited about all the house tours!! I’m still working on mine. But, if ya wanna see some studs and insulation, I’m your gal! LOL. This weekend? Finishing the drywall!!

Becky October 24, 2008 at 6:33 am

Hi Julia,
On my blog I don’t have a specific posting. We are renovating an old Victorian. So would it be ok to just lead people to my blog and allow them to see what we are up to? Of course I would link them back to you.

hookedonhouses October 24, 2008 at 6:38 am

I had some people do that on the last tour. Just create today’s post for the party and tell people who stop by what your blog is about and invite them to look around. That’ll work. You can even offer links to specific posts you think they’ll be interested in. -Julia

Emily October 24, 2008 at 7:08 am

I can’t wait until naptime so I can go through all of these. Thanks for hosting, Julia!

Linda October 24, 2008 at 7:51 am

Thanks for another great tour Julia! Ive already got my touring shoes on and seen some GREAT places! Is this easier for you this year with Mr. Linky?

Where is yours girl?!!

hookedonhouses October 24, 2008 at 8:23 am

Linda, I’m showing photos from the Columbia Tusculum house tour on Monday, but I wanted the rest of you to get all the attention today. And yes, Mister Linky is much easier! I was able to get some sleep last night while he did all the work for me. :-)

We are THAT family October 24, 2008 at 8:34 am

This is so fun! And I’m meeting lots of new people! Thanks for hosting.

Shelley Jo October 24, 2008 at 8:52 am

Just found your site today through Cottage Magpie. I love your site and I also LOVE the little icons you use for each person’s comment.

rue October 24, 2008 at 8:54 am

Good morning Julia :)

I’m all hooked up and ready to go! Thank you for hosting this :)


Architectdesign October 24, 2008 at 9:06 am

I hope you all enjoy my ‘grand’ vintage housetour! This is so fun!

Maya October 24, 2008 at 11:36 am

Thanks for this opportunity Julia!

Heather October 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Love to be nosey and look at houses, especially from the comfort of my own home!

Bo October 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

I am sorry to be so late linking to the tour…I didn’t know about it and had posted my old mansions tour yesterday…hope I’m not too late… ;-) Bo

Kathy :) October 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Whew that was awesome Julia :) What fun.

Have a great week-end
Kathy :)

Rachel October 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I’m so excited to get reading!! Took me WAY longer to write my blog entry than I thought… but its there!

Maria October 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I’ve been lurking for the last week or so. I absolutely love your blog…I am spending too much time looking back through old posts and neglecting my house!! :)It’s good to know that others love houses as much as I do. My hubby thinks I am crazy spending all this time looking through MLS listings and poking around online! Thanks for indulging me! Maria

the pleasures of homemaking October 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I like nothing better than to peek into peoples homes!


Bo October 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Thank you Julia…I have credited you on my blog! Bo (Blinks N Winks)

Linda October 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I love all things houses – what a great site. Thanks for hosting this tour. I’ve opened up my house for inspection – it’s on a ranch seven miles south of nowhere in New Mexico. Come on over. Don’t bother to get dressed up, but you might want to wear your boots.

Shelley Jo October 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I have a question. Were we supposed to give a tour of our own house or just a house we saw online we liked or either one? Several blogs that I visited posted tours of other houses. Just wondering.

Rhoda October 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Hey, Julia, thanks for the invite. I didn’t even think about putting that post in, but you talked me into it! I did go back & changed my intro to include your fun tour too. Thanks for encouraging me to play along. I’ll have to get busy and do some visiting myself!

hookedonhouses October 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Shelley Jo–
It didn’t matter what house you showed. It was completely up to you. Your tour was great! Thanks for playing along. -Julia :-)

Pennie Mills October 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Thanks so much, this is my first house tour, I hope I did it all correctly!

Heather October 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm

This is fun!

desiree October 25, 2008 at 1:53 am

Thanks for hosting again. I love home tours. They inspire me to think differently about my own spaces…and that’s a good thing!


LeAnn October 25, 2008 at 9:29 am

Hi Julia,
Thanks for the message. I tried to go back and add the correct URL and I failed again!!! Sorry, you will need to delete the last two. I will try again when I get back.


Jackie Whitley October 25, 2008 at 12:07 pm

That was fun !

hookedonhouses October 25, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Did your link get deleted? It may have been because:

1) You didn’t actually post a house tour, which was the assignment for this blog party. Post photos of a house tour on your blog and try again!

2) Your link was broken and didn’t work.

3) You linked to your main blog page and not a specific post.

It was nothing personal! Just fix the problem and try again. Thanks, guys! -Julia :-)

Visual Vamp October 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Hey Julia,
You’re really getting techie with it!
When do we sleep ha ha!
xo xo xo

Linda October 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Just had to come back and tell you what fun this has been. I found your site on the same day I posted my tour – clearly, I hadn’t prowled around long enough or visited enough of the other Open Houses to realize that this was the real deal. I was mortified to later realize that the other posters were realtors…and designers…and decorators…not just Joe the Blogger like me, thinkin’ her house was kinda cool and maybe somebody else might think so too. How embarrassing. But everyone who has stopped by to visit and left a comment has been incredibly gracious. All of which is to say: thanks for the opportunity, I love your site, I’m hooked on houses, and it’s been fascinating to discover blogs that are about something besides horses and ranching.

hookedonhouses October 25, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Variety is what makes this so much fun, and the tour of your ranch was one of the highlights for me! My daughter really loved it. We spent a long time looking at all the animals on your blog. -Julia :-)

Robyns Online World October 26, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I’ve awarded you with the Butterfly Award! Thank you for being one of my favorite blogs. Grab your award button and pass along to your own favorites.

Robyn’s Online World

jeweledrabbit October 26, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Hi Julia,

I discovered your blog this evening and it looks like a lot of fun.

I’ll be following along for sure.


Heather October 27, 2008 at 9:43 am

I’m right there with Linda from 7MSN! I found the House Tour through her blog and went to work on mine. I think it was a blast, even if we were a little off base! I have really enjoyed all of the other tours and am inspired by what they have to share. Inspiration and thrift will ensure that I can decorate our home and still support my horse habit!

Holly October 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

I really liked the house from today (Monday). I think they did a nice job on the addition. And it doesn’t seem outrageously expensive (I still couldn’t afford it, though!)

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